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News Links | May 1, 2018

May 01, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Colleges are adding programs in a once-decimated industry — manufacturing

Businesses are seeking workers whose profile is different from that of decades past, when a high school diploma was more than enough. As robots take over much of the manual labor in factories, the new jobs being created tend to require computer and engineering skills and advanced training. That’s helped to fuel a boomlet of college investment in manufacturing programs. In November 2017, Washington state’s Shoreline Community College announced a new two-year degree in mechatronics — which prepares students to work with manufacturing systems.
Hechinger Report, April 30, 2018

EvCC joins the legal effort to protect DACA’s ‘Dreamers’

Everett Community College has joined dozens of other higher education organizations in supporting a legal challenge of President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program that allows young people who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children to remain in the country. ... More than 70 organizations with the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration have signed an amicus brief, also called a friend of the court brief, filed earlier this month as part of a case in the Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. The brief was filed by attorneys with the Washington, D.C., law firm Jenner & Block. Everett Community College signed the brief because it stays true to the school’s values of creating an environment “that upholds the basic human rights of all individuals,” EvCC President David Beyer said in a news release.
Everett Herald, April 30, 2018

Opinion: “Be uncomfortable”: Live from the AACC

The AACC is really two organizations. There’s the one on stage at the plenary sessions: self-assured, stately, sometimes a little stuffy. And then there’s the one in the smaller meeting rooms: critical, restless, sometimes a little snarky. The distance between the two is wider this year than I’ve ever seen it. ... If you’re serious about equity and diversity, sometimes you have to be willing, as Lisa Skari put it, to “be uncomfortable.”  So I went to a panel on the glass ceiling, women, and leadership, at which I was (for a while) the only man in a room of about sixty women. My mission was to listen and learn, even at the cost of feeling juuuust a little conspicuous. It was well worth it.  Elizabeth Pluhta, from South Seattle College, Kristen Jones, from North Seattle College, and Lisa Skari, currently of Highline College but soon to be the new president of Mt. Hood College, talked about their own career paths, and the help and hurdles they faced along the way.
Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2018

Active shooter drill on Grays Harbor College campus Saturday

More than 100 police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel participated in an active shooter drill at Grays Harbor College Saturday morning. The fictional scenario: A man tried to take his child out of the day care center on the western edge of campus and is refused permission to do so. He pulls out a gun and opens fire, then flees across the campus between the library and the Schermer Building, eventually entering the 200 Building near the HUB, leaving a trail of dead and wounded along his path.
The Daily World, April 30, 2018

Mason County conductor, choirs invited to perform at Carnegie Hall

Mason County performers will once again have the chance of a lifetime next year when they step on stage to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Local, award-winning conductor Matthew Blegen has been invited to perform as the featured conductor at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2019, and he’s bringing his adult and youth choirs, the Great Bend Chorale and Youth Chorale. ... In the past six years, Blegen has served as interim director of the Bremerton Symphony Association, adjunct professor at Olympic College, assistant conductor of the elite University of Washington Chorale and managing director of the Seattle-based vocal ensemble Choral Arts.
Kitsap Sun, April 30, 2018

State STEM scholarship expanding to encompass new skillsets

Since it was established seven years ago, the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship has helped thousands of students earn bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, math and health care. Now, thanks to bipartisan support in the Legislature, the $200 million public-private scholarship program is being expanded to help students gain specialized skills at community and technical colleges – skills such as nursing, welding and metal fabrication that are in high demand and don’t require four-year degrees. ... Jim Brady, the dean of computing, math and science at Spokane Falls Community College, said the expansion of the scholarship recognizes that four-year schools are not for everyone, and that “you don’t necessarily have to get a bachelor’s degree to get a good STEM job.” Brady, who began his own higher education at Spokane Community College, said he often tells students that two-year schools aren’t just a launch pad for more advanced degrees. 
The Spokesman-Review, April 29, 2018

EdCC Foundation awards bachelors degree scholarships

Edmonds Community College Foundation awarded scholarships to students in the school’s first bachelor’s degree program. Scholarship winner Dwanye Carpenter, along with Teresa Lin, MSW, manager of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Child, Youth, and Family Studies (BAS), spoke with Edmonds Community College Foundation board members about the program and the impact of receiving a scholarship.
My Edmonds News, April 29, 2018

CPTC program helped alum find communications career

In 1996, Steve Peterson interviewed with a small company when the founders came to meet with students in the Clover Park Technical College Convergence Technologies program. More than 20 years later, he is one of the longest-tenured employees at Continuant and has turned his technical training into a lifelong career.
The Suburban Times, April 29, 2018

