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April 11, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

PC offers awards to enroll

Peninsula College is offering 2019 high school graduates in Clallam and Jefferson counties $1,000 to attend PC as full-time freshman, in person or online, beginning fall 2019. The award would cover more than one fifth of the college’s annual tuition and fees and admission is guaranteed. This is the first award of its kind offered to area high school students and will be provided in the form of Peninsula College Foundation funds, or federal or state grants. With ongoing community support, the college and foundation hope to continue this program for future graduates.
Sequim Gazette, April 10, 2019

Editorial: Restore prisoners’ access to books, Pell grants

Following bipartisan action in Congress and President Trump’s signature on the First Step Act at the end of last year, the nation took a significant step forward in correcting unproductive policies passed in the 1994 Crime Act. ... One of the more damaging provisions of the 1994 crime bill was the revocation of prisoners’ eligibility for Pell grants, student financial aid that allowed prisoners to earn certificates and degrees at facilities where colleges offered programs, as Edmonds Community College does at the Monroe Correctional Complex. 
The Everett Herald, April 9, 2019

Pharmacy Tech alum finds home at local hospital

A lot has changed in Clover Park Technical College’s Pharmacy Technician program over the last 15 years, but one thing that hasn’t is the dedication of the instructors to providing the best opportunities for their students. That was Sara’s experience when she finished the program with three job offers waiting for her, and it continues to be the experience she sees as a member of the program’s advisory committee and mentor to students she works with. “Throughout the program, the instructors were really supportive,” Sara said. “I learned that pharmacy is a small community, and I’ve kept in touch with a lot of the instructors and students I knew in the program. They really took the time to get to know the students and help promote the paths and opportunities that can make them the most successful.”
The Suburban Times, April 9, 2019

Construction on track for BBCC workforce education building

The new workforce education building on the Big Bend Community College campus could be open for fall 2019 classes, at least for some of the building’s occupants. Linda Schoonmaker, vice-president of finance and administration, said construction is on schedule despite a blast of late-winter snow and cold. Substantial completion is expected by Sept. 10, Schoonmaker said. Her office has a pretty good view of the construction site. “It’s very exciting. Every day you look at it, another wall goes up, or something.”
Columbia Basin Herald, April 9, 2019

CCCSE reports offers insight into connection between mindset and student success

... In addition, Dr. Wendy Rockhill, dean for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics + Business at Seattle Central College, said that when the school joined the Statway Math Pathways Project in 2009 as part of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement for Teaching’s (CFAT) efforts around student success and completion in pre-college math and statistics, the goal of the project was to “provide contextualized course content and implement holistic student learning strategies that would be beneficial to students who are likely to have more anxiety and fear around learning math.”
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, April 9, 2019

Edmonds CC honored with national marketing and PR awards

The Edmonds Community College’s Marketing and Public Information office took home a Paragon award and a national Rising Star award at the recent annual National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) national conference in San Antonio, Texas. Edmonds CC earned a silver Paragon in the Brochure-Booklet category for its Student Resource Guide. ... Laura Daniali, communications specialist of Edmonds CC’s marketing and public information office, was named NCMPR’s 2019 National Rising Star. “It’s an honor to be recognized among so many amazing community college marketing and communications professionals,” said Daniali, who has worked at the college since 2016. “I’ve been inspired by the many talented people I’ve met through NCMPR over the past two years and their hard work and dedication to championing the power of community and technical colleges to transform students’ lives and our communities through education.”
MLT News, April 8, 2019

She’s walking proof that a college degree can take you places

Ciera Graham knew that a college education — her parents preached its value — could take her places. ... “With a college education, I am able to serve as a role model to students who may not see college as a viable option,” she said. She’s been that role model as a student and, for the past eight years, as a college and university administrator. A little over a month ago, Graham was named the new director of Everett Community College East County Campus in Monroe.
The Everett Herald, April 7, 2019

Clark College students help prepare Hazel Dell garden for spring

Clark College students from Kristen Myklebust’s and Veronica Brock’s Food and Your Health classes worked at the Hazel Dell School and Community Garden on two consecutive Thursdays in March. The 58 students prepared the garden for spring planting by spreading soil on the beds and bark on the paths. Washington State University Master Gardeners Bobbi Bellomy and Barbara Nordstrom, with the help of Lydia De Priest, Mike Garofalo, Lynn Peterson and Claire Sprowls, led the work parties. In addition to educational opportunities for the students and food for the weekend backpack program, the garden is partnering with the Food Bank and Share to provide food to the local community.
The Columbian, April 6, 2019

