News Links | October 10, 2017
System News | Opinion
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
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
Grays Harbor Talk, Oct. 9, 2017
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 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
The Daily World, Oct. 7, 2017
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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 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
Bothell Reporter, Oct. 5, 2017
Trends | Horizons | Education
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
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 10, 2017
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
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 10, 2017
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
The Seattle Times, Oct. 10, 2017
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
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