News Links | April 24, 2018
System News | Opinion
The South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Board of Trustees announced that SPSCC president Dr. Timothy Stokes will
receive the 2018 Chief Executive Officer Award from the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT). Stokes will be formally recognized on May 10 at the ACT Spring Conference
at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. Awarded annually, the Chief Executive Officer Award recognizes
an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in furthering the mission
of community and technical colleges.
Thurston Talk, April 24, 2018
Don’t look directly up at it, but there’s this huge yellow thing in the sky. Have
you noticed that, after a long, slow season of warming up, it’s really starting to
pump out the photons? Summery temperatures are expected on this spring day, with highs
climbing into the high 70s or even the low 80s. There’ll be a little cloud cover,
but those clouds are not expected to rain on anyone’s parade. Here’s a guide to a
four great spots in Clark County where you can soak up the sun and take in great sights.
... If you just touched down here from Jupiter or Saturn, you may not have had time
yet to learn that Vancouver walkers’ favorite sun-drenched promenade is the Waterfront
Renaissance Trail. Park at or near the reconstructed Fort Vancouver site on East Fifth
Street and take in a little historical context as you stroll over the Confluence Land
Bridge; or, park in downtown Vancouver and walk under I-5 as Columbia Street turns
into Columbia Way. Walk east along the river to sunny park benches, restaurants with
outdoor seating and, ultimately, a metal rendition of “Wendy Rose,” aka Wendy the
Welder, a sister of Rosie the Riveter who worked at the Kaiser shipyards here during
World War II. The sculpture was created by Women Who Weld, a group of students at
Clark College, and unveiled in 2007.
The Columbian, April 24, 2018
Anti-bias training, like what Starbucks is providing to its staff next month, is big
business. Many American workers roll their eyes at it, but some say if it's done well
it can actually help. The cringe factor is why Eric Davis uses that episode in workplace
training he offers. He plays the whole thing. It makes others in the room say, OK,
wow. I'm not that bad. OK, I'm not Michael Scott. So it breaks down folks' barriers.
It removes some of the angst. Davis teaches sociology at Bellevue College near Seattle. He teaches about implicit bias and how it manifests. He says whether
it's in an academic setting or a corporate training, getting to the heart of racial
bias takes practice and talking.
NPR, April 23, 2018
Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him
constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor’s degree. ... So he tried it for a while.
Then he quit and started training as an ironworker, which is what he’s doing on a
weekday morning in a nondescript high-ceilinged building with a cement floor in an
industrial park near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. ... “Parents want success
for their kids,” said Mike Clifton, who teaches machining at a technical college near
Seattle called the Lake Washington Institute of Technology. “They get stuck on [four-year bachelor’s degrees], and they’re not seeing the shortage
there is in tradespeople until they hire a plumber and have to write a check.”
Hechinger Report, April 23, 2018
If there was a message in all the glass bottles divers brought up from the waters
off Tacoma’s waterfront Saturday it might be this: Stop using Puget Sound as a garbage
dump. The volunteer scuba divers divers brought up 47 pounds of garbage from the waters
of Commencement Bay just off of Ruston Way. Most of that consisted of bottles. They
also retrieved discarded fishing lines and hooks from the area near Les Davis Pier. The
cleanup was organized by the Marine Science and Technology Center at Highline College.
The News Tribune, April 23, 2018
It's going to be a busy summer for construction projects at Western Washington University
and Whatcom Community College, and that will mean another boost for the local economy. Western recently started
two construction projects with each costing more than $20 million, while Whatcom Community
College recently broke ground on its Phyllis & Charles Self Learning Commons, a $34.9
million project. The community college also plans to break ground this fall on a residential housing
project valued at around $21.5 million.
The Bellingham Herald, April 23, 2018
A little kindness and support can go be the difference between a student giving up
or reaching their educational and career goals. That held true for Clover Park Technical College Culinary Arts alum Jo Soeung, and she looks to share that support in her own world
and life. Soeung, who earned her associate degree in Culinary Arts and Restaurant
Management from CPTC in 2012, has worked at numerous restaurants in the area and recently
began a new position as the Director of Food and Beverage Operation for Hilton Garden
Inn. While her culinary journey has offered her a chance to meet and work with a wide
variety of famous people, her time at CPTC continues to inform her approach to her
career and life.
