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May 17, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Grant to help redesign teaching of some subjects at Peninsula College

Peninsula College was recently awarded $149,700 from College Spark Washington as part of an annual, competitive statewide community grants program. The grant supports a redesign of how the college teaches and supports college-level math and English, including approaches to pre-college math and English courses, said Bruce Hattendorf, dean for Arts and Sciences, in an email. ... Peninsula College received a previous Community Grant for $149,989 for the High Support Accelerated Learning Project and a $500,000 grant funded by College Spark Washington and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges for the Guided Pathways Project.
Peninsula Daily News, May 17, 2018

Annual EvCC student art exhibit is a reflection on progress

Everett Community College student Ryan Cade isn’t always confident in his photography. He’s at peace with that feeling, though. “One of the things I’ve learned is self-doubt as an artist is totally normal,” Cade said. “Just because I’m not totally confident in my work, doesn’t mean other people won’t see something they like.” The 19-year-old’s portrait abstraction “Miriam” is featured on the poster for the college’s annual student exhibition at Russell Day Gallery, which is displaying art by graduating students through June 6 in the Parks Student Union Building.
Everett Herald, May 17, 2018

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom a 2019 Aspen Prize Finalist

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood was named one of the 10 finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The bi-annual award is given to high-achieving community colleges from across the country. Colleges are awarded based on four criteria: student learning, certificate and degree completion for both 2-year and transfer students, post-graduation employment and earnings, and minority and low-income student access and success.
South Sound Business, May 16, 2018

Big Bend breaks ground for future Professional Technical Education Center

After years of waiting, Big Bend Community College broke ground Tuesday for its new Professional Technical Education Center. The new building, also known as the workforce education center, is being constructed next to the ATEC building. Big Bend officials were joined by RGU Architecture, Lydig Construction, the college’s Board of Trustees, Sen. Judy Warnick and Rep. Tom Dent and community members for a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.
iFiberOne News, May 16, 2018

Need a Lyft? Free ride service to transit centers coming to these areas

For some, transit centers are just out of reach. But starting this month, Lyft, a ride-hailing company, will provide free rides to transit centers and bus stops for those with limited access. Pierce Transit and Lyft partnered to create the Limited Access Connections pilot program with help from the Federal Transit Administration’s Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox grant program. The pilot program, called Limited Access Connections, allows agencies to experiment with new transportation options for the public. Pierce Transit was one of 11 public transportation providers chosen to participate nationwide and was awarded $205,000. ... Pierce College vice president of administrative services Choi Halladay estimates that there are anywhere from 200-250 students on the Puyallup campus in the evening, attending classes or events.
The News Tribune, May 16, 2018

Jobs in the energy sector continue to grow with WA state leading the way

On Wednesday, Washington senator Maria Cantwell revealed the results of a new report that found the energy sector employed 6.5 million Americans in 2017, up 133,000 jobs from the prior year. ... In 2016, Senator Cantwell hosted a roundtable at Pacific Northwest National Lab in Richland, Washington, with then Energy Secretary Moniz. The event marked the release of a study by Senator Cantwell that included information on the role that Centralia College’s Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy has played in developing an energy workforce throughout the state. 
KXLY, May 16, 2018

Human services students learn about trafficking

Human services students at Skagit Valley College received Monday a crash course in child sex trafficking and its presence in Skagit County. “We know it happens here, but we don’t know much about it or how we can help,” said Lucy Kesterson with the college’s Human Services Club. The conference, Human Trafficking in Skagit County, was hosted by students in the Human Services Club, in collaboration with other clubs. Kesterson said the group chose this topic because those studying to become human services professionals need to be equipped to help at-risk youths.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 15, 2018

Settling in as SCC president, Kevin Brockbank focuses on building region’s workforce

