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News Links | January 11, 2018

January 11, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Chemco and Phillips 66 help WCC add to its chemistry lab

Local businesses Chemco and Phillips 66, along with the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, have donated $44,000 in goods and cash to support Whatcom Community College’s growing science, technology, engineering and math programs. Chemco gave more than $31,000 in equipment for WCC’s chemistry lab. A high-performance liquid chromatography system, along with a differential scanning calorimeter, analyzes a variety of complex mixtures from pesticides to vitamins. Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery and Tulalip donated $10,000 and $3,000, respectively, to buy software for the other equipment. The software is essential to convert the analog signal from the instruments into a digital signal computers can process and vice versa.
Lynden Tribune, Jan. 10, 2018

Opinion: Lift lives and incomes by investing in community colleges

The opportunity of free community college for every qualified student could change tens of thousands of lives. Providing that opportunity will also increase support for the woefully underpaid part-time faculty who teach over half of all courses at our state’s community and technical colleges. For too long, we have not invested properly in our community and technical colleges — which are the path to opportunity for 300,000 students a year. ... The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges understands the need to reverse the overreliance on part-time faculty. We have worked closely to propose investments increasing the percentage of full-time faculty and proven student success, retention and advising programs. Indeed, for this biennium, the House Democrats worked hard to secure $18 million in new support for these programs. Seattle Colleges and Puget Sound regional community and technical colleges are challenged by the high costs of operating and living costs in the region.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 9, 2018

Spokane lands spot on list of best places to work your way through college

For Spokane Falls Community College student Salvador Pina, the decision to work as a ramp agent at Spokane International Airport and go to school at the same time was a no-brainer. ... He’s not the only one who thinks Spokane’s a good place to avoid student loan debt: The city recently came in 13th on a Magnify Money’s list of the best places to work your way through college while living on your own. Springfield, Missouri, was the website’s top-rated city in the category, with St. Louis, Missouri; Little Rock, Arkansas; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Kansas City, Missouri, rounding out the top five. ... Many of the students attending community colleges work while in school, Community Colleges of Spokane spokeswoman Annie Gannon said. In fall 2016, 20 percent of students at CCS schools were working full time and 29 percent were working part time. Many were seeking employment.
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 9, 2018

Slain SCC instructor remembered as ‘a brilliant, very funny woman’

Jade Bost was known as a tough instructor, prone to speeding through lectures and surprising her students with tricky test questions. But Bost’s no-nonsense teaching style earned her the respect of some former students during her 15 years in the biology department at Spokane Community College. “She cared about her students, and she pushed you really hard to make sure you do your best,” said Sarah Ennis, who took two quarters of anatomy and physiology under Bost in 2008. “I feel like we were able to learn more from her, rather than someone else, because she was very intense about it. She was good at what she did.”
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 9, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

I 'crushed' my student loans in record time. (Free rent helped)

How much student debt can you amass, and how quickly can you pay it off? The internet is littered with testimonials that take these questions to the extreme and that ostensibly offer hope to deeply indebted graduates: “How I Paid Off $90,000 In Debt In Three Years.” “This woman crushed her $30,000 student loans in 2 years.” “How one 31-year-old paid off $220,000 in student loans in 3 years.” A Washington Post  article published on Tuesday offered a marked departure from the standard literature, chronicling all the ways that minimum payments on one woman’s student debt weighed on her mind. ... A cataloguing of those tales of swift repayment does reveal the extreme measures some people will take to pay off their student loans — though sometimes with a heavy dollop of cluelessness. In several cases, the subject of the testimonial has sizable advantages not available to your average borrower.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 9, 2018

Evergreen State College copes with fallout, months after ‘Day Of Absence’ sparked national debate

Students and staff at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, are teasing out how to define and express issues of racism and oppression on campus almost one year after an annual event there provoked a national conversation on free speech and civil rights. NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano visited the liberal arts school to survey the toll of last year’s “Day of Absence” for people who supported it, felt left out or left campus altogether.
Northwest Public Radio, Jan. 8, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Bill would open scholarships to some undocumented students in Washington

The future of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, remains in doubt, but some Democratic lawmakers in Washington state want to ensure that undocumented people in college will be able to continue their education even if the program ends. This is the third year that Democratic Rep. Drew Hansen has introduced this bill. He said there’s even more urgency now because the Trump administration set a deadline to end DACA. A federal judge granted a request from some states to let the program continue temporarily, but it still faces an uncertain future. Hansen said his bill, HB 1488, would allow undocumented students who meet certain criteria to qualify for the state’s College Bound Scholarship program even if DACA ends.
KNKX, Jan. 11, 2018

Federal judge blocks Trump order killing DACA

A federal judge in California Tuesday night blocked President Trump's order killing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, which has permitted about 800,000 young people — many of them college students — to remain in the United States although they lack permanent legal status to do so. President Obama created the program. Trump has at times, including Tuesday prior to the ruling, said that he wants to help the DACA students. But Trump has said Obama lacked the legal authority to start the program. At other times, Trump has said he would back the program only if linked to other measures, such as a border wall.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 10, 2018

In new budget proposal, California higher ed gets modest funding and a big online college

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a cautious budget proposal for California on Wednesday, proposing modest increases in state dollars and tuition freezes for the state’s two university systems, even as they struggle to meet the demand from applicants. But one thing the governor, a Democrat, is willing to spend more money on is a fully online community college. The proposal is meant to provide flexibility for an estimated 2.5 million adults who want to improve their job skills by earning certificates or other nondegree credentials. The online courses will use a competency-based approach that advances students based on their knowledge, not on time spent in the classroom.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 10, 2018

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