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News Links | November 7, 2017

November 07, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Yakima Valley College students dress for success

As strains of “Tour of the Kingdom” filled an empty Yakima Valley College classroom, Eliazar Valero stood inside a smaller adjoining room, greeting visitors with a smile. Valero wore a John W. Nordstrom wool jacket handmade in Italy, a tie and Van Husen dress shirt and cuffed khaki dress slacks that slightly draped the tops of his brown G.H. Bass & Co. tassel loafers. All around him stood shelves and racks filled with clothing and accessories, some bearing labels sure to delight fashionistas — Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta. Rodeo Drive, where YVC students may shop for free, was open for business.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 6, 2017

The first female member of iconic rock band Guns N' Roses started as a classically trained pianist

Anyone who's seen Guns N Roses on their “Not in This Lifetime…Tour,” which kicked off in April 2016 and ends November 29, will have noticed Melissa Reese on keyboard and singing backup. The Seattle native is the only woman on stage with Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reed, Frank Ferrer, and Richard Fortus. She's also the only woman to have joined the band's ranks as a full-time member, period, since it formed in 1985. ... I went to L.A. immediately after high school. I took online classes in theory, music history, and jazz studies at North Seattle College, [but] never finished. I didn’t even apply [to other schools]. I knew what I wanted to do.
Cosmopolitan, Nov. 6, 2017

James Bukovinsky, a young grower working in Benton City, Washington

James grew up in Woodinville, Washington, and earned an environmental science degree from the University of Idaho. After his degree, he toured California vineyards and fell in love with farming, diving into viticulture courses at Walla Walla Community College. ... I didn’t know much about Washington wines before entering Walla Walla Community College. How I got into this industry is a little odd. Most people I know in this industry have a degree in viticulture.
Good Fruit Grower, Nov. 6, 2017

She saw a need; she filled it

Allyson Farrar’s day starts at 4:15 a.m. Before she gets to the office, she’s already made four stops at businesses around Bellingham. Depending on the day, she might head down to Bellevue for a full work day, followed by night classes. “I do a lot of driving,” she said. “I put like 25,000 miles a year on my car.” Farrar works at Walker Group Ventures, where she is the human resources manager for all the company’s businesses in Washington: all three Scotty Browns restaurants, Barre3 fitness studio and No. 1 Automotive Body Repair. She started as an office manager for just the restaurants, but quickly noticed a need at the company for cohesive HR practices. ... So, she decided to make those systems herself. That included writing handbooks and job descriptions for every position at the company. That also included going back to school — she enrolled in a program at Bellevue College and is working toward her human resources management certification. In addition to her full-time job, she goes to Bellevue for class one night a week. Sometimes that means a 19-hour day.
Bellingham Business Journal, Nov. 6, 2017

Budget crisis: School projects face cuts, delays

No state capital budget could mean the delay of projects at area schools, and in one case, budget cuts. Washington State University Vancouver and Clark College hope to receive about $7.5 million combined for campus projects in this year’s proposed biennial capital budget, which was held up after state legislators failed to pass the spending plan over a disagreement with how to respond to a state Supreme Court ruling on rural wells. In limbo at Clark College are $5.2 million in pre-design and design dollars for the first building at its campus at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield. “We’re six months behind on planning for the north county facility,” college spokesman Chato Hazelbaker said. Also significant, Hazelbaker said, is the two years of annual $422,000 for facilities improvements such as adding accessible restrooms, repairing roofs, additional security cameras and emergency speakers.
The Columbian, Nov. 5, 2017

State pays $2.6 million to settle dispute over community college computer system

Washington paid a bankrupt technology company $2.6 million to settle a dispute arising from the ongoing problems of installing a new computer system at community colleges in Spokane and Tacoma. Originally estimated to cost $100 million, the system is several years behind schedule and at least $10 million over budget. It has been the source of ongoing problems for administrators, staff and students at the Spokane and Tacoma campuses, which served as a test sites for software and equipment the state plans to install in all its community colleges. Expansion of the system, called ctcLink, has been halted until problems in Spokane and Tacoma are worked out. ... The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges last year withheld some payments, arguing work in the contract was either not done or not up to standard. Ciber filed for bankruptcy in April and a few days later sued the state, saying the board hadn’t paid for some $13 million in work the company had done.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 5, 2017

