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June 21, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

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South Seattle College celebrates 2018 graduating class

South Seattle College’s Class of 2018 graduates were honored at the Seattle Colleges “A Promising Future” Commencement Ceremony on June 19, 2018 at Safeco Field. Over 800 South graduates were celebrated, having earned a wide variety of degrees, certificates and diplomas to support their future endeavors. South Seattle College is part of the Seattle Colleges District which includes Seattle Central College, North Seattle College and the Seattle Vocational Institute. Students from all four institutions were joined by family, friends and Seattle Colleges faculty and staff for the celebration.
Westside Seattle, June 21, 2018

First ever Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan in Grays Harbor

According to a release from Grays Harbor Emergency Management, twenty local jurisdictions were included in the first ever Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan in Grays Harbor County history, this is the first Hazard Mitigation Plan for many of these jurisdictions, and it has been approved by FEMA. According to a release from Grays Harbor Emergency Management, twenty local jurisdictions were included in the plan are Grays Harbor County, the cities of Aberdeen, Ocean Shores, Westport, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis,, Montesano, McCleary, Oakville and Elma, Fire Districts 2, 5, 7, 8, 16 and the South Beach Regional Fire Authority, Grays Harbor Hospital District #2, the Port of Grays Harbor, Grays Harbor Transit and Grays Harbor College. For many of these jurisdictions, this is their first Hazard Mitigation Plan.
KXRO, June 21, 2018

Three Rivers Christian School and LCC announce partnership

Lower Columbia College (LCC) and Three Rivers Christian School (TRCS) have entered into a partnership to support each other’s programs for recruiting international students. Recently, Three Rivers Christian School applied to expand its ability to take longer-term students at the school, according to school superintendent, Erin Hart. The purpose of the collaboration is to provide additional diversity and worldview to TRCS students, as well as to provide additional revenue for TRCS operations.
Wahkiakum County Eagle, June 21, 2018

Dreamer, survivor ready to graduate from Clark College

Jonathan Dutson long dreamed of moving to the Pacific Northwest, where its lush greenery offered a respite from the scorching Arizona sun he grew up beneath. But Dutson was looking as much for a new home as he was looking for an escape. Dutson is one of 700 expected to walk in Clark College’s graduation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 17200 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. Dutson will graduate with a degree in machining technology, and is working at Howser Steel in Portland. But the journey here for the 32-year-old was long. Dutson suffered years of sexual abuse by a relative as a child. His abuser was never prosecuted, and Dutson said he felt shamed into not talking about what he was experiencing at home for years.
The Columbian, June 20, 2018

Grays Harbor College top scholars

Grays Harbor College will have more than 330 students graduating this Friday, the largest graduating class in the school’s history. The ceremony takes place at Stewart Field at 7 p.m. Because the venue was changed to accommodate more students, graduates will not need tickets for their families. Each year, Grays Harbor College recognizes students with the highest GPAs, here are those top 12 students, and a little about them.
The Daily World, June 20, 2018

BBCC HS21+ graduates celebrate success

Three local students fulfilled the requirements to earn their high school (HS21+) diploma through Big Bend Community College during the 2017-2018 academic year. Their accomplishments were celebrated at a special graduation ceremony Wednesday, June 13, on the main campus of Big Bend Community College. The first local students completed the program two years ago, and this year three more students — Stephanie Guin, Patricia Hix, and Dorothy Park — reached this significant milestone.
Grand Coulee Star, June 20, 2018

14,000 King County youths lack high school credentials

Here’s a number that may surprise you. Right now in King County, there are an estimated 14,000 young adults, ages 16 to 24, who didn’t graduate high school. In fact, Washington has one of the worst graduation rates in the country, below 80 percent, putting the state at number 41 out of 50. The United Way of King County is working to change Washington’s ranking through a program called Reconnecting Youth. It started in 2014, connecting 16 programs that help those who didn’t graduate finally get their GED or high school diploma. Career Link is one of those programs. Based on the South Seattle College campus, the program helps young adults get their diploma. ... In addition to Career Link, the United Way’s Reconnecting Youth program links other what they call “high school re-engagement” programs including: Auburn Opportunity Project, Bellevue College CEO, Eastside Reengagement Center at Friends of Youth, Federal Way Open Doors Program, Green River College, Highline Learning Centers, iGrad at Green River College and the Kent School District, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Learning Center North at Shoreline College, Learning Center Seattle at Seattle Vocational Institute, Renton Technical College, Southwest Youth & Family Services, YouthCare and YouthSource.
Q13 Fox, June 19, 2018

