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September 19, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

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A soon-to-be empty nester wants help finding her second career

As part of our Education Lab IQ series, Janet Carson asked where she could find resources to help her find a second career. “My last child is a high school senior this fall,” she wrote, “and I’m going to need to transition from at-home-mom to working again.” ... If you need extra training or educational skills, the website for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges offers a search of all the programs it offers.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 18, 2017

Former Peninsula College president dies

Paul G. Cornaby, Peninsula College president emeritus and namesake of the Cornaby Center, has died at the age of 88. Cornaby died Sept. 2 surrounded by family in Seattle, they said. The family plans a private gathering and interment in Port Angeles. Cornaby, a 40-year resident of Port Angeles, served as president of the community college from 1975-1992.
Peninsula Daily News, Sept. 18, 2017

The story behind Edmonds Community College's relay station

Two buildings recently razed at Edmonds Community College were originally used by the Army during World War II. The other day, when the bus I was on pulled into the passenger loading zone at Edmonds Community College, I was surprised to see that the two historic and familiar houses left over from WWII had been torn down. Only the chimney stacks stood to mark the spot. Even though I knew it was coming, I still had a sad feeling. My thoughts were of the time when I was young and living close by, as this land became a major part of our country’s heavily guarded defense system during World War II.
Edmonds Beacon, Sept. 18, 2017

Clark College lands $10,000 development grant

The Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter has gifted $10,000 to the Clark College Foundation to train tomorrow’s construction workforce. The donation is earmarked for Clark College’s “Professional Edge for Construction” program that recruits and trains high school graduates to be ready to step into the construction industry.
The Columbian, Sept. 18, 2017

BTC building awarded LEED Gold certification

The Bellingham Technical College’s Campus Center was recently awarded LEED Gold Certification. The building was designed by HKP Architects and incorporates a number of sustainable features. The three-story Campus Center building serves as a campus core, with formal and informal learning areas throughout, an auditorium, bookstore, restaurant, teaching kitchens, faculty offices, conference rooms, a library, faculty lounge and student activities lounge.
Bellingham Business Journal, Sept. 18, 2017

Clark County ‘Dreamers’ face a nightmare

For the last 21 years, Marco Chavez-Silva has called Vancouver home. He knows nothing else. He graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School with a 3.6 GPA and scholarships, he said, with hopes of attending the University of Washington — his dream school. He’s worked in the local restaurant industry and pays taxes. “I felt and I have always felt American,” the 24-year-old said. “I speak (English) like everyone else.” Chavez’s parents crossed the U.S. border, emigrating from Guadalajara, Mexico, when he was 3 years old. ... Not knowing what to do, he deferred enrollment at the University of Washington. He instead enrolled at Clark College and paid for his education out-of-pocket. The cost required him to work so he obtained his work permit in 2013 through DACA. But his work schedule soon interfered with classes, and he eventually dropped out.
The Columbian, Sept. 17, 2017

50 years of home-grown higher ed

Walla Walla has many sources of pride, but this year its community college rises to the top of the list. Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the school that the Aspen Institute in 2013 named in of the two best community colleges in the nation. It’s the school about which the National Journal says “earns the rare distinction of being an institution of higher education that is reinventing the regional economy from the bottom up.” Walla Walla Community College was initially conceived and developed under the auspices of the Walla Walla School Board. ... The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges represents “democracy’s colleges.” They are grounded in the value that everyone deserves the opportunity to move up in the world, regardless of where they are from, what obstacles they face and where they need to start.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Sept. 17, 2017

Olympic College mosaic finally has a permanent home

It took over a decade, but an enormous, once-condemned mosaic finally has a permanent home on Olympic College’s campus. A fixture at OC for over 60 years, “The Progress of Man” was assembled by the college’s first art instructor and his students in 1956. It depicts earth’s history in a cascade of images set in glass and tile. Originally thought to be too expensive to save, the multi-ton art installation was cut into three pieces and stored when OC demolished its old math and science building in 2007. It spent the last decade in a parking lot — until Friday afternoon, when contractors finished relocating the mosaic to its new home in front of the college’s technical education building, on a main walkway leading to the heart of campus.
Kitsap Sun, Sept. 16, 2017

