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News Links | July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

For creative retirees, a wide range of college classes

Like any good student, Bill Keppler looks forward to the fall semester at Edmonds Community College. His next term will mark the 11th consecutive year the 81-year-old has taken classes at EdCC through the Creative Retirement Institute, a nonprofit lifelong learning program celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. “I take three classes every term,” said Keppler, the former dean of arts and sciences at Boise State University. “I’m one of these guys who love to try something new. If I fail, I don’t give a damn.”
Everett Herald, July 9, 2018

WCC snags big grant for healthcare and aerospace programs

Whatcom Community College received more than $770,000 for aerospace and healthcare training. WCC announced that the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges approved grants to expand the two programs. The aerospace grant will fund forty full-time students, making the community college the only comprehensive engineering transfer program north of Everett. Multiple engineering-related pathways will be offered.
KGMI, July 9, 2018

CPTC officially opens new Welcome Center

In a moment fitting for the first day of a new quarter, Clover Park Technical College and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce joined Monday afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of CPTC’s new Welcome Center in Building 17 of the Lakewood Campus. The ceremony featured brief comments from Lakewood Chamber of Commerce President – and CPTC alum – Linda Smith, CPTC President Dr. Joyce Loveday, and CPTC Vice President for Student Success Scott Latiolais. Smith opened the event by sharing that when she came to the college as a student years earlier, there was no Welcome Center.
The Suburban Times, July 9, 2018

Young Latino students take summer coding class

A group of Latino students gathered Saturday at the Kulshan Neighborhood Center to learn about coding and circuitry from Robert Winglee, a University of Washington professor and director at the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium. Fifteen students, from 12 to 22 years old, have been gathering at the Little Blue House, or la Casita Azul, every Saturday since February to learn coding and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer and Math) skills from a variety of industry professionals. The classes are a pilot program funded by the Roberto Carcelén Foundation, a nonprofit that provides STEM education in low-income Latino communities. .... Lesley Manzan and Marialy Lopez, friends since kindergarten, are both students in the program as well as students at Skagit Valley College. Lopez decided to join once she heard Manzan signed up.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 8, 2018

WWCC carpentry teaches students, helps community

If you’re going to spend a year building a house by hand, it helps to know that it was for an exemplary cause. That’s the case for students in Walla Walla Community College’s carpentry program, who build houses for the Blue Mountain Action Council’s Carrie Avenue project. Each year, the students build a house from the ground up. Years ago, these were large, upscale houses. But for the past two years, WWCC has built smaller, affordable homes in partnership with the Blue Mountain Action Council.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 8, 2018

Close encounter: NASA scientist studies space rock fallout in sanctuary

There was something different about the meteorites that fell into the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary on March 7, a NASA scientist suspects. Cosmic Dust Curator Marc Fries told a Port Angeles audience that the massive space rock that exploded in a supersonic fireball with pieces plunging into the Pacific Ocean was probably “mechanically tough” because of the way it broke apart. “Weird fall,” Fries said. “Big fall. Fragmented in an unusual pattern.” Thanks to a potentially-groundbreaking discovery on the exploration vessel Nautilus, Fries will test his hypothesis in a lab at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “We did find some small stuff that I believe are fragments of a meteorite,” Fries said in a presentation at Peninsula College on Thursday.
Peninsula Daily News, July 8, 2018

Students launch careers through apprenticeship program

Eleven Renton juniors were hired June 27 in an event at the Museum of Flight to work in aerospace manufacturing through the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee state wide program. Gov. Jay Inslee and others honored the students during a signing day ceremony. The students represent the next generation of aerospace workers through this paid training and tuition free courses at Renton Technical College.
Renton Reporter, July 7, 2018

