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News Links | April 10, 2018

May 10, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

$649,480 to Bell. Tech helps low-income into technologies

Bellingham Technical College has been awarded a grant for $649,480 to support the new project that is called Building Inclusive Maker Communities for Engineering Technology Students. The funding source is the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM). The MakerCETS project will provide scholarships for three cohorts of 12 low-income, academically talented students over the course of five years, and it will focus on connecting these 36 students to their peers and regional engineering technology communities.
Lynden Tribune, May 9, 2018

Homeless and sexually abused before she turned 10, a woman finds 'home' in Tacoma choir

In her short life, 21-year-old Nathalie Bajinya has rarely — if ever — truly had a home. In Africa she was subjected to nearly unspeakable atrocities. Once she arrived in America, she felt isolated and alone. What has begun to change that, she says, is the Tacoma Refugee Choir. Through music and the community the choir has fostered, Bajinya finally feels like she has somewhere to belong. And she's not alone in this experience. ... Today, Bajinya lives in Steilacoom. She’s studying business at Tacoma Community College and recently turned her passion for sewing and designing clothes — which she learned in the Kenyan orphanage — into a brick-and-mortar business. There, a lone sewing machine sits near the entrance, and racks of beautiful, brightly colored dresses line the walls.
The News Tribune, May 9, 2018

Two finalists but no winner in SFCC’s presidential search; decision postponed a year

After a year of rapid leadership turnover, officials have passed over two candidates for president of Spokane Falls Community College and postponed the selection process by another year. ... In a decision announced Wednesday, Christine Johnson, chancellor of the Community Colleges of Spokane, turned down two people who had been vying to lead SFCC permanently: Darrell Cain, a vice chancellor at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, and Barbara Hanson, who most recently served as chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College. ... In a phone call Wednesday, Cain said he had no qualms about the selection process, which he described as fair and transparent. Cain had been looking for other jobs. On Monday, he was named the next president of Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington.
The Spokesman-Review, May 9, 2018

Clark College musicians honored at festival in Colorado

Nine musicians from the Clark College Jazz Ensemble received Special Citation for Outstanding Musicianship awards at the University of Northern Colorado/Greeley Jazz Festival held April 19-22. ... In addition to performing, the Clark College musicians had a chance to listen to performances, workshops and panel discussions from a variety of distinguished musicians, including the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Randy Brecker, Antonio Hart, Bob Sheppard and Aaron Diehl.
The Columbian, May 9, 2018

Mammals in space

(No, this isn’t a reference to the old Muppet sketch “Pigs in Space…”) Over the summer, Brookdale is bringing its Rutgers University partnership to Brookdale’s main campus. Experienced admins know what that means. Let the space jockeying begin! ... Faculty generally prefer to have offices near where they most commonly teach, and generally prefer to be with their own departments. Cascadia College in Washington state has done some interesting work with organizing faculty physically by different principles, so it can be done, but we’re still invested in the “department” model. As a longtime fan of Jane Jacobs, I see the appeal of mixing it up, but this just isn’t the time.
Inside Higher Ed, May 9, 2018

Governor pays first visit to Fort Worden

Gov. Jay Inslee toured Fort Worden at the end of April, his first visit to the park since taking office. While there, he saw firsthand examples of the success of the public-private partnership managing the property, and learned about future initiatives focused on historic preservation, energy efficiency and program development. The tour highlighted Makers Square, an arts, culture and education district proposed for the Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center; alternative energy projects under development to reduce the fort’s carbon emissions; and the collaborative partnership that led to Peninsula College’s new state-of-the-art education facility in the former military barracks, Building 202.
Port Townsend Leader, May 9, 2018

BTC teams with Building Industry Association to offer construction program

As construction ramps up in Whatcom County, Bellingham Technical College announces plans for a new construction certificate. In partnership with the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County, BTC will offer this new course option to keep up with the industry’s need for skilled workers.
KGMI, May 9, 2018

Pierce College Puyallup names its fifth president

Pierce College Chancellor and CEO Michele L. Johnson, Ph.D., announced on Mon., May 7 that Darrell L. Cain, Ph.D., will be the next president of Pierce College Puyallup. This ends a five-month search process conducted by a 14-member committee of faculty, classified staff, administrators, students and community members.
The Suburban Times, May 8, 2018

Spokane man who was homeless gets a second chance

When you’re trying to turn your life around, sometimes the most difficult part is asking for help. That’s why one man is sharing his story in hopes that his story can help others. Lonnie Boudreau works at Movher. ... He’s been saving up money in hopes of furthering his education. He’s also about to graduate from Spokane Falls Community College where he’s studying business. “I should be graduating with a 3.98 so I'm pretty proud of that,” he says.
KHQ, May 8, 2018