The Suburban Times, April 23, 2018
The Thurston Economic Development Council celebrated excellence in Thurston County
businesses and successes of 2017 for our local economy at Indian Summer Golf & Country
Club at the 2018 Business Awards Gala & Investor Dinner Friday. ... New Business of
the Year: Bittersweet Chocolates. Bittersweet Chocolates was born from an idea that
two retired South Puget Sound Community College professors, Cindy Uhrich and Deb Smith. They had felt “bittersweet” about leaving
their students behind for retirement life.
Thurston Talk, April 23, 2018
A lot of people helped Christina Gay move forward in life. Now it’s her turn. Earlier
this month, she was helping a patient take his first steps down a hospital hallway
following surgery. It’s a situation Gay has seen from both sides, first as a cancer
patient and now as a nurse. ... The program — I Have a Dream of Southwest Washington
— was designed to help more than 300 kids in four low-income neighborhoods graduate
from high school and then move on to higher education or career training. For Gay,
that meant studying nursing at Clark College and then earning her bachelor’s degree at Washington State University Vancouver.
She now is a nurse at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.
The Columbian, April 22, 2018
When SpringHill Suites’ began hunting for a front desk clerk, the Tri-Cities hotel
immediately ran into a problem. Not enough qualified applicants. The same is true
when Steve Simmons at the CG Public House advertises for cooks, or when Lori Middleton,
a food service general manager, needs servers. It's a surprising problem to have,
but it's one where Marilou Shea hopes to make a difference. Shea wants to connect
interested students with training at Columbia Basin College’s new hospitality program.
Tri-City Herald, April 22, 2018
It started with two totes tucked away in a WSU Tri-Cities administration office. Staff
could only keep dry goods in the totes, but students could pick up some if they needed
it. Even with the limited selection, more than 350 students used the service in the
past two years. It eventually prompted the university branch campus to open a pantry. Yet,
WSU officials say that's only one quarter of the students that officials believe have
struggled with finding food since 2016. ... College campuses across the country are
struggling with hungry students. The problem strikes community colleges, and small
and large universities. ... Colleges and universities are throwing open pantries to
try to alleviate the problem. The number of pantries in the national College and University
Food Bank Alliance tripled between 2015-17. WSU Tri-Cities and Columbia Basin College have joined the push too.
Tri-City Herald, April 22, 2018
As he leads a group through a room full of airplane parts, William Purdue says something
that is both stunning and counterintuitive. “You know, it’s safer to fly in an airplane
than to walk in your shoes,” he said. And Sonico, the company Purdue founded, has
been in Moses Lake since 1980 and has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration
to repair airplane parts since 1985, is a big part of the reason flying is now as
safe as it is. ... Currently, the company is working with Big Bend Community College to allow students in the school’s airframe and power plant certification program
to do internships at Sonico.
Columbia Basin Herald, April 22, 2018
Computer equipment valued at $60,000 has just arrived at Big Bend Community College, thanks to a recent donation by Microsoft. Microsoft’s Datacenter Community Development
team donated laptops, servers and other related fixtures to the college’s Computer
Science program, which will be used to support students working towards a Systems
Administration- Data Center Specialization certification. In total, Microsoft delivered
30 laptops, 75 servers, three server racks and 36 network devices to BBCC on Wednesday.
Microsoft has also invested an additional $30,000 in scholarships for students in
KPQ, April 20, 2018
Yelm Community Schools is building on their partnership with Central Washington University
(CWU) and South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) to offer 22 college-level courses equalling 106 credits at Yelm High School
next year. Stemming from the Every Student Succeeds Act, YCS is advancing in their
ability to provide students with meaningful classes to improve graduation readiness.
The school already offers beneficial programs including a handful of Advanced Placement
courses and engages in a Running Start program through SPSCC, allowing students to
earn college credit while in high school, but both programs present their own challenges.
Nisqually Valley News, April 20, 2018
Kim Mahan wants every student who finishes her classes to immediately go to the grocery
store; then, go home and use the skills they learned at her cooking school, Class
Cooking. I recently met with her to talk about the dim sum class that I planned to
attend. During the conversation, I sheepishly had to confess that I hadn’t made the
tamales she taught me to make a year ago. ... Classes at Mahan’s cooking school include,
“everything from Thai to Turkish.” She attended Clark College Culinary school; but, has learned how to prepare global cuisine by traveling around
the world. She also has an extensive cookbook collection and likes to experiment with
The Columbian, April 20, 2018
Few things are as universally — and historically — beloved as the theater. For thousands
of years we’ve enjoyed the unique magic that is comedy, tragedy, musical or farce
performed live on stage. South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) will have you laughing, dancing and even peeking behind the curtain May 10-19,
thanks to dedicated director and community favorite Brenda Amburgy. Lyrics promise
“It’s hot and hectic, effervescent and eclectic at La Cage Aux Folles;” you definitely
don’t want to miss out.
