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June 29, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

This EdCC graduate’s optimistic journey began in Syria

When Naji Ali described his “long, scary, worrisome and hard journey” to become a commencement speaker at Edmonds Community College, he was not referring to his calculus, physics and engineering courses. Nor was it the balance of holding down a job, and sometimes two, to help his family while challenging himself with demanding classes taught in English, his third language and one he is still learning. For Ali, the journey began with soldiers on the streets and airstrikes from above.
Everett Herald, June 28, 2017

Work release residents graduate from pre-apprenticeship program

Three of the female residents at the Department of Corrections’ Eleanor Chase House Work Release graduated from a program aimed at preparing people to apply for construction trades apprenticeships. Sarah Lynn Hall, 24, Kelly Gonyon, 31, and Janett Mayberry, 37, graduated from the Skilled Trades Preparation Program run through Spokane Community College. Spokane area apprenticeship coordinators assisted the college in curriculum development.
FTE Magazine, June 28, 2017

Big Bend receives $2.4 million grant for Upward Bound program

Big Bend Community College has received a $2.4 million grant to continue providing TRiO Upward Bound services to students. The college will receive about $484,000 during each of the next five years for the program, which offers tutoring, mentorship, financial guidance and enrichment activities. The grant, totaling $2,419,290, will continue the program’s mission to help first-generation, low-income students overcome “social, cultural and academic barriers to become successful.”
iFiberOne News, June 28, 2017

After receiving gift, Gig Harbor resident passionate about tissue donation

In August 2015, Gig Harbor resident David Hartley was involved in a motorcycle accident while riding in Puyallup. The bike fell on his knee during the crash and immediately tore his ACL. The debilitating injury left Hartley unsure if he would ever fully recover, but with the help of donated tissue, Hartley received a second chance at a normal and active lifestyle. ... Hartley also continues to teach classes at Pierce College and Tacoma Community College — yet another reason he is thankful everyday for the tissue donation he received. “There are so many things we take advantage of. I wouldn’t be able to stand up and teach a class for an hour or hour and a half if I wasn’t a tissue recipient,” said Hartley.
The News Tribune, June 28, 2017

Metal arts class part of Clark College summer camps

This metal arts class at Art College is part of Clark College Summer Camps for Kids, for students ages 9 through 14. It runs through this week and introduces students to a variety of fine arts as taught by studio artists. Participants learn a variety of fine arts at the Clark College studios, including ceramics, photography, illustration, digital art, printmaking and jewelry making. The program is managed by Clark College Economic & Community Development and led by Clark College art instructor Lila Jarzombek.
The Columbian, June 28, 2017

Part-time student, full-time homeless

The backpack Michael carries to campus is full of books and notebooks, things college students usually carry. It also often contains toothpaste and toothbrush, deodorant, soap, extra clothes — things most students would leave at home. But this 19-year-old doesn’t have a home. Over the past few months, he’s been hopping homeless shelters in Seattle, often packing up all his belongings each morning before embarking on an hour-plus-long bus commute to Everett Community College, where he’s working toward an associate’s degree. ... Michael is planning to transfer to Seattle Central College, which is closer to homeless shelters where he has been staying.
KCTS, June 27, 2017

Debele named EdCC student trustee

Naol Debele, 20, was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve from through June 2018 as a student trustee and voting member of the Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees. ... Debele is pursuing an associate in arts transfer degree with an interest in physics. Outside of school, he is studying for his private pilot license and is a member of Black Pilots of America.
Everett Herald, June 27, 2017

Larch inmates take advantage of educational offerings

Inmates at Larch Corrections Center in Yacolt are incarcerated for a just few years before release. When they get out, finding a job isn’t easy, but having an education will help. On Friday, around 100 inmates participated in a graduation ceremony at the facility during which over 40 individuals were awarded a GED. Others received certificates of completion in automotive service and maintenance, business core, supervisory management, job seeking skills, life skills, computing and college readiness. The educational courses are provided by Clark College through a partnership with Larch.
The Reflector, June 27, 2017

