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News Links | May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

LCC leadership students assist in St. Helens Elementary classrooms

The life of an elementary school teacher can be stressful, so Lower Columbia College leadership students are giving them a helping hand. For the past three months, members of Associated Students of LCC have volunteered weekly in St. Helens Elementary classrooms. Student government president Clinton Howard, who started the program, said he chose St. Helens in Longview’s Highlands neighborhood due to it being “one of the most struggling elementary schools.” “They have really low funding, (and) the students typically come from more difficult upbringings,” Howard, 32, said. “I actually grew up most of my life two blocks away from that school, so it’s cool to be able to relate to those kids and give them a little bit of inspiration and hope.” The LCC students help St. Helens teachers in a variety of ways, from reading with kids to helping teach math to simply keeping them engaged.
Longview Daily News, May 22, 2018

Coastal Watershed Institute interns win mention for poster

Interns with the Coastal Watershed Institute/Peninsula College were awarded an honorable mention at the 2018 Salish Sea Ecosystem conference in Seattle for their poster that provided an overview of the Elwha nearshore after the changes created by the demolition of the river’s dams. “Elwha River restoration: evolution of habitats and nearshore ecosystems during large-scale dam removal project” — created by Breyanna Waldsmith, Rylee Phillips, David Harvey, Marissa Christopher, Tony Thompson and Seren Weber — won the award last month. The 30th anniversary of the conference, which regularly draws more than 1,000 attendees, had the theme Ecosystem Recovery in an International Transboundary System. That allowed the students’ work an international venue, said Anne Shaffer, director of the Coastal Watershed Institute.
Peninsula Daily News, May 22, 2018

Lakewood community college a finalist for $1 million prize for excellence

Eight years ago, the staff at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom began looking closely at how many of its students were finishing a degree or transferring, and they were shocked by how poorly students were doing. The college launched a major initiative to figure out where it was failing. And the work has paid off. Not only has the Lakewood college improved its graduation and transfer rate by 20 percentage points, it was named one of 10 finalists for a $1 million prize for community-college excellence called the Aspen Prize. Finalists were announced last week, although the prize won’t be awarded for another year. ... Washington colleges have placed in the top-10 Aspen Prize list before, and in 2013, Walla Walla Community College tied for first place with Santa Barbara City College in California.
The Seattle Times, May 21, 2018

Return to the River Salmon Festival showcases work to preserve Valley’s ecosystems

In the beginning of time, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla made a promise to the First Foods, such as salmon, to honor and celebrate their sacrifices. The Return to the River Salmon Festival, which took place Saturday at Walla Walla Community College, continues that tradition of celebration and emphasizes the work being done by other partners, such as the college’s Water & Environmental Center, to protect and restore local rivers and streams.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, May 21, 2018

Murray introduces new bill to combat child care cost

The academic school year is quickly coming to a close and many parents will be faced with the stress of finding affordable, accessible and quality child care. ... To address the issue, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03) introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act last September before Congress. The act would ensure that no family with less than 150 percent of state median income pays more than seven percent of their income on child care. ... As a former cooperative preschool teacher at Shoreline Community College, Murray said high-quality early childhood education is important to her.
Bellevue Reporter, May 21, 2018

A night of magic, mind reading, and comedy

Amber Christian enrolled in the Interior Design program at Clover Park Technical College because she wanted to have fun with art and prepare for professional career opportunities. “So far I’m having a lot of fun,” Christian said. But outside of the classroom, CPTC’s Associated Student Government also provides fun programs for students and their families.
The Suburban Times, May 21, 2018

Poet laureates headline Skagit River Poetry Festival

During downtime at the Skagit River Poetry Festival, Chauncey Gummere found himself writing poems in his truck. “I haven’t written poetry since 2011,” he said. Gummere, a Skagit Valley College student, discovered his love of writing in third grade when asked to write a poem about flowers. ... Gummere was assigned Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award finalist Ada Limon. He researched and critiqued her writing for two months before meeting her in person at the festival. Gummere and 100 other people watched Limon, three-time U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and Lambda Literary Award winner Ellen Bass speak during the conversation and reading event, “Resistance, Rebellion, Life.”
Skagit Valley Herald, May 20, 2018

Spokane sci-fi/fantasy writer wins publication, trip to LA and more

Jeremy TeGrotenhuis’s imagination has taken him to distant worlds and exotic planets, but recently that imagination earned him a trip a little closer to home, but still pretty exotic. He recently returned from Hollywood where he was honored at the 34th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards for Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests in Science Fiction and Fantasy. ... As a teen, he had some contest success in Columbia Basin College’s LitFest and that fanned his creative flame. He writes what he enjoys reading; sci-fi and fantasy.
The Spokesman-Review, May 20, 2018

