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News Links | October 10, 2017

October 10, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Port of Bremerton making pitch for Amazon headquarters

As Amazon launches a nationwide search to find a home for its second headquarters, Port of Bremerton officials are hoping the Seattle tech giant won't overlook its own backyard. The port plans to submit a response to Amazon's recent request for proposals for siting a $5 billion campus that could employ 50,000 workers. ... County residents enjoy a high quality of life and low housing costs compared with tech hubs like Seattle. There are several universities in the region and Kitsap's Olympic College offers a number of four-year degrees in partnership with other institutions.
Kitsap Sun, Oct. 9, 2017

Grays Harbor College bachelor degree program creating next generation of foresters

As part of the mission to meet educational needs of the community, Grays Harbor College offers programs that correspond to today’s job market. One example of this responsiveness is the new Bachelor of Applied Science in Forest Resources Management (BAS-FRM) program. ... Founded in the booms days of early logging and steeped in the history of forestry, the College offers a connection with the industry that has staff and students excited for the new degree.
Grays Harbor Talk, Oct. 9, 2017

LCC gets $80,000 gift from former employee

Lower Columbia College has received $80,000 from alumna and retiree Jeane Wirkkala Moksness, the school announced last week. Moksness designated $75,000 for the school’s Student Success Fund and $5,000 toward its Early Learning Center. Every year the Student Success Fund distributes $50,000 — typically in sums of less than $500 — to students struggling to make ends meet. LCC’s Early Learning Center provides state-licensed child care for children aged four weeks to kindergarten.
Longview Daily News, Oct. 9, 2017

Hundreds gather on Grays Harbor College campus for Latinx event

Hundreds of young people from Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Pacific and Grays Harbor counties attended the Latinx Youth Summit at Grays Harbor College Friday. Neysa Alaniz was one of them. The 17-year old from Aberdeen credits the Latinx gathering with teaching her the importance of taking her education more seriously. ... Latinx is hosted by South Puget Sound Community College, Centralia College, The Evergreen State College, Grays Harbor College and St. Martin’s University, alternating annually.
The Daily World, Oct. 7, 2017

Gorst creek reborn after $30 million cleanup of Navy dump

Standing atop a boulder in an empty creek bed, Jeffry Rodin glances around a ravine that until recently was hidden by garbage, and whose banks now climb as high as 75 feet. ... Since April 2016, the EPA has led a nearly $30 million effort that's not only dredged about 1,000 feet of Gorst Creek of nearly 340,000 tons of rubbish but has rebuilt and restored a fish-bearing Puget Sound stream. ... Workers rescued more than 100 tons of granite from the site, which Rodin believes may have been part of a gate belonging to the naval hospital or Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The granite has been donated to the parks departments of Bremerton, Poulsbo and Kitsap County and Olympic College.
Kitsap Sun, Oct. 7, 2017

‘It’s all about balance’: the art of contact staff

DaRelle Lamarque practices the art of contact staff at Volunteer Park in Seattle recently. “It’s all about balance and momentum and body awareness,” says Lamarque, about how to keep the staff moving, often without the use of his hands. Lamarque, who served in the army and is starting his nursing-school prerequisite classesat Seattle Central College, said he enjoys the expressive nature of the art form.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 7, 2017

Washington’s Running Start program a national standout, study says

A new study says Washington’s Running Start program is a national leader when it comes to helping pave the way for high-school students to eventually finish college. In this state, the study found, high-school students in Running Start ended up finishing a college degree or certificate, well above the U.S. average. A majority of those students received a bachelor’s degree. ... But both Jenkins and Jan Yoshiwara, the head of Washington’s State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, say Running Start should expand its reach even further.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 6, 2017

Opinion: The opposite of free speech | Diversity

“Rhetoric” is a word which often sounds negative, but the 2000-year-old discipline which I teach at Highline College has some valuable insights to offer our world in our present moment. If our political system depends, at least in theory, on people making decisions over their own lives instead of trusting dictators to do it for them, then people must learn how to come to some kind of agreement about what to do together.
Federal Way Mirror, Oct. 6, 2017

Washington wine’s next generation: Seth Kitzke

Seth Kitzke is quick to say that, as a teen, his only interest in the winemaking process was that the crushpad was a good place to skateboard. Now 29, Kitzke has done a 180. The winemaker for Kitzke Cellars recently moved from Seattle back home to the Tri-Cities, where “grinding” on the crushpad now involves grapes. ... There Seth met his wife, Audrey; went to South Seattle College to learn winemaking; and worked alongside such winemaking luminaries as Brian Carter (Brian Carter Cellars in Woodinville), Charlie Hoppes (Fidelitas Wines in Woodinville and on Red Mountain) and Robert Smasne (Smasne Cellars in Prosser).
The Seattle Times, Oct. 6, 2017

Putting a public face on Whatcom County’s Sikh population

Only a few years ago, before the current Whatcom County Council member and Sikh community leader became an elected official, the word was offered as a simple affirmation of what he assumed most people embraced. We all have contrasting opinions, but 30 years of living in America as a brown-skinned immigrant taught [Satpal Singh] Sidhu that we still agree on a basic framework — the rule of law. Now, with racial violence in American streets, and the nation’s love-hate history with immigration swinging, in some corners, again toward the latter, even optimists such as Sidhu must concede that it has become more of an open question. But on balance, for Sidhu’s Punjabi immigrant brothers and sisters — and other nonwhites — America remains a land of opportunity. ... Sidhu worked as an engineer from Alberta to California before finally settling down in Whatcom, where he was employed in the refining industry at Cherry Point — still an economic mainstay of the county. He later became a dean at Bellingham Technical College, and later ran a Bellingham solar-energy business.
Pacific NW Magazine, Oct. 5, 2017

