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June 05, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

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Girls 12-16 can learn to build airplane parts at Paine Field

Ariana Sagali wasn’t on track to graduate high school last year. Now, she has more credits than she needs, and a career plan. That’s because the Marysville Getchell High School senior joined the Work Force Development Center at Paine Field in Everett, where she builds airplane parts. She earns a paycheck and credits. She hopes to keep working there after she graduates. Girls ages 12 to 16 are invited to visit the center this summer, and learn from women who work in the aerospace industry. ... Three days are spent at the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center, also at Paine Field, which is part of Edmonds Community College. Girls get a tour of the workshop and weld a keepsake.
Everett Herald, June 4, 2018

After Georgia-Pacific cut up to 300 employees, workers trying to find footing

The cavernous Georgia-Pacific paper mill, which churned with thousands of papermakers a generation ago, is now a ghost town, said Felicia Tillery; and former workers like her are in limbo. ... Going back to school could be an option. The U.S. Department of Labor is considering offering Trade Adjustment Assistance to former mill workers, which would help pay for college. But that has not yet been approved. [Norm] Lackey, 62, hopes to take classes at Clark College to pursue a career in emergency management. At Georgia-Pacific he spent his time as an industrial firefighter and a chemical recovery operator.
The Columbian, June 3, 2018

Homeless but not hopeless: Spokane high school students overcome the odds

For Amanda Harpole, the road to homelessness began four years ago with a choice no 13-year-old girl should have to make – stay in her drug-infested home in rural Montana, or flee to an uncertain future in Spokane. She chose Spokane. Life was that bad in Whitehall, a town of about a thousand people east of Butte. ... Like everything else in her life, Harpole will seize it with both hands. Then she’ll work toward the next goal: studies at Spokane Falls Community College. Come September, Harpole will be the first in her family to graduate from high school and enter college.
The Spokesman-Review, June 3, 2018

'We're all part of the same family': Locals march in 'Unity Walk'

Longview’s last “Diversity Walk” was five years ago, and it has been more than a decade since a Neo-Nazi church rally inspired a countermarch with about 600 locals showing support for inclusiveness. Lower Columbia College student Trevor Roberts figured now would be a good time to reboot the demonstration with a new name. About 50 people from diverse backgrounds gathered at LCC on a sunny Saturday morning for the community’s first “Unity Walk,” a demonstration meant to encourage solidarity among neighbors. The walk coincided with LCC’s 28th annual International Festival.
Longview Daily News, June 3, 2018

Local agencies work to attract tech firms to the Walla Walla Valley

Jim Edmunds thought he’d be recruiting employees from Seattle or the Bay Area when he expanded his software firm to Walla Walla two years ago. Instead he discovered a relatively hidden talent pool right here. ... The conversation comes as area colleges also explore technological innovation. Late last year, a financial contribution from the Port of Walla Walla helped Whitman College furnish its new Coding Space in its Technology Services building. The space is tailored to students working on projects around computer science, which in the recently completed academic year became Whitman’s 46th major. The spot — also open to students from Walla Walla University and Walla Walla Community College — is a potential launchpad for student startups in a communal workspace where they can collaborate.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, June 3, 2018

Bates: End-of-Year employee event recognizes first-ever Employee Hall of Fame winners and nominees

Employees at Bates Technical College gathered last week to celebrate the conclusion of the academic year, recognize employees who retired in 2017-2018, and applaud those who were chosen, and those who were nominated, for the college’s first-ever Hall of Fame award. Tacoma Rainiers mascot Rhubarb visited for the first part of the event, which also included a fun version of Family Feud, aimed at highlighting important items to know regarding accreditation and instruction.
The Suburban Times, June 2, 2018

Nursing student wins first scholarship in honor of Cascade Mall shooting victim

Although they never met, the lives of Shayla Martin, who died in the Cascade Mall shooting, and Skagit Valley College student Martha Cuevas will be forever intertwined. On Wednesday night, Cuevas became the first winner of the college’s Shayla K. Martin Memorial Scholarship, which was established in September by Martin’s daughter, Tanya Young. ... The $500 scholarship was not the only one Cuevas, a sophomore nursing student with dreams to attend the University of Washington, was awarded Wednesday. She was also awarded a $3,000 scholarship for students who are the first in their families to seek higher education.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 1, 2018

Can ‘Tennessee Promise’ of free tuition offer lessons for Seattle and Washington?