LWTech receives grant for automotive student scholarships

The RPM Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to cultivating the next generation of automotive restoration and preservation craftsmen, has awarded Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) a $5,000 grant for student scholarships. The scholarships will be offered to students enrolled in LWTech’s auto repair technician and auto body technician programs.
Kirkland Reporter, June 27, 2017

EvCC recognizes Distinguished Alumni

Everett Community College recently recognized 12 alumni from eight programs as EvCC Distinguished Alumni, the college’s highest honor. Alumni selected include broadcaster Cynthia Andrews, golfer Jim Brady, contractor Gordon Cole, retired accountant Caryl Thorp DeJong, former assistant superintendent Richard (Dick) Hanson, dentists Natasha Habib and Sabrina Heppe, Boeing Company senior manager Duard King, Emmy-award winning video producer Paul Matthaeus, teacher Patti Safley, coach Kristina Schumacher and retired EvCC photography instructor Lloyd Weller.
Everett Herald, June 27, 2017

Excitement builds ahead of Clark College’s culinary re-launch

As construction on Clark College’s new culinary facility enters its final months, school officials are brimming with excitement about the culinary program’s return and what it means for the local community. Spurred by a $4 million donation from the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Foundation in 2016, Clark College launched a complete renovation of their culinary program, which has been on hiatus since 2013. Tearing down three outdated buildings, the college began plans to build a 20,615-square-foot facility, including a new outdoor patio, in order to create a state-of-the-art facility that will give students a cutting edge learning experience.
Vancouver Business Journal, June 23, 2017

Student journalists win awards

Three members of Edmonds Community College’s student newspaper staff were honored by the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators. ... Everett Community College student journalists won 15 awards for their work with the college’s student media organization, The Clipper.
Everett Herald, June 23, 2017

Clark College grad Sam Elliott, The Hero

Sam Elliott has a voice like a bear — big and strong, serious and smooth. You may have heard him intone, “Only you can prevent forest fires,” while the mouth of Smokey Bear moves on TV. Or, you may have caught Elliott saying, “Support the campaign for Clark College, ensuring a bright future,” over appealing images of our local community college. Those Clark College Foundation spots ran in 2013. Hard to say whether Elliott’s voice was quite so seductive, five-plus decades ago, when you could have caught him onstage at Clark. The California boy was a teen when he moved with his parents to Northeast Portland, graduated from David Douglas High School and, “after jumping around for a while,” he said, eventually landed at Clark.
The Columbian, June 23, 2017

Walla Walla Community College meets demand for manufacturing workforce

We live in a community that thrives on manufacturing, and one local school is taking steps to meet the workforce demand for the industry. But this new program is not only creating a path for college students, but it’s giving high school students opportunities as well. ... The Clarkston campus of Walla Walla Community College, just finished construction on their new Workforce and Business Development building. Not only are the facilities new, but so is the program itself, and it all started based on demand from the community.
KLEW, June 22, 2017

More than 800 students graduate from Clark College

More than 800 Clark College students are onto the next chapter after graduating with myriad degrees Thursday evening. The ceremony at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield was a celebration of students and staff alike, as more than 2,100 degrees and certificates were given to members of the college’s 81st graduating class.
The Columbian, June 22, 2017

Providing a place to call home

TK Mac was once of them — a young person in a new country, struggling with the language and the culture. Now, the engineer and his wife Beth, a nurse, are providing a home away from home in the Pacific Northwest for dozens of young people from Asian countries through an "English Corner" fellowship they founded. ... It was about two years ago when I met a few Asian students attending Olympic College. Meeting these students, and hearing about many others like them, reminded me of when I first came to America.
Kitsap Sun, June 22, 2017

When CIOs need hard hats

While executing an eight-building, $157 million construction and renovation project in 2014, officials at Del Mar College in Texas forgot one critical player: the tech expert. Information technology administrators weren’t brought on board until just before the design was finalized. ... On many other campuses, technology is no longer an afterthought in construction planning. ... Colleges and universities have created new positions that ensure IT leaders are intimately involved in construction. One example is Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. Officials began planning a new STEM classroom building in 2010, but because the project needed approval by the state legislature, the college didn’t break ground on the facility until 2015.
University Business, June 22, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Concerns about fund-raising effectiveness

