News Links | January 18, 2018
System News | Opinion
Students had the day off from school Monday, but an assembly last week reminded them
why exactly that day is given off from school and taught them about the man for whom
the holiday is named. Ernest Tutt, a communication studies at Skagit Valley College, talked to the students from Anacortes Middle School Friday about Martin Luther King,
Jr., what his life was like and why and how he fought for civil rights.
Anacortes American, Jan. 17, 2018
Statewide Running Start enrollment has steadily increased since the program was first
introduced more than two decades ago, but its popularity among local high school students
has exploded recently. The growing number of students seeking free college credit
isn’t limited to Running Start, though. Advanced Placement enrollment at local high
schools is up as well, and districts are working to add even more college-level offerings. Local
educators are reluctant to frame the growth of college-level options as a competition
for students. But Running Start, at least, creates fiscal tension between high school
and community college budgets. State and local education funding follows the student:
So for its full-time Running Start students, Lower Columbia College gets 93 percent of the roughly $11,500 local districts normally spend per pupil.
Longview Daily News, Jan. 17, 2018
When recent Cap Sante High School graduate Sami Troxclair signed up for an aerospace
manufacturing course her junior year, she did it to earn high school and college credit,
work with her hands and learn how to build planes. She didn’t think it would turn
into a job at Boeing. Troxclair is one of many students who have found a career path
through the Northwest Career & Technical Academy, which has a campus located at the
Marine Technology Center in Anacortes. Currently, about 60 students from across Skagit
County come to the center to study aerospace manufacturing, marine services or construction.
... Now, the aerospace firm is helping pay for her to complete a welding program at
Skagit Valley College so it can immediately hire her after, she said.
Anacortes American, Jan. 17, 2018
The Colville branch of the Community Colleges of Spokane is planning to offer new classes and programs this spring for students who are interested
in getting job training and college credits in Stevens County. The Colville campus
that serves over 300 students offers not only undergraduate credit classes for those
working towards a four-year degree, but also vocational and job training programs,
according to Manager Maria Swinger-Inskeep.
Chewelah Independent, Jan. 17, 2018
Days before a potential government shutdown and with no deal yet on immigration reform,
about 150 people took to the streets in Mount Vernon on Tuesday to support immigrants
and legislation to protect them. “We want a clean DREAM Act,” said Flor Zamarano,
president of the Skagit Valley College Dreamers Club. ... The Skagit Valley College club chose to hold the rally Tuesday
because of the potential change to DACA that could have occurred as early as this
Skagit Valley Herald, Jan. 17, 2018
Joshua Martin started cooking professionally in 1995 when he was 14. He was a golf-cart
washer who “was pulled into the kitchen.” And that set him on his path to becoming
a chef and culinary arts instructor. Now 36, Martin – who was the opening chef at
Casper Fry in Spokane’s South Perry neighborhood and also worked at Madeleine’s Cafe
and Patisserie, the Spokane Club and the Historic Davenport Hotel – teaches culinary
arts at Spokane Community College.
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 16, 2018
Clover Park Technical College has been selected to receive $500,000 in grant funding from College Spark to assist
its transition to the Guided Pathways education approach. The grant will be matched
with a $500,000 allocation from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, bringing the total value to $1,000,000. The grant will give CPTC $100,000 per year
over the next five years from College Spark – with a matching SBCTC allocation each
year – to support the comprehensive implementation of Guided Pathways, as CPTC joins
Lower Columbia College, Renton Technical College, Spokane Falls Community College and Tacoma Community College in the second cohort of College Spark grant recipients.
Tacoma Weekly, Jan. 16, 2018
A bill that could give free tuition to residents in rural counties with high unemployment
returns to the House floor. House Bill 2177, sponsored by 24th District Representative
Mike Chapman, would allow assistance for certain students that qualify to receive
one year of schooling in jobs where the number students prepared for employment from
local programs is inadequate to meet the local demand. ... According to a release,
Sierra Pacific Industries, the Association of Washington Business, the Washington
Forest Protection Association, sustainable timber firm Green Crow and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges have all spoke out in support of the passage.
KXRO, Jan. 16, 2018
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, over 200 community members came out to Columbia Basin College for the 27th Annual Bell Ringing Ceremony. The college recognized people in the community
who follow by example and presented the Martin Luther King Spirit Award. This year’s
winner was a Pasco local. Elouise Sparks, told Action News what Martin Luther King,
Jr. Day, means to her. Sparks said, "It means being active, being involved, he was
all about bringing help to the community with the world.”
KEPR TV, Jan. 15, 2018
When Felix Vargas joined the U.S. State Department, he stood on the Lincoln Memorial
and remembered Martin Luther King Jr. Ten years before, the slain Civil Rights leader
stood on that stage and told a crowd of about 250,000 about his dream. King’s message
of peaceful resistance remains resonant, Vargas told about 350 people Monday during
Columbia Basin College’s annual celebration in Pasco.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 15, 2018
Trends | Horizons | Education
Few college students feel expressly confident that they have the skills and knowledge
to find a job or succeed in a workplace, according to a new study. The report from
Gallup and Strada Education Network, the former loan guarantor turned nonprofit, represents
one of the most comprehensive compilations of students opinions’ on this subject —
and the results are “disappointing,” representatives from the organizations say.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 17, 2018
Students struggling with their gender identity or sexual orientation have the longest-term
counseling treatment while in college, according to a new report by the Center for
Collegiate Mental Health. Students considering self-harm or suicide also participate
in more counseling sessions — and the number of students who reported they purposefully
injured themselves or attempted suicide continues to rise. The annual study draws
data from nearly 150 colleges and universities and a little more than 161,000 students
who sought mental health treatment at those institutions — it is not a survey, but
rather an analysis of more than 1.2 million clinical appointments during the 2016-17
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 17, 2018
U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has approved Washington’s plan
for how it will meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the
new federal K-12 education law that takes effect this fall. The approval comes after
more than a year of work by state education officials, months of waiting and a few
revisions of the original plan, submitted in September 2017.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 16, 2018
Politics | Local, State, National
The West Virginia Legislature is considering a free community college policy that
would require recipients of the tuition-free scholarship to remain in the state for
two years after graduation, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. The WV Invests
Grant would require students to enroll in at least six credit hours a semester and
pay for and pass a drug test prior to each new semester.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 18, 2018
With the abrupt closures of some schools, including ITT Technical Institute campuses
in Everett and Seattle, for-profit colleges have gotten more scrutiny in recent years.
State Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, has proposed excluding for-profit institutions
from state financial aid programs. The bill would apply to eight schools in Washington
state that are either for-profit or used to be for-profit before being bought by a
nonprofit. The schools include cosmetology programs such as Gene Juarez Academy and
DigiPen Institute of Technology, which trains students in video game development.
KNKX, Jan. 16, 2018
The biggest concern for state higher-education policy in 2018 isn’t the continuing
economic volatility, the questions about affordability for students, the disputes
about free speech on campus, or the difficulties of preventing and punishing sexual
assault on campus. Instead, the top issue for states is the uncertainty created by
the federal government, according to an annual report from the American Association
of State Colleges and Universities.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 16, 2018