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March 20, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

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LCC's Clinton Howard and Marinda Strine win academic honors

Lower Columbia College students Clinton Howard and Marinda Strine made the 2018 All-Washington Academic Team and will be honored in a March 22 ceremony at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, LCC officials announced Monday. The program, created by Phi Theta Kappa, recognizes and honors two-year college students for scholastic achievement and service to their communities and colleges.
Longview Daily News, March 20, 2018

High school at sea: Everett marine-biology school shines, but other districts aren’t on board

There’s no school in Washington quite like Everett’s Ocean Research College Academy, a Running Start high school organized around the study of marine biology that also gives college credit for every one of its classes. ... When these 110 juniors and seniors graduate from high school, most will receive an associate degree from Everett Community College along with their high-school diploma, and many will need just two more years at a college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree. They will have saved tens of thousands of dollars on college costs. And with a college transcript to prove they can handle academic rigor, almost all students get into competitive colleges.
The Seattle Times, March 19, 2018

Tacoma Community College has a new president

Tacoma Community College has chosen the vice president of a Georgia technical college as its newest president. The college’s board of trustees unanimously selected Ivan Harrell, the executive vice president of academic and student affairs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, as the school’s 11th president. The official appointment will be made Wednesday at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting.
The News Tribune, March 19, 2019

ORCA places third at Orca Bowl

A team from Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) for area high school teens finished third in the annual Orca Bowl, held Feb. 24 at the University of Washington College of the Environment and organized by Washington Sea Grant. Teens from the top three teams receive scholarship opportunities from the University of Washington.
Everett Herald, March 19, 2018

Addressing Washington’s skilled worker gap

With an aging workforce and new jobs appearing weekly across the state, one thing is clear: Washington needs to double down on preparing to fill close to 740,000 skilled job positions by 2021 or risk leaving them open – and allowing the need for the services they provide to go unmet. Key stakeholder recommendations include investing more in Career and Technical Education (CTE), informing students in middle and high school of skilled career opportunities in addition to the four-year college path and focusing on connecting high school students with postsecondary education. ... Presidents from schools such as Grays Harbor College and Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake are already taking great steps, he added, where the presidents of those institutions are coordinating locally with trade unions and employers.
The Lens, March 19, 2018

Two SPSCC students awarded at 22nd Annual All-Washington ceremony

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) will host the 22nd annual All-Washington Academic Team ceremony on Thursday, March 22, 2018.  The top students from each of Washington State’s 34 community and technical colleges will be honored in this annual recognition ceremony. The keynote will feature a message from Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman. SPSCC will honor two of its top students, Rashida B. Mohamed Ibrahim and Brendan Jewell, at the ceremony.
Thurston Talk, March 19, 2018

New president looks to build on Heritage’s efforts in Valley

An aptly named jubilee was one of the events that Heritage University hosted last week to inaugurate its new president, Andrew Sund, who has been on the job since July 1 of last year. Three days of festivities in Yakima, Pasco and at the school’s campus outside Toppenish welcomed the third president in the school’s 35-year history. Ceremonies started Wednesday with a prelude that marked the longtime relationship between the university and the Yakama Nation, on whose reservation the campus rests. Later Wednesday came a joint celebration with Columbia Basin College, where Heritage offers several programs, at CBC’s Pasco campus.
Yakima Herald, March 19, 2018

Walla Walla Community College's Try-A-Trade draws crowd

More than 60 individuals from the community visited Garrison Middle School on a recent Friday evening to learn about trade careers, said Walla Walla Community College Educational and Career Navigator Cristie Crawford in a release. WWCC Transitional Studies hosted its fourth “Try-A-Trade” event in cooperation with Workforce Education Services to increase awareness about professional/technical programs available at the college. Prospective students could experience hands-on activities with WWCC instructors and current students, Cristie said.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, March 18, 2018

CPTC hosts international student graduation ceremony

While Clover Park Technical College holds a full commencement ceremony in June each year, a group of about 30 students, staff, faculty and host families gathered at the South Hill Campus on Friday, March 9, to recognize the international student graduates who are completing their program this winter quarter.
The Suburban Times, March 18, 2018

When Bruce Lee was just an unknown, everyday guy

Before he was a martial arts icon, Bruce Lee was a poet, philosopher and fledgling instructor in Seattle. Now there’s an exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum that focuses on that time in his life. ... Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco and grew up in Hong Kong. But Seattle was where he grew into a young adult. He was 19 years old when he came here and took classes at Seattle Central College. He later transferred to University of Washington, where he studied philosophy and met his wife.
KUOW, March 16, 2018

