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News Links | October 12, 2017

October 12, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Six Washington community colleges up for $1 million Aspen Prize

Six Washington community and technical colleges are in the running for the Aspen Prize, a $1 million, national award that recognizes two-year colleges that do the most to improve the lives of their students. The six are: The Lake Washington Institute of Technology (Kirkland), Olympic College (Bremerton), Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom, Renton Technical College, South Puget Sound Community College (Olympia) and Whatcom Community College. In all, 150 of the nation’s nearly 1,000 community colleges are eligible for the prize. Those schools were selected by Aspen using nationally available data on performance, improvement, and equity in student retention and completion. ... One Washington school, Walla Walla Community College, shared the national prize in 2013 with Santa Barbara City College in California.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 12, 2017

Bringing it home: Airborne CEO, a Joyce native, tells of progress so far

The CEO of Airborne Environmental Control Systems, a startup company relocating its headquarters to Port Angeles, said Wednesday his company has already captured $200 million in business. ... He told the crowd he has been in conversations with Peninsula College to find ways to teach students the skills they need. “We’re working with [PC] in phase two to put together CNC training and 3-D printing for metal and composites,” he said.
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 12, 2017

STEM program expands to Clark College

Clark College and other Washington schools will offer a program helping students of color and women transfer to universities for science and technology degrees, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges announced Tuesday. The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program, or MESA, will come to Clark to help underrepresented students pursue STEM-related degrees, or science, technology, engineering and math. The college will receive $125,000 annually to help enroll students in tutoring, extra study sessions, transfer counseling and study centers.
The Columbian, Oct. 11, 2017

US community colleges offer higher education at lower cost

Several United States-based community colleges participated in an education fair in Jakarta on Tuesday (10/10) to present young Indonesians wishing to study abroad with more affordable alternatives. ... There are currently around 9,000 Indonesians studying in the United States and US Ambassador Joseph Donovan said he is working to increase that number. He added that there is a 95 percent approval rate for student visa applications at the US Embassy in Jakarta. Sixteen community colleges, including Bellevue College and Shoreline Community College from Washington State and Riverside City College from California, participated in the event.
Jakarta Globe, Oct. 11, 2017

The Betti Tool Fund: a generous donor pays it forward

“One day, a woman walked into my office and asked what I would do if somebody donated a bunch of money to the program,” recounts Norm Chapman, Automotive Program Professor at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC). “I told her how difficult it is for students to buy the tools they need for their training. Some of these students barely have enough money to buy shoes, let alone expensive tools.” That woman is Evelyne Betti, and the story of how she ended up in Norm Chapman’s office that day is amazing in itself. Mrs. Betti had just finished lunch in the Percival Room with then SPSCC President Kenneth Minnaert. They were walking across campus and she spotted the Automotive Technology Department and made a beeline for the building, leaving President Minnaert in her dust. After looking around and peppering Chapman with questions, she handed him a $10,000 check.
Thurston Talk, Oct. 11, 2017

WWCC transfer programs transform students’ lives

Single moms who sometimes miss class to take care of sick kids. Guys who work the night shift before coming to morning classes. Students struggling to do college work in their second language. These are students who want to be doctors, lawyers or engineers, and will do whatever it takes to get there. At Walla Walla Community College, the unofficial motto is: “Bring ‘em on.” At WWCC it’s the arts and sciences program that prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate institution.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Oct. 11, 2017

LWTech receives $275K grant for advanced manufacturing training

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), in collaboration and partnership with the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, received a $275,000 Washington state Talent and Prosperity for All (TAP) grant to train current and future advanced manufacturing students for in-demand jobs. The partnership joins public and private resources to help promote 250 current manufacturing employees, and create training opportunities for entry-level workers to fill the resulting vacancies, with a focus on populations that face barriers to employment. ... LWTech and Everett Community College’s Corporate Continuing Education Center (CCEC) will offer classes on the Kirkland campus of LWTech, and will work with partner organizations to identify populations to train and provide placement opportunities for students.
Kirkland Reporter, Oct. 10, 2017

Applied learning: SPSCC alumnus helps design remodel for CAD/BIM program

As a teacher, there’s no greater thrill than seeing your students successfully apply what you’ve taught them. Imagine, then, how Professor Mike Murphy feels. One of his former pupils, Michaela Kleinhans, is now a member of the team from KMB Architects that’s designing the building renovation for the CAD/BIM program he teaches at South Puget Sound Community College. “It’s very fulfilling and exciting,” he says. “Michaela is very smart and talented and I’m thrilled that she’s having such a successful career.”
Thurston Talk, Oct. 10, 2017

