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News Links | January 30, 2018

January 30, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Walla Walla Community College students turn wine into gold

From Mattawa to Maine, graduates of the Walla Walla Community College enology and viticulture program have been proving themselves to be golden. While most of the grads are snapped up by the Washington winemaking industry as soon as the ink is dry on their diplomas, WWCC alumni are making wine as far away as Michigan, Virginia, Maine, Texas and Maryland. Many are receiving the highest accolades from judges in some of the most prestigious American wine competitions: the San Francisco International Wine Competition, the Cascadia Wine Competition, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Seattle Wine Awards, the Seattle Magazine Wine Awards, the Great Northwest Invitational and the Seattle Times Competition.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jan. 29, 2018

EdCC interim president joins national coalition for undocumented, immigrant students

Edmonds Community College’s interim president has joined more than 200 college and university leaders across the country in forming a national coalition to address higher education and immigration. Edmonds CC Interim President Christina Castorena joined the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration Jan. 25.
Mountlake Terrace News, Jan. 29, 2018

Walla Walla Community College nursing students dedicate their lives to service

Let everybody know about it! The enthusiasm of students in the nursing program and club at Walla Walla Community College is brimming over. They want to let the community know they stand ready to help in crisis and in peace. Nurses will attend to those who are suffering and offer help. Heidi Miller, first-year nursing student at WWCC and vice president of the nursing club, got inspired to create a public statement of their commitment. The idea spearheaded by Miller took the form of a banner that was signed by the first-year students. The banner states: “I pledge to ... Take Action, Be a Symbol of Strength, Be There During Crises and the Calm For Our Community, WWCC Nursing Class of 2019.”
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jan. 29, 2018

Auto program teaches skills, a sense of mastery

When Natividad Cardenas first started in the auto program at the Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center, he wasn’t sure he was up to fixing cars. “At first, I was scared to touch a car,” Cardenas said as he popped the hood of his 1997 Nissan Maxima. “But now, I understand how things work.” It was a “shop morning” at the CB Tech auto program in Big Bend Community College’s Bldg. 3300, and Cardenas had brought his car in for an oil change.
Columbia Basin Herald, Jan. 29, 2018

After 5 years, walk-bike bridge design for Northgate light-rail station still unfinished

Compared to other Seattle transportation projects, it should be easy to design a pedestrian and bike bridge over Interstate 5 at the Northgate light-rail station now under construction. Nobody’s home will be demolished, or afflicted by noise. Neighbors will be a mile closer to transit. The bridge would serve an estimated 3,000 daily users, including North Seattle College students, and double the territory where people walk or bike to the trains. Everybody likes it. Yet five years after City Council approval, the bridge is still not fully designed. ... President Brown says he’s excited about the bridge’s benefits, especially the direct links it will provide to the University of Washington and Seattle Central College via light rail.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 28, 2018

30-year legislator Dick King dies at 83

Dick King, a former Everett Community College instructor who championed worker rights, environmental protection and public safety in a 30-year legislative career, has died. King, known for his honesty and wry sense of humor, crafted the state’s collective bargaining law and created a path to tenure for community college professors. He passed away Jan. 15 in Port Angeles. He was 83. He was an EvCC speech teacher and a Democratic Party activist when he won election to the state House in 1964 in the 38th Legislative District. He served 15 terms before making an unsuccessful bid for a Senate seat in 1996.
Everett Herald, Jan. 28, 2018

Home helps Walla Walla sex offenders stay on straight and narrow

About 860,000 registered sex offenders were living in the United States in 2016, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Washington state Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs said Friday that 19,600 of those offenders are in this state. Today 124 of those live in Walla Walla County: 87 in the city, 17 in College Place, and the rest scattered up to Burbank. Seven sex offenders here are listed as homeless. ... The director of Joe’s Place understands how things look after prison. Burglaries and thefts to feed a drug habit kept a younger Field, now 49, in numerous county and state jails. He began cleaning up his life by enrolling in Walla Walla Community College, where he graduated in 2012 with honors and as the commencement speaker. Next Field attended Walla Walla University, leaving with a major in sociology. Last March, Field finished his master’s degree in social work.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jan. 28, 2018

