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November 28, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Whatcom Community College reminds students – we’re all in this together

For the beginning of the school year, the Arts and Humanities department at Whatcom Community College created shirts for all of their faculty that proudly proclaimed, “We’re all in this together.” Inspired by recent events and the desire for unity, a few key staff members got together to organize the project. “We liked this because we felt that it gave a sense of community,” said Rhonda Daniels, division chair for the Arts and Humanities. “It doesn’t matter what community we’re even talking about, whether you’re just talking about the campus community, the political climate, diversity, anything. All of those are big issues. It’s open enough that you could really apply it to anything, use it as a lens.”
Whatcom Talk, Nov. 28, 2017

Edmonds Community College students work to thwart cybercrime

Far from the halls of Langley or Quantico is Snohomish Hall on the campus of Edmonds Community College. Inside room 123, students are fighting the endless onslaught of internet attacks launched at you and me. Student Elizabeth Hauser examines a screen showing the real-time global offensive against Americans, their bank accounts, businesses, and much more. She says western Washington is a prime target right now. 'You can blame Cyber Monday, you can blame Microsoft, but this is a very real threat," she said. Steve Hailey teaches Information Security and Digital Forensics at the college. In class, he pulls up stolen credit cards he can find for sale every day on the dark web. "They're actually having Christmas sales, right now," he said, pointing to sites from Russia offering stolen cards for as little at $12. This is the kind of stuff his students are learning to sniff out and protect against.
KING 5, Nov. 27, 2017

Education Focus: Skagit Valley College clubs promote kindness on campus

Two Skagit Valley College clubs are hoping to bring a little more kindness to campus. The college’s Veterans Club and its Manufacturing and Innovations Club are partnering to carry on a military tradition, with a twist. ... In the spirit of military challenge coins — coins emblazoned with military branch or unit logos — the Veterans Club has commissioned the Manufacturing and Innovations Club to create 3-D printed coins, which members of the Veterans Club will give out to people on campus who they spot doing good deeds.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 27, 2017

Seattle Central revives student newspaper

The Capitol Hill Times could soon have more competition in the neighborhood as Seattle Central College is once again reviving its student newspaper. The college’s The City Collegian ran for 40 years, but shut down in November 2008 due to issues between the administration and the paper’s staff. Then came The New City Collegian briefly from 2012 to 2014, with The Central Circuit magazine moving to online only and then ending in 2015. ... Horton said part of the reason The City Collegian couldn’t make it was due to state budget cuts at the time. The college said at the time of the paper’s folding that it had to do with faculty advisor Jeb Wyman resigning, according to a Seattle Times report.
Capitol Hill Times, Nov. 27, 2017

Clark College Penguin Pantry helps students in need

In a quiet corner of the Clark College campus, in a repurposed classroom where students once nourished their minds, they now go to fill their bellies. The Penguin Pantry, Clark College’s food pantry, opened this summer, with a celebration late last month. There, students can select canned and boxed foods, bread and packaged snacks. Another set of shelves are lined with toiletries — mini bottles of shampoo, toothpaste and soap. Occasionally, fresh fruit and vegetables are in the refrigerator, baby food on the shelves and school supplies in jars.
The Columbian, Nov. 26, 2017

‘I can’t imagine not having this place’: How Kent youth centers shape young immigrants’ lives

Sometimes knowing that you belong is enough, especially if you are a refugee. Vy Tran, a Vietnamese refugee, found that sense among the people at the after-school program at King County Housing Authority’s Birch Creek Apartments. Shortly after moving to the United States at 5 years old, Tran started going to the youth center, run by Kent Youth and Family Services. Year after year, mentors guided her and friends supported her on lonely nights and weekends when no one was at home. ... In 2014, Tran graduated from Kentlake High School and received her degree at Green River College. This year she graduated from the University of Washington-Tacoma with a major in psychology and minor in criminal justice. Tran will start taking Arizona State University online classes in January as she works toward a master’s degree.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 26, 2017