The long-lost history of the Tacoma Speedway

Thousands of people drive along part of a once-grand racetrack used by some of the top race car drivers of their era – and don’t even know it. The Tacoma Speedway’s legacy is largely lost to history since nothing of the track remains. That is, except for the track’s route, which loops through what is now Lakewood’s commercial core. The Tacoma Speedway operated between 1912 and 1922 on a track that raced from the grandstands that is now Steilacoom Boulevard before then turning onto Gravelly Lake Drive, over to 112th Street and down Lakeview Avenue back to Steilacoom Boulevard. It rivaled the best tracks on the circuit because it offered the largest purses in hopes of drawing top racers to the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. ... The end of racing in Tacoma didn’t mean the end of the track, though. The infield of the oval track became the landing strip for the Mueller-Harkins Airport, which was then commandeered by the federal government during World War II as the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Naval Advance Base. The land is now Clover Park Technical College.
South Sound Talk, March 16, 2018

Generation Inspiration brings Intergenerational Cultural Exchange to Kitsap Regional Library

Generation Inspiration sounds a bit like a 1960’s Motown soul group. Though this five-member team isn’t laying down soulful ballads on vinyl, the team does have a lot of soul. ... Seeking ways to create positive social change, team members enrolled in Leadership Kitsap, a 10-month course designed to generate a diverse network of effective leaders educated in public policy issues and committed to public stewardship. ... “We are creating a Kitsap community program, not a Leadership Kitsap program,” said Allison Phayre, the fifth and final member of Generation Inspiration. Allison is responsible for institutional research, planning, and effectiveness at Olympic College, and considers this project a natural extension of her interests. “Kitsap County is a small community, and it’s a privilege to facilitate the Suquamish People sharing their tight-knit, unique culture.”
Kitsap Daily News, March 16, 2018

Metal art competition at Columbia Basin College

Today, students from high schools in the area tested their minds and their hands in a metal art competition at Columbia Basin College. The students came to the competition with a design in mind, but they did not know what materials they were going to get. The competition is aimed to test students skills in welding, cutting, and finishing metal, as well as test their leadership, teamwork, and critical thinking skills.
NBC Right Now, March 16, 2018

They dropped out of school. Now these Tri-City teens are trying to drive on Mars

A girl who planned to be a baker, now wants to be a nuclear engineer. A boy who wanted to go straight to working after getting a high school diploma, now has a passion for physics. A student brought to the U.S. as a kindergartner, now aspires to be a lawyer. They are commonplace stories at Columbia Basin College’s High School Academy, which takes students ages 16-20 who either dropped out or nearly quit high school, and gives them a second chance to get a diploma. Now they’re working on passions for engineering, physics and telemetry. The academy’s Mars Rover Challenge team has helped author many of those success stories, and the team is gearing up for its main event of the year.
Tri-City Herald, March 15, 2018

Veteran program paints the path to a future career

It takes three minutes for Dave Jones to make a believer of potential students for the Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program. Jones teaches the class at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and at South Seattle College. Jones recruits at the Service Member for Life Transition Assistance Program on Lewis Main every Monday as one of several recruiters of programs for transitioning military service members, spouses and veterans. The advantage of his program is 100 percent job placement for those who complete the one-month course, Jones said.
Northwest Guardian, March 15, 2018

Kirkland police investigate possible mass shooting threats at Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Kirkland police are investigating whether the thoughts one man had of doing a mass shooting at Lake Washington Institute of Technology are anything more than that. On March 10, the Kirkland Police Department received information that a 26-year-old man living in Everett had checked himself into a Snohomish County hospital for mental health assistance. The man reportedly informed hospital staff that he needed help because he was having thoughts of suicide as well as thoughts of doing a mass shooting at a mall or a school. The information indicated the male had recently been a student at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland and had specifically mentioned this school to hospital staff.
Kirkland Reporter, March 15, 2018

Olympia college students call for action on national walkout day

As all eyes were on high school campuses across the country during a national student walkout against gun violence, some college campuses were also taking a stand. “The time is now,” said Madelyn Olson, a student at Olympia’s South Puget Sound Community College. "I just worry this might happen again because nothing's being done about it." Olson attended North Thurston High School in 2015 when a student fired off two shots in the school's commons.
KING 5, March 15, 2018