‘This never happens’: International student’s unexpected ordeal ends with surprise twist

This is an immigration story with a surprise ending. “Shock,” said lawyer Naomi Kim after the sudden turn of events late Friday afternoon. “This never happens.” Then again, the situation as it stood just an hour earlier for her client — an international student held at the Northwest Detention Center for two weeks — was highly unusual, too. Behind it lay a tangle of paperwork, but also, it seemed to Kim, a new rigidity on the part of immigration officials carrying out aggressive enforcement policies under President Donald Trump. The student, Jungeun “Rachel” Kim (no relation to her attorney), a 20-year-old from South Korea, arrived in the U.S. in March 2015 with a visa allowing her to study at Green River College. She later transferred to Shoreline Community College.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 27, 2018

Sen. Braun's proposed bill will lower community college tuition

Students at Lower Columbia College could get a 10 percent tuition reduction under legislation proposed by state Sen. John Braun. The Centralia Republican has introduced a bill that would save full-time students at the state’s community and technical colleges nearly $400 a year starting in the 2018-19, according to a press release from Braun’s office. Full-time community college tuition is now $3,936, the press release stated. ... Lower Columbia College President Chris Bailey said lower tuition should have “no impact to our programs or services” as long as the Legislature continues to financially support community and technical colleges.
Longview Daily News, Jan. 27, 2018

In our view: Cheers & jeers

Cheers: To the capital budget. After a legislative impasse last year delayed the state’s $4.2 billion capital budget, money is finally flowing into projects that will benefit Clark County. The budget includes funding for the Bridgeview Education and Employment Resource Center, projects at Clark College and Washington State University Vancouver, work at Washington State School for the Blind, safety upgrades at Harmony Sports Complex, and numerous other construction needs.
The Columbian, Jan. 27, 2018

Once hungry and homeless, Highline College Student now has hope

Formerly an executive chef at a Michelin-rated restaurant, Vanessa Primer is now a thriving college student, overcoming unemployment, homelessness and a debilitating injury. Primer’s story represents the transformational nature of the state’s two-year colleges. Sharing her story earned the Highline College student special recognition and a $500 award. She was one of five Transforming Lives Award recipients selected as a keynote speaker at the annual awards dinner given by the Washington State Association of College Trustees. The dinner, held Monday, honored a student from each of the state’s 34 community and technical colleges.
Waterland Blog, Jan. 26, 2018

GHC student with history of addiction nominated in “Transforming Lives” Awards

A 31 year old Grays Harbor College student was honored as a nominee, along with 33 other community and technical college students across the state, in the 2018 Transforming Lives awards. “Each of these students have incredible stories to tell. They speak to the power of our state’s community and technical colleges,” said Bridget Piper, ACT president and a trustee for the Community Colleges of Spokane. “We are so proud of the students honored tonight as well as every student and alumni of our colleges.” Amanda Deubert was included in nominations for the awards, recognizing current students and alumni who overcame barriers to their academic goals, from the Washington State Association of College Trustees this week.
KXRO, Jan. 26, 2018

Noah’s story shows why the region’s desperate fight against opioids is worth waging

Noah Van Houten still carries a vivid memory of the last time he got high. It was in the one-stall bathroom of an upscale farm-to-table restaurant in Chehalis, on his way to rehab. ... As of this writing, Noah is enrolled at Tacoma Community College, planning to transfer to the University of Washington Tacoma and study business. Recently, he was hired as a behavioral health technician at a recovery center in Lacey. Through Can’t Go Back, he’s helping to give voice — and a connection — to thousands recovering from substance abuse disorder that might have otherwise been silent.
The News Tribune, Jan. 26, 2018