Bremerton, Olympic College ponder pedestrian bridge over Warren Avenue

City leaders have teamed with Olympic College to pursue a pedestrian crossing over Warren Avenue, along with other possible enhancements to the campus’ border with the busy thoroughfare. Olympic College has grown across Warren, also known as Highway 303, to include two engineering programs east of the main Bremerton campus. More students are crossing a street that averages 40,000 vehicles a day, according to the state’s Department of Transportation.
Kitsap Sun, May 20, 2018

CPTC welcomes high schoolers for annual Career Conference

Clover Park Technical College welcomed more than 2,000 high school students to its Lakewood Campus for the college’s annual Career Conference on May 10. The event spanned the campus, with the college’s 44 programs opening the doors to their labs and classrooms and putting together interactive displays to offer attendees insight into the learning experience.
The Suburban Times, May 19, 2018

EvCC builds BRIDGES and raises $9,200 for program

Everett Community College’s BRIDGES Transition Center raised over $9,200 for a transitional studies student emergency fund at a dinner held April 7. BRIDGES stands for Building Readiness, Inspiring Dreams and Gaining Educational Success. The center offers free literacy tutoring, English communication, grammar and pronunciation workshops and assistance exploring careers in healthcare, teaching and advanced manufacturing. 
Everett Herald, May 19, 2018

Tribes receive college Partner of the Year Award

In recognition of work done in higher education, the Colville Tribes received the 2018 Partner of the Year Award from the Washington State Association of College Trustees, Thursday in Vancouver. “It is truly an honor for the Colville Tribes to be nominated by Wenatchee Valley College and unanimously selected by all of the community colleges throughout Washington State for the Partner of the Year Award,” said Colville Tribal Education and Employment Division Director Tammy James-Pino. “This award captures the true spirit of successful collaboration and sends a strong message of the value of engaging tribal communities in higher education and customizing content to fit the needs of our community, which seems to be an innovative approach for college institutions.” The Tribes were nominated for the award by the Wenatchee Valley College Board of Trustees.
Tribal Tribune, May 18, 2018

SPSCC inducts largest group ever to the Lifetime Circle of the President’s Club

On May 3, a group of people from our local community and beyond gathered together in celebration at South Puget Sound Community College’s Lacey Campus. Held in the TwinStar Community Foundation Event Center, it was a mixed group, old and young, business owners, students, and non-profit representatives. Many attendees did not know the others in the room, but they came together, all having one thing in common. They were there to celebrate and appreciate members of the SPSCC President’s Club and newly inducted members of the Lifetime Circle. The SPCC President’s Club is made up of individuals, families, businesses and non-profits that give $1,000 or more annually to the SPSCC Foundation. Lifetime Circle members are those that have given $25,000 or more over their lifetime of giving.
Thurston Talk, May 18, 2018

Olympic College may tap Barnes & Noble to operate bookstore

Administrators at Olympic College are considering turning management of the bookstore over to Barnes & Noble. Pending the outcome of negotiations, the change could be effective by fall quarter. College officials believe Barnes & Noble College— separate from but related to Barnes & Noble Inc. — can operate the store more efficiently and offer better prices to students, said President Marty Cavalluzzi. The company manages 782 campus bookstores nationwide, including 22 in Washington state.
Kitsap Sun, May 17, 2018

Interlocal arrangement is good business for City, Green River College

Green River College has provided small business assistance in Auburn for more than 10 years. But restrictions and requirements on the $40,000 federal Community Development Block grant that covered its costs in so doing proved tough for the college to meet. On Monday, the Auburn City Council expects to vote on an interlocal agreement that sets up a contract with GRC that will have the City tap a grant it received from the Port of Seattle for the recently-opened business incubator, to fund the college’s efforts to provide small business assistance services at the office in Auburn’s Sound Transit Station. Dana Hinman, administrative director for the City, said the contract is for $20,000.
Auburn Reporter, May 17, 2018

Repair what you wear series repurposes old materials to reduce waste

The average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing, shoes and textiles every year. It’s this fact that spurred the Repair What You Wear series, which teaches people how to repurpose old items. ... The Repair What You Wear Series offers free workshops every month where people can learn to repurpose old clothes and items. ... Sarah Moss, a student at Centralia College, also said she knows how to sew but has never made these projects.
Centralia Chronicle, May 17, 2018

ID-protecting advice in the spotlight as state attorney general visits South Seattle College

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson was in West Seattle today as part of an event presented at South Seattle College by a coalition led by the AARP. It was the first in a new series, “Taking Charge of Your Digital Identity,” with other events to be held around the state. AARP spokesperson Jason Erskine says consumer-fraud experts advise taking these “three key steps” to better protect your personal information.
West Seattle Blog, May 16, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Champion for low-income students gets a boost itself

