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January 23, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

With new program, Renton Tech will encourage more students to earn degrees

Renton Technical College is one of five Washington community colleges awarded a total of $2.5 million to restructure the curriculum, improve advising and make it more likely that students complete a meaningful degree. The program is called Guided Pathways, and it simplifies choices for students by grouping courses together to form clear paths through college. With Guided Pathways, students are less likely to get off-track by taking courses they don’t really need, wasting time, money and financial-aid dollars. Guided Pathways is already being used in a number of other state community colleges, including Everett [Community College], which has created “meta-majors” that allow students to explore a range of careers within a broad subject area. ... The college will get $100,000 a year, for five years, from the nonprofit College Spark Washington. That money will be matched with $100,000 each year from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. ... Clover Park Technical College, Tacoma Community College, Lower Columbia College and Spokane Falls Community College were the other schools awarded in this round of grant-making. College Spark previously awarded grants to five other community colleges for Guided Pathways work.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 22, 2018

$80 million from capital budget heading to Clark County

Clark County will finally get funding for a much-anticipated list of infrastructure and construction projects after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the $4.2 billion capital budget on Friday. Passage of the budget had been held up for months over an impasse regarding water rights. According to numbers provided by the state Office of Financial Management, Clark County is expected to receive $80 million to make improvements to schools, social services facilities, habitat restoration and other projects. ... Clark College also received a variety of funds intended for maintenance and preservation of its buildings. Additionally, it received $35 million for its student recreation center and $5.2 million for a satellite campus.
The Columbian, Jan. 22, 2018

Sen. Warnick is satisfied with Hirst compromise

State lawmaker’s bipartisan compromise on rural water rights last week was significantly different than the 2017 bill masterminded by Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, which repeatedly stalled in a Democrat-controlled House. Water rights legislation signed into law Friday restored the majority of counties in Eastern Washington to a 5,000 gallon-per-day limit on well-water for domestic indoor use, the standard before the 2016 state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision. ... Big Bend Community College has been unable to complete a 70,000-square-foot workforce education building until the capital budget passes. Ephrata is waiting for the budget to replace three miles of 70-year-old waterline originally built in the Truman administration.
Columbia Basin Herald, Jan. 22, 2018

Local organizations help dreams come true through SPSCC scholarships

A young person with big dreams, fresh out of high school. A single parent looking for a way to support their family. An adult hoping to finally get that degree. A struggling student wanting an affordable way to get an education. These are the faces of South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) and many of them are attending as students thanks to generous scholarships provided by Thurston County nonprofits in partnership with the SPSCC Foundation.
Thurston Talk, Jan. 22, 2018

Major Bryan Howard steps up to Burien Precinct Commander

King County Sheriff’s Office Major Bryan Howard has a vision. He wants to help build trust — and a rapport — between law enforcement and the residents they serve. ... Howard was recently promoted to “major” and Burien precinct commander, assuming the position formerly held by newly elected King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht. He was the Burien Captain, serving as assistant police chief, from 2014 to 2017. ... He went to work obtaining his associate’s degree in business from Bellevue College, before going into the police academy for training. ... Howard said mentoring and guiding officers is another favorite aspect of his job. He also serves as an instructor at Highline College in the Faculty, Law and Justice Program, as well as North Seattle College’s Emergency Technician Program.
Westside Seattle, Jan. 22, 2018

Opinion: WWCC’s new 4-year degree is another win for community

Walla Walla Community College has built its reputation as one of the nation’s best two-year schools with its focus on the “community” in its name. Now its taking another step forward, this time by offering at least one four-year bachelor of science degree this fall. And, once again, serving the needs of the “community” is behind the decision. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges trustees approved WWCC’s request to start two new bachelor of science degrees, one in management and entrepreneurship and the other in sustainable agriculture systems.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jan. 21, 2018

More YVC students benefit from scholarships as foundation grows

Cayley Rishor-Olney recalls how hard she worked to put herself through school to become a nurse. “I would work my butt off to pay for college,” the Selah resident said about her days as a student at Yakima Valley Community College, now Yakima Valley College. Nursing school posed a particular challenge of trying to pay for living expenses at the same time as juggling the demanding training. But a scholarship from Yakima Valley College Foundation helped relieve that burden, and she’s now an emergency room nurse at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital. The scholarship “made the difference for me to go to nursing school,” Rishor-Olney said. The foundation, which marks its 40th anniversary this year, awarded $590,000 to 200 students in 2017, which averages to about $3,000 per student. It also provides awards for distinguished faculty and staff members.
Yakima Herald, Jan. 21, 2018

