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News Links | January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Work with kids and convicts earn Pasco woman MLK Spirit Award

Elouise Sparks learned early in life the importance of community. The eighth of nine children, Sparks grew up in the east Pasco neighborhood surrounding Kurtzman Park. “We literally had a village that raised us,” she said. “People looked out for you. You could go down the street and you knew this neighbor, you knew that neighbor. Everybody just knew each other.” Sparks, 52, continues to help people who need guidance and support, from teens participating in the Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant to inmates at Coyote Ridge Correctional Facility. It’s her commitment to positive social change that earned her the 2018 winner of Columbia Basin College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 15, 2018

Civic leaders honor MLK in Bellingham

Civic and community leaders led a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Mount Baker Theatre on Monday. “Dr. King’s life speaks to us today and gives us strength to take on the powers of domination,” said Bellingham City Council member Terry Bornemann, who has helped organize the event annually for two decades. “This year’s theme, Together Against Hate, is an affirmation of radical hospitality and inclusion as we stand against forces that perpetuate injustice.” A photo exhibit curated by Whatcom Community College student Sarah Kate Kunkel displayed photos taken by refugees in Eastern Europe and Greece that showed scenes of life in exodus from the perspective of those enduring it.
The Bellingham Herald, Jan. 15, 2018

Jeneé Bearden travels the globe but calls Grays Harbor home

Whether it’s a trip to South America for adventure or off to Europe to explore history, for Grays Harbor resident Jeneé Bearden, traveling is a way of life. With more than 40 countries visited worldwide on several continents, she has countless unique experiences under her belt and an impressive amount of photos and souvenirs to show for it. ... She is also a member of WEfish, a group that started in 2013 in Westport to support and promote the commercial fishing community. In addition, every year Jeneé contributes to the Grays Harbor College Foundation fundraising event called the Annual Mystery Getaway. Jeneé is proud to be a resident of Grays Harbor and speaks fondly of the community.
Grays Harbor Talk, Jan. 15, 2018

Farrier program forges true grit at Walla Walla Community College

To city dwellers, cowboys seem like an exotic, vanishing breed. And farriers? Try asking a few folks what farriers do, and you’ll be amazed at the many blank looks you get. Yet the Walla Walla area is home to about 16,000 horses, and tending to their 64,000 feet are some 50 farriers. One of them, Davy Jones, is the consummate soft-spoken cowboy of yesteryear. A graduate of the Walla Walla Community College farrier science class of 1987, he’s tough and resourceful, and was practically born in the saddle. He’s a competition roper, shoes horses professionally, and teaches young students to become farriers. He breaks and trains all his own horses and makes his own saddles, bits and spurs.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jan. 14, 2018

Making history by saving it: UW groups keep indigenous languages alive

Colleges and universities are helping to keep indigenous languages from dying out by informally offering the languages on campus or awarding college credit to students who can demonstrate proficiency. ... Among the state’s other higher-education institutions, Lushootseed has been taught at Pacific Lutheran University and at the UW Tacoma, as part of a summer institute. Wenatchee Valley College in Omak teaches Salish; the Northwest Indian College in Bellingham teaches Native American languages.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 13, 2018

Giving black youth Our Best

National CARES Mentoring Movement founder Susan Taylor’s heart was full as she looked into a sea of people gathered for Friday night’s Our Best: Black Male Achievement Mentoring Campaign launch. She said Seattle’s commitment to improving the futures of black youths is an opportunity to be a model for cities around the country, and she looked to the black men in the audience to do their part. ... National CARES Mentoring Movement founder Susan Taylor gave the final speech of the night during the Our Best: Black Male Achievement Mentoring Campaign launch at Seattle Central College on Friday, Jan. 12. ... Ricardo Valencia-Alvarez met G.E.M. founder Kendrick Glover while attending middle school is Kent. ... Glover, who had been seeing Valencia-Alvarez regularly, was ready to help him. Valencia-Alvarez ended up earning his GED, and on Jan. 3 he began school at Green River College; he’s studying criminal justice.
Capitol Hill Times, Jan. 13, 2018

LCC expands graphic design program

At the beginning of fall quarter, Lower Columbia College graphic design students were short on computers. There were 20 in the lab, but the seven-year-old PCs were long outdated, and only 15 still worked. Today, the lab features 20 gleaming new Mac desktops — the result of a $65,000 investment the college made to expand its art program to meet a growing demand for graphic designers and other creative artists. In this effort, LCC is bucking a nationwide and statewide trend. The lab was outfitted with the new Macs for winter quarter as part of a proposal crafted by Jennie Mynhier, the school’s new instructor of art, visual and performing arts. Mynhier started in her new role at LCC in the fall after accepting a job offer last spring. Fall quarter marked the first time in nine years that LCC has had a full-time art instructor.
Longview Daily News, Jan. 13, 2018