In a first, Spokane Community College graduates deaf commercial truck driver

Justin Brooks has dreamed of the open road since he was a young child, riding along in the front seat of his grandfather’s truck on shipping routes. But it wasn’t until several years ago that Brooks was even eligible for a commercial driver’s license. The 37-year-old Spokane native has been totally deaf since birth, a disability that long disqualified him from following in his grandfather’s footsteps. This month, Brooks became the first deaf student to graduate from Spokane Community College’s commercial driving program, and he departed on Friday to Kansas City, Missouri, where he has secured a job with a major trucking company.
The Spokesman-Review, April 28, 2018

SPSCC Foundation partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters to present College Information Night

When Darla Krugs’s oldest son Trevor was beginning the process of applying for colleges, Darla felt completely overwhelmed. Navigating the complicated process was stressful for both her and her son. ... Fast forward a year later and Darla reached out to Anne Larsen, development director at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Foundation to see if there was a way to reach out to kids and families to show them what is possible and how to get there.
Thurston Talk, April 28, 2018

Could trade schools be making a comeback?

It’s a sunny afternoon, and inside the automotive tech building on the Clark College campus students are clustered around a Honda SUV. They’re trying to solve a problem with the power steering system. One thing you notice is a distinct lack of grease and grime. Instead most of the students are holding electronic devices or laptops as they diagnose the issue. ... recently visited Clark College to examine some of the many vocational and career programs offered by the college. The automotive technician course, for instance, takes two years and, through a partnership with Dick Hannah dealerships, its students are usually employed even before they finish the training. Some are getting paid before they even start school.
Clark County Today, April 27, 2018

Issaquah health care provider offers nursing assistant scholarships

Providence Marianwood in Issaquah has partnered with Renton Technical College (RTC) to offer scholarships for nursing assistants this spring. ... Providence will be providing 10 scholarships to students interested in becoming CNAs. RTC will supply the instructors who will teach onsite at Providence during the five-week course, which will allow students to become familiar with the equipment and facility. After completing the course, the CNAs will sign a one-year contract to work at Providence.
Issaquah Reporter, April 27, 2018

Centralia College trustee Joanne Schwartz named Trustee of the Year

The Washington Association of College Trustees (ACT) named Centralia College Trustee Joanne Schwartz the Trustee of the Year. She will receive the award at the ACT spring conference in Vancouver on May 10. “Joanne is a well-known and well-respected member of the local community,” said Board Chairman Jim Lowery in a press release. “Her sterling reputation reflects well on the college and helps to create important partnerships in the community. She is also outgoing, warm, and a delightful person. We are honored to have served with Joanne Schwartz as trustees of Centralia College.”
Centralia Chronicle, April 27, 2018

Big Bend student Jess Munter wins gold at Jiu-Jitsu World Championship

Big Bend Community College student Jess Munter brought home gold in the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship last weekend in Abu Dhabi. Munter took first place in the Para Jiu-Jitsu division, beating out Brazilian Quenia Victor. The win marks Munter’s second win on the world stage. She also brought home gold at the Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation’s World Para Jiu-Jitsu Championship last October. Munter said receiving her second gold medal was a surreal feeling.
iFiber One News, April 27, 2018

“If you can do something to … make it better, that’s what you do.”

When Margaret Carthum moved from the suburbs of Chicago to Westport in 1970, it was a difficult transition at first, particularly in terms of meeting people. Even with three kids, it took a while to get integrated, and it felt like the literal end of the world to her. ... Carthum, now 78, has been a paraeducator, special education teacher and principal in the Ocosta School District, along with some interim roles in Aberdeen. This current school year, after 15 years of retirement, she answered the call to serve as interim principal at Ocosta Junior-Senior High School. ... In 1973, with three young children at home, Carthum enrolled in Grays Harbor College and later went to Central Washington University to receive her bachelor’s degree in Special Education after spending three summers there.
The Daily World, April 27, 2018

Alt-right provocateur James Allsup makes WSU appearance, advocates for Identity Evropa

James Allsup, the controversial former president of the Washington State University College Republicans, again sparked protests on the Pullman campus this week when he appeared at a College Republican event as a member of the white supremacist group Identity Evropa. The self-stated goal of Identity Evropa “is to create a better world for people of European heritage – particularly in America,” according to the group’s website. In recent weeks, the group’s Twitter account has posted photos of its recruiting materials on the campuses of Eastern Washington University, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane Community College and WSU.
The Spokesman-Review, April 27, 2018

'Stand Against Racism' event at WVC draws a crowd

Many citizens took a stand against racism during a rally event on the Wenatchee Valley College campus Thursday. The college, in partnership with the YWCA, held an event called “Stand Against Racism” where students and community members could sign up to vote, gain information about local activist groups and listen to speakers from across the United States. Wenatchee Valley College Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Erin Tofte-Nordvik says the third annual event is in line with the college’s mission to raise awareness about racism and stand up for what it means.
iFiberOne News, April 26, 2018