Kevin Brockbank already knows what it’s like to be president of Spokane Community College. He’s been doing it for the better part of a year, since his predecessor resigned in July 2017. Now Brockbank is committed to the job for the long run, having beat two other finalists who emerged from a nationwide search to lead one of the biggest two-year schools in the state. In an interview last week, Brockbank said he wants to highlight SCC’s role as a supplier of talented employees throughout the region, noting the school’s dozens of programs and its rural education centers in Colville, Inchelium, Ione, Newport and Republic.
The Spokesman-Review, May 15, 2018

Local librarian receives UW Distinguished Librarian Award

Leslie Hurst of the University of Washington Bothell Cascadia College Library received the 2018 UW Distinguished Librarian award. It’s the first time a librarian from the Bothell campus has won the award, which was established in 2008. The award recognizes excellence in librarianship, especially as it benefits the academic community through innovative approaches to practice, research, teaching and learning.
Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, May 15, 2018

Dorothy Gross, consummate Edmonds volunteer, is 2018 Citizen of the Year

The Edmonds Kiwanis Club announced Monday that it has named long-time Edmonds resident and 31-year Log Cabin volunteer Dorothy Gross as its 2018 citizen of the year. ... Along the way Dorothy became volunteer coordinator at the Log Cabin, and also donated her time and skills to teaching ESL classes at Edmonds Community College. And she signed on — along with her husband — to help the Edmonds Police Department’s Crime Prevention unit.
My Edmonds News, May 15, 2018

Follow-up: Where South Seattle College’s Pastry and Baking Arts program stands

A little over a month after students, faculty, and community members pleaded with the interim president of South Seattle College  not to kill the Pastry and Baking Arts program, Peter Lortz has made a decision. The college’s communications director Ty Swenson says Lortz “is not forwarding a recommendation of program closure until more is learned from conversations with industry and further discussion with faculty.” Those conversations, he explains, emerged from “connect(ing) with those who expressed a willingness to support the program … a plan emerged for Seattle Colleges to meet with baking industry representatives to discuss how the district (this includes South Seattle College, Seattle Central College and North Seattle College) can best meet industry needs and student demand.
West Seattle Blog, May 14, 2018

San Juan Island kids disconnect for a week of screen-free fun

On Wednesday, May 2, children and parents gathered at the Skagit Valley College in Friday Harbor to trade computer games for the real-life versions. “I’ve been going to museums and doing art and playing bingo,” said fourth-grader Susi De Bruyn. That’s how Susi said she’s been spending time since she agreed to take a week-long break from computers, smartphones and TVs as part of a national campaign to be screen-free. From April 30-May 6, that meant no online games for Susi — her typical after-school fun.
San Juan Journal, May 14, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Opinion: Financial ‘safety schools’ are hard to find

When applying to colleges, students are commonly told to include a “safety school” to ensure they are accepted to at least one institution. For low-income students, such as those who receive advising from college access programs like members of the National College Access Network, they also need a different type of a safety school: a financial one to which they are not only accepted but also are reasonably sure they can afford.
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2018

The invisible boot camp

The homepage of Trilogy Education Services' website prominently displays the phrase “Universities Trust Trilogy.” Trust is an important part of universities’ bargain with Trilogy. The company runs coding boot camps for the continuing education divisions of dozens of well-known institutions such as Rutgers University, the University of California, Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology and many more. But Trilogy doesn’t run boot camps under its own name. It uses the branding and reputation of its university partners to attract students, often with only a small “powered by Trilogy Education Services” listed at the bottom of web pages that advertise the boot camps.
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2018

Most common job in Seattle isn’t in retail anymore, and 4 out of 5 of these workers are men

There’s a new top job in town. Software developer is now the most common occupation in the Seattle area. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 60,000 employed in that field here. Retail salesperson, the former No. 1 job in Seattle (and still the most common job in the U.S.), fell by the wayside in 2016. Another remarkable thing about software developers in Seattle: Four out of five of them are men. That statistic may be striking, but it probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise. The gender gap in tech, and the reasons behind it, are well publicized and even controversial. Researchers have studied it, and the media has scrutinized it. But the gap is hardly unique to tech.
The Seattle Times, May 16, 2018