Thurston Talk, April 20, 2018
Online nonprofit university WGU Washington announced April 18 that Tonya Drake of
Edmonds Community College will lead the university as chancellor. Drake will begin her job April 26. In higher
education for nearly 25 years, Drake has worked at Edmonds Community College since
2013, starting as special assistant to the president for equity and inclusion. In
2014, she was named interim vice president for college relations and advancement,
a position that became permanent in 2015. Prior to joining Edmonds CC, she held leadership
positions at other institutions, including Shoreline Community College, Maricopa Community College District, Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona State University,
and the University of Washington. ... Drake earned advanced degrees from Arizona State
University, including a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies. She is a
graduate of the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and — with a
degree from Lower Columbia College — a product of Washington state’s community and technical college system.
My Edmonds News, April 19, 2018
On April 28, the Tacoma Concert Band is honoring the retirement of conductor, music
director, and founder Robert Musser with a concert called “Celebration!” For 38 years,
Musser and the band entertained Pacific Northwest audiences with great music. ... According
to John Falskow, director of instrumental music at Tacoma Community College, “Bob Musser is an icon in local music education and performance. As the music director
of Tacoma Concert Band and also the director of bands at UPS, he has had a profound
influence on music and music education in our community.
Tacoma Weekly, April 19, 2018
For the second year in a row, Shoreline Community College has received Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation. Tree Campus
USA recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their campus
trees, develop community connections to foster urban forests, and strive to engage
their student population in forestry efforts. The College met all of five of the Tree
Campus USA standards and is active in fostering healthy native plant life on its 80
acres of land.
Shoreline Area News, April 17, 2018
Trends | Horizons | Education
Few institutions have topped more than 100,000 students online, but Western Governors
University and Southern New Hampshire University are on the brink. Scott Pulsipher,
WGU's president, said the nonprofit, fully online institution enrollment is roughly
97,000 students. Online enrollment at the nonprofit Southern New Hampshire, which
has a traditional campus and an online arm, is about 93,000 students, said Paul LeBlanc,
the university's president. SNHU's total enrollment crossed the 100,000 mark earlier
this year. Observers said the two nonprofits could soon overtake the University of
Phoenix as the largest online universities in the U.S. The only other university that
remains within striking range of 100,000 students online is Liberty University. But
the Christian institution's enrollment has slipped of late, according to recent reports.
Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2018
On online guide to “Being Not-Rich” on the University of Michigan’s flagship campus
has been annotated with dozens of comments and suggestions from students and faculty
and staff members since the Google Doc began spreading in January. Eager contributors
have suggested the best part-time jobs in Ann Arbor, warned of tax pitfalls to work-study
programs, and recommended good deals for eating and drinking: Taco Tuesday at Cantina,
$1 well drinks at Rick’s American Cafe. At a university with a median family income
of $154,000 — highest among its peer institutions — the guide fills a need for help
in sifting through resources and making connections to other low-income students.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 23, 2018
Warren Wilson College, a private institution with a reputation for a liberal student
body, doesn't ask applicants for their political views. As a result, many have wondered
how the college could possibly go about meeting a goal of its president, Lynn M. Morton,
to recruit and enroll more students who are conservative. Morton announced the plan
after she reviewed data from the National Survey of Student Engagement. Morton said
the answer to one of the questions left her worried about the impact on all students
of not having enough people around who may challenge their views.
Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2018
A college education is important. It can pave a path to a wonderful, fulfilling career. Yet,
seeking a four-year college degree isn’t for everybody. And this is exactly why it’s
important to provide high school students options that could lead them to careers
that require vocations or technical training. But a new national study seems to be
critical of Washington and 45 other states because their high-school graduation requirements
don’t line up with admission requirements for public universities. ... It seems far
more prudent, as Washington state does, to allow students some flexibility as they
get closer to graduation.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 22, 2018
Administrators from the Yakima School District and Heritage University will sign an
agreement Monday making Heritage the primary provider of college credits for College
in the High School classes for Davis and Eisenhower high school students. The college-level
classes give high school students the opportunity to earn college credit for classes
taught at the high schools. For the next two years, students at Ike and Davis will
be able to take Heritage University courses in English, history, math and science.