‘For it is in giving that we receive’

A Bellevue woman celebrated her 20th birthday this week by making and delivering 20 fleece blankets to premature infants at Overlake Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. “I hope it will make them feel good, knowing this is from a person who has gone through what their child has, and seeing that, ‘Yes!’ their child can grow up to be healthy,” said Emma Hall in a press release. Hall, an avid guitar player who sings in two choirs, is currently studying music at Bellevue College. She was born at 26 weeks gestation after her mother, Elisabeth, suffered a placental abruption. Emma spent 60 days in Overlake’s NICU.
Bellevue Reporter, April 26, 2018

New CEO picked for Richland nuclear power plant. He'll be well paid

The Energy Northwest Executive Board has found the agency's new chief executive officer in the plant's ranks. Brad Sawatzke, chief operating officer and nuclear officer, has been filling in as temporary chief executive officer this spring. The executive board named Sawatzke the permanent CEO during its meeting in Pasco on Thursday. ... He also is on the Columbia Basin College Nuclear Technology advisory board.
Tri-City Herald, April 26, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Big cuts, big completion gains

The recession hit the University of Rhode Island hard. The public flagship quickly lost $26 million — or more than 30 percent of its state support, which remains smaller than it was a decade ago. Yet the painful budget cuts have had a silver lining at the university, where the need to be more efficient contributed to substantial improvements in student retention and graduation rates. “It forced us to double down,” said Dean Libutti, the university’s vice provost for enrollment management. Initially, the slashing hurt both student recruiting and retention, Libutti said. But these days more than half (52.3 percent) of URI’s undergraduates earn a degree within four years, an increase of roughly 14 percentage points since 2009. And those who don’t tend not to stick around much longer -- the average undergraduate at URI earns a degree in just under four years and two months, a statistic that even more selective public universities struggle to match.
Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2018

Decreasing defaults in Indiana

Community colleges faced with negative perceptions over loans and a growing number of borrowers defaulting are facing pressure to provide better financial literacy education to their students. For many community colleges, only a small minority of students borrow, however, a high rate is problematic to the borrowers and the college. Officials at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana revamped their approach to helping students understand the intricacies and consequences of taking out loans and have seen the system's three-year cohort default rates decrease to 18 percent. In 2014, the system had a 22 percent default rate, according to federal data.
Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2018

Are etextbooks affordable now?

New print textbooks can still cost students hundreds of dollars, but the cost of etextbooks is falling fast, according to data from etextbook distribution platforms VitalSource and RedShelf — both of which work with all major publishers. Since 2016, the average price of etextbooks on VitalSource has fallen by 31 percent, from $56.36 in 2016 to $38.65 in 2018. Some areas, such as mathematics, have seen more drastic change, said VitalSource. In 2016, the average math etextbook cost $79. Now it’s $39 — a decrease of almost 50 percent. RedShelf confirmed a similar price drop. In 2015, the average etextbook cost $53.11, the company said. Now it’s $39.24. Mike Hale, VitalSource vice president of education for North America, described the price change as “dramatic.” Since January 2016, prices have fallen every month, he said.
Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2018

New student visa data show overall declines

The total number of international students in the U.S. on F and M visas declined by 0.5 percent between March 2017 and March 2018, according to a new biannual report on student visa data compiled by the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program. The data include students who have already completed their degree programs and are now participating in a program called optional practical training, which allows them to work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduating while staying on their student visas.
Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2018

Why part-time success matters

A new report from EAB shows that part-time student success in community colleges is key to closing achievement gaps for minority students. The report, "Reframing the Question of Equity," was released today during the American Association of Community Colleges' national convention. The report highlights that, at community colleges, black and Hispanic students are more likely than white students to attend part-time, and by doing so, they are more likely to negatively affect their ability to graduate.
Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2018

These 2-year and 4-year college partnerships keep students from falling through the cracks

Four out of five students who come to Northern Virginia Community College are seeking degrees it doesn’t offer. That’s where its partner, George Mason University, steps in. The partnership makes it possible for students wanting a bachelor’s degree to save money by starting out at the community college, commonly called NOVA. The pairing was highlighted on Monday as one of the nation’s most successful transfer partnerships at the annual convention here of the American Association of Community Colleges. Such role models are in great demand at a time when so many transfer students — and the credits they’ve earned — are falling through the cracks.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 30, 2018

Opinion: Not a magic number

More than 61 percent of America’s 6.2 million community college students are pursuing their studies on a part-time basis, often for financial or personal reasons. But until this year, those students were left out of federal data reporting systems on college retention. For decades, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, maintained by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, only included students who enroll full-time and are entering college for the first time. ... Going from 12 credit hours, the requirement to be considered full-time, to 15 may not sound like that big of a challenge. For many students, it’s simply a matter of having the right class offered at the right time or being given a suggested set of “pathway” options. That is work we absolutely must do to help more students.
Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2018