Manufacturing boom highlights need for more industrial college courses

The U.S. economy added about 52,000 manufacturing jobs in 2017, with 3.5 million jobs in the sector needing to be filled by 2025 — an example of a resurgence in more technical labor fields that is ratcheting up demand for colleges and universities to restructure their course offerings, according to a recent profile in the Hechinger Report. In response to this trend, Shoreline Community College in Washington, among others, has taken a proactive approach, announcing new programs in manufacturing system operations and manufacturing training facilities.
Education Dive, May 8, 2018

Charges filed against man accused of hiding gun before pulling CBC fire alarm

Franklin County prosecutors filed charges against the man police say showed up to the Columbia Basin College (CBC) campus while drunk and armed with a shotgun. before pulling a fire alarm. Student Danielle Littrell said close calls are something you see on the news in other places. Not Pasco. ... Today the Franklin County Prosecutors office filed charges against 18-year-old Jose Amezola for burglary and first-degree attempted assault after witnesses said he came to a trivia event in the CBC Hub, intoxicated and pulled a fire alarm.
KEPR TV, May 8, 2018

Q&A: Kyla Coleman, winner of ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and Washington state native

Olympia native Kyla Coleman took home the crown title of America’s Next Top Model on cycle 24 of the hit reality television show hosted by Tyra Banks. While Coleman is not the first winner of the show to hail from the Evergreen State (cycle 23's winner, India Gants, is from Seattle), her nonchalant yet confident demeanor combined with her insatiable passion for helping others certainly may make her the most charming. ... At Highline College in Des Moines, I heard many stories from friends who were immigrants and refugees and since then, I’ve always wanted to find a way to help them too. For one of my classes, I was a peer tutor for children with special needs, which was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. My awareness of my privilege started with my grandpa, who was born in 1928 in the south, who explained the bias he experienced as a person of color. 
Seattle Magazine, May 7, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Multiple math pathways and college completion

The traditional algebra-to-calculus mathematics pathway required by most colleges "doesn't reflect changes in the types of quantitative skills that students need in their lives and careers," according to a new report from WestEd, a nonprofit research organization. In addition, with most incoming community college students placing into remedial math courses that emphasize algebra, the report said this traditional pathway often is a barrier to graduation.
Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2018

A vice president, the N-word, a coffee shop and culture

Outrage has flowed freely over the story of Larry Moneta, the Duke University administrator whose distaste for a rap song featuring the N-word reportedly led to the firing of two baristas (one of whom is black) at a campus coffee shop. Experts in hip-hop culture (and the university’s critics) point to this as a contemporary example of racism, a white man who has publicly professed to cherish free expression — but only when he doesn’t find the speech offensive. Some have called for Moneta's firing. A university spokesman, Michael Schoenfeld, told Inside Higher Ed that Duke supports Moneta.
Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2018

Yale Police called on black student taking a nap

A white Yale University student called the campus police this week upon finding a black graduate student taking a nap in the student's dormitory common room. The police came and the black student needed to get her identification card to show that she belonged in the building. Napping in common areas of dormitories (not to mention libraries and elsewhere on campus) is hardly unusual at Yale or most colleges, especially at the end of a semester, when many students are feeling pressure to finish assignments. So the incident has become the latest in which minority individuals are subjected to the police for behavior that goes unnoticed when white people do it.
Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2018

Twitter chat: Rethinking the needs of today’s undergraduates

Millions of college students don’t necessarily fit the traditional undergraduate mold, attending part-time while juggling other financial or personal demands. “The idea of college as being this time away right after high school — it’s not true,” said Gail Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College in New York. ... What might those efforts look like, and will they catch on at other colleges? To answer those questions and more, the PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) will host a Twitter chat at 12 p.m. EDT Thursday with Dr. Davis Jenkins (@DavisJenkCCRC), senior research scholar at the Community College Research Center (@CommunityCCRC), and Ashley A. Smith (@AshASmithNews), reporter for Inside Higher Education (@insidehighered). Follow the conversation using #NewsHourChats.
PBS NewsHour, May 9, 2018

Why so many gifted yet struggling students are hidden in plain sight

Scott Barry Kaufman was placed in special education classes as a kid. He struggled with auditory information processing and with anxiety. But with the support of his mother, and some teachers who saw his creativity and intellectual curiosity, Kaufman ended up with degrees from Yale and Cambridge. Now he's a psychologist who cares passionately about a holistic approach to education, one that recognizes the capacity within each child. He recently edited a volume of experts writing about how to reach students like himself: Twice Exceptional: Supporting And Educating Bright And Creative Students With Learning Difficulties.
KUOW, May 9, 2018

Focusing on the finish line

A new analysis from Civitas Learning shows that many students are dropping out of their colleges despite having earned the majority of the credits they need for their degrees. Civitas found that on average nearly one in five students who leave college without a degree complete 75 percent or more of the credit threshold for a degree before leaving. And one in 10 dropouts has reached at least 90 percent of the credit threshold. The analysis is based on data from 30 two-year and 23 four-year universities that use Civitas student success tools and represent more than 300,000 degree-seeking students.
Inside Higher Ed, May 9, 2018

