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September 18, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

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Promise of $100,000 in scholarships to 10 Seattle teens never came, but local black community is stepping in to help

A Detroit businessman pledged $100,000 in scholarships to 10 local teens who wrote essays about what each would do to improve the image of African-American males. The money never came. Now a group of black Seattle-area professionals is coming together to restore faith. ... Some of the other young men have had to take out additional loans, exchange plans for four-year universities in favor of two-year community colleges, and one had to drop out of South Seattle College to further save for tuition. ... “It’s really infuriating to hear him say that the money was conditional. We were counting on it. There was no expectation that it was not going to happen.” says Alderson, whose son JoNathan attends Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 17, 2018

Walla Walla Community College Foundation: Potential writ large

... “Our donors provide support for students who are striving”, says Jessica Cook, the Foundation’s executive director. “They may be struggling, they may be overcoming a lot of challenges, but they are working really hard to be here. Our students are potential writ large, and a lot of times all they need is that extra little bit of support.” Paula Corona is one of those students. Born in Colima, Mexico, her family brought her to Walla Walla when she was 4 years old. Now 30, she is the mother of four daughters, ages 3-14. After graduation from Walla Walla High School in 2006, she enrolled at Walla Walla Community College and subsequently dropped out, started anew and dropped out twice again, before her most recent enrollment. In a fourth-time’s-the-charm story, she received help from the Foundation for the first time, and now expects to graduate in December with a A.A.S. degree in Plants and Soil Science.
Union-Bulletin, Sept. 16, 2018

Clark’s ECD hosts back-to-school open house

At the Clark College Economic and Community Development campus, a circle of 12 people learned about the intersection of Tai Chi and dance, linked at the arms and stomping to the rhythm of music played over a stereo. Down the hall, another group was learning the secrets to making the perfect barbecue sauce. Upstairs, still more people were at the center Thursday evening, learning about gardening, painting, meditation, Medicare — every subject you hadn’t realized you didn’t know, but suddenly felt the need to learn.
The Columbian, Sept. 16, 2018

Olympic College gets consultant's campus safety recommendations

Olympic College officials in early 2017 responded to staff complaints about campus safety by hosting forums and conducting a survey of all staff and students. On Tuesday, the college's board of trustees will review a 56-page, third-party report on how safety could be improved at its three campuses in Bremerton, Poulsbo and Shelton. ... "The college places a high priority on the safety of our students and staff," said Janell Whiteley, interim vice president for administrative services. "The report from KMB is a comprehensive guide that will allow us to continue these efforts."
Kitsap Sun, Sept. 16, 2018

Centralia College Foundation awards $776,000 in scholarships to students

Centralia College students received more money at this year’s Centralia College Foundation Scholarship Night than they ever have before. This week, Centralia College Foundation awarded $776,000 in scholarships to more than 350 Centralia College students. The Foundation awarded the scholarships over a two-day period and, at Thursday evening’s event, there wasn’t a single vacant seat in TransAlta Commons. “We couldn’t fit everyone in the same room, so that growth is a sign of our success,” said  Centralia College President Robert Mohrbacher in his welcome speech on Thursday. “I think that you waiting here to receive a scholarship is a sign of your success and a sign that we want you to succeed. We want to bring down whatever barriers we can to your success. Making sure that you can afford your education is very important to us.”
The Daily Chronicle, Sept. 14, 2018

Nonprofit spotlight: New Hope Children rescues impoverished youth in Kenya

During a poverty relief trip to Lodwar, Kenya, one of the world’s most impoverished areas, back in 2009, Rachael Joy (RJ) Swanson came across numerous children living in the local landfill. “By the time we left there, I couldn’t get those children out of my head,” RJ said. “They were sharing a can of beans amongst themselves. They were so emaciated, and they all kept talking about how they wanted to go to school.” ... Most recently, New Hope Children launched a campaign to bring one of the Kenyan children to Vancouver to start school at Clark College. That campaign recently saw a successful end when another local business in the Columbia Tech Center, Investment Development Management (IDM), decide to run a matching grant of $10,000 to help fund the student’s education. The Kenyan student, Evans, will now be starting school at Clark College this fall.
Vancouver Business Journal, Sept. 14, 2018

