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News Links | April 25, 2019

April 25, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Community colleges work to meet demand for skilled trades in Spokane

Faculty at Community Colleges of Spokane say that in recent years, they’ve been working harder to establish relationships with employers that will enable them to train students for high-wage jobs in skilled trades. “We’re working closely with a number of area employers  who cannot find enough employees to meet new openings and upcoming retirements,” says CCS spokeswoman Carolyn Casey. “They’re asking us to help spread the word about our one- and two-year technical programs that train them for these jobs.” CCS includes Spokane Community College, in East Spokane, and Spokane Falls Community College, in northwest Spokane.
Spokane Journal of Business, April 25, 2019

Visiting artist Joseph Seymour brings Coast Salish spirit to SPSCC ceramics class

In Nicole Gugliotti’s ceramics class at South Puget Sound Community College this quarter, everyone is trying something new. That includes visiting artist Joseph Seymour, who specializes in Coast Salish art. This is his first venture into teaching ceramics and also the first time he’s taught students with no background in native art. “It’s a totally new area for me,” says Seymour. “The students are really interested in how Coast Salish art is interpreted. They don’t necessarily understand the elements, but when I talk with them about the use of positive and negative images in the actual design, I see the gears turning. It’s nice that we can provide a bit of education about indigenous culture along with the lessons in ceramics.”
Thurston Talk, April 25, 2019

EvCC instructor’s artwork inspired by seasonal transitions

Life is filled with those “in between” times, transitions not yet complete. That sense of metamorphosis is one Everett Community College instructor Gregory Kammer explores in his exhibit “Between Seasons.” “It’s a carefully chosen title,” he tells members of a class who stopped by the college’s gallery to see the exhibit. It has to do with physical time between seasons, when it’s neither winter nor spring, nor summer, nor fall, “which for me is a nice description of the weather around here,” Kammer said.
Everett Herald, April 25, 2019

Lifting up Latino culture, literacy at Clark College celebration

... The United States has never declared any official, ongoing, annual children’s day or holiday, but the American Library Association has adopted Mexico’s annual observance, El Dia del Nino (The Day of the Child, always April 30), as its special day to promote literacy among children of all backgrounds, El Dia del Libro (The Day of the Book). Clark College has adopted the same occasion, for the same reason. On Friday night, it hosts its annual family-friendly “Celebration of My People,” that is, its “Celebracion de Mi Gente: El Dia del Nino/El Dia del Libro.” 
The Columbian, April 25, 2019

Green River College’s pioneering radio station celebrates 30 years of ‘Today’s Rock’

Green River College radio station 89.9 KGRG-FM celebrates the 30th anniversary of its “Today’s Rock” format with a month-long bash on-air and online. The celebration continues with the station hosting Alumni Week, April 29-May 3, with daily DJs featuring more than 15 alumni who work professionally in the radio industry today. ... The radio station, run exclusively by students since 1989, has helped launch the careers of major artists and professional radio broadcasters over four decades. The rock music station provided heavy, early airplay for such Northwest bands as Nirvana, Presidents of the USA, MxPx, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, and My Chemical Romance before they gained national and worldwide status. 
Auburn Reporter, April 24, 2019

Off-the-page perspective: Expert talks ‘Four-Color Reality’ and the impact of comic books in America

The X-Men are actually just a symbolic representation of civil rights when you really think about it. That is, if you’re the kind of person who thinks about that kind of thing. T. Andrew Wahl is the kind of person who thinks about that kind of thing a lot — and lately he has had a lot to think about. ... He currently teaches journalism at Everett Community College, when he’s not traveling as a Humanities Washington speaker to talk about his true love.
Bainbridge Island Review, April 24, 2019

New support for learning English at YVC

Yakima Valley College offers a new initiative for students who struggle with their English skills. The college now has bi-monthly conversational English practice sessions on its Yakima campus, complete with current event discussions and entertaining group activities. The program is designed to support students and raise awareness of YVC’s College & Career Readiness division. 
“We provide opportunities for students regardless of where they’re at with their language skills, to learn to speak English and progress through their education, all the way to their A.A. or bachelor’s degree,” explains Marc Coomer, Dean of the College & Career Readiness Division.
KIMA, April 23, 2019

Jobs of the future: Blue collar is back

... Meanwhile, Spokane Community College and North Idaho College are getting in on the trend by offering scholarships to students who want to pursue careers in health, information technology and manufacturing. Grants are made available through the Metallica Scholars program, which awarded 10 colleges nationwide including SCC and NIC. Each school was given $100,000 to help pay for students tuition, tools and textbooks. "We were really direct about how virtually all of the money went directly to student aid," said SCC President, Kevin Brockbank. "How do we make sure we provide a little bit of assistance that makes a huge difference to an adult who maybe is a single parent, or who has transportation issues, or maybe just as a whole myriad of family history that prevents them from getting over the little barriers to get them to college."
KHQ, April 23, 2019