Credits earned in those courses can be transferred to any college or university.
Yakima Herald, April 22, 2018
Washington state’s economy ranked highest in the nation despite relatively low investment per capita
Washington state’s technology industry isn’t always considered in the same league
as California’s. But a 2017 study getting renewed attention this week suggests that
Washington is actually punching well above its weight. Credit reporting site WalletHub
compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 27 metrics for economic
health and opportunity in the report. The study resurfaced this week when Visual Capitalist,
a digital media brand, compiled the data in the infographic below. Washington ranked
No. 1, driven by factors like strong gross domestic product growth, exports per capita,
and percentage of high-tech jobs. Booming Silicon Valley helped California land second
place but the state’s high housing costs — 92.7 percent above the national average
— weighed it down in the economic health rankings.
Geek Wire, April 21, 2018
Mandy Manning, a Spokane educator who teaches English and math to immigrant and refugee
students and is credited with helping change school policies to significantly decrease
school suspensions, has been named the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. Manning,
who was named Washington’s Teacher of the Year in September 2017, was one of four
finalists for the top award, which was announced on CBS early Friday morning.
The Seattle Times, April 20, 2018
In mathematics, American students do poorly by international comparison. This has
been true for decades, and it is due in large part to the weakness of math instruction
here. If Seattle Public Schools ever hopes to eliminate its gaps in achievement between
students of different racial backgrounds, it must address that problem. I taught math
in the Seattle schools for almost two decades. In my experience, what works is explicit
instruction. That means explaining concepts in a clear, straightforward way, showing
each student how to use them and following up with lots of practice – including rigorous
The Seattle Times, April 20, 2018
When Tennessee launched its free community college program four years ago, some questioned
why recent high school graduates were the only ones to benefit. Then last year, Bill
Haslam, the state's Republican governor, announced an expansion of the widely heralded
tuition-free benefit to all adult residents, in an initiative called Tennessee Reconnect. Higher
education officials in Tennessee expected 8,000 adults would apply for the scholarship.
But as of April 18, nearly 12,000 have applied.
Inside Higher Ed, April 20, 2018
The number of homeless students in Spokane decreased last year, even as student homelessness
statewide has increased, according to data from the state Office of the Superintendent
of Public Instruction (OSPI). Spokane Public Schools reported 1,387 homeless students
for the 2016-17 school year. That's a 25 percent decrease from the year before. The
data count students living in shelters, hotels or with friends or relatives as homeless.
... Brett Dodd, Spokane Public Schools coordinator of special programs, says the 2015-16
school year seemed to be the "peak" of student homelessness in Spokane. The numbers
for the 2016-17 school year were similar to 2014-15. And so far in 2017-18, the numbers
are relatively close to where they were at this time last April.
Inlander, April 19, 2018
Politics | Local, State, National
In the past year, Washington lawmakers have made major changes to the way schools
are funded to end the long-running McCleary lawsuit. But parents and school officials
say the public education system still doesn’t have all that it needs. State Superintendent
of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal will open a survey starting Wednesday to allow
the public to give input on what he should ask for in his next budget proposal to
the governor and the legislature. Before the legislative session, the state superintendent
submits a request for additional education dollars beyond the basic funding formulas
already set by the state.
KNKX, April 23, 2018
A federal requirement for online colleges to tell students whether their academic
programs meet state licensing requirements may be postponed. Russell Poulin, director
of policy and analysis at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, tweeted last
week that the Department of Education had submitted a proposed rule to the Office
of Management and Budget titled “State Authorization; Delayed Effective Date.”
Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2018
With bipartisan talks over a Senate bill to renew the Higher Education Act seemingly
stalled and a polarizing House bill having gone nowhere after a party-line committee
vote, Congress seems increasingly unlikely to reauthorize the key higher education
law in 2018. Legislation to extend the federal government's primary law on career
and technical education, however — desperately desired by many employers, educators
and lawmakers — would appear to give lawmakers a chance for bipartisan accomplishment
in postsecondary education. But even that "no-brainer" bill, as one member of Congress
called it, is proving too divisive for the current Congress.
Inside Higher Ed, April 20, 2018