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April 23, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

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Four finalists in running for next Pierce College Fort Steilacoom president

Four finalists have been selected as candidates for the next president of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. After a nationwide search, Julie A. White, Matthew Campbell, O. John Maduko and D. Denise King were invited to visit the Fort Steilacoom campus to meet and answer questions from staff, students and the public. They’ll be making their appearances in the coming weeks. Former president Denise Yochum announced in January she is medically retiring. “I am proud to have been a member of the Pierce College Family for the past thirteen years,” Yochum wrote in an email to staff. “We have accomplished so much.” Fort Steilacoom is the larger of Pierce College’s two campuses, with approximately 6,000 students.
The News Tribune, April 22, 2019

Cross-pond linkup inked for wine education

Walla Walla Community College’s Enology and Viticulture program will soon have a French accent, of sorts. The school has signed a five-year agreement with French university Bordeaux Sciences Agro, or National School of Agronomic Sciences, that’s intended to benefit students learning winemaking, growing and marketing in both countries. The new partnership will facilitate exchanges of teachers and researchers between the two institutions, opportunities for students to study abroad, joint research programs and conferences.
Union-Bulletin, April 21, 2019

It’s college-level math, but it’s taught differently — and it’s helping more Washington students graduate

For community-college students, math can be a dream-killer. ... Eight years ago, Seattle Central began trying to solve this dilemma by piloting Statway, a very different kind of math class — one that uses easily-accessible statistics melded with real-world examples as an alternative to the traditional algebra/precalculus sequence. ... Starting next year, South Seattle College is using a new advising program for students called Guided Pathways, and it’s likely to boost the number of students in Statway.  ... Statewide, the math trend is going in the right direction — not only because of programs like Statway but also because more colleges are recognizing that not all students need remediation, said Bill Moore, director of K-12 partnerships for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The Seattle Times, April 21, 2019

Editorial: Community colleges can’t be ignored in state budget

Washington state has nearly three dozen community and technical colleges that help prepare thousands of students each year for careers or and thousands more with an affordable start on four-year degrees. These schools play an essential role in our state’s economy, which is something that seems to be undervalued. We can no longer afford to take these schools for granted. ... “I often feel that community colleges are the forgotten children of higher education,” said English professor Phebe Jewell of Seattle Central College. Her analogy is spot on. Community and technical colleges deserve more attention. And that, of course, applies to our own Walla Walla Community College.
Union-Bulletin, April 21, 2019

YVC breaking ground on a $22.7 M dollar expansion project

Yakima Valley College (YVC) is breaking ground on a new expansion project. The four million dollar property will soon turn into a Larson Gallery tasting room, conference center, and health facility. "This lot addressed 90 percent of our 20 year master plan," said YVC Vice President of Administrative Services Dr. Teresa Rich. By the end of this project, YVC will have checked off all the goals in their 20 year master plan within five years.
KIMA, April 19, 2019

Columbia Basin College: Growing with an eye on the future

It has been a wonderful first year for me at Columbia Basin College (CBC) and in the Tri-Cities, both personally and professionally. I am humbled to see the strong and ongoing support CBC receives from our community. It has been a privilege to get to know CBC’s faculty and staff and learn about the important work they do to better our students’ lives and improve our surrounding communities. I have had the opportunity to meet many students and hear their diverse stories, personal dreams and aspirations. I am confident our future is in capable hands.
Tri-City Herald, April 19, 2019

Columbia Basin College Arts Center: The CBC Arts Center remains strong and dedicated to our educational mission

... Who are the Columbia Basin College Arts Center majors? They are students in our plays, our concerts, our gallery events and our debate tournaments. The students are the other focus of the mission of the CBC Arts Center. These same students (both our majors and non-majors) are active as artists in our community; involved in community productions, playing at wineries and eating establishments and working with community partners. They are the CBC Arts Center and make our community a better place to live.
Tri-City Herald, April 19, 2019

Bellevue College rallies for higher education funding

Community and technical colleges across the state are frustrated with legislative inaction on investment. As a result, those faculty and staff planned a week of action April 15-18. Bellevue College (BC) was one of the 11 schools that participated. On Tuesday, April 16, BC faculty, staff and administrators joined together, calling for the Legislature to invest in community and technical colleges for the sake of students, employers and the community.
Bellevue Reporter, April 19, 2019

Centralia College hosts annual Family Fun Fest

Lewis County organizations gathered at Centralia College on Friday to provide engaging, educational activities and resources for children and their families. ... Another booth at the event was hosted by Centralia College Parents as Teachers, a program that works with individualized parent education and focuses on parent-child interaction, child development and child wellbeing. Program manager Kristi Jewell said Parents as Teachers cares about the growth and development of the children in the community. “This is just a really great opportunity for parents to see all kinds of different agencies and programs in the community, all here together, while giving children a chance to play at the same time,” Jewell said. 
The Daily Chronicle, April 19, 2019

This singing biology professor turns science into catchy tunes at Everett Community College