Vancouver man on a mission native to his heart

Before one of his dazzling performers hits a stage somewhere in the USA, Andre Bouchard has done lots of mundane legwork at his cluttered kitchen table in east Vancouver. Much of it is a detail wonk’s dream: booking dates and setting up schedules. Reviewing technical contract riders to make sure all is correct and crystal clear. Bugging busy venue managers who expressed interest, then disappeared. There’s also the bigger-picture part: writing project grants and consulting with venues, from theaters to universities, who’ve hired Bouchard to help them design authentic Native American cultural programming, or get indigenous performers onto their stages. ... After that he pursued many related opportunities, earning a master’s degree in arts management from Carnegie Mellon University and working everywhere from Microsoft and the University of Washington to the theater at Edmonds Community College, staging upwards of 100 events per year, he said.
The Columbian, Nov. 25, 2017

Big Bend community college wins national recognition

Big Bend Community College is one of eight community colleges nationwide to earn recognition from an organization that promotes academic achievement and improvement at community colleges. Big Bend was one of two colleges in Washington named as a “Leader College” by Achieving the Dream Network in 2017. The organization promotes post-secondary education, especially community college, and for minority and low-income students. The two Washington colleges were the only two in the West receiving the award this year. ... Edmonds Community College also received the Leader College designation. 
Columbia Basin Herald, Nov. 24, 2017

Clark College opens new culinary institute

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Clark College will launch a new era in the region’s culinary scene as it hosts the ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Tod and Maxine McClaskey Culinary Institute. The modern, 20,615-square-foot facility provides a variety of fast, fresh and healthy dining options for students, faculty, staff and the community. The space features three kiosks, a full-service baking retail store and barista bar, and grab-and-go items. Next year, a fourth kiosk and student-run restaurant will open. The space also offers indoor and outdoor seating. The McClaskey Culinary Institute is also home to the college’s completely redesigned Cuisine Management and Baking and Pastry Arts programs, which restarted this fall after years on hiatus. The design of the space allows visitors to see and interact with students, bringing food preparation and learning to the whole college.
Vancouver Business Journal, Nov. 24, 2017

Pierce College alum’s debut film garnering awards at film festivals around the country

Like many college freshmen, Serena Berry wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to study when she first enrolled at Pierce College. Her passion had always been art, but she thought she may have better career prospects if she pursued a construction management or business degree. After taking a number of different classes in the three programs, she settled on art thanks in part to her experiences with faculty members in the program. ... Even after she completed her associate degree at Pierce College, her relationships at the college remained strong. It was one of her former professors who offered her a spot in the college’s first script development workshop offered through a partnership between Pierce College and Seattle’s The Film School.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 24, 2017

Skagit Valley College culinary program makes meals for those in need

What does it take to make Thanksgiving meals for 25 families? For Skagit Valley College’s culinary department, the answer includes 150 pounds of potatoes, 100 pounds of squash, 80 pounds of Granny Smith apples and 28 quarts of turkey brine. ... Skagit Valley College culinary students and faculty, as well as students from the Northwest Career and Technical Academy, spent the week preparing meals to feed those in need. The tradition is now in its 22nd year.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 23, 2017

Jobs that pay without a B.A.: the most lucrative fields in Washington state

Want to make good money without earning a four-year college degree? Consider becoming a dental hygienist, diagnostic ultrasound technician, registered nurse or respiratory-therapy technician. Those are a few of the jobs with salaries that hit $50,000 or more a year just a year out of a training program at a community or technical college. These numbers — produced by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) — dovetail with the findings from a recent report by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, which concludes that blue-collar jobs that pay a good wage continue to be on the decline across the country, but skilled-services jobs that pay well are on the rise.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 22, 2017

Inmate-made meals take edge off confinement

Inmates at the Walla Walla County Jail will have something to be thankful for Thursday — a traditional turkey dinner they’ve had a hand in making. Every year the kitchen staff at the jail creates a full holiday meal with pies, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans and, of course, turkey, said Carol Guay, the jail’s kitchen manager. The jail provides Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners because the holidays can be a depressing time of year for inmates and the meals can help take the edge off jailhouse tensions, Guay said. ... Jail Commander Mike West said he hopes to turn the kitchen program into a class through the Walla Walla Community College so inmates can walk out of jail with a certificate in hand.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Nov. 22, 2017

