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News Links | September 25, 2018

September 25, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Robert Terry, first black man to teach in Seattle public schools, dies at 91

In 1950, four years before a welder named Oliver Brown and 12 other black parents won their historic fight to send their kids to white-only schools in Topeka, Kansas, Robert Terry walked onto the auditorium stage of Seattle’s Warren Avenue School. There, the 23-year-old would be introduced as Warren Avenue’s newest sixth-grade teacher, becoming the first black man to teach in Seattle Public Schools. ... Mr. Terry served as the president of Seattle Central College from 1976 to 1980 before moving on to become chancellor of the Seattle Community College System. “There was a lot of unrest in the community at that time due to a lot of protests about the war, but in a growing time he offered stability,” said Jill Wakefield, former chancellor of the Seattle Community College System. “He really helped set the foundation for the Seattle community colleges that was inviting for everyone in the community who might not have had access to college before. I felt like after talking to him I had a future and I think students believed they could do anything if he was there.”
The Seattle Times, Sept. 22, 2018

Evergreen boosts Thurston County’s economy, even as its enrollment declines

... A similar economic impact study was done on South Puget Sound Community College in 2016 by Emsi, which specializes in labor market analytics. In that report, the study showed that the total impact of SPSCC was $316.1 million. For every $1 that was invested, $3.10 was returned to taxpayers.
The Olympian, Sept. 22, 2018

Krist Novoselic returns to Aberdeen with Giants in the Trees to play at Bishop Center

... Even though this is Novoselic’s first performance in Aberdeen since the early days of Nirvana, which ended with Cobain’s suicide in 1994, he doesn’t think it will feel all that different from playing other small town venues. He does, however, anticipate a number of friends and relatives showing up, as Novoselic lived here as a teenager. “I’ve performed at the Bishop Center before, but not in music,” he said. “I worked at Grays Harbor College, and went there for night school. I have a lot of connections there.”
The Daily World, Sept. 22, 2018

Want to end homelessness? Start with getting people into recovery

James Randall joined the Army at 18, was deployed to the Middle East and came home an alcoholic. His addiction led to his being discharged not only from the Army, but into the streets. He was homeless for two years, sometimes in a drug-induced psychosis, and was arrested more than 20 times. After his last arrest, he chose to go to King County Regional Veterans Court, which required that he be in treatment. Only then did the idea of recovery cross his mind. “It had to be my choice,” Randall said of going into treatment. “But the resources had to be offered.” ... Two years later, he’s sober, a 4.0 student at Bellevue College and a barista at the Recovery Cafe who facilitates recovery meetings.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 21, 2018

Touching minds and hearts: Sound to Harbor Early Learning Programs

Melanie Scrivner is an educator who changes lives one child and one family at a time. The vision of Sound to Harbor Early Learning Programs is shared by Melanie, which is to have every child be ready for kindergarten. ... Melanie was pleased to opt for the employment benefit of earning her AA from South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) in Early Childhood Education. The cost for school was covered and she is closing in on getting her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education with an endorsement for trauma support education.
Grays Harbor Talk, Sept. 21, 2018

WVC gets new interim instructional VP

A former Tacoma educator is Wenatchee Valley College’s new interim vice president of instruction. Tod Treat, a former administrator at Tacoma Community College, joins the WVC administration with the departure last month of Carli Schiffner. Schiffner became deputy executive director for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges on Sept. 5, leaving WVC after five years.
iFiber One, Sept. 21, 2018

Spokane chef Becky Wortman creates edible sculptures from an unusual ingredient: buttercream

Michelangelo carved the Pietá from marble. Chef Becky Wortman used butter. Specifically, the Spokane-area chef and edible sculpture artist used a hunk of dense buttercream frosting to recreate one of the Renaissance icon's most famous works, depicting the crucified body of Jesus draped across Mary's lap. ... Although you'd never guess it by looking even at Wortman's earliest buttercream sculptures, the chef hasn't had any formal training — or even a self-taught background — in sculpting techniques. She discovered her own remarkable talent almost by accident while taking classes in Spokane Community College's professional baking program.
The Inlander, Sept. 20, 2018 

Carol Hannum: Worlds Apart. A retrospective exhibition at South Puget Sound Community College

Carol Hannum is an underappreciated local treasure. Her art has been shown in museums and galleries and is in private and public collections worldwide, including many in Lacey and Olympia, and she has taught at South Puget Sound Community College. And yet, a glance at her resumé indicates she has not shown locally, other than a few pieces in the postcard shows at SPSCC, since 2004. I was thrilled to see her retrospective show of drawings, paintings, handmade journals and steel sculptures at the gallery at SPSCC. 
Weekly Volcano, Sept. 20, 2018

Rosie Rimando, South Seattle College’s new president, says diversity comes first

Seeing how the school system treated students of color motivated Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap, the new president of South Seattle College (SSC), to start a career in education in order to help more students of color obtain the resources they need to succeed. ... Rimando-Chareunsap moved to Kitsap County in middle school when her father was stationed in Silverdale, and she grew up on Bainbridge Island. After graduating from high school, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English and Ethnic Studies from Washington State University (WSU) and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Washington. She also earned her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from WSU. Growing up on Bainbridge Island, which is predominantly-white, spurred her to build strong connections with Indopino and Filipino American communities.
Northwest Asian Weekly, Sept. 20, 2018

A higher degree

For some job fields, an associate degree used to be enough to earn a job and move up to a higher-paying position. But recently, in fields like cybersecurity, employers are now looking for something more. That's why Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Community College both now offer select Bachelor of Applied Science degrees. It's a relatively new trend for community colleges and a way of keeping up with the changing workforce, says Andrew Feldman, vice president of learning for SFCC. "We're trying to think forward here and meet the community needs, so we're always looking at the jobs and the training trends," Feldman says. ... At least two dozen other community and technical colleges in Washington state offer BAS degrees. And that's no coincidence. A couple years ago, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges approved the idea for BAS degrees. Since then, colleges have added the degrees. The college decides on the degrees after input from advisory councils that work with faculty and various programs within the college, Feldman says. 
The Inlander, Sept. 20, 2018

Will Whatcom Community College’s new dorm help ease Bellingham’s housing shortage?