'Terrorist threats' made against Clover Park Technical College

Lakewood police are investigating several "terrorist" threats that have been made recently against Clover Park Technical College. The threats have been made on several occasions last week and this week, police are saying. Each threat has been a hoax, police have determined, but the threats have forced the school to go into lockdown. One of the threats forced Harrison Preparatory Academy, which is a short distance west of Clover Park, into lockdown. Even though the threats have been hoaxes, police are investigating the incidents as terrorist threats.
Lakewood Patch, Oct. 10, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

New data on course loads and persistence

Small increases in course loads can increase the odds that students will stick with college and eventually graduate, particularly part-time students. That's the central finding of a new report from Civitas Learning, a student success company with a focus on predictive analytics.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 11, 2017

Central Washington University to offer free classes for high-school students in Sammamish

Students at four high schools on the Sammamish Plateau have a new way to earn college credit tuition-free this year with the opening of a new center run by Central Washington University. The university, based in Ellensburg, is partnering with the city of Sammamish to offer dual-credit courses at a site at 120 228th Avenue Northeast, which is owned by the city. Dual-credit courses allow students to take advanced courses for both high-school and college credit.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 11, 2017

Lukewarm embrace of free speech

College students might appreciate free speech in the abstract, but question them on more granular issues, and their support softens, according to a new survey. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a prominent civil rights watchdog group, released the results of its new survey on student free speech Wednesday, a summary of the opinions of 1,250 students at two- and four-year institutions across the country. While most students supported the principles of campus free expression, some of their answers seemed to contradict this in some way.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 11, 2017

U. of Wisconsin system proposes merging 2-year and 4-year colleges

The University of Wisconsin system wants to merge its 13 two-year colleges with its four-year institutions, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Under the proposal, each two-year institution would merge with one of seven four-year campuses. It’s not immediately clear what the proposed mergers would mean for jobs and programs at the two-year colleges. Ray W. Cross, the system’s president, said the plan would take effect in July 2018, pending approval in November by the Board of Regents.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 11, 2017

Opinion: Can a college have a growth mind-set?

Carol Dweck’s distinction between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset has become a popular way to look at teaching. I’m wondering if it might also help in looking at colleges as institutions. ... Institutionally, a growth mindset would involve an ethic of experimentation, and some level of tolerance for failure. It would work on an iterative model, in which a department might try three things for a while, keep the one that worked, junk the other two, and replace the other two with two more to see how they work. At any given moment, something would be failing somewhere, but over time, the wins would accrue.  
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 11, 2017

Opinion: Saying yes to undergraduate research

Over the past 30 years, more and more faculty members and institutions have embraced undergraduate research as a way to further faculty research and to enhance student learning. It has been used to attract and retain talented students, to improve the educational experience of minorities, and to prepare more students for graduate school. ...So why don’t all faculty members who do research participate in undergraduate research? In conjunction with the Council on Undergraduate Research, I have worked with more than 600 institutions at weekend workshops to help faculty members and administrators grapple with the barriers that prevent them from creating the programs and structures they want to put in place.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 8, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

The new, improved IPEDS

There has hardly been an easier target for disdain in higher education circles than the federal graduation rate produced through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. The federal government's primary data collection vehicle for higher education is both essential and subpar, particularly when it comes to measuring how students move into and through the postsecondary ecosystem. ... Today, the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics unwraps a revision of the IPEDS database that will expand the government's tools for measuring postsecondary outcomes, especially for the students who, for lack of a better term, are frequently called "nontraditional" (even though they now outnumber the "traditional" 18- to 22-year-olds). While the changes are partial and leave many policy makers wanting more — most of which cannot be accomplished unless and until the federal government ends its ban on collecting student-level data — they are widely seen as a vast improvement.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 12, 2017

Opinion: State budget held hostage and Washington schools pay price

The start of the school year is always such a busy and fun time for my family. Anticipation and excitement abound. Unfortunately for me as a first-term legislator, the excitement is dampened because for the first time in history, there’s no state construction budget. That means we are not living up to our promise to ensure the best possible education for all kids in Washington. Schools districts in every corner of the state are struggling without the state funding they need to fix leaky roofs and build new classrooms for 1.1 million students from the South Sound to Spokane.
The News Tribune, Oct. 7, 2017

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