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June 20, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Double major: father and son attend college

Kelly Johnson’s Clark College story begins and ends with his family. Johnson this week will graduate from Clark College with his associate’s degree in supervisory management, completing a degree he started nearly 30 years ago then stopped pursuing his degree to support his wife and children. ... Returning to school also gave him a chance to continue supporting his family, the very thing he left school for in the first place. His youngest son, 19-year-old Brady Johnson, is also a Clark College student in the same supervisory management program. Johnson says he tries to be a role model for his youngest son, so when classes got hard or life became overwhelming, he didn’t allow himself to consider dropping out again.
The Columbian, June 19, 2017

Slants, Redskins get boost from trademark ruling

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks, ruling in favor of an Asian-American rock band called the Slants and giving a major boost to the Washington Redskins in their separate legal fight over the team name. The justices were unanimous in saying that the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment. ... The Slants’ drummer, Tyler Chen, lived in Clark County from summer 2005 to spring 2015, when he moved to Seattle. He worked at Clark College for 10 years, beginning in 2004. Chen was a communications consultant and secretary senior in the Office of Instruction, an information technology specialist and a member of the Cultural Pluralism Committee, the International Education Committee and Campus Climate Task Force.
The Columbian, June 19, 2017

Edmonds CC’s Drake participates in Army War College national security seminar

Dr. Tonya Drake, Vice President for College Relations and Advancement at Edmonds Community College, participated in the recent U.S. Army War College 63rd annual National Security Seminar in Carlisle, Pa. Drake was one of 148 business, government, academic and community leaders selected from across the country to take part in the week-long academic seminar alongside the students of the Army War College. During the special academic event, Drake represented fellow American citizens in discussions with the next generation of senior leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces, enabling for the senior military leaders a deeper understanding of perspectives across the American society they serve.
My Edmonds News, June 19, 2017

Portland-raised screen icon Sam Elliott talks about 'The Hero'

At 72, Sam Elliott, legendary character actor and product of Portland's David Douglas High School, is receiving some of the best reviews of his career for playing himself. Well, to be specific, the character Elliott plays in "The Hero" is a less successful, more messed-up version of himself. ... Elliott, who also attended Vancouver's Clark College, took time away from working on director/star Bradley Cooper's upcoming remake of "A Star Is Born" to talk by phone.
The Oregonian, June 19, 2017

Clark College offers classes to local jail inmates

Clark College started a new program this spring quarter that offers pre-college math classes to inmates at the Clark County Jail. Nearly 170 inmates have participated in classes at the jail as of mid-June, said Tyler Bieber, a student recruitment specialist in the Clark College Welcome Center. The program is so new that it does not have a name yet. A key focus of the program is to help inmates enroll in classes on one of Clark’s campuses upon their release from the jail, college officials said.
The Columbian, June 18, 2017

Education briefly: Community Leadership award

Skagit Valley College has received the 2017 Community Leadership award from the Washington Association of School Administrators. The award, one of nine the organization offers each year, is designed to recognize “educational administrators and those individuals in other professions who have made extraordinary contributions to K–12 education.”
Skagit Valley Herald, June 18, 2017

Graduates doff caps for commencement in Clallam

Graduates celebrated the culmination of years of academic work in commencement ceremonies for Peninsula College and Port Angeles and Crescent high schools Saturday. ... Peninsula College awarded more than 450 degrees and certificates during its 55th commencement ceremony Saturday on the Port Angeles campus.
Peninsula Daily News, June 18, 2017

Fifth annual student awards ceremony recognizes excellence

Clover Park Technical College recognized some of its most exceptional students and staff members June 7 as the Fifth Annual Student Awards Ceremony featured a festive carnival theme. ... “Tonight is all about celebrating those exemplifying academic and community leadership at CPTC,” CPTC Student Involvement and Leadership Coordinator Alison Pau said at the beginning of the ceremony. “Whether it’s because a student is a great leader, an awesome parent, or just an all-around awesome human being, this ceremony will honor all types of excellence.”
The Suburban Times, June 18, 2017

After fleeing war and abuse, Sudanese student graduates high school in Spokane and charts a brave course

