News Links | March 23, 2017
System News | Opinion
2017 will be remembered as a momentous year for Columbia Basin College and the wonderful community we serve. Projects completed this year will send ripples
into our region for decades. June will bring the completion of the four-story Wortman
Medical Sciences Center in Richland, adjacent to the Health Sciences Center and across
the street from the original Richland campus, which will soon house the Health Sciences
Academy for the Richland School District.
Tri-City Herald, March 23, 2017
The Mid-Columbia has much to gain from its growing reputation as a leader in STEM
(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) literacy. Long before most communities
were placing emphasis on STEM education, Tri-Cities leaders were hard at work designing
our region’s award-winning STEM school, Delta High, which opened in 2009. Delta High
put the Mid-Columbia on the STEM map and led the way for numerous STEM elementary
schools that followed. A new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics)
middle school is scheduled to open in the fall. The outstanding STEM offerings at Columbia Basin College and Washington State University Tri-Cities are the capstones of our local STEM education
Tri-City Herald, March 23, 2017
Whatcom Community College was recently approved as one of five community colleges in Washington state to offer
the core curriculum required to become a Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT).
Indicating the strength of its paralegal studies instruction, Whatcom is the first
college to offer the curriculum that isn’t currently part of an American Bar Association-approved
program. Retroactive to fall 2016, graduates of Whatcom’s paralegal studies program
who continue and successfully complete LLLT requirements may become independent law
practitioners who assist clients with a limited scope of family law legal issues.
Whatcom Talk, March 22, 2017
Clark College student journalists scored first- and fourth-place finishes during the annual Associated
Collegiate Press’ midwinter conference, held March 2-5 in San Francisco, Calif. The
Clark College Independent finished first ahead of 14 other schools in the large-school
online news category. The paper’s print edition finished fourth out of 12 entries
from community colleges.
The Columbian, March 22, 2017
Edmonds Community College offers an opportunity for area students to receive scholarships through the Free
Books Campaign. Danielle Carnes, M.S., Executive Director of Strategic Enrollment
Management at Edmonds Community College provided information on the program that provides
free books to local high school students who sign up for college.
My Edmonds News, March 22, 2017
More than 210,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are looking for work nationally, but
one local company hopes to put a dent in that number by placing a priority on hiring
former service members. About a third of Woodland-based Tribeca Transport’s 25 employees
are veterans. The company wants to boost that number to 40 percent. The waste transportation
firm received the “Hire-A-Vet” award Tuesday from the state Employment Security Department,
which honors companies that place an emphasis on hiring veterans. ... [Michael] Benko
said Tuesday’s award, presented at Lower Columbia College, also recognized the company’s innovations in partnering with LCC to start a commercial
driver license program to address the ongoing shortage of licensed truck drivers.
Two of the company’s drivers, Steve Pattison and Jeff Watson, also now work as LCC
instructors who provide hands-on driving experience to students acquiring a commercial
Longview Daily News, March 21, 2017
Mel Kobel wasn’t the best student or athlete at Roosevelt School in Port Angeles in
the early 1950s. He was more troubled than most. But two years at Olympic College turned his life around and now at 83 and living in Brookdale, an assisted living
facility in Federal Way, Kobel looks back and is thankful for those years.
Kitsap Sun, March 21, 2017
Imagine having your family uprooted and moved to a new country. You don’t speak the
language, but you take language classes in the evening and are grateful to find an
entry-level job to pay bills. Your son attends a local school, and one day he comes
home with a note that you cannot decipher. What do you do? If you live in the Edmonds Community College service area, then you have access to a wonderful resource: Parent Mentors.
