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News Links | May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

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A community college helped him as a first-generation student. He's now the next president at Pierce College Puyallup

After a monthslong search, Pierce College Puyallup announced its new president last week. Darrell L. Cain, Ph.D., was selected to serve as the community college’s president. He’s expected to start by Aug. 1. “I’m anxious to arrive and am looking forward to engage with the community and connect with the students and staff,” Cain said. Cain, 48, currently works as the vice chancellor of community affairs at Ivy Technical Community College in Indianapolis, Indiana. Previously, he served as vice president for academic affairs at Eastfield College in Dallas and was dean for academic affairs at Atlanta Technical College.
The News Tribune, May 14, 2018

How does a $43-an-hour job in Whatcom sound? This could get you there.

With a shortage of qualified help in the Northwest's hottest industry, Whatcom builders have partnered with a local college to attract more construction workers. The Building Industry Association of Whatcom County has joined forces with Bellingham Technical College to offer a Construction Core Curriculum certificate this summer in an attempt to get more skilled workers into the industry. Along with learning some basic skills like materials handling, construction math and power tools, the certificate can fulfill a prerequisite to some advanced courses, including carpentry and BTC's Advanced Construction Technology certificate.
The Bellingham Herald, May 14, 2018

Regulations curb growth, Peninsula officials say

Area officials told state Democratic lawmakers and leaders that over-regulation is limiting growth and challenging cities across the North Olympic Peninsula. “From a challenge perspective, one of the most difficult things for us as a local government to serve those new businesses and community members is to deal with the new additional layers of regulation,” Nathan West, Port Angeles community and economic development director, told state leaders during a House Democrats “listening tour” at Peninsula College on Thursday. The event was attended by city, county, port and school officials from across the Peninsula who each told lawmakers and state officials of challenges they face in rural economic development.
Peninsula Daily News, May 14, 2018

As job openings abound, employers look to younger workers

With a wave of construction worker retirements looming, the Southwest Washington Contractors Association took its job-recruitment plans to the drawing board. It came back with a coloring book. The six-page book, to be handed out at the upcoming Dozer Day, tries to charm boys and girls who might someday put on a hard hat. It tells the story of a child who falls in love with the industry and, decades later, starts a construction company. “It’s just to create awareness that construction jobs can be fun and rewarding,” spokeswoman Andrea Smith said. Many industries in Clark County would like to create awareness about jobs right now, as unemployment levels stay consistently low and companies say they can’t keep up with demand. Many are turning to youth to fill their ranks. ... Erik Coppinger, an 18-year-old senior at Fort Vancouver High School, is in his second year in the aerospace program. Participating in the class has given him a taste of college-level aerodynamics courses and electrical work, he said. This fall he plans to attend Green River College in Auburn, which offers multiple aerospace and aviation programs.
The Columbian, May 13, 2018

Fifteen years of women in wine at Walla Walla Community College

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Walla Walla Community College’s Enology and Viticulture program, from which 280 students have graduated to date. Of those graduates, 77 are women. Elizabeth Bourcier was a member of the first graduating class, in 2003. Ari Nickolisen will be graduating this June and will head to Oregon State University’s Viticulture and Enology bachelor’s program. Sabrina Lueck has been working and teaching at WWCC since 2011. All are poised to be a force in the wine industry.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, May 13, 2018

Pierce College Dean Sachi Horback, Ph.D., honored with national award for development of Faculty of Color Mentorship program

Thanks in part to the cross-institutional Faculty of Color Mentorship program, community and technical colleges throughout Washington are making great strides in recruiting and retaining talented and diverse faculty members. Created by Pierce College Dean for Business and Social Sciences Sachi Horback, Ph.D., the program seeks to provide the support faculty of color need to thrive in the higher education environment. Horback was recently honored with the Bernice Joseph Award, a national award given annually by the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (the Alliance).
The Suburban Times, May 13, 2018

Spending your money on 'Graham State University' could pay off big

Tucked in the depths of the Legislature’s most recent supplemental budget — surely you’ve waded through all 449 pages of it, haven’t you? — are some appropriations that tell you a lot about trends in higher education in this state now, and what that means for the employers, employees and the economy of tomorrow. Here’s one item of particular interest locally. The Legislature appropriated $300,000 over two years for continuing study of a new community and technical college in the Graham area. ... Western Washington University in Bellingham, meanwhile, got several appropriations for setting up an early-childhood-education degree program at its Western on the Peninsulas campus in conjunction with Olympic College, and to study setting up a four-year-degree-granting campus on the Kitsap or Olympic peninsulas. ... Then there’s an allocation of $300,000 to Cascadia College and the University of Washington-Bothell to work with the local biomedical device cluster to figure out what workforce training programs businesses there will need to keep them there. ... There’s more like that in there — Peninsula College, for example, is getting money to expand enrollment in its medical assisting, nursing assistant and registered nursing programs — but there are some larger, broader points to be drawn from the specifics.
The News Tribune, May 12, 2018