Secrets of Success: Education

Dr. Jerry Weber, president of Bellevue College, has wanted to be a teacher since he was in junior high school. But it wasn’t until he entered his first faculty position as an English professor at an Illinois college that he realized the importance and indispensability of community colleges. ... "As I started to know my students and learn about their dreams, I was struck by the opportunity that the community college model provided for them. We are locally available, high-quality, and affordable. I have never forgotten that part of our mission is to provide access to the American Dream."
425 Business, April 22, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Report: Community colleges are significantly underfunded

A report released today by the Century Foundation calls for more funding for community colleges and better research to estimate the financial needs of two-year institutions. The foundation, a nonpartisan progressive think tank, recommends that state and federal policy makers begin increasing funding for community colleges in the short term, although more research is needed to determine the precise level of funding needed. The report also recommends that legislators support researchers who are attempting to determine the adequate amount of funding for community colleges. The researchers further recommend that policy makers use that research to help inform their decisions on future funding.
Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2019

Women best represented among lowest-paid deans

Women are well represented among deans with the lowest salaries, but they make up less than one-third of the highest-paid deans, according to CUPA-HR's 2019 Administrators in Higher Education Report, out today. Representation of racial minorities among deans varies similarly. Sixty-five percent of all associate and assistant deans have faculty status. Women continue to make up about half of all administrators.
Inside Higher Ed, April 24, 2019

What's really behind employers' interest in education?

Is there more than self-interest behind employers’ interest in education? Employers aren’t shy when it comes to complaining about colleges’ faults in preparing students for the workplace. Isn’t that more than a little tiresome sometimes? The lack of specificity. The nostalgia for the days when college grads supposedly showed up at their first jobs fully ready to tackle their assignments. And when did all of this become the job of colleges? Don’t employers have some responsibility, too?
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 23, 2019

International student numbers in U.S. decline

The total number of international students studying in the U.S. at all levels declined by 2.7 percent from March 2018 to this March, according to quarterly data on student visa holders recently published by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A total of 1,169,464 international students were studying in the U.S. this spring compared to 1,201,871 the spring before. The data include students studying at all levels, from K-12 to language study to higher education, and include students who have already completed their programs and stay in the U.S. to work for one to three years after graduating through the optional practical training program.
Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Bridging the gap on accountability

For-profit colleges have for years been higher education's boogeyman for consumer advocates and many Democrats in Congress. And those lawmakers have repeatedly called for tougher standards in response to the sector's relatively high loan default rates and other poor outcomes. But Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, suggested this month that his party hasn’t focused enough on failures happening at all colleges -- including public and nonprofit institutions. And he argued that a reauthorized Higher Education Act should add accountability for all colleges that receive federal aid.
Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2019

Murray: Proposal would create grants to help rural areas get high-speed internet

... Murray, D-Seattle, and Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), toured Peninsula College’s Forks campus Tuesday to discuss the senator’s legislation, the Digital Equity Act, that would create two new $125 million grant programs to increase broadband access in rural communities. ... Peninsula College President Luke Robbins said that though the college is connected to the fiber connection that follows U.S. Highway 101, people living on tribal land face challenges in getting internet. Many classes have online components, including assignments and quizzes that must be submitted online. “If a student doesn’t have access to broadband at home, they are disadvantaged because they cannot access that repetitious work … that is so valuable for success,” Robins said.
Peninsula Daily News, April 24, 2019

Editorial: Bridge the digital divide

America is a nation of internet haves and have nots. That digital divide now has the attention of Washington Sen. Patty Murray, who wants to empower rural, tribal and other underserved communities with the internet access and skills that much of America already enjoys. Bridging the digital divide will require leadership and a massive investment akin to America’s efforts to bring electricity to rural areas in the first half of the 20th century. Washington is already working on it. Gov. Jay Inslee and others are striving to bring affordable, high-speed internet to every corner of the state. But broadband access alone isn’t enough. People — especially students — also need the skills to take full advantage of the internet, which is why Murray and several of her fellow Democrats have introduced the Digital Equity Act of 2019.
The Seattle Times, April 24, 2019

Trump nominee's views on women in college sports

Criticism of Stephen Moore, one of President Trump's nominees for the Federal Reserve Board, is increasingly focusing on Moore's attitudes about women. One column he wrote (and which he now says should be viewed simply as humor) appeared in National Review in 2002 and criticized the role of women in college athletics. "This year they allowed a woman [to] ref a men's NCAA game. Liberals celebrate this breakthrough as a triumph for gender equity. The NCAA has been touting this as [an] example of how progressive they are. I see it as an obscenity. Is there no area in life where men can take vacation from women? What's next? Women invited to bachelor parties? Women in combat? (Oh yeah, they've done that already.)"
Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2019

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