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October 17, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Mount Vernon School District aims for 100 percent high school graduation rate

The Mount Vernon School District has its sights set on a new goal, one it hopes will affect not only its students, but the entire community. At a community event held Thursday evening on Skagit Valley College’s Mount Vernon campus, Mount Vernon School District Superintendent Carl Bruner officially announced the district’s goal of having 100 percent of its students graduate high school. .... While much of the work to achieve the district’s 100 percent goal will be done in the public school system, the district is also relying on partnerships with Skagit Valley College and Western Washington University.
Skagit Valley Herald, Oct. 16, 2017

Opinion: Ease up on the Amazon dreams

The local stunt to apply in Amazon's HQ2 selection process isn't going anywhere, and even the folks filling out the paperwork know that. On the other hand, the exercise itself may raise the Port of Bremerton's experience with such endeavors a bit and we suppose it never hurts to dream. ... Our economic foundation should be on the people — and we've done well in that regard. Consider the progress Olympic College has made by tailoring programs and facilities that tie directly to the region's main employer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. The mechanical and electrical engineers that may now be home grown is planning that provides opportunity and bolsters a local institution and a federal installation that continues to hire at an incredible pace. Strategies that connect students to jobs in demand must be a top priority.  
Kitsap Sun, Oct. 16, 2017

Keeping prepared: port, county practice airport disaster response

Flames billowed and smoke rose from an old van hooked up to a giant propane tank more than 100 feet away. Fire crews from the Port of Moses Lake Fire Department as well as Grant County Fire District 5 responded, attacking the burning wreck near the main runway with high-powered hoses from a distance. Had this been a real crash, it wouldn’t have been the van on fire. It would have been the field, and the hulk of airplane fuselage lying in the middle of a blackened patch of sagebrush. ... The second drill — which started an hour late thanks to issues with getting all the injured made up properly and problems getting a van started — involved the crash of a “regional jet” with 30 passengers on board. Volunteers from Big Bend Community College, made up to look either injured or dead, were placed in or near a piece of 757 fuselage while the old van was set alight.
Columbia Basin Herald, Oct. 16, 2017

Spend a fifth year in college? Fewer Washington students stick around that long

Washington’s colleges and universities are doing a better job of helping more student graduate in four years. They’re doing everything from more counseling to choosing applicants more carefully. ... In the past 10 years, rising tuition and a renewed effort to keep more students from drifting over the four-year line has led to a big increase in on-time graduation. In 2015 — the latest figures available — nearly two-thirds of the freshmen who entered in 2011 had earned a degree in four years. ... WSU now encourages struggling students to withdraw and enroll at a community college to work on their skills, then return when they are ready, she said. A branch of Spokane Falls Community College has even relocated — from a site in downtown Pullman to the WSU campus — to help ease the transition.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 15, 2017

Editorial: End the ‘hostage’ drama on capital budget, Hirst

It’s been a year since a state Supreme Court decision in a Whatcom county case slowed and in many cases halted the drilling of water wells for private homes in rural areas, nine months since the Legislature began attempts to address the issue and nearly three months since lawmakers reached an impasse and left town. ... The impasse has been costly. It’s meant a virtual stop-work order for many property owners looking to drill wells for homes, but it has also put the brakes on the economic engine that is the state’s capital budget. ... In Snohomish County, the lack of a capital budget meant a lost summer of construction, including $27 million in funding for schools in Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds; a new $37.8 million science building at Edmonds Community College; and millions more for youth and senior centers, parks and social service projects in nearly every community of the county.
Everett Herald, Oct. 15, 2017

SVC Fall Powwow more than honoring Native American culture

Skagit Valley College’s Fall Powwow is a chance for Native people to celebrate their culture, as well as an effort to reach out to tribal kids. The three-day event, which concludes today, features an assortment of Native American cultural performances, primarily song and dance, from tribes across the country and Canada. It is held annually in the college’s Dave DuVall Pavilion.
Skagit Valley Herald, Oct. 15, 2017

50 years and counting

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a 10-part monthly series of stories about the first 50 years of Walla Walla Community College in five-year increments. Today’s story covers the period from its first graduating class in 1968 to 1972.) When Walla Walla Community College opened in 1967, nursing was one of its flagship programs. Marybelle Savage was one of its first instructors. In 1945 she had graduated from Seattle College and gotten her first job teaching at St. Mary Hospital in Walla Walla.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Oct. 15, 2017

EvCC’s aviation maintenance school celebrates 50 years

Dremond Stidwell is a full-time student in Everett Community College’s Aviation Maintenance Technician School. Because of the skills he’s learning, the father of two also has a full-time job with Aviation Technical Services in Everett. On Wednesday, he had a task some might see as tougher than juggling college, work and family. He spoke before a crowd of the EvCC program’s leaders and former leaders. Some recalled the school’s earliest days. ... The occasion was a reception celebrating the 50th anniversary of the EvCC Aviation Maintenance Technician School. Started in 1967 in a former military commissary at Paine Field, the program was licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration in 1968. Since 1985, it has been in a building near the county airport’s main terminal.
Everett Herald, Oct. 13, 2017