Five years ago, Achan Akon made a difficult decision: It was time for the 14-year-old girl to report her mother to Child Protective Services. Her mother was a fighter. A survivor who became a refugee from South Sudan’s brutal civil war and later won a complicated custody battle to keep her children. But then her life began to unravel. She was drinking more and getting violent. Akon believed the mental and emotional stress of fleeing South Sudan and then fighting for custody exacerbated her mother’s alcoholism. ... Now, on the verge of full independence, Akon plans to enroll at Spokane Community College. And she wants to gain American citizenship. Eventually she hopes to become a lawyer, assisting immigrants and refugees.
The Spokesman-Review, June 17, 2017

Academic degree and marine tech certification graduates honored at Skagit Valley

The Brickworks building in Friday Harbor was filled with joyful tears on June 14, as the Skagit Valley College San Juan Center held its 2017 graduation ceremony. The event began with a welcome by Randy Martin, center director and “Presidential Address” by Thomas Keegan, SVC president.
The Journal of the San Juans, June 17, 2017

South Seattle College celebrates 2017 graduating class

South Seattle College’s Class of 2017 graduates were honored at Seattle Colleges’ “Empowered to Achieve” Commencement Ceremony on June 16 at Safeco Field. Over 900 South graduates were celebrated (with over 300 attending the ceremony), having earned a wide variety of degrees, certificates and diplomas to support their future endeavors. South Seattle College is part of the Seattle Colleges District (which also includes Seattle Central College, North Seattle College and the Seattle Vocational Institute), and for the first time in district history 900 students from all campuses came together for a combined ceremony.
West Seattle Herald, June 17, 2017

Centralia College graduate's humanitarian work helps lead to Distinguished Alumnus award

It is not a single accomplishment that made Alicia Wicks a prime candidate for the annual Distinguished Alumnus award at Centralia College. Instead, it was the culmination of her life spent working hard and helping others. She was presented with the award on Friday at a luncheon before speaking at the Centralia College commencement ceremony later in the afternoon.
Centralia Chronicle, June 16, 2017

Seattle Central students share what they've learned

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Seattle Central College expanded participation in its year-end student showcase on Wednesday, June 14. ... The Central to Inspiration showcase and open house highlighted the experiential learning offered to students over this past school year, Edwards Lange said, adding research shows people learn more when they can see the real-world applications of what they’re studying.
Capitol Hill Times, June 16, 2017

Celebrating graduation — and heritage

Family members adorned the students with leis made of candy, money and shells, as well as a headpiece called Kuiga, as part of their Pacific Islander heritage. Nafanua Aiga Ah Yen, who is of Samoan, Chamorro and Filipino heritage, plans to attend Highline College next year to study criminal justice, health or business. Farrah Letoe’e Gatoloai, who is of Samoan heritage, is going to Green River College to study pre-law.
The Seattle Times, June 16, 2017

Doubling down to save on student debt

Michael Yuen had taken nearly all of the math credits available at Mark Morris High School by the end of his sophomore year. But he didn’t slow down. He accelerated. “I wanted more to do and a bigger challenge,” said Yuen, who will graduate from Lower Columbia College Friday and from Mark Morris on Saturday. Yuen is one of 108 Running Start students who will graduate from LCC today with a high school diploma and an associate degree — a record for the school. That figure represents a 230 percent increase from 2008, when LCC had 33 dual graduates.
Longview Daily News, June 16, 2017

Jesse Hagopian honors black student activists for their work against racism

Precious Manning-Isabell, a graduating senior at Chief Sealth International High School and president of the Black Student Union there, describes how it felt to be a cheerleader who refused to stand for the national anthem at high school football games to protest racial injustice. ... The young woman was among three Seattle high school seniors honored Thursday with the Black Education Matters Student Activist Award — $1,000 and a sleek trophy for the work they’ve done to further social justice and combat systemic racism in Seattle and beyond. ... Manning-Isabell says she’s planning on attending South Seattle College and wants to help Denny International Middle School start its own Black Student Union next school year.
Seattle Weekly, June 16, 2017

Nursing a family tradition for Skagit Valley College graduate

When Bertha Schiefelbein graduated from Skagit Valley College in 1974 as part of the college’s first nursing class, she did so without attending her own graduation ceremony. Her daughter was set to graduate from high school that day, and Schiefelbein was determined not to miss it. ... When Schiefelbein’s daughter Lynda Devany graduated from the same nursing program four years later, Schiefelbein not only attended, but walked in the ceremony alongside her daughter.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 15, 2017

