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News Links | November 27, 2018

November 27, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Working in Clark County: Lizette Drennan, scholarships specialist at Clark College

In the early 1970s in Guatemala City, Lizette Drennan’s father was hounding her to become a teacher. But it’s not what she wanted to do. She wanted to learn English and undertake a grand adventure to the United States through an exchange program in search of different opportunities. In 1973, she found herself at Fort Vancouver High School. Forty years later, at age 65, she hasn’t left Clark County. Instead, she’s helping students get the money they need to cover tuition as a scholarships specialist at Clark College, where she has worked for 28 years. With an office nestled in Gaiser Hall, Drennan spends her days talking with students and researching what “free” money is available out there to pay for students’ educations.
The Columbian, Nov. 26, 2018

SEH America, Clark College team up on engineering apprenticeships

Machines buzzed in the background at Shin-Etsu Handotai America as Nathaniel Salveta pored over a cylinder of silicon destined to become computer chips and sensors. This is high-level stuff. Imperfections like chips or warps, or even the cylinder being turned the wrong way can spell disaster later down the line when slices of silicon called wafers are sent off to technology companies. But Salveta, at all of 18 years old, is an old pro. Salveta is one of five students enrolled in Manufacturing Career Launch, a pilot career-training program between SEH America and Clark College. Key players in the program hope it will serve as a blueprint for future apprenticeships in the region’s growing advanced manufacturing sector.
The Columbian, Nov. 25, 2018

Skagit Valley College professor aims to take students to Galapagos

Skagit Valley College professor Claus Svendsen describes the Galapagos Islands as the Hawaii of Ecuador. Svendsen, chair of the college’s environmental conservation program, wants to take a group of students to see for themselves the tropical islands that teem with wildlife. He said his plan is to take students in the college’s conservation biology class on a weeklong research trip in spring 2020 if the college and the students can raise enough money to make it happen.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 24, 2018

Take a bow: Congratulations, Nancy Kimani

On Nov. 12, Nancy Kimani took over as the Interim Director of Nursing Services for Avalon Care Center in Pullman. Nancy first started working at Avalon Care Center in 2010 as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She worked on the NOC Shift while going to school, and by 2011, she obtained her LPN License through Walla Walla Community College in Clarkston.
Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Nov. 24, 2018

Baskets provide students food for Thanksgiving feast

One of the primary Thanksgiving traditions involves large quantities of food, and for the second straight year Clover Park Technical College’s Office of Student Life put together food baskets to ensure students have what they need for a traditional turkey dinner. The campus community and greater South Sound community partners assisted with donations through the CPTC Foundation to collaborate with the Student Life Food Pantry in putting the baskets together. A total of 102 baskets were given to students who applied to receive baskets during Thanksgiving week.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 24, 2018

Casual Friday: She took a job that touched the heart, not the pocketbook

Like most, Charlotte Ash worked for years to pay the bills. That changed 18 years ago when she took a job that “touched her heart.” As executive director of the Snake River Community Clinic in Lewiston, Ash has done what was needed to ensure upward of 12,000 people received free health care they otherwise couldn’t afford. ... Education: Bachelor of Arts, Gonzaga University; Gonzaga School of Law; associate of arts, general studies, Yakima Valley College; insurance specialist certification, Spokane Falls Community College; tech writing certification, Battelle Institute. ... I was hired for this job the same week I was hired to teach English over at Walla Walla Community College, so I took both of the jobs at the same time. It’s a work of the heart. It satisfies my soul, not my pocketbook.
The Lewiston Tribune, Nov. 23, 2018

Search for new EvCC president is about to go national

Trustees of Everett Community College are counting on a former chancellor of Seattle Colleges to help them find a successor to retiring president David Beyer. The board has hired the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., which conducts national recruitments exclusively for two-year colleges. Jill Wakefield, a highly respected former chancellor of Seattle Colleges now working with ACCT, will head up the search effort. Trustees considered her involvement a plus because she knows EvCC and the community.
Everett Herald, Nov. 23, 2018