Experts call DACA cancellation a detriment to community

On Sept. 5, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration would be rescinding DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program, which protects nearly 800,000, is now in the hands of Congress. They have been given a six-month window to act. In the wake of the announcement, the reaction across the Vancouver education and advocacy community has been one of shock and dismay. “It has been a fantastic program that has offered security to students and also security to communities,” said Loretta Capeheart, associate vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Clark College.
Vancouver Business Journal, Oct. 13, 2017

Dutch Bros. raises $2,600 for Centralia College Foundation with ‘Buck for Kids’ day

Dutch Bros. Coffee raised more than $2,600 for the Centralia College Foundation  through its annual Buck for Kids day in honor of National Coffee Day, which was on Sept. 29. Across its 292 locations, Dutch Bros. donated $1 from each drink sold. The company raised $414,233 in total. Locations in Centralia, Chehalis, Lacey and Olympia raised $2,656 for the Centralia College Foundation and $2,045 for the North Thurston Education Fund. The Centralia College Foundation supports the educational mission of Centralia College, including awarding scholarships, according to a press release.
Centralia Chronicle, Oct. 13, 2017

CPTC’s open house welcomes potential students to campus

Clover Park Technical College hosted its Fall Open House Wednesday evening, welcoming more than 200 visitors to the McGavick Conference Center to learn about the college’s 44 programs and the enrollment process. Running from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., the Open House featured fair-style displays for each program, along with workshops to answer questions about financial aid, enrolling and workforce development opportunities.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 13, 2017

Program supporting STEM students to expand to 6 additional colleges

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) today announced that six more colleges will now offer MESA — a program that helps students of color and women transfer to universities for STEM-related degrees and careers. MESA — which stands for Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement — will expand to: Clark College (Vancouver), Everett Community CollegeGreen River CollegeSpokane Falls Community CollegeTacoma Community College, and Wenatchee Valley College. ... Six other Washington community colleges already offer MESA, bringing the total to 12 of the state’s 34 community and technical colleges. The program is already offered at Olympic College, Edmonds Community College, Seattle Central College, Highline College, Yakima Valley College and Columbia Basin College.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 12, 2017

Hungry? Need a toothbrush? SPSCC’s new food pantry can help

A new Food Pantry opened for students on Thursday at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia. It will be open three days a week, and offers free non-perishable food items, hygiene kits and children’s books. Kate Armstrong, SPSCC’s past student senator of legislative affairs, helped establish the program after hearing a woman’s story at the Washington Community Technical College Student Association meeting.
The Olympian, Oct. 12, 2017

Bates: Senator Patty Murray tours college’s Early Learning Center, talks access to child care

Did you know that the cost of child care has increased by 25 percent in the past decade? With costs steadily rising, more families are forced to pay more than they make for child care. To help alleviate barriers to child care access, Senator Patty Murray has introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, Sen. Murray visited Bates Technical College’s Early Learning Center to meet with local parents and talk about the bill. The bill would decrease child care costs for working families, support universal access to high-quality early childhood education, and improve compensation and training for the child care workforce.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 12, 2017

Alumni interview: Dana S. at Shoreline Community College

Dana Shaphren is an alumni of the Clean Energy Technology & Entrepreneurship program at Shoreline Community College. Although Shaphren is relatively new to the solar industry, she has roots in construction with Americorps and Habitat For Humanity. ... Shaphren says the program opened the door to many vital networking opportunities and was able to snag an internship at A&R Solar through one of her professors. If it sounds familiar, it should. She's now A&R Solar's Commercial Bid Manager. Shaphren shadowed designers as part of her internship, which meant getting to use the skills she learned through the CET program.
Center for Renewable Energy, October 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Curriculum for work-force development

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on Monday released a new curriculum it hopes employers, government and higher education can use to better collaborate on closing the skills gap. Dubbed the Talent Pipeline Management Academy, the curriculum grew out of a multiyear project from the foundation that seeks to apply lessons from supply chain management to education and work-force development. The document was designed based on feedback from more than 70 chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and work-force intermediaries.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 17, 2017

Default crisis for black student borrowers

Two analyses of newly released federal data on student loans reveal serious default problems for African-American borrowers. Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics published a report on patterns of student loan repayment for two groups of borrowers who first enrolled in college in 1995-1996 and in 2003-2004. Historically the department has not collected much data on student debt that can be broken out by the race or ethnic background of borrowers. The new report, however, included tools that researchers can use to compare how various groups are faring. Two resulting analyses found a troubling picture for black students who take out loans.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 17, 2017

‘Poison in the Ivy'

Drawing on decades of social science research as well as original analyses of campus race relations, W. Carson Byrd, an assistant professor of pan-African studies at the University of Louisville, paints a bleak picture in his new book, Poison in the Ivy: Race Relations and the Reproduction of Inequality on Elite College Campuses. Diversity programs at colleges aren’t doing enough, Byrd argues. The stated aim of exposing college students to people of diverse backgrounds might not be doing enough to break down social and racial divisions that still plague American society.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 17, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of 'missing' educators; a hundred thousand homeless students