Scientists believe they found fragments of March meteorite

Scientists conducted the first known ocean meteorite recovery off the coast of Grays Harbor County earlier this week, and are confident they found several rocks that are from the March 7 meteorite fall that lit up the night sky. Marc Fries, NASA’s curator of cosmic dust, said this was the largest U.S. meteorite fall he has seen since weather radar began recording them in the mid-1990s. “This one was enormous, it looks like about two (metric) tons of meteorites fell,” said Fries, who gave a presentation to about 20 people at Grays Harbor College on Thursday.
The Daily World, July 6, 2018

Soaring to new heights as a pilot

For Chazmin Peters, a first officer with Alaska Airlines, aviation was not something that initially came naturally to her. ... Born and raised in Olympia, Peters knew she was destined for the skies after attending an aviation summer camp in Seattle when she was 13 years old. But she cited poor hand-eye coordination, physical ineptness, and mediocre study habits as obstacles to reaching her dream. This self-awareness prompted Peters to become a better student and, when she started high school, she taught herself how to study properly on her own terms. Peters recalled the first time she earned top marks in a pre-algebra class, and how impressed her parents were. The accomplishment made Peters realize that, though she may not be the fastest learner, she can achieve a goal as long as she has enough time to prepare and study. She carried this mentality to Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, where she attended aviation school.
Northwest Asian Weekly, July 5, 2018

Newest Tacoma academy will give students healthy choice

Tacoma Public Schools is unveiling yet another specialty school experiment, created with the region’s shortage of healthcare workers in mind. This fall, the Health and Medicine Academy will join a list of 19 other innovative schools in the district; options for high school students go by catchy acronyms such as SOTA (School of the Arts), SAMI (Science and Math Institute) and iDEA (Industrial Design Engineering and Art). ... The HAMA partnership also includes Goodwill Industries, Tacoma Community College and University of Washington Tacoma. For two years, they’ve met to discuss Tacoma’s greatest resource: smart, young minds willing to learn and fill a growing need.
The News Tribune, July 5, 2018

Yelm educator wins two agriculture teaching awards

Yelm High School teacher Hillary Hull won two prestigious awards at the Washington Agriculture Teachers Conference last week. ... The first award, Outstanding Early Career Teacher, was bestowed upon her after teachers in Yelm’s FFA district voted for her. The district includes schools in Sumner, North Mason, White River, Sequim, Enumclaw, Yelm and South Kitsap, including any other school inside that geographic area that has an FFA program, Hull said. ... In fact, completing professional goals is kind of what she does: She went to Centralia College for two years, then got her bachelor’s degree at Washington State University, finally completing her master’s degree through Western Governors University.
Nisqually Valley News, July 5, 2018

Spectators flock to Longview to celebrate nation's birthday

Downtown Longview and Lake Sacajawea on Wednesday were once again filled with patriotic music, banners and clothing as the annual Go 4th Festival brought the community together to mark the birthday of American Independence. ... Meanwhile, Ruth Muchai, an international student from Kenya studying at Lower Columbia College, said she “loved” the patriotism she saw during her first time at Go 4th.
Longview Daily News, July 5, 2018

Powers Sabbatical Award given to local winemaking instructor

Walla Walla winemaking instructor Marcus Rafanelli has been awarded the 2018 Powers Sabbatical Award. The $5,000 award covers travel expenses for midlevel industry professionals to travel abroad, expand their knowledge of growing or making wine, and then share what they’ve learned once back at home, an announcement detailed. The award was announced by the Washington Wine Industry Foundation. Rafanelli in the instructor of Applied Winemaking at Walla Walla Community College’s Institute for Enology & Viticulture, where he is also cellar master for College Cellars.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 4, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Study shows how working community college students fared

Newly released federal data show that a large portion of students enrolled at public, two-year colleges in 2011-12 worked during their first year at those institutions. Some 44 percent of students worked “while enrolled in their first year of postsecondary education,” according to a new report by the National Center for Education Statistics. The report, “Working Before, During, and After Beginning at a Public 2-Year Institution: Labor Market Experiences of Community College Students,” describes the employment of students before they enrolled in college for the first time and during their first year of enrollment. The report also examines how employment is related to these students’ postsecondary experiences and employment outcomes after they left or completed postsecondary education.
Inside Higher Ed, July 10, 2018

