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June 27, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

LCC braces for state government shutdown

Lower Columbia College could be forced to issue temporary layoffs and take other cost-cutting measures if state lawmakers fail to deliver a biennial budget by July 15, the school said at its board of trustees meeting on Wednesday. The board also approved a set of contingency plans if budget negotiations in Olympia draw past their June 30 deadline, which would trigger a government shutdown and halt all non-essential state services.
Longview Daily News, June 23, 2017

Washington State Wine Competition back after hiatus

More than 60 wineries combined to enter 311 wines in the Washington State Wine Competition, which now also serves as a fundraiser for the next generation of Washington winemakers. A portion of proceeds from the judging will help fund scholarships at Yakima Valley College, Washington State University, South Seattle College and Walla Walla Community College winemaking programs. … Yakima Valley Vintners, the retail label for the YVC winemaking program, earned two gold medals. College Cellars, the commercial piece of WWCC, was awarded a gold medal for its 2015 Clarke Vineyard Carménère – a living tribute to the late Stan Clarke, a Renaissance figure from the Yakima Valley and mentor to many future winemakers as an instructor at WWCC.
Great Northwest Wine. June 23, 2017

SFCC trims summer classes to save money as two-year schools grapple with funding challenges

To cope with a mix of financial problems, Spokane Falls Community College is offering fewer summer classes compared to last year. It’s one of many areas where the Community Colleges of Spokane – the district that includes SFCC and Spokane Community College – has tightened its belt. On top of an expensive legal settlement last year and the flawed rollout of a new software system, college administrators say state funding has not kept pace with expenses.  “There’s not much more we can reduce without really impacting the quality of education that we offer,” said CCS Chancellor Christine Johnson. Adjusted for inflation, Washington’s 34 community colleges are operating with roughly the same level of state funding they received in 2007, Laura McDowell, spokeswoman for the state Board for Community and Technical Colleges, wrote in an email. The past year’s operating budgets totaled $727 million; a decade ago they totaled $724 million.
The Spokesman-Review, June 24, 2017

Joy, tears as 19 inmates in state's prison for women earn college degrees

Nineteen women inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women graduated last week with associate degrees through a fast-growing college program run by a Tacoma nonprofit. … The graduates earned associate degrees in arts and sciences, a two-year degree accredited by Tacoma Community College that can help speed their way to a bachelor’s. An associate degree isn’t a ticket to a job, but Erzen said the degree matters because it signals to employers and to other colleges that the graduates were able to do demanding academic work, stick to a timeline and work with other students.
Seattle Times, June 24, 2017

Dad's a convict. Mom's on meth. But this formerly homeless kid is college bound.

When [the] eviction occurred, the teen ended up living in his car, and working two jobs to support himself.  … “I think the worst was when I had to get new shoes, but I couldn’t afford shoes because I was trying to manage my money for food,” Crowder recalls. … Crowder was in Running Start, a program where teens can earn high school and college credits at the same time. But he ended up dropping out of Olympic College at the beginning of his second quarter. … He was connected with Deanna East, an educational assistant in the North Thurston Public Schools. She works for the McKinney Vento Homeless program and helps support “unaccompanied youth,” teens not living with their parents.  …  They met once a week to work on scholarship essays. Crowder put in more than 100 applications, and received three scholarships and an award. “Conner will be successful at whatever he chooses to do,” East said. “He has that kind of determination.” Crowder plans to attend Tacoma Community College, and become a licensed ultrasound technician.
The Olympian, June 24, 2017

High employment has Clark County businesses scouring for workers

Companies across Clark County, in various industries, say they are facing a shortage of skilled labor. With the economy in full boom and the unemployment rate its lowest since 2000, firms say they are growing more slowly and the costs of labor are expanding. Many sectors are in this boat, said Jeanne Bennett, who heads up Workforce Southwest, a nonprofit organization that helps companies find employees. The organization puts a priority on higher-paying sectors, such as manufacturing and construction, but she said the demand is evident in retail, hospitality and more. … A few firms have come together to try to foster more workers for the benefit of the industry. Rotschy, Nutter Corporation and Tapani all helped fund a pilot program with Clark College and Workforce Southwest Washington to train construction workers. The companies are reviewing how the program went, but according to workforce spokeswoman Julia Maglione, 12 out of the 13 students who enrolled were able to graduate and were hired.
The Columbian, June 25, 2017

GOP refusal to work on capital budget threatens projects

With a critical deadline near, Senate Republicans’ refusal to negotiate a new capital budget could mean dozens of nonprofit groups and Edmonds Community College will not receive state funds they’ve sought to expand services and construct new buildings.
The Daily Herald, June 25, 2017

Tools of the Trade Scholarships for SPSCC Students

Most of us are familiar with the term “Tools of the Trade.” But have you ever thought about how someone learning a trade could possibly purchase the tools they need to learn their trade? One local family has given that a lot of thought. They decided to do something to help students purchase the tools they need to learn their craft, setting them up for success. Earlyse Swift and her family started the Rosie the Riveter scholarship for students at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) in memory of Swift’s mother, Jeanette Allen.
Thurston Talk, June 26, 2017