All about needs, concerns

... According to data prepared for the summit, the state of Washington expects 740,000 job openings by 2021, and some form of post-secondary credential will be essential for most of them. ... “Oftentimes, we think about the dynamic in that the high schools are producing graduates, Green River College is producing graduates, and then we all wait to see what we produce, to see if they are going to be able to fit into your business,” said Suzanne Johnson, president of Green River College. “The reality is, we need to have relationships and communication from the very beginning, so that when those elementary school students are going into our Auburn schools and all the way through, they can see the goals and opportunities."
Auburn Reporter, Sept. 13, 2018

Yelm and Rainier update the chamber on ‘state of the schools’

During a “state of the schools” speech at this month’s chamber luncheon, Brian Wharton — superintendent of Yelm Community Schools — revealed that parents and grandparents just might be earning their high school diplomas along with their kids this year. “We had some information that there were folks in our community that were older than 21 years old that wanted to go back and get their G.E.D.,” Wharton said. “We were able to partner with South Puget Sound Community College on a program called High School 21+, where those folks could earn their high school diploma.” The current count for those signed up is 42 people, all wanting to expand their horizons, Wharton said. “It provides childcare, it provides partnership with the Timberland Library… and we’ve even had community donors step up and — if there are anyone in need — pay the small tuition [for participants]. We just want to take away all barriers.”
Nisqually Valley News, Sept. 13, 2018

Become a better communicator by not using these 12 words

Mark Ortman spent the last three decades as a communication consultant, mediator and workshop leader. He offers a workshop at Bellevue College titled, "It's Not What We Say, It's How We Say It!" In all of his studies and research, he concluded there are 12 words that push people's buttons. "I learned from a decade of mediation (divorce, parenting plans, and workplace conflicts) that certain phrases and words tend to stir strong emotions and resistance when used because they imply judgment, criticism or blame. The old approach" said Ortman.
KING 5 News, Sept. 13, 2018

Running Start program helps Puyallup students get college credit early

Running Start is a dual credit program in the state of Washington in which high school juniors and seniors earn college and high school credit at the same time. Students take college classes on campus just like any other college student, but these students are far from ordinary. ... “With a lot of first-generation students here, there’s a lot of things they don’t know, and their parents don’t know. So, the great thing about Running Start is not only do they have the support of the Pierce College staff, they also have the support of their high school counselors.”
Q13 Fox, Sept. 13, 2018

He had to leave the Tri-Cities to find his way back. Now he’s CBC’s favorite grad

When Matt Watkins graduated from Kennewick High School, he was prepared to take on the world. He packed his bags for University of Washington, but quickly found it wasn’t for him. He tried again at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, but didn’t have much luck. Turned out that the key to his future lay a little closer to home. Columbia Basin College helped the man who would become Pasco’s mayor get his educational life straightened out. He earned his associates degree by taking night classes while he worked during the day.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 13, 2018

Plan focuses on early childhood health

The Skagit County commissioners adopted a plan Tuesday to address a gap in services for early childhood health and development. The First 1,000 Days plan developed by the county’s Population Health Trust lays out a series of steps local organizations can take to build services that promote safe and stable environments for infants and toddlers, said Kristen Ekstran, community health planner with county Public Health. Mary Ellen Lykins, trust member and Head Start director at Skagit Valley College, spoke of the shortage of child care, saying the county would benefit from more training for caregivers. “The linchpin for healthy learning and development and joy for young children is relationships,” she said in support of affordable child care programs staffed by skilled caregivers.
Skagit Valley Herald, Sept. 13, 2018