Walla Walla Community College spotlight — Jen Stutesman

Who: Jen Stutesman has been reference and collection development librarian at Walla Walla Community College between 2001-2007, and 2014 to present. Key part of the job: I help students realize that they can be researchers. Some of our new students aren’t convinced that they’re really college-student material. I work with them to help them develop their research skills so that they can be lifelong learners.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Nov. 23, 2018

Skagit Valley College culinary students prepare Thanksgiving meals

Thanks to culinary students and staff at Skagit Valley College, 42 Skagit County families will have hot Thanksgiving meals today. For the past four days, culinary students have been busy chopping, rolling, prepping and baking turkeys, side dishes, rolls and pies to be delivered to families in need. “I see the students’ hearts go into the product,” said culinary arts department co-chair Dani Cox. “I see the camaraderie.” Cox said the college has been making Thanksgiving meals for those in need for at least 20 years.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 22, 2018

Apprenticeships featured at Riverside High School career day

Riverside High School set aside a full day Friday for seniors to work on college and scholarship applications, do research on careers and meet with technical education and apprenticeship representatives. “We just started a college and career readiness program at our school,” said Career and Technical Education director Talana Mielke. “Our district has a real emphasis on a meaningful post-secondary plan.” ... Mielke said she didn’t invite colleges to the event except for Spokane Community College, which offers many trade and technical programs.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 22, 2018

Only 10% of Yakima County has a bachelor's degree, half of state's average

"It's just disheartening that tuition is increased this much," said Yakima County Prosecutor's Office. Over the last decade, student loan debt has increased by 150 percent. This debt has surpassed the nations credit card debt, and in total, people in our country owe a whopping $1.4 trillion in student loans. It's a battle that many financial aid departments are constantly dealing with, and an issue for tons of students who are desperately trying to save every dollar they can to get an education. ... Yakima Valley College financial aid director Oscar Verduzco says the cost mainly goes up because overhead expenses at university's have also jumped.
KIMA, Nov. 21, 2018

Nonprofit gets grant to help Asotin County’s homeless pay their rent

A Clarkston-based nonprofit organization has secured a three-year grant that will help keep more families off the streets of Asotin County. The $300,000 grant allows Quality Behavioral Health to help as many as two additional households each month with rental assistance. ... Quality Behavioral Health also has partnered with Walla Walla Community College; the Department of Social and Health Services; the Department of Children, Youth and Families; and Celebrate Love — a LGBTQ advocacy center. The money will provide wrap-around services and essentially create one stop where families can speak to a caseworker, a school counselor or a representative from the college in one central location.
The Lewiston Tribune, Nov. 21, 2018

Malte joins LWTech board

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Robert Malte to the board of trustees of Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech). Malte’s term began in October. Malte is the CEO emeritus of EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, serving as its CEO for more than eight years. During his tenure at EvergreenHealth, he was responsible for the leadership of all aspects of EvergreenHealth’s purpose, mission and vision.
Kirkland Reporter, Nov. 21, 2018

A Thanksgiving introduction for YVC's international students

While Thanksgiving is a holiday shared by most families in the Yakima Valley, for many of the International Students at Yakima Valley College, the holiday is something entirely new. A group of them gathered at Joy Garden Korean Restaurant in Yakima this past weekend for a non-traditional feast that introduced them to the spirit of a Thanksgiving meal.
KIMA, Nov. 20, 2018

Put the happy back in your holidays: Thanksgiving meal prep

It's a day to celebrate with family and friends, but getting Thanksgiving dinner on the table is no easy task. Curtis Smith and his team at Spokane Community College's culinary arts program served Thanksgiving lunch to more than 225 people Tuesday. While you may not have that many guests this week, some of the tips Smith uses can help save you time and stress.
KXLY, Nov. 20, 2018