Why internet scholars are calling out Facebook for restricting access to its data

After news broke in March that a scholar had harvested data about millions of Facebook users and shared it with Cambridge Analytica, a political-consulting firm that advised the Trump campaign, the social-media company made some changes. Facebook announced plans to restrict outsiders’ access to user information. It also said that a select group of scholars would be granted unprecedented access to its data in a project that will be partly overseen by the Social Science Research Council. The scholars will not be able to publish that information, but they will learn what the company will and won’t share with outside researchers and, presumably, why. They will then serve as a filter, meting out the data to researchers whose projects will seek to answer one question: How have social media influenced democracy?
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 9, 2018

Defining what's 'good enough' on completion

As nonprofit colleges grab more of the online education market amid the ongoing collapse of the for-profit sector, they also may be drawing more scrutiny. Last month The New York Times and ProPublica came at the “behemoth” Liberty University with a critical look at student recruiting and outcomes for online programs at the nonprofit Christian institution. And more recently, a prominent education technology consultant published critiques of completion rates and faculty-student interaction at Rio Salado College, the nation’s only majority online two-year institution (for now), which is part of Arizona’s Maricopa Community College system.
Inside Higher Ed, May 9, 2018

System crash

Computer science students on a number of campuses complain that their departments can't meet demand. Their professors are also stressed. But experts say there is no clear fix for nationwide shortage of computer science faculty. ... The factors at play in the computer science faculty shortage are similar to those in other fields with lucrative job options outside academe — a supply and demand story, but on steroids.
Inside Higher Ed, May 9, 2018

GET: It's an easy way to get ahead of college tuition bills, by starting when your kids are young

As the director of the state’s prepaid tuition program, Betty Lochner has this advice: Start planning while your child is still young. Follow that advice and your child just might graduate college debt free. Washington is one of just four states offering “full-faith” prepaid tuition plans for higher education, meaning what you purchase now will be fully valid when your child starts college no matter how much tuition costs have gone up in the meantime.
Yakima Herald, May 7, 2018

WSU increases undergrad tuition rate again

Students and parents will be paying more to attend Washington State University this fall. The WSU Board of Regents increased in-state tuition for the 2018-19 school year during its board meeting Friday. The board increased the undergraduate rate by $190 to $9,720. That's a 2 percent increase. It's the second year in a row that Washington State University has increased its tuition for students pursuing a bachelor's degree.
Tri-City Herald, May 7, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump Administration shuts consumer agency's student loan arm

The interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a reorganization Wednesday that will eliminate the separate arm that focused on the interests of students and other young Americans. The Office of Students and Young Consumers had actively and aggressively policed the student loan industry and monitored credit card companies and other financial institutions that serve — or target — college students and other young people. The decision by Mick Mulvaney, a longtime critic of the consumer bureau whom President Trump appointed to lead it in December, fit a pattern in which Mulvaney — at the urging of corporate groups and lobbyists — has sought to curtail the agency's reach. Consumer groups and congressional Democrats blasted the move.
Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2018

Plans for performance funding for Calif.'s 2-year colleges

The chancellor's office for California's community college system on Tuesday released recommendations for a performance funding formula that Jerry Brown, the state's Democratic governor, proposed in January as part of his last budget plan. State funds for the 114-college system, which enrolls 2.1 million students, currently are based on enrollment levels. But Brown's proposal means California is likely to join 35 or so other states that link some portion of funding to performance metrics like student completion rates, with a growing number adding weight for colleges' performance with low-income and other underrepresented student groups.
Inside Higher Ed, May 9, 2018

White House spending cuts would hit AmeriCorps funding, preserve student aid

A $15 billion package of proposed spending cuts released by the White House Tuesday would leave student aid and campus-based research untouched. The proposed spending cuts, known as rescissions, would rescind $150 million in funds from the National Service Trust, which provides awards to eligible AmeriCorps volunteers. The Trump administration said those cuts would not affect the operations of the agency and that its current balance more than covers the amount needed for educational awards in fiscal year 2018.
Inside Higher Ed, May 9, 2018

Republicans are trying to force a vote on DACA despite leadership stonewalling

Republican members of the House in vulnerable districts began a vigorous effort Wednesday to defy GOP leaders to force a vote that could help keep Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in the country. The effort, which needs signatures of a majority of House members to force the vote in the chamber, would allow votes on four different versions of immigration legislation whether leadership wants it brought to the floor or not. The legislation that got a majority and highest number of votes would move forward for consideration by the Senate.
The News Tribune, May 9, 2018

Opinion: Shua Sanchez: Prosper Act would devastate graduate education and scientific advancement

A bill under serious consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives threatens the ability of college students to pursue a graduate education, and thus harms the future of scientific advancement in this country. Called the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, the bill would create more anxiety and limit opportunities for students by decreasing the quality and accessibility of student loans, which are vital in this era of high tuition costs.
The Spokesman-Review, May 8, 2018

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