El Sueño Americano — finding the American dream

Anyone can dream the American dream, but living it, and preparing children to live it, takes courage, planning and commitment. Based on a program pioneered by Arizona State University, Walla Walla Community College has launched its own with the goal to put the American dream within reach of local Latino students. The six-week American dream Academy is for Latino parents. It is taught entirely in Spanish and funded through a grant from Blue Mountain Community Foundation.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, May 11, 2018

Castle Rock High School librarian Kim Karnofski wins national award

When Castle Rock High School librarian Kim Karnofski once learned a student didn’t have heat in his family’s home, she went out and bought him a space heater as a Christmas present. Multiply such little acts of kindness over 30 years as an educator, and you know why Karnofski this week was one of five school aides from around the nation to be honored for encouraging student success and creating ideal learning environments. During a ceremony Wednesday in the Rayburn House Office Building, located just southwest of the Capitol Building, Karnofski received a RISE (Recognizing Inspirational School Employees) Award from the National Coalition of Classified Education Support Employee Unions. The union represents a million school support staff members across the country. ... Karnofski is a Castle Rock graduate, and she later earned her associates degree from Lower Columbia College. She always wanted to be an educator.
Longview Daily News, May 11, 2018

3 finalists named for Highline College presidency

Next week, three finalists will bid to become the next president of Highline College. Dr. Lisa Avery, Dr. Justin Guillory and Dr. John Mosby were selected by the Highline College Board of Trustees as the top candidates, following the recommendation of the presidential search subcommittee.
Kent Reporter, May 11, 2018

A modern woman: pioneering architect Audrey Van Horne

As a steadfast champion of straightforward simplicity — in architecture, and in life — Audrey Van Horne undoubtedly would appreciate it if we would just hurry up and get to the point already. Facts are facts. Complexity only clouds them. One point taken, and another unpretentiously submitted: Audrey Van Horne is a superstar. Over her beyond-impressive, beyond-50-year career, Van Horne metaphorically macheted substantial, lasting paths: as an architectural pioneer and mentor, as a business owner, as a civic leader, as a mother of five — all at the same time. ... In Seattle, there was not much downtime at all for a young architect nurturing a career, a bustling business and a growing family. Van Horne also lectured in the University of Washington’s Department of Architecture (and was featured in its 2011 documentary with Studio 216, “Modern Views: A Conversation on Northwest Modern Architecture”), and taught an Introduction to Construction course at Edmonds Community College, where homework was not required, but attendance absolutely was. But, then again: Why wouldn’t she do all that?
The Seattle Times, May 10, 2018

An award-winning Maine winery brings in most of its grapes from Washington

It can now be said that Washington wine country stretches from sea to shining sea. Aaron Peet, the winemaker for Cellardoor Winery in Lewiston, Maine, brings several tons of grapes from Washington’s Columbia Valley, supplementing grapes he gets from estate vineyards on the east coast of Maine near the town of Lincolnville, about halfway between Portland and Bar Harbor. Aaron and his wife, CC, started getting into wine — not an easy task in Maine, which has 12 wineries — after earning liberal arts degrees at the University of Maine (he in creative writing, she in history). Looking at their options, they decided to pack up and move to Washington to attend Walla Walla Community College, where Aaron earned a winemaking degree.
The Seattle Times, May 10, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

How Parent PLUS worsens the racial wealth gap

A federal loan program designed to help parents finance their children’s college education is seen by many as a tool for access, but it may be exacerbating racial inequality, New America argues in a new report. While white Americans who use the loan program, known as Parent PLUS, are primarily the middle- and upper-class families it was designed for, it is also heavily used by low-income African-American families with the least ability to repay, the report finds.
Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2018

The new stealth and not-so-stealth applicants: Transfers

The news last week that Princeton University had admitted its first transfer students since 1990 was something of a Rorschach test in the world of admissions. Some were thrilled to hear that one of the nation's most elite universities had ended its ban on transfer admissions. And the 13 students admitted illustrated why many colleges have long valued transfer programs for bringing all kinds of student experience and diversity into four-year campuses. Of those admitted (from the 1,429 who applied), eight identify as people of color, including biracial and multiracial students. Eight have served in or are still serving in the military. Eight studied at community colleges. And while there had been some speculation that Princeton would use the new transfer option to boost athletic teams, since sports-crazed alumni have long argued that Princeton should join other colleges in admitting athletes who've proven themselves elsewhere, none of those admitted are recruited athletes. But to others in the admissions world, the story was that an institution like Princeton had chosen to exclude transfer applicants for so long.
Inside Higher Ed, May 14, 2018

