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News Links | March 14, 2017

March 14, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Q&A: How Pierce College is helping more students succeed

Pierce College has won a national award for making significant changes to the way it approaches education. Those changes have created a major boost in the college’s completion rates. Seven years ago, Pierce College joined a national college-reform network called Achieving the Dream and began diving deeply into data about its students to try to figure out why so few students graduated after three years.
The Seattle Times, March 14, 2017

Aluminum workers say they wouldn't want their kids to do the same work

In early 2016, Pittsburgh-based Alcoa shut down one of its last remaining U.S. aluminum smelters. The plant was in Wenatchee, Washington, a small city on the Columbia River east of the Cascades Mountains. More than 400 workers — making an average base-pay of $23.50 an hour, with union health and pension benefits and lots of opportunities to earn overtime — were laid off. Some of the laid-off Alcoa workers have enrolled in a retraining program in auto mechanics at Wenatchee Valley College. They’re eligible for government-supported job training because of the mass-layoff and plant closure.
KUAR, March 13, 2017

Construction students to compete in statewide event

A small group of Aberdeen High School students studying advanced construction are busy building their entry for a statewide competition later this month in Olympia: A tiny homeless shelter. The event is the state’s first Career and Technical Education (CTE) Showcase of Skills Homeless Shelter Project. The competition on March 27 will occur within walking distance of the State Legislature. It’s purpose is to serve as a demonstration that allows state lawmakers and the media an opportunity to learn about the importance of CTE programs. ... Amy Twibell, a junior, recalls watching her father enjoy completing an array of cabinetry, woodworking and construction projects. His career path went in a different direction — as a funeral director. Twibell herself wants to attend Grays Harbor College and become a construction worker.
The Daily World, March 13, 2017

California scientists share research with Walla Walla wine students

The official word from the Washington State Wine Commission is that Washington enjoyed a record grape crop in 2016. Growers and winemakers alike were thrilled with the 270,000-ton harvest, which far surpassed 2014’s record of 227,000 tons. ... In order to move the discussion of the harvest from the anecdotal to the scientific, ETS Laboratories in St. Helena, Calif., whose sole business is the analysis of wine samples and wine data, and conducting wine-related research, presented a post-harvest seminar at the Walla Walla Community College’s Center for Enology and Viticulture. Attended by local winemakers and students, the Feb. 23 seminar cast light upon the chemistry of the 2016 harvest.
Great Northwest Wine, March 13, 2017

SPSCC Foundation nursing scholarships are good medicine

Communities are built on relationships, and the stronger those relationships are, the better off the community will be. The South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Foundation, along with the SPSCC Nursing Program and local medical providers, are building strong relationships by supporting local nursing students whose skills will serve our community for many years to come.
Thurston Talk, March 13, 2017

Meet Terry Jones, 2017 Distinguished Alum

Terry Jones chose to attend Pierce College for a reason that many do: she and her family were hoping to save money on a bachelor’s degree by attending a community college for the first two years. Although she could have attended several different community colleges, she chose Pierce in 1975 because the college was so young and vibrant.
The Suburban Times, March 13, 2017

Whatcom Community College turns 50 this year. Here’s how you can see what’s changed

Whatcom Community College plans to mark its 50th anniversary with an exhibit at the Whatcom Museum set to run through the spring. ... The project will showcase the college’s milestones since its founding in 1967, said Mary Vermillion, a college spokeswoman. Key turning points include the formation of the campus in 1983, the inception of the college’s Running Start program for high school students, and the opening of the Health Professions Education Center in 2013.
The Bellingham Herald, March 11, 2017

How can Cowlitz County create more jobs?

