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News Links | April 26, 2018

April 26, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

New program targets first-gen college students

The path of education after high school graduation looks different for various students. For some, pursuing a degree can appear difficult and not an option. This is particularly true for those whose parents didn’t attend college. “With first-generation students, they don’t have anyone who has been through the process that they can turn to,” said Fernando Morado Sanchez, Upward Bound project program director. “It’s going to be a scary, unknown place and hard for them to formulate what they should be thinking about.” Whatcom Community College is receiving almost $1.3 million in an Upward Bound grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help local low-income high school students be potentially the first in their family to attend college. 
Lynden Tribune, April 25, 2018

Bates Technical College President Lin Zhou signs contract at board meeting

From immigrant to college president, Dr. Lin Zhou will sign her two-year employment contract as president of Bates Technical College at the Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, April 30, 3 p.m. at South Campus. Zhou and her husband Jason emigrated from Beijing, China in 1999, both only speaking English they learned in school. She enrolled in English as a Second Language at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and quickly excelled. She earned her associate degree in computer science and network technology, and later worked at LWIT as a technical aid.
The Suburban Times, April 30, 2018

Learning the art of firefighting

Doug Higbee is Snohomish Fire’s sole member of the inaugural class at the Snohomish County Fire Training Academy, and the dedicated firefighter couldn’t be happier. The wrecked cars, the training tower and mock roofs represent invaluable practice environments to Higbee. And to a man who loves his work, they are fun, too. ... Higbee knew without a doubt that he wanted to devote himself to service. After studying Fire Science at Everett Community College, Higbee signed on in 2013 as a part-time volunteer firefighter with Fire District 4.
Snohomish County Tribune, April 25, 2018

Pierce College professor’s side hustle involves publishing 50 — and counting — romance novels

By day, Puyallup resident Nikki Poppen-Eagen is the department chair for communication studies, journalism and world languages at Pierce College Puyallup. But on the weekends, she’s Bronwyn Scott, a historical romance writer for Harlequin, a division of HarperCollins Publishers founded in 1949 that has sold more than 6.7 billion books. ... Then she attended a small writer’s conference at Tacoma Community College, where she worked at the time. In 2002, she visited a larger conference in New York.
The News Tribune, April 25, 2018

Demolition day to mark launch of major renovation to Highline College building

Students seeking in-demand health care careers can look forward to learning in a state-of-the-art facility on Highline College’s main campus. To create the new space, the college’s Building 26 will undergo a major renovation. ... The estimated $30 million renovation is the college’s first significant capital project in more than a decade. It will also be the first LEED-certified building on campus. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2019.
Auburn Reporter, April 25, 2018

High school seniors from across Washington state commit to STEM by signing letters of intent

Top athletes may get much of the attention when it comes to signing days and committing to a university to continue playing a particular sport. But in Seattle on Monday, the spotlight was on students who would be applying their talents in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at some of the top technical schools in Washington state and across the country. The Boeing Co. presented the inaugural event at the Museum of Flight, where 49 high school seniors — one from each legislative district across Washington — were invited to take part in a ceremony attended by elected officials and business and community leaders. ... Iman Bennour is a senior at Federal Way Senior High School. Iman plans to study information technology at Green River College. ... Marlo Detorres is a senior at North Beach High School. Marlo plans to study nursing, mathematics, and singing at Grays Harbor College. ... Froylan Contreras is a senior at Prosser High School. Froylan plans to study aerospace engineering at University of Washington or Columbia Basin College. ... Milo Gosnell is a senior at Ballard High School. Milo plans to study computer and data science at Seattle Central College. ... Talon Capoeman is a senior at Chief Kitsap Academy. Talon plans to study biomedical engineering at Olympic College.
Geek Wire, April 24, 2018

Automotive Service Technology students at Yakima Valley College earn honors in competition

Students from the Automotive Service Technology program at Yakima Valley College recently received honors at the SkillsUSA Washington Winter Competition held at Green River College in Auburn. In total YVC brought home eight medals. Competition categories included job demonstration, job interview, extemporaneous speech, prepared speech, customer service, uniform and resume. ... VC students competed against teams from Spokane Community College, Columbia Basin College, Walla Walla Community College, Renton Technical College and Green River College.
Yakima Herald, April 24, 2018

The assignment: Write something great for violin and... trombone?