Ecology official to take over Fish and Wildlife agency

The Washington Fish and Wildlife soon will have a new director. The agency's governing commission appointed Kelly Susewind, the director of administrative services for the Washington Department of Ecology, to lead the fish and wildlife department with 1,800 employees and a two-year budget of $460 million. The commission voted unanimously Saturday to hire Susewind after interviewing seven candidates in May and narrowing the field to three finalists, who were interviewed for a second time last week. ... Susewind received a bachelor's degree in geological engineering from Washington State University and an associate degree in engineering from Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Wash. He grew up in the Grays Harbor area.
The Lewiston Tribune, June 19, 2018

Vet services coordinator is here to help

Cynthia Besaw left the Air Force after seven years of service with a broken back, shattered foot and two young children. When she first moved back to Whidbey Island and enrolled at Skagit Valley College, she was completely unaware of the services she now helps provide to veterans. ... Four years later, Besaw is the veterans services coordinator within the Island County human services department. Her work includes helping people fill out forms, assisting with Department of Veterans Affairs claims and providing emergency financial assistance to indigent veterans and their dependents.
Whidbey News-Times, June 19, 2018

Next: Center aims to help ‘opportunity youth’ in county

About 7,000 youths in Clark County between ages 16 and 24 are not in school or employed. Officials trying to help them call them “opportunity youth,” and it’s estimated that existing programs aimed to help only them reach about 700. ... Thanks to new grant funding and ongoing investment from the federal government, Workforce Southwest Washington is opening a new one-stop center for youth known as Next. ... On-site integration means that those organizations providing assistance to the community can get immediate feedback from those they serve and better ensure success. Partners include Clark College, Vancouver Housing Authority, Clark County Public Health and Clark County Food Bank.
The Columbian, June 18, 2018

Groundbreaking marks Shoreline Community College's transition to a residential campus

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Shoreline Community College held a groundbreaking ceremony for a long-anticipated campus dormitory. The campus, which draws students from all over the greater Seattle area as well as nearly 50 countries, currently has no on-campus housing, although there have been at least two other serious attempts.
Shoreline Area News, June 9, 2018

Shoreline Community College breaks ground on first dorm

Spectrum Development Solutions and Shoreline Community College broke ground last week on a 216-bed dormitory on the 83-acre campus at 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., a little north of The Highlands. Planning began back in 2012 for what will be the college's first dorm.
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, June 4, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Enrollment boost from summer Pell

For many college students, summer is a time to pursue internships, work full-time or otherwise take a break from classes. Not so this year for many students at Louisiana community colleges. The state’s system of two-year institutions has seen a 10 percent increase in enrollment over this time last summer and a 17 percent increase in credit hours pursued, said Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. He attributes that jump to the first full summer of year-round Pell Grants since Congress restored the aid last year. ... With summer sessions just beginning on college campuses, many institutions are seeing an uptick in enrollment attributed in part to year-round Pell Grants. Because it's still early in the summer and many institutions have yet to determine their final numbers, there are no good estimates of how much attendance has increased across the country. But updates from a selection of colleges provide anecdotal evidence at least that the policy change is having a real impact at the campus level.
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2018

No bottom yet in 2-year college enrollments

Community colleges are used to declining enrollments when the economy is strong and unemployment is low. But some researchers are warning colleges that future declines are only expected to get worse amid cuts in state funding and more pressure on institutions to produce measurable outcomes. "They absolutely need to be worried right now," said Christina Hubbard, director of strategic research at EAB, an educational research and technology services company. "We're in an OK spot until 2025 and then a cliff is going to happen. We're already struggling financially, and with the federal government pulling back so much funding from higher education, and when you add the changes happening in enrollment, we have a major problem coming very fast." (News elsewhere on Inside Higher Ed today about enrollment increases at some institutions due to the reinstatement of year-round Pell Grants is a modest counterweight to the larger trends described in this article.)
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2018

Employment and debt of 2008 college graduates

Four of every five students who earned bachelor's degrees in the teeth of the Great Recession were employed and/or still enrolled in postsecondary education four years later, a new federal study shows. The study, from the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics, examines how students who graduated college in 2007-08 and were tracked in the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study were faring in 2012. Sixty-nine percent were employed, 11 percent were employed and enrolled in some form of study, 6 percent were only enrolled, 7 percent were unemployed, and 8 percent were out of the labor force and not enrolled.
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2018