They drew chalk outlines honoring shooting victims — 'We want this to be the last time'

Several hundred students stood up, left their classrooms and gathered in the rain on Western Washington University’s campus Wednesday morning as part of a nationwide demonstration about gun violence, one month after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida. ... Whatcom Community College had around 100 students and staff participate. Lynden High School had between 50 and 75 kids, and Blaine schools had a few students walk out. ... Bellingham Technical College also planned to hold walkouts.
Bellingham Herald, March 14, 2018

Green River College to launch educational opportunities in Covington

Green River College will offer free workshops and lectures, as well as a for-credit course, at the Covington Library this spring. The workshops and lectures are free and open to the public. No RSVP or library membership is required to attend. According to Sandra Davidson, Covington and Southeast King Country Program Manager at Green River College, the program aims to provide community members the resources needed to reach their goals, whether that is to get a promotion at work, finish a stalled degree or learn a new skill.
Maple Valley Reporter, March 13, 2018

“What is it that a student needs from us?...That’s where we’re changing the culture. We focus on what a student needs at that moment.”

By Cheryl Roberts, president of Shoreline Community College. institutional services. This personalized approach is bolstered by the private sector mantra of “the customer is always right,” even if administrators aren’t completely comfortable referring to students as such. Regardless of how community college students are labeled by leadership, a change in philosophy is needed for institutions to serve the academically unprepared and other underserved populations, say experts.
Community College Journal, February/March 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

‘I am first gen’

An Arizona community college wants to tackle poverty by helping its students and faculty members celebrate being the first in their families to attend college. ... Many first-generation students don't see themselves as belonging in college. At Arizona Western College, that doubt is one of the biggest barriers to getting students in and through the two-year institution. The college, which enrolls 8,000 students, has the highest proportion of first-generation students — 66 percent — in the state.
Inside Higher Ed, March 20, 2018

States faulted on help for high-ability, low-income students

State policies continue to fail high-ability, low-income students who could benefit from enrolling in top colleges, says a report being released today by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The report, “Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities, Second Edition” is an update to an earlier report from 2015 that looks at a range of policies in states, and found only minimal progress since then.
Inside Higher Ed, March 20, 2018

Opinion: Does online reinforce the color line?

Online education is an engine of racial inequality, argue Christopher Newfield and Cameron Sublett, and no good higher ed policy can be created ignoring that fact. ... Black and Latino basic-skills students should never be placed in online courses — not until researchers are given the time (and data) to explore and overcome the mechanisms underlying the racial disparities. And even though white and Asian students outperform the state averages, a face-to-face/online gap also exists for these student groups. Consequently, it seems reasonable that even they should use them sparingly.
Inside Higher Ed, March 20, 2018

Opinion: Forging new territory online

Eloy Ortiz Oakley says California’s online community college will be a better public alternative to for-profit colleges for the “stranded workers” traditional college systems struggle to serve. ... Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, it is said. So it behooves those of us in higher education to look and learn at some troublesome events involving for-profit colleges as Congress debates rolling back regulatory oversight, as proposed by the Trump administration. The second half of that history-lesson truism, however, is even more significant: Once we learn, what do we do about it? Fortunately, there is an affordable, accessible answer to that crucial question, being spearheaded by California’s public community college system.
Inside Higher Ed, March 20, 2018

Opinion: When core values collide

Pareena Lawrence explores how colleges can balance diversity and inclusion with free speech. ... What happens when those two core values come into conflict? This clash is different because it hits a raw nerve — one of identity, particularly those identities that are deeply embedded and not chosen, such as race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. If that clash was about any other core values, such as belittling one’s chosen position about climate change or economic policy, it wouldn’t feel personal. But belittling one’s identity? Now exclusion is at the forefront, and it becomes personal.
Inside Higher Ed, March 19, 2018

Opinion: Diversity in education should be a requirement

When Nelson Mandela stated in his speech, “Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world,” he spoke a most valuable truth for our time. Education is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted, especially in America, which has the potential to shape brilliant minds. But when those brilliant minds aren’t being properly taught, funded, or represented, how are they supposed to prepare themselves for the diverse future ahead?
The Olympian, March 16, 2018

How can colleges help their adult students?