In 2015, Tennessee became the first state in the nation to promise a free community-college education to every high-school graduate. Through a program called Tennessee Promise, it didn’t matter how rich or poor, how high their GPAs were, or how low. Students only had to complete four simple paperwork steps, commit to going to school full time, and start classes the fall after they graduated. ... While Seattle and Tennessee may seem worlds apart, this southern state may offer lessons for the Pacific Northwest, where Mayor Jenny Durkan has proposed a similar program that would allow any Seattle student to go to the city’s three community colleges [North Seattle College, Seattle Central College and South Seattle College] tuition-free.
The Seattle Times, June 1, 2018

The road to helping people with disabilities

Two Highline College employees share how they got started in their careers. By Julie Pollard, associate director of ACHIEVE. It became my mission to promote inclusion, access and high expectations for people with disabilities. I knew this path included college. ... Today I am fortunate to be able to continue my quest through my work with ACHIEVE at Highline College, the first inclusive higher education certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities in the state of Washington.

By Jenni Sandler, director of Access Services and ACHIEVE at Highline College. When I started at Highline in 2001, I was charged with one singular mission by our then vice president for Academic Affairs: to expand Highline’s reach to include students with intellectual disabilities in campus programming and services. ... For all these reasons, community colleges truly are democracy’s colleges. This work truly feeds our souls. We feel so fortunate to work in a community college and blessed to be here at Highline.
Federal Way Mirror, June 1, 2018

Piano in the Park brings music to downtown Spokane

For all you music-lovers out there, a painted piano is available at Riverfront Park starting Friday, June 1. The 'Piano in the Park' was donated by Music City and weather-proofed by the Piano Technicians Guild. The design for the piano was created and painted by art students from Spokane Falls Community College.
KREM, June 1, 2018

‘Suspicious person’ on Clark College campus prompts lockdown

Clark College briefly went into an emergency lockdown Friday afternoon after a man called 911 to report that he was armed and had killed two police officers on campus, according to the Vancouver Police Department. The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Damian Daniel Rodriguez, was not armed, and no officers or civilians were injured, Vancouver police Cpl. Holly Musser said Friday evening. Rodriguez reportedly used someone’s cellphone on campus to make the call. He claimed he had two firearms and knives — though other witnesses did not report seeing any weapons — and threatened to kill responding officers. He said he had already killed two officers, Musser said.
The Columbian, June 1, 2018

WVC "Celebrating Our Heroes" Gala raises $85,738 for students

The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation’s “Celebrating Our Heroes” Gala raised nearly $86,000 in support of the veterans work study program, paid internships and the study abroad program. From ticket sales, silent auctions and paddle raise auctions, 238 attendees raised $85,738. The event, “Celebrating Our Heroes”, recognized those who have made a significant impact at the college.
iFiberOne News, June 1, 2018

Highline College selects Mosby as new president

John Mosby has been named the next president of Highline College. The college’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously on the selection during a special meeting Thursday. Mosby is serving as vice president for student services at Mission College in Santa Clara, Calif., part of the West Valley Mission Community College District. He begins his new job at Highline in July.
Kent Reporter, May 31, 2018

Governor tours Monroe prison program to help inmates succeed when released

Gov. Jay Inslee visited a building technology class at the Monroe Correctional Complex that prepares students to become apprentices in the construction trades when they get out. ... The program is part of a branch of Edmonds Community College inside the prison walls. There is no word yet on how many inmates find jobs after they leave. But the Governor says a new law preventing companies from asking about criminal status first thing on job applications will help give them a chance.
KIRO 7, May 31, 2018