Ask most college and university presidents for their top strategies for keeping their institutions financially viable in the years ahead, and the answer (along with recruiting more international students) is almost certain to include more ambitious fund-raising. Given that goal, colleges and universities will need efficient fund-raising teams and effective strategies. A new study suggests they have some work to do, as the fund-raisers themselves tell it. The survey of 270 major and planned giving officers at a range of colleges and universities, which was produced by Ruffalo Noel Levitz, suggests that the fund-raisers don't spend time on the activities they believe are most important, aren't armed with the most helpful information and are judged more on activity than on success.
Inside Higher Ed, June 29, 2017

UW’s Ana Mari Cauce might be highest-paid woman president of a state university

None of Washington’s public university presidents made the top-10 list of highest-paid executives on The Chronicle of Education’s annual salary survey this year. But timing had a lot to do with it. Washington’s highest-paid public university president, Ana Mari Cauce, became president of the University of Washington in October 2015. The Chronicle’s salary survey covers the period from July 2015 to June 2016, so it does not include a full year’s worth of Cauce’s presidential salary; it shows her making $524,265, or 91st on a list of 239 school presidents. But if it had included an entire year of pay, Cauce likely would have made the top-10, and might have been listed as the highest-paid woman president of a state university in the country.
The Seattle Times, June 28, 2017

Professors’ growing risk: Harassment for things they never really said

College faculty members can find it challenging enough to deal with the backlash over a controversial remark. In recent months, however, several have ended up facing a barrage of harassment and death threats in response to statements that they deny ever actually making.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 22, 2017

Signal boost: How conservative media outlets turn faculty viewpoints into national news

In an era of deeply partisan media and social-media sharing, news travels fast, and outrage has no trouble keeping pace. That’s certainly the case when a professor chances a provocative statement on politics or race. Whether true or trumped up, tales of liberal faculty espousing tone-deaf or noxious views are good business for the network of conservative media outlets that purport to document the leftward drift of higher education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 22, 2017

Did you get letter? WSU sends warning to 1 million people after hard drive with personal info is stolen

When thieves broke into an Olympia storage locker in April and hauled away an 85-pound locked safe, they set in motion a series of events that forced Washington State University to send letters to 1 million people advising them their data might have been compromised. The safe contained a computer hard drive — a backup containing personal information, including Social Security numbers, that was stored off-site by WSU’s Social & Economic Sciences Research Center. The center, a research arm of the university, contracts with state agencies to evaluate the quality of the data those agencies are collecting, said Phil Weiler, vice president for marketing and communication at WSU.
The Seattle Times, June 22, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Year-round Pell could help community colleges

The resumption of year-round Pell Grants, scheduled for July, could help offset the enrollment declines many community colleges are experiencing, according to Moody's Investors Service. The restored grant eligibility, often called Summer Pell, allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a typical Pell award amount during the course of a year.
Inside Higher Ed, June 29, 2017

Judge partially blocks enforcement of gainful-employment rule

A federal district court judge issued an order Wednesday partially blocking enforcement of the gainful-employment rule for cosmetology schools that sued in February to halt the regulation. The Department of Education defended gainful employment in court in March but earlier this month announced it would pursue a rewrite of the regulation along with the borrower-defense rule.
Inside Higher Ed, June 29, 2017

Washington lawmakers reach tentative state budget deal, but no details made public

Less than 72 hours from a partial government shutdown, Washington lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee announced a tentative deal on a 2017-19 state operating budget. But legislators Wednesday wouldn’t discuss what the agreement contains. In separate impromptu news conferences, Democratic House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan and GOP Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler each said that details won’t be publicly available until Thursday. That would leave the public with less than two days to review a budget expected to exceed $41 billion and a plan that officials hope will resolve the long-running saga of court-ordered K-12 education funding.
The Seattle Times, June 28, 2017

