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May 23, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

New leader of Washington’s community college system plans to push for more money

The new leader of the state’s community college system plans to continue the fight for more funding from the Legislature, including money for a new program that makes it easier for students to chart a path to a degree. In 2016, the community college system received about as much money from the Legislature — $727 million — as it did in 2007, in inflation-adjusted dollars. That’s why the colleges are asking the Legislature for an additional $200 million for the 2017-19 biennium, said Jan Yoshiwara, who’s been tapped to be executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). ... Five of the state’s community colleges — South Seattle, Everett, Pierce, South Puget Sound and Peninsula — are piloting guided pathways, but the state board has been offering workshops on how to implement the system to every college, and all have participated. 
The Seattle Times, May 23, 2017

Skagit Valley College campaigns to remove barriers to success

When Alana and Jason Quigley moved to Skagit County six years ago, they were struggling. Jason Quigley had recently been laid off from his job, and neither had any education beyond high school. Together, the couple decided to go back to school. But life kept getting in the way of their education at Skagit Valley College. Alana Quigley said they often worried they would have to drop out to take care of bills. “To be able to stay in school, we sometimes had to ask for help with paying a bill or child care,” she said. Their story is not uncommon. “You would be surprised how many students have to make a decision between buying a textbook or paying a utility bill,” Skagit Valley College President Tom Keegan said. “They’re forced to make decisions in the moment that have a lifetime effect.” With the public launch of its “Removing Barriers” campaign, the college is attempting to address the issue and keep more students in college.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 22, 2017

Cellarbration raises money for scholarships

Winery tasting room or college building? It was hard to tell in the ATEC building at Big Bend Community College Saturday night, as people throughout the community came out to support a cause that has aided countless students throughout the years. Cellarbration has been put on by the Big Bend Community College Foundation (BBCCF) since 2002 and regularly sees hundreds of people support the cause of raising money to provide scholarships for high school students, professional/technical program students and people who have been out of college and are returning to school.
Columbia Basin Herald, May 22, 2017

JBLM graduates receive their diplomas

It was hard to contain the excitement as a packed house at Clover Park Technical College’s Sharon McGavick Conference Center watched 180 graduates walk onto the stage to receive diplomas the afternoon of May 12. ... The event, the 30th annual Joint Base Lewis-McChord Combined College and University Graduation, didn’t lose its dignity but allowed for expression of enthusiasm, relief and rejoicing as families and friends shared the culmination of many long hours of hard work on the part of students, teachers and staff.
Northwest Guardian, May 22, 2017

South Puget Sound Community College brews up innovative new program

Here in Washington, and specifically in Thurston County, it seems like new breweries and distilleries are popping up all over the place. From mom and pop operations to full-scale major businesses, the industry continues to grow and is here for the long-haul. This resurgence makes sense as the Olympia Brewery helped to shape this community over the past century. In fact, the City of Tumwater is in the middle of restoring the old brewhouse at the base of Tumwater Falls and hopes to one day offer educational opportunities centered around brewing and distilling there. In the meantime, the need remains to fill that education gap in the industry and South Puget Sound Community College is ready to help.
Thurston Talk, May 22, 2017

Swinomish donate police vehicle to college program

The Swinomish Police Department donated a police vehicle Thursday afternoon to Skagit Valley College’s law enforcement program. The Chevy Tahoe will be used by the college to train students on how to conduct traffic stops and how to safely drive emergency vehicles. Swinomish police Chief Lou D’Amelio said the department has ties to the college program.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 20, 2017

Clark College receives math grant

Clark College hopes subtracting remedial math courses and adding real-world context will equal student success. The school recently received a two-year, $150,000 grant from College Spark Washington, which funds programs across the state to support low-income students. Students in remedial math classes currently have to take up to four classes to catch up. The new program will replace that with a two-course program, featuring changes to curriculum that make math more hands-on and applicable to their planned major.
The Columbian, May 20, 2017

Carlyle Care Center in downtown Spokane to stop serving residents with severe mental illness

The Spokane area’s largest assisted-living facility is closing its doors to more than 100 residents with severe mental illness and complex medical problems, and social workers are scrambling to find them new homes. The Carlyle Care Center, at 206 S. Post St. in downtown Spokane, will turn its focus to people who have struggled to find housing because of criminal convictions, said Hilary Young, spokeswoman for Pioneer Human Services, the Seattle-based nonprofit that operates the Carlyle. ... Ursula Heflick, who has worked at the Carlyle in various capacities since 2007, called that wishful thinking. She said there aren’t enough beds in the area for the kinds of people who live at the center. “For many of them, it means they are losing their home,” said Heflick, who also teaches courses on addiction at Spokane Falls Community College.
The Spokesman-Review, May 20, 2017