Opinion: First-Gen struggles don’t end after graduation

Justin Dampeer is the program manager of the Transition Success Center at Highline College. As the first person in my family to go to college, I feel lucky to work in programs that support first-generation college students (first-gen) with similar experiences and barriers to my own growing up. While I can’t speak for everyone coming from this background, my experiences help provide me with a starting point to connect with almost any student who walks through my office door.
Federal Way Mirror, Nov. 3, 2017

Thomas Stredwick appointed to Big Bend's Board of Trustees

Thomas Stredwick has been appointed to the Big Bend Community College Board of Trustees. Gov. Jay Inslee confirmed the appointment this week. Stredwick replaces former Trustee Dr. Mike Villarreal, who resigned in June to become the superintendent for the Hoquiam School District. Stredwick is the manager of Public Affairs for Grant PUD, responsible for media relations, internal communications and community engagement. He is a Big Bend graduate and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University.
iFIBER One News, Nov. 3, 2017

Opinion: Two simple words can help regional tech diversify its workforce

Two breathtakingly simple words can help regional tech grow and diversify its workforce: community college. At the time of writing, a whopping 26 out of 34 community and technical colleges in Washington state offer bachelor of applied science degrees targeting high-growth occupations in need of more qualified college graduates. ... Take Green River College. Students can earn a bachelor’s degree in software development at up to half the cost of a state university. ... One such example of this kind of coalition-building is AppConnect NW. This new consortium is funded by the National Science Foundation and consists of five community and technical colleges in the Puget Sound including Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Bellevue College, North Seattle College, Renton Technical College, and Green River College.
Auburn Reporter, Nov. 2, 2017

Former homeless families share how local programs helped them

In 1991, Puyallup resident Bonnie Young found herself living in a 24-foot trailer with eight other people. She had just moved back to Washington state from Virginia, and her dwelling consisted of her husband, mother, father, sister, nephew, two daughters and her son. She’d grown up in Washington state, living in the Auburn and Bremerton areas, her father working in a shipyard. She married in 1998, and after moving to several different states, returned home to Washington. But that’s when things fell apart. ... Young hadn’t thought about it, but she decided to go to Bates Technical College for dental assisting. She graduated a few months later, and was eventually able to move her family into an apartment in 2002. Her two daughters graduated from Puyallup High School, with her son expected to graduate this year.
Puyallup Herald, Nov. 2, 2017

Community called on to help with presidential search at Highline College

As many as eight members of the South King County community will be asked to serve on a subcommittee to help in the search to replace Jack Bermingham, who retired earlier this year as Highline College president. During a special public meeting Monday on campus, the college’s board of trustees approved the overall makeup of the group.
Auburn Reporter, Nov. 2, 2017

Opinion: Wild and precious life: Choosing to live as though I have nothing to lose

For some 16 hours a day, my “home” of sorts is my cherry-red power wheelchair. It is a feat of technology, a beast of a chair that navigates even Astoria’s steepest grades. It can tilt far back and extend my legs straight out, almost to the point of inversion to relieve chronic swelling in my lower limbs. And no matter where I go, I always have a seat. ... I surrendered to using a wheelchair in the spring of 2014. I was falling at least daily and struggling mightily simply to get ready for the day. The wheelchair was a means to keep working at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington.
The Daily Astorian, Nov. 2, 2017

Early learning advocates host forum

A movement emphasizing early childhood education is gaining momentum in Skagit County. On the heels of an annual report that found Skagit County children are less prepared for kindergarten than many other children throughout the state, local organizations are mobilizing to find ways to increase learning opportunities for children before they enter a traditional school system, including preschool. ... The forum was presented by United Way, the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) and Skagit Valley College in an effort to rally community support behind early learning — learning that happens from birth to kindergarten.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 2, 2017

College pantry offering free food for hungry students

College is supposed to help students prepare for the long-term. Students at South Puget Sound Community College get help to survive day-to-day. In October, students started receiving cans of food and produce from a pantry for free.
KING 5, Nov. 1, 2017

Grays Harbor College purchases new fish lab equipment

The Grays Harbor College Foundation recently helped the College’s Fish Lab program purchase new monitoring and viewing equipment, using funds from the John and Joyce Smith Model Watershed Endowment. Earlier this month, 1,000 young trout were transferred to the Fish Lab where they will be cared for until next Spring. In addition, coho and chum eggs will be arriving later this Fall and Fish Lab volunteers from our community are working to ready the facility. Also during November, more extensive monitoring of Alder and Fry Creeks will be underway. Each of these projects involves utilizing the new equipment.
Grays Harbor Talk, Nov. 1, 2017