Program opens doors to higher education

Instead of taking classes in a high school environment, students in the program take classes at Skagit Valley College where they are able to catch up on their high school credits and earn credits toward a degree or certificate. … While the Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley school districts piloted the program this year in Skagit County, other districts throughout the state have similar Open Doors programs, as approved by the state Legislature in 2010.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 26, 2017

Olympic College to offer bachelor's degree in digital film-making

On June 21, Olympic College film students walked a red carpet at the SeeFilm Cinemas in downtown Bremerton at a screening for some of the films they had worked on while completing their associate degrees. … This fall, OC will start offering a bachelor of applied science degree in digital film-making. The school hopes to offer the most affordable bachelor’s degree in film-making in the U.S.
Kitsap Sun, June 26, 2017

Peninsula College looks to add student housing

Textbooks and tuition aren’t the only demands on Peninsula College students. Officials at the community school in Port Angeles are working with a third party to meet housing needs of students from out of the area in what they call an increasingly tight rental market.
Peninsula Daily News, June 26, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Out of High School, Into Real Life

… for a good number of the 18-year-olds here and at graduations across the country, there was no golden ticket to higher education. This was it for teachers and books: a hard-won diploma, a handshake from the principal, a walk offstage and into real life. What kind of American dream lies ahead? Nearly all make this calculation well aware that in a fast-changing economy, college is the surest shot at a better-paying job. Some 30 percent of this year’s three million graduating seniors will not go straight to college, a number that is ticking up as an improving economy draws more graduates directly to work. They go to Walmarts and to welding shops, restaurants, salons, hospitals and construction sites, to start careers on the tougher side of the vast economic and cultural divide that is demarcated by a college degree. … Some — mostly boys, researchers say — will land high-paying jobs as welders, electricians, plumbers or air-conditioning technicians. But the number of higher-skilled jobs attainable with a high school diploma is eroding over the long term, replaced by low-skilled work, despite President Trump’s promises to champion blue-collar workers.
The New York Times, June 23, 2017

Thousands of college students may be homeless or precariously housed, studies suggest

Studies suggest that thousands of students at community colleges nationwide could be considered homeless or precariously housed, either because they have been thrown out of a home, evicted, or sleep in a shelter, car or abandoned building.
Washington Post, June 25, 2017

Many So-Called Innovators Don’t Understand the Community They Need to Serve

Students today are older, poorer, and more ethnically diverse than ever, but Heather Hiles, a founder of an e-portfolio company who now works for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, says too few investors and entrepreneurs reflect that reality in what they sell.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 26, 2017

Backers of an Audit Model for Judging Education Quality Invite Feedback

A push to augment and perhaps eventually replace traditional accreditation with an approach that calls for independent third parties to audit the implicit and explicit promises made by education organizations is moving forward. The organizers of one effort publicly released this month a 22-page outline for how such a proposed system would work, with specific definitions of how matters like completion rates, student learning, and "stakeholder satisfaction" should be measured and verified. The proposal also includes definitions for measuring the job-placement rates and earnings of students once they have graduated or left their education programs. … The group, convened by Entangled Solutions, a consultancy, is now inviting people in all walks of postsecondary education to weigh in on the ideas via a web page.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 26, 2017

New Models for Community Colleges: In California and Pennsylvania, new institutions are created.

Across the country, many students still lack access to a college option that fits their needs. It’s a problem that two very different states are looking to solve. Despite having 114 campuses in California, Governor Jerry Brown wants the state’s community college system to explore expanding its programs through a new online-only college. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s education department has given its approval for the creation of a new alternative type of community college to serve the northwestern part of the state.
Inside Higher Ed, June 27, 2017

Do Free Speech and Inclusivity Clash?

At meeting of college lawyers, panelists rue students’ lack of understanding of First Amendment and share strategies for balancing expression and sensitivity.
Inside Higher Ed, June 27, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Kilmer measure to boost job training for rural and tribal communities passes House

U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer successfully introduced a measure in the House of Representatives on Friday that could boost job training programs for rural communities and members of federally recognized Indian tribes. … Kilmer’s amendment was included as part of the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act that passed the House on Friday. The bill creates workforce development pilot projects for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
The Daily World, June 24, 2017

International Students Dodge Trump’s Partly Reinstated Travel Ban, but Concerns Persist

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to allow a limited version of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect but said that visitors with ties to the United States — a group that the court specified includes foreign college students — will be allowed to enter the country.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 26, 2017

How's Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Working Out? Researchers at 2 Universities Reach Opposite Conclusions

Researchers at two of our nation's premier universities set out this week to answer a question that's hugely important to millions of small business owners: Does raising the minimum wage force businesses to eliminate so many jobs that it hurts the very people it was intended to help? Absolutely yes, say researchers at the University of Washington, who just completed what some are calling a highly credible study of Seattle's experiment gradually raising the minimum wage to $15. Absolutely not, say researchers at UC Berkeley, who recently completed their own study.
Inc., June 27, 2017

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