This new Pacific Northwest history textbook is a page turner

Opportunity, growth, conflict. It all happened here, historian David Jepsen says. ... As an instructor at Tacoma Community College, Jepsen struggled to find a modern textbook that would hold students’ interest. His informal survey of history teachers around the region found that most were patching their courses together without a textbook rather than using the longtime standard on the topic, Carlos Schwantes’s “The Pacific Northwest,” in which Northwest history begins with the arrival of European settlers and ends in 1987. So when Jepsen couldn’t find the book he wanted, he teamed with co-author Dave Norberg to write it.
Everett Herald, Sept. 16, 2017

Education, experience helps Mukilteo restaurant succeed

As a former restaurant owner, I have great respect for anyone willing to take the plunge into the restaurant business. This industry can be brutal at times, with high failure rates, constant upward wage pressures, an oversupply of eateries, challenges differentiating your business, razor thin margins and the ups and downs of commodity food prices. Into this world enters a new business: Red Cork Bistro & Catering. Red Cork is located on the speedway in Mukilteo and offers a “high-quality cuisine along with wine, spirits and beer.” ... I got the sense from one of its owners, Kelsey Sturtevant, that the company is very clear on what type of enterprise they want to build. ... I have always been interested in WSU’s program. Right out of high school, I chose to attend Edmonds Community College, rather than travelling to Pullman. After completing my associate degree, I took some time off from school. I was looking at going back to school when I learned Everett Community College was offering WSU classes. When I discovered I could complete my hospitality degree, I applied immediately. The program allowed me to work full time while completing my classes online or in the evening.
Everett Herald, Sept. 15, 2017

Informational poster answers questions about Mount Vernon mural

Empire Alehouse co-owner Jeff Brooks has fielded plenty of questions about the mural that was painted this summer across the street from his business. The sprawling painting depicts local images such as tulip fields alongside well-known historical icons such as Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin. ... In an effort to help onlookers better understand the artwork, mural organizer Aaron Wagner and volunteer Mark Pearson delivered stacks of informational posters to downtown Mount Vernon businesses on Thursday. The posters depict the full mural with a legend describing the meanings behind many of the images. ... For instance, one image depicts Legson Kayira, who immigrated from Africa, studied at Skagit Valley College and became a writer.
Skagit Valley Herald, Sept. 14, 2017

Yakima Valley College to offer degree in teacher education

Yakima Valley College is now offering a bachelor of applied science degree in teacher education with a focus in teaching kindergarten through eighth grade. The program was planned in response to a shortage of qualified teachers in the county, according to a release from Yakima Valley College. Anyone with 90 or more college-level credits from a regionally accredited college qualify to be a part of the program. The first cohort of students will be selected during this academic year, and after selection will be able to enroll for classes in the fall of 2018, the release said.
Yakima Herald, Sept. 14, 2017

New presidents or provosts

Jerry Weber, president of the College of Lake County, in Illinois, has been named president of Bellevue College, in Washington.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2017

A year of change ahead for South Seattle College and its interim president Peter Lortz

Tomorrow, new South Seattle College interim president Peter Lortz will celebrate the 150 students who comprise the school’s tenth 13th-Year Promise class, the biggest-ever group to take advantage of a free “13th year” of education. 13 is a significant number for the school’s new leader for another reason, too. That’s how old Lortz was when he realized what career he wanted to pursue. The story emerged while we were talking with him in his new office – steps from his previous office as vice president of instruction – on campus a few days ago.
West Seattle Blog, Sept. 13, 2017

Seattle's cook shortage could affect your next restaurant tab

In the six weeks that Parker Butterworth spent as a line cook at stylish Capitol Hill restaurant Stateside, he lost count of how many crispy duck rolls — a signature dish — he made. But he was acutely aware of how little money he brought home. The 30-year-old political consultant entered the culinary arts program at Seattle Central College (SCC) in 2014. “I needed to do something different with my brain, and with my body, too,” he says. He originally planned to take a couple of quarters of classes as a change of pace. But he loved being in the kitchen, and stayed through graduation. After stints of staging (restaurant parlance for a short-term, generally unpaid internship) at Bar Sajor and Salare, he ended up at Stateside. Within two months, he decided he’d had enough.
Seattle Magazine, September 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Study casts doubts on student support for free speech

