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News Links | October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Clark College program: RAMP to success for students

At the almost-empty Columbia Tech Center on Saturday, four teams of Clark College students huddle over panels of components and tubes, scribbling on worksheets and taking measurements. It’s hour three in an all-day mechatronics lab, and if all goes well in this hydraulics class, connecting the right gadgets with the right pipes will deliver enough pressure to lift an 85-pound machine from the floor nearby. This class is unique not only in its timing, but in the fact that it’s week three and this is the first face-to-face class these students have had together. Clark College this semester launched a mechatronics program with a hybrid of online and in-class instruction. After two quarters, students enrolled in the Rural Access Mechatronics Program, or RAMP, will receive a certificate in mechatronics.
The Columbian, Oct. 18, 2017

Pilot project to help students complete GEDs

United Way of Clallam County and Peninsula College have collaborated on a fund to help students seeking a General Education Development certificate. The High School Equivalency Finish Line Fund was established to help students working toward their high school equivalency to overcome any barriers that are preventing them from completing all the requirements, according to Travis Simmons of the United Way of Clallam County.
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 18, 2017

Diverse students find community at Simpson Intercultural Center

Nestled in a corner hall of Whatcom Community College, the Simpson Intercultural Center is surrounded by students studying together at tables and taking a rest between classes. Inside, the atmosphere is warm, filled with posters and manifestos of inclusivity and tolerance. Students sit around the room in small groups, talking amongst themselves and laughing. The Intercultural Center provides a safe space for students from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities, and supports them as they balance their schoolwork, hone their leadership skills and build friendships.
Whatcom Talk, Oct. 18, 2017

Books and laptops, soccer balls and garden rakes? Spokane Community College’s Library of Things offers myriad items for students

Linda Keys, the librarian at Spokane Community College, is close with a student in the school’s baking program – a single mother of three who sometimes struggles to buy needed pastry utensils.. .. That’s why SCC created the Library of Things, a place where students can check out more than books and laptops. To name a few of the items available: footballs and soccer balls, garden rakes and shovels, exercise weights, board games, musical instruments, cookware and Raspberry Pi computers for beginning programmers. At a grand opening this month, Christine Johnson, the chancellor of Community Colleges of Spokane, called the Library of Things an innovative way to help students succeed both in and out of the classroom.
The Spokesman-Review, Oct. 18, 2017

El Periódico: Skagit Valley College DREAMers take a stand

Students at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon are standing in support of immigrants affected by the recently rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. ... Since President Trump announced on Sept. 5 he would end DACA, Skagit County residents have rallied behind those who would lose their two-year temporary protections. Assistance to persons renewing their DACA paper work was spearheaded by the Skagit Valley College DREAMers Club and supported by the Skagit Valley Community radio (KSVR).
Skagit Valley Herald, Oct. 18, 2017

TCC, THA expand housing assistance program for homeless students

Tacoma Community College (TCC) and the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) are expanding their College Housing Assistance Program and streamlining the application process. Changes include: The application has been shortened from 20 pages to 5; Students no longer need to be full time. The program is open to anyone who is currently enrolled in credit classes at TCC; Currently homeless students can apply at any time. TCC will continue to offer quarterly application periods for students at risk of homelessness.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 18, 2017

SPSCC welcomes 4 new faculty members

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is honored to recognize its newest full-time faculty members. Bringing together a wonderful cohort of educators to our campus community. ... [Eric] Chase received his Associate of Arts in U.S. History and Political Science from Seattle Central College, his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Economy from the Evergreen State College, and his Master of Arts in History from Vermont College/ Norwich University.
Thurston Talk, Oct. 17, 2017

These are the top Washington universities and colleges ranked by salary potential

Payscale ranked Washington state's top colleges and universities by salary-earning potential in a recent report. Students who graduate from the schools with bachelor's degrees can expect to get paid between $44,500 and $57,300 early in their careers and between $74,400 and $108,800 later on, the study found. ... Bellevue College is the only community college to make the list for graduates with bachelor's degrees. Bellevue College ranked No. 1 with $46,400 in early career pay and $74,400 mid-career salary for graduates.
Puget Sound Business Journal, Oct. 17, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Report seeks help for low-income student parents

A new report from the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution calls for a new grant program to address unmet needs of low-income student parents. ... Bridget Terry Long, a professor of education and economics at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the report's author, proposes expanding the Child Care Access Means Parents in School program, which supports low-income parents by providing them with access to campus-based child-care services.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 19, 2017

Campus fears drive boom in threat-assessment teams

Also known as behavioral-intervention teams and by at least 12 other names, the groups exist to compile concerns, identify early warning signs, and try to act before violence is committed. The National Behavioral Intervention Team Association, which is known as Nabita, was formed in 2009 to foster the training and creation of threat-assessment teams. The organization has around 900 college and university members. Such teams typically include representatives from campus counseling centers, police departments, and student-services divisions.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 18, 2017

A kayak for credentials

One of the loudest complaints about higher education these days is that prospective students lack good information about the value of college credentials and, likewise, that employers too often are left in the dark about the knowledge and skills they can expect of credential holders. A sprawling new project seeks to change that by creating a centralized database of information about postsecondary credentials — all 250,000 or so of them in the U.S., ranging from Ph.D. to badge, professional license to apprenticeship and certificate. The nonprofit Credential Engine, which is planning a formal launch in December, has tapped a broad range of advisers to develop a common language about credentials, with a focus on the “competencies” people should have after earning them.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 18, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

‘Blueprint’ for federal student-level data system

The Institute for Higher Education Policy on Wednesday issued a set of recommendations on the nuts and bolts of creating a federal postsecondary student-level data system. A bipartisan group of lawmakers earlier this year introduced the College Transparency Act of 2017 — legislation that would overturn an existing ban on a federal student-level data system. IHEP's policy brief describes how such a data system could be put into effect by connecting various metrics already collected by the federal government, establishing a data governance team to include key interest groups and protecting the privacy of student information.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 19, 2017

Senate panel confirms Education Dept. nominee

The U.S. Senate's education committee on a party-line vote Wednesday advanced the nomination of Carlos Muñiz for general counsel at the Department of Education. During a hearing last month, committee members questioned Muñiz, a former Florida deputy attorney general, about his role in investigating for-profit colleges in the state as well as his views on federal civil rights protections.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 19, 2017

Federal judge blocks third Trump travel ban

A federal judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday blocking the implementation of a new iteration of the Trump administration’s travel ban. The ban, which was scheduled to fully go into effect today, would block all would-be travelers from North Korea and Syria, in addition to prohibiting all immigrant travel and imposing various restrictions on certain types of nonimmigrant travel for nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Venezuela and Yemen. The injunction blocks the new travel restrictions for six of the eight countries — all except for those affecting nationals of North Korea and Venezuela, which were not at issue in the suit filed by the state of Hawaii and other plaintiffs.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 18, 2017

Washington state sues DeVos for suspending rule intended to keep colleges from offering worthless degrees

Four days after he stood on a Bellevue street corner with other protesters and denounced Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against DeVos and her department. This lawsuit is aimed at stopping the U.S. Education Department from delaying, or refusing to enforce, an Obama-era rule intended to keep for-profit college and trade schools from offering worthless degrees and leaving their graduates with high levels of debt.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 17, 2017

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