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News Links | July 17, 2018

July 17, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

‘Incredible’ interest by the community led BTC to start this training program

People seeking a job in the cosmetic industry will have a chance to stay in town for training starting this fall. Bellingham Technical College announced in a news release that it plans to offer a cosmetology degree, with training to take place in a former private school space on 1411 Railroad Ave. It was once home to Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy before becoming the Beauty Institute-Schwarzkoph Professional school. The Beauty Institute abruptly shut down in the spring of 2017 after losing federal financial aid money.
The Bellingham Herald, July 17, 2018

New Edmonds CC president says he is invested in student success, partnerships

Edmonds Community College’s new president has a vision for the college: To make Edmonds CC the school of choice for the Puget Sound region. “It’s a broad vision,” said Dr. Amit Singh, Edmonds CC’s fifth president. He thinks the college and the region are uniquely positioned – geographically and economically – to serve the needs of students, the community, and local industry. Singh envisions forming long-term, transformative partnerships that will benefit both the college and its students, and the region, which is booming.
My Edmonds News, July 16, 2018

Local companies team with GHC to offer log truck driving course

Responding to an industry shortage of drivers, Grays Harbor College plans to launch a log truck driver program. About two years ago, several employers approached Nancy Estergard, Coordinator for Business Contract Training and Community Education, about the need for log truck drivers. The program started with a grant from Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council with a class of four students.
The Daily World, July 16, 2018

Opinion: COD partners with business community to support entrepreneurs

Community colleges have four specific mission areas: training, educating, economic development and workforce development. A main focus for all community colleges is being a partner with industry and business in developing a skilled workforce, both with traditional-age and midcareer transition students. A community college also should encourage innovation. If we can provide the expertise to help students succeed in a specific line of work, then we also can help people unleash their entrepreneurial spirit by leveraging resources that promote success, whether it is developing an idea or learning how to sustain and grow a new enterprise. ... We met with key officials at Everett Community College in Washington, which runs a successful small business accelerator, to determine what components we needed and what we already had that could provide a foundation for Innovation DuPage.
Chicago Daily Herald, July 15, 2018

New Spokane Community College simulation lab prepares nursing students

There’s a manikin at Spokane Community College that blinks, bleeds and births babies. It’s being used in a new simulation lab at the college, which helps nursing students prepare for real-life hospital scenarios. The newly renovated rooms that house the lab hosted its first students on Wednesday. Before the lab opened, Spokane Community College had to rent a simulation room from Washington State University, which cost about $20,000 a year, said Cheryl Osler, SCC’s associate dean of nursing. “We’re able to bring those funds back here,” she said.
The Spokesman-Review, July 13, 2018

EdCC Foundation awards record number of scholarships

The Edmonds Community College Foundation this year awarded a record number of scholarships — over 235 scholarships to students in amounts up to $4,500. Among the new awards this year were two scholarships for students in the College in Prisons program at the Monroe Correctional Complex. Part of the increase in scholarships this year was due to the generosity of foundation donors who gave more than $340,000 in May at the foundation’s annual gala and auction.
Everett Herald, July 13, 2018

Heat, heart and humility — Raiders Serve in Puerto Rico

Pulling weeds and patching roofs in 100-degree heat isn’t everyone’s idea of a vacation, even if it is in Puerto Rico. But then the idea behind Raiders Serve is building community, both in the host country and among the Pierce College students volunteering their time and talents. Now in its fourth year, Raiders Serve offers students a great way to help others in unique settings. “Our goal is to provide a cross-cultural immersion experience focused on service,” says Cameron Cox, Director of Student Life at the Fort Steilacoom campus, who oversees the program. Student Mary Banner wanted to help the people of Puerto Rico after last year’s hurricane. Then she spotted a flyer at Pierce College advertising the 2018 Raiders Serve trip to Puerto Rico.
The Suburban Times, July 13, 2018

Walla Walla Community College spotlight

Danielle Coila, Continuing Education Program Specialist, started at Walla Walla Community College in 2015. The most important thing I do is help the community by putting together classes that people need or want. People come to us with ideas for classes they’d like to teach, and we also have a list of classes people want and we’d like to offer, but don’t have anyone to teach. Still, almost anyone could look at our catalog and find something they want to learn about, or to try.  
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 13, 2018

On the move – Puget Sound’s warehouse, logistics and transportation industry is booming

Regionally, the warehouse, transportation and logistics field is expanding as companies create more distribution centers in places like Centralia and DuPont. ... Those who want to enter the field have a range of options. Tacoma Community College offers an Associate of Applied sciences degree in business with a focus on global logistics. The two-year program provides training in customer service, marketing and management while preparing students for jobs in warehousing, logistics and importing/exporting.
Tacoma Weekly, July 12, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Americans still believe in higher ed's 'public good'

Most political discussion of higher education these days focuses on the return on investment to individuals, rather than on the contributions that colleges and universities make to society broadly. So it wouldn't be surprising to find that many Americans don't put much stock in the "public good" arguments on which much government funding of higher education was premised. But a new survey finds that most Americans continue to support government funding of higher education and to recognize that colleges and universities play many roles beyond helping them (or their children) get a good job or other personal return on investment.
Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2018

Amid worsening financial picture, UW President Ana Mari Cauce returns $95K in deferred compensation