Embattled colleges focus on an obvious fix: Helping students graduate on time

Now higher-education institutions including the University of Washington, or UW, are working to help their students graduate on time. Partly they’re concerned about the students. But financial and political realities are also forcing colleges and universities to focus on this longstanding problem in new and aggressive ways. Students who stick around for more than four years, after all, use up dwindling state subsidies, financial aid and housing, and legislatures are increasingly tying public universities’ budgets to the proportion of their students who graduate on time.
KNKX, May 14, 2018

He earned $400,000 in scholarships and won admission to Harvard: A Highline district student shares his advice for college applications

As a first-generation college student who's been working since middle school, earning a full-ride to an Ivy League school is a great feeling for 18-year-old Abel Berhan. Here's how he did it.
The Seattle Times, May 14, 2018

Student-loan debt stresses out a new elementary school teacher

What Louise Green hoped would be a buoyant beginning for her teaching career was offset by an increasingly common worry – student debt. After working a couple of years as a substitute teacher, the 30-year-old Seattle native landed a full-time job last year as an elementary teacher with Seattle Public Schools. She takes home about $5,150 a month. Even if money were no object, Green would spend her time with kids. “I love discovering and exploring with children,” she said. But Green was also preoccupied with paying off $67,000 that she borrowed to earn a master’s degree in teaching at Antioch University Seattle. The loans paid for tuition, fees and living expenses. After paying between $600 and $700 a month on the debt, Green applied for the public service loan forgiveness program through the U.S. Department of Education.
The Seattle Times, May 12, 2018

Professor bans laptops, sees grades rise

This fall, all first-year students at Ohio State University will be handed an iPad Pro as part of an institutionwide initiative to incorporate Apple technology into students’ learning experience. But there’s at least one lecture hall where iPads may not be welcome. Trevon Logan, a professor of economics at Ohio State, posted on Twitter this week that he had banned all electronics from his courses, with positive results. “I thought I would get much more pushback on this from students, and I didn’t think student outcomes would be so significant,” Logan said in a Twitter thread. “Given these results, I’m very encouraged to continue with the policy.” Logan, who enacted the ban this semester, reported that student performance had improved significantly in midterms compared with previous years. “Results were significant — average scores were about half a standard deviation higher than previous offerings,” he said.
Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2018

Single moms in college spend 9 hours a day on housework

Every year around this time — when commencement season and Mother’s Day collide — moms across the country are praised for their grit and resolve. It’s a tough job for just about anyone. But for 2.1 million single mothers, according to the latest federal data, the normal difficulties are compounded by the stresses of going to college. For these moms, there may not be enough hours in the day to do all the tasks they have to do at home while still going to college. A new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a think tank and advocacy group for advancing women’s status, breaks down the data on the amount of time single mothers in college are spending on their obligations outside of the classroom compared with women students without children. The analysis, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey, is instructive — and eye-opening.
The Atlantic, May 11, 2018

Evergreen looks to cut $6 million from its budget, raise fees due to enrollment drop

The Evergreen State College will look to cut more than 10 percent from its operating budget for 2018-19 and raise student fees because of declining enrollment. In a memo to the college’s board of trustees, Evergreen President George Bridges wrote that cuts totaling $5.9 million are needed because of lower-than-expected tuition revenue. This will require “some” layoffs and eliminating “many positions that are currently vacant,” according to Bridges. “The work of reducing the operating budget is in a very dynamic state at this time. The number of staff and faculty positions and programs impacted by the proposed reductions will change as this work continues over the next few weeks,” according to the memo dated May 8. One way the college is looking to cut its operating budget is by moving expenses into non-operating budget accounts, including those funded by student fees.
The Olympian, May 11, 2018

When more info isn't better for students

When is a rich trove of course data too rich? Perhaps when it helps lower an undergraduate’s grade point average a quarter point? New findings by researchers at Stanford University suggest that academically competitive college students actually perform worse over all when they get access to digital course-planning platforms that show how previous students performed. In a paper being presented next month at the ACM Conference on Learning at Scalein London, the researchers say they’re not entirely sure what’s at work, but that the effects are noticeable: using the platform corresponded to an average drop of 0.16 units in overall GPA — enough to move a B-plus grade about half the distance to a B.
Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2018

Rapid growth in foreign-student work program

The number of international students taking advantage of a program that lets them stay in the U.S. and work after graduating increased dramatically between 2008 and 2016. A new report from the Pew Research Center found that the number of international students with degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields who participated in the optional practical training program grew by 400 percent after 2008, when the George W. Bush administration used executive rule making to extend the period for which STEM graduates could work from 12 months to 29 months. The Obama administration subsequently issued a rule extending that period by an additional seven months, so foreign graduates in STEM fields from American colleges can now work in the U.S. for up to three years after completing their programs while staying on their F-1 student visas.
Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2018