CBC receives $33,500 donation to help nuclear technology students

Nuclear technology students at Columbia Basin College in Pasco are getting some help from a familiar source. Washington River Protection Services donated $33,500 to the college’s program, which offers one-year certificates and associates degrees. About $6,000 will pay for scholarships; the rest will pay for new equipment for students. The equipment purchase includes an Emerson field communicator, a handheld device for teaching instrumentation calibration.
Tri-City Herald, Nov. 1, 2017

Bright Futures breakfast brings in $185,000 for LWTech

On Tuesday morning, students, staff and community supporters gathered at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland for the school’s annual Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast event. The purpose of the event was to raise money for student scholarships as well as the school’s emergency fund. The event brought in $185,000, in part because of the Bridge the Gap Student Emergency Fund Matching Challenge, which was posed to attendees that morning.
Kirkland Reporter, Nov. 1, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

‘Inclusive access’ takes off

Major education publishers — including Pearson, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education s — report that the number of colleges offering "inclusive-access" programs has grown rapidly in recent years. Where previously students might have been assigned textbooks individually, now many institutions are signing up whole classes of students to automatically receive digital course materials at a discounted rate, rather than purchasing individually. The "inclusive" aspect of the model means that every student has the same materials on the first day of class, with the charge included as part of their tuition. For publishers with struggling print businesses, the inclusive-access model is a lifeline.
Inside Higher Ed Nov. 7, 2017

To merge or not

Mergers involving community colleges have become more popular as enrollments and state funding have declined at many institutions in recent years. Saving money, in particular, is the driving reason behind Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian’s plan to consolidate the state’s 12 community colleges into one accredited institution. Georgia, Louisiana and Pennsylvania have merged institutions or considered mergers in recent years to address these issues. ... But pushback from local legislators about proposed mergers, as well as the potential loss of a college’s connection to its region, are reasons why mergers often fail, she said, adding that the economic impact on a community when it loses a traditional community college often isn’t politically feasible or desirable for economic development.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 7, 2017

Study: Academic gaps persist — but haven’t widened — between high- and low-income kindergartners

When education economist Emma García started researching the academic gaps that show up in kindergarten between low-income students and their high-income peers, she had reason to suspect the gaps had widened in recent years. Income inequality in the U.S., for example, has been on the rise: Since 1980, incomes have stagnated for the bottom 50 percent of American adults. Meanwhile, the top 1 percent, who in 1980 earned 27 times more than the bottom 50, now earn 81 times more. But despite that growing economic inequality, reading and math performance gaps between low-income students and their more well-off peers haven’t grown, according to a recent study from the Economic Policy Institute.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 6, 2017

Opinion: How dual enrollment contributes to inequality

For the first time in five years, I am teaching a section of Honors World History this fall. It’s a small class with lots of opportunity for interaction between the instructor and the student. That’s right: One student enrolled in the class at the beginning of the term. I’m happy to report that that number has since steadily risen — to three. It’s still well below the enrollment 10 years ago, when honors general-education classes here at Arkansas State University routinely reached their maximum of 15. ... There has also been a notable demographic shift compared with five years ago. The students in my gen-ed classes are disproportionately minorities, adults, and graduates of rural high schools. I am teaching fewer middle-class, suburban, white students. So what’s happened? For middle-class students who attend well-funded high schools, general education at less- and moderately-selective state universities is increasingly a thing of the past. This is especially the case for the humanities courses, but the social sciences and STEM areas are affected, too. Some of this is due to the popularity of Advanced Placement classes, but concurrent enrollment (or dual enrollment) is what’s really driving the trend.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 5, 2017

Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition program opens to new investors

Two years after it was frozen to most investors, Washington’s prepaid-tuition plan opened this week to parents who want to start a new account, or add to an existing account by prepaying for college tuition. However, the state board that oversees the Guaranteed Education Tuition program (GET) is not yet ready to roll out a separate so-called “529” savings plan, the details of which are still being hammered out. (The number 529 refers to the section of the federal tax code that allows states and state agencies to create college-savings plans.) Meanwhile, the state Auditor’s Office decided to audit the program after a former GET employee asserted that GET was mismanaged, and that it overcharged some of its investors.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 3, 2017