Clark College’s retiring director of bands will go out on a high note

A few weeks ago, as Jazz Ensemble rehearsal wound down, Richard Inouye gave his students a little pep talk. “You set the tone,” he said. “You decide what you want this program to do. They’re going to hire a new director, but it’s not the director. It’s you.” These weren’t actual parting words, yet — just some more heartfelt rehearsal. Inouye, 59, will retire at the end of this quarter after 11 years as director of bands at Clark College and 50 years, he said, as a working musician.
The Columbian, Jan. 26, 2018

Listening in business starts at the top

This year marks the 35th year our Kitsap Economic Development Alliance has served local businesses with a broad portfolio of business development services. As I reflect on the value imparted to our local community by KEDA over several decades (thousands of jobs impacted, and billions of dollars of revenue and investment generated), I’m convinced our Alliance has been effective because of the commitment of our volunteer board leadership makes to listening and responding to the needs of local businesses. ... David Mitchell, recently retired Olympic College president, served on KEDA’s board for 15 years. He faithfully kept the KEDA Board apprised of OC’s role in building and sustaining a healthy local economy. In his retirement resignation letter to me, David shared his perception of the value of OC’s multifaceted strategic partnership with KEDA.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 26, 2018

Centralia College student receives ‘Transforming Lives’ award

The Washington State Association of College Trustees honored a Centralia College student, along with 33 other community and technical college students, during a ceremony on Monday where the 2018 Transforming Lives Awards were handed out. “The annual award recognizes current students and alumni who overcame barriers to their academic goals,” stated a press release. Yuki Takayama, of Centralia College, received the award as she is set to graduate from Centralia College either this spring or summer. She later plans to pursue a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in information technology.
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 25, 2018

Human services grad turned uncertainty into education

For Bryant Watts, the educational journey began with a lot of uncertainty. Following a 21-year career in the United States Army, Watts found himself wondering what should come next when he retired in January 2012. A desire to help people and interest in teaching and counseling led him to Clover Park Technical College’s Human Services program that fall. While the initial process was daunting, he found himself in a supportive environment that helped guide his journey.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 25, 2018

No excuses: Yelm Community Schools aim for 100% graduation rate and beyond

Decked out in graduation caps and gowns, the high school seniors began their walk and the crowd, predictably, went wild. One difference? The audience was a group of elementary school students and the walk was down the hallway of their school. ... The visits were part of a newly launched initiative known as Graduate Yelm!, which aims to create a 100 percent graduation rate from Yelm High School by beginning a focus on graduation in the elementary grades and involving local businesses and the community in the effort. The secondary aim is for everyone to have a plan for what happens next, and a clear path for how to achieve their goals. ... Parents who never graduated from high school themselves will have an opportunity to do so at no cost through a collaboration with South Puget Sound Community College’s High School 21+ program.
Thurston Talk, Jan. 25, 2018

Edmonds benefits from passing of capital budget

Several big-budget projects in Edmonds will be getting much-needed funds after the Legislature passed a $4.18 billion capital budget on a 95-1 vote that was signed by Gov. Inslee. The budget had been left in limbo since August due to the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision. ... Indeed, it includes $37.8 million for the Edmonds Community College Science, Engineering and Technology Building and $8.77 million for the replacement of Madrona K-8.
Edmonds Beacon, Jan. 25, 2018

Boeing recruits Spokane Community College

Boeing is a brand often associated with rocket scientists. Men and women who attend years of school to allow us to safely travel the skies. However, as Spokane Community College students learned Wednesday, the aviation giant has no shortage of opportunities. "Boeing's in Seattle," explained Jennifer Paige, who just graduated in December.  "It's not everyday that we get people to try and recruit us and get us over there- and Boeing's an excellent company to get in with."
KXLY, Jan. 24, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Study: Nearly a third of Washington college students have experienced depression

