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News Links | June 22, 2017

June 22, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Cybersecurity is hot, and these Washington colleges teach it

Washington colleges and universities are ramping up their offerings in cybersecurity, a field that’s in such high demand that many jobs go unfilled. “Right now there are two jobs for every one person employed — the opportunities are really amazing,” said Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, executive director of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at the University of Washington Bothell. In Washington, three community colleges — Whatcom, Highline and Columbia Basin in Pasco — along with the University of Washington, and the nonprofit City University of Seattle, are federally recognized centers for cyberdefense education. The recognition comes from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
The Seattle Times, June 22, 2017

Whatcom Community College partners with UW to improve health care for rural and urban underserved communities

Whatcom Community College has been selected by the University of Washington and the state Department of Health to advance leadership in health care education for western Washington. As the new Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Whatcom works with regional partners to improve health care quality and access for rural and medically underserved communities. AHEC recruits students and health professionals from diverse backgrounds, and provides those health care professionals working in rural and underserved areas with accessible professional development.
Whatcom Talk, June 22, 2017

Middle schoolers sample possible STEM careers

Launching catapults at castles. Looking at the science behind fighting forest fires. Making strawberry shortcake. It’s all in a day’s work for students at Anacortes Middle School. On Thursday and Friday last week, the school hosted its STEM Sampler program, which brings in volunteers from the community to lead workshops for the students to check out. Each student attended four of 23 workshops offered through the program, all of which dealt with something related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. ... Other workshops included Paddleboards and Marine Science Bingo, hosted by Jennifer McFarland of Skagit Valley College; Robotics Introduction, hosted by teacher Karin Cooper; Medical Technology, hosted by Island Hospital Nursing Education Coordinator Kathy Corrion; Sports and Statistics, hosted by teacher Nate Dunham; Measuring Wind, hosted by Phyllis Woolwine with Shearwater University; and Big Machines, hosted by a group from PACCAR.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 21, 2017

LWTech Society for Human Resource Management chapter honored with national award

The world’s largest human resource association, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), has honored Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s (LWTech) SHRM student chapter with the 2016-2017 Outstanding Student Chapter Award. There are 327 student chapters in the United States, and LWTech was one of only 20 institutions to receive this award. SHRM has also awarded LWTech’s student chapter the superior merit award for the past seven years.
Kirkland Reporter, June 21, 2017

Clark College students install drain at community greenhouse

Thirty-three Clark College students from Kristen Myklebust’s and Veronica Brock’s Food and Your Health classes attended two work parties at the Hazel Dell School and Community Garden. They assisted with work, including planting, weeding, spreading bark and working on a major project to install a French drain at the entrance to the greenhouse.
The Columbian, June 21, 2017

Seattle Central enters into direct transfer agreement with Wilberforce University

Earlier this week, Seattle Central College and Wilberforce University — the nation’s oldest private, historically Black university located in Wilberforce, Ohio – signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) that will guarantee admission for Seattle Central student who earn their A.A. degree to Wilberforce.
Seattle Medium, June 21, 2017

Sequim native sets Seattle thriller from afar

Making her home in the antipodes, author Audrey J. Cole is quite comfortable seeing her characters live out her thrillers in the familiar Pacific Northwest. Using her pen/maiden name, Cole — a Sequim native who now lives in Port Stephens, Australia, under her married name Audrey Pflugrath — uses her experiences in Washington to help set the scene for “The Recipient,” her debut thriller and the first book in a series of Emerald City Thrillers that debuted on Amazon on June 13. ... Cole earned her high school diploma in Sequim and an Associate of Arts degree through Peninsula College’s Running Start program in 2004 and went on to become a registered nurse.
Sequim Gazette, June 21, 2017

Washington state wine competition made its return at YVC Grandview Campus

Students from local community colleges got the chance to be part of bringing back the Washington State wine competition. The Yakima Valley is the second biggest wine producer in the country. It has 900 wineries and 60 thousand acres of vineyards. Now it has the Washington state competition back to see how the valley's wine compares to the rest of the state. Great Northwest Wines bought the rights to the competition from the Central Washington State Fair and held it at Yakima Valley College's (YVC) Grandview campus.
KIMA, June 20, 2017

Lab partners

Stevens Elementary School sixth-graders, in the class of Robert Cox, took a field trip to the Grays Harbor College chemistry lab last week. The Stevens students were matched with GHC students to do an experiment on solutions.
The Daily World, June 20, 2017

Medical partners face challenges with Walla Walla General Hospital closure

Walla Walla General Hospital has a long history of working with community partners, from providing contracted medical care to giving nursing students hands-on experience. Monday’s announcement of the hospital’s July 24 closing triggered other providers to begin searching for alternative partners. ... Student medical programs at Walla Walla Community College, including nursing, allied health and phlebotomy also will be affected, said WWCC spokeswoman Melissa Thiessen. “We are assessing all options and will work hard in the coming weeks to ensure that there is as little impact as possible on our students,” she said.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, June 20, 2017

Foster graduate wants to see her classmates succeed

Amy Nguyen made the most of her four years at Foster High School. Before graduating on June 16, Nguyen had already earned an associate degree from Bellevue College, was close to completing a bachelor’s degree, was involved in several clubs and started two nonprofit organizations – all while maintaining a nearly perfect GPA.
Tukwila Reporter, June 20, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Textbook-counterfeiting cage match