SCC building suites for nursing simulation

Spokane Community College is spending $482,500 to build new nursing simulation suites and observation rooms. The project in SCC Building 16, which also houses the campus library, will build three suites that mimic hospital rooms in which manikins will be used. Each suite will adjoin an observation room with one-way glass. Students and instructors in the observation room will watch nursing students deal with a variety of simulations while controlling the manikin. 
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 21, 2018

There’s plenty to cheer in overdue capital budget

Civic leaders expressed relief Friday at passage of a new state capital budget that will infuse tens of millions of dollars into their communities in the coming months. The budget, passed by the Legislature on Thursday, will spend $4.2 billion around the state on buying, repairing and constructing infrastructure such as schools, colleges, prisons, parks and community centers. Gov. Jay Inslee signed it Friday. ... And Edmonds Community College will be getting $37.8 million to construct a new Science, Engineering and Technology building. It was the top construction priority of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in 2017.
Everett Herald, Jan. 20, 2018

Pierce College Puyallup launches nationwide search for next president

Pierce College Puyallup is seeking a dynamic community college executive who is ready to lead a college within a district environment. The Pierce College Puyallup President reports directly to the District Chancellor and CEO. The successful candidate must demonstrate the talent, energy and wisdom to lead Pierce College Puyallup, and to work collaboratively with the executive leadership throughout the district to achieve institutional outcomes. The ideal candidate will also advocate for resources in a community where relationships with key stakeholders are strong.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 20, 2018

Spotlight on EdCC: Demographics and trends

Danielle Carnes, Executive Director of Strategic Enrollment Management at Edmonds Community College, recently reported on demographic changes and trends coming to the college. According to the Environmental Scan report, students want not just access, but success. Edmonds Community College is working to provide that through Pathways that guide students to graduation, and dual enrollment in high school.
My Edmonds News, Jan. 20, 2018

Editorial: Help community colleges meet job training needs

Two weeks into a short, 60-day session, the Legislature has its work cut out just to finish up a solution for ample funding for K-12 education, pass a capital budget and resolve a dispute over water rights that has held up passage of that construction budget. Resolution of education funding, which the governor and others believe will require up to $1 billion in additional funding this session, must get done, but lawmakers also should consider the needs of students at the state’s community and technical colleges. ... Understanding the constraints the state faces to pull together necessary funding for K-12 education, the state’s community and technical colleges are back this year, but they’re not asking for the $185 million they didn’t get last year. About $16 million would do, said Arlen Harris, legislative director for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. ... $9 million to help the colleges make up lost ground between what the state requires them to pay faculty and other staff and revenue lost following the Legislature’s recent tuition freeze. Community and technical colleges now are having to use a larger share of tuition revenue for employee compensation than the state provides, said David Beyer, president of Everett Community College. ... The Legislature was unable last year to pass a $4 billion capital construction budget that would have funded construction of schools, community centers, housing projects and other needs, including the $11.4 million in maintenance costs for community colleges but also $39.2 million for a new STEM building at Edmonds Community College and $4 million for initial work for a new library for Everett Community College and WSU Everett.
Everett Herald, Jan. 19, 2018

Fulbright Scholar teaches virtual reality at Bellevue College — other side of the earth — simultaneously

James Riggall, a Fulbright Scholar and founder of the Tasmanian startup Bitlink, is introducing students to the virtual world, live in the collaboratory at Bellevue College and live-streamed to innovation hubs on the other side of the earth in Tasmania. One class offered for Winter Quarter, Virtual Reality Design and Communications, is geared for anyone who wants to understand this emerging technology, while another, Virtual Reality Lab Project, gives students the chance to get hands-on by designing and prototyping a virtual reality (VR) project.
Bellevue Reporter, Jan. 19, 2018

Capital budget includes millions for Kitsap

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the state's long-delayed capital budget Friday afternoon, clearing the way for $4.2 billion in construction projects around the state, including millions destined for the Kitsap peninsula. Work here includes building new parklands and public spaces, adding schools that cater to students from early childhood all the way through college welding programs, and restoring environmental habitat. ... Olympic College will invest $929,000 in the welding program at its Bremerton campus. Both public and private employers are seeking trained welders at an increasing pace.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 19, 2018

