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News Links | February 1, 2018

February 01, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

LCC receives $1 million in grants for simplifying college process

For some college students, choosing between the wide array of future career possibilities can be a difficult decision and can result in taking extra, unnecessary credits. Lower Columbia College is looking to fix that. On Jan. 11, the community and technical college received a $1 million grant from the education foundation College Spark Washington and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to adopt the Guided Pathways initiative. ... Other colleges in Washington, including Renton Community College, Clover Park Technical College, Spokane Falls Community College and Tacoma Community College, also received Guided Pathways funding.
Longview Daily News, Feb. 1, 2018

Foundation to offer a free year at Olympic College for all local high school grads

The Olympic College Foundation is working on a plan to fund a free year of community college for all high school graduates in Kitsap and North Mason counties. The foundation on Tuesday announced the OC Promise Scholarship, which will be available to students regardless of grades or income. David Emmons, the foundation's executive director, said it will be a couple of years before the first Promise scholarships are offered. ... The OC Promise Scholarship is modeled on a successful program at South Seattle College called 13th Year Promise Scholarship, established in 2008. ... Research from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges shows that completing high school and at least one year of college is the "tipping point" for students to earn living-wage jobs and/or continue their education.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 31, 2018

High School leads the way in science

There’s nothing like walking into a crime scene on the first day of high school. For some students at Sequim High, a mock-crime scene was exactly what they walked into on their first day of Principles of Biomedical Science class. At the beginning of the school year, Sequim High School launched a new science curriculum under Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national program that helps high school students in developing strong backgrounds in engineering and science fields. This program allowed the high school to offer three new courses this year: Introduction to Engineering, Principles in Biomedical Science and Human Body Systems. ... Neal said the high school is trying to align with Peninsula College and Olympic Medical Center so graduating students can take the skills they learn from these science and engineering classes to further their education or to go into the workforce.
Sequim Gazette, Jan. 31, 2018

People in politics: Wayne Fournier

Moments after stepping into Mayor Wayne Fournier’s office at Tenino City Hall, one notices that he is proudly unrolling blueprints for Tenino City Park’s twenty-year plan. He ticks off park improvements like a parent checking items off a child’s Christmas list. There is no denying Fournier’s enthusiasm for the future of Tenino. ... Fournier attended South Puget Sound Community College and then Washington State University. But alongside his academic career was always the fire service. It was his vehicle for receiving an education. He started volunteering in Tenino out of high school, graduated from the Washington State Fire Training Academy and then went to WSU where he was employed as a student fire fighter, which paid well enough by the university to cover college and living expenses.
Thurston Talk, Jan. 31, 2018

Centralia College Foundation announces Robert Dowling as 2018 Distinguished Alumnus

The Centralia College Foundation has announced its 2018 Distinguished Alumnus as Lewis County native Robert Dowling, a 1979 attendee of the college. Dowling attended Centralia College for one year prior to transferring to Central Washington University and Washington State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and law and justice along with a master’s degree in criminal justice. ... After graduation, Dowling worked 13 years as a U.S. special agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Services where he served various roles. He served as the counterintelligence director to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, supported Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, served as a senior special agent worldwide and provided travel security to the United Nations and for NATO missions in Europe.
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 30, 2018

Story walk: Higher ed in Kitsap

The Olympic College landscape has evolved rapidly in recent years to meet the demands of 21st century higher education. On Saturday, the Kitsap Sun led a tour of the college's newly opened $46.5 million instruction center and renovated electrical engineering building. Many professors who've new classrooms in the building — to include digital filmmaking, art and nursing — opened their doors to showcase this state-of-the-art center.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 30, 2018

Capital budget approval means millions for North County

The Washington Legislature finally passed its 2017-2019 capital projects budget Jan. 18 with local impacts in the millions of dollars. ... Clark College will also see millions in funding from the budget allowing for some significant projects to move forward. Clark College Chief Information Officer Chato Hazelbaker said the budget’s passing was “good news” for the community for two reasons when it came to the higher learning institution. There is $4 million allotted for maintenance of the college’s facilities, funds Hazelbaker said they rely on a day-to-day basis.
The Reflector, Jan. 30, 2018

Grand opening of new W.F. West STEM wing celebrated

About 400 community members on Monday came out to celebrate the grand opening of the W.F. West High School STEM wing, a facility that speakers said would help the district, the community and the nation as a whole by equipping students with the skills they need to compete for high demand jobs across Washington state. ... Steve Norton, with Centralia College, said throughout his decade at the college he has visited many middle schools and high schools, but has never found a place that is as committed to providing quality STEM offerings.
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 30, 2018

Local artist uses craft to bring people together

Colorful works of art with rounded and jagged splotches of color hang from the walls in a corner of VALA Eastside along with hands frozen in time. Sherri Gamble’s display at the Redmond art studio focus on the use of plaster, the main medium the local artist uses to create her works. ... While she recently finished her largest project ever, plastering some 5,000 square feet at Olympic College in Bremerton last year, she has also been focusing on a more intimate form of art.
Redmond Reporter, Jan. 30, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

‘White supremacists are targeting college campuses like never before’

