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September 05, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Cascadia College Board of Trustees welcomes Roy Captain

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Roy Captain to Cascadia College’s Board of Trustees. Captain’s term is effective July 31 through September 20, 2021. Captain, who lives in Redmond, has 25 years of experience in real estate, running global companies and extensive school and community volunteering in Washington.
Bothell Reporter, Sept. 5, 2017

Yama archaeological dig yields its secrets

Archaeologist Floyd Aranyosi stood a stone’s throw from Takayoshi’s general store, where in the early 20th Century he might have stopped in for homemade ice cream, a Snappy Drinks soda or a tin of Stag chewing tobacco, along with sundry imported Japanese goods. ... Historical photographs document the existence of the store in the Japanese-American town of Yama on the south end of Bainbridge Island near the Port Blakely Sawmill. Now, as the third and final year of an archaeological dig at Yama wraps up, Aranyosi and his team from Olympic College know exactly where the store stood.
Kitsap Sun, Sept. 4, 2017

Kennewick mom promises her son the stars — and delivers

When Stevie Holly-Knox decided to study astronomy, she made a promise to her son. She was going to NASA. After months of studying and hard work, Holly-Knox is getting a chance to fulfill her promise to 5-year-old Levi. She is one of 304 students taking park in the Community College Aerospace Scholars program this year. ... When he wanted to learn more, she started searching for more material to share with him. But her course toward NASA wasn’t set. The 26-year-old Columbia Basin College student wanted to study environmental science this past winter, when she started school.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 4, 2017

Little pantries get boost from inmate carpenters, now organizer is looking for places to post them

Darla Bradish’s idea of placing little pantries filled with non-perishable food in East Bremerton neighborhoods got a boost from prison inmates in Mason County, who are turning out well-crafted pantries. Now she is looking for new places to post them. ... After word spread of the efforts of Bradish and her husband, John, the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton got involved. The inmates repurposed materials recycled from an Olympic College construction education program to make the little pantries.
Kitsap Sun, Sept. 3, 2017

New Horizons students get fresh start on CBC campus

Having space to conduct experiments is a change for the New Horizons High School’s science lab. “Before, science labs were done almost virtually,” said Michelle Smith, a lead teacher at Pasco’s alternative high school. “Now we have a great space to be able to do that.” About 230 students started classes last week at the school’s new home in the W building on the Columbia Basin College campus.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 3, 2017

EvCC instructor wins award

Everett Community College English instructor Josh Searle is a recipient of the 2017 Anna Sue McNeill Assessment, Teaching and Learning Award. He was recognized for his “extensive contribution to both teaching excellence and leadership” for creating interdisciplinary learning, English assessment and research. Searle is a founding faculty member of EvCC’s Ocean College Research Academy (ORCA) program and has taught at EvCC since 2002. In addition to English, he teaches humanities and political science. He also leads the college’s assessment committee.
Everett Herald, Sept. 3, 2017

Nailing It Down: Training for a trade encouraged in face of labor shortage

Calling future building tradespeople! We have some great building tradesmen in Grays Harbor — carpenters, electricians, welders, roofers, glaziers, masons, plumbers, etc. However, we could use some more. While the numbers are not desperate yet, the average age of workers in the building trades in our state and nation is greater than that of other workers. Add that to the fact that the need for those trades is on the rise and expected to continue to rise, and we are likely looking at a shortage of skilled tradesmen in the next few years. ... When it comes to the carpentry program at Grays Harbor College, instructor Adam Pratt says the industry is hungering to hire his students. “Our students are being hired — in fact, many of them are being offered jobs even before they graduate,” he said.
The Daily World, Sept. 2, 2017

Students showcase work at interior design exhibition

A group of 15 Clover Park Technical College Interior Design students showed off their work to potential employers, fellow students and other visitors at Tuesday’s Student Portfolio Exhibition. ... The work on display covered their six quarters in the program and served as the culminating project as they closed out their final quarter this week.
The Suburban Times, Sept. 2, 2017

Former inmate continues education after release, graduates from Spokane Community College

Aaron Miller is working hard to stay on the right side of the statistic from the Department of Justice which shows that education programs in prison can reduce recidivism rates by 43 percent. He previously served a 40 month prison sentence and recently graduated from Spokane Community College. Graduating from SCC is just another step.  Miller is headed to Eastern Washington University in the fall of 2017 to follow his newfound passion for mechanical engineering.
KREM, Sept. 1, 2017

