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News Links | July 19, 2018

July 19, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Bellingham Technical College receives grants for STEM programs

Bellingham Technical College just unveiled a new $650,000 grant to strengthen their STEM programs. In 2019 Bellingham Technical College will be offering 12 students a free ride to study engineering and change their lives.
Q13 Fox, July 18, 2018

Number of degrees granted in Walla Walla County higher than the state

A new article from the Walla Walla Trends newsletter indicates that the total college degrees awarded per 1,000 residents are higher than Washington state’s average. Between Walla Walla University, Walla Walla Community College and Whitman College, the county ended the series for the 2015-2016 school year at 18.0 degrees of any level awarded in the county, compared to 10.7 in the state.
My Columbia Basin, July 17, 2018

Clark instructor receives tech grant

Clark College computer technology instructor Bruce Elgort received grants to add accessibility principles into his computer science curriculum. Elgort received $5,000 between national organizations Teach Access and the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology, and a matching $5,000 from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. He will use the money to expand teaching universal design principles — design meant to improve accessibility for people with disabilities — in his class. Elgort was one of 13 faculty members across the nation to receive the grant and the only community college instructor in the group.
The Columbian, July 17, 2018

Cascadia College names new vice president

Cascadia College is pleased to announce Kerry Levett, Ph.D., as the new vice president of student learning and success. “I’m honored to be joining the Cascadia College community,” said Kerry in a press release, who will start July 30. “This is an incredible opportunity to collaborate with faculty and staff in transforming our students’ lives through exceptional instruction and service, and I am excited to explore innovative partnerships on and beyond campus.”
Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, July 17, 2018

Bremerton Pilots Association helps youth get aviation careers off the ground

A ride in an aerobatic airplane at 8 years old was the start of Maia Quigg's path to growing up to be a pilot. "We would roll and stuff like that." said Quigg, now 17. "It was so fun and so ever since then I was like, 'I want to be a pilot.' " The first step toward becoming a commercial pilot, earning a private pilot certificate, entails a written exam covering subjects like weather, aerodynamics and navigation; logging at least 40 hours of flight time; and a practical flight test. The program administered by Avian Flight Center at Bremerton National Airport also normally costs about $7,200. ... Aidan Hurley, another scholarship recipient, said he wants to be a commercial pilot and earn his bachelor's degree at the University of Washington after his final year of Running Start at Olympic College.
Kitsap Sun, July 17, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Target's coupon fix for cash-strapped teachers

In a textbook feel-good business move, the retail giant Target is offering a coupon to teachers this week that gives them 15 percent off select school supplies through Saturday. The coupon is part of the store’s back-to-school promotions, and covers folders and binders, arts-and-crafts materials, and classroom-storage equipment, as well as basics such as disinfecting wipes and food-storage bags.
The Atlantic, July 19, 2018

A new 2-year college in Chicago

A new private two-year college will open its doors on the west side of Chicago this fall with the goal of preparing Latino students with limited English and no high school diploma for middle-income positions. Founded by the Instituto del Progreso Latino, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to helping Latino immigrants further their education, Instituto College will welcome its first class of about 24 students into a pilot nursing program. The college builds on the organization’s already existing “bridge” programs, such as Carreras en Salud (Careers in Health), which provides students with the necessary education to fill health-care positions including certified nursing assistant or registered nurse.
Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2018

Student debt gets the game-show treatment. Who wins?

Madeline Pilone was a contestant on Paid Off, on the cable channel TruTV, much-hyped as apparently the first game show to hand out prize money with the explicit purpose of paying down student debt. The existence of such a show is either odd or obvious, depending on whom you ask. Mark Kantrowitz is in the obvious camp. Kantrowitz, an expert on student-loan debt who says he served as a consultant to the show, calls student debt a part of the zeitgeist. Everybody has student-loan debt or knows someone with it. Roughly 44 million Americans have borrowed a cumulative sum of nearly $1.5 trillion to pay for their higher education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 18, 2018