TCC's new Community Health degree approved

With the health care industry going strong in the region, Tacoma Community College’s board of trustees has approved the school’s proposed new Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Community Health. The degree has also received approval from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges also approved the BAS, allowing the college to move forward with launching the program. TCC hopes to accept the first cohort into the Community Health program in Fall 2018. 
Business Examiner, May 18, 2017

WVC offering new bachelor degree in nursing

The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission has granted Wenatchee Valley College initial approval for a registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing (RN-to-BSN) program, which is the first of two four-year degrees that WVC will offer. The college plans to admit the first class of students into the program in the fall of 2017 pending final approval.
KPQ, May 18, 2017

Telling a story and making money with numbers

Numbers tell a story. That fact is the passion that drives Baltej Gill’s life and work. “It’s just for me, and this sounds really geeky and nerdy, I like the data and the analytics,” Gill, a digital marketing specialist with Hagadone Digital in Waterloo, Ontario. “I like helping brands excel.” Gill was a featured speaker at Wednesday’s DigiMark Summit 2.0 conference, sponsored by Hagadone Digital and Grant County Economic Development Council (EDC), and held in the ATEC Building at Big Bend Community College.
Columbia Basin Herald, May 18, 2017

CPTC shows off cool tech & hot careers at career conference

The Clover Park Technical College Lakewood Campus crowded with people on a rainy May 11 as 4,000 local middle school, high school and prospective students visited for the college’s annual Career Conference. ... CPTC showcased its more than 40 programs for prospective students and offered demonstrations, activities and workshops throughout the day under the theme “Cool Tech & Hot Careers.” Visitors to campus had the opportunity to learn about all their possible program options, and some took their first step toward attending in the future.
The Suburban Times, May 18, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Going big into ‘microcampuses’

Rather than build its own brick-and-mortar branch campuses, the University of Arizona is embarking on a plan to open more than 25 “microcampuses” at international partner universities over the next three years, creating a network that it hopes will be capable of educating more than 25,000 students around the globe. Arizona’s plan is for each of the microcampuses to offer at least one, and in most cases several, dual-degree programs in which degrees are conferred by both Arizona and a partner university. Each microcampus will be housed at the partner university, which agrees to provide classrooms and a UA-branded space.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2017

Here's a voucher program for special needs kids that works

Dorothy, of Spring Hill, Fla., has a 15-year-old son with spina bifida and developmental delays, and her 13-year-old daughter is, she says, "mildly autistic." Neither was happy at public school. ... Today, Dorothy is homeschooling her son and daughter with the help of a novel item on the school choice menu: the Gardiner Scholarship. This voucher program, created in 2014, can be used by students with specific disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. It has grown rapidly and is now used by 7,000 Florida students.
KNKX, May 23, 2017

Credits up with 15 to finish

A new analysis examining the effects of Indiana’s 15 to Finish initiative finds the greater the financial incentive, the more likely students will take on a full-time course load — and with little to no negative impact. The report examines the effects of the Indiana Legislature’s 2013 decision to increase the number of courses students needed to complete each year in order to be eligible to renew their state financial aid award. Students are now required to take at least 30 credits a year — or 15 a semester — to maintain aid. The move was made in an effort to cut down on students’ time to graduation.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2017

An affordable pathway to a bachelor's degree

Students who are eager to pursue four-year degrees without taking on too much student debt are increasingly turning to community colleges as their first step to a bachelor’s degree. But transferring across institutions often isn’t easy, and many students lose credits when they transition from a two-year to a four-year institution. Despite that loss in credits, a new paper from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College finds that attending a community college first and transferring is less expensive than enrolling at a four-year institution as a freshman.
Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2017

How women mentors make a difference in engineering

For some women, enrolling in an engineering course is like running a psychological gauntlet. If they dodge overt problems like sexual harassment, sexist jokes, or poor treatment from professors, they often still have to evade subtler obstacles like the implicit tendency to see engineering as a male discipline. It’s no wonder women in the U.S. hold just 13 to 22 percent of the doctorates in engineering, compared to an already-low 33 percent in the sciences as a whole. Nilanjana Dasgupta, from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, thinks that mentors—people who can give advice, share experiences, or make social connections—can dismantle the gauntlet, and help young women to find their place in an often hostile field.
The Atlantic, May 22, 2017

Signs of a ceiling in online ed market

Is the community college sector the canary in the coal mine for the online education market? A new survey of online education administrators at 104 colleges and universities released today shows — as other studies have suggested — that public and private four-year institutions saw healthy enrollment growth in their fully online programs in spring 2016 compared to the year before, and that they are showing few signs of slowing their investments in the space. The situation is not the same at two-year colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2017

Growing number of Washington students report they’ve thought about suicide — or attempted it