For the first time in its 51-year history, Whatcom Community College is building housing for students on its campus. Construction started this month on the $28 million project off Cordata Parkway at 204 Short St. It will house 230 to 240 students, who are expected to move in August 2020. The 89,000-square-foot building will be four stories. “We’re really excited about this project,” said Nate Langstraat, the college’s vice president for Administrative Services. “It’s been a long time coming in terms of students expressing their desire for this, coupled with the fact that there is market demand.”
The Bellingham Herald, Sept. 20, 2018

Gov. Inslee appoints County Assessor Steven J. Drew to SPSCC Board of Trustees

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced its newest member of the Board of Trustees, Thurston County Assessor Steven J. Drew.  Appointed by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, Drew will begin his term on Nov. 2, 2018.  He will replace Trustee Alberta Barbara Clarkson after fourteen years as a Trustee. “I have great respect for the value of higher education and an equal respect for strengthening access to the many paths one might take between high school and the ability to earn a living wage job here in our community,” said Drew.  
Thurston Talk, Sept. 20, 2018

Seattle-area women of color share how they navigate the workplace

.... Kimberly Harden, a Seattle University instructor, taught a public speaking course at Seattle Central College this summer. Harden teaches technical and professional development skills in the class, such as interview techniques. ... The burdens being an African-American woman in the workplace never end, Seattle University instructor Kimberly Harden tells me. “It’s exhausting, to be honest with you,” she says. “We are expected to be a feminist and to support the women’s movement. But white feminism is different from black womanism,” she says Harden.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 20, 2018

Spokane poet Laura Read embraces vulnerability in her new collection, Dresses from the Old Country

Writing, Laura Read says, is the center of pleasure in her life. When she's not teaching classes at Spokane Community College, she'll take long walks in her South Perry Neighborhood with her energetic terrier mix, Henry, and think about concepts she could write about. Excitement begins to bloom as ideas percolate. As they become more complex, she looks forward to the time she'll spend at her desk, fleshing out the details, turning the sprout of an idea into a full-grown poem. ... Despite her love of writing, Read doesn't hesitate to say she's a teacher first, not a poet. At SCC she teaches composition, creative writing and, every so often, a poetry-specific course. 
The Inlander, Sept. 20, 2018

Artfully Edmonds: Debra Rich Gettleman launches ‘Page to Stage’ for aspiring playwrights, plus events galore

... Invest in “Page To Stage” — six, two-hour sessions on Saturday mornings this fall, and by the time you’re done, your one-act, 10-minute play will be read in The Black Box Theater at Edmonds Community College. It’s a fun, fast-paced way to experience the craft of playwriting first hand. “I’ve always loved to teach certain kinds of writing classes. This is an exciting format, allowing students to find their own story – their nuggets of truth. There’s no writing experience necessary. It’s a time for personal growth, and it’s fascinating to watch the student’s progress,” Gettleman said. At $149 for the entire course, it’s affordable for most folks. “I love the idea of being able to give people a chance to learn something new, without it costing an arm and a leg,” Gettleman said.
My Edmonds News, Sept. 19, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

New phone-friendly version of FAFSA financial aid form is coming out

The notoriously difficult-to-fill-out federal financial aid form known as FAFSA is going mobile. And, the federal Education Department says, it should be easier to use. The latest version of the document, formally called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, will be available next month on a new phone app and on a revamped website that works well on mobile devices. The digital options, announced late last year, mean that anyone with a smartphone should be able to complete the form with less hassle. About 95 percent of Americans have some sort of mobile phone, according to the Federal Student Aid office, an arm of the Education Department.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 22, 2018

A seat at the table

Student leaders who meet with college and university administrators regularly and have a voice on governing boards feel much more effective, according to new research measuring students’ perceived influence on campus. The report, released Thursday, comes from the National Campus Leadership Council, a group advocating for more student authority in higher education. ... As issues such as free speech, mental health and race relations have shaken campuses more in the last several years, students have started demanding more access to high-ranking administrators, particularly presidents. For its survey, NCLC focused only on student government presidents, asking more than 200 of them at a range of institutions (both two- and four-year colleges, private and public) whether their institutions valued their views, whether they felt prepared to handle their roles and whether they could speak or vote during governing board sessions, among other questions.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 21, 2018

Average loan debt for graduates of four-year colleges: $28,650

The average student loan debt last year for graduates of four-year colleges who took out loans was $28,650, according to the latest version of an annual report from the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS). The average amount was up $300, or 1 percent, from 2016. Figures from the report were based on debt levels from college seniors who graduated from public and private colleges last year. Roughly two-thirds (65 percent) of this group took on at least some student debt.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 20, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Durkan makes pitch for free community college plan ahead of vote on $637.8 million levy

This fall, Seattle voters will decide whether the city’s high-school graduates should get to go to community college for free — an idea that’s taken hold throughout the country, to sometimes mixed reviews. On Thursday, a state agency that is trying to boost the state’s college-going rate heard elements of the plan from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, who made free community college a campaign promise last year. The Seattle Promise program is part of the $637.8 million Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy. 
The Seattle Times, Sept. 21, 2018

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