Years of growth at WSU came with a lot of debt

Washington State University is facing a $30 million budget deficit. University President Kirk Schulz is calling for 2.5 percent cuts in all departments to get the school back in the black in the next three years. The situation has raised a lot of questions about how all this happened. KNKX Morning Edition Producer Ariel Van Cleave turned to Spokesman-Review higher education reporter Chad Sokol for some answers.
KNKX, Nov. 3, 2017

IT effectiveness found lacking

Many campus investments in information technology aren't necessarily paying off, according to the National Survey of Computing, eLearning and Information Technology. The survey of IT leaders, conducted by the Campus Computing Project, found that many see only modest benefits from IT investments, and generally low satisfaction with many IT services on campus. The survey, with responses from 199 public and private institutions across the U.S., asked chief information officers to reflect on computing efforts on their campus.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 3, 2017

Where the STEM jobs are (and where they aren’t)

The national priority in education can be summed up in a four-letter acronym: STEM. And that’s understandable. A country’s proficiency in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is vital in generating economic growth, advancing scientific innovation and creating good jobs. ... Much of the public enthusiasm for STEM education rests on the assumption that these fields are rich in job opportunity. Some are, some aren’t. STEM is an expansive category, spanning many disciplines and occupations, from software engineers and data scientists to geologists, astronomers and physicists. What recent studies have made increasingly apparent is that the greatest number of high-paying STEM jobs are in the “T” (specifically, computing).
The New York Times, Nov. 1, 2017

What colleges want in an applicant (everything)

The admissions process is out of whack. Just ask the heartbroken applicant, rejected by her dream school. Ask high school counselors, who complain that colleges don’t reward promising students for their creativity, determination or service to others. Even the gatekeepers at some famous institutions acknowledge, quietly, that the selection system is broken. Ask five people how to fix it, though, and they’ll give five different answers.
The New York Times, Nov. 1, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Princeton, Microsoft file joint DACA lawsuit

Princeton University and Microsoft have joined together to file a lawsuit against President Trump’s rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. A DACA-protected student at Princeton, Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez, is also listed as a plaintiff. ... Because of the demographic that DACA protects, many colleges have become vocal about Trump’s reversing of the program. Microsoft employs 45 DACA recipients, according to Princeton’s statement announcing the lawsuit.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 6, 2017

Defining colleges' liability for fraud claims

The U.S. Department of Education will ask the appointed panel charged with overhauling an Obama-era rule to protect student borrowers to reconsider the extent to which colleges and universities should be liable for loan discharge claims based on fraud or misrepresentation. That question is one of many that the panelists will be asked to grapple with in a process called negotiated rule making, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced in June that she would block the student protection regulation, known as borrower defense, from going into effect and would launch a rule-making process to craft a new rule.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 6, 2017

Opinion: WGU accepts financial aid without aid of a faculty

In 2011, after much controversy, the Washington’s Legislature recognized online Western Governors University, a Utah-based nonprofit with no professors, as a state public college. Soon after, WGU became eligible to receive State Need Grant funds, which provide support to Washington’s neediest students. At the time, I wrote in the Seattle Times that WGU does not offer a “real college education,” because education “requires students to struggle with difficult material under the consistent guidance of good teachers. WGU denies students these opportunities.” Earlier this fall, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General agreed. It is time for the Legislature to do the same.
Everett Herald, Nov. 5, 2017

DeVos falsely suggests that student loans were federalized to pay for Obamacare

In an interview with Politico, Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, falsely suggested that the federal government had taken control of the student-loan market to help pay for the administration of the Affordable Care Act. The statement reinforces the impression that Ms. DeVos is not schooled in the basics of higher-ed policy. Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system, previously told The Chronicle that she had to explain to the secretary what a specific federal grant for low-income students — commonly known as a “SEOG grant” — was. “Her learning curve where higher ed is concerned is quite vertical,” she said.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 2, 2017

Republican tax proposal gets failing grade from higher-ed groups

Republicans in Congress released their proposed overhaul of the nation’s tax laws on Thursday, including several measures that would place new tax burdens on colleges and students — and, critics said, could undermine charitable giving to higher education. The bill was met with immediate opposition from a number of higher-education groups, which argued that the measure would rob institutions of vital dollars and increase the price of college for debt-laden students and already-strapped families.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 2, 2017

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