We're doing things by the numbers this week in our weekly roundup of all things education. ... 48 percent graduation rate at some for-profit and virtual schools. Two new investigations dig into K-12 charter schools that are online, for-profit, or both. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has touted these models as innovative, and her family invested in one of the largest providers, K12 Inc. ... 327,000 public educators are "missing." The left-leaning Economic Policy Institute reports that the number of people working in public schools nationwide is 128,000 fewer than it was a decade ago, before the Great Recession. ... 53 percent of college students are part-timers and/or transfers. Until this week, the federal government collected and published official graduation rates only for first-time, full-time college students, who are now a minority of all students.
NPR, Sept. 14, 2017

Whittling down Wisconsin's colleges

Plans to restructure the University of Wisconsin System and merge many of its institutions are generating controversy, with the system’s president saying they are necessary, faculty members worrying they are being rushed and one expert likening the proposal to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. But in a state university system constantly buffeted by budget pressures and political battles in recent years, some also hope that the latest in a long line of changes has the potential to help students, even if it is far from perfect — or even fully formed.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 13, 2017

The kids are alright

Older generations have been complaining about younger generations for all of human history, argues Brent Roberts, a psychology professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In a new study, co-authored by Roberts, his research pushes back against the assertion that there is a wave or epidemic of narcissism among younger generations, particularly college students. Young people do tend to be more narcissistic than their older peers, the paper found. But according to the study, titled “The Narcissism Epidemic Is Dead; Long Live the Narcissism Epidemic,” to be published in the journal Psychological Science, people grow out of those higher levels of narcissism. Higher levels of narcissism are not so much generational as they are related to static age groups, no matter which generation is currently in them.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 13, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

More scrutiny for community colleges

Community college systems are finding they're under more scrutiny than ever before, especially when it comes to whether their students complete programs and graduate. ... If state lawmakers are focusing their attention on completion, it could be because they see quickly approaching attainment goals on the horizon, said Lexi Anderson, a policy analyst with Education Commission for the States. While some states have created their own attainment goals, the Obama administration established 2020 as the goal for reaching 60 percent degree attainment for the country, while the Lumina Foundation established 2025 as the goal for 60 percent of working-age adults possessing a "high-quality" credential.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 17, 2017

New law puts California on path to offering first year free at community colleges

A push to make California community colleges more enticing to first-year students was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday. The proposal, AB 19 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), lays the groundwork to waive the fees for the first year of community college for all first-time students. It's an incentive that would draw in new students who wouldn’t otherwise enroll, Santiago said. ... The state already offers fee waivers for low-income students, but some community college districts report that a substantial percentage of students eligible for the waiver don't apply for it. The new law is contingent on securing funds in next year’s budget to fully roll out the promise of a free first year.
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 16, 2017

Betsy DeVos promotes school choice; protesters say her ideas aren’t welcome in Washington

In a hotel ballroom in Bellevue on Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called on Washington residents to fight for more school choice. Inside the Hyatt Regency, she spoke to an appreciative audience of 1,500 people, with roughly an equal number of protesters in the streets outside. DeVos, the keynote speaker at the Washington Policy Center’s annual dinner, said she was against a “one-size-fits-all federal government mandate” and wants to give parents more options for where they can send their children to school. ... Outside, speakers railed against DeVos and her ideas. Elected leaders, including Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Bellevue Mayor John Stokes, told protesters that DeVos’ policies aren’t welcome in this state.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 14, 2017

Free impact on N.Y. community colleges

Tens of thousands of people have applied for or expressed interest in New York's free public college tuition program since it was announced earlier this year. And now that the academic year has started and those who qualified for the Excelsior Scholarship have begun classes, some colleges and universities are beginning to see the early effects of the program. But those impacts may depend on how much one requirement of the program — attending full-time — plays out at different institutions. Even though part-time enrollments predominate at many two-year institutions across the country, the opposite is true in New York State.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 13, 2017

Trump to extend March 5 deadline to end DACA protections if Congress doesn’t act, GOP senator says

President Trump will extend a March 5 deadline to end protections for young undocumented immigrants if Congress fails to act by then, according to a Republican senator who spoke directly with the president about the issue. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said Trump told him he was willing to “give it some more time” to allow lawmakers to find a solution for “dreamers,” unauthorized immigrants brought to this country as children, if Congress does not pass legislation extending protections before time is up.
The Washington Post, Oct. 12, 2017

House Democrats propose making Obama-Era Title IX guidance into law

A group of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives wants details of the Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault to be written into law, Politico reports. Their legislation, the Title IX Protection Act, would codify parts of the recently rescinded guidance on the gender-equity law known as Title IX. In September the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights rescinded a 2011 letter on how colleges should handle campus sexual assault and a 2014 question-and-answer document about colleges’ compliance with the law.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 12, 2017

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