Columbia Basin College student goes from fast food to degree

Graduation is new to Jeremy Burnham. The 33-year-old student didn’t know what the cords or tassels are, or where people will sit during Columbia Basin College’s graduation Friday. “I’m the commencement speaker and I didn’t know all of the students were going to be in the front and all of their families were going to be in the back,” he said.
Tri-City Herald, June 15, 2017

Students bring Seattle Central College anniversary to life

Seattle Central College is celebrating its 50th anniversary – but it's not the typical anniversary celebration. The school hosted a year-end open house that featured a big variety of student projects, including clothing designs, digital art, and service-learning projects, a news release said. The theme: "Central to Inspiration."
KING 5, June 15, 2017

Marty Brown, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, to retire in June

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges’ (SBCTC) Executive Director Marty Brown
announced earlier this year he will retire on June 30. During Brown’s four-year tenure at SBCTC, Washington state won several grants that moved its community and technical college system into the national spotlight. ... “With his budget and legislative savvy, Marty has delivered excellent results for students, colleges and our state. Marty may be leaving us but his impact in our system will have a lasting legacy,” said State Board Chair Shaunta Hyde in a press release.
Washington Business Magazine, Spring 2017

Generations in the workplace

The implications of such radical change in such a short time are significant for employers. They are
not only forced to recruit and train new people to take the place of retiring boomers, but in many cases, they are finding they also need to adapt their workplace culture and practices to accommodate the newcomers. ... Wayne J. Martin, member of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The lessons? The first thing is being on time and then getting the job done. You always were focused on it. The two things I derived from those jobs — being on time, getting the job done — that’s been a consistent goal for me throughout my working life.
Washington Business Magazine, Spring 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Year-round Pell Grants available July 1

Summer Pell Grants will be available to students beginning July 1, the Department of Education announced Monday. ... Congress approved the restoration of year-round Pell in the spending bill it passed last month — delivering on a longtime priority of advocates for access to student financial aid. But institutions needed guidance from the department on how the program would be implemented. The department recommended that, unless a student had remaining eligibility from the current award year, colleges pay out money from the 2017-18 grant for students attending classes this summer.
Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2017

Students’ rising expectations pose challenge to online programs

A new survey of students’ attitudes toward online education highlights their rising expectations of colleges in a market that is growing increasingly competitive. The students expect fast answers to their questions about financial aid and whether their credits will transfer; they expect to search for courses on their mobile devices and the chance to take the courses themselves on those devices too; and they expect access to colleges’ career-assistance services. The survey results and an accompanying report, released on Tuesday, also suggest that students’ demands for convenience may come at an academic price.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 20, 2017

The slowly diversifying presidency

The traditional model for a college president has remarkable staying power. Despite years of talk about increasing diversity, chatter about interest in hiring from outside academe and buzz about a coming wave of retirements, college and university presidents in 2016 looked much like they did five years before. They still tended to be aging white men. And they kept getting older.
Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2017

Job losses linger

The ripple effects of large-scale job losses linger for years and can keep adolescents from attending college later in life, according to new research carrying significant ramifications for policy makers, college recruiters and counselors. Poor middle school and high school students who live through major job losses in their region attend college at significantly lower rates when they are 19 years old, according to new research published in the June 16 issue of the journal Science. A 7 percent state job loss when a student is an adolescent is tied to a 20 percent decline in likelihood that the poorest young people will attend college.
Inside Higher Ed, June 16, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Staffing woes at the Education Department

The Trump administration’s pick to oversee higher ed policy at the Department of Education is out of the running. In an email last week, Claude Pressnell, president of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, said he was withdrawing his name from consideration for the job of assistant secretary for postsecondary education. It’s the second time in recent weeks that a candidate for a high-profile role at the department has said “no thanks” to the department deep in the vetting process. And it underscores the slow progress since January in making key political hires to round out Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s team.
Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2017

Clarity or confusion?

