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News Links | April 16, 2019

April 16, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Vakharia named All-Washington Scholar

Highline College student Vaishali Vakharia earned statewide recognition for her accomplishments. The Kent resident was honored as a member of the 2019 All-Washington Academic Team. She and other top scholars from the state’s 34 community and technical colleges attended a March 21 awards ceremony in Olympia.
Northwest Asian Weekly, April 15, 2019

Sharon Jang selected as New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar

Tacoma Community College announced on March 21 that one of its students, Sharon Jang, was recognized as Washington’s New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar. Jang is working towards a career in dentistry. To support her continuing education, Jang will receive a total of $9,250 in scholarships — including $5,000 from Follett Higher Education.
Northwest Asian Weekly, April 15, 2019

Wells Hall replacement taking shape in new Wenatchee Valley College filing

Wenatchee Valley College has provided more information regarding the new building that will replace Wells Hall. In a filing dated April 12th, WVC described the size and purpose of the building. Wells Hall sits on the 5th Street side of the campus, just east of Wenatchi Hall. The three story structure will be 70,000 square feet in total, with a 24,000 square foot footprint. Four of the five wings that make up Wells Hall will be demolished, with the fifth wing remaining as a stand-alone building.
KPQ, April 14, 2019

2019 Shoreline Short Short Film Festival wraps up - Golden Sasquatch awards

The 3rd Annual Shoreline Short Short Film Festival attracted more than 200 audience members last Saturday at the Shoreline Community College Theater. The evening showcased a juried selection of 14 short films made by emerging and professional filmmakers working in Washington. The top filmmakers were honored with impressive (but fragile) handmade Golden Sasquatch statues and cash prizes, and the audience voted for their favorite film to win the People’s Choice Award! 
Shoreline Are News, April 12, 2019

Editorial: More funding for community colleges needed

The state Legislature is pondering creating a dedicated fund to supplement higher education. That’s something that is needed, and has been for a long time. But because the proposed legislation calls for increasing taxes — a surcharge on the business and occupation tax — to fund it, the proposal has received a chilly reception. That could end thoughtful debate immediately. ... Walla Walla Community College and the state’s other two-year schools are a vital part of our economy. They provide training for those seeking careers in high demand fields. They also provide a more affordable place for those seeking to start work on a four-year degree.
Union-Bulletin, April 11, 2019

Bates Technical College’s president Lin Zhou joins College Spark board

Trustees at College Spark Washington appointed Bates Technical College President Lin Zhou, Ph. D. to the College Spark Washington board during their April 10 board meeting. She joins a 14-member board of top leaders in business, industry and education. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this outstanding organization dedicated to addressing college readiness for low income students,” said Dr. Zhou. “With a majority of new jobs in our state requiring some form of postsecondary education, it’s important that we improve college completion rates, and I look forward to taking an active role on this board.”
The Suburban Times, April 11, 2019

WWCC declining enrollment needs ‘new thinking’

Since the recession, enrollment at Walla Walla Community College has continued to decline. That’s why Walla Walla Community College President Derek Brandes believes there needs to be new thinking on how to turn things around. “The largest factor is when the economy is hot, people choose to work,” Brandes said. “Then a recession hits and people that have some high school and some college they’re the first to get laid off. And the best thing to do to recession-proof you is to get credentials and degrees. So that’s when people come back in record numbers, really, into our system.”
My Columbia Basin, April 11, 2019

Bright future for YVCs surgical tech program

In the high-pressure environment of a hospital operating room, there’s one job that is as vital as it is often overlooked: surgical technologist. “A good scrub tech, or surgical tech, will know what the surgeon wants before the surgeon knows that they want it, so they really are essential to making a smooth operation,” explains Dr. Jennifer Ford a surgeon at Astria Regional Medical Center. At Yakima Valley College, the Surgical Tech program is growing.
KIMA, April 9, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Reshaping Parent PLUS loans

The use of Parent PLUS loans -- federal loans for parents of dependent undergraduates --is increasing, even as student borrowing is declining. Parent PLUS loans were originally designed to provide liquidity to high asset families who could not cover their expected family contributions (EFCs) with current income. But policymakers have pushed the Parent PLUS program past this original mission.
New America, April 16, 2019

How to help students find the true price of college

... A recently reintroduced bipartisan bill, the Net Price Calculator Improvement Act, aims to improve the transparency and accuracy around how colleges communicate the estimated net price, a college’s full cost of attendance minus estimated grant and scholarship aid, to prospective students. This legislation requires that the net price calculator (NPC) be located in an intuitive place, such as on the institution’s financial aid page, and be conspicuous, so that students can easily find it. Additionally, the bill mandates that colleges use data from the past two years to estimate the net price, which must be the most visually prominent calculation in the output.
New America, April 16, 2019

Nearly 50 students from across the state committed to pursing STEM careers celebrated in state capitol

Just like signing days for athletes, the second-annual Washington STEM Signing Day presented in partnership with Boeing celebrated high school seniors from across the state as they made their commitments to some of the state and country’s top technical schools, colleges, and universities. Students signed STEM Letters of Intent at the state capitol in Olympia during a ceremony attended by family members, elected officials and leadership from Boeing. Forty-nine students, one from each legislative district across the state, were selected to take part in the event based on their involvement in STEM education in school and community.
Thurston Talk, April 15, 2019

Community colleges to add new apprenticeships

The nation’s leading association for community colleges is helping its member institutions focus on building more apprenticeship programs and becoming experts for work-force development in their communities. Community colleges were successful at getting more students into college during the last century, Walter Bumphus, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Community Colleges, said during the group's 99th annual convention in Orlando this weekend, but more work is required to close racial and economic equity gaps in academic achievement and guaranteeing graduates are employed in well-paying jobs.
Inside Higher Ed, April 15, 2019

Veterans could be first to pay as DeVos rolls back for-profit college oversight

... For-profit schools cost on average twice as much as public colleges, and most of their revenues come directly from taxpayers through federal financial aid. The schools also spend heavily on marketing and recruiting students who qualify for federal aid, especially veterans. Here’s why: For every dollar of GI Bill funding for-profit schools secure, they qualify for an additional $9 in federal student aid. For-profit schools have been eight of the top 10 recipients of GI Bill tuition and fee payments since 2009, according to an analysis of VA data by Veterans Education Success, an advocacy group for veterans that has worked against the tactics used by for-profit schools.
NBC News, April 14, 2019

Presidents divided on community college bachelor's degrees

Community college and university presidents are sharply divided over whether two-year institutions should offer bachelor's degrees, a new Inside Higher Ed survey finds. Two-year college presidents want to offer more bachelor's degrees because they believe such programs would help close racial, ethnic and economic gaps in degree attainment. But four-year college presidents are skeptical of the idea and have fought against proposals that would increase bachelor's degree availability at community colleges. They are concerned about the quality of a bachelor's degree from a community college and see the push as evidence of mission creep.
Inside Higher Ed, April 12, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

House OKs bill providing services to homeless Wash. college students

Homeless college students are one step closer to receiving assistance from Washington state. The House voted 57-37 to pass a bill that would provide short-term housing, laundry facilities, storage, showers, reduced-price meal plans, technology, and case management services. “As a state, we’ve taken important steps to support young students experiencing homelessness while in our K-12 system, but once they get to college, they lose that network,” said Senator Emily Randall, who sponsored Senate Bill 5800. The bill aims to create pilot programs at six colleges across the state – one at a four-year institution and two at community colleges, as well as technical colleges on each side of the Cascades. Each chosen institution will provide assistance to students experiencing homelessness and students who were in foster care.
KOMO, April 13, 2019

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