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News Links | December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

BBCC helps vets and families with Christmas

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

With $10M, EvCC would boost parking for new learning center

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

GI Bill delays affect Clark College veterans

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 House provides gifts for student families

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

Opinion: Higher-ed investment essential

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

Editorial: Community colleges need budget love to train future workforce

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

What can you study at a Seattle community college? Use this tool to find out.

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,, 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

Pierce College student finds ‘power’ in adversity

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

Equipment donations bolster SVC program

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

Edmonds CC baking students get in holiday spirit for a good cause

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

Inslee visits LWTech students in Kirkland

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

WVC receives grant to assist with childcare for low-income students & staff

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

Identity Evropa posters removed from Spokane Falls Community College

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 is rising

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

The cautionary tale of correspondence schools

... 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 by mail.
New America, Dec. 11, 2018

50 colleges hit with ADA lawsuits

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

Exclusive: Ed Department to erase debts of teachers, fix troubled grant program

... 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

Opposition to "public charge" rule

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

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