My Edmonds News, March 21, 2017
The 42nd annual Walla Walla Branch of American Association of University Women book
sale is the most successful ever, with a gross income of $54,409, said Kay Raddatz
in a release. She co-chairs the event with Melanie Plantaric. The sale brought in
$7,684 more than in 2016 and $9,743 came from their special collectible books collection,
primarily due to the increase in great donations. ... Proceeds fund scholarships for
local women returning to college, and educational projects and events. ... Twenty Walla Walla Community College John Deere and Automotive Technology program students and staff volunteers loaded
the boxes onto a big truck from the WWCC Commercial Driving program.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, March 21, 2017
Hannah Stuchlik has a quotation from Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes written
in grease pencil on her bedroom window: “There’s no amount of success that allows
you to stop working hard.” It’s a lesson the Battle Ground High School junior is taking
to heart. A full-time Running Start student at Clark College, Stuchlik, 16, is looking to transfer, after getting her associate’s degree next
year, to Washington State University in Pullman. There she has her eye on a combined
Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Clark County Today, March 20, 2017
Trends | Horizons | Education
Every year, prospective students receive offers to attend their college or university
of choice. And every year, some of them turn down those offers. Common wisdom holds
that cost is a major factor in those students’ decisions. And new data from a private
company provide insight into how much of a role costs play in turning students away
from their top choice for college. Almost one-fifth of students who were admitted
to their top choice of college or university in 2016 but decided not to go there turned
it down because of the cost of attendance, according to new data from Royall & Co.,
the enrollment-management and alumni fund-raising arm of EAB.
Inside Higher Ed, March 23, 2017
In a sometimes fervid discussion Wednesday, a Tacoma teacher, a youth advocate and
a retired state Supreme Court justice laid bare the costs to society — and to students
— when adequate funding for public education isn’t there. Hundreds gathered at the
University of Washington’s Kane Hall for the talk, a Seattle Times’ LiveWire event,
that explored how investing in K-12 schools is linked to a mix of social issues, such
as youth incarceration and unemployment rates.
The Seattle Times, March 23, 2017
A new study from the Rockefeller Foundation and Edelman Intelligence questions whether
the college degree is the best way to screen candidates for entry-level jobs. The
survey of 1,200 recent college graduates, human-resources officials, company executives
and young people who face economic barriers found that the top metric for evaluating
a new employee is how well he or she fits with company culture, according to 49 percent
of employer respondents, criteria the study said can be subjective and unscientific.
Inside Higher Ed, March 22, 2017
For the past five years teachers at Spokane’s Rogers High have pursued an approach
that may seem counterintuitive: by making school tougher, they can get more students
to go to college.
The Seattle Times, March 22, 2017
Politics | Local, State, National
In a rare point of agreement, the Trump administration and many academics would like
to see less focus on colleges as work force development centers. The administration
has said too many students are being prodded toward bachelor’s degrees over apprenticeships
and other noncollege options.
Inside Higher Ed, March 22, 2017
Toward the end of a nearly three-hour hearing on improving the federal student aid
system Wednesday, Representative Glenn Grothman identified an issue with Pell Grants
that doesn't get much attention. "Anecdotal evidence" in his district, the Wisconsin
Republican said, indicated people are choosing not to marry so they can have incomes
low enough to qualify for the need-based aid program. Asked to respond by Grothman,
the panel of witnesses testifying before the Subcommittee on Higher Education and
Workforce Development was for several seconds stunned into silence. Grothman also
argued that first-year students should be barred from receiving Pell Grants to make
sure the federal government is not "wasting money" on those who don't graduate. And
he suggested that low-income recipients are spending the grant aid on "goodies and
electronics." Those students could pay for college by taking out loans, he said.
Inside Higher Ed, March 22, 2017
Since President Trump was elected on a pledge to build a wall on the Mexican border
and to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, Angela has been afraid to come
to class. ... Yet the women, and 420 other immigrant and refugee students enrolled
at the center, keep coming to class. They’re determined to learn the language that
could land them a job and a shot at the American Dream. Five hundred more immigrants
are on a waiting list to get in. That’s not the case everywhere. Across the country,
ESL programs are reporting drops in attendance, ranging from the small to the significant.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 22, 2017