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News Links | August 6, 2019

August 06, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

New members elected to Bellingham Technical College Foundation Board

The three new members of the board include Crystal Greear, CFO Bellingham Marine Industries, Inc.; Dustin Henry, Human Resources Manager, Shell Puget Sound Refinery and Walter Michelutti, Chief Operations Officer, Anvil Corporation. Each member will serve a three-year team starting in 2019. “The foundation is excited to add these new members to our board and is looking forward to hearing their insights and perspectives as we work to support student success at [Bellingham Technical College]” said director of the BTC Foundation, Dean Fulton, in a press release.
The Bellingham Business Journal, Aug. 5, 2019

Opinion: Homeless students deserve a shot at college

In today’s world, we know the highway to opportunity: higher education. Whether a certificate from a community and technical college or a four-year degree, higher education has become the pathway to a family-wage job and an expanding horizon of career growth. ... While Shannon was president, the student government worked with Olympic College’s administration and SING (Students In Need Group) to educate potential and incoming students about funding options, resources and supports. Now, OC provides students with comprehensive information, including classes on how to apply for financial aid. The state Legislature’s new pilot program is designed to build on and spread best practices like OC’s — and like the innovations that Tacoma Community College is implementing by designing Section 8 housing choice vouchers that are tied to spaces rather than to families so that they can be used by students. 
Kitsap Daily News, Aug. 5, 2019

Grays Harbor College hires new Athletic Director

Grays Harbor College has filled two key vacancies in the athletic department with the hire of new athletic director Will Rider and success navigator Page Carol Woods. Rider served as the AD at Gillette College from 2013 to 2016 and has also been serving as the head women’s basketball coach since 2009, winning a regional title in 2016. ... Woods will assume her role as navigator on Sept. 3 after serving as assistant athletic director at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida for two years.
The Daily World, Aug. 2, 2019

Startup 425 devises work plan, asks for entrepreneur input

Startup 425, a multi-municipality organization focused on providing resources for Eastside entrepreneurs, circulated a demand assessment survey as part of its three- to five-year work plan to better serve aspiring business owners. ... To help devise new models, Startup 425 has formed an advisory council that comprises small business owners and college representatives of Bellevue College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology. The ideas fleshed out in these advisory group meetings form the basis of the demand assessment survey. 
Kirkland Reporter, Aug. 2, 2019

Vigor’s latest chapter underscores the crisis of American shipbuilding

... Meanwhile, the industry has trouble attracting new workers to replace an aging workforce — despite good wages — because of uncertain orders and maritime’s fading profile in the U.S. industrial base. Vigor has teamed up with South Seattle College on a welding program aimed at young workers.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 2, 2019

Vancouver Chautauqua to celebrate state’s suffragist history

... Thanks to a $15,000 partnership grant from the Washington State Historical Society, Clark College and the Clark County Historical Museum will follow The Historic Trust’s Vancouver Chautauqua later this year and next year with more events, programs and adult-education classes about women’s history and women’s suffrage. Clark College will offer an oral history project, training students and others to interview women in their lives — those who achieved great things and even those who tried but couldn’t thanks to a “rigged” system, Reilly Kelly said.
The Columbian, Aug. 2, 2019

Local bakery makes treats for your furry friends

Who says summertime treats are just for humans? A local bakery makes treats for your furry friends, too. Tiffany Cable has always had a love for baking. So much so, she put herself through culinary school at Spokane Community College in order to open her own bakery. The Blissful Whisk opened just a few months ago, and is already expanding its menu to include dog treats.
KXLY, Aug. 1, 2019

Tri-Cities' school districts looking for volunteers for Lunch Buddies program

Making a difference. Mentoring a child going through a critical time. School districts across the Tri-Cities are looking for volunteers for their Lunch Buddies program. ... Big groups around the Tri-Cities volunteer their time once a week, including the Columbia Basin College baseball team. "One of the sixth graders at one of our schools after meeting his athlete -- his CBC student said this is my best day ever, and that was just the first time they met," McDonald explained.
YakTriNews, Aug. 1, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Michelle Obama to guide students through first year of college in new YouTube series

YouTube on Tuesday released a trailer for an upcoming original series featuring former first lady Michelle Obama in which she and others will give advice to students starting college. In the trailer, Obama described the 10-episode learning playlist, called "A Student’s Guide to Your First Year of College," as a "crash course on how to succeed in the month ahead."
The Hill, Aug. 6, 2019

Striking a balance

The skill set asked of today’s top educators is demanding, with higher education boards of trustees targeting versatile leaders able to raise funds, speak to the media and serve as an institution’s academic authority, all while maneuvering among constituent groups seeking their time and attention. Community college presidents, in particular, handle these tasks in a much-scrutinized atmosphere of access, affordability and responsiveness to community need, which makes terms of the contract between an administrator and institution all the more important.
Community College Daily, Aug. 5, 2019

Remedial education fixes won't cure completion crisis

Remedial course work has long been viewed as a primary barrier to college completion, a black hole from which relatively few students emerge to earn a credential after being placed in the typically noncredit courses in mathematics and English. Yet a new study found that reforms to remedial education, even a promising one that reaches back into high school, do little to move the needle on students’ credit completion or the likelihood of earning a college credential.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 5, 2019

U.S. says California is in compliance with state authorization rules

California's new process for giving online students enrolled at public and private nonprofit colleges outside the state a way to submit complaints about their institutions still falls short of new federal rules governing state authorization. But the U.S. Education Department now considers the state to be in compliance with the new rules, the federal agency said in a letter Friday.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 5, 2019

Philosophy degrees and sales jobs

... “This really makes a strong case for work-based learning,” said Jane Oates, a former official in the U.S. Department of Labor during the Obama administration, who is now president of WorkingNation, a nonprofit organization. Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, agreed with Oates. “Colleges and universities need to provide students with practice,” she said, “in the context of the workplace.”
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 2, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Title IX a sticking point in talks over new higher ed law

For the past two years, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate education committee, has set ambitious goals for producing new landmark higher ed legislation. But lawmakers never came close to reaching an agreement on reauthorization of the Higher Education Act last year. And as the August recess begins this week, there’s little sign of a deal coming together soon.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 6, 2019

Prosecutors back Pell Grants in prisons

The country's largest association of prosecutors on Thursday endorsed legislation to repeal the ban on federal aid for incarcerated students. The National District Attorneys Association said in a statement that it was backing the REAL Act, which would restore access to Pell Grants in prisons, to support ongoing efforts to reduce recidivism.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 2, 2019

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