Kent’s Entenman took campaign on foot to secure state House seat

Democrat Debra Entenman credits door-to-door campaigning as one of the main reasons she defeated incumbent Republican Mark Hargrove to represent House District 47 in Olympia. A first-time political candidate, Entenman, of Kent, beat Hargrove, of Covington, with 53 percent of the vote in the Nov. 6 general election. Hargrove held the state representative seat for eight years. ... While she had never run for office, Entenman has experience in public service. She serves on the Renton Technical College Board of Trustees. Gov. Jay Inslee appointed her to the board in July 2015. Her term expires in 2019.
Kent Reporter, Nov. 20, 2018

Paul Speer named to Clark College Board of Trustees

Paul Speer has been appointed to the Clark College Board of Trustees by Gov. Jay Inslee. His appointment began October 31, 2018, and ends September 30, 2023. His first board meeting was Nov. 14.
Clark County Today, Nov. 20, 2018

Heritage University, Yakima Valley College sign memorandum of understanding for criminal justice program

Students studying criminal justice at Yakima Valley College will find it easier to transfer to Heritage University and earn a bachelor’s degree in that field thanks to a recent agreement. Officials at Heritage and YVC have signed a memorandum of understanding that ensures that YVC students who successfully complete an associate of applied science-transfer (AAS-T) degree are guaranteed to be accepted into Heritage’s undergraduate criminal justice program, according to a news release.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 19, 2018

Family of electricians shares high voltage career

Electricity courses through Jeremy Kile’s family tree. Kile is an electrician. His son, Cody, is apprenticing as an electrician. His wife, Angie, works as a locomotive electrician for Union Pacific Railroad. Her father and mother, Doug and Pat Wagner, are semi-retired electricians. ... Angie came next. She was one of 625 people put out of work when Simplot closed its Hermiston potato processing plant in 2004. Angie, who did quality control at Simplot, took advantage of government money for retraining and jumped into a fledgling electrician and mechanical maintenance program at Walla Walla Community College.
East Oregonian, Nov. 19, 2018

STEM program offered at Clark College gives students a degree and career

A new program at Clark College is giving students an opportunity to get a degree while getting hands-on experience in the workforce. The program is called Manufacturing Career Launch and students spend two years getting part-time pay and experience at SEH America (silicon wafer manufacturer). This program is unique in a time where the economy doesn’t support many high paying jobs without additional training, certifications, or degrees. Each year, only one-third of students who start high school will obtain further education. The STEM Network is offering a solution to those students that are cost-effective, sustainable, and uses existing systems.
Clark County Live, Nov. 8, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Opinion: Help all students have high graduation rates like UW, WSU athletes

The University of Washington and Washington State University boast impressive athlete-graduation rates. They should take what they've learned and apply the best lessons to all students in need of academic and social support.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 26, 2018

Public and private institutions partner to produce more nurses, more quickly

Public-private partnerships between universities and community colleges are growing as national demand for nurses with bachelor's degrees is increasing. The institutions are attempting to stave off a projected shortfall of more than a million nurses in coming decades.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 21, 2018

Federal audit points to deceptive practices by student-loan servicer Navient

One of the nation's largest student loan servicing companies may have driven tens of thousands of borrowers struggling with their debts into higher-cost repayment plans. That's the finding of a Department of Education audit of practices at Navient Corp., the nation's third-largest student loan servicing company.
Education Week, Nov. 20, 2018

A film about higher ed that should bother you a little

A film critic, I’m not. But after sneaking a preview of the new documentary Unlikely last week — and then spending time with one of the directors and a student featured in the film, I confess I’m rooting for it to succeed. That’s got little to do with money — documentaries, especially those about higher education, aren’t exactly a path to riches. It’s got everything to do with what Jaye and Adam Fenderson say are their reasons for making the film. They want it to inspire some of the 36 million adults who have started college but never got a degree to consider re-enrolling in higher education. They’d also love for Unlikely to be seen by policy makers and higher-education leaders, because, as Jaye put it to me, “We hope we bother people a little.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 20, 2018