Spotlight on EdCC: Scholarship recipient plans to help others

The Edmonds Community College Foundation recently celebrated scholarship recipient Amanda JeuDevine, beneficiary of a Ben Hare scholarship. “I double-checked the email to make sure it went to the right person,” said JeuDevine, a student at Edmonds Community College. “Receiving the scholarship was very relieving.” JeuDevine worked at Nintendo of America for 11 years before having to forge a new path. She went back to school and between the cost of books and class fees, was on the edge of keeping up. “It was difficult paying attention to studying,” she said, “and having to borrow books from others.” Now, with the help of the scholarship, JeuDevine can be caught up. JeuDevine is in family support studies and plans to do welfare work. “I want to do something that matters, by helping people.”
My Edmonds News, Jan. 13, 2018

Sonics legend speaks about athletes, activism at EdCC event

Spencer Haywood was an athlete activist far before today’s wave of sports involvement in social causes. The former Seattle SuperSonics star opened the NBA door for young basketball players through a U.S. Supreme Court case. He’s continued his involvement in causes, both in his role as chairman of the board of the National Basketball Retired Players Association, as well as through the Spencer Haywood Foundation. And on Thursday afternoon Haywood shared his experiences as an athlete activist at Edmonds Community College, serving as the speaker for Edmonds CC’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in a talk about Athletes and Activism.
Everett Herald, Jan. 12, 2018

WWCC to begin offering four-year degrees

Walla Walla Community College has changed their game on Monday by officially deciding to offer bachelor’s degrees. On Monday, the two-year college gained approval from their accreditation body, The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, to begin offering those bachelor’s degrees in the fall. The first four-year program they are working on is the Sustainable Agriculture Systems degree.
My Columbia Basin, Jan. 12, 2018

City council honors 2018 Wenatchee Valley Civil Rights & Social Justice Award nominees

Nominees for the 2018 Civil Rights & Social Justice Award were announced at the Wenatchee City Council meeting Thursday. The Diversity Advisory Committee nominates individuals, students, groups and businesses who have contributed to the community’s social and civil growth. Nominations are taken all year long and announced in January during the Martin Luther King Jr. and Multicultural Festival. ... Makenna Schwab, the founder of the Mackspire Foundation for children with serious medical conditions, Freddie Ham, associated student president and fighter for acceptance and inclusion at Wenatchee Valley College and Luz Estrada, president of the Wenatchee Valley College Queer Straight Alliance were all among the students nominated for awards.
iFiberOne News, Jan. 12, 2018

Big Bend ASB donates emergency support kits to New Hope

Executive officers for Big Bend Community College’s Associated Student Body made a stop at New Hope to donate 100 emergency support kits. ASB officers and Big Bend Director of Student Programs Kim Jackson visited the New Hope Domestic Violence Service Center Thursday afternoon to make the donation.
iFiberOne News, Jan. 12, 2018

Centralia College undergoing technology infrastructure upgrade

Centralia College is upgrading its data cables around campus and will pilot a program that will provide students increased access to the campus software. The college is upgrading the data cables that run from Washington Hall to the Transitional Services Building, which was formerly the student center. Through a hatch located in the center of campus, staff is working to replace 1 gigabit cable with 10 gigabit cable to support a new virtual desktop infrastructure. The pilot program will make students’ classroom software available on any VDI-connected computer on campus, according to a press release.
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 12, 2018

SPSCC homestay program creates lasting memories for host and student

I have a terrible memory when it comes to my childhood. But one thing I remember very clearly was when my family hosted a student from Japan. My brother was taking Japanese and it was part of the school’s language program. I learned so much about Japanese culture and their way of life that it stuck with me, decades later. This is the type of lasting impression South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is creating with their international student program.
Thurston Talk, Jan. 12, 2018

CBC sees rec center as a way to engage struggling students

Columbia Basin College officials are hoping an investment from all of the school’s students will help keep more of them in class. In a vote last month, students approved a $50 fee per quarter to pay for a student recreation expansion to the school’s gym. Combined with the $1 million students already set aside to pay for design process, the money for the planned addition to the gym is in place. College trustees signed off this week on an estimated $400,000 pre-design process that will include deciding what can be added to the existing building.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 11, 2018

