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News Links | November 13, 2018

November 13, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

SPSCC Foundation's annual fundraiser gives culinary students real-world catering experience

Culinary students at South Puget Sound Community College quickly pick up on a very important hallmark of the SPSCC culinary program, that everything learned will be solidified through real-world experience. The students’ culinary education culminated in a real-life catering event on October 6, for The Experience, the SPSCC Foundation’s annual fundraiser. The Experience hosted over 400 people in Building 22 on the SPSCC campus to support the Foundation’s mission of scholarships and student success at SPSCC. The event raised $464,000 for student scholarships and was complete with a flavorful menu and live music from world-renowned jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer, to complement the night’s New Orleans theme.
Thurston Talk, Nov. 12, 2018

Valley vets speak: A calling to develop community among female veterans

When Desiree Dugan completed her four years of service with the U.S. Marine Corps in 2011, she never intended to become active in the veterans community. “My main focus was to go to school and open a business,” she said. But when Dugan, 30, visited the veterans center at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, she realized she missed the camaraderie she once had in the Marines. She started getting involved with the college’s veterans club and served as its president.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 11, 2018

Washington’s future winemakers have 4 in-state college options

... The best-known is Walla Walla Community College’s renowned winemaking program. It was launched in 2002 by Myles Anderson, who co-founded famed Walla Walla Vintners. At the time, there were fewer than 20 wineries in the valley. Today, there are more than 100. The program has a working winery (College Cellars) and estate vineyards. ... about 90 miles to the west is Yakima Valley College’s Grandview campus. This is a perfect location for a winemaking program, in the cradle of Washington’s wine industry. This area of the valley is where the state’s first wine grapes were planted, and the first wineries opened. ... South Seattle College in West Seattle is by far the most urban winemaking program in the state. Known as the Northwest Wine Academy, it sees 150 to 180 students per quarter in the program, some taking one or two classes.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 10, 2018

Behind the badge: Pierce College alumni protect and serve inside the Puyallup Police Department

Officers of the Puyallup Police Department share many traits: commitment to the community, a sense of family and solidarity within the department and a certain pride in their work. Pierce College is yet another commonality among many PPD officers. Several started their higher education journey at Pierce and cite their experiences there as instrumental in helping to shape their choice in careers. ... Bennet first attended Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in 1991. He returned to Pierce in 1998 to finish his associate degree after deciding on a career in law enforcement. He said jokingly that it took him eight years to finish a two-year degree, but he acknowledges that many students need that time to sort out what they want to do in life. 
The Suburban Times, Nov. 10, 2018

Grays Harbor College welcomes new trustee Astrid Aveledo

Joining Grays Harbor College’s Board of Trustees is Astrid Aveledo, who serves as executive director for the Dispute Resolution Center of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties. The appointment was announced recently by Gov. Jay Inslee. Her term as a trustee begins as Fawn Sharp’s term ends. Aveledo has been at the Dispute Resolution Center since 2014, first as a volunteer and then as an employee. In that time, she has lead multicultural outreach and program development, with a keen interest in programs serving minorities, youth and their families. 
Grays Harbor Talk, Nov. 9, 2018

Study: A smarter workforce is needed to win Boeing 797

If Washington wants to retain its standing as an aerospace powerhouse, it should consider boosting investment in K-12 education, technical programs and colleges and universities throughout the state, according to a new report from the Choose Washington New Middle-Market Airplane Council. ... Among the report’s recommendations: ... Modernize and increase student enrollment at aerospace community and technical college programs and upgrade the equipment students train on. (A state grant recently allowed Everett Community College to add a second shift at its Aviation Maintenance Technician School, doubling enrollment.)
Everett Herald, Nov. 9, 2018

Washington Poet Laureate visits with stories, inspiration

... On Wednesday, attendees filled a lecture hall at Centralia College East to hear Castro Luna share her story. She shared a pair of poems by children before talking about her own childhood in war-torn El Salvador, offering some of her own writing about how the conflict “floated into my awareness” as a young person. ... During the Wednesday lecture, Castro Luna asked attendees about their own writing ambitions, offering encouragement and advice. Most importantly, she said — keep writing. “The more you do it, the easier it is,” she said. “The more you write, the more you’re open to the world. The world opens up to you, and so you’re constantly thinking about writing.”
The Daily Chronicle, Nov. 9, 2018