In every average-size high-school class in this state, there are likely two or three students who have attempted suicide in the past year. An additional three or four probably have seriously considered ending their lives. Those numbers are from the latest Healthy Youth Survey, given statewide to students in the sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grades. And the results of that fall 2016 survey, released last week, found that the percentage of students who experience high anxiety, and who consider or attempt suicide, is on the rise in Washington state.
The Seattle Times, May 22, 2017

Experiments with a new way of paying for college

It’s a symptom of the current moment that ideas that might have some merit, or could help solve a problem, are prematurely described by advocates or policy makers (or, yes, journalists) as the “next big thing” before they have proven themselves effective. This is particularly true in the ed-tech space, but other sorts of purported innovations are susceptible to the same trend.
Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2017

Variation in employers' degree requirements

Employer preferences for job applicants who hold a bachelor's degree when hiring for middle-skills jobs varies significantly across metropolitan areas, according to a new paper from the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia. Employers in the Northeast were most likely to require a four-year degree, particularly compared to those in the South.
Inside Higher Ed, May 19, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Feds: 234,000 borrowers could be stuck in default

About 234,000 defaulted student loan borrowers with debt valued at $4.6 billion will be stuck in limbo and unable to get out of default if a judge's order is not lifted this week, the Department of Education said in a court filing Friday. James Runcie, the chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, provided those figures in a court filing that was part of an ongoing legal dispute over the awarding of new debt collection contracts last year. Last month, a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge overseeing the case issued a restraining order preventing the government from assigning newly defaulted borrowers to debt collectors — a key step for those borrowers to eventually rehabilitate their loan debt.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2017

Trump’s education budget takes aim at the working class

Many of the spending goals outlined in Donald Trump’s proposed education budget reflect his campaign rhetoric. The president, who has long called for reducing the federal government’s role in schools and universities, wants to cut the Education Department’s funding by $9.2 billion, or 13.6 percent of the budget approved by Congress last month. The few areas that would see a boost pertain to school choice, an idea that Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have repeatedly touted as a top priority. In the White House’s spending proposal, hundreds of millions of the dollars would go toward charter-school and voucher initiatives, while another $1 billion in grants would encourage states to adopt school-choice policies. But other aspects of Trump’s funding plan fly in the face of his past statements on education, raising confusion about his priorities.
The Atlantic, May 23, 2017

Education Department alters loan servicing

The Department of Education announced Friday that it plans to select a single student loan servicer that borrowers will interact with on a single platform, a departure from the current system where four major servicing companies handle borrowers' payments of their federal student loans.
Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2017

White House would slash student aid and NSF

The White House's 2018 budget for education — expected to be released next week as part of the administration's full spending proposals — appears to double down on the eye-popping cuts to programs included in the Trump administration's "skinny budget" released in March. According to details leaked to The Washington Post this week, the forthcoming budget calls for eliminating the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, letting the Perkins Loan program expire and ending the subsidy that pays the interest on some undergraduate loans while borrowers are in college.
Inside Higher Ed, May 19, 2017

Opinion: Lawmakers won’t reach a budget deal in 30 — or even 300 — more days

The Legislature has failed again to fix the unconstitutional way the state pays for education. Time for the state Supreme Court to get more directly involved. Although the governor is expected to call a second 30-day overtime session when the first one ends on Tuesday, he should refrain. That would delay the inevitable: the Washington Supreme Court’s next ruling calling out the Legislature for not following its orders to repair the inequities in Washington public schools.
The Seattle Times, May 19, 2017

Opinion: McCleary impasse: Our children deserve a solution, not an embarrassing civics lesson

Enough! Enough legislative dithering over Washington’s solution to the state’s school funding system, which perpetuates mortifying educational inequity among the state’s 1 million public K-12 students.
The Seattle Times, May 19, 2017

Here are K-12 education programs Trump wants to eliminate in 2018 budget

Mental health services. Civics and arts programs. International education and language studies. Anti-bullying activities. Gifted and talented initiatives. Full-service community schools. These are some of the K-12 education programs that President Trump is proposing be eliminated in his first full budget, as explained in a story published on The Washington Post’s website. The story, based on documents obtained by The Post, details the $10.6 billion in cuts the administration wants to make in federal education initiatives, and how it wants to reinvest part of the savings into efforts to promote school choice.
The Washington Post, May 18, 2017

Colleges grapple with how to help students still left in limbo by Trump’s travel ban

President Trump announced his executive order barring travelers, including students, from a half-dozen predominantly Muslim countries shortly after he took office in late January. But even in the dead of winter, officials at Ohio University were already thinking about summer. While students from the affected countries would be permitted, under the order, to complete their studies, if they went home to visit family and friends, they might not be able to return to the United States. So Ohio administrators began drawing up a plan to offer summer housing to students stranded by the travel ban.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 18, 2017

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