Kent’s YMCA gets $5 million in state grants with budget approval

The city of Kent will receive a $1 million state grant and the YMCA about $4.1 million in grants to help build a new YMCA on the East Hill after the Legislature approved a $4.18 billion capital budget. ... Highline College in Des Moines will get $3 million for repairs and maintenance as well as $23.3 million for a new Health and Life Sciences Building. Green River College in Auburn will receive $2.6 million for repairs and maintenance.
Kent Reporter, Jan. 19, 2018

New Horizons High School opens up food pantry to Columbia Basin College students

Going to college can be tough on the wallet, especially for students struggling to find the money to pay for food. Now Columbia Basin College students can get some help thanks to New Horizons High School’s Phoenix Pantry. New Horizons opened up their food pantry to CBC students last week. Second Harvest helps stock the pantry.
KEPR TV, Jan. 19, 2018

Highline College accepting applications for president

In its next president, Highline College is seeking an open, inspirational leader who embodies and promotes the college’s values of diversity, access and community. Those qualities are included in the presidential profile, outlining the attributes and qualifications of the ideal candidate, released Thursday by Highline’s Board of Trustees.
Auburn Reporter, Jan. 19, 2018

Washington lawmakers propose college pilot program to accommodate homeless students

Going to college can be hard, but it’s especially difficult for students experiencing homelessness. Washington lawmakers are exploring ways state colleges could help these students. The measure being considered in the Washington Senate would create a pilot program at six community colleges and universities to provide various accommodations for homeless students. Under the proposed Passport to Careers Program, colleges may offer laundry facilities, showers and meals to homeless students. Colleges would also provide short-term housing on college property or help them pay for housing. Peter Guzman works with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. He said apprenticeship programs offered by colleges in Washington could help vulnerable students earn higher wages and access higher education.
KUOW, Jan. 18, 2018

Clark College president sees successes, challenging future

President Bob Knight considered the state of Clark College and judged it to be delicious. Particularly its pecan bars. That was just one element in Knight’s annual taste, er, State of the College address Thursday morning, but it did reflect one of Clark’s big steps forward over the past 12 months. The return of Clark’s culinary program led Knight’s list of success stories in 2017. Knight also underlined some challenges for 2018, including diversity issues and enrollment.
The Columbian, Jan. 18, 2018

Lawmakers reach tentative agreement on capital construction budget

State lawmakers are expected to approve $4.2 billion for construction in the state as a part of the capital budget. A chunk of that is meant for infrastructure right here in Spokane. One of them is for a major renovation of Spokane Community College’s main building. Greg Stevens, the chief administration officer of Community Colleges of Spokane, says project costs about $25 million and the start of it was delayed because the capital budget couldn’t be reached in July.
KHQ, Jan. 18, 2018

Sheila Edwards Lange

While she’s the president of Seattle Central College (SCC), Sheila Edwards Lange thinks of herself as an activist. She’s in an ideal role because her true passion is education. As president of SCC, no day is the same for Edwards Lange. A current challenge that she faces is trying to respond to multiple demands from various communities and having limited resources to accomplish everything.
Northwest Asian Weekly, Jan. 18, 2018

After death of WSU quarterback, how local colleges approach suicide prevention

On the day after Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski's death by suicide, Lori Miller, a counselor at Seattle Central College said, "I'm just heartbroken for that family." Miller says studies of people who die by suicide show that too often, they did not turn to people like her. "Very few of them sought assistance from a counselor, they'll go to an instructor, maybe, or talk to a friend, maybe," Miller said. That's why suicide prevention experts increasingly advocate widespread training so everyone knows warning signs. At Seattle Central, staff members are trained to identify potential problems.
KIRO 7, Jan. 17, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Restaurant Group, Pearson to offer free education to employees

The restaurant group that operates the Chili's and Maggiano's chains announced an arrangement Monday by which it will, through Pearson Education, offer employees cost-free educational programs from language skills through associate degrees. Under the program, called Best You EDU, Brinker International will provide no-cost programs at three levels: "foundational" programs in skill development and bilingual coaching; GED programs; and an "online pathway to an associate degree in business or general studies through a regionally accredited college, including all courses, text and study materials, advising and coaching support."
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 23, 2018