From GED to PhD

At the age of 16, Kira Burt dropped out of high school in Spokane, Washington, and started working odd jobs in food service and retail. She couldn’t picture it then, but 16 years later, she would be sitting in a cleanroom at CERN, piecing together part of a detector, working on her PhD in physics. ... Today, Burt teaches introductory science and physics to students ranging from 16 to 60 years old at Spokane Falls Community College. She spends a large portion of her class teaching her students how to think scientifically and identify factually accurate information. 
Symmetry, Nov. 8, 2018

CPTC Honors veterans at annual Veterans Day ceremony

Between its location down the street from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and its origins teaching industry skills to help the World War II effort, Clover Park Technical College has always had a close relationship with the United States Armed Forces. That continued on Wednesday, Nov. 8, as the college hosted its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the McGavick Conference Center, sponsored by CPTC’s Associated Student Government.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 8, 2018

Help wanted in Yakima's aerospace industry

The aerospace industry in Yakima continues to grow, with three companies providing over 700 local jobs. One issue they all face is difficulty in hiring skilled machinists. ... Yakima Valley College is one institution helping fill the need, with an Aerospace Machining Program that offers an associates degree, and two certificate options. "The advantage for them to come through YVC is the focus on the modern machines, they are highly capable machines, we try to train on every aspect of it," explains Jeffrey Britz, a part time instructor in YVC's Aerospace Machining Technology program.
KIMA, Nov. 7, 2018

VIDEO: Mayor leads Families, Education, Preschool, Promise levy victory celebration at South Seattle College

Not all victory parties were held on Election Night. 14 hours after results showing a big win (69 percent approval) for the city Families, Education, Preschool, Promise levy, Mayor Jenny Durkan returned to South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle to lead a celebratory event. ... Next to speak, Seattle Colleges chancellor Shouan Pan. “Clearly, the voters have spoken … for equitable education for Seattle residents. … This vote is really a vote for investing in education … really K through 14.” 
West Seattle Blog, Nov. 7, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Study abroad numbers grow

The number of American students studying abroad continues to steadily increase, growing by 2.3 percent in academic year 2016-17 compared to the previous year, according to new data from the annual Open Doors report released today by the Institute of International Education. A total of 332,727 students studied abroad for credit in 2016-17. IIE estimates that about 10.9 percent of all undergraduate students -- and 16 percent of those earning bachelor’s degrees -- study abroad at some point in their undergraduate careers.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 13, 2018

Is the 'Trump Effect' scaring away prospective international students?

The number of new international students enrolled in American higher education in the fall of 2017 declined 6.6 percent from the previous year, according to a report released on Tuesday. The data solidify an emerging trend — they come on the heels of a 3-percent decline the prior year — and raise concerns about the desire of prospective international students to study in the United States. Some observers have pegged at least part of the blame for the slowdown on the “Trump effect.” The combination of policies and rhetoric from the 45th president, the thinking goes, are making international students reconsider coming to the United States amid a political climate hostile to globalism.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 13, 2018

How colleges are helping international students land jobs after graduation

... “I have always idolized America since I was in sixth grade,” Kusnadi said. Now a senior studying English at the University of Washington at Seattle, she is not sure if she will stay in the United States after graduation. Although securing an internship this term might be a step toward getting a job offer, whether she stays hinges on if she is able to find an employer willing to pay the fees required for her work-visa application. And if she does get the work visa, Kusnadi will be one among thousands of other applicants looking to be approved in an annual lottery. In April the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reached its congressionally mandated 65,000 cap in five days, and had already received 94,213 applications for 2019.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 12, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Majority of veterans eligible for loan forgiveness are in default

The Education Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs announced earlier this year that they would work together to notify student veterans of their eligibility for discharge of their federal student loan debt because of permanent disability. ... Six veterans' groups, including Student Veterans of America and Vietnam Veterans of America, sent Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a letter last week urging her to make loan forgiveness automatic for any veteran who qualifies. Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat and the ranking member on the Senate education committee, has also repeatedly called for automatically discharging those loans.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 13, 2018

Appeals court rules against Trump administration on DACA immigration program

A U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump cannot immediately end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously kept in place a preliminary injunction blocking Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Lawsuits by California and others challenging the administration’s decision will continue in federal court while the injunction remains in place.
PBS News Hour, Nov 9, 2018

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