Canvas catches, and maybe passes, Blackboard

Canvas has unseated Blackboard Learn as the leading LMS at U.S. colleges and universities, according to new data from MindWires Consulting. In a blog post on Monday, Michael Feldstein, partner at MindWires Consulting and co-publisher of the e-Literate blog, wrote that Canvas now has 1,218 installations at U.S. institutions, compared with Blackboard’s 1,216. Although the two-figure difference may seem insignificant — and Blackboard and some of its allies say the data don't accurately reflect the two companies' relative reach — most analysts agree that Canvas's ascent, largely at Blackboard's expense, is noteworthy.
Inside Higher Ed, July 10, 2018

Apps can help advise first-generation students. But it takes a human to say, ‘I believe in you.’

Buoyed by a $20-million gift, the College Advising Corps is doubling down to help more minority, low-income, and first-generation students get into college. Without them, says its founder and chief executive, Nicole Hurd, “we won’t have the democracy we want.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 9, 2018

The U.S. labor shortage is reaching a critical point

America’s labor shortage is approaching epidemic proportions, and it could be employers who end up paying. A report Thursday from ADP and Moody’s Analytics cast an even brighter light on what is becoming one of the most important economic stories of 2018: the difficulty employers are having in finding qualified employees to fill a record 6.7 million job openings.
CNBC, July 5, 2018

What’s obvious to academics but not to the public? Scholars are happy to say

Much has been made of the gulf between academe and the public, whether real or perceived. So when a designer named Louie Mantia posed the question “What’s something that seems obvious within your profession, but the general public seems to misunderstand?” on Twitter over the weekend, academics were only too happy to chime in.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 5, 2018

Smart ways to get other people to pay off your student debt

As student debt grows, so do the plans to squelch it. Some of the ideas are pretty creative: New Jersey, for example, is considering establishing a lottery for borrowers burdened by student debt. Other ways of garnering money to eliminate your education debt don't rely on luck, but require rolling up your sleeves or knowing historical facts. ... Here are some of the other ways to get other people to pay off your debt.
CNBC, July 5, 2018

Higher education’s biggest moral failure? And 4 other questions for Indiana U.’s president

President Michael A. McRobbie of Indiana University is the subject of this episode of “In the Hot Seat,” a new series in which college and university administrators are asked a series of surprise questions.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 5, 2018

This college for adult learners is a refuge, not just a career boost

In the U.S., more than 4 out of 10 undergraduate college students are above the age of 25. When people talk about these adult students, you usually hear words like "job skills" and "quickest path to a degree." But for more than four decades, a special program in Washington state has sought to offer much more than that. It's called the Tacoma Program. Back in 1972, Maxine Mimms, a professor at The Evergreen State College, created a new kind of college at her kitchen table, designed to serve students who are starting over in life, and to give them access to deep, transformational learning.
NPR, July 4, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump administration backs off reshuffling of student debt collection

The Department of Education planned this month to begin reshaping the role of private debt collection firms in handling student loans by pulling defaulted borrower accounts from a handful of large private contractors. Lawmakers who control the department’s budget had other ideas. After a recent Senate spending package warned the department against dropping the debt collectors, the plan is on hold. And it’s not clear how those companies will figure into the Trump administration’s proposed overhaul of student loan servicing.
Inside Higher Ed, July 9, 2018

Ed Department says it didn’t botch state authorization delay

Assertions that the U.S. Department of Education missed a deadline to delay state authorization rules are incorrect, a department spokeswoman said Thursday. In a statement, the department said it “did not miss the July 1 deadline for this delay.” A notice confirming the two-year delay in putting the new rule in place “was on public inspection Friday (6/29),” the department said. Though the document was “published on paper July 3, the effective date was still Friday (6/29).”
Inside Higher Ed, July 6, 2018

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