Edmonds CC campus to become tobacco and smoke free Sept. 11

Edmonds Community College will be a tobacco- and smoke-free campus as of Sept. 11. Joining a growing number of colleges in Washington state that are prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco products, Edmonds CC’s new policy and procedure are intended to promote a healthy educational and work environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
My Edmonds News, Sept. 1, 2017

Big Bend, area data centers partner for new training program

Big Bend Community College and regional data centers are partnering for a new program to prepare students for data center positions. Demand for IT professionals in eastern Washington has increased in the past decade, with an influx of major technology companies taking advantage of the area’s affordable electrical power and locating data centers in the area. That demand has led to a partnership between Big Bend and Quincy-area data centers operated by Intuit, Microsoft, Oath, NTT DATA, Sabey Data Centers and Vantage Data Centers.
iFiber One News, Aug. 31, 2017

New pathway makes it easier for Bellevue College nursing students to get their BSN

Nursing students choosing to continue their studies beyond the associate degree level now have an improved pathway at Bellevue College (BC) that ensures their credits transfer easily to Washington state four-year nursing schools. The Associate Degree in Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Ready Pathway (DTA/MRP) creates a smoother path for students who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Bellevue College students will enroll in the Associate in Nursing DTA program starting this fall.
Bellevue Reporter, Aug. 29, 2017

Tacoma organizations recognized for international success

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer’s office commended two Tacoma organizations for the positive impact exports and international activities have on their operations and on the local community. ... Rep. Kilmer’s District Representative Nicholas Carr presented Tacoma Community College with a U.S. Commercial Service Certificate of Appreciation for expanding international student enrollment from 270 to 450 since 2009, supporting 11 full-time and 8 part-time employees. Tacoma reaps additional benefits from international student spending on accommodations, food and other purchases. In the 2015/2016 school year, Washington District 06, in which Tacoma is located, derived $15.6 million in economic benefits from 668 international students. Those 668 students supported 98 jobs.
Tacoma Daily Index, Aug. 25, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

International enrollments: From flat to way down

After years in which American universities enjoyed steady growth in numbers of foreign students, many institutions expect international enrollments to be flat or down — in some cases significantly — this fall. In interviews with officials at about two dozen universities, no consistent, unifying trends emerge, but some are reporting a slowdown in the flow of students from China and declines in graduate students from India, two countries that together account for nearly half of all international students in the U.S. Universities also continue to feel the effects of the declines in enrollments of Saudi Arabian students that began in 2016, after the Saudi government tightened up some of the terms of its massive scholarship program.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 5, 2017

Student loan giant Navient under fire for mistreating borrowers

[Fanny] Sampson is far from alone in experiencing frustrations dealing with Navient, which services $300 billion in student debt — about a quarter of all federal and private loans nationally. The company is facing lawsuits in Illinois, Washington state and elsewhere from federal and state regulators, as well as consumers, over a range of business practices, including allegedly making unauthorized robocalls, doing a poor job of tracking payment processing errors, steering borrowers into costlier repayment options and misapplying payments.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 2, 2017

How high schools break up the ‘ninth-grade bottleneck’ to help students graduate on time

Across Washington state, roughly 1 in 5 ninth-graders failed at least one core course in the 2015-16 school year. And across the Puget Sound region, freshman failure rates ranged from as little as 4 percent on Mercer Island to a high of 38 percent in Clover Park and Tukwila. Traditionally, high schools offer students a sink-or-swim scenario: Those with poor grades are expected to catch up on their own through repeat classes, summer school or online courses. But a growing body of research suggests the grades students earn in their freshman year are a strong predictor of whether they’ll ever graduate — stronger than their test scores or even family income.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 2, 2017

A soon-to-be grad asks, can I help ease the Washington state teacher shortage?

About a week ago, as part of our Education IQ series, we asked for your burning questions as school goes back into session. We plan to answer as many as we can, starting with one, from Drew Dixon of Seattle. ... Drew’s question focused on the teacher shortage that many districts are facing, and whether he, as a community member, can pitch in as a temporary teacher to help. ... To answer that question, we talked with the state education department, several district officials and even a parent. And we found that the short answer is yes — parents and others who have experience working with youth, and hold a bachelor’s degree (not always required, but recommended) can be substitute or temporary teachers.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 1, 2017

How many colleges do students apply to? The answer might surprise you.

