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News Links | April 4, 2019

April 04, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Service learning comes to PR community

Service learning trips provide college students with an alternative spring break option, though the groups typically head toward warmer climates. “But that means we are taking all of the knowledge pool that we have at our school and sending it to Florida or the Cayman Islands,” said Khaliela Wright, instructor and activities board advisor for the Spokane Falls Community College campus in Pullman. In an effort to bring the service learning closer to home, Wright put together a team of five students who spent their spring break completing projects with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Kalispel Tribe in Bonner and Pend Oreille counties.
Bonner County Daily Bee, April 3, 2019

Royal students receive scholarships from Dell

... Both Fatima and Elizabeth are seniors at RHS and are in the Running Start program at Big Bend Community College, said Tiffany Sukola, BBCC communications coordinator. Both girls will graduate in June with a BBCC associate degree as well as a high school diploma. ... Both are part of BBCC’s Trio program, which helps support high school students who want to continue their education after high school. 
Columbia Basin Herald, April 3, 2019

LCC partners with Western Governors University, expands continuing ed options

Through a new partnership with Western Governors University, Lower Columbia College will add eight new options for students looking to continue their higher education at home. WGU joins three other universities in the Lower Columbia Regional University Center, an on-campus program that provides “local opportunities for four-year degrees and beyond,” said LCC President Chris Bailey.
The Daily News, April 3, 2019

Green River College trains the next generation of cyber security experts

... With the internet, your information is constantly vulnerable. At Green River College in Auburn, they’re hoping to help train the next internet protectors. “The big thing about cybersecurity is that nothing is secure,” said Alan Carter, Green River College’s Informational Technology program director. Some students in the program, like Michael Kujawa, know that, too. “I definitely feel responsibility to stop that from happening,” said Kujawa. 
Q13 Fox, April 3, 2019

Peninsula College plans position cuts due to $800K deficit

Due to an estimated $800,000 deficit mostly from shrinking enrollment, leadership for Port Angeles-based Peninsula College recently announced plans to eliminate about 15 positions and suspend its continuing education program starting this summer. Continuing education programs will be offered again, said college President Luke Robins, but when is unknown. “Any time you have to reduce the number of folks on your staff it’s a tough decision,” Robins said. Of the cuts, Robins said 15 classified, exempt and faculty positions will be eliminated through budget cuts or not replaced after retirement but details still are being worked out. 
Sequim Gazette, April 3, 2019

Big Bend Japanese Agricultural Training Program enters 54th year

Forty-two trainees participating in the 54th year of Big Bend Community College's Japanese Agricultural Training Program arrived in Moses Lake on Friday to begin their 19-month adventure in the U.S. The trainees from Japan spend the first eight weeks taking English as a Second Language Classes at Big Bend while getting an introduction to American culture and agriculture. The trainees live in the dorms at Big Bend. Following their time at the college, the trainees move on to host farms throughout the country where they spend the next 14 months developing their skills in their chosen agricultural career specialty.
iFiber One, April 2, 2019

South King County schools falling short in preparing students for college, careers, report says

Despite years of investment in South King County schools, a new report shows that districts still aren’t meeting the needs of students there — and that the population of students is changing. ... Highline College, a community college in Des Moines, no longer relies on placement tests to determine if a student needs remedial classes. Instead, Highline reviews high-school transcripts, or just lets students decide for themselves if they need remediation. And Ryan notes that course pass rates have remained the same.
The Seattle Times, April 1, 2019

Bachelor of Nursing at Wenatchee Valley College

If you are an “A” student in Biology, Chemistry, Physiology, Anatomy and Micro-Biology … you may make a good nursing candidate for Wenatchee Valley College’s Bachelor of Nursing program. Dr. Kristin Hosey, a doctor of nursing, says qualified nurses are needed and can find work anywhere on the planet. [Audio]
KPQ, April 1, 2019

Shoreline Community College graduates its second class of Tesla service technicians

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, Shoreline Community College graduated its second class of service technicians for the electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla. The class is a collaboration between the college and Tesla, which provides vehicles, tools, and instruction materials - and hires the graduates at service centers across North America. It's a new approach to vocational job training. Instead of sending students through a generalized class, this course trains specifically for Tesla. The college has three other highly successful automotive programs each specializing in a specific make of vehicle. 
Shoreline Area News, March 31, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

A culture of caring

The first time Jordan A. Herrera met Cindy Lopez, the 19-year-old single mother was pushing a stroller, financial-aid documents in hand and a long list of questions on her mind. She remembers thinking that Lopez seemed determined and resilient, but she worried about how a first-generation student who was struggling to put food on the table and relied on her grandparents to care for her daughter, Athena, would manage to focus on her studies. Like so many students at Amarillo College, Lopez was one emergency away from dropping out before classes had even begun. A broken-down car or an eviction notice could stop her semester in its tracks.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 3, 2019

Opinion: Expand career-connected learning across Washington state

If you’re a Washington business owner or manager wondering where to find skilled workers, you’re not alone. And if you’re a Washington parent or high school student, wondering how to get from school to a great job, you’re not alone either. You may also be the solution to each other’s problem. Last summer, the Career Connect Washington initiative convened groups of parents to discuss education and career preparation in Washington state. As part of a 10-year effort, we are learning how to better help students connect to both jobs and advanced education so they will be well positioned to step into the state’s job market. Business, labor and education organizations are all stepping up; we need the Legislature to act as well.
The Seattle Times, April 2, 2019

Pop-up pantries aim to reduce food insecurity for college students

Food pantries are appearing more frequently in a surprising type of location: colleges and universities. More than 700 educational institutions belong to a national nonprofit aiming to alleviate food insecurity among college students. ... Nationwide, research shows 25 percent of community college students experience food insecurity, compared to 20 percent of students at four-year schools. And the rates of food insecurity are higher for black and Hispanic students, at 57 percent and 40 percent, respectively. [Video]
PBS NewsHour, April 2, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

New rules for accreditors

Trump administration officials opened champagne and shook hands with negotiators Wednesday after a lengthy rule-making process led to consensus on a broad array of changes to federal standards governing college accreditors and online education. Those changes will allow colleges to get faster approval for changes to their programs, facilitate quicker federal recognition of new accreditors and allow for more targeted, less comprehensive federal reviews of accreditors. And they would give accreditors discretion over when to take action against a college that is out of compliance with standards.
Inside Higher Ed, April 4, 2019

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