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News Links | January 2, 2018

January 02, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

EvCC has issues with new 140-unit housing proposal

A proposal is in the works to build a 140-unit student housing complex in north Everett. It would add another edifice to north Broadway’s rapidly changing skyline. Documents describe a seven-story structure with five for housing and two levels of parking and retail space. The project would serve Everett Community College and Washington State University students. Why then isn’t EvCC embracing the project? In a word, parking.
Everett Herald, Jan. 2, 2018

Are you planning to attend SPSCC? You won’t have to live with your parents

If you’re planning to attend South Puget Sound Community College this year, or in early 2019, there’s a chance you’ll be able to do so and not have to live at home with mom and dad. That’s because Big Rock Capital Partners of Tumwater is set to begin work on Mottman Village, a 90,000-square-foot mixed-use development that is coming to 2800 RW Johnson Boulevard SW. That is not on but close to the community’s college’s main campus. Construction is expected to begin in January, with the project set to be completed in time for fall quarter 2018 or winter quarter 2019, said Ryan Clintworth, managing partner. He expects to secure building permits soon.
The Olympian, Jan. 1, 2018 

Editorial: Community thanks two leaders for their service

With the close of 2017, two remarkable terms of public service end in Snohomish County, the 14-year tenure of Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson and the seven years of leadership of Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez. To honor that service, we’re turning the page over to those who worked most closely with Stephanson and Hernandez to offer their thoughts on their contributions and what they’ve meant to their communities and Snohomish County.
Everett Herald, Dec. 31, 2017

LCC welding lab to re-open

The Lower Columbia College welding lab will re-open as planned for winter quarter on Jan. 2, the school announced Friday. The lab was closed Nov. 7 after testing done on Oct. 25 found that arsenic levels were slightly above levels recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The arsenic level was a tiny fraction over the NIOSH-recommended level but still 38 times below the legal limit, according to college officials.
Longview Daily News, Dec. 31, 2017

Iconic OC drama prof, theater namesake, dies

Theater was not exactly a top priority at Olympic College in 1959 when the late Bill Harvey took over the program. "They hired me, gave me a box of rancid makeup and said, 'Do a play,'" Harvey said in an article for the fall edition of "The Summit," published by the Olympic College Foundation. Harvey brought vibrant energy to the theater program and helped ignite an arts renaissance at the college in the 1960s and '70s. Creative, fun-loving, entertaining, inspiring, Harvey made an indelible impression on hundreds of students in his 36 years at OC, his friends and family say.
Kitsap Sun, Dec. 29, 2017

After a year battling gun violence, 'the work is still urgent'

Earlier this year we told you about Kelli Lauritzen and Charissa Eggleston, two moms in Federal Way. Alarmed at an outbreak of gun violence, they decided to act. They started a youth program called HYPE – Helping Youth Perform Excellence. It mentors teens involved with the justice system. Sometimes the teens are assigned to HYPE as part of probation. Most are kids of color. ... “One of our original members is now working. He’s going to college at Highline College,” Eggleston told us. “He’s discovered the power and joy of reading. He’s suggesting articles that we incorporate reading as part of our program.”
KUOW, Dec. 29, 2017

Clark County looks ahead

By nearly all measures, Clark County has enjoyed back-to-back years of strong economic growth. The outlook is for more of the same in 2018. “Even with expected increases in (commercial) loan interest rates, we see more growth ahead,” said Greg Seifert, board chair of the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC). The CREDC is the county’s go-to organization for job retention and new job recruitment. ... But while indicators are positive, the county faces some economic challenges, Seifert said. “We have great assets in Clark College and Washington State University Vancouver and in our K-12 school districts, but we now are making a big push to look at (training) tracks other than just precollege,” he said. This is in response to local employers who say they can not find enough qualified new employees in sectors such as manufacturing, construction and health care. Many of these jobs do not require a college degree.
Vancouver Business Journal, Dec. 29, 2017