Camera key as Keynin Battle gains momentum through Images program

Keynin Battle already has been attending college classes through Spokane Falls Community College and hopes to become a landscape photographer. Battle is a graduate of Images, which is part of the Transition Programs offered by Spokane Public Schools designed to provide vocational and personal skills training for student age 19-21 with intellectual disabilities. The community-based program is housed on the SFCC campus and allows students to take college classes.
Spokesman-Review, May 31, 2018

Transition programs offer post-graduation life skills

June is a special time of year for all graduates, and that includes the students graduating from Spokane Public Schools’ Secondary Transition Program for students with intellectual disabilities. The Transition program includes three separate programs that are designed to provide services to students age 19-21 who have intellectual disabilities. The goal is to help the student successfully transition into a more independent life and paid employment. The idea is to provide help with the transition from a school environment “so parents aren’t feeling like they tipped over a cliff,” said Special Education Department program director Angela Johnstone. “We’re partnering with students, the parent and the community.” ... The IMAGES program is on the Spokane Falls Community College campus and gives students a taste of college life, Johnstone said. Students take adult basic education classes that include time management and bookkeeping. Each student has an unpaid internship for a limited number of hours a week.
The Spokesman-Review, May 31, 2018

Clark College’s third bachelor’s degree to launch in fall

Clark College this fall will launch its bachelor’s degree of applied sciences in human services, a degree the college says will help students advance their careers in the behavioral health field. After receiving approval last week from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Clark College can begin recruiting for its first cohort of students. This becomes the third bachelor’s degree Clark College will offer.
The Columbian, May 31, 2018

Shoreline is first community college to offer #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship

Shoreline Community College, together with Temple University, leader of the widespread #YouAreWelcomeHere social media campaign to encourage international students to study in the United States, and seven other U.S. college and university partners, is launching a national scholarship program for incoming international students for fall 2019. ... This new scholarship will provide financial support for incoming international students who are committed to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message through intercultural exchange that bridges divides at their future campuses and beyond.
Shoreline Area News, May 27, 2018

#YouAreWelcomeHere scholarships

Nine U.S. colleges and universities have agreed to start a national scholarship program for international students in what organizers are billing as a next iteration of the #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign. ... Temple University is organizing the scholarship campaign, which the university said it is starting along with Concordia College, in Minnesota, Eastern Michigan University, James Madison University, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Purdue University Northwest, Seattle University, Shoreline Community College, and Western New England University.
Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Here’s how higher education dies

Maybe higher education has reached its peak. Not the Harvards and Yales of the world, but the institutions that make up the rest of the industry — the regional public schools who saw decades of growth and are now facing major budget cuts and the smaller, less-selective private colleges that have exorbitant sticker prices while the number of students enrolling in them declines. Higher ed is often described as a bubble — and much like the housing market in 2008, the thought goes, it will ultimately burst. But what if it’s less of a sudden pop and more of a long, slow slide, and we are already on the way down?
The Atlantic, June 5, 2018

Other Tennessee Promise facts to know as Seattle considers expanding free community college tuition

Earlier this week, we took a look at Tennessee Promise, a program that offers free community college to all students who graduate from Tennessee’s high school, and which shares many similarities to a proposed program for graduates of Seattle city schools. ... Here are a few other bits and pieces about Tennessee’s program that are worthy of note.
The Seattle Times, June 5, 2018

Why do colleges keep failing to prevent abuse?

When horrific, large-scale cases of sexual abuse emerged at Pennsylvania State University in 2011 and more recently at Michigan State University, higher education leaders expressed shock and vowed that such abuses would never happen again. Then last month, it happened again. The Los Angeles Times reported on a University of Southern California gynecologist accused of decades of “serial misconduct” at a student health clinic, accusations now being investigated by police. In each of the abuse cases, critics say key leaders failed to act on abuse reports until it was too late and dozens or even hundreds of victims came forward. How could the complaints fall through the cracks?
Inside Higher Ed, June 5, 2018

Report on confusion created in aid award letters

In a report today, New America and uAspire call for a new effort to standardize financial aid award letters to make them more transparent to college students and their families. Researchers from the organization examined more than 500 award letters from colleges and universities and found they were inconsistent and often didn't offer financial aid sufficient to cover the cost of attendance.
Inside Higher Ed, June 5, 2018

