News Links | September 25, 2018
System News | Opinion
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
... 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
... 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Thurston Talk, Sept. 20, 2018
.... 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
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
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
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
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
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
The Seattle Times, Sept. 21, 2018