Providence starts its own medical assistant apprenticeship program

Like a Major League Baseball franchise, the Spokane-based Providence Medical Group within the last year has developed its own farm system of sorts in an effort to meet the increasing need for medical assistants at the organization’s regional hospitals and clinics. The inaugural Providence Health Care Medical Assistant Apprentice Program currently has a total of eight students here, most of whom are recent high school graduates who had taken medical assistant classes at Spokane Valley Tech and Spokane’s NEWTECH Skill Center. ... Locally, medical assistant training programs at both Spokane Community College and Spokane Valley-based Carrington College have produced the largest number of medical assistants for the Spokane area. However, both colleges combined are unable to meet the high demand for medical assistants that now exists here, Higginbotham says.
The Spokane Journal of Business, Nov. 22, 2017

Business Movers: Columbia Credit Union honored by Clark College Foundation

Columbia Credit Union was awarded the 2017 Presidential Award for Excellence in Philanthropy by the Clark College Foundation for its commitment to the Vancouver college and the community. Columbia’s gifts have supported several Clark College educational initiatives, including upgrades to its Pharmacy Technician program and the building a simulation pharmacy, as well as the construction of a new STEM building and expansion of its science, technology, engineering and math programs.
Oregon Live, Nov. 22, 2017

Statewide group formed to reduce poverty

As many families struggle on a regular basis, Governor Jay Inslee has formed a new interagency group to reduce poverty in Washington. According to Inslee, when families are able to meet basic needs, children do better in school, communities flourish and the economy grows. ... The work group will consist of members representing DSHS, ESD, Commerce, the Health Care Authority, the Workforce Training and Coordinating Board, the Washington Student Achievement Council, the Department of Health, the Department of Early Learning, the Department of Corrections and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
KXRO, Nov. 21, 2017

Fighting hunger with “empty bowls”

Now is the time of year when communities in North County take part in an annual event highlighting the need for hunger relief close to home. Both Ridgefield and Woodland have groups taking part in the Empty Bowls Project, with Woodland’s event having occurred earlier this month and with Ridgefield’s own iteration happening Dec. 2. The event utilizes the work of artists through handmade ceramic bowls which serve as the serving vessel for soup, the meal of the night for the event. ... For this year Woodland had support in Clark College students who through a grant from Arts of Clark County made and donated more than 200 bowls for the event, as well as ceramic items for the auction. The college students weren’t the only ones helping out, as Woodland High School SkillsUSA students prepared the soup served for the event.
The Reflector, Nov. 21, 2017

Fantasy Lights and Bates Technical College partnership fuels real-world experience

The largest drive-through holiday lights display in the Northwest is just south of Tacoma at Spanaway Park. With more than 300 vibrant installations, Fantasy Lights has become a tradition for many — including students at Bates Technical College. For the past 23 years, the college has collaborated with Pierce County Parks and Recreation to offer a hands-on learning opportunity for its welding students, who have built more than 70 displays for the park. This year’s contribution is a magnificent fairy-tale castle that reaches 16 feet into the night sky. Built during the college’s summer quarter, the castle is an example of the real-world learning experiences the partnership helps provide.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 21, 2017

Bermingham named president emeritus

Highline College trustees have voted on a president, although not a future one, as has been the recent focus, but a past one. During a Nov. 16 meeting, trustees voted to appoint Dr. Jack Bermingham as president emeritus. The honorary distinction recognizes Bermingham’s more than 22 years of distinguished service to the college. He retired in August 2017 after serving more than a decade as president.
Auburn Reporter, Nov. 21, 2017

YVC wines earn medals at Tri-Cities Wine Festival

It’s been a good year for Yakima Valley College’s winemakers. Yakima Valley Vintners, the college’s label, took home eight medals — one gold and seven silver — from the recent 39th annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival where some 70 wineries competed in blind tastings. It was the 10-year-old program’s best showing yet in the festival. In past years, the college’s wines have won bronze, silver and gold medals.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 20, 2017

YVC student wines win 8 awards at annual wine festival

Wines crafted by wine-making students in the Yakima Valley were awarded at Tri-Cities Wine Festival. Yakima Valley Vintners, the teaching winery of Yakima Valley College, walked away with seven silver medals and one gold medal for their wines at the festival, held November 11. Student-created wines compete with the commercial wineries in this event. According to event leaders, 70 wineries competed.
KIMA TV, Nov. 20, 2017

Cascadia College establishes Bock Center honoring Kirkland benefactors

Following its acceptance of a bequest of $570,000 from Margaret Bock, the Cascadia College board of trustees recently voted to rename the school’s learning center. The center is now called the John and Margaret Bock Learning Center, in honor of Bock and her late husband John’s generosity.
Kirkland Reporter, Nov. 20, 2017