‘I am deeply troubled that hateful and bigoted vandalism ... continues to happen here’

Western Washington University Police are investigating a string of recent homophobic and racist messages and threats of sexual violence left on dormitories and artwork around the Bellingham campus this week. “I am deeply troubled that hateful and bigoted vandalism by cowardly individuals continues to happen here, in a place where we should all feel safe and welcomed,” WWU President Sabah Randhawa said in a letter to the campus community. “I want to be perfectly clear: hate has absolutely no place on our campus. I am deeply saddened that several of our students saw these upsetting scenes.”
The Bellingham Herald, Nov. 20, 2018

Opinion: Rural America’s revival begins on campus

All across America, university towns are thriving. Their skilled workforces and research activities draw in business investment, while their medical facilities and high quality of life attract residents from smaller rural towns. As a result, there are a lot of ideas for how public policy can help turn small and decaying rural towns into slightly bigger and more prosperous college towns. One way is simply to start new universities and put them there, and in fact I once suggested that the federal government create a system of elite universities, much like the one that exists in India. (The idea is slowly becoming more popular.)
Bloomberg, Nov. 16, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

What the DeVos Title IX rule means for misconduct off campus

A proposed overhaul of federal standards for colleges’ handling of sexual misconduct would require that institutions only investigate incidents that occur within campus-sanctioned events or activities. The fear among many advocates for survivors of sexual assault is that language would mean colleges could take a pass on investigating harassment or assaults experienced by students just outside their campuses. But lawyers who advise institutions on compliance with Title IX, the federal law governing sex-based discrimination, say colleges are likely to continue pursuing any incident that affects learning on campus.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 27, 2018

DeVos restores recognition for troubled for-profit accreditor​

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will restore federal recognition to a for-profit college accreditor for which the Obama administration withdrew recognition. DeVos will act on the recommendation of a senior department official who recommended in September that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools be reinstated with the condition that it demonstrate full compliance with federal standards within 12 months. The decision means colleges overseen by the accreditor that failed to find recognition elsewhere will maintain their access to federal student aid. DeVos outlined the decision in a nine-page document Nov. 21. The Washington Post first reported the news.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 26, 2018

Why Democrats aren't pushing free college

An article in The Wall Street Journal considers why Democratic politicians are putting less emphasis these days on free-college plans. The article notes that a majority of Democratic voters (but not Republican voters) favor free college. But the article quoted pollsters and political analysts saying that many blue-collar voters don't see free college helping them or their children, while some liberals question whether some free-tuition plans do not focus on the lowest-income students. Others are saying that new federal benefits for working-class Americans shouldn't assume that they all want free college. “The feeling people had was, ‘Don’t impose your version of the American dream on us,’” said one Democratic strategist.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 26, 2018

Education Department updates manual for civil rights investigations

The Department of Education on Tuesday announced updates to the handbook governing federal civil rights investigations that emphasize First Amendment principles. The new addition to the Office for Civil Rights case-processing manual was welcomed by free speech advocates. Civil rights groups, though, raised concerns that speech protections could be used to dismiss serious harassment.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 21, 2018

Opinion: Why prison reform must include Pell Grant access

Several years ago, a professor at Bard College invited me to meet with her class. I told her afterward that those students were among the strongest I had encountered in 30 years of teaching. They were prepared, inquisitive, and clearly invested in learning as much from me as they could. They were also incarcerated. The students were part of the Bard Prison Initiative, which provides a college education to inmates in several correctional institutions. So do Goucher College, Grinnell College, and a handful of other colleges and universities around the country. But they do so almost entirely with private dollars, because the federal government still bars prisoners from receiving Pell Grants to cover tuition costs. President Trump didn’t mention that issue in his otherwise laudable speech last week, in which he called for a range of important criminal-justice reforms, including the reduction of mandatory minimum sentences.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 19, 2018

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