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News Links | January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Speaker showcases King’s message of dreams, civil rights

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

Running Start enrollment explodes

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

High-school students follow passions, career paths at Marine Tech Center

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

Community college starts 2018 with new offerings

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

Supporters rally for DACA program

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 week.
Skagit Valley Herald, Jan. 17, 2018

Chef Spotlight: Joshua Martin

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

CPTC selected to receive $1 million Guided Pathways grant

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

One year of free education may be possible for rural counties

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

27th Annual Bell-Ringing Ceremony honors Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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

DACA fight echoes King’s legacy, Pasco advocate says

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

Unprepared and confused

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

Queer student counseling

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 academic year.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 17, 2018

Betsy DeVos approves Washington state’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan

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

West Virginia plan for free community college

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

Bill would exclude for-profit schools from Washington state financial aid programs

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 problem for state higher-ed policy? Federal higher-ed policy

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

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