Anne Clark Bartlett, dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington at Tacoma, reflects on her experience as a “nontraditional” student and shares some thoughts on how colleges can help those students succeed. The Chronicle’s Eric Kelderman caught up with her at the annual conference of the American Council on Education, in Washington, D.C.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 15, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Education Department sued over defrauded borrowers

Four plaintiffs who attended Corinthian Colleges programs are suing Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education in U.S. district court over a plan to award partial relief of student loan debt to borrowers defrauded or misled by their institutions. The department in December announced plans to award relief of approved borrower defense to repayment claims based on the earnings of graduates who pursued a particular program of study at career education programs.
Inside Higher Ed, March 20, 2018

Consumer lawyers want to end Education Department’s partial student debt relief plan

The Project on Predatory Student Lending at Harvard University, a legal services clinic, has asked a federal judge to stop Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Education Department from using earnings data to grant only partial student loan forgiveness to defrauded borrowers. The motion for an injunction filed over the weekend stems from the department’s decision in December to provide debt relief to former students of Corinthian Colleges by comparing the average earnings of students in similar vocational programs. That earnings information is collected under gainful employment, a regulation that penalizes career-training programs for producing too many graduates with more debt than they can repay. Project lawyers say the Education Department has no right to use the data, which is supplied by the Social Security Administration, for any purpose other than to evaluate vocational programs. And denying full relief to Corinthian students under the law is illegal, they argue.
The Washington Post, March 19, 2018

Run of retirements could mean lively election, new dynamic in Washington Legislature

Nearly a dozen retirements in the state House are adding intrigue to what’s expected to be a fierce November election to control the Washington Legislature. In recent weeks, three Democratic and seven Republican House members have announced their departures. Another GOP representative is expected to step down to run for state Senate. All told, more than one-tenth of the 98 House members will be leaving the chamber.
The Seattle Times, March 19, 2018

Will U.S. restrict visas for Chinese students?

Two major news organizations are reporting that the Trump administration is considering restrictions on visas for Chinese citizens, including students, as part of a forthcoming package of tariffs and investment restrictions against China. The Wall Street Journal and Politico have both reported that the administration is considering the visa restrictions as part of what the Journal described as a package of measures intended to punish China for allegedly violating American intellectual property laws and pressuring U.S. companies to transfer technology. According to the Journal, the White House is considering limiting the number of study and work visas for Chinese citizens and ending a program that allows frequent travelers to the U.S. to get visas that last 10 years. It’s unclear if the potential visa restrictions will become policy — Politico reported that some Trump administration officials are against them — and just how broad they would be. But it is clear that restrictions on visas for Chinese citizens could have negative effects on U.S. colleges and universities.
Inside Higher Ed, March 16, 2018

AGs oppose PROSPER Act over ban on state oversight of loan servicers

A bipartisan group of 30 attorneys general signed on to a letter Thursday opposing House legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act over a provision that would bar states from regulating student loan servicers. The letter comes after multiple state officials last week criticized Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over a pre-emption notice that declared the federal government holds exclusive authority to oversee loan servicing companies. A provision in the PROSPER Act, as House Republicans' HEA update is known, would made explicit in federal law the same principle. The attorneys general argued in their letter that state-led investigations have revealed abuses by both for-profit education companies and large servicers.
Inside Higher Ed, March 16, 2018

Gainful-employment negotiators fail to reach consensus

Negotiators appointed to revise the federal gainful-employment rule failed to reach consensus Thursday, leaving it up to the Department of Education to issue its own version of regulations for career education programs.
Inside Higher Ed, March 16, 2018

Education Dept. stops providing details on resolved Title IX cases

The U.S. Department of Education has stopped providing details on sexual-violence investigations resolved by its Office for Civil Rights, after changing its approach to public disclosure of that information some two months ago. To understand the shift, let’s wind back the clock to 2014. In May of that year, the department publicly identified the colleges that it was investigating over their handling of issues related to sexual violence. After that, it updated its list of investigations on a weekly basis, and provided the list to the news media upon request. ... That approach has shifted radically under President Trump’s secretary of education, Betsy DeVos.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 15, 2018

DeVos defies White House in dismantling Education budget office

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is moving to break apart her agency’s central budget office despite objections from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. DeVos last week removed the department’s top budget official and at least one other budget division director from their posts, reassigning the employees to jobs elsewhere in the agency. Top political appointees are also taking steps to make further reassignments of staff and functions in the budget office. The budget office has had a strained relationship with DeVos and political appointees ever since the department’s full budget request last year was published by The Washington Post, days before its official release. And the office had been blamed, incorrectly, for other leaks, several department staffers said.
Politico, March 14, 2018

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