Gardening: SCC students will show off fruits of labor at annual Poinsettia Open House

All of us who are passionate about plants discovered our passion at different times in our lives and under widely variable circumstances. Some of us discovered it early as kids. Others found it later in life after they had walked a few different roads before discovering their passion. “I have dreamed about working with plants and landscape design for the last 15 years and finally just decided to go back to school to learn about them,” said Jamie Lucas, a second-year horticulture student in Spokane Community College’s horticulture program. Jarred Reitan, also a second-year student found his way into the program after life took a sharp turn, and he had to find a new career. His love of plants brought him to SCC.
The Spokesman Review, Nov. 15, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Study: Loans increased community college attainment

Community college students who were offered and took out loans earned more credits and attained higher grade point averages than did peers who did not receive the "nudge" to borrow, according to a study released Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research. In the study, by Benjamin M. Marx of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Lesley J. Turner of the University of Maryland at College Park, students at a large community college were randomly offered either a loan of $0 or a loan of $3,500 (for freshmen) or $4,500 (for sophomores). The differing loan offers had no meaningful impact on whether students enrolled in the year the loans were offered, but the students who borrowed subsequently "earned 3.7 more credits and increased their GPAs by 0.6 when induced to borrow by the nudge, representing increases of roughly 30 percent relative to control group means." And the students who received the nudge were 10 percentage points (or 200 percent) more likely to transfer to a four-year institution.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 28, 2017

What hashtag would you use to discuss racial equity in Washington schools?

Worldwide, thousands of educators and advocates have discussions about race and equity in education using the hashtag #educolor on Twitter. If you had to make a hashtag like this for Washington, what would it be? About a month ago, Education Lab launched a discussion group on Facebook with 68 people who care deeply about racial equity in our state’s schools: parents of students of color, and K-12 educators. As part of that, we posed a similar question to them a few weeks ago, asking: “If you were to create a hashtag around the issues students of color face in Washington schools, what would it be?” To broaden that discussion, now we want to hear from the rest of you — especially students.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 28, 2017

Opinion: Responding to the new Title IX guidelines

The Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era guidelines for how colleges and universities should decide misconduct cases under the gender-equity law Title IX will likely lead to fewer disciplinary actions for students accused of sexual assault. For victim advocates and others concerned about the effects of the rescission, fewer disciplinary actions represents a step back. Without a doubt, higher education institutions must carefully consider whether to raise the standard of proof. At the same time, and equally important, they must continue working to create safer campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 28, 2017

Scramble for dual-credit certification

Some states and colleges are scrambling to offer incentives and develop programs that help dual-enrollment instructors meet a change in accreditation guidelines for teaching the increasingly popular courses. But concerns remain about whether colleges will have enough qualified dual-credit instructors by the time the accreditor’s deadline arrives.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 27, 2017

Opinion: Beyond funding, six reforms needed for public schools

When the Legislature convenes in a little more than a month, lawmakers must keep a laser focus on the quality of Washington’s education system, not just on how they fund public schools, as mandated by the state Supreme Court. In its Nov. 15 McCleary ruling, the court agreed that lawmakers had adequately boosted state funding for K-12 schools, but missed the deadline by a year for implementing those changes. In the upcoming 60-day legislative session, the challenge is to fund an additional $1 billion by the fall 2018 deadline they set themselves. As lawmakers continue to debate school funding, here are six goals to focus the conversation and insure the best outcomes for students.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 24, 2017

How Washington’s superintendent of the year meets urban needs without urban services

Washington has a new state Superintendent of the Year, and it’s Frank Hewins, who for 30 of his 40 years in education has worked in the Franklin Pierce School District south of Tacoma. He took the helm as chief of that district— which has about 8,000 students — in 2007, the same year one of its two high schools was labeled a “dropout factory.” But the district’s overall graduation rate has since soared, to 85 percent last year. And ninth-grade course-failure rates — a key indicator of whether a student will ever graduate — have plummeted.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 24, 2017