Centralia College announces Dan Haskins as 2019 Distinguished Alumnus

Centralia College announced this week that the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus is Dan Haskins — CEO and president of Northwest Veterinary Group, member of the Washington State Veterinary Board of Governors and an adjunct professor at Washington State University. The college is honoring Haskins for his years of international service and professional achievement. ... “It was a quality education,” Haskins said in a press release from Centralia College. “I came out of my first two years better off than some of the kids who went to a four-year (university).”
The Daily Chronicle, April 5, 2019

WWCC instructor earns statewide recognition

An instructor in business education at the Clarkston campus of Walla Walla Community College has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Anna Sue McNeill Assessment, Teaching and Learning Award. Linda Lane, who has been employed at WWCC for 29 years, was selected by the Washington State Board of Education. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to teaching, student learning and assessment, as well as shown commitment to the support and delivery of educational opportunities for students.
The Lewiston Tribune, April 5, 2019

Centralia College acquires nuclear magnetic resource spectrometer

A new instrument at Centralia College will allow science students to take a closer look at molecules — something that will prepare them for a variety of career fields. “NMR is one of the primary methods used for chemical identification,” said Associate Chemistry Professor Karen Goodwin. “It is taught no matter where you are. Whether you have the instrument or not, the theory of the instrument is taught. We now can actually apply practical application to the theory. I would, before getting this instrument, talk for an entire chapter about the theory behind NMR.”
The Daily Chronicle, April 5, 2019

Drones now part of search and rescue toolbox

Drone technology is working in the service of search and rescue in Grant County, with the help of instructors and students in the unmanned systems program at Big Bend Community College. Members of the program have joined Grant County Search and Rescue, a volunteer organization that “provides assistance to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and other local first response agencies,” wrote Tiffany Sukola, BBCC communications coordinator.
Columbia Basin Herald, April 4, 2019

CPTC student leader selected for prestigious scholarship

Since first coming to campus at Clover Park Technical College, Alexandra Haley has been a key member of the student community in both Associated Student Government and the Dental Assistant program. Her hard work has led to several honors, and the biggest came as she completed the program last month when she was selected as a 2019 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar.
The Suburban Times, April 4, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Opinion: Supporting first-generation students

... First-generation students today are faced with academic, financial and cultural challenges, even as a college education is ever more necessary for career achievement. College leaders and faculty members, including those who are first generation themselves, play a role in the development of policies and practices to help them deal with those challenges. ... For first-generation students, going to college requires stepping outside their comfort zone. That can instill feelings of disconnection and even guilt in relation to family members and friends. It also requires leaving one set of social expectations behind and learning a new and at times frightening set of attitudes and behaviors. And all this can occur while trying to keep up with college-level work.
Inside Higher Ed, April 11, 2019

How to calculate the cost of college: A guide to financial aid terms

Right now, students across the country are in the process of choosing where to go to college. For many, that decision is closely tied to a school's financial aid offer. But with no current standardization of these offers, letters look vastly different from one college to the next. They're often filled with confusing terms and jargon, and not all colleges define and calculate these terms the same way. Here are some general definitions to help students and their families navigate the process.
NPR, April 11, 2019

College-admissions hysteria is not the norm

... Most schools are not these highly selective institutions, and the application process for millions of students is not the stress-inducing nightmare that gets so much public attention. Excluded from the narrative are the thousands of four-year colleges that serve millions of undergraduates, including many historically black colleges and universities—not to mention the 1,000-plus community colleges.
The Atlantic, April 10, 2019

Buying college essays is now easier than ever. But buyer beware

As the recent college admissions scandal is shedding light on how parents are cheating and bribing their children's way into college, schools are also focusing on how some students may be cheating their way through college. Concern is growing about a burgeoning online market that makes it easier than ever for students to buy essays written by others to turn in as their own work. And schools are trying new tools to catch it.
NPR, April 10, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Lawmakers want all paraeducators in Washington schools to complete formal training — but will they pay for it?

... About 27,000 paraeducators work in schools across the state, but the training they get before their first day on the job depends entirely on what their school district can afford. No other state requires training for paraeducators, according to the Public School Employees (PSE) union. A state law passed in 2017 will standardize such training throughout Washington — but only if lawmakers actually fund the mandate this year.
The Seattle Times, April 3, 2019

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