News Links | April 23, 2019
System News | Opinion
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
The News Tribune, April 22, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
... 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 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
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
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
The Olympian, April 15, 2019
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
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
Yakima Herald, April 14, 2019
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
Edmonds Beacon, April 12, 2019
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
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
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
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
... 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
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 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
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
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
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