Foundation approves funding for WVC

The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Board of Directors unanimously approved $525,250 in funding to support WVC for 2017-18. Funding will benefit students, programs, faculty and staff on the Wenatchee campus. As part of that funding, the foundation is providing more than $207,000 for scholarships for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
KPQ, Dec. 29, 2017

Group honors Clark College Foundation

The Clark College Foundation won two regional awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. CASE recognized the foundation with a silver award for “The Universe Speaks,” a story published in the summer 2016 edition of Partners magazine.
The Columbian, Dec. 29, 2017

Olympic College Foundation receives $1.96 million in donations

The Olympic College Foundation is ending 2017 with two major contributions totaling $1.96 million that will fund nursing simulation equipment and scholarships for nursing and other medical professions, education and professional and technical training. Of the total, $1.2 million comes from Hospice of Kitsap County, which is donating assets left over after the organization’s 2015 sale to MultiCare Health System. ... In addition to funding nursing scholarships, the hospice donation is furnishing state-of-the-art medical mannequins for OC’s nursing simulation labs, where students practice lifesaving skills in a risk-free environment. Simulation lab space will double in the new College Instruction Center, which opens in January.
Kitsap Daily News, Dec. 28, 2017

Opinion: Practicing earthy humility allows us to establish genuine identity

Jennifer Lemma is a philosophy instructor at Walla Walla Community College. ... December’s backpack is filled with a pesky barbell. It’s one of those old-fashioned, free-weight types without the plastic coating that appeals to modern fitness enthusiasts. December’s barbell is decidedly not the currently marketed, charming type of barbell that is easier to hold and that has a calming color, attempting to make us forget the real pain involved in lifting weights. It does not come in the manageable sizes of moderate increments intended for methodical improvement. Instead, the barbell inside December’s pack is that awkward mass clearly intended to give the user the kind of raw blisters that culminate in permanent calluses, the kind that tears tissue brutally and is so heavy that carrying it creates systemic compensation and alignment issues. It is the hurting, difficult, self-conscious, cumbersome kind.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Dec. 28, 2017

College finds detour around state construction gridlock

Gridlock in Olympia has put hundreds of construction projects on hold across the state of Washington, but not at South Puget Sound Community College. The college used surplus funds to complete a renovation of a project that was supposed to be paid for with the state's construction budget. ... For the first time in modern history, lawmakers failed to pass a construction budget, known as the capital budget, to pay for more than $4 billion in projects for state hospitals, prisons, and schools.
KING 5, Dec. 26, 2017

Opinion: Goodwill of free college nulled if part-time faculty struggles

By Jack Longmate, M. Ed., has taught at Olympic College since 1992. He is a former union officer at his WEA local and now is active with the Washington Part-time Faculty Association. ... What we wish for ourselves we should also wish for others. That wish is embodied in Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s executive order to provide tuition for Seattle high school graduates to attend community and technical colleges. ... As if discounted pay weren’t enough, part-time instructors also are restricted from working full-time, which in itself can be a hardship. (As an adjunct at Olympic College since 1992 teaching 66 percent of full-time, my teaching income is around $20,000 annually.)
The Seattle Times, Dec. 26, 2017

After tough times, teen reunites with parents

When it comes to drug addiction, Penny Davis said, no story is ever really finished. That’s why this family pulls no punches when it comes to their pride and joy, 18-year-old Alora Munday-Davis. ... Now 18 and a high school graduate, Alora Munday-Davis said she’s gained a reputation as a “workaholic” as she cares for people with dementia at Van Mall Senior Living. She’s getting ready to work toward a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate at Clark College, she said.
The Columbian, Dec. 25, 2017

How these Washington state foster kids are beating the odds: Treehouse program helps teens graduate

Treehouse went through a sea change when it realized its education program wasn’t good enough. Now, the foster kids it works with have a higher graduation rate than the state average for all students. ... Now a junior, [Victoria Delk is] set on going to college. Her twin sister, Stephanie, also served by Treehouse, one of 12 organizations that benefit from The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, is already taking classes at Green River College through Running Start. ... Now a Grays Harbor College sophomore studying to become a music teacher, [Leroy Rowe] credits his education specialists with keeping him striving toward his goal: a 3.5 grade-point average.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 24, 2017

