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News Links | November 29, 2018

November 29, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

NP a ‘plane’ choice for manager

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

Seattle high-school graduates will get 2 free years of community college. Here’s how it will work.

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

Bates: 'A whale of a good time' awaits Fantasy Lights visitors

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 CC, CWU-Lynnwood celebrate inaugural first-generation college student week

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

ImportError: Cybersecurity career pathways not found

... 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

Seattle high-schoolers are applying for FAFSA more than anywhere else in Washington

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

Opinion: Jobs, education and the learner/worker

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 longer term?
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 28, 2018

WWU Police arrest student suspected in string of racist, homophobic vandalism on campus

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 to investigate.
The Bellingham Herald, Nov. 26, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

DeVos’ Title IX changes are open for public comment. Here’s how to weigh in.

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

DeVos warns of crisis amid ballooning student debt

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

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