Michigan State will pay $500 million to settle with victims of Larry Nassar

Michigan State University will pay $500 million to settle with the victims of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse, the university announced on Wednesday in  a news release. Nassar, a former Michigan State professor of osteopathic medicine and team physician for USA Gymnastics, was convicted of sexually assaulting hundreds of young women and girls, and hundreds of lawsuits, representing 332 victims, were filed against the university. Michigan State will pay $425 million now and put $75 million in a trust fund for anyone who alleges in the future that Nassar sexually abused them, according to the release. The settlement applies only to Michigan State and “MSU individuals sued in the litigation,” the release states.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 16, 2018

Opinion: Overreacting to college student suicide?

The suicide of Elizabeth Shin at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000, and the lawsuit that followed, prompted colleges and universities to engage in vigorous suicide-prevention efforts. That tragic event occurred in a period of time when higher education began to experience a significant uptick in students seeking and needing mental health care and interventions. Although few students who need care are either suicidal or violent — and the combination is even more rare — the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 cemented the need for colleges to address suicidality and its impacts. Today, many colleges take comprehensive, science-based approaches to suicide prevention and integrate those efforts with larger campuswide risk-management efforts. Public cries for accountability, however, may be motivating colleges to overreact to the risks associated with student suicide.
Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2018

Controversial wolf researcher agrees to leave WSU

A controversial wolf researcher will accept a $300,000 settlement to leave Washington State University, the school said. Robert Wielgus, director of the Carnivore Conservation Lab, sued the Pullman school for infringement of his academic freedom. Wielgus angered ranchers with his research of wolf behavior. He concluded the state’s policy of killing wolves that preyed on cattle was likely to increase cattle predation because it destabilized the structure of wolf packs. Ranchers complained to the Washington State Legislature, which cut Wielgus’ funding and demanded he be removed as principal investigator on his ongoing work.
Associated Press, May 16, 2018

UW grad students hold one-day strike over pay and health coverage

The University of Washington’s graduate students who teach, tutor and do research went on a one-day strike Tuesday. The 4,500 students, known as academic student employees, are asking the university for a pay bump of at least 3 percent for 2018, increases of 6 percent in 2019 and 6 percent in 2020, and for student fees to be waived. They are also requesting health insurance that more fully covers transgender students, and improvements to mental-health coverage. The students, who are represented by UAW Local 4121, say that current salaries — which range between $23,000 and $35,000 — aren’t keeping up with the cost of living in Seattle.
The Seattle Times, May 15, 2018

New evidence adds to troubling picture for black borrowers of student loans

For years, experts have worried about the disproportionate level of student-loan debt borne by black students. Two new sources of evidence — federal data and a report on a controversial federal-student-loan program — add to an already disturbing picture. The federal data come from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, which provides the most robust picture of student borrowing, but has been released only every four years (it will come out every two years in the future). When the 2015-16 data were published, on Tuesday, Robert Kelchen, an assistant professor of education leadership, management, and policy at Seton Hall University, posted a quick analysis of graduate students’ debt by race on his blog. In 2000, the proportion of black graduate students with no debt was quite a bit lower than for their white, Asian, or Hispanic peers, he found. But that proportion dropped sharply over time. Just more than half of white graduate students had no debt in 2000, a share that dropped to about 40 percent by 2016. By comparison, at the start of the same period, 37 percent of black graduate students carried no debt; by the end, only 17 percent did.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2018

Bill Gates gives $44M to influence states’ education plans

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms. His nonprofit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape new state education plans required under the 2015 law, according to an Associated Press analysis of its grants. The spending paid for research aligned with Gates’ interests, led to friendly media coverage and had a role in helping write one state’s new education system framework.
The Seattle Times, May 15, 2018