The Brookings Institution has released survey results showing that many college students lack understanding of or support for the legal principles of the First Amendment. ... While students who identify as Democrats were more likely than those who identify as Republicans to take positions counter to First Amendment principles, many Republicans took such positions as well. For example, 39 percent of Republican-identified students said that the First Amendment does not protect hate speech.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 19, 2017

New book uncovers surprising answers to why students drop out

The problem of high-school dropouts has inspired a pile of tomes seeking to dissect the causes and keep students in school. But the slim new book “Why We Drop Out,” based on interviews with 53 ex-students in the Puget Sound area, offers some surprising observations. The most poignant: Almost every one of them had once loved school.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 19, 2017

Prior-prior’s payoff

Changes made last year to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid led to new behaviors both intended and unintended by students and colleges and universities, according to survey results and other data presented at a Friday session during the National Association for College Admission Counseling's national conference. Students filed FAFSAs earlier and colleges and universities mailed award letters earlier, changes praised for giving students and families more time to evaluate their financial aid offers. But some colleges and universities also moved up their FAFSA filing deadlines, a move criticized for denying students the intended increase in flexibility.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 18, 2017

Opinion: A call for curricular coherence

Congratulations are in order for all the new college students now arriving on campuses. As they prepare for the transition to college and contemplate their academic futures, their focus will turn to choosing a major. Students typically do not consider how degree requirements are organized, whether their general education or major courses are intellectually interrelated, how to choose wisely when presented with scores of course options and whether their courses will be scheduled so they can graduate on time. And why should they? The responsibility for coherence in the curriculum rests with faculty members, not students. Proliferating course offerings can overwhelm and confuse students, simultaneously lead to both underenrolled courses and oversubscribed courses, encourage the hiring of adjuncts, and, in general, make a college education seem like a box-checking exercise rather than a cohesive and comprehensive intellectual endeavor.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 18, 2017

Evergreen professor at center of protests resigns; college will pay $500,000

The Evergreen State College professor at the center of campus protests this spring will receive $500,000 in a settlement that was announced Friday. Bret Weinstein and his wife, Heather Heying, resigned from their faculty positions effective Friday. The couple filed a $3.85 million tort claim in July alleging the college failed to “protect its employees from repeated provocative and corrosive verbal and written hostility based on race, as well as threats of physical violence,” according to the claim.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 16, 2017

New site on higher education finance

Nate Johnson, a consultant and expert on higher education finance, has created a new website that seeks to spark a broader discussion about the sources of funding for higher education and their implications for low-income students. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported the project, which is dubbed Understanding Higher Education Finance and features a briefing report. Johnson said the project covers the full range of financial sources that the nation's postsecondary system depends upon, including state appropriations, institutions themselves, students' parents and state and federal tax expenditures. 
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 15, 2017

Scholarship platform expands to community college students

RaiseMe, a platform that allows students to earn incremental college scholarship dollars as they attain academic and other goals in high school, is expanding its offering to community college students, the company announced Thursday. About 265 colleges now use the platform to provide incentives — essentially, micro-scholarships — to students who display the traits and accomplishments they want to reward.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 15, 2017

Many local students still struggle with math, tests show

Math continues to be a sticking point for students on state tests, and many local districts saw lower proficiency rates on English exams this year compared to last. That’s according to test results released last week by the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Proficiency is measured as falling in the “3” or “4” range on state tests, for which scores are divided into levels from 1 to 4. Showing proficiency in English and math is required to graduate. For the Class of 2017, students could pass state exams or seek a waiver based on academic performance. Starting with the class of 2018, the exams will be one option for showing proficiency, as will college placement tests, a grade-point comparison or taking additional classes or local assessments. That’s all part of legislation passed earlier this year, which also moves the tests from junior to sophomore year.
Everett Herald, Sept. 15, 2017

A look in the mirror

College admissions officers and high school guidance counselors regularly engage in racism, keynote speaker Shaun R. Harper told thousands of attendees at the National Association for College Admission Counseling's national conference Thursday, imploring them to change their ways.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 15, 2017

Why one educator says it's time to rethink higher education

"What would it mean to redesign higher education for the intellectual space travel students need to thrive in the world we live in now?" That is one of the provocative questions that opens Cathy Davidson's latest book, The New Education. And unlike some of the journalists and business figures who have taken previous swings at that piñata, Davidson has a full career of research and practice to inform her abundance of answers.
NPR, Sept. 13, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Dem senators to CFPB: Keep up work on loans