Sitting before you is a blank sheet of paper, save for an empty musical staff. You assignment is to write great music using the guidelines of the contest you’ve already entered. Not more than eight minutes, and the instrumentation… what is it, string quartet? Maybe solo piano? How about a short cello sonata? Or maybe you’re told to write for trombone and violin. ... Still, it’s hard to tell that these innovative works aren’t coming from the pen of students older than Rainey, or second place winner Rebekah Novinger, and third place winner Daniel Kilhoffer, who is actually still in high school, and double enrolled at Centralia College in a dual credit program.
Texas Public Radio, April 24, 2018

Photo: Environmental affairs at Peninsula College

Peninsula College student Kina Azmi pulls weeds from the college’s arboretum Monday. Azmi, director of environmental affairs for the Associated Student Council, was joined by others in pulling weeds, straightening signs and moving mulch at the Port Angeles campus.
Peninsula Daily News, April 24, 2018

New trustee of Bellingham Technical College appointed by Governor Inslee

Governor Inslee appointed Bradley F. Smith to Bellingham Technical College’s Board of Trustees for a term running through September 2022. BTC says Dr. Smith’s career includes higher education, most recently as Dean of Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.
KGMI, April 24, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Maybe not so 'high impact'?

“High-impact” educational practices widely promoted and adopted to improve learning by college and university students and increase graduation rates have not led to those expected outcomes, according to new research in The Journal of Higher Education. The study found the effectiveness of 10 such practices — first-year seminars, writing-intensive courses and collaborative assignments, among others — recommended by the Association of American Colleges and Universities questionable and worthy of re-examination, at least as a tool to promote completion.
Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2018

Professors back free speech

Professors express strong support for free speech on campus, even for speech that some may find offensive, according to research published this week in The American Interest. The support for principles of free speech is roughly as strong among faculty members who identify as Democrats as it is among Republicans.
Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2018

A Silicon Valley 'evangelist' who doesn't bash higher ed

The hundreds of college trustees and presidents in the audience here Sunday might have been forgiven if they flinched a bit when Jaime Casapstarted speaking about his background as Google's primary advocate for "trying to bring technology into the education space." Normally, when Silicon Valley types with titles like "education evangelist" lecture them, the themes tend to be about how slowly higher education is changing, how unprepared their colleges and universities are for the digital natives preparing to flood into them, and how alternatives like coding boot camps are poised to displace them. Casap was different. Sure, he had some cautionary words for the attendees of the National Conference on Trusteeship, the annual meeting of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2018

Drew Cloud is a well-known expert on student loans. One problem: He’s not real.

Drew Cloud is everywhere. The self-described journalist who specializes in student-loan debt has been quoted in major news outlets, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and CNBC, and is a fixture in the smaller, specialized blogosphere of student debt. ... Drew Cloud’s story was simple: He founded the website, an "independent, authoritative news outlet" covering all things student loans, "after he had difficulty finding the most recent student loan news and information all in one place." He became ubiquitous on that topic. But he’s a fiction, the invention of a student-loan refinancing company.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 24, 2018

Opinion: Helping students who need it most benefits all

Earlier this month, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced the new Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF). The WSIF comes out of the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan and the recommendations of the Accountability workgroup, of which League of Education Voters was a part. The new WSIF will provide schools and communities with new, rich data on school performance, with a focus on historically and systemically underserved students. The WSIF also focuses on the “now what” — labeling schools by the level of support they will receive from the state. League of Education Voters applauds the strategy of providing transparency and focusing on supports for schools with the most challenges.
The Olympian, April 24, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Pentagon on PROSPER

As Republican leaders look for support within their caucus to pass an ambitious higher education bill, their efforts are being complicated by opposition from an institution President Donald Trump said would be a key focus of his administration — the Department of Defense. The U.S. Department of Defense issued a document earlier this year stating opposition to the PROSPER Act, House Republicans’ plan to overhaul the Higher Education Act, over the bill's plan to eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, an unusual if not unprecedented move.
Inside Higher Ed, April 26, 2018

Tennessee lawmakers reject full-time completion plan

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Tennessee rejected Republican governor Bill Haslam's proposal to strongly encourage the state's scholarship students to graduate in four years, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The governor's Complete College Act sought to require the state's Tennessee Hope and Tennessee Promise scholarship recipients to complete 30 credits a year.
Inside Higher Ed, April 26, 2018

Key justices seem skeptical of challenge to Trump’s travel ban

A 15-month legal battle over President Trump’s efforts to impose a ban on travel to the United States from several predominantly Muslim countries reached a final stage on Wednesday at the Supreme Court, with its five-member conservative majority signaling it was ready to approve a revised version of the president’s plan. The justices appeared ready to discount Mr. Trump’s campaign promises to impose what he repeatedly described as a “Muslim ban,” while giving him the benefit of the doubt traditionally afforded to presidents. Some expressed worry about second-guessing executive branch determinations about who should be allowed to enter the United States.
The New York Times, April 25, 2018

Third judge blocks Trump's bid to end DACA

A third federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides protection against deportation and work permits to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, The Washington Post reported.
Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2018

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