International student numbers decline

The number of international students in the U.S. fell by 2.2 percent at the undergraduate level and 5.5 percent at the graduate level from fall 2016 to 2017, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation, “Science and Engineering Indicators,” released last week. The analysis is based on government-held student visa data and excludes students who are participating in optional practical training, a program that allows international students to stay and work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduating while remaining on their university's sponsorship.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2018

New bid to overhaul college admissions

In recent years, a number of high school districts and a few states have moved to require high school students to complete much more sophisticated projects to assess their eligibility for a high school diploma, and their preparation for college and the world of work. These "performance assessments" frequently are based on synthesis of skills, rather than showing some level of competency in particular academic subjects. And these assessments typically mix individual performance with group work.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2018

What school-funding debates ignore

Supporters of urban education frequently make the case that city schools are underfunded. Hampered by reliance on local property taxes, they contend, urban schools lack the resources they need to ensure their students succeed. In most states, though, spending on education in rich and poor neighborhoods is relatively equal. And in states including Minnesota, New Jersey, and Ohio, city schools regularly outspend their suburban counterparts. Even in those cases, however, achievement disparities between suburban and urban schools persist. Those who advocate against increased funding for urban schools are quick to point to this fact as evidence that more money won’t make a difference. How can this be? How can advocates allege that urban schools need more money when disparities in student achievement do not appear to be the obvious result of disparities in spending?
The Atlantic, Jan. 22, 2018

Why aren't college students using career services?

College students’ failure to fully capitalize on their career center’s services in their pursuit of a job is not a new problem. But this tendency could help explain why so few students are confident they’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in the job market—this at a time when it’s especially important for millennials to secure a comfortable income after college, as they’re entering a world with fewer robust safety nets, such as social security, and skyrocketing housing prices.
The Atlantic, Jan. 20, 2018

Gender bias, by the numbers

Economics remains dominated by men, both in terms of faculty members and students. New research suggests that while economics textbooks aren’t necessarily to blame, they’re not helping close the field’s gender gap. A study of leading introductory economics textbooks, presented last week at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, found that three-quarters of the people mentioned in the books (77 percent), real or imagined, are male. Some 18 percent of mentions are female and 5 percent are gender neutral.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 19, 2018

The students who don’t believe college is an option

Here in California’s heavily Latino agricultural heart, Adrian Lopez has worked on farms and in construction. Now he’s doing something few people like him from around here ever do: He’s going to college. Overshadowed by attention to the challenges faced by nonwhite high-school graduates in cities, low-income black, Hispanic, and Native American students in rural areas like this are equally unlikely to go on to college. Factor in the higher dropout rate among nonwhite students in rural high schools, and the odds that black and Hispanic students from areas like this will ever earn degrees are just as low as for their urban counterparts.
The Atlantic, Jan. 18, 2018

What college is like as a single mother

For nearly one in five female college students, child-care costs and the responsibilities of parenting make graduating far from easy. According to a report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), the number of single mothers in college more than doubled between 2000 and 2012, to nearly 2.1 million students. ... Only 28 percent of single mothers who start college complete degrees, and there has been no systematic effort to address the obstacles they face. The Trump administration wants to cut a federal-aid program that provides money for campus-based child care programs, the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS).
The Atlantic, Jan. 16, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Senate reaches deal to end shutdown

The Senate on Monday passed a stopgap funding measure to end a government shutdown that began when members failed to reach a deal on a new spending agreement Friday. The bill, passed on a 81 to 18 vote, includes a reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program but came with only a promise to Democrats from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he would allow a vote on a fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 23, 2018

‘Anemic’ state funding growth

States’ financial support for higher education grew only slightly between the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years, with more than a third of states decreasing their funding and another dozen increasing it only slightly, according to an annual survey released today. Across the country, state fiscal support for higher education grew by just 1.6 percent, according to the Grapevine survey, which provides an early look each year at states’ funding for higher education. That was down sharply from a 4.2 percent increase last year and represents the lowest annual growth in the last five years.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2018

What government shutdown means for higher ed

Congress failed to reach a last-minute agreement Friday night to avoid a government shutdown. That won't mean immediate consequences for federal student aid recipients or institutional funding. But institutions and students depending on Education Department programs could see an impact if the shutdown drags on. For academics and institutions that receive grants from research agencies, funds already awarded are not affected, but peer review and other activities to select new grants may halt, and new funds will not be going out. The impact on academic science may be minimal if the shutdown lasts just a few days, but it would get significant in a longer shutdown.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2018