WVC offers admission guarantee program for Tonasket, Omak and Bridgeport seniors

In order to help high school seniors successfully transition into college, Wenatchee Valley College and Tonasket, Omak and Bridgeport high schools are partnering in a new program, The Admissions Guarantee (TAG). The program will automatically admit seniors from these three schools to WVC for the 2018-19 school year. The college will waive the $25 admission fee for students in TAG. Seniors must graduate from high school in order to be eligible for TAG, apply for admission, and they would be required to attend an orientation session.
Okanogan Gazette-Tribune, Jan. 11, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Transfer under one roof

Matthew Holland was on sabbatical at the University of Oxford last summer when he was asked to speak to members of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster about how to bridge the divide between vocational education and the traditional four-year degree. It’s a hot issue on both sides of the pond, as policy makers push apprenticeships and other alternatives to college degrees amid worries about a dearth of skilled workers. But Holland, as president of Utah Valley University since 2009, knows vocational and liberal educations can coexist. The fast-growing Utah Valley, which enrolls 37,000 students, became a university a decade ago, having previously been a technical and community college. It began issuing four-year degrees in 1993 and master’s degrees in 2008, a year before Holland became the university’s president. Such conversions often are accompanied by worries about “credential creep,” where the ambition of an institution’s leaders outpaces demand for advanced degrees and leads to neglect of technical programs.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 16, 2018

Reaching out to the right

Administrators said right-wing students inviting inflammatory speakers unlikely to generate real discussion generally reflect their mistrust of colleges and their leadership, thinking their views are squashed on left-minded campuses, and mirroring the larger trend that most Republicans don’t think higher education positively impacts society. The remedy for some college presidents: meet with their conservative population. Talk to them. Even such a simple step could rebuild some faith among conservatives and avoid the disastrous results Berkeley faced early on after Yiannopoulos. These presidents said in interviews they don’t want their colleges to be echo chambers of one set of political ideals.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 16, 2018

Are colleges pushing students to do too much in high school?

The advice is repeated constantly to high school students: take the most rigorous schedule of courses possible to impress colleges to which you apply. A short essay circulating last week among college counselors who help high school students is urging colleges to put a halt to that advice, and to stop encouraging high school students to outdo one another with the number of Advanced Placement and other college-level courses they take.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 15, 2018

New analysis of student loan default data

The looming student loan crisis is worse than previously thought, according to a new analysis of federal data on student loan default, which the U.S. Department of Education released in October. The Brookings Institution published the report, which was written by Judith Scott-Clayton, a senior fellow at Brookings and an associate professor of economics and education at Columbia University's Teachers College. The federal data show that cumulative default rates continue to rise between 12 to 20 years after students begin repaying their loans, the report said, which means that nearly 40 percent of students who took out loans in 2004 may default by 2023.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 12, 2018

College versus apprenticeships

Why don’t more young Americans go for apprenticeships as opposed to enrolling in college? That question becomes more and more important as a) huge numbers of college “educated” students struggle to repay their student loans, b) many college grads end up working in entry-level jobs they could have gotten right out of high school (or even while still in high school), and c) employers are struggling to find capable workers for many skilled trades jobs that pay well. In today’s Martin Center article, Anthony Hennen looks into that question. It isn’t an ideological issue, Hennen writes: “Both the political left and right favor apprenticeships as a way to educate and train America’s youth for future success while also meeting the demands of the economy.” The main problem seems to be one of perception. Most of us seem to have accepted the notion that it’s far better to have a college degree to your name than not.
National Review, Jan. 12, 2018

Expansion of AP computer science draws more girls and minorities

Ten years ago, girls were so scarce in high school computer science classes that the number of female students taking Advanced Placement tests in that subject could be counted on one hand in nine states. In five others, there were none. Latino and African-American students were also in short supply, a problem that has bedeviled educators for years and hindered efforts to diversify the high-tech workforce. Now, an expansion of AP computer science classes is helping draw more girls and underrepresented minorities into a field of growing importance for schools, universities and the economy.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 11, 2018

How one university is trying to ‘create a space for listening’