Opinion: Washington lawmakers, this is no way to run a state

By one important measure, the 2017 Legislature is already a failure. For the second time in three years, budget negotiations have gone into triple overtime, to the brink of a government shutdown. Without a budget approved by both houses and signed by the governor, state government could shut down nonessential functions, starting Friday. And the negotiations have made a mockery of public accountability — with negotiators withholding details of a historic education-funding plan and $43 billion-plus budget. With the deadline looming, and no draft made publicly available, it is impossible for the public to give meaningful input.
The Seattle Times, June 28, 2017

Higher ed groups criticize GOP health-care bill

The American Council on Education, along with 18 other higher education groups, wrote to Senate leaders Tuesday urging a "different approach" to the health-care bill released by Republican lawmakers last week. The bill's cuts to Medicaid funding, repeal of Medicaid expansion and other long-term changes to the program would put negative pressures on state budgets, forcing state lawmakers to choose between spending on health care or higher education, wrote Terry Hartle, senior vice president of ACE. The bill would also mean loss of health-care coverage for many college students and large increases in uncompensated care for teaching hospitals, the letter said.
Inside Higher Ed, June 28, 2017

‘A new day at OCR’

Candice Jackson and Thomas E. Wheeler Jr. received modest applause when the head of the National Association of College and University Attorneys introduced them to the roughly 1,700 lawyers attending the group's annual meeting here Tuesday afternoon. Seventy-five minutes later, the two top Trump administration officials overseeing civil rights enforcement for higher education were treated to a warm, even grateful, ovation. That's because in between, Jackson and Wheeler told the crowd of higher education lawyers much of what they wanted to hear. The basic message: we’re the government and, unlike our predecessors in the Obama administration, we’re here to help.
Inside Higher Ed, June 28, 2017

College lawyers welcome new clarity of Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights

Two officials from the Trump administration, both responsible for enforcing federal civil-rights laws, got a warm welcome Tuesday from higher-education lawyers, who praised their willingness to listen to the institutions’ concerns. ... The two officials offered to work collaboratively with colleges and to no longer treat informal guidance, such as the department’s 2011 "Dear Colleague" letter on Title IX, as a formal regulation, requiring the colleges to comply with specific measures.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 28, 2017

Senate Democrats press DeVos on civil-rights enforcement

Senate Democrats are “extraordinarily disappointed and alarmed” about recent moves the Education Department has made on civil-rights enforcement, according to a letter sent on Tuesday to the education secretary, Betsy DeVos. The letter, sent by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and signed by 34 senators, highlighted several actions in recent weeks that have angered Democrats. It pointed to memos sent to staff members in the department’s Office for Civil Rights that would alter how it approaches investigations, the hiring of key staff members, and the secretary’s testimony before Congress, among other points of contention.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 27, 2017

Opinion: Nixing state’s biology exam results prudent

Passing Washington state’s standardized high school graduation tests has been incredibility — and unnecessarily — difficult. Students, and their teachers, have been asked to hit a moving target for years. The tests seem to change at a whim. And that’s why the Legislature last week agreed to allow students in the class of 2017 and beyond to earn a high school diploma without meeting the statewide testing requirements in biology. If not, more than 2,000 students would not have graduated. A vote to formalize the deal agreed to by legislators will be taken this week.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, June 26, 2017

Deal means seniors who failed state tests can get their high school diplomas anyway

It looks like an estimated 2,000 high school seniors who failed the state-mandated biology exam will get a pass this year. A deal struck Thursday in the Legislature would allow students in the class of 2017 and beyond to earn a high school diploma without meeting Washington’s testing requirements in biology. Other seniors who failed standardized tests in English language arts and mathematics also could get a diploma under the new agreement. Those students would have to file an appeal to show they’re proficient in those subjects.
The News Tribune, June 23, 2017

Early report on ‘regulatory relief’

The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday offered a first glimpse at how it is carrying out the Trump administration's push to ease federal regulations -- and asked for advice on what rules it should eliminate. ... The department's task force issued its first progress report Thursday. While few decisions have been made so far, the 66-page document describes the next steps in the process. It also cites the administration's previously announced move to hit pause on two "burdensome" regulations: the borrower-defense and gainful-employment rules.
Inside Higher Ed, June 23, 2017

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