Need a job? — Forget about a four-year degree

... Mary Lockman, a college navigator for South Seattle College (SSC)’s Georgetown Campus, which acts as a hub for pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, said more businesses are asking for workers. It’s not hard for anyone with a good work ethic and an ounce of experience to land a job. John Lederer, executive dean of career and workforce development at North Seattle College, said community colleges represent a valid and lucrative career option. “It’s really possible to do very well in terms of earnings without a bachelor’s degree, if you’re smart about it,” he said. ... Seattle Colleges are working on new ways to communicate with prospective students that there are opportunities. Earlier this year, they launched a new website called “College to Career,” a gathering spot for all of the programs available across all three campuses, divided by interest. Each program description includes what jobs it helps prepare people for, how much it will cost, and how long it will take.
Northwest Asian Weekly, Sept. 13, 2018

Students hone skills and serve the community at dental hygiene clinic

Tucked away on the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus is the surprisingly large Dental Hygiene Clinic, with spacious treatment areas, classrooms and high-tech diagnostic areas. Besides functioning as a real-world training ground for tomorrow’s dental hygienists, the clinic also provides affordable dental care for community members. “We serve a range of people including Pierce College students, veterans, retirees, immigrants and low-income individuals,” says Monica Hospenthal, RDH, BS, M.Ed., Director of the Bachelor in Applied Science Dental Hygiene (BASDH) program. Fees are 80% to 95% less than what is typically charged in private dental offices.
The Suburban Times, Sept. 13, 2018

Green River, KCLS partner up to serve students

Green River College has created a new partnership with the King County Library System allowing each student to have an online KCLS library card. This will give Green River students access to everything KCLS offers electronically. Green River’s library resources “aren’t necessarily for your leisure pleasure,” said Jennifer Dysart, dean of library and media services for the college. Instead, the library has a focused selection that supports classes offered at the school. “Because of this, Holman Library directs students to the public library for additional leisure reading,” said Dysart. ... Since then, KCLS has expanded the program to include the Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Green River is the first (former community) college to participate with KCLS, but Bellevue College is also working on a similar partnership arrangement.
The Courier-Herald, Sept. 13, 2018

'Pickett Plaza' dedication honors former LCC president

The LCC Foundation will honor Dr. Vernon “Pete” Pickett, president of Lower Columbia College from 1980-1997, with the dedication of Pickett Plaza. The Foundation is naming the water feature and surrounding stone circle seating area near LCC’s Anderson Family Pavilion in honor of Pickett’s service to the college. “LCC is fortunate to have had the opportunity to grow and thrive under Dr. Pickett’s dedication, service and leadership,” Chris Bailey, current LCC president, said in a prepared statement. While President at LCC, Pickett led the college into the age of digital technology by upgrading the campus phone system, providing computers for staff, and establishing the first computer lab in an educational institution in Cowlitz County. Pickett also added the first Head Start building at LCC.
The Daily News, Sept. 13, 2018

Emerald City Music launches third season at new Olympia home

As it launches its third season with Saturday’s “Four Seasons,” regional chamber music series Emerald City Music has found a place to land in Olympia. Despite the Seattle-centric name, this Emerald City is based here: Olympia is home to executive director Andrew Goldstein, and the series has consistently presented concerts — including a world premiere by Grammy and Pulitzer winner John Luther Adams — in Olympia as well as Seattle. The program is transitioning into a permanent home at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, which will host four of this season’s six offerings and all performances in seasons to come. “The hall’s gorgeous acoustics and comfortable ambiance fit wonderfully with our dream for this series: a casual place where the community can gather to be captivated by this incredible genre of chamber music,” artistic director Kristin Lee of New York City said in a press release.
The Olympian, Sept. 12, 2018

Gallery: EdCC celebrates groundbreaking of new SET building

Edmonds Community College celebrated the groundbreaking of its new SET building, which will house science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, as well as Allied Health nursing labs and a few general use classrooms. The 70,000-square-foot building will stand on what campus officials consider the main “spine” of the college, just north of Mountlake Terrace Hall, and is expected to help connect other buildings around that area of campus. Construction on the building begins this fall, and it is expected to be ready for classes in 2020 — approximately 20 months from now.
My Edmonds News, Sept. 12, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Building better degrees using industry certifications

... Many institutions, particularly community colleges, already do so, primarily on their non-credit or continuing education side. But integrating certifications into degree programs could be an opportunity for institutions to increase the value of both credentials—certifications and degrees—for the students who earn them. On the one hand, college degrees continue to generate the best long-term earnings and employment outcomes of all credentials. On the other hand, some certifications have considerable stand-alone value that can be amplified if the individual also has a college degree.
New America, Sept. 17, 2018

Colleges face pressure to answer a basic question: What are students learning?