As a kid, Mandi Bowen-Curtis spent her afternoons hanging around the Cowlitz Stud mill in Randle, Wash. The workers taught her how to stack lumber so she could pitch in, too. ... “It’s the same everywhere you go. In every manufacturing job, it becomes more of a person operating a machine that can do several things at one time. It’s less labor-intensive because the machine now is doing it. .... but at the same time you’re eliminating jobs,” said Bowen-Curtis, a 54-year-old Morton resident who is studying at Lower Columbia College with plans to move to Longview.
Longview Daily News, March 11, 2017

Kennedy Woods wins Miss Lewis County 2017

Kennedy Woods, 19, of Centralia, was crowned Miss Lewis County 2017 on Saturday at R.E. Bennett Elementary School Auditorium in Chehalis. Woods, a student from Centralia College, sang a classical vocal rendition of "Via Dolorosa" for her talent and wore a long, bright red dress for the evening gown portion of the pageant. Woods, a 2016 graduate of Centralia High School and owner of The Beehive Salon, noted that her platform for the pageant was promoting a positive body image. First runner-up this year was Jennifer Swenson, a student from Centralia College.
Centralia Chronicle, March 11, 2017

Bellingham celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly a week away, but that did not stop Bellingham residents from celebrating Saturday with the annual Runnin’ O’ the Green footrace and a parade through downtown. ... The grand marshal was a cohort of students, professors and administrators at Whatcom Community College, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
The Bellingham Herald, March 11, 2017

Career Center connects students & employers at Spring Fair

The Clover Park Technical College Career Center aims to provide CPTC students and alumni with the skills and opportunities to apply for jobs, and the 2017 Spring Career & Job Fair served as one of those primary opportunities. A total of 67 employers and nearly 250 students, alumni and community members came to the McGavick Conference Center on March 2 for the second annual Career & Job Fair.
The Suburban Times, March 11, 2017

BBCC program provides manufacturing skills training

Eduardo Valencia said he looked around at work and saw things were changing. Valencia worked at an agricultural processing facility, he said, looked at the production line, “and saw how everything was evolving.” Electricians and mechanics were getting good money for their skills, and Valencia said he liked the idea of making more money. So to acquire those skills, Valencia, of Othello, turned to the Industrial Systems Technology program at Big Bend Community College.
Columbia Basin Herald, March 10, 2017

LWTech in Kirkland awards tenure to six faculty members

The Board of Trustees of Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) in Kirkland have awarded tenure to six faculty members. Those members include Donald Dale, Priyanka Pant, Eric Sakai, Dr. Aparna Sen, Alexandra Vaschillo, and Stacy Woodruff.
Kirkland Reporter, March 10, 2017

Edmonds CC Foundation receives $20,000 grant from Hazel Miller Foundation

The Hazel Miller Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Edmonds Community College Foundation in support of Hazel Miller Scholarships. ... One Hazel Miller Scholarship recipient said the scholarship would help her to achieve her dream of becoming a nurse.
My Edmonds News, March 10, 2017

Columbia Basin College certified by NSA for excellence in cyber defense

It turns out the Tri-Cities have a great place to learn how to defend the country from cyber attacks. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Pasco’s Columbia Basin College a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense for its two-year education program.
KVEW TV, March 9, 2017

Students from three area high schools build portable homeless shelters

This month, students from three area high schools are busy building portable homeless shelters as part of a statewide competition that demonstrates the value of career and technical education. Adna, Centralia and Tenino high schools are three of about 20 teams selected to compete in the first CTE Showcase of Skills Homeless Shelter Project through the state’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, according to a press release from the board. ... A student at Bates Technical College works on a shelter in preparation of the CTE Showcase of Skills on March 27 in Olympia. Adna High School will also be participating in the competition.
Centralia Chronicle, March 9, 2017

CBC hopes to fix welding shortage by attracting millennials

Trade professions like carpenters, HVAC technicians, and welders are seeing a shortage all over the country. Reporter Jaclyn Selesky stopped by Columbia Basin College today and talked with a welding professor and a welding consultant to find out the reason behind the shortage. This national welding shortage of course affects everyone in these trade industries, but it also affects you in your everyday life.
NBC Right Now, March 9, 2017