The role of four-year degrees … at the community college

Community college bachelor’s degrees could be the answer. Today, 90 colleges across 17 states award a bachelor’s degree in at least one fields. Six other states allow their community colleges to confer bachelor’s degrees – but those colleges have not yet chosen to do so. The degrees are almost entirely career-focused, with most being bachelor of applied science (BAS) and some traditional bachelor of science (BS). They are often in distinct fields from degrees awarded at four-year institutions, although a growing number of colleges are awarding bachelor’s degrees in nursing and in education similar to these degree programs in four-year schools.
New America, May 14, 2018

Sports betting ruling could have consequences, especially for college athletes

The Supreme Court threw open the door to legalized sports betting on Monday. By a 6-3 vote, the court struck down a 1992 federal law that effectively prevented most states from legalizing sports betting. ... With every player in the sports world seeing dollar signs, there is one problem player — the amateur athlete. Amateur athletes are the most vulnerable to corruption because they are not paid, noted Michelle Minton of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. That's why the NCAA could throw "a wrench in the works," said John Wolohan, professor of Sports Law at Syracuse University. Professional players make too much to risk throwing a game, he said, but a kid on full athletic scholarship with no money in the bank is much more susceptible when someone approaches him and says, "Hey, you're playing Colgate tonight. You guys are favored by 20 points. Here's $5,000. Make sure it's under 20."
KNKX, May 14, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Career training groups encouraged by Trump pick for CTE job

Career and technical education groups said they are pleased to have one of their own nominated for assistant secretary for career, technical and adult education — the top job dealing with work-force issues at the Department of Education. The White House this week said it would nominate Scott Stump, an executive at learning services firm Vivayic Inc., for the job. Previously, Stump worked for more than a decade in the Colorado Community College System, where he served as assistant provost of career and technical education.
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2018

Buy one, get one tuition-free

Most scholarships and tuition-free community college programs either focus on covering the entirety of a student's two years in college or at least the first year. But with more two-year colleges shifting focus from student access to completion, there is growing interest in how to ensure that more students don't stop out after one year. Marion Technical College, located in Ohio, found a solution in an unusual place — Inside Higher Ed's "Confessions of a Community College Dean" column. That solution, offered by writer Matt Reed, proposed making the second year of college tuition-free, not the first.
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2018

A seat at the table

As part of its pitch for expanding apprenticeship opportunities, a White House-convened task force last week released a report that took several shots at colleges and universities. “The American higher education system is churning out a pool of in-debt job seekers who are not equipped to meet the skills needs of many employers in the modern American economy,” the report said. The strongly worded criticism was notable in part because the 20-member task force included two higher education representatives: Walter Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, and Mark B. Rosenberg, president of Florida International University and a board member for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2018

Free tuition policies don't guarantee access

Free tuition policies are rooted in strong philosophical and social traditions but do not necessarily lead to increased access or student success, according to a new paper in the journal Higher Education Policy titled “There Is No Such Thing as Free Higher Education: A Global Perspective on the (Many) Realities of Free Systems.” Ariane de Gayardon, a senior research associate at the Centre for Global Higher Education at University College London, looked at free tuition policies across a variety of countries. ... De Gayardon found that participation rates vary considerably across countries with free tuition systems, as do graduation rates. 
Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2018

Editorial: State ready to take on student loan watchdog role

Chalk one up for the state Legislature and its timing earlier this year when it established a student loan bill of rights. Mick Mulvaney, interim director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is continuing the ill-advised dismantling of the agency, last week announcing that the CFPB department tasked with enforcement and rule-making regarding student loans was being moved into the bureau’s office of financial education. ... State lawmakers likely weren’t anticipating Mulvaney’s actions; the legislation had been request by the Attorney General’s office and proposed even before undoing the CFPB was a glimmer in Mulvaney’s eye. But the timing is fortunate, all the same. The actions of the Legislature earlier this year to establish a student loan bill of rights provides many of the same protections that are being lost at the CFPB.
Everett Herald, May 15, 2018


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