Supreme Court to take up third Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case challenging the Trump administration’s third and current version of the travel ban, which restricts entry to the United States for individuals from eight countries, six of which are majority Muslim. The challenge was brought by the state of Hawaii, which has been able to establish standing in the case by asserting injuries to the ability of its state public universities to recruit international students and faculty.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2018

DeVos waters down disclosure requirements of gainful-employment rule

The Department of Education last week said it was further weakening disclosure requirements in the gainful-employment rule. Under the new 2018 gainful employment disclosure template, career education programs would no longer be required to disclose median earnings data of graduates or charges for room and board. The template also allows those programs to list the job-placement rate from multiple accreditors.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2018

State spending on higher education has inched upward. But most public colleges can’t celebrate.

State appropriations for higher education increased nominally over the last year, according to an annual survey. But the small rise and wide variations across the nation underscore why many public colleges still have reason to fret about their states’ economies. Over all, state appropriations for colleges were 1.6 percent higher for the current fiscal year, which began on July 1 for most states, than in the previous one, according to the annual “Grapevine” survey, compiled by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University and the State Higher Education Executive Officers, known as Sheeo. But several factors erase any notion that the national gains in higher-education spending amount to a significant step up. This year’s increase is the smallest in five years, and it falls short of the 2.1-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for the 2017 calendar year.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 20, 2018

Water-use bill passage makes way for overdue capital budget

An epic political battle concluded Thursday when state lawmakers agreed on a contentious water use policy bill, clearing the way for passage of a $4.2 billion capital budget containing millions of dollars for housing, schools and community projects in Snohomish County. First the Senate, then the House approved legislation dealing with the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in the Hirst case before acting on the construction spending plan and bond bill to pay for it. Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign all three bills as early as Friday.
Everett Herald, Jan. 19, 2018

Editorial: Help community colleges meet job training needs

Two weeks into a short, 60-day session, the Legislature has its work cut out just to finish up a solution for ample funding for K-12 education, pass a capital budget and resolve a dispute over water rights that has held up passage of that construction budget. Resolution of education funding, which the governor and others believe will require up to $1 billion in additional funding this session, must get done, but lawmakers also should consider the needs of students at the state’s community and technical colleges.
Everett Herald, Jan. 19, 2018

State Senate passes bill protecting students’ free speech

A bill to protect high school and college students’ rights to publish and speak freely in school-sponsored media has passed the Washington Senate. Senate Bill 5064, which also passed the Senate last year, passed on a 43-5 vote Friday and now heads to the House, where it failed to gain traction last year. Under the measure, student editors would be fully responsible for determining what goes into their publication or broadcast. School administrators would not be allowed to censor or review any content before publishing unless it contains libelous or slanderous material, or is obscene or incites students to commit unlawful acts on school grounds.
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 19, 2018

Federal shutdown won’t cause chaos in higher ed — unless it drags on

The  federal shutdown that began on Friday at midnight will have a minimal effect on higher education — as long as the shop reopens soon, that is. Republican and Democratic lawmakers worked over the weekend to break the impasse, but The Washington Post  reported Sunday night that the Senate had adjourned and that a vote had been postponed until noon on Monday. Although no new federal dollars can be spent during a shutdown, money that has already been approved — through student-aid programs or research grants, for example — will continue to flow.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 19, 2018

Opinion: Don’t toss link between tests and high school graduation

The Washington Legislature negotiated a sweeping compromise last year to ensure that a single, high-stakes standardized test would not keep students from graduating from high school. And it also preserved the test’s usefulness as a way to gauge how well the school system is serving students, identifying perhaps where equity issues were unaddressed. Now, barely six months after that deal became law, some lawmakers are already working to dismantle it. They are pushing new legislation to eliminate the few remaining ties between standardized tests and earning a high school diploma.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 19, 2018

DNC chair: Pass the DREAM Act to protect the helpers and heroes in our midst

The first time I met Ellie Perez, a young Dreamer from Arizona, she immediately reminded me of my two daughters — brilliant, ambitious, ready to change the world. The only difference is that she was born on the other side of a border and brought to America as a young child. Ellie’s story is not unique. There are thousands of Dreamers like her who are struggling in the shadows to build a better future. Ellie represents the very best of our country. She and her fellow Dreamers share our values and strengthen our nation. Their courage is American to its core. That’s why it’s imperative that Congress pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act Act this month to make sure these Dreamers can stay and contribute to the only country they’ve ever called home.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 19, 2018

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