News Links | May 22, 2018
System News | Opinion
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Spokesman-Review, May 20, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Inside Higher Ed, May 21, 2018
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
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
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 21, 2018
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
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
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
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
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