You've heard the stories, no doubt: the beleagued high school senior, scrambling to submit 12 or 15 college applications before deadline. Every fall, as college-application season takes hold, you can count on seeing yet another crop of those stories. But they distort reality. Sure, there are high-achieving, high-stress pockets of the country where these stories are true. But they're exceptions to the norm. New figures out today from the federal government remind us of this. The most common number of colleges students apply to is one. That's right. One.
Education Week, Aug. 31, 2017

Enrollment drops at Evergreen State College, hiring freeze coming

The Evergreen State College in Olympia begins this school year with a drop in enrollment and an imminent hiring freeze. The conservative blogosphere is crowing that it's fallout from recent campus unrest, but the university administration disagrees. A memo sent this week to faculty and staff at Evergreen laid out a difficult budget and enrollment situation and called for spending cuts. Registrations are down 212 students from last fall. The student headcount was 3,670 as of mid-August compared to 3,882 at the same time last year.
KUOW, Aug. 31, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump moves to end DACA and calls on Congress to act

President Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling the program an “amnesty-first approach” and urging Congress to replace it with legislation before it begins phasing out on March 5, 2018. “I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents,” Mr. Trump said in a written statement. “But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.” The statement was released shortly after Mr. Trump, who had called the issue a personal dilemma, dispatched Attorney General Jeff Sessions to announce that the government will no longer accept new applications from undocumented immigrants to shield them from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. Administration officials said the roughly 800,000 current beneficiaries of the program — brought to the United States illegally as children — will not be immediately affected by what they called an “orderly wind-down” of former President Barack Obama’s policy.
The New York Times, Sept. 5, 2017

Education Dept. ends partnership with CFPB

When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos touted her commitment to oversight of higher education this week, the fact that her department was cutting back involvement with one of the most active federal regulators went unmentioned. In a letter rebuking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for overreaching and expanding its jurisdiction, the department said it would end two agreements between the agencies to share information for oversight of private actors involved in federal aid programs — chief among them student loan servicers, the private entities that manage and collect payments on federal student loans. CFPB had failed, the letter said, to turn over complaints from student borrowers to the department within 10 days as specified in their deal and had intervened in those cases itself.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 5, 2017

Halting the erosion of state support for higher education

As we just celebrated the 155th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Land-Grant Acts into law, the state-supported university model is under attack and at risk. In today’s financially challenged environment, with numerous competing interests, higher education is falling down the priority list when it comes to state investment. In part, that’s because some state legislators think university administrations are fiscally irresponsible, with bloated budgets. The perception that universities are a public good has been supplanted by the view that they are financial drains.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 5, 2017

State officials threaten lawsuit if Trump ends ‘Dreamers’ program

Leaders in Washington state are threatening to sue the federal government if President Donald Trump ends a program that protects immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. According to several reports, Trump is expected to announce Tuesday that he will cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after a six-month delay.
The News Tribune, Sept. 4, 2017

Opinion: Seattle needs A+ education and a mayor who makes it a priority

Seattle's flock of tower cranes and daily waves of new arrivals — a net population growth of 21,000 last year was tops in the nation — present astonishing challenges. But this election season, the long-term challenges to the city’s education system have mostly been pressed to the side. That changed a bit last week, when Jenny Durkan made a politically smart and sound policy proposal to provide two years of universal free community college tuition for city residents. Expanded, high-quality education will help ensure the city’s continued economic success and shared opportunity across income levels.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 4, 2017

Whistleblower says he was fired for questioning Washington's pre-paid tuition program

As Washington state prepares to reopen its popular pre-paid college tuition program, a recently terminated employee is alleging “gross mismanagement.” Michael Bennion served as the associate director for fiscal planning at the state’s Guaranteed Education Tuition program until he was let go earlier this month. In an August 29 email to several state lawmakers, Bennion alleged that GET has charged “unnecessarily high administrative fees” since its inception in 1998 and failed to properly account for that money.
KNKX, Sept. 1, 2017

DeVos and team put own stamp on oversight

After taking heavy criticism over the selection of a new head for the Education Department's enforcement unit, Secretary Betsy DeVos insisted Thursday that student protections are a top priority for her agency. In a news release announcing the hiring of several key employees at the Office of Federal Student Aid, which is responsible for administering financial aid programs, DeVos and the department outlined -- with few details -- a new oversight approach focused on risk management and communication with top officials at institutions themselves. That message was attacked by advocates for strong enforcement who said it promised more cooperation with bad actors.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 1, 2017

Education Dept. appointee’s for-profit past draws flak, but it’s complicated

Several Democratic senators sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in early August stressing the need for a "tough" enforcement chief at the Education Department. The position had been vacant for several months, and the lawmakers said it was important to appoint someone who would crack down on institutions that "fleece taxpayers and break the law." The department announced on Thursday that it has chosen Julian Schmoke Jr., a former dean at DeVry University, to lead its Student-Aid Enforcement Unit. News of the appointment was reported earlier in the week by Politico. Blowback came quickly.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 31, 2017

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