Analysis of colleges on tuition assistance for service members

The Military Times released a list of the top 50 U.S. colleges and universities that allow the greatest numbers of service members to participate in tuition assistance. The analysis of 2017 data released Monday by the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security ranked for-profit American Public Education, which is the parent company of American Military University, as the top institution for providing tuition assistance to 45,765 active-duty students.
Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2018

Who lives in education deserts? More people than you think

For most college students, place matters. And closer is often better. In 2016, almost 40 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen reported that their colleges were less than 50 miles from their homes, a proportion that has held since the 1980s. Studying close to home, family, and community can be even more vital for the roughly one in four undergraduate students who are considered nontraditional — those who are older, have child-care duties, work full time, or attend college part time. But what happens when there’s no college nearby? That’s still the case in substantial pockets of the country. Areas where it’s difficult for placebound students to get to a college — commonly known as education deserts — have drawn more attention in recent years, but there’s still much to be learned about their breadth and their impact.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 17, 2018

Opinion: Why 20-somethings make terrific college counselors for low-income students

Every time I talk to Nicole Hurd, the founder and chief executive of the College Advising Corps, I learn something important about improving college access for low-income students. We shared some of those insights in this short video interview, but here’s my chance to let you in on what else I found interesting from our far-ranging conversation last week.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 17, 2018

Former Evergreen police chief says she faced ‘open hostility on an almost daily basis’

Another employee at the center of last year’s unrest at The Evergreen State College is in talks to settle a claim against the college, according to her lawyer. Stacy Brown was Evergreen’s police chief for the 2016-17 school year, when allegations of racism and intolerance on campus erupted into protests and pulled Evergreen into a national debate over free speech on college campuses. Brown, a target of student protests, left last August to become a Tumwater police officer. She filed a tort claim — a prerequisite to a lawsuit against a state agency — at the end of May, Brown alleging college administrators failed to protect her from gender-based discrimination and a hostile work environment.
The Olympian, July 17, 2018

UW study: Want highly trained teachers to work at high-poverty schools? Try offering them $10,000

Since 2007, the state of Washington has tried to persuade more teachers to work and stay at high-poverty schools by offering them a $10,000 bonus — if they complete a rigorous, national certification program. The bonus actually comes in two installments: $5,000 for any teacher who earns a certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and another $5,000 for teaching at a school that enrolls a significant number of low-income students. Compared to other states, Washington has the third highest count of nationally certified teachers — 10,135 as of January — suggesting the bonus may have led more educators to complete the one- to five-year training program. And according to new research from the University of Washington, the additional $5,000 bonus for certified teachers who work in high-poverty schools has improved recruitment and retention efforts at those hard-to-staff schools.
The Seattle Times, July 17, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

White House council on 'reskilling challenge'

A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers calls for an emphasis on the "reskilling" of adults in their prime working years, such as through apprenticeships or by opening up federal Pell Grants to shorter-term education programs. "The concentration of investment in skill development and education among workers with a bachelor’s degree and those under age 25 is a strong indication that America’s reskilling effort is not optimized to address future challenges," the report concluded.
Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2018

Democrats want IRS to clarify student debt relief won't be taxed

Washington Senator Patty Murray and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, both Democrats, asked the IRS and Treasury Department in a letter this week to clarify that student loan relief issued to former Corinthian Colleges students should not be taxed. The Department of Education has issued loan forgiveness to thousands of borrowers who attended the now defunct for-profit college chain. An additional settlement between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Aequitas Capital Management cleared the private student loan debt of former Corinthian students. But data from CFPB showed 47,000 Corinthian borrowers in tax year 2017 received 1099-C forms, which are required to report canceled debt as taxable income.
Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2018

How higher ed would fare in Congress's spending proposals

Student aid advocates who hoped to see a substantial boost to the Pell Grant will have to settle for a modest increase — if any — in a 2019 congressional spending package. A Senate education funding package that cleared the appropriations committee last month would add $100 to the maximum value of the need-based grant, not enough to even keep pace with inflation. And a spending proposal approved by House appropriators last week would keep the maximum grant flat. Lawmakers from both chambers will have to negotiate the final number for the grant in a final education package along with other differences in the bills.
Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2018

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