News Links | December 11, 2018
System News | Opinion
It’s a simple thing, really, helping a child on Christmas. That’s what the Big Bend Community College Veterans Resource Office wanted to this weekend by giving away toys to veterans’
families. “We just wanted to give back to our veterans and our families in the community,”
said Jim Leland, BBCC’s veterans resource officer. Across some tables in the Moses
Lake Eagles Club, Leland helped organize and sort stacks of brand new, donated toys,
everything from toy cars to Play-Doh to puzzles and games. The stuff you’d need to
help make someone’s holiday just a little bit brighter.
Columbia Basin Herald, Dec. 9, 2018
As of Thursday, Everett Community College is a step closer to securing $10 million to buy properties on which to provide parking
for the new Learning Resource Center and a future Baker Hall replacement. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges unanimously backed EvCC’s request to finance up to $10 million in purchases through
a lease-financing agreement, and use local dollars to pay off bond-like certificates. State
board members included it in the construction budget request submitted to Gov. Jay
Inslee and state lawmakers for the entire community college system.
The Everett Herald, Dec. 9, 2018
The Federal Department of Veterans Affairs is backtracking on a new policy that caused
a technology glitch and delayed payments to thousands of veterans enrolled under the
GI Bill. Postponing the new policy until December 2019 should alleviate the issue
in the short term, including at Clark College, where a large number of students are veterans receiving GI Bill benefits. Clark
College currently enrolls around 380 veteran students, according to Cary Bare and
Mike Gibson, the GI Bill school certifying official for the school.
The Columbian, Dec. 9, 2018
Holiday spirit filled the air Thursday afternoon as Santa Claus arrived in Building
23 and Clover Park Technical College’s annual Holiday House distributed gifts to student families. The 32-year tradition
began when a pair of CPTC employees provided food for 25 families and has grown into
a yearly event that provides qualifying student families with gifts and food for the
holidays. Since 1986, Holiday House has helped nearly 4,000 children and generated
over $250,000 in support for CPTC student families.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 9, 2018
This is a great time to find a job – if you have the right education and training.
Unemployment in our region is at record lows, new business and industry is moving
to Spokane County and surrounding Eastern Washington communities, and a large wave
of retirements promises to create a steady stream of opportunities. ... Our professional/technical
programs and apprenticeships at Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College provide direct pathways to high-wage in-demand careers. Plus our affordable two-year
transfer degrees with strong partnerships at the area universities are excellent pathways
to four-year degrees.
The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 9, 2018
Now that the state Legislature has made significant progress in fixing the way the
state pays for K-12 education, lawmakers must focus on the next step in the education
spectrum: college. ... Colleges across Washington are fulfilling workforce needs,
as well as helping students succeed. Walla Walla Community College is a great example. Not only is the Eastern Washington college known for its winemaking
program, but the college also is a place to learn about the wind turbine technology
of the future. The college’s renewable-energy program also offers training for work
in the solar, hydroelectric and biofuel industries. Supporting Washington’s college
system is not just for institutions, taxpayers are making an investment in the state,
its economy and the people. “I think about it as putting more money into Washingtonians,”
said Jan Yoshiwara, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. “What people want is to have a good job and to be able to launch themselves into
a career pathway that will enable them to support themselves and their families.”
The Seattle Times, Dec. 9, 2018
Starting with the class of 2020, students in all of Seattle’s 17 public high schools
will be able to attend Seattle community colleges tuition-free. Parents and students
are now wondering: What types of degrees and certificates can you earn in community
college, and what jobs can you get with those credentials? The Seattle Colleges — the city’s community colleges — are helping to answer those questions with a new,
web-based tool that guides students through their options. ... The new tool, www.seattlecolleges.edu/collegetocareer,
guides students through all 225 of the certificate and degree programs offered by
Seattle Colleges’ three campuses — North, Central and South. It breaks programs down into eight areas of study, or career clusters.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 8, 2018
Growing up in a single-parent household filled with drug addiction, poverty and abuse,
Raymond Power spent much of his childhood searching for a sense of family that was
missing in his own life. With no role models to show him what it meant to be successful,
he dropped out of school in 8th grade. ... thanks to a program by Goodwill, Power
found the GED program at Tacoma Community College, and completed the requirements in a week. “I did so well that my teacher told me
I should think about going to college,” he said. “I had never considered college as
an option, but I was doing so well that I had to keep going.” Power took a leap of
faith and enrolled in the Facility Maintenance Engineering program at Bates Technical College. “I was doing well and earning great grades,” Power said. ... Power wanted to pursue
a career that would allow him to make a difference, and help those with similar backgrounds
find success. He found Pierce College’s Social Service/Mental Health program and enrolled with enthusiasm.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 7, 2018
For the diesel engine industry, changes to environmental standards mean technology
— and work in the industry — has to change to keep up. “It’s changed so dramatically
over the last 10 years,” said Burt Barnes, creative services director with truck manufacturing
company Kenworth. Over the past year and a half, Barnes has organized the donation
of about $125,000 in equipment to Skagit Valley College’s Diesel Power Technology Department, allowing students to learn on newer technology
they’ll see in the field.