Over the past year, Widener University has avoided controversies over speech or activism: It hasn’t played host to a major student protest or to a speaker who’s been shouted down. Julie E. Wollman, the university’s president, doesn’t believe colleges are suppressing free speech, as some Trump-administration officials and others do. But Ms. Wollman says she has observed how discourse has broken down on other campuses — and has seen an opportunity for her institution, which has campuses in Pennsylvania and Delaware, to show how to do it better. Last fall Widener kicked off a new “common ground” initiative, in which students and faculty members work to create spaces for people of opposing viewpoints to have productive conversations, both inside and outside the classroom. Ms. Wollman discussed that effort with The Chronicle.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 9, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Government resumes processing DACA renewals

In response to a court order, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has resumed processing applications for renewals under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children authorization to work and protection against deportation. The agency has published guidelines for individuals who previously were granted DACA to apply for renewal. The agency is not accepting applications from individuals who have not previously been granted deferred action under DACA.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 15, 2018

Hopes dim for DACA deal as lawmakers battle over Trump’s immigration remarks

After three days of denunciations from around the world, President Trump declared that he is “not a racist” on Sunday, even as the uproar over his vulgar remarks on immigration overshadowed critical issues facing the capital, including efforts to protect young undocumented immigrants and avert a government shutdown.
The New York Times, Jan. 14, 2018

Jeff Bezos donates $33 million to scholarship fund for ‘dreamers’

Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, announced Friday that he is donating $33 million to a scholarship fund for young “dreamers,” immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The donation from the world’s wealthiest person comes amid fresh pressure from business leaders as talks on Capitol Hill over how to resolve the legal status of dreamers are foundering. The White House and some GOP lawmakers rejected a tentative deal from a bipartisan Senate group on Thursday — the same day President Trump made incendiary remarks about people from developing countries. Bezos, who is the richest person in the world, and his wife, MacKenzie, will be donating the sum to TheDream.US, a scholarship program that has awarded more than 1,700 immigrants more than $19 million in financial assistance since it launched in 2014.
The Washington Post, Jan. 12, 2018

Education Dept. awards debt-collection contract to company with ties to DeVos

A company that once had financial ties to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was one of two firms selected Thursday by the Education Department to help the agency collect overdue student loans. The deal could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The decision to award contracts to Windham Professionals and Performant Financial Corp. — a company DeVos invested in before becoming secretary — arrives a month after a federal judge ordered the department to complete its selection of a loan collector to put an end to a messy court battle. Windham and Performant beat out nearly 40 other bidders for contracts valued at up to $400 million, but their win may be short-lived if the losing companies fight the decision.
The Washington Post, Jan. 11, 2018

Caution on expanding community college 4-year degrees

The move by a growing number of community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees has generated excitement, especially in California, where the first crop of students in a pilot program are expected to graduate this spring. But a recent report from the state Legislature’s independent policy analysis office urges caution. “Given numerous concerns about program selection and consultation, a lack of any graduation or work-force outcomes to date and problems in financial reporting, the Legislature may wish to exercise caution in expanding the bachelor’s degree pilot program in advance of the final evaluation,” the report found. The policy office also cited questions about whether offering bachelor’s degrees detracts from community colleges’ core mission and whether those institutions would be better off expanding their collaboration with the state’s public universities.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 12, 2018

Follow UW, WSU: Fully fund State Need Grant

Over the past decade, 39,000 low-income students have attended the University of Washington tuition-free thanks to the Husky Promise. The UW scholarship program was designed to help a couple thousand students each year get the rest of the money they needed for tuition after qualifying for state or federal financial aid. But the scholarship program has greatly outpaced those expectations, with about 10,000 students now getting Husky Promise dollars each year. Meanwhile, Washington State University’s Cougar Commitment is also helping to make college possible for thousands of low-income students on its campuses. College scholarships are not unique to UW or WSU. Every public and private university offers financial aid to needy students. But UW and WSU make a promise to incoming students that they have never failed to keep: Get accepted to UW or WSU and you won’t have to worry about tuition as long as you qualify for state or federal financial aid. Unfortunately, part of the success of these scholarships is directly tied to the inadequacy of the state financial-aid program. Every year since 2009, at least a quarter of the students eligible for the Washington State Need Grant did not receive a scholarship because the Legislature did not step up with enough money.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 11, 2018 

University presidents call on Congress to find 'narrowly tailored solution' for Dreamers

A group representing the top executives of more than 200 colleges wrote to Congressional leaders on Thursday asking for a "narrowly tailored solution" to the possible lapsing of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The action comes as the program, which shields some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children, may be scrapped by the Trump administration. President Trump on September 5 ordered that DACA be rescinded in six months — March 5, if Congress takes no action to enshrine the program in law.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 11, 2018

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