Nearly a third of Washington college students have experienced depression in the past year, and more than one in 10 have thought of suicide, according to a new survey designed to measure the mental health of the state’s college students. It’s the first time students at Washington colleges have participated in a specific, widely used national survey on mental health, and it shows they suffer from depression and emotional distress at roughly the same rate as students nationwide.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 30, 2018

Decline in student loan borrowing

The standard narrative around the student loan "crisis" holds that college has become unaffordable for most students without accumulating massive amounts of debt, and that the problem has gotten worse in recent years. But new federal data released today show that the overall rate of student borrowing was lower in the 2015-16 academic year than it was four years prior — the last time such a comprehensive study was released — even as the average federal loan amount rose slightly among those who borrowed.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 30, 2018

Early-childhood program linked to college success

Inner-city children who participated in an intensive childhood education program in Chicago from preschool to third grade were more likely to get a college degree than their peers who did not, according to a study published Monday by the National Institutes of Health. For 30 years, researchers followed two groups of children who received different levels of education in their formative stages of life: 989 individuals who participated in the inner-city Chicago childhood educational program Child-Parent Center, and 550 people from low-income families who attended one of five randomly selected early-childhood intervention programs. The study, which observed individuals from birth to 35 years old, was the first to follow participants beyond age 25, according to its authors.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 30, 2018

Higher ed and the American dream

From debates about immigration and the proposed border wall to concerns about stagnant wages and decreased social mobility, the American dream is getting a conceptual workout lately. Just where and how higher education fits into those conversations was also a hot topic last week at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 30, 2018

A rankings mess, getting worse

U.S. News & World Report last week announced that it was removing the ranking of Temple University's online M.B.A. program from its 2018 Best Online Programs list. In the days since, more questions have been raised about the inaccurate information Temple apparently provided U.S. News and the potential for such incorrect information to influence several years of rankings.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 29, 2018

Beyond box checking

The road to general education curricula is paved with good intentions, namely to round out students’ educations and maybe even help them lead more meaningful lives. But over time those intentions are forgotten and programs become stale. Often, students don’t know why they're required to take certain courses beyond their majors, and professors aren’t sure, either. Such was the case at Goucher and Ripon Colleges and the College of William & Mary, until the campuses revamped their general education programs to be more than laundry-style lists of distribution requirements. Representatives of all three institutions shared ideas and lessons learns from their experiences Friday at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, during a panel called “From Content to Inquiry: How Three Liberal Arts Colleges Radically Reimagined General Education.”
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 29, 2018

Why students are still spending so much for college textbooks

Along with the traditional textbooks, many college classes now require students to purchase access codes — which cost $100 on average — to online platforms created by publishers such as McGraw-Hill and Pearson. Homework and quizzes are hidden on the platforms behind paywalls that expire after the semester, meaning students can’t resell them once they’re done with the course. ... But Rutgers, a public research university in New Jersey, is far from the only higher-education institution where these codes are growing in popularity. Roughly 60 percent of students used an access code during the 2016-17 academic year, according to the National Association of College Stores (NACS), most of them underclassmen at four-year institutions or community-college students taking introductory classes.
The Atlantic, Jan. 26, 2018

Report: Bundled textbooks a bad deal for students

Faculty members could unlock large savings for their students by not assigning textbook "bundles," the Student Public Interest Research Groups assert in a report published Thursday. However, as is typical for reports about textbook prices from advocacy groups like PIRG, publishers challenged the findings. With textbook bundles, students get a traditional textbook or ebook, plus an access code to use supplemental features such as homework assignments, quizzes and exams — features that are frequently required for course assessment and completion. The report looked at the cost of course materials in the 10 largest courses across 40 two- and four-year nonprofit institutions. It found that students who were assigned textbook bundles were paying 32 percent to 68 percent more than students who weren’t assigned textbook bundles, and could buy used textbooks instead.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 26, 2018