Amid other woes as their core business shrinks, textbook publishers say they lose tens of millions of dollars a year when students buy pirated versions of their works. Technology and improved distribution have made it easier for counterfeiters to make and sell their alternatives, and while publishers have ramped up their own defensive tactics, the producers of the faked texts are often faceless and nameless. Some of the other players in the counterfeiting chain — the producers frequently sell to wholesalers, who sell to distributors, who ultimately sell to consumers — have names and faces, though, and the publishers have stepped up their efforts to encourage, or force, them to try to combat piracy.
Inside Higher Ed, June 22, 2017

Update on community college OER project

Last year Achieving the Dream began a $9.8-million project to use open educational resources (OER) to create degree programs at 38 community colleges. A study on early returns, which was conducted by SRI International and the rpk GROUP, found that faculty members are changing their teaching in the OER courses and that students are at least as engaged in the courses as they are in conventional ones.
Inside Higher Ed, June 22, 2017

Q&A: Mae Jemison, first woman of color in space, talks STEM gaps and science fiction

In September, Dr. Mae Jemison will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her journey into space in 1992 — a trip she envisioned since her childhood. The voyage marked the first time an African-American woman left the earth’s atmosphere. Jemison was in Seattle on Tuesday to speak at a conference. In light of her science literacy and education work — she created an international space camp for teens shortly after leaving NASA in 1994, and advocates for Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense program — we asked her to talk about her passion for expanding opportunities in STEM for women and people of color.
The Seattle Times, June 21, 2017

Where winds are blowing on accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission just happened to be the two agencies whose turn it was to appear before the federal panel on accreditation that met here Tuesday. It hardly mattered, though, as the discussion before the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity had relatively little to do with the two agencies' actual performance or perceived failings (with a couple of exceptions, including how the Southern accreditor responded to academic wrongdoing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Rather, members of the panel mostly raised systemic issues that reflected the general view that accreditors are not doing enough to push colleges to graduate more students and improve their postgraduation outcomes.
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

With government shutdown looming, Olympia heads into a third OT session

With a state government shutdown looming over gridlock on a new budget and education funding, Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday called a third special legislative session. Without a new budget, parts of the state government would shut down on July 1.
The Seattle Times, June 21, 2017

Landmark law on higher education should be scrapped, DeVos suggests

For the second time in as many months, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has suggested that it’s time to scrap the legislation that governs federal higher-education policy and to start afresh. During a speech on Tuesday to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, Ms. DeVos said the Higher Education Act of 1965 may have outlived its usefulness.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 21, 2017

‘I can’t overstate how deeply dull the process is’

When the U.S. Education Department proposes a rule, one reaction is guaranteed across the political spectrum: dread at the prospect of more negotiated rule-making. That’s when about 30 people, each with distinct and often opposing views, will crowd around a rectangular table in a departmental conference room in Washington and work, despite notorious tedium, to come to an agreement. The sessions are known as "neg-reg," which annoys Barmak Nassirian, director of federal relations and policy analysis at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The formal term is "regulatory negotiation," he notes, so it should be dubbed "reg-neg." The department recently announced plans to embark on another round of neg-reg for two Obama-era accountability initiatives: borrower "defense to repayment" and gainful employment, which have already been through the process.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 21, 2017

New head of federal student aid announced

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Tuesday that she will appoint A. Wayne Johnson, a financial services executive, to oversee the government's $1.4 trillion student loan portfolio as the next chief of federal student aid. James Runcie, the previous chief operating officer of FSA, resigned abruptly in May after refusing an order to give congressional testimony. Runcie had also said in emails leaked to the press that he disagreed with the direction of the department under DeVos.
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2017

Arizona court overturns in-state tuition for DACA students

A state appeals court in Arizona overturned a lower court ruling extending in-state tuition to undocumented immigrant students who gained protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, The Arizona Republic reported. Arizona law prohibits charging in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants, but a 2015 ruling by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge held that individuals with DACA status are lawfully present in the U.S. and are therefore eligible for the lower in-state rate — a decision the Arizona Court of Appeals overturned Tuesday.
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2017

Opinion: Budget stalemate puts state’s financial reputation at risk

It takes a lot of time and dedication to build a good reputation but it takes only one bad choice to destroy it in an instant. As state treasurer, I carry this lesson with me every day as I work with other state officials and dedicated treasury staff to manage our state’s finances in a prudent and productive manner. Unfortunately, our state’s reputation and credit rating are being put at risk as the budget stalemate continues in Olympia.
The Seattle Times, June 20, 2017

Cantwell promotes bill that would give tax incentives for firms that offer apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are earning a fresh look from local and national politicians as a form of postsecondary education that can help adults learn skills for certain jobs while also getting paid. Last week, U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced a bill that would give companies tax incentives for providing apprenticeships to prospective employees.
The Seattle Times, June 20, 2017

4 highlights from a U.S. Senate hearing on campus free speech

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday convened a hearing to scrutinize the state of campus free speech, with a panel of students and experts tackling questions that have bubbled up on many campuses in recent months. The seven witnesses who spoke to lawmakers were two students, two legal experts, a campus administrator, a former college president, and Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, an advocacy organization that among other things tracks hate groups in the United States.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 20, 2017

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