The Gates Scholars

Why Bill and Melinda Gates put 20,000 students through college.
60 Minutes, April 29, 2018

The ugly truth of being a black professor in America

"Dear Nigger Professor." That was the beginning of a message that was sent to me. There is nothing to be cherished here, despite the salutation. Years ago, Malcolm X asked, "What does a white man call a black man with a Ph.D.?" He answered: "A nigger with a Ph.D." The message came in response to an op-ed I published in The New York Times in December 2015. I’d spent much of that year conducting a series of interviews with philosophers about race. I wanted to hold a disagreeable mirror up to white readers and ask that they take a long, hard look without fleeing. My article, "Dear White America," took the form of a letter asking readers to accept the truth of what it means to be white in a society created for white people. I asked them to tarry with the ways in which they perpetuate a racist society, the ways in which they are racist. In return, I asked for understanding and even love — love in the sense that James Baldwin used the term: "Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within." Instead, I received hundreds of emails, phone messages, and letters, an overwhelming number of which were filled with racist vitriol.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 29, 2018

Making the case for test optional

Each year, more colleges announce that they are ending requirements that applicants submit SAT and ACT scores — joining hundreds of others in the "test-optional" camp. Just this week, Augsburg University in Minnesota made such a shift. The university's announcement said that the policy had strong faculty support and was seen as likely to boost the diversity of the student body. High school grades in college preparatory courses are the key to good admissions decisions, said officials there, just as their peers have said at many other institutions. But even as more colleges drop the testing requirements, the College Board has insisted evidence backs its view that the best way to predict college success is to review both grades and test scores. Measuring Success: Testing, Grades and the Future of College Admissions, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in January, was a major salvo in the debate.
Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2018

What community college leaders think on enrollment, completion, presidential pipeline and more

Enrollment concerns and finances remain the biggest challenges community college presidents say they face. And those challenges have two-year college leaders not only concerned for their students and institutions but worried about the future of the community college presidency as the sector faces increasing pressures to improve work-force outcomes and completion, according to Inside Higher Ed's 2018 Survey of Community College Presidents.
Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2018

Guides to ‘being not-rich’ are springing up at elite colleges. Should administrators adopt them?

Numerous alumni filled the guide to "Being Not-Rich" at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with similar comments: I wish we had something like this when I was a student. Aarica Marsh, an alumna who graduated in 2016, didn’t know other low-income students, and didn’t think to call herself a first-generation college student. In short, it was a thing you didn’t talk about.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 26, 2018

Opinion: How we can help students survive in an age of anxiety

We are profoundly failing our students. They seem in many ways so accomplished, so engaged with the world, yet they are also extraordinarily anxious, depressed, and overwhelmed. I have thought a great deal about why this particular generation of young people seems burdened by the weight of worries and fears that were not absent from, but seemed to be felt less keenly by, previous generations. And I begin by reminding myself that a high-school junior today has lived her entire life in a post-9/11 world. She has lived, that is, in a world in which the most visible and powerful civic emotion seems to be fear: fear at airports, fear at stadiums, fear in schools, fear broadcast constantly across the bottom of our television screens or across the faces of our phones.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 26, 2018

‘We can eat, we can live’: How refugees are finding home on an American campus

Dozens of refugees have found shelter through Guilford College since 2015, when the liberal-arts college started Every Campus a Refuge. Founded by Diya Abdo, an associate professor of English, the program works with the city of Greensboro to provide newly arrived immigrants with places to live as they begin their assimilation into the American way of life. Diya, as everyone calls her, has also started a refugee-studies minor for Guilford students. The refuge idea has spread to six other colleges across the United States. Here is the story of one family’s experience at Guilford, and the students and alumni who helped them along the way.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 24, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

GAO: Colleges, consultants game rules to lower default rates

The chief accountability rule that to applies colleges and universities in the U.S. cuts off federal student aid money when institutions see a high proportion of students default on their loans in consecutive years. But a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday finds that colleges, with the help of consulting firms, are gaming the rules by steering student borrowers into options like forbearance — a status that allows students to postpone making loan payments on a temporary basis — even when they had better options. That makes institutions’ default rates appear lower than they would otherwise and protects their access to federal student aid, but it can be more costly in the long run for borrowers and the government.
Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2018

Editorial: Make DACA’s protections for Dreamers permanent now

Now might be a good time for President Trump to cut his losses and encourage Congress to pass legislation that would make protections for Dreamers law and put a stance behind himself and Republicans that can only cost them both in November. And he should do so foregoing any thought of wrapping permanent DACA protections around any of his border security and immigration proposals, specifically funding of his border wall. That ship sails farther out to sea with every court loss.
Everett Herald, April 26, 2018

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