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News Links | July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

LCC 2018 alumnus of the year helped build major dams

Lou Mace, a former Lower Columbia College track star who later helped engineer many dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, has been named the college’s 2018 Alumnus of the Year. The college made the announcement Wednesday. Mace graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1953 and attended LCC from 1954 to 1955. He was a track and field athlete for LCC and set a state junior college pole vault record in 1955, according to an LCC press release. Mace later earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Oregon State University, then went to work on hydroelectric projects on the Columbia and Snake rivers. He established his own company, which eventually was bought out by S.J. Groves Construction.
Longview Daily News, July 12, 2018

Museum awards $143,000 in educational scholarships

The Museum of Flight’s Boeing Academy for STEM Learning awarded a total of $143,000 in scholarships to nine Seattle area high school students. ... The Jim and Sue Johnson Scholarship Award in the amount of $18,000 ($4,500 per year), to pursue post-secondary studies in a “STEM aviation or aerospace field” was awarded to Raisbeck Aviation High School graduate Dane Anders and home schooled student Brooklyn Cross from Puyallup, Wash. During the past two years, Anders participated in the Museum’s Aeronautical Science Pathway program, earning 55 college credits that he will apply toward a degree in Aviation Technical Management at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Cross has an Associate’s degree from Pierce College and will be attending Embry Riddle to earn a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
Tukwila Reporter, July 11, 2018

Bon Vino’s owner Roger Hazzard a home-grown chef

People who have discovered Bon Vino’s Bistro and Bakery as a different type of eatery in this community might be surprised the man who made it all happen was born right here. Owner and Cher Roger Hazzard was raised in Sunnyside and is a graduate of Sunnyside High School. He went through the culinary program at Yakima Valley College and has been in the food business ever since. After he finished schooling, Hazzard returned to Sunnyside and started catering for friends and family. This quickly developed into more than a hobby and, soon, Bon Vino’s was established at 122 N. 16th St., just off the main drag. It’s in its 11th year.
Daily Sun News, July 11, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Crushing student debt for $400, Alex?

Actor Michael Torpey, known for his role as corrections officer Thomas Humphrey in Orange Is the New Black, kicked off his brand-new game show with a personal story: “My wife and I struggled with student debt and could only pay it off because, true story, I booked an underpants commercial,” he said. But for the remaining 45 million Americans with student debt? “Sadly,” he said, “there just aren’t that many underpants commercials.” That's where Paid Off comes in. The TruTV game show invites three college graduates, all saddled with debt, to compete for the chance to have it wiped out. Torpey, the show's host and creator, leads the contestants through rounds of questions about things they should have learned in and outside the classroom. Each right answer earns cash toward their loans, and even when the last-place player is eliminated, he or she gets to keep what's earned.
Inside Higher Ed, July 12, 2018

Access woes persist for students of lesser means

While institutions have focused on enrolling more high school graduates and seeing them through to commencement, new federal data suggest that students from lower socioeconomic classes still have trouble with access to higher education. According to a report released Thursday by the Center for American Progress, major gaps still exist in enrollment between students from wealthy, well-educated families and their more impoverished peers.
Inside Higher Ed, July 12, 2018

The status of low-income students at selective colleges

A study published by the American Enterprise Institute Wednesday suggests that the proportion of low-income students at selective colleges is edging up, not decreasing, as some other recent studies have suggested. Instead, the paper argues, the group that has been most squeezed out of selective private and public colleges in the last decade has been those students in the middle socioeconomic quartiles. But the impression most readers of the study are likely to be left with is that students from the top quartile continue to dominate enrollments at the 200 most selective colleges and universities. 
Inside Higher Ed, July 12, 2018

State rankings on college opportunities

A new report by Joni Finney of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education offers state-by-state comparisons on postsecondary educational opportunity. States are evaluated on factors such as preparation of high school students, engagement with nontraditional college students, support for minority students and the fiscal heath of the state. Many of the states are found lacking. General analysis plus the state comparisons may be found here.
Inside Higher Ed, July 12, 2018

Parental support key to student success

Emotional support from family is essential to outcomes for low-income students, a new study shows. “Low-income families have a particular resource that they have plenty of and that they invest in their children, and that’s emotional support,” said Josipa Roksa, a professor of sociology and education at the University of Virginia and the lead author on the study. “We shouldn’t underestimate that value and the importance of that resource.”
Inside Higher Ed, July 11, 2018

Walking in a winter 'workerland'

Hendrix College’s president, Bill Tsutsui, was sitting with his senior leadership team one day, figuring out how to make use of the empty Arkansas campus during winter breaks — and a thought struck him: career preparation. It was perhaps quite a relevant idea given the heaps of criticism that liberal arts institutions such as Hendrix endure about whether they are teaching their graduates the necessary skills to land a job. Tsutsui’s career center staffers brainstormed a program of sorts years ago, it turns out, so in January the college rolled out the inaugural initiative for its sophomores, what it dubbed Career Term. It works like this: for a couple of days during winter break, the college brought back almost 50 of its second-year students and gave them workshops on base-level career-search skills — résumé writing and job interviewing, dressing professionally and finding an internship.
Inside Higher Ed, July 11, 2018

A college prices its online programs 60% less

Berklee College of Music’s online program, priced at just over a third of tuition for the Massachusetts institution’s face-to-face degree offerings, raised eyebrows when it got off the ground in 2013. Conventional wisdom that online programs require more resources to produce had taken hold, and pricing models that favor online students were few and far between. Five years later, Berklee remains an anomaly in higher ed, as most institutions continue to charge the same or more for online programs as for their face-to-face equivalents. Some arguments hinge on a philosophical belief that online education should be valued equivalently to face-to-face programs, while others emphasize the significant financial burden of designing and launching online courses from scratch.
Inside Higher Ed, July 11, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Report: States support free college in poor economies

A new report from the Century Foundation released today found that statewide free college programs received more political support during economic downturns, even when overall spending on higher education fell. According to the report, funding per full-time-equivalent student grew between 12 and 142 percent in six states studied from 2007 to 2013, during the Great Recession, while overall state funding per FTE student fell between 18 and 38 percent in each state.
Inside Higher Ed, July 12, 2018

Yet another way student debt keeps people from buying homes

In April 2017, the federally controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, after heeding calls to change how they assess potential borrowers who use income-driven repayment plans, changed their rules, allowing borrowers to use their actual monthly payments for student loans as opposed to an arbitrarily calculated payment. That meant borrowers enrolled in income-driven repayment plans would potentially have lower debt-to-income ratios, and could qualify for better mortgages. But those two companies are only part of the home-loan market. The Federal Housing Administration, a branch of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees FHA loans — government-backed loans intended for low-income borrowers — has not followed suit. (Critics of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac argue that their baselines of credit score and down payment are still prohibitive for many potential homebuyers, even if they were able to make monthly payments.) As a result, low-income borrowers in search of even the most modest home loans might be left wanting.
The Atlantic, July 11, 2018

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