News Links | July 10, 2018
System News | Opinion
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Inside Higher Ed, July 10, 2018
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
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
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 9, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
Inside Higher Ed, July 9, 2018
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