UW President Ana Mari Cauce could be one of the top 25 highest-paid public-university presidents in the nation today. But Cauce, who has been president of the UW since 2015, has struck an unusual arrangement with her employer: She returns all of her deferred compensation — $95,000 a year — back to the UW for programs and scholarships. With that chunk of money going back to the school, Cauce is instead the 39th-highest-paid public-university president in the nation, according to an annual survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her base pay now is $732,792 annually.
The Seattle Times, July 17, 2018

UW draws biggest freshman class in its history

The University of Washington will welcome the largest freshman class in the university’s history on two of its three campuses, driven in large part by a record-setting number of in-state and out-of-state students who applied last fall, and then accepted an offer of admission. That growth is running counter to a national trend. Across the country, the number of students pursing a bachelor’s degree has been on the decline in recent years, although most of Washington’s public colleges and universities have seen slight upticks in growth.
The Seattle Times, July 16, 2018

Free digital textbooks vs. purchased commercial textbooks

A large-scale study at the University of Georgia has found that college students provided with free course materials at the beginning of a class get significantly better academic results than those that do not. The Georgia study, published this week, compared the final grades of students enrolled in eight large undergraduate courses between 2010 and 2016. Each of these courses was taught by a professor who switched from a commercial textbook costing $100 or more to a free digital textbook, or open educational resource, at some point during that six-year period.
Inside Higher Ed, July 16, 2018

Bill Gates among billionaires fueling charter-school movement across U.S. and here in Washington

Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums. And his private foundation not only helped create the Washington State Charter Schools Association, but has at times contributed what amounts to an entire year’s worth of revenues for the 5-year-old charter advocacy group. All told, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $25 million to the charter group that is credited with keeping the charter schools open after the state struck down the law, and then lobbying legislators to revive the privately run, publicly funded schools. It’s an extreme example of how billionaires are influencing state education policy by giving money to state-level charter support organizations to sustain, defend and expand the charter schools movement across the country.
The Seattle Times, July 15, 2018

One-quarter of college students worry about completing

Roughly one-quarter of current college students think it will be difficult to finish their degree programs, according to the results of a new survey from Civitas Learning, a student success company, and the Center for Generational Kinetics, a research firm focused on young people.
Inside Higher Ed, July 13, 2018

As need soars, schools rally behind families in Vancouver, Wash. — and other cities take notice

Since 2002, Vancouver Public Schools has “stepped out of its lane” — as many educators here say — to help children living in the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods. Blending social services into more than half the district’s schools, coordinators like Shanna Baird connect students and their families with the basic goods and services they can’t afford: Backpacks full of food for the weekend. Rent vouchers to avoid an eviction. Free dental work on a toothache. These Family-Community Resource Centers appear to be making a difference, with attendance and graduation rates on the rise, especially among low-income and homeless youth. And while students living in poverty here still fall well behind their peers on state proficiency exams, their growth on district-level tests suggest the gaps could close soon.
The Seattle Times, July 13, 2018

Mixing and matching Cal State online courses — free

Many institutions allow residential students to dabble in online courses as they work through their schedule of face-to-face classes. The California State University System takes that offering one step further, presenting full-time students at all of the system’s 23 institutions with the option to enroll for free in one online course per semester at another Cal State institution.
Inside Higher Ed, July 13, 2018

How social studies can help young kids make sense of the world

One of the longtime goals of public education is to produce young people capable of participating in the democratic process. Experts say that requires regular and high-quality social studies lessons, starting in kindergarten, to teach kids to be critical thinkers and communicators who know how to take meaningful action. Yet, as teachers scramble to meet math and reading standards, social studies lessons have been pushed far back on the list of academic priorities, especially in the early grades.
KQED, July 11, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Senate confirms Trump nominee for career education

The Senate on Monday confirmed the nomination of Scott Stump, the White House pick for assistant secretary for career, technical and adult education. Stump is an executive at learning services firm Vivayic Inc. Previously, he worked for the Colorado Community College System, where he served as assistant provost of career and technical education. Career training groups praised the nomination of Stump when it was announced in May.
Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2018

Proposed fee increases for international students

The fees paid by international students — and the colleges that host them — to the U.S. government may increase soon. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is proposing to increase the mandatory Student and Exchange Visitor Information System fee paid by applicants for F and M student visas from $200 to $350. Fees for most categories of J exchange visas will increase from $180 to $220. The fee for institutions seeking initial certification from the government to enroll international students will increase from $1,700 to $3,000.
Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2018

Pentagon caps benefit transfers at 16 years

The Department of Defense announced Friday that service members who have been in the military for more than 16 years will no longer be able to transfer GI Bill benefits to their dependents, Military Times reports. Currently, military members who have served at least six years are eligible to transfer their benefits to a spouse or a child if they agree to serve at least four more years. Members who are unable to serve an additional four years, due to mandatory retirement, medical issues or high-year tenure, are no longer eligible for transfer. The Pentagon is changing the policy “to more closely align the transferability benefit with its purpose as a recruiting and retention incentive,” they said in a statement. The 16-year cap will be effective in one year.
Inside Higher Ed, July 16, 2018

Report on state spending and GOP tax policies

A new report by the American Federation of Teachers shows that 41 states spend less money per higher education student today than they did before the 2008 recession. The report, titled "A Decade of Neglect: Public Education Funding in the Aftermath of the Great Recession," details the effects of austerity measures taken in the last 10 years. "While state support has declined, the overall average cost of attending college has risen. Tuition costs for two-year colleges are up by an average 36 percent, and for four-year colleges, they are up by an average 40 percent, even after adjusting for inflation," the report says. The findings also show that the decrease in public spending on higher education has lead to an increase in enrollment at for-profit colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, July 16, 2018

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