Skagit Valley Herald, Dec. 7, 2018
Nothing says “Happy Holidays” more than a bustling kitchen filled with baking students
busy making cookies for a good cause. This week Edmonds Community College Baking and Pastry Arts students made 480 cookies, or 40 dozen, to donate to CookieFest
2018, a festive pop-up cookie sale to benefit the nonprofit Seattle Milk Fund. “This
is our first year to participate, and we’re so excited to contribute to an organization
that provides financial help to make child care more affordable for low-income student
parents,” said Karen Jenkins, Edmonds CC chef instructor.
MLTnews, Dec. 7, 2018
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) Nov. 27 to meet with students and faculty and learn how Career Connect Washington
has supported the school and students. Career Connect Washington is an initiative
started by the governor to create a 10-year vision and strategic plan for a nation-leading
career connected learning and apprenticeship system. The initiative’s goal is to provide
students alternative options to earning a four-year degree.
Kirkland Reporter, Dec. 7, 2018
A grant which helps make child care more affordable for low-income parents has been
awarded to Wenatchee Valley College (WVC). The Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program grant (CCAMPIS) will
assist in lowering childcare rates for qualifying, low-income parents who attend classes
or are employed at WVC. WVC has maintained a partnership with WestSide Early Learning
Center at WestSide High School to provide childcare for its staff and students for
several years now, and the CCAMPIS grant will aid in the continuation of this collaboration
by infusing $54,000 annually over the next four years.
iFIBER One News, Dec. 6, 2018
Posters advertising prominent white supremacist group Identity Evropa were removed
Tuesday from the Spokane Falls Community College campus. In an email circulated to SFCC faculty and staff, Acting President Nancy
Szofran said the college “followed our procedures for the removal of posters that
are not time stamped.” None of the material included in the posters rose to the level
of hate speech or posed a discernible threat to the campus community, Szofran wrote.
However, “while we respect the rights of people to peaceably assemble and exercise
free speech, we reject the anti-American and racist beliefs and violent actions promoted
by groups such as the neo-Nazis and white supremacists,” she wrote. “We stand in solidarity
with everyone in our community who opposes racism and discrimination of any type.”
The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 6, 2018
Trends | Horizons | Education
Unmet financial need, meaning the gap between the cost of college and all student
resources that do not need to be repaid, grew by 23 percent between 2012 and 2016,
according to an analysis of federal data that the Center for Law and Social Policy
(CLASP) released today. Nearly three in four college students in the U.S. experience
unmet need. At community colleges, 71 percent of students have some unmet need, with
an average amount of $4,920.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 11, 2018
... Today, that same cycle of increased access to federal funding, followed by abuses
of students and taxpayers, appears set to repeat itself. Secretary DeVos has proposed
weakening the restrictions on distance education programs, allowing them to operate
more like the correspondence courses of yesteryear, where students are left to learn
on their own—all in the name of innovation. Virtually every argument made now in favor
of deregulating online learning to enhance innovation was previously made in favor
of deregulating the correspondence, or “home study” schools that delivered courses
New America, Dec. 11, 2018
Jason Camacho, a blind resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., is suing 50 colleges over the accessibility
of their websites. The 50 lawsuits, filed in November, say the colleges are in violation
of the Americans With Disabilities Act, as their websites are not accessible to people
with disabilities. Camacho uses a screen reader and said he experienced barriers when
trying to access the colleges' websites. Despite the court cases being filed in New
York's Southern District, the institutions targeted are located all over the country.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 10, 2018
... The Education Department is releasing a plan Sunday to help these teachers who
have been wrongly hit with debts, sometimes totaling tens of thousands of dollars,
because of a troubled federal grant program. ... Here's how it works. Aspiring teachers
get grant money to help pay for their own college or graduate school. In exchange,
they agree to teach a high-need subject, including math or science, for four years
in a school that serves low-income families. But for many teachers, it has turned
into a financial disaster because their grants were converted to loans — with interest.
All because of paperwork issues.
NPR, Dec. 9, 2018
Politics | Local, State, National
A number of colleges and higher education groups have registered their opposition
to a proposed rule by the Trump administration that would redefine how the government
determines an immigrant or nonimmigrant visitor is likely to become a “public charge”
and thus ineligible for a green card or other change of immigration status. Current
regulations dating to 1999 hold that an immigrant can be deemed inadmissible or ineligible
for a change in immigration status if they are determined to be "likely to become
primarily dependent on the government for subsistence."
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 11, 2018