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News Links | April 2, 2019

April 02, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Pierce College campus wins national award for rapid improvement

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom has won a national award for dramatically improving student outcomes. The state community college was one of 10 colleges in the running for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, a $1 million award given since 2011 that recognizes excellence in community colleges. While Pierce didn’t win the big prize, it was one of three to receive Aspen’s “rising star” award for a strong record of improvement.
The Seattle Times, April 2, 2019

Among hits by songwriting biology instructor: ‘Hey, Urethra!’

He’s the Aretha of the urethra. After a dry lecture on the workings of the urinary system, Everett Community College biology instructor Greg Crowther changes his tune. What’s up with that? A slideshow with musical notation replaces the series of diagrams of excretory organs. Music blares. The button-down shirt lecturer in khakis kicks it up like a Broadway performer. “Hey ya, hey ya, hey, urethra,” he chants. His voice fills the room, sans microphone: “Like a spy in a movie, or a bilingual beauty. You can do double duty. To get rid of pollution, and for sperm distribution. There’s a common solution.” Students sing the chorus: “Hey, urethra!”
The Everett Daily Herald, April 2, 2019

LCC, K-12 'Graduation Plus' campaign to encourage teens to enroll in college

Lower Columbia College officials are out to debunk the myth that “college isn’t for everyone.”
In partnership with the K-12 local school districts, the college has launched a “Graduation Plus” campaign to offer more college-level classes in high school and to encourage Cowlitz County students to enroll at LCC for at least one more year of education after graduation. The campaign’s goal is to raise the number of college degree-holders in Cowlitz County, enrich the local economy and fight youth “brain drain.”
The Daily News, April 1, 2019

Editorial: In Our View: Community colleges are vital today, tomorrow

Like most two-year colleges, Clark College is subject to fluctuations in the economy. When the national and regional economy is weak, as during the Great Recession of a decade ago, enrollment is robust; fewer jobs are available, leaving more potential students seeking education or training. But when the economy is strong, more would-be students enter the market to seize available jobs. ... The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges requested an additional $189 million from the state operating budget that is being hammered out for the 2019-21 biennium. The focuses of the request are faculty pay raises to bring the schools in line with K-12 public schools; expansion of the Guided Pathways student support program; and 5,000 more student slots in high-demand fields such as nursing, computer science and advanced manufacturing. 
The Columbian, April 1, 2019

CNISS team competes at cyber defense competition

With the threat of cyber attacks always growing in our world, the need for prepared cyber security professionals is greater than ever. Last weekend, a group of eight Clover Park Technical College Computer Networking & Information Systems Security Students had the opportunity to put their skills and learning to the test in a simulated cyber attack at the Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (PRCCDC). The three-day competition (March 22-24) essentially locked the group into a room on the campus of Highline College where they were given a business scenario and had to defend their organization from an array of attacks.
The Suburban Times, April 1, 2019

With building booming, Edmonds CC offers construction management program

Construction is booming throughout the Puget Sound region, creating a demand for skilled workers and construction managers. Last year, Seattle earned the title of crane capital of the U.S. for the third year in a row with 65 cranes dotting the skyline. As the only accredited two-year construction management program in Washington state, Edmonds Community College is uniquely positioned to train students for high-demand, high-wage jobs in this growing industry.
MLT News, March 30, 2019

Tri-Cities college students, educators will be getting a boost to kick this habit

Columbia Basin College is poised to join more than a dozen colleges across the state in clamping down on nicotine products. College officials declared they would make cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes off limits at the Pasco and Richland campuses after receiving about $20,000 from the Truth Initiative. ... “We are truly excited to make CBC a safe, healthy and productive environment,” college President Rebekah Woods said. “The health benefits of reducing secondhand smoke exposure are extensive. Plus, this will help our students prepare for the workforce where smoke-free policies are already the norm.”
The Tri-City Herald, March 29, 2019

Columbia Basin College is offering a new bachelors degree

Columbia Basin College Dean for Transitional Studies Daphne Larios talks about new Bachelor degree starting in the Fall of 2019. [Video]
The Tri-City Herald, March 29, 2019

Pierce College Dean Lori Griffin named a 2019 Distinguished Alum

As a first-generation college student, Lori Griffin faced some of the same challenges many students face today. She was unsure how to navigate the college system, and she was searching for the right path to a fulfilling career that she would enjoy. She chose to attend Pierce College because it was affordable, close to home, and gave her a chance to explore her options before committing to a specific career pathway.
The Suburban Times, March 28, 2019

Sharon Jang Selected as New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar, All-USA Academic Team Member

Tacoma Community College student Sharon Jang was recognized at Thursday’s All-Washington event at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia as 2019’s top-ranked All Washington Scholar, one of 20 members of the 2019 All- USA Academic Team, and Washington’s New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar. Jang is working towards a career in dentistry.
The Suburban Times, March 21, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

When grading less is more

... Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh, a chemistry instructor at Central New Mexico Community College, has written about her current ungrading effort in her organic chemistry class. Like many other professors who forgo grading students, Sorensen-Unruh offered students a sense of how they should assess themselves and their learning in her syllabus. Most ungrading processes are highly structured. And in Sorensen-Unruh's case, she wanted to make sure that her classes would be counted as prerequisites for students continuing their studies.
Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2019

NSF's foray into defining job skills

... “No industry will be immune to the way advances in technology change the nature of work. As a pressing example, we are facing critical gaps in matching people with data science and cybersecurity skills with the right mission needs,” it said. “NSF believes that, along with other agencies and organizations, the best way to maintain a work force ready to carry out its mission is to encourage a culture of continuous learning, and to empower each person to refresh and modernize their skills toward future work.”
Inside Higher Ed, April 1, 2019

Interview: Why Harvard, Yale and Stanford may not be the 'best' colleges

... Since 2000, Gail O. Mellow has presided over LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens, one of seven community colleges in the CUNY system. She has just announced plans to step down in August, so I called her to get her thoughts on how we define "the top" in higher education right now. 
NPR, March 29, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Congress wants a say in the Title IX debate. What might that look like?

Campus sexual assault should be addressed in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, U.S. senators emphasized during an education-committee hearing on Tuesday. The question is how legislation might complement the Title IX regulations that Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, has proposed — and, given how controversial the draft rules are, whether lawmakers can agree on what that legislation should look like. Most of the hearing was spent discussing three of the most hotly debated components of the proposed rules: the requirement for cross-examination in live hearings, the fact that colleges would no longer have to investigate many off-campus assaults, and the narrower definition of sexual harassment. ... "We have to make it easier to report sexual harassment, not make it harder," said Sen. Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington. "And that's what I fear Secretary DeVos's proposed Title IX rule would do when it only requires schools to respond to reports of campus sexual assault that were made specifically to a very small group of campus officials.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April, 2, 2019

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