Think tank proposal would aim for no student borrowing

An ambitious college affordability plan released by the Center for American Progress Wednesday would aim to guarantee that no student has to borrow to pay for their education. Unlike other notable free college or debt-free college proposals, the plan, dubbed "Beyond Tuition," would impose quality standards on institutions to ensure they address disparate outcomes for students of color, low-income students and other nontraditional groups. And the CAP plan would provide up to $10,000 a year for costs not related to tuition and fees such as housing, food and transportation.
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2018

Online options give adults access, but outcomes lag

Does online education help cities and states increase postsecondary access and success for the undergraduate students who need it most? No hourlong presentation can reasonably purport to answer that question, and the kind of data that might present a clear yes or no verdict probably don't exist yet. But Richard Garrett, chief research officer at Eduventures, wove together an intriguing set of statistics and assertions at the group's annual summit, Higher Ed Remastered, here last week. Using federal data on online enrollments, prices and completions, as well as state-by-state data from the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, Garrett made the case that online education has helped to suppress the tuition prices adult students are paying, and that colleges that enroll many students online are significantly increasing access to higher education for adult students. But the data also show that students at those institutions graduate at sharply lower rates than do those at institutions where in-person and blended modes of learning dominate.
Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2018

Forecast shows increase in state revenues

An updated forecast shows Washington state is expected to see a net increase in revenues of nearly $300 million more than previously thought for the current two-year budget cycle. The state's Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its latest projections Tuesday. The forecast showed that collections actually increased by $536 million for the current biennium, but the net increase is $298 million due to various changes the Legislature made earlier this year, including a statewide property tax reduction. The current two-year budget that ends mid-2019 is now set to be $45.3 billion. The projections for the next two-year budget that ends in mid-2021 also increase by nearly $287 million, pushing the state budget up to $49.4 billion.
The Olympian, June 19, 2018

More middle-schoolers are earning high school credits

As high school credit expectations rise statewide, more and more Everett middle-schoolers are accumulating credits before freshman year. Middle-schoolers in the district have more opportunities to get a jump start on high school. Students who pass geometry, algebra, coordinated science, Spanish 1, English 1 or computer applications are eligible for credit. This comes after the Legislature voted in 2014 to increase the number of high school credits required to graduate from 20 to 24. That will affect this year’s freshman class.
Everett Herald, June 19, 2018

Rich kids land internships ‘through osmosis.’ Vulnerable students need more help planning a career.

Need more evidence of the growing importance of career-planning services for college students? Consider the high profile given to the topic at an event in D.C. last week by Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher organization. This was the fifth year the organization held its Beating the Odds Summit, a day of discussions and panel presentations designed to help minority, low-income, and first-generation college students hear from students just a little older than them on making the adjustment to the college environment. 
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 19, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Court tells Department of Ed to stop debt collections for defrauded borrowers

A federal district court this week ordered the Trump administration to halt collections on loans held by former Corinthian Colleges students while it sorts out the legality of a system to provide partial debt relief to borrowers who were defrauded or misled by their institution. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that partial relief plan in December, and several borrowers sued shortly thereafter to block the plan.
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2018

Trump administration to seek merger of Education, Labor departments

The Trump administration plans to advocate a merger of the Education and Labor departments as part of a sweeping government overhaul, according to two individuals familiar with the proposal who declined to be named because it’s not yet public. The new combined agency, if approved by Congress, would be part of a broader government reorganization plan that could be announced as soon as Thursday, POLITICO reported. Mick Mulvaney, director of the OMB, has been working on the reorganization plan since his confirmation more than a year ago.
Politico, June 20, 2018

Feds plan accreditation experimentation

The U.S. Department of Education is preparing to take a “deep dive” into accreditation, Diane Auer Jones, a special adviser to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, said Tuesday. Speaking at a University Professional and Continuing Education Association conference, Jones said that current regulations are hampering colleges’ efforts to offer non-degree-level credentials.
Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2018

College leaders and professors ramp up protest of Trump’s family-separation policy

Ana Mari Cauce, president of the University of Washington, knows that wrenching a child away from his or her family can do serious, long-term damage. She knows that, she says, from her training as a clinical pediatric psychologist. And that’s why she decided to use her position as the head of the state’s flagship university to condemn the separation of immigrant children from their families, a practice taking place at the U.S.-Mexico border under a policy set by President Trump. “This cruel and inhumane new standard policy of enforcement at our borders should be swiftly rescinded or legislatively corrected,” she wrote. She is part of a larger academic movement — most of them faculty members, but a few administrators — that has sprung up to condemn the president’s stance on the issue. (Trump and officials in his administration have variously defended the practice, denied that the policy exists, and blamed the controversy on Democrats.)
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 19, 2018

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