Senate Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown in a letter Monday encouraged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to maintain active oversight of loan servicers and other participants in the student loan industry. The Democrats wrote the letter to the CFPB's director, Richard Cordray, in the wake of a Department of Education decision to terminate two agreements with the agency involving oversight of student loan programs. That decision, the senators said, was another example of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos acting in favor of private student loan companies at the expense of borrowers.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 19, 2017

Report: Education Dept. to back Kaplan, EDMC deals

The Trump administration's Education Department will sign off on controversial acquisitions of two large for-profit college chains, according to a report by BuzzFeed, which cited department emails the publication said it obtained. Purdue University in April announced its plan to acquire Kaplan University in a complex deal to create a new nonprofit online university. The state of Indiana approved the acquisition, and experts predicted the Trump administration would as well, given moves the department has made to roll back what it calls unnecessary or overreaching Obama-era regulations and to rule in favor of for-profits in some individual cases. ... The bid by the Dream Center, a nonprofit missionary organization, to purchase Education Management Corp. (EDMC) and its Argosy University, South University and Art Institutes campuses has drawn criticism. The offer is reportedly $60 million for institutions that collectively enroll about 60,000 students. Consumer, student and veterans' groups had urged the department to tightly scrutinize the deal, in part over concerns about a return to what critics said were predatory actions by some EDMC campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 19, 2017

CFPB orders student loan trust to stop collecting on debt

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday ordered a collection of trusts that hold billions in private student loans to stop collecting on debt and pay a settlement to harmed borrowers. The New York Times reported in July that judges in multiple states had tossed outdebt collection lawsuits brought by the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts because ownership of the debts could not be verified. 
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 19, 2017

Support for state free tuition programs grows

A new poll from the Campaign for Free College Tuition shows support continues to increase for free college tuition programs that benefit academically qualified students. Support for tuition-free state programs increased to 47 percent — up 12 percent since CFCT started national polling in 2016. The poll also revealed that 78 percent of the public approve of the idea of free college tuition.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 18, 2017

Video: DeVos says her goal is to get government 'out of your way'

Education Secretary Betsey DeVos spoke about changing career and education needs on Sept. 18. "Washington should not be dictating when and how students can learn," she said.
The Washington Post, Sept. 18, 2017

Senators to introduce bipartisan Perkins extension

A bipartisan group of senators will today introduce legislation that would extend the Perkins Loan program, which is set to expire Sept. 30, for another two years. ... The program allows about 1,500 colleges and universities to make low-interest loans to students. The federal government hasn't funded the program for well over a decade. Instead, it is paid for mostly by borrowers repaying their loans.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 15, 2017

Worse than it sounds

For decades, the federal Pell Grant program has provided much-needed financial assistance to students around the country who struggle to pay for a college education. Each year nearly eight million students — the majority of whom come from extremely low-income backgrounds — benefit from those funds. Yet the program is again under attack in federal spending proposals. While it boosted the value of the maximum Pell Grant award, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Committee's funding bill for fiscal year 2018 proposes rescinding $2.6 billion from Pell Grant reserve funds, while the House FY 2018 bill proposes a cut of nearly $3.3 billion. The president proposed axing $3.9 billion in his FY 2018 budget proposal. Because of the way the program operates, cutting from the reserves could put the future of the program at risk and harm deserving college students down the road.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 15, 2017

Trump’s support for law to protect ‘Dreamers’ lifts its chances

An unexpected meeting of the minds between President Trump and Democratic leaders on Thursday made real a possible deal in Congress to pair enhanced border security with legislation to protect young, undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. One day after Mr. Trump hosted Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi for dinner at the White House, the president said he could support legislation to protect the young immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation if it were accompanied by a “massive” border security upgrade. Acceding to a key Democratic demand, Mr. Trump said such a package did not need to have funding for a border wall.
The New York Times, Sept. 14, 2017

Nonprofit announces $1M in grants to help DACA recipients renew their status

A San Francisco-based nonprofit — Mission Assets Funds — has announced $1 million in scholarships to assist those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals with renewing their statuses by the Oct. 5th deadline. Although applying for DACA itself doesn't cost anything, there is a $495 fee to secure the temporary work authorization that is part of the application process. That's what the scholarship will cover.
Yakima Herald, Sept. 14, 2017

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