An Everett Community College professor has a creative way to help his students learn about biology: through music. Dr. Greg Crowther is a biology professor at Everett Community College, and quite the lyricist, but he really shines is when he combines the two. Crowther has gained the attention of his students and others by turning important biology lessons into songs. His hits include "Have Yourself a Healthy Little Kidney," and "Hey, Urethra!" Crowther joined New Day Northwest to teach us a little about biology with his song "Myofibrils," sang to the tune of "My Sharona." 
K5 News, April 18, 2019

A flower in the mud

A random decision at Clark College changed Linda Kliewer's course in life forever. ... It all started when she wanted to be active in something that wouldn’t return her to the monotony of a cubicle. She’d done her time before, eventually taking a break from the suits to be a stay-at-home mom to combat exorbitant daycare expenses. A vocational degree in floral design was her answer, but after selecting an intro pottery course for the sake of elective credits, that answer soon morphed into clay, rolling pins and sculpting tools. 
The Reflector, April 18, 2019

Maine winery turns NW fruit into fistful of gold

... Current releases of wines produced by students and instructors at College Cellars spun out four gold medals, two of them double gold. And Yakima Valley Vintners, the winemaking and viticulture program at Yakima Valley College, can boast of the best Albariño of the competition. They used grapes from the fascinating Naches Heights AVA west of Yakima.
Great Northwest Wine, April 17, 2019

Pierce College hosts Women of Justice Forum April 17

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is hosting a special event on April 17, shining a spotlight on women in a variety of criminal justice careers. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn more about the inspiration, challenges and triumphs of nontraditional voices of the criminal justice system. ... “It’s so important for women – and everyone, really – to see women in these positions in criminal justice,” said Bobi Foster-Grahler, criminal justice program director. “This is a wonderful chance for students to get to know members of our local criminal justice community who are willing to donate their time and help them find their path.”
The Suburban Times, April 15, 2019

Bill could help address teacher shortage, increase diversity

A bill that would provide more flexible requirements to enter teacher preparation programs could lead to a more diverse workforce and help address the state's teacher shortage, local officials said.
House Bill 1621, authored by Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy, of the 13th Legislative District which covers part of Yakima County, would provide more flexibility to colleges and universities to admit education students by making adjustments to the basic skills assessment requirements. ... The bill will help provide a more diverse body of teachers, said Melissa Matczak, director of the Yakima Valley College bachelor’s teacher education program launched last year. “The thing that is most valuable from my perspective, especially for Yakima Valley College, is that we’ll be able to support students who typically would not have access to a teacher prep program due to a lot of the testing barriers,” she said. “It may be a financial barrier due to the cost, it may be a language barrier or it could be a cultural barrier.”
Yakima Herald, April 15, 2019

Former Ben Moore’s spot could soon showcase SPSCC’s brewing, culinary programs

South Puget Sound Community College plans to expand into downtown Olympia to showcase its culinary, craft brewing and distilling programs. In December, the city bought 112 and 116 Fourth Ave. W, former home of the Olympia staple Ben Moore’s Restaurant & Pub and the site of the Great Cuisine of India. The city already owned parking lots next door, and the purchase gave it control of half a city block where it wants to eventually create a mixed-used development that could include residential, commercial and civic spaces and a parking garage.
The Olympian, April 15, 2019

Highline College presents Unity Through Diversity Week

The public is invited to celebrate and explore diversity and contemporary social justice issues at Highline College on April 22-26. Now in its 22nd year, Unity Through Diversity Week will include free events and a wide range of guest speakers. Another annual Highline event – GlobalFest – will also be part of the festivities, capping off Unity Week with food trucks, entertainment and a parade around campus. The new Parade of Nations, featuring 76 flag bearers holding flags from around the world, will be an opportunity for students to show pride in their culture, countries and community. After the parade, attendees can enjoy authentic food from different cultures, dance performances, singing and even a fashion show – all within the East parking lot of campus.
Kent Reporter, April 15, 2019

Nursing matters: Can local programs help fill the Yakima nursing gap?

The U.S. is hurting for qualified nurses. Between 2016 and 2026, only a fifth of the roughly 2 million new nurses needed nationwide are expected to enter the field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The problem is only expected to grow as Baby Boomer nurses retire and that generation turns into patients. Yakima County is no exception. The county’s nursing deficit is already apparent despite local nursing programs working tirelessly to develop local talent. ... Yakima nursing programs are regularly putting new nurses into the field. Yakima Valley College graduates roughly 60 students from its two-year associates in nursing program each year.
Yakima Herald, April 14, 2019

Former Beacon editor wins Rising Star communications award

Laura Daniali, a former editor for the Edmonds Beacon, has won two awards for her marketing and public relations work at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood. Daniali, a communications specialist in the college’s marketing and public information office, was named  2019 National Rising Star at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) conference in San Antonio March 25. ... According to NCMPR, the Rising Star award recognizes newcomers who have demonstrated special creativity or ability in marketing and public relations and show evidence of a promising future in the field. Daniali was also named NCMPR District 7’s Rising Star.
Edmonds Beacon, April 12, 2019