How backpacks and a bus ride changed Rick Clark’s life

Big changes can be sparked by small choices. Rick Clark, 46, dropped out of high school 28 years ago. He’d been homeless and had lived on welfare. After years of barely scraping out a living, Clark wanted something better. “I decided a couple years ago I was done having that define me,” Clark said. The real change in Clark’s life can be traced back to two choices he made on a single day. The first was deciding to take a bus to Spokane Community College to see about enrolling. While waiting for a bus downtown, he noticed a homeless man he had seen around the area before.
The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 24, 2017

Issaquah Community Services helps woman escape domestic violence

Single mother Cassie was homeless and in fear for the safety of herself and her young children when she found Issaquah Community Services. Cassie had escaped an abusive partner in South King County and was looking for a place she and her three children, 13, 11 and 4, could be out of harm’s way. Issaquah Community Services came to Cassie’s rescue and helped her to get settled in a new home, far away from the man she was escaping. ... Cassie is currently studying criminal justice at Bellevue College and living off of the money she receives in grants.
Issaquah Reporter, Dec. 24, 2017

Hospice of Kitsap leaves legacy in gift to OC nursing

Hospice of Kitsap County no longer exists, but a gift to Olympic College's nursing program will ensure the organization's legacy lives on in Kitsap. The hospice agency, which was acquired by MultiCare two years ago, donated $1.2 million of its remaining funds to the Olympic College Foundation to support nursing education, according to a news release from the foundation. The contribution was combined with a $757,000 gift from the estates of Sonia and Robert Blanchard and their son, Richard Grant to create a near $2 million donation. 
Kitsap Sun, Dec. 23, 2017

$40,000 gift will help create scholarships for Highline College’s low-cost teacher program

Louise Wilkinson has long been aware of the achievement gap — the persistent disparity in educational performance among students of different races and socioeconomic status in American schools — as well as the many unsuccessful efforts to fix it. So earlier this year, when she heard about a community college program to get more teachers of color into the classroom, Wilkinson offered to put her money where her beliefs were. She gave Highline College a $40,000 donation for scholarships for its new teacher-training program.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 22, 2017

Capitol Hill journalism is not dead: Seattle Central College has a new student newspaper

Student journalism at Seattle Central College has had a long but turbulent history at the Capitol Hill community college. Now, students and faculty are on track to start a brand new student-run newspaper. Johnny Horton, Seattle Central English faculty and advisor to the budding publication has been vetting applicants for the five member publication staff of “board members” — and an additional individual to be social media manager.
Capitol Hill Times, Dec. 22, 2017

2017 Human Rights Conference focuses on learning from the past

The 27th annual Human Rights Conference in Bremerton took place Friday, Dec. 15, at the Olympic College Bremer Student Center. “The idea of the conference and other activities of the council (of human rights) is to try and help educate the public on these kinds of issues, create avenues and forums for the public to talk about these kinds of issues, and how to smoothly live together in a diverse community,” said Data Logan, chairman of the volunteer citizen advisory committee. The Human Rights Council is responsible for putting the conference on every year. Usually, the attendance ranges from 100-200 people.
Kitsap Daily News, Dec. 21, 2017

Youth Spotlight: Shadle Park’s Cindy Mendoza driven to succeed

When Shadle Park High School senior Cindy Mendoza is faced with a challenge, she doesn’t view it as a setback, but instead as an opportunity. “I tell people despite your challenges in life, you can rise above it,” she said. Mendoza, 17, learned her unique drive to achieve goals with education, hard work and perseverance from her mother, Denise Seachoque – a native of Colombia who began working at a young age to help support her family. ... Mendoza – who is enrolled in the Running Start program at Spokane Falls Community College – wants to pursue a career in music and vocal performance. Next semester she plans to take courses in music theory, barbershop quartet and choir to prepare for acceptance into a vocal performance bachelor’s degree program at a university.
The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 21, 2017

Reality got in the way of a winemaker’s dreams, but her happy new path is a reminder to raise a glass to life