Students have returned to college campuses this fall with fresh possibilities ahead of them. So how much will they really learn? ... “You have students majoring in everything from philosophy to heating and air-conditioning repair to accounting. Even if you had measurable assessments in all those different areas, adding them up to say students made X amount of progress isn’t the same as what you can say about 9-year-olds or 10-year-olds hitting certain benchmarks in reading.” But letting colleges say the public should just trust them to make sure their students learn the right things lets them off the hook, said Shavelson of Stanford.
PBS News Hour, Sept. 17, 2018

Most students don't eat enough fruits, vegetables

About 63 percent of college students aren't eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day, according to a new report by the American College Health Association. ... About 175 college students were also surveyed on their willingness to change their diet and increase their fruit and vegetable intake. Those participants suggested that cafeterias add vending machines that sell produce, increase the variety of fruit available on campus and improve the taste of meals. According to the survey respondents, staying with a diet that includes the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables requires an "emotional shift" -- students deciding to eat healthy even when they're stressed. Enlisting family and friend support also helped sustain a healthy eating regimen.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2018

U.S. college students are swapping Shakespeare for statistics

Follow the money. At least that’s what America’s college students are doing when it comes to choosing majors. The share of bachelor’s degree holders in the U.S. age 25 and over who majored in computers, math or statistics rose to 4.7 percent last year from 4.2 percent in 2009 — an increase of nearly 1 million students over the period, and 224,000 alone in 2017, according to Census Bureau data released Thursday. The proportion who concentrated in literature and languages meanwhile dropped from 4.6 to 4.2 percent, while the number who studied liberal arts and history was down 0.7 percentage point as a share of the total. The changes may help the U.S. labor market amid a shortage of science, technology, engineering and math talent. The government projects faster-than-average employment growth in such so-called STEM fields.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 14, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

$100 increase in maximum Pell Grant

An appropriations deal reached by House and Senate negotiators last week largely reflects the priorities of the upper chamber, including higher spending on student aid, career and technical education, and university-based research. The spending bill for fiscal year 2019, which begins October 1, would increase the Education Department's total budget to $71.5 billion -- a second year in a row Congress has boosted funding, despite calls for heavy cuts by the Trump administration. ... Sen. Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat and the ranking member on the Senate appropriations committee, cast the agreement as a rebuke to the Trump administration. "The message of this bipartisan agreement couldn't be any clearer: Democrats and Republicans once again reject Secretary DeVos's extreme anti-public-education agenda and are fighting back against her attempts to undermine our students and public schools," she said.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 17, 2018

Senators demand answers from CFPB head after student loan watchdog's resignation

Seeking to "evaluate the independence and effectiveness" of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's student loan office, 15 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus sent a terse letter Thursday evening to Mick Mulvaney, the CFPB's acting director. The letter was first obtained by NPR. The letter arrived on Mulvaney's desk less than three weeks after the CFPB's student loan watchdog, Seth Frotman, stepped down, writing in a fiery resignation letter to Mulvaney that under the acting director's leadership, "the Bureau has abandoned the very consumers it is tasked by Congress with protecting. Instead, you have used the Bureau to serve the wishes of the most powerful financial companies in America." The Trump administration has made no secret of its desire to protect loan servicers from tough oversight. One year ago, the Education Department ended agreements to share information with the CFPB and collaborate with the bureau on enforcement.
NPR, Sept. 14, 2018


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