Opinion: Higher education in the postdegree dra

Perhaps if we paid more attention to Lewis Carroll and Grace Slick, and the similar messages that employers send regarding the centrality of demonstrable skills like clear thinking to the success of their organizations, we would know that chasing rabbits is doomed, a harbinger of reality distorted. We would also have a better answer to the Caterpillar’s simple yet deceptively difficult question: “Who are you?”
Inside Higher Ed, June 4, 2018

Community college students face greater financial struggles than four-year college students, study finds

Students who need money to go to college and don’t get it are less likely to finish a college degree, a new state study finds. No surprise there. But the unexpected finding: More of those students are in community or technical colleges than at four-year colleges and universities – even though the four-year schools charge double the price, and often more, for tuition. The report comes from the Educational Research and Data Center, an arm of the state’s Office of Financial Management, which did the research as part of a larger series of studies on how aid based on financial need affects a student’s likelihood of completing a degree or certificate.
The Seattle Times, June 1, 2018

U.S. economy extends its hiring spree, with a better than expected 223,000 new jobs in May

The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in May as U.S. companies continued their hiring spree, according to the Labor Department's monthly jobs report released Friday. The unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, the lowest since 2000.
The Washington Post, June 1, 2018

With Tennessee Promise, free tuition is only part of the formula for success

It took more than free tuition to make Tennessee’s free community-college program a success. Tennessee has also done a complete overhaul of its community colleges — pedestrian-sounding changes that include defining pathways that lead to degrees or careers, bumping up advising, allowing students to take both remedial and college-level courses at the same time, doing away with algebra as a requirement for nontechnical tracks and making it easy for students to schedule classes in blocks of time.
The Seattle Times, June 1, 2018

Opinion: Education is the beacon that lights our path forward in America

In our less than favorable environment, amid religious acrimony and talk of border walls and deportation, education remains the way toward understanding and change.
The Seattle Times, June 1, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Who should get in?

The next big battle over affirmative action may not be in college admissions. On Friday, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio proposed abolishing the system used to admit students to three public high schools in his city that are among the best in the country: Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Technical School and Stuyvesant High School. The three schools (and several others in New York City) currently base admissions entirely on scores on a standardized test. That system results in student bodies that are largely Asian-American and that have very few black and Latino students, even though the latter groups make up two-thirds of the city's population. The debate de Blasio set off may affect not only the high schools (which regularly send graduates to the best colleges in the country) but also larger questions over the role of testing and of diversity in education. De Blasio needs legislative approval for his plans — and politicians and educators are already lining up on both sides.
Inside Higher Ed, June 4, 2018

Court considers questions on loan forgiveness for defrauded students

After granting student borrowers a temporary victory last month against the Department of Education, a federal judge this week will consider larger questions about whether all Corinthian Colleges students misled by their former institution should get full relief of their student loan debt.
Inside Higher Ed, June 4, 2018

A shifting policy landscape

Attendees at the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference heard this week about the myriad of actual and planned regulatory and subregulatory changes that are in ways subtle and potentially substantial reshaping the landscape for international students and scholars in the U.S. Restrictions on travel imposed by the third iteration of President Trump’s travel ban, currently in effect, have received widespread attention. But NAFSA's public policy experts presented this week on all sorts of other changes they’ve been tracking, as well as planned changes outlined in the administration’s spring regulatory agenda, which was published May 9.
Inside Higher Ed, June 1, 2018

Bloomberg pledges $375 million in college- and workforce-readiness initiatives

Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced that his philanthropy will devote $375 million over the next five years to initiatives designed to better prepare students for work or college. At the New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum on Thursday, Bloomberg announced a variety of projects to improve K-12 education. The lion's share focused on college- and career-readiness. It's a "false choice," Bloomberg said, to argue that students need to be ready for work or four-year college. "The truth is, this is not an either/or situation," he said, according to a transcript of his remarks. "We need to do both: Put more focus on college and careers, so that students have a real choice," but also, help more low-income students attend "good colleges" so they can boost their chances of having good options.
Education Week, June 1, 2018

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