No consistent sanctions for silencing

One member of a student group that disrupted the University of Oregon president’s State of the University address last month has been punished. The student — Charlie Landeros — has been assigned an essay. Landeros, who prefers the pronouns they and them, also has had a letter reprimanding them added to their record. But those consequences pale compared to those levied on students found guilty of the same offense one state over, at California's Claremont McKenna College. There, five students were suspended — three of them for a year — for shouting down the controversial conservative figure Heather Mac Donald. The penalties for students who interrupt speakers vary drastically among institutions, in part because each case is so specific, but also because campus leaders remain reluctant and a little unsure of how hard to come down on these protesters, experts say.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 22, 2017

Getting personal about cybersecurity

Today’s students may be digital natives, but that doesn't mean institutions can count on them to protect themselves from cyberattacks. A recent survey by the technology firm CDW-G found that the No. 1 cybersecurity challenge facing IT professionals on campus is educating users about security policies and practices. Among students surveyed, just 25 percent dubbed the cybersecurity training or education efforts on their campus as very effective. One institution, however, may have found a way to reach students — by making them, and their pets, the stars of a cybersecurity-awareness campaign. Speaking at the annual meeting of Educause in Philadelphia this month, representatives from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst shared how they leveraged students’ love of social media and personalized content to encourage them to up their cybersecurity game.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 22, 2017

Citibank must pay $6.5M for loan servicing failures

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered Citibank to pay $3.75 million to consumers and another $2.75 million civil penalty for student loan servicing failures it said led to incorrect late fees and interest charges. The CFPB also found that Citibank misled borrowers about their tax-deduction benefits, overstated minimum monthly payments and didn't provide required information after refusing to release a co-signer for a loan.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 22, 2017

Researchers find early signs that Seattle’s $58 million preschool program may be paying off

When voters in 2014 approved a $58 million property-tax levy to pay for city-subsidized preschool, elected officials largely sold the idea as a way to help erase the gaps in achievement among ethnic groups that show up even before children enter school. And now, more than halfway through the program’s four-year trial period, a new study of its results to date suggests it is preparing more children for kindergarten, with the greatest gains among students of color and those from low-income households or families that don’t speak English.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 21, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Is DeVos devaluing degrees?

The Trump administration's higher education policy to date has consisted largely of undoing what it inherited — rolling back, for instance, ambitious Obama era regulations on for-profit colleges and campus policies on sexual assault. Observers looking for an affirmative, forward-looking agenda have been hard-pressed to find much so far. But Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this month provided as a clear a sense as observers have yet seen of her vision for her department's role in, and agenda for, postsecondary education, with a set of comments signaling a shift in emphasis from education to training.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 28, 2017

Opinion: Dream big, pass clean DACA law

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instituted by President Obama in 2012 has allowed more than 800,000 undocumented immigrants, 18,000 of them residing in Washington, to come out of the shadows. These young people receive work permits renewable in two-year increments. They can carry a Social Security card and a driver’s license. The executive order was rescinded by President Trump in September. And while the U-Turn was fueled by the administration’s brash nativist instincts, maybe in the big picture it wasn’t such a bad thing. DACA was a Band-Aid. It conferred no legal status. It didn’t advance so-called “Dreamers” on a road toward citizenship, years after they were brought to the U.S. by parents who overstayed visas or crossed the border illegally.
The News Tribune, Nov. 27, 2017

Tug-of-war on loan servicing

The Department of Education’s announcement in May that it would rescind extensive requirements for loan servicers previously issued by the Obama administration was a red flag to skeptics who already doubted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's commitment to protecting student borrowers. Those requirements pressed servicers to be more active guides for borrowers seeking to pay off their student loan debt. And they said servicers would be judged based on outcomes for borrowers as well as the effectiveness of communications to borrowers, including special outreach to those at risk of default.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 27, 2017

Opinion: Whoosh, clang! There goes another state school funding deadline

Funny how one deadline to fix Washington’s marathon school funding crisis always seems to give way to another, and another, and another. It happened again last week when the state Supreme Court sent legislators back to class with a daunting assignment due in 20 weeks: find $1 billion in additional revenue for teacher and staff salaries. The English humorist Douglas Adams once wrote: “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” As the whooshing continues in Olympia, legislators now have a new reckoning day: April 9. It’s the latest in a long series of rolling deadlines, some self-imposed, since the court issued its 2012 McCleary decision, which ordered the state to make ample provision for K-12 education. The court later held the Legislature in contempt for missing key targets.
The News Tribune, Nov. 20, 2017

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