White-supremacist propaganda at colleges increased by 258 percent from the fall of 2016 to the fall of 2017, affecting 216 campuses across the nation, according to a study released on Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League. For just the fall-2017 semester, the organization found 147 incidents of white-supremacist fliers, stickers, banners, or posters on campuses — up from 41 reported during the fall-2016 semester. In the past year, the group said, 346 incidents have been reported in all, at colleges in 44 states and Washington, D.C., from community colleges to the Ivy League.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 1, 2018

Phase 2 for boot camps

Don’t count boot camps out just yet. The last year or so was rough for the short-term skills training programs, with high-profile closures and some bad PR. But the nascent boot-camp industry is growing, as established players like General Assembly, Galvanize and the Flatiron School expand into new markets while also influencing traditional higher education. ... Yet boot camps typically cater to bachelor’s degree holders who can afford to spend about $12,000 on a 12-week coding program. And while many in the industry describe their role as being an add-on to a college education, not a replacement, boot camps could encroach on the turf of graduate schools, particularly if short-term credentials become more popular.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 31, 2018

Students with disabilities are largely ignored by colleges’ assault prevention, study finds

Students with disabilities are not “on the radar” of colleges’ efforts and policies to prevent sexual assault, a new federal study has found. The study, conducted by the National Council on Disability, a federal agency, suggests that undergraduates with a disability are more likely to be sexually assaulted than are their peers without a disability, and that colleges don’t know how to support them. About 31.6 percent of female undergraduates with a disability reported having been sexually assaulted, compared with 18.4 percent of undergraduate women without a disability, the study found.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 31, 2018

Most Americans think AI will improve lives and eliminate jobs — just not theirs

A new poll, released on Wednesday by Northeastern University and Gallup, examines Americans’ attitudes toward artificial intelligence, a force that could upend the employment market and send people back to college to retrain for new jobs. Whose jobs are at risk and who pays for that retraining are open questions for Americans, depending on where they work today.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 31, 2018

What role for higher ed in an AI world?

Americans don’t fear artificial intelligence as much as is commonly believed, a new study by Gallup and Northeastern University has found. Officials at Northeastern say that it shows higher education should be more involved in training people for the artificial intelligence world. In a survey of 3,297 adults, about three-quarters said artificial intelligence has and will continue to have a fundamental, but also positive, effect on their lives. Among blue-collar workers, that number dipped to 68 percent. But nearly three-quarters of participants (and 82 percent of blue-collar workers) admitted the revolution will take more jobs than it creates.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 31, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Questions swirl around state’s school-funding fix as lawmakers weigh $1B for teacher salaries

Under Washington’s school-finance system, the Bethel School District, just south of Tacoma, gets about $36,500 from the state to pay the base salary of each of its classroom teachers. The state doles out the same amount for teacher pay in the neighboring Franklin Pierce and Tacoma school districts. But starting next fall, under the state’s sweeping new K-12 school-funding plan, Franklin Pierce will get about $63,000 per teacher, Tacoma will collect about $66,500 — but Bethel will get just $59,000. That’s because the new funding plan ties teacher pay to regional housing values, which lawmakers hope will help districts offer competitive wages, and Bethel’s housing values are lower than those in Franklin Pierce and Tacoma.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 1, 2018

Reshuffling the deck at the department

The Education Department on Wednesday announced a reshuffling of key employees involved in federal higher education policy making. The staffing moves are part of a retooling of leadership at the Office of Federal Student Aid, which oversees the government's $1.4 trillion student loan portfolio, but they also reflect the Trump administration's slow progress installing permanent leaders on postsecondary issues. Kathleen Smith, who has served as acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education since June, was named deputy chief operating officer at the Federal Student Aid office. Replacing her, also on an acting basis, is Frank Brogan, who retired last year as chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 1, 2018

Tennessee gov. wants 15 to finish in Promise

During his final State of the State address this week, Tennessee governor Bill Haslam introduced a controversial change to the state's widely heralded free community college scholarship. The Complete to Compete: Complete College Tennessee Act of 2018 would require freshmen enrolling in 2019 to complete 30 credit hours of courses in 12 months or risk losing a portion of their Promise scholarship. The "30-in-12" requirement would require the community and technical colleges to create "ready-made" structured schedules that build in the 30 hours.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 1, 2018

Senator wants quick progress on higher ed law

Senator Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who chairs the Senate education committee, said Tuesday that work drafting a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act would begin "within the next few weeks." Alexander made the comments at a hearing on accountability in the higher education system. That prediction fits an optimistic timeline from the senator that would have the committee mark up legislation by April. But many who have followed the process of crafting an update to the law governing colleges and universities are skeptical that the Senate would move on a bill that fast — if it passes a reauthorization this year at all.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 31, 2018

Opinion: State Senate sends right message on protecting Dreamers

While immigration remains a contentious political debate in America, the divide over allowing Dreamers — immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children by parents and who know no other home — to remain in the country is far smaller. Most people understand that these kids, who are making a productive life for themselves in this country, didn’t make the decision to break immigration law. They are essentially trying to live the American dream. Yet, Congress seems to be at an impasse in fixing the law to allow these immigrants to remain in the country. The issue has become central in a congressional food fight between Republicans and Democrats as a variety of other issues, including funding the government, have come into play. It’s nonsense.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jan. 29, 2018

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