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News Links | September 27, 2017

September 26, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Planning continues for new BBCC building, for now

A hitch in the state budget process has halted progress on many state-funded construction projects, but work is continuing on the plans for the new workforce education building at Big Bend Community College. At least for now. The new building will house the college’s technical training programs such as welding and auto maintenance, with the exception of aviation mechanics. The state’s portion of the project is included in the capital budget, said Linda Schoonmaker, the college’s vice-president of finance and administration. But the capital budget is caught up in a dispute between the Washington Senate and Washington House of Representatives.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 22, 2017

Daughter of Cascade Mall shooting victim starts scholarship in her honor

The daughter of Shayla Martin, who died in the shooting at Cascade Mall in Burlington last September, just started a college scholarship in her mother’s name. Martin was one of five people shot and killed last September inside the Macy’s at Cascade Mall. This Saturday marks one year since the tragedy. Martin’s daughter, Tanya Young, started the scholarship in her honor at Skagit Valley College, where Young graduated in 2015.
KOMO News, Sept. 21, 2017

New Tumwater Craft Brewing and Distilling Center to Include Sandstone Distillery

The Tumwater Craft Brewing and Distilling Center, a project planned near Capitol Boulevard, has its first three tenants: Sandstone Distillery of Tenino, Heritage Distilling of Gig Harbor and South Puget Sound Community College, which plans to lease space for its new craft brewing and distilling program. ... Clearing and grading work at the site is well underway, although it is not visible from Capitol Boulevard. Instead, the project can be viewed more clearly from Tumwater Valley Drive, which leads motorists to either the golf course or Valley Athletic Center.
Centralia Chronicle, Sept. 21, 2017

Lawmakers, Dreamers fight to save DACA

Lawmakers could use a procedural tool called a discharge petition to force action in the U.S. House on the DREAM Act, to protect the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients now in limbo. Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal talked about the new move during a news conference on Thursday with Democratic members of Congress including Washington’s two Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, as well as Rep. Adam Smith. ... Jose Manuel, a DACA recipient himself, attended Bellevue College before transferring and graduating from the University of Washington.
KING 5, Sept. 21, 2017

Highline’s Rashad Norris loves giving back to youth

Rashad Norris is no wallflower. The Director of Community Engagement for Highline College is quick to smile and brimming with energy as he sits down to talk with me. It’s the kind of energy certain people like Norris carry naturally, one that’s often found in actors and entertainers. ... As the Director of Community Engagement, Norris says his department is the public face of the college and his division oversees institutional advancement.
Seattle Medium, Sept. 21, 2017

BTC nursing program earns national accreditation

Bellingham Technical College’s associate degree nursing program has received national accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The BTC nursing program has always been approved through the state’s Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, and has been working toward this national accreditation for several years.
Bellingham Business Journal, Sept. 21, 2017

Local immigrants fear shake down with Trump’s phase out of DACA

In John F. Kennedy’s 1958 book “A Nation of Immigrants,” our past president wrote: “Every ethnic minority, in seeking in its own freedom, helped strengthen the fabric of liberty in American life. Similarly, every aspect of the American economy has profited from the contributions of immigrants.” Amy Diehr, education services manager at Tacoma Community House, could not agree more with Kennedy’s sentiments. ... Photo: Ukrainian immigrants Nicolai immigrated almost two years ago with his wife and children, and Svetlana came one year ago to live with her married sister who had been here 10 years. Euniche moved with her husband and son, who is a straight “A” student at Tacoma Community College.
Tacoma Weekly, Sept. 21, 2017

2 new ‘On the Fence’ art installations on display in Edmonds

New art installations by Edmonds artists are on exhibit this fall as part of Edmonds Arts Commission's rotating temporary public art program “On the Fence.” “Screaming Down Main Street aka Live Large by Loving Life,” by Minh Carrico, is along the Frances Anderson Center Playfield fence. “Birdland,” along Sixth Avenue North, is by students from Chase Lake Community School with Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks and Beth Black. “Screaming Down Main Street” is a text-and-shadow-play installation along the fence line of the Anderson Center on Main Street. Carrico, a photographer and designer, is on the Visual Arts faculty at Edmonds Community College.
Edmonds Beacon, Sept. 21, 2017

Dogs at Snohomish farm helping comfort kids with autism

Puppies are, of course, cute, but the pups hopping around Holly Kohls’ Snohomish farm may have a higher purpose. “They seem to have a sixth sense,” said Kohls. “An innate ability to comfort and to know when something’s wrong and to lean in close.” Kohls says the dogs are a hybrid called Coltrievers, a cross between Border Collies and Golden Retrievers. They make great pets, but over the years Kohls’ Coltrievers have become a beacon for families with autistic children. ... Sara Gardner, who leads the Autism Spectrum Navigators Program at Bellevue College, says the pressure of a dog leaning into an autistic person creates a calming sensation, and it’s the kind of pressure that comes natural to Coltrievers.
Q13 Fox, Sept. 20, 2017

Jono Vaughan, visual artist who honored trans lives with Project 42, wins the 2017 Betty Bowen Award

Seattle Art Museum has announced the recipient of the annual Betty Bowen Award, an unrestricted cash award of $15,000 for a regional Pacific Northwest artist. Chosen out of five finalists, the winner’s work will be featured in an installation at the Seattle Art Museum in April. And the winner is [Bellevue College faculty member] Jono Vaughan, a visual artist whose work is rooted in gender and social identity.
The Stranger, Sept. 15, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Teaching online takes more time than in person

A new study based on a survey of 2,000 academics in Australia has found that teaching online is more time-consuming than teaching in person, Times Higher Education reported. The study found that it took instructors an average of 10 hours to plan an hourlong online lecture, compared to eight hours for an in-person lecture. Planning an entirely new unit took 100 hours for online students and 96 for face-to-face students.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 22, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Federal audit challenges faculty role at WGU

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General has released the results of a much anticipated high-stakes audit of Western Governors University, with negative findings that could threaten the large online university and, more broadly, the growing field of competency-based education. Citing concerns about an inadequate faculty role — which the competency-based university contests — the inspector general called for the department to make WGU pay back at least $713 million in federal financial aid. The final audit report, issued today, also said the nonprofit university, which enrolls 83,000 students, should be ineligible to receive any more federal aid payments.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 22, 2017

Obama campus assault guidance gets scrapped under Trump

The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints. DeVos has said that Obama’s policy had been unfairly skewed against those accused of assault and had “weaponized” the Education Department to “work against schools and against students.” The change is the latest in Trump’s broader effort to roll back Obama policies. Women’s rights groups slammed Friday’s decision, saying it will discourage students from reporting assault. ... DeVos’ new interim guidelines let colleges choose between that standard and a “clear and convincing evidence” standard, which is harder to meet. Those rules will be in place temporarily while the Education Department gathers comments from interest groups and the public and writes new guidance.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 22, 2017

Just Like Obama Did?

As advocates for survivors of sexual assault await more information on the Department of Education’s new approach to sexual misconduct on campus, they’re raising concerns that Secretary Betsy DeVos and her team are doing exactly what they slammed the Obama administration for: making new policy without sufficiently consulting the public.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 22, 2017

What you need to know about the Inspector General’s audit of Western Governors U.

Western Governors University was ineligible to participate in federal student-aid programs, according to an audit conducted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General, and the department should require it to return more than $700 million. ... Watchers of competency-based education knew that the inspector general was interested in such programs and that an audit of Western Governors was in the works, so its release was not a surprise. But it still sounds a bit shocking: It’s not every day that such a high-profile college faces a penalty generally understood to be a death sentence.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 21, 2017

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