For more than a decade, the College Advising Corps has steadily built a network of nearly 650 dedicated college counselors in high schools that serve large numbers of low-income and first-generation students in 14 states. In many of those schools, the ratio of students to college counselors is worse than the national average of 482:1, and the advising corps's troops are designed to ensure that students in the schools not only consider going to college but "are matched to and ultimately get through a place that get them a credential," says Nicole Hurd, the group's founder and chief executive officer.
Inside Higher Ed, May 21, 2018

Black students’ four-hour sit-in in 1968 led to big UW changes

Fifty years ago, when Emile Pitre joined dozens of other African-American students in a sit-in at University of Washington administrative offices, the 23-year-old graduate student didn’t know if he’d be arrested, kicked out of school or lose his fellowship. The sit-in was the first important act of the UW’s newly formed Black Student Union. And the 150-plus students knew they were taking a chance with a bold action that could go terribly wrong.
The Seattle Times, May 20, 2018

‘Higher education’ isn’t so popular, poll finds, but local colleges get lots of love

Democrats and Republicans both see a need for improvements in higher education. But they also really like their local colleges and universities. Those are two of the key findings from polling by New America, a research organization that on Monday released its second annual survey of views on higher education. The survey results, based on responses from 1,600 randomly selected adults, are largely similar to the findings of last year’s poll, which showed deep support for community colleges and the belief that a college degree leads to better job opportunities than a high-school diploma does.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 21, 2018

Republicans like higher ed

A pair of surveys last year from the Pew Research Center and Gallup showed deep skepticism about higher education among Republican respondents. While subsequent, less publicized surveys painted a more complex picture, many college leaders and academics remain worried about whether Republican scrutiny could lead to (more) budget cuts or policy crackdowns. New America is the latest on the scene with the release today of its second annual survey on Americans’ attitudes about higher education. The Washington, D.C.-based think tank tweaked several of the questions this time around. But both installments found that respondents largely believe it’s easier to be successful with a college degree than without one. And Republicans were generally positive about higher education and even their tax dollars going to support it, according to the new survey.
Inside Higher Ed, May 21, 2018

New questions on racial disparity and student debt

The proportion of the U.S. college-going population made up by nontraditional students — at least by some common markers — has dropped off in recent years as the economy has continued to improve. And among those pursuing graduate education, the share of black students accumulating significant student debt levels has shot up sharply, outpacing other student groups. Those are among the takeaways of researchers reviewing new federal data on postsecondary students with a particular focus on how they pay for their educations. The latest iteration of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), a nationally representative survey of postsecondary students, was released this week. The data from the survey, which is administered every four years, reflect the student population for the 2015-16 academic year. 
Inside Higher Ed, May 18, 2018

Report on apprenticeships and community colleges

A new report from the American Enterprise Institute explores how community colleges could contribute to expanding apprenticeship opportunities, by playing a "role that would contribute to resolving the current mismatch between what postsecondary institutions produce and what employers need."
Inside Higher Ed, May 18, 2018

Washington state’s new special education chief looks to improve low rates for graduation and attending college

During the 10 months that Glenna Gallo has been guiding special education in Washington, one of the things that’s surprised her most is the silence. As she travels the state, holding public meetings and talking with advocates, public comment periods often pass without a single speaker. No one shares their experience, or asks a question. Education Lab is a Seattle Times project that spotlights promising approaches to persistent challenges in public education. It is produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network and is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Yet Gallo knows there are overflowing concerns. Parents of students with disabilities file close to 100 due-process hearing requests annually, alleging inadequate instruction or inappropriate discipline. In 2017, only four of these complaints were resolved. Meanwhile, thousands of disabled students leave high school so underprepared that only 21.8 percent go on to college.
The Seattle Times, May 18, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Another setback for programs overseen by troubled accreditor

The biggest chain of for-profit colleges that is still overseen by an accreditation group axed by the Obama administration — and given a second chance by Betsy DeVos — failed this month in its initial bid to get recognition elsewhere. Virginia College, which operates campuses across 11 states, has already said it will appeal the decision from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. The ruling appears to raise the stakes for the Trump administration’s latest review of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, the chain’s current accreditor and a focal point in the fight over accountability in the for-profit sector. ACICS oversaw Corinthian Colleges, which collapsed in 2015, and ITT Tech, which closed its campuses in 2016. The Department of Education responded by withdrawing federal recognition from the organization in the final months of the Obama administration, setting off an exodus of colleges — most of them for-profits — that sought approval from other accreditors so they could maintain access to federal financial aid funds. 
Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2018

Making the case for Pell

With Congressional talks over next year's spending package having just begun, higher education groups are zeroing in on a stronger Pell Grant as a key demand for this funding cycle. But while student aid advocates want major new investments in the primary form of grant-based aid for low-income college students, they expect only modest gains to happen before an update to the Higher Education Act, the law overseeing federal financial aid. The groups are looking to build on successful efforts to raise the maximum value of the Pell Grant in the spending bill passed by Congress in March, which boosted the maximum grant award by 3 percent to $6,095.
Inside Higher Ed, May 18, 2018

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