Centralia College Foundation honors 1938 graduate, longtime doctor with display

The Centralia College Foundation is honoring a 1938 graduate of the college with a display of his paintings, sketches and wood carvings in the Ehret Lobby of the Walton Science Center. Dr. Ross Galvin, 98, passed away July 13 in Olympia. He was a longtime supporter of the college and the nursing program. He was also a doctor in Centralia for 35 years. Galvin attended Centralia Junior College between the Great Depression and World War II. He grew up in Centralia and decided to attend the junior college because it was convenient, close and affordable, according to a press release.
Centralia Chronicle, Oct. 5, 2017

Cascadia College offers career track degrees in biology, homeland security emergency management

Cascadia College is offering two new associate degrees for students this fall. The Homeland Security Emergency Management degree provides career-bound students with practical experience to prepare them for emergency management jobs in state, local and federal government. ... The associate in biology degree is the most direct path for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their Bachelor of Science in biology.
Bothell Reporter, Oct. 5, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

A big publisher embraces OER

For years, big-time publishers have been skeptical of open educational resources, questioning their quality and durability. But one of those publishers, Cengage, is today announcing a new product line built around OER. Cengage predicts that the use of OER — free, adaptable educational course materials — could triple over the next five years. In a report published last year, Cengage said that education and technology companies were ready to “embrace the movement” — adding their own services and technology to create “value-added digital solutions that help institutions use OER to its best advantage.”
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 10, 2017

Opinion: Innovative teachers for tomorrow’s careers

Great teachers are vital to the success of our nation’s students. Teaching also happens to be one of the most rewarding vocations a person can pursue — one that directly affects the next generation, fuels our economy and changes lives. ... Research affirms that teachers who are knowledgeable about their content area — particularly in science, technology, engineering and math — are better able to instruct and inspire students. But too few of our nation’s STEM experts choose to apply their talents to this important career path. 
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 10, 2017

Opinion: Adults and community college degrees

Most community colleges have adopted the mission of serving low-income, underprepared students who are in need of postsecondary education for any success in employment and earnings. There is growing consensus that this approach should encourage students to define a specific program of study at the outset of their college experience, with the college promoting strategic interventions to keep them on track to completing their program. But most of those initiatives are directed to students making the transition from high school to college, and little attention has been paid to applying this approach to the needs of working adults. Focusing on the student-success needs of adult students is extremely important to many institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 9, 2017

Guest essay: 3 ways to recruit more teachers in Washington

Even though Washington is now much better off than Hawaii, it should continue to push for better results from its schools and better conditions for its teachers. Washington needs to continue the momentum created by the McCleary school-funding decision to build a world-class education system in all its districts. Here are my recommendations on how to do that.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 9, 2017

A ‘Global Innovation Exchange’

A new academic enterprise, born of a partnership between the University of Washington and China’s Tsinghua University — and seeded with $40 million in funding from Microsoft — welcomed its first class of master’s students this fall. The Global Innovation Exchange, or GIX, opened in September in a new building in Bellevue, Wash., about a 10-minute drive from the UW campus in Seattle. It is enrolling 43 students in its first cohort across two programs, a 15-month master of science in technology and innovation (MSTI) offered by UW, and a 21-month program in which students spend an additional six months studying at Tsinghua and receive master's degrees from both universities. 
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 9, 2017

Group attempts new twist on accreditation

The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher & Postsecondary Education is a new group that is exploring alternative approaches to accreditation in higher education. With funding from the Lumina Foundation and through the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, the QA Commons last week announced a pilot project to assess higher education programs at 14 institutions around the country. The project, which features a broad range of participating colleges, including public universities and community colleges, will focus on the employability of students.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 9, 2017

Will they cheat? Do they like the course?

Professors can employ plenty of best practices to reduce academic dishonesty among students. But those efforts might be doomed if students don't like the course in the first place. According to new research, Eric Anderman, a professor of educational psychology at Ohio State University, whether a student likes or dislikes a class can disrupt previously established predictors of whether or not they’ll cheat.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 6, 2017

Anti-Islamic fliers pop up on WWU campus

Western Washington University Police is stepping up security after threatening anti-Islamic fliers and posters have recently showed up on campus on several different occasions. Officials said officers are increasing their presence in areas like Haggard Hall and Miller Hall, where the fliers were found. The flyers are full of profanity and death threats.
KOMO News, Oct. 5, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Sen. Patty Murray wants to fix what experts call ‘enormous inequalities’ in child care

Education Lab spoke with the authors of “Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality,” a book that outlines a plan to boost early learning in the United States. ... Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, of Washington, says she has also heard countless stories of families who can’t afford child care, which motivated her to craft a new bill that she discussed Monday at the Redmond YWCA, with two of the book’s authors at her side. ... Murray’s bill would add more affordable child-care options, support universal preschool programs and increase compensation for child-care workers. She introduced it this past month, with strong support from Democrats but none yet from Republicans.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 10, 2017

Trump links border wall, green-card overhaul to DACA

President Donald Trump told congressional leaders on Sunday that his hard-line immigration priorities must be enacted in exchange for extending protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Trump's list of demands included overhauling the country's green-card system, a crackdown on unaccompanied minors entering the country, and building his promised wall along the southern border.
Yakima Herald, Oct. 8, 2017

Undocumented immigrants press case on Capitol Hill as DACA deadline looms

On the last day for submitting renewal applications under DACA, more than 100 young, undocumented immigrants from 25 states traveled to Capitol Hill to plead with lawmakers to protect them from deportation. They came with stories to share, hopeful their emotional experiences would put a human face on a deeply divisive political issue. ... It remains unclear, however, whether their visit this time will be any different from previous trips to Washington.
The News Tribune, Oct. 4, 2017

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