News Links | November 29, 2018
System News | Opinion
Maybe all those airplanes flying over Sam Seafeldt’s childhood homes destined him
for aviation. Seafeldt, who became North Platte’s latest airport manager Nov. 5, grew
up under the flight path of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. ... He decided he
wanted to fly during high school in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, which had its own
small airport. While taking a dual-credit aviation class through Green River College, Seafeldt arranged for an introductory flight at Boeing Field and “brought my parents
along in the back seat.”
The North Platte Telegraph, Nov. 29, 2018
Earlier this month, Seattle voters approved the city’s most expensive education levy
ever. The tax includes a measure that gives future high-school graduates of Seattle
Public Schools two years of community college tuition-free, no matter how much their
families make. ... Currently, graduates of specific high schools are assigned to one
of the three branches of Seattle Colleges based on geography (Sealth, Cleveland, Rainier Beach and West Seattle students are
assigned to go to South Seattle College, for example, while Garfield graduates will go to Seattle Central College, and Ingraham students will go to North Seattle College). But by 2020, students will have flexibility in choosing which of the three campuses
they want to attend.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 29, 2018
SPSCC hopes for the global to become local through study abroad and international transfer degree programs
Studying internationally is an aspiration South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has for its students. The college is committed to sending students abroad
through their expanded study abroad and international transfer degree programs. One
of the first study abroad destinations at SPSCC was Glasgow, Scotland, where SPSCC
students regularly visit today. SPSCC offers a range of options for students who wish
to study internationally, from shorter-term trips, to completing a four-year degree
from a partnering international university.
Thurston Talk, Nov. 28, 2018
Visitors will get a big whale-come to this year’s Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park.
Bates Technical College welding students crafted a ginormous whale as part of the college’s contribution
to the holiday drive-through gift of lights. The 30-foot long resplendent display
joins the rest of the bubbly aquatic scene animals spouting up near the back of the
park. The planning for our displays begins much earlier than you might guess, and
takes students from several programs to contribute to the shimmering sights and jolly
sounds of this Northwest tradition. During the college’s summer quarter, a handful
of welding students formed the displays. They laid out the design, and then bent,
cut and welded the pieces together to form the framework.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 28, 2018
Edmonds Community College and Central Washington University-Lynnwood joined together earlier this month to
celebrate their inaugural First-Generation College Student Week. “This remarkable
week celebrated the accomplishments of our first-generation students, staff, and faculty
at Edmonds CC and CWU-Lynnwood and shed light on their abilities and tenacity while
fostering an environment of camaraderie and support throughout the community,” said
Dana Parker, Edmonds CC TRIO assistant director and First-Generation College Student
Week committee chair.
My Edmonds News, Nov. 26, 2018
Trends | Horizons | Education
... Cybersecurity employment is growing at a staggering rate. From 2016 to 2026, the
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 28 percent increase in the number of people
employed as information security analysts (compared with a seven percent average growth
rate for all occupations); the online job service ZipRecruiter saw a 40 percent spike
in the number of cybersecurity postings from June 2017 to June 2018 alone. With all
these openings and sky-high wages (about $46 an hour for analysts, according to BLS),
you’d think Americans would be lining up to learn cyber trades. But with between 300,000
and 500,000 cybersecurity job openings in the United States, depending on how you
define cybersecurity jobs, and between two and three million vacancies worldwide,
it’s clear that cyber has a big workforce problem.
New America, Nov. 28, 2018
Last year in Washington, only about half of all graduating high-school seniors filled
out the federal paperwork that is the key to unlocking financial aid for college.
It was one of the worst rates in the country, and it mattered because students who
apply for financial aid are much more likely to go to college. But Seattle’s public
high schools are doing much better than the state average.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 28, 2018
How do we make sense of all that is being written and said about the linkage between
education and employment? Certainly, we are seeing effects of a shift toward increased
value in education that is most relevant and responsive to employment. We can see
that in the job market -- in both salaries and position openings. We can see the linkage
in competency-based learning initiatives springing up at colleges and universities,
both large and small, across the country. But where do these patterns point in the
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 28, 2018
A Western Washington University student from Gold Bar has been arrested in connection
with last week’s string of on-campus vandalism that included racist and homophobic
slurs and a threat of sexual violence. A WWU Campus Advisory announcing the arrest
Monday said the student was a resident at the Birnam Wood campus apartments and he
is no longer allowed at any university housing and dining halls. WWU Police will continue
The Bellingham Herald, Nov. 26, 2018
Politics | Local, State, National
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has proposed narrowing schools’ obligations when
it comes to responding to sexual misconduct. Starting today, you can tell the U.S.
Department of Education what you think about her desired changes to Title IX regulations.
... Public comment opened Thursday, and lasts for 60 days — meaning you have until
about the end of January to share your thoughts.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 29, 2018
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says ballooning student debt has caused a crisis in
higher education and that the traditional path to college might not be the best choice
for everyone. Speaking at a conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, DeVos raised a “red
warning flag” that the federal government must change the way it gives out student
loans. She says the federal government holds nearly $1.5 trillion in outstanding student
loans, up from $500 billion in 2007.
Associated Press, Nov. 27, 2018