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April 24, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

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SPSCC President Tim Stokes earns ACT Chief Executive Officer Award

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

4 great spots for fun in the sun

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

Getting to the heart of racial bias takes talking, workplace trainer says

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

High-paying jobs go begging while high school grads line up for bachelor’s degrees

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

Taking out the trash checked off Earth Day list of chores for divers in Commencement Bay

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

Here's good news for Whatcom's rebounding construction industry

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

CPTC support helps alum achieve culinary dream

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

Announcing the Thurston EDC Business Award winners

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

Cancer couldn’t derail this ‘I Have a Dream’ alum’s goal to be a nurse

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

Need a job? Tri-Cities restaurants and hotels need you — and not just for the summer

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

Tri-Cities colleges are seeing more hungry students. They're not alone, but they've got a plan

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

Sonico keeps planes flying

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

Microsoft Donates to Big Bend Community College

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 the program.
KPQ, April 20, 2018

College In High School breaks down economic barriers

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

Food & Drink: Dim sum class has tasty homework

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 recipes.
The Columbian, April 20, 2018

Peek inside La Cage Aux Folles at South Puget Sound Community College

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

Edmonds CC’s Tonya Drake named chancellor at WGU Washington

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

Tacoma Concert Band bids farewell to founding conductor Robert Musser in April 28 concert

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

Tree Campus USA — Shoreline Community College recognized by Arbor Day Foundation

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

The 100K club

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

‘Being not-rich’: Low-income students at Michigan share savvy advice

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

Seeking rural applicants and perhaps ideological diversity

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

Opinion: Flexibility in graduation requirements benefits students

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

Heritage University, Yakima School District to partner

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

Spokane educator Mandy Manning named 2018 National Teacher of the Year

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

Guest essay: How the right approach to math can reduce the achievement gap

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 tests.
The Seattle Times, April 20, 2018

Adults reconnect in Tennessee

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

Homelessness among Spokane students decreased by 25 percent in 2016-17

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

Wash. schools superintendent wants public to weigh in on education funding priorities

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

Distance education rules may be delayed

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

Another higher ed bill stalled in Congress

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

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