The holidays offer a chance to reflect on the blessings in our lives, and to be thankful for what we have. That’s certainly true for Karen La Bonte, who, after beating cancer three times, still realized her dream to become a successful Walla Walla winemaker — only to have that taken from her, too. ... Between working in Manhattan and Honolulu, she found time to take winemaking courses in California. By 2007, she was living in Everett; her son was graduating from college; and she was nearly 50, so she retired and moved to Walla Walla to learn winemaking at Walla Walla Community College.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 21, 2017

Tahoma students dip their toes into college

The Tahoma School District is partnering with Green River College to further student’s education starting January 2018. According to Leslie Moore, the dean for Branch Campuses and Continuing Studies at Green River, the school district came to Green River first with the idea of partnering. ... Continuing education is through the Career and Technical Education section of Tahoma High School. According to the website, this is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begin with exploration of career options.
Maple Valley Reporter, Dec. 21, 2017

New board member selected for Centralia College Board of Trustees

Centralia College has a new Board of Trustees member after Gov. Jay Inslee selected Mark Scheibmeir to serve on the board effective immediately. Scheibmeir replaces Joe Dolezal, who has served as a trustee since 2007. Dolezal’s term ended in September, but he remained in the position until a replacement was chosen. ... Scheibmeir has served on the Centralia College Foundation board since 1995, according to the press release. He is the assistant city attorney for Chehalis. He’s also the hearing examiner for Lewis and Cowlitz counties, Kelso and Olympia.
Centralia Chronicle, Dec. 21, 2017

Opinion: Yes Longview, we can and will

Longview was founded in 1923 by Robert A. Long as a lumber town and a much needed seaport on the Columbia River , and is truly one of the few planned cities in the United States. We are very fortunate to have many desirable qualities in our planned city of Longview including our geographic location on the Columbia River, the beautiful view of the Cascades to the east, and a very modest climate, and our adventures with the atmosphere at the coast with the mighty Pacific Ocean. ... Longview now has an outstanding Economic Director who is progressing in a positive manner, Joe Philips, Ted Sprague at the Cowlitz Economic Development Council, Bill Marcum at the Kelso/ Longview Chamber and Chris Bailey at Lower Columbia College and without hesitation, your community leaders. This is our home, can we make it a Quality of Place? You bet and WE can do better, just get involved and show your pride.
Longview Daily News, Dec. 20, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Upping the entry degree

Community colleges across the country are examining possible new requirements for occupational therapy assistants to get more education, which could result in the elimination of occupational therapy programs on their campuses. In August, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education mandated an increase in entry-level degree requirements for the profession by 2027. For occupational therapists that means an increase in the degree requirement from a bachelor’s degree to a doctorate. For occupational therapy assistants, the standard will move from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree. The move would mean community colleges with occupational therapy assistant programs will have to offer four-year degrees or find other alternatives to satisfy the requirement. However, the critical response from some colleges subsequently led the accreditation council to temporarily suspend the mandate in order to hold forums and gather more input on possible effects of the changes.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 2, 2018

New research from Oklahoma suggests preschool doesn’t just help students in the short term

Cheerleaders for high-quality preschool programs, especially those subsidized with public dollars, face a frequent criticism: Although preschool may prepare more children for kindergarten, research hasn’t yet produced enough evidence that the programs yield long-lasting benefits to justify the cost. A five-year study released in 2015, for example, found that early gains for low-income students who enrolled in Tennessee’s preschool program disappeared after only one year. And by third grade, the effects in some cases were negative. That raised some concerns that perhaps Tennessee grew its program too quickly, and in turn lowered classroom quality. But in Oklahoma, where state law mandates high-quality standards for all preschool providers, new findings from a study of 4,000 participating children suggest their academic progress lasts well through middle school.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 2, 2018

Student Voices: The college admissions process was dizzying for me, so I decided to research why.