Less is more

Harvey Mudd College has a problem. Over time it’s developed a “more is more” culture around faculty work that isn’t, well, working. Lisa Sullivan, dean of the faculty, wants that to change, she said Thursday at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. ... Faculty workload woes aren’t unique to Harvey Mudd, of course, which is why COACHE sponsored the session. (Professors may be surprised — and happy — to know that the administrator-heavy crowd was standing-room only.) According to the collaborative’s national data on liberal arts colleges, 52 percent of associate professors say they are unable to balance the teaching, research and service activities expected of them, let alone balance work with other aspects of their lives. And liberal arts institution faculty members are categorically more satisfied with their work than are research university professors. 
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 26, 2018

Why are women still choosing the lowest-paying jobs?

During the last academic year, U.S. colleges and trade schools awarded nearly a million certificates, almost 60 percent of them to women. Yet just 6 percent of those in welding — the most popular program among men — went to women. So where are all the female students? They’re in the salon next door, learning about cosmetology, and in the nursing classroom nearby, administering “rag baths” to mannequins. And when they graduate, they’ll earn barely two-thirds of what Hinely stands to make, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Atlantic, Jan. 25, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Gainful-employment rule without sanctions?

The U.S. Department of Education on Monday distributed proposals for rewriting the gainful-employment rule, which the Trump administration halted last summer. The department's do-over on the vocational education rule, which applies to for-profit college programs and to nondegree programs at nonprofit colleges, continues with a negotiated rule-making session next week.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 30, 2018

New leadership at Federal Student Aid

A. Wayne Johnson will step down as chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid after just seven months on the job. But the Department of Education insists the change in leadership doesn't signal a wavering commitment to ambitious projects — including a mobile app and prepaid card for federal student aid accounts and a restructuring of federal loan servicing contracts.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 29, 2018

Opinion: Promising approach to school-funding order deserves attention

Legislative leaders have hesitated to embrace the latest court order in the McCleary school-funding case, with Democrats and Republicans alike questioning whether there are better ways to spend $1 billion. Yet, ignoring the state Supreme Court’s November ruling poses unacceptable risk. It could push the justices to impose harsh sanctions, such as shutting down the state’s school system. Fortunately, a few lawmakers have been hard at work on a middle-ground approach that aims to spend the state’s money wisely, while attempting to finally close the book on the McCleary lawsuit.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 28, 2018

Opinion: Support education bill that targets opportunity and achievement gaps

Eric Pettigrew is a state representative from the 37th District in South Seattle. Libuse Binder is executive director for Stand for Children Washington, an education policy nonprofit. A recent Seattle Times Education Lab article, “Racial equity in Seattle schools has a long, frustrating history — and it’s getting worse,” shines a bright light on decades of well-meaning but unsuccessful attempts to close opportunity and achievement gaps between white students and students of color in our public school system. Washington is ranked 40th in the country for high school graduation rates and at least 17 percent of our high school students miss 18 days or more of school each year, second worst in the nation. Beware of anyone who claims to have a uniform cure for the persistent failure of our state system.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 28, 2018

Dividing lines take shape in Senate

The U.S. Senate education committee got into the weeds of higher education policy again Thursday, examining how the federal government could open up innovation by colleges and universities. But the biggest buzzword that emerged from a two-hour hearing — “guardrails” — signaled the focus of Democrats and expert witnesses on the quality protections that should come with opening up federal aid to nontraditional providers, as congressional Republicans have proposed doing. The tension over that specific issue reflects a larger divide between the parties that applies to many questions involved in an update of the Higher Education Act.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 26, 2018

Students living here illegally would be eligible for Washington state aid under new bill

Aiming to send a message to Congress, the state Senate has passed a bill that would allow students who came to this country illegally as children to get state money to help pay for college. The bill would make students who have been here for at least three years before earning a state high-school diploma eligible for College Bound, a scholarship program for low-income Washington students. The bill passed 38-11 Wednesday, with all Senate Democrats and about half of Republicans in favor. A similar bill in the House has also garnered bipartisan support.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 25, 2018

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