News Links | April 11, 2019
System News | Opinion
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
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
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
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
... 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
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
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 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 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
The Daily Chronicle, April 5, 2019
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
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
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
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
... 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
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
... 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
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