A memo from the Department of Education on handling of transgender civil rights complaints instructs officials to continue investigating those complaints as they would have before 2016 guidance issued by the Obama administration. The Obama administration's guidance said that anti-transgender bias was covered by laws against gender bias, and thus opened the way for investigations into such discrimination. Prior to that guidance, some cases involving transgender students were investigated as gender discrimination, but advocates for transgender students said some of their cases needed to be defined as anti-transgender bias.
Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2017

Opinion: Student debt out of control and getting worse

Congratulations, Washington high-school graduates. About two-thirds of you are already on your way to another opportunity: college. Have you thought about how you’re going to pay your tuition? Considering how important it is to the nation’s economy that more young people go to college and get trained for the jobs of the future, lawmakers in Olympia and Washington, D.C., need to find more ways to make college more affordable and lower student debt.
The Seattle Times, June 19, 2017

Louisiana becomes first state to ban the box

The movement to “ban the box” is often touted as a way to help ex-convicts find employment after incarceration. If employers, or states, get rid of the box on a job application where they ask about previous criminal history, that history won’t prevent people who have served their time from reintegrating into society, the argument goes. Louisiana's governor signed the state's own ban-the-box law earlier on Friday, this time prohibiting state higher-education institutions from inquiring about a potential student’s criminal history during the application process.
Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2017

Editorial: Legislators heading for inexcusable cram session

Carter McCleary was in second grade when the lawsuit on basic education was filed in his family’s name. He just graduated from high school, and the funding issue has yet to be resolved. The Washington Legislature is in its second special session and is in danger of forcing a partial government shutdown on July 1 because it cannot agree on a budget. Education funding is the hold-up. The deadline to fully fund basic education is September 2018. The state Supreme Court based the deadline on a bill the Legislature passed in 2009. To meet that goal, lawmakers must finish the job this summer.
The Spokesman-Review, June 18, 2017

Opinion: I’ve been in the same trenches, lawmakers, and I know you can do better

It has become common in Washington to look upon legislative special sessions as the norm. Eight years ago in these pages, as a three-term state representative from Olympia, I wrote of the “self-congratulatory rituals” and “glacial pace” of the Washington state Legislature. I noted that big decisions are forced toward session’s end because the Legislature wasted time doing things such as passing myriad floor resolutions (“We support Miss Washington!”), and squandering a day’s worth of potential floor action honoring its own dead in a candlelit ceremony. None of that has changed.
The Seattle Times, June 18, 2017

Trump will continue DACA for now, though immigrant students still wonder about its future

The Trump administration’s decision this week not to immediately end a program that lets young undocumented immigrants remain in the United States on two-year renewable terms was cautiously welcomed by so-called Dreamers who still worry about their long-term status. The Department of Homeland Security released the decision on Thursday, the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA recipients "will continue to be eligible" to renew their status every two years, and "no work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates," according to a fact sheet posted on the department’s website.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 16, 2017

Not looking for patterns

The Department of Education last week outlined changes to civil rights investigations that advocates fear will mean less consistent findings of systemic discrimination at colleges. Under the Obama administration, certain types of civil rights complaints would trigger broader investigations of whether a pattern of discrimination existed at a school or college. But Candice Jackson, the acting assistant secretary for civil rights, told regional directors for the Office for Civil Rights in a memo that the Department of Education would no longer follow those guidelines.
Inside Higher Ed, June 16, 2017

Alternative system for registered apprenticeships

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that seeks to expand apprenticeships, in part by opening the door to alternative education providers and giving industry groups a more active role with the federal apprenticeship program. ... The administration did not mention any new money Thursday, but sources said it plans to announce an allocation of up to $200 million, which would be more than double the $90 million for apprenticeships in this year’s federal budget.
Inside Higher Ed, June 16, 2017

Decades-old work-study program faces major cuts

The Trump administration's 2018 budget seeks to cut funding for work-study nearly in half from $990 million to $500 million, leaving 300,000 students without access to the program. The Education Department says the change will make the program better targeted by focusing on undergraduate students who would benefit most. The reductions are part of a 13 percent funding cut for the department, which involves student aid and K-12 programs.
Yakima Herald, June 15, 2017

For student advocates, a worrying week of departures from Obama-era policy

An exchange in January between President Trump’s then-nominee to lead the Education Department, Betsy DeVos, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, caught national attention. The moment was fraught with tension, as Ms. Warren grilled the philanthropist on her credentials to be the nation’s top education officer during a tumultuous confirmation hearing. "Do you support protecting federal tax dollars from waste, fraud, and abuse?" Ms. Warren asked. Ms. DeVos said that she would review the regulations enacted during the Obama administration designed to rein in predatory for-profit colleges to make sure they were having their intended effect. "Swindlers and crooks," Ms. Warren said, "are out there doing back flips" over that answer. This week, student and borrower advocates argue, they stuck the landing.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 15, 2017

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