Port Townsend artist to exhibit in solo show at Peninsula College

The work of Port Townsend artist Maria Coryell-Martin will be featured in a solo exhibition at Peninsula College beginning Tuesday. Coryell-Martin describes herself as an expeditionary artist following the tradition of traveling artists as naturalists and educators. ... On the final day of the exhibit, she will host an artist talk in the Little Theater at 12:30 p.m. as a part of Peninsula College’s Studium Generale lecture series, with a reception following in the gallery. Both the exhibition and Studium events are free and open to the public. The exhibit will feature field sketches and studio paintings from both Greenland and Antarctica, regions experiencing accelerated climate change.
Peninsula Daily News, April 11, 2019

YVC teaching winery hosts colorful tasting

Yakima Valley College’s teaching winery, students and Yakima Valley Vintners hosted a community open house in March for enthusiasts to learn about wines produced in the Yakima Valley, tour the winery and enjoy tastings of student-crafted, award-winning wines. The 5-8 p.m. teach, tour and taste event showcased how YVC’s students, and the only teaching winery in the region, inspire an educational environment which contributes to the growing wine industry in the Yakima Valley and Washington state.
Sunnyside Sun, April 10, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

FCC key to closing the homework gap

Thousands of students nationwide still don’t have access to a fast and stable internet connection in their homes despite huge advances in technology in the past decade. Whether it's a lack of technology infrastructure, particularly in rural and remote areas, or prohibitive monthly costs for high-speed internet service, students without access at home have a harder time doing homework and often fall behind their peers that do have access.
Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2019

Opinion: A wake-up call to help student loan borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education’s inspector general has released a scathing report detailing the department’s failure to hold student loan companies accountable and the resulting harm to borrowers from a series of malpractices. The independent watchdog’s report finds that loan servicers often failed to provide student loan borrowers with accurate information about their repayment options and placed them in more expensive plans even when more affordable options were available.
Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2019

How to be a better online teacher: Advice guide

... Online classes aren’t going away — enrollments continue to grow year after year. Further, online education increases access for students who, with work and family obligations, would not otherwise be able to go to college. Those people are just as much our students as the ones who show up on the campus, and they, too, deserve the best teaching we can offer.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Warren shakes up student loan debate

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call Monday to wipe out student debt has ignited a debate over the scale of federal action needed to deal with the growing loan burden borne by many borrowers. The $1.25 trillion proposal received praise by progressive groups for its ambition and its explicit focus on racial equity. But some higher ed experts questioned whether it offered too many benefits to college graduates who don’t require assistance from the federal government. Warren’s plan would completely wipe out the debt of three-quarters of student loan borrowers, according to her presidential campaign.
Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2019

Washington lawmakers want to guarantee you can get college credit for IB classes

Washington state students have been confused recently about whether they can get college credit for taking the most rigorous college-level classes while still in high school. This month, the Legislature passed the third bill in as many years seeking to help them: Students who earn a score of at least 4 on International Baccalaureate exams in high school would be guaranteed college credit at public universities in Washington under the bill passed by the House and Senate. After some minor reconciliation between the two versions, the bill — SB 5410 — will go to the governor’s desk, likely in May, said its sponsor, Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah. “It’s a done deal,” he said.
The Seattle Times, April 22, 2019

The case for Pell in prisons

Congress passed sentencing reform legislation in December that was widely regarded as the first major step in recent years to address mass incarceration. Now many involved in that fight are turning their focus to higher education. A coalition of groups with a broad range of ideological positions is pushing to make repeal of the federal ban on Pell Grants for incarcerated students a top priority as talks heat up over reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the law that oversees federal financial aid. Those organizations, including civil rights groups, religious colleges and conservative organizations, argue that college access for students behind bars is an issue of equity for postsecondary education and also the logical extension of efforts to end mass incarceration.
Inside Higher Ed, April 22, 2019

Warren's free-college plan would cancel student debt for millions

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth A. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat running for president, issued a $1.25-trillion plan on Monday that would cancel most student-loan debt and make every public college free. The plan, unveiled in a blog post on Monday, would cancel up to $50,000 in student-loan debt for 42 million Americans, wiping it out entirely for three-quarters of those borrowers. It would also allow any American to attend a two- or four-year public college “without paying a dime in tuition or fees,” Warren’s post said. The senator dismissed as “nonsense” complaints that her plan, which would cost an estimated $1.25 trillion over 10 years, is unaffordable. The cost would be more than covered, she wrote, by what she calls an “ultra-millionaire tax,” a 2-percent annual tax on the 75,000 families in the United States worth at least $50 million.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 22, 2019

Congress considers making college more accessible to people in prison

Inmates are among the least-educated people in America. That's despite research that shows education is one of the most effective ways to keep people from coming back to prison. Now, there's renewed interest in giving adults behind bars better access to higher education. A new bipartisan bill in Congress would allow incarcerated people to use federal Pell Grants — designed for low-income students — to pay for higher education, including college classes and workforce training.
NPR, April 20, 2019

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