Officials push for I-5 Bridge measure

Clark County officials drove to Olympia on Thursday to urge lawmakers to approve a measure kick-starting discussions over how to replace the antiquated Interstate 5 Bridge. Bob Knight, the president of Clark College, said he’s been part of discussions over how to ease the congestion on the bridge for nearly 20 years.
The Columbian, March 9, 2017

Pierce College nets national award for its efforts to help students graduate

More students are graduating from Pierce College, and college officials credit recent changes that aim to ease social and economic obstacles. Last year, the rate of degree-seeking students graduating within three years was 31 percent, a 63 percent increase since 2008, Chancellor Michele Johnson said.
The News Tribune, March 8, 2017

AHS seniors can get college-level training to become medical assistants

The Aberdeen School Board on Tuesday approved an agreement with Grays Harbor College to jointly offer a Medical Assistant Program to train a limited number of high school seniors beginning this fall. It’s a career in health care that sorely lacks enough properly trained people to fill job openings. Because finding skilled workers is a challenge, area health care professionals approached educators about 18 months ago about offering such training, said Lynn Green, director of the district’s Skills Center.
The Daily World, March 8, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

UW retains top spot in medicine in U.S. News grad-school rankings

The University of Washington’s medical school is again tops in the country for teaching primary care, family medicine and rural medicine, according to graduate-school rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report. The UW’s law school moved up a few places this year with a ranking of 30th, and the MBA program at the UW Foster School of Business held steady at No. 27.
The Seattle Times, March 14, 2017

What the working class wants

Colleges and universities face a steep challenge separating fact from fiction in the eyes of working-class and middle-income voters, according to recent focus group work conducted by the American Council on Education. These groups believe that the economic value of a college education is declining, ACE Senior Vice President Terry W. Hartle told attendees at the group’s annual meeting Monday.
Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2017

‘No plans’ to delete free content

The recent decision by the University of California, Berkeley, to restrict public access to free online educational content has raised questions about whether other colleges and universities will do the same to avoid legal action. The university this month announced it will remove audio and video lectures currently available to the public on platforms such as iTunes U and YouTube. Berkeley said it reached that decision after determining that retroactively making the content accessible to people with disabilities would be “extremely expensive.”
Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2017

The best young scientists? Immigrant children

A majority of the most talented young scientists — measured as finalists in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, a competition for high school students called the "Junior Nobel" — are the children of immigrants, according to an analysis by the National Foundation for American Policy. In the most recent competition, that was true of 83 percent (33 of 40) of finalists. Further, 68 percent (27 of 40) had a parent who came to the United States as an international student.
Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2017

Will international students stay away?

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. colleges are seeing declines in applications from international students, and international student recruitment professionals report “a great deal of concern” from students and their families about visas and perceptions of a less welcoming climate in the U.S., according to a survey conducted in February by six higher education groups.
Inside Higher Ed, March 13, 2017

How GoFundMe changed 3 students’ fortunes

While a number of crowdfunding websites are helping people raise money for various projects these days, GoFundMe has become a favorite among students. The platform noted its growing popularity among students in a guidebook it published last month, describing resources it has added to help people fine-tune campaigns that seek money for education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 13, 2017

Training students to outpace automation

Three young men in the back of a classroom at Henry Ford College stare intently at a machine that helps move panels along a conveyor belt. To the untrained eye, there doesn’t appear to be much going on, at least initially. But after several moments of careful inspection, the students exchange a few ideas, make a couple of swift adjustments to the machine, and earn a nod of approval from an instructor standing nearby. The group has correctly identified an issue with a sensor that the teacher intentionally created to test the students’ problem-solving prowess. Such scenes are becoming increasingly common at community colleges and technical schools here and across the country. As more jobs become automated, companies are looking for employees who can essentially manage the machines doing the work.
The Atlantic, March 10, 2017

