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News Links | November 6, 2018

November 06, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Aviation students in Everett train for high-demand, high-paying careers in aircraft mechanics

Careers in aviation continue to be hot right now. Boeing for example, projects hundreds of thousands of new pilots will be needed over the next 20 years. At the same time, there is an equal, if not greater need for mechanics to fix the planes of the future. We got an inside look at Everett Community College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Program to see how they’re preparing the aviation mechanics of the future. Students invest two years about learning all things airplane, from the engine to the airframe. “A plane can’t fly unless that technician signs off saying it’s safe to fly,” said Robert Prosch, Associate Dean of Aviation.
Q13 Fox, Nov. 5, 2018

Nazi symbol seen on Olympic College campus protected as free speech

The Olympic College security department on Oct. 10 fielded a report of an individual riding a motorcycle on campus who sported a Nazi SS bolt symbol on his helmet. The reporting party was unhappy to learn the emblem fell under the legal definition of free speech. College officials are "viewpoint neutral" in enforcing policies that allow for lawful public discourse on campus, said Cheryl Nuñez, vice president for equity and inclusion. That doesn't mean the college turns a blind eye to materials and activity that might signal a threat to the campus. Nuñez, school staff and student leaders have met over the past year-and-a-half to educate themselves about extremist groups. 
Kitsap Sun, Nov. 4, 2018

Patriot Prayer pro-gun rally at LCC peaceful despite tense moments

Patriot Prayer’s pro-gun rally at Lower Columbia College went over peacefully Friday morning, despite some tense verbal exchanges between the group, a single counter-demonstrator and several onlookers. LCC was one of the Vancouver-based protest group’s latest stops on its tour of Washington college campuses to oppose Initiative 1639, which would require enhanced background checks, waiting periods and increased age requirements for semiautomatic “assault” rifle ownership and secure gun storage for all firearms. 
The Daily News, Nov. 3, 2018

Inmates work toward a cleaner future with unique custodial class

Providing second chances – that’s how Martin Douthit sees his life mission. Douthit is an instructor at Renton Technical College, and his classroom is like no other at Renton Tech. It’s a jail. “This is the cleanest jail in American,” he said. That’s thanks to the inmates at the Regional Justice Center in Kent who are taking his custodial class. “He doesn’t treat us like we’re in jail,” said Patrick, an inmate, and student. “He treats us like we’re in college. Like we’re in Renton Tech.” That’s the idea.
K5 News, Nov. 2, 2018

Critics say it would cost too much and no one would come. CBC defends its $13 million culinary school

Columbia Basin College hopes to build a culinary program even its harshest critics will love. In coming months, the Tri-City community college will create an advisory committee and take other steps to win over skeptics who panned its proposed $13 million culinary school in a confidential feasibility study last summer. ... After meeting with industry leaders in October to hash out a vision for the proposed school, CBC President Rebekah Woods told the Herald she’s taking steps to ensure the school is needed, financially viable and a credit to the community.
Tri-City Herald, Nov. 2, 2018

Students enjoy pumpkins and activities at Fall Fest

An eclectic display of pumpkins and costumes welcomed students to the Clover Park Technical College Associated Student Government’s annual Fall Fest event on Wednesday. Nearly 350 students visited the event at CPTC’s McGavick Conference Center, many donning festive costumes to celebrate Halloween. Thirteen different clubs, organizations, departments, and committees on campus housed interactive booths for visitors. 
The Suburban Times, Nov. 2, 2018

LWTech hosts annual benefit breakfast to support students’ emergency funds

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), through the LWTech Foundation, hosted its annual Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast on Oct. 30 to raise critical funds for students. The fundraising event supports students with scholarships, program support and emergency funds. This year, the event raised an all-time high of $200,000. The LWTech Foundation met last year’s challenge for $25,000, and served 75 students through the Bridge the Gap Student Emergency Fund (SEF). 
Kirkland Reporter, Nov. 1, 2018

Centralia College’s Pre-K program receives $800K state grant for new building

This time next year, Centralia College’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program will move to a new location on campus, with room for more than 20 additional students. ... “Parents come here and they are bringing their child to preschool, but then they enroll in parent education classes so they are getting college credits,” Schneider said. “Sometimes they are going and attending college for themselves and it is the first time they ever thought it was possible.”
The Daily Chronicle, Nov. 1, 2018

EvCC Foundation lines up record-breaking $400K in awards

The Everett Community College Foundation awarded a record 248 student scholarships in 2018 so far, with an additional 36 to come. The Foundation will award almost $400,000 in scholarships this year, including 17 new scholarships from donors and grants. As the college has grown, the number of students seeking help to pay for their education has increased.
Everett Herald, Nov. 1, 2018

Altmayer elected to National Board of Community College Trustees

Highline College Trustee Dan Altmayer has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). A resident of Federal Way, he has served on Highline’s board of trustees since October 2008. Altmayer, who spent 25 years in the U.S. Army, plans to highlight the special needs of veteran students during his three-year term. “Veterans bring unique backgrounds and experiences that are woven into the fabric of our campuses,” he said.
Auburn Reporter, Oct. 31, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Momentum for prison education

... In recent years, a growing number of universities and community colleges have been seeking awareness of their prison education programs and calling for more funding to help inmates earn degrees. And those efforts appear to be working as bipartisan support emerges in Washington D.C. for such programs.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 6, 2018

Feds prod universities to address website accessibility complaints

Hundreds of colleges and universities across the country are currently under investigation by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights for failing to make their websites accessible to people with disabilities. Universities that receive federal financial aid are required by law to make reasonable accommodations to ensure their web content is accessible to everyone, including, but not limited to, people who are blind, deaf or have limited mobility.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 6, 2018

Confronting 'it's ok to be white' posters

“It’s OK to Be White” is the message that has periodically appeared on campus posters over the past two years, typically placed by people or organizations who haven't taken credit for doing so, and who are believed to be from off-campus groups. Pro-white propaganda of various types has been appearing on campuses in increasing frequency in the last two years. But the last week has seen a surge in such postings.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 5, 2018

School stats: How well are Washington students prepared for the jobs of the future?

By 2021, 740,000 jobs are expected to open in Washington state. For the most part, employers will likely staff these positions with workers who have completed some formal education beyond high school. But that could cause a disconnect in the Evergreen State, where only 40 percent of high-school graduates ever go on to earn a college degree, apprenticeship or other such credential by the time they turn 26. That means employers likely will have to import workers from other states — or countries — to fill high-demand jobs, especially those that pay well in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 2, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

UW, EWU among nation’s top schools for accepting Saudi-funded tuition

According to an analysis by the Associated Press, Eastern Washington ranks sixth in the nation for the most funds received from Saudi Arabia. [The University of Washington ranks ninth.] ... The evolving narrative about how the Saudi government has responded to the Oct. 2 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul has caused activists and some politicians to call for the U.S. and its industries to end ties with the nation. ... Despite the outcry, EWU President Mary Cullinan said in a statement that her university has not considered altering its agreement to accept Saudi students and the more than $24,000 they each pay per year for tuition. “Our Saudi students contribute to the diversity and the academic talent of our university,” Cullinan said. “Losing those students would not only be a financial loss but also a cultural and academic loss for our campus.”
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 5, 2018

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