Senior Haley Keizur, who attends Puyallup High School, argues for students, teachers, parents and college-admissions officers to find the balance between enough stress and too much. ... As the chill and wintry atmosphere rolls in, a gust of college application deadlines fills the air. The first months of school have always been a stressful time, but this year they have hit harder than ever. Over the years, I have seen the signs of senior-year stress — random seniors breaking down in the hallway, attempting to mask their lack of sleep with coffee and frantically working to meet application and scholarship deadlines. This year I am one of those seniors. ... Of all that, I feel the most stress about getting accepted into college. The college-admissions process continues to get more difficult and, frankly, has gotten out of hand. As competition for colleges increases, my fellow students and I try to do it all, spreading ourselves very thin and feeling terrified of failure, rather than exploring our academic passions. Colleges should modify and clarify their expectations to decrease students’ stress.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 27, 2017

Walla Walla earns national honors for connecting more kids to advanced learning

Only half of all black, Latino or Native-American high-school students with the ability to do advanced work are enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, according to the College Board, which spotlights districts tackling this pattern. Typically, they are urban or suburban, and comparatively well-resourced. But for the first time in the eight-year history of the board’s AP District Honor Roll, rural Walla Walla — where a majority of kids are low-income and a plurality Latino — made the list, alongside the Lake Washington, Everett and Shoreline school districts. The achievement was not due to good luck.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 28, 2017

 

Debate continues on nursing degrees

The argument over which degree should be the decisive credential for entry into the nursing profession has been going on for years. Should the associate degree in nursing or the bachelor of science in nursing give entry into the profession? While different groups have come out one way or the other on the question, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which represents four-year and graduate nursing educators, is bringing the issue forward again. Although AACN has not issued an official statement, it is circulating a draft position called “The Baccalaureate Degree as Entry-Level Preparation for Professional Nursing Practice” in an effort to solicit public opinion on the topic. The draft paper says the AACN “strongly believes that registered nurses should be minimally prepared with the bachelor of science in nursing or equivalent nursing degree.”
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 22, 2017

Teaching newsletter: How spaces designed for learning can change teaching

Hi, and welcome to Teaching. Today, Dan Berrett is your guide as we look at how one campus’s new learning spaces have affected teaching, we share how some of you use student feedback, and we ask you to give us your insights about teaching students who aren’t equally prepared academically.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 21, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Cuomo wants food pantries at all public colleges

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo plans to introduce legislation that would require all campuses in the State University and City University of New York systems to create their own food pantries or ensure another "stigma-free" way to give hungry students access to food, his office announced Dec. 28. In the latest in a string of pronouncements teasing proposals he plans to make in his State of the State address next week, Cuomo said his "No Student Goes Hungry" program would aim to give "students of all ages, backgrounds and financial situations access to healthy, locally sourced meals from kindergarten through college."
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 2, 2018

Eluding the endowment tax

Picture a mad scramble at wealthy private colleges and universities in the days after the Republican tax reform plan passed Congress, as officials scurried to find ways to dodge or minimize the new excise tax on their endowments. With the legislation kicking in for taxable years starting after Dec. 31, there would have been little time to lose. The tax reform package places an annual 1.4 percent excise tax on net investment income at an estimated several dozen colleges and universities. Specifically, the tax will apply to institutions with at least 500 students and net assets of $500,000 per student. That includes some of the nation's wealthiest colleges, such as Harvard, Stanford and Princeton Universities, but also some that fall under the tax in large part because they have relatively small student bodies, such as Claremont McKenna College.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 2, 2018

800,000 Washington residents owe student-loan money — to the tune of $24B

One of every seven adults in Washington owes money they borrowed to pay for college or career training, and taken all together, those borrowers owe more than $24 billion in student loans. A report detailing student-loan indebtedness, released Thursday, forms the backdrop of a push by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson for legislation that would give college borrowers greater safeguards against deceptive loan practices. The bill, which died in the Senate after he requested it last year, would set new standards for student- loan servicers and give the state the authority to license and regulate those servicers. About 800,000 Washington borrowers owe money on student loans, a number that has increased by about 35 percent in the last decade, according to the report by Ferguson’s office. Over that time period, public and private college and university tuition skyrocketed, and many more students attended a growing number of for-profit colleges.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 29, 2017

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