Still asking about crime and discipline

The Common Application announced Thursday that it will maintain questions about applicants' criminal background and disciplinary records, rejecting a push to drop the questions. At the same time, the Common Application — the dominant player in competitive college admissions — said that it would provide more context about the questions, including the ability of colleges to suppress answers to those questions.
Inside Higher Ed, March 10, 2017

Political turmoil, public misunderstanding: A survey of presidents

Higher education is widely misunderstood by the public, struggling to enroll sufficient numbers of students from low-income backgrounds and likely to face significant disruption in the flow of international students because of the Trump administration's policies, college presidents widely agree. But despite a tumultuous year in which many campuses have erupted with unrest and faced perilous financial pressures, most presidents perceive a positive racial climate on their campuses and are increasingly confident that their institutions are financially stable.
Inside Higher Ed, March 10, 2017

Paul Allen gives $40 million to UW computer science; regents name school after billionaire

He’s the co-founder of Microsoft, the owner of the Seahawks, a philanthropist who has given millions toward brain science, cell science and artificial-intelligence research, and founded a museum devoted to pop culture and science fiction. On Thursday, the Seattle billionaire announced he is donating $40 million to the University of Washington’s computer-science efforts, and Microsoft kicked in another $10 million in Allen’s honor, giving the new school a $50 million endowment. In turn, the UW Board of Regents on Thursday elevated the computer-science department to the status of a school, and named it the Paul G. Allen School for Computer Science & Engineering after the Seattle billionaire.
The Seattle Times, March 9, 2017

Opinion: Future-proofing manufacturing jobs

In January, the Trump Administration made a promise to increase manufacturing jobs in America, and it ignited a surge in discussions, pundit predictions and opinion pieces about the industry’s ability to compete, grow and succeed in a new and uncertain future. ... Yes, these are manufacturing jobs, too—and whether they’re filled by people with in-house training at a manufacturing company or through partnerships with community colleges, or by men and women who are ready to apply old skills to a new industry, they are a large part of what makes manufacturing move.
Forbes, March 8, 2017

UW president doesn't regret having Milo Yiannopoulos on campus

The investigation continues into January's shooting at the University of Washington during a speech by controversial writer Milo Yiannopoulos. One man was injured but as yet, no one has been charged. Still, University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce is defending her decision to allow the speech to happen. She spoke about it during a recent taping for the Seattle Channel's Civic Cocktail.
KUOW, March 8, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

A boom in Promise

Interest in free community college programs has been gradually spreading across the nation. But no other state can match California's boom in Promise programs. Whether funded by a private company or a city’s taxpayers, the state in recent years has seen a dramatic increase in initiatives to eliminate tuition for community college students. Of the nation's more than 190 tuition-free community college programs, more than 50 exist in California.
Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2017

Opinion: Legislature: Negotiate to properly invest in state’s children

With a local school district budgeting crisis averted, the Washington Legislature has little to distract itself from answering the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. Time to fully fund public schools.
The Seattle Times, March 10, 2017

Irretrievable aid data

Six days after the Internal Revenue Service's data retrieval tool for the federal financial aid system went down, the Department of Education and IRS said Thursday they anticipate the tool will be unavailable for several more weeks. The ongoing issue is causing consternation among organizations that advocate for expanded college access, because it will make applying for financial aid more difficult for low-income students and could lead to more verification checks of aid applications.
Inside Higher Ed, March 10, 2017

House votes to delay school-funding ‘levy cliff’; legislation goes to Gov. Inslee

The Washington House Thursday voted to delay the so-called school-funding “levy cliff,” a measure sought for months by Democrats and many school districts worried about a looming revenue drop next year. The 87-10 vote to approve Senate Bill 5023 in the House follows Wednesday evening’s approval in the GOP-controlled Senate and comes after months of debate in Olympia over K-12 education funding. Gov. Jay Inslee said he would sign the bill when it arrives on his desk.
The Seattle Times, March 9, 2017

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