UW offers coding camp for people looking to shift careers

The University of Washington is getting into the coding boot-camp business with a 24-week evening program that starts July 30. Coding boot camps have been one of the fastest-growing career-training offerings in Seattle, most run by for-profit companies that promise a crash course in coding skills to prepare students for entry-level tech jobs. The UW program is being offered by the university’s Continuum College, formerly known as UW Educational Outreach, an arm of the university that provides professional training programs geared toward people already working full-time.
The Seattle Times, May 10, 2018

Entrepreneur 101: To nurture job growth, U.S. universities seed start-ups

A decade ago, Devin Jameson might have chosen to drop out of college and work on Eversound, a wireless headset start-up for senior communities. Instead, Jameson was able to combine his co-founded company with his academic coursework through Cornell University’s eLab program, an accelerator curriculum he completed in 2015. The eLab program runs for a full academic year. Students build out their businesses while participating in lectures, class work, mentorship and receiving a $5,000 investment. At the end of the program, students demo their businesses in front of a crowd of hundreds, including potential investors. ... As students increasingly pursue entrepreneurship, more universities are creating accelerator and incubator programs to support them. They are also nurturing job skills that will help the next generation of workers thrive in the gig economy, including flexibility, innovation and digital expertise.
Reuters, May 10, 2018

Grad students who teach, do research plan 1-day strike, but UW says it has no money

Graduate students who teach and do research at the University of Washington plan a one-day strike Tuesday to draw attention to wages they say aren’t keeping up with the escalating price of housing in Seattle. On Thursday, they took their case to the UW’s Board of Regents after a rally on Red Square and a noisy march through Suzzallo Library. The request comes amid growing concern about the university’s finances, which include a $75 million operating deficit last year at UW Medicine and a projected $42 million debt shortfall this year at the School of Dentistry.
The Seattle Times, May 10, 2018

Duke’s president apologizes for barista firings that followed administrator’s complaint

Duke University’s president, Vincent E. Price, apologized on Thursday for the recent firing of two baristas at a campus coffee shop, according to the student newspaper. In a written statement, Price noted “that we are not where we want to be as a university.” The baristas, Britni Brown and Kevin Simmons, were dismissed last week after a complaint by the vice president for student affairs, Larry Moneta. He said that when he visited the coffee shop, they were playing a profane rap song “loudly,” which was “inappropriate for a working environment that serves children, among others,” according to a statement he released. In an email message to the campus, Price said several racially charged incidents there had played a role in the “absence of respect for others.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 10, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Violate your student visa? You're not welcome here.

Proposed policy guidance published last week appears to make it easier for international students to accrue “unlawful presence” in the U.S., a change that could have implications for their ability to re-enter the U.S. in the future. Individuals who accrue more than 180 days of unlawful presence in a single stay before departing the U.S. can be barred from returning for a period of three to 10 years. The new policy memorandum, published by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and open for public comments through June 11, proposes to change the way international students and exchange visitors on F, J and M visas and their dependents would be found to have accrued unlawful presence, beginning Aug. 9. The agency said the policy is intended to crack down on visa overstays.
Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2018

'Unlawful presence' and international students

New policy guidance published last week appears to make it easier for international students to accrue “unlawful presence” in the U.S., a change that could have implications for their ability to re-enter the country in the future. Individuals who accrue more than 180 days of unlawful presence before they depart from the U.S. can be barred from re-entering the country for a period of three to 10 years.
Inside Higher Ed, May 14, 2018

Grad rates up with Tennessee Promise

The first class of students who participated in Tennessee Promise, the pioneering state program to offer free community college, are graduating at higher rates than those in the previous class did, The Tennessean reported. For those who started community college when the program began, 21.5 percent graduated within five years. That's seven percentage points higher than the prior class.
Inside Higher Ed, May 14, 2018

New approach to apprenticeships

President Trump last year issued an executive order calling for an expansion of apprenticeship opportunities while also increasing federal funding for such programs by roughly $100 million. The U.S. Department of Labor subsequently pulled together a 20-member task force of experts, including the secretaries of education, labor and commerce, to develop recommendations to make that expansion a reality. Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a senior White House adviser, was on the task force. Representing traditional higher education were Walter Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, and Mark Rosenberg, president of Florida International University and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. On Thursday the Labor Department issued the group's report to the White House. The document lays out a "roadmap for advancing apprenticeships, including through the development of a new and more flexible apprenticeship model, the industry-recognized apprenticeship," Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wrote in the document's preamble.
Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2018

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