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August 15, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Big Bend CC ag program receives donation

The agriculture program at Big Bend Community College will have an additional $2,000 for equipment in its brand-new plant and soil science lab. The “rural community grant” was awarded to the program by Northwest Farm Credit Services. Dany Cavadini, a credit officer with the company, said the grant program is “a great way to give back to our community.” The agriculture program is one of those moving into the new Workforce Education Building, scheduled to open this fall.
Columbia Basin Herald, Aug. 13, 2019

A disproportionate number of Seattle teachers are white. But diversity is increasing

... Another effort to jumpstart the careers of potential educators of color will start Aug. 20, when SPS will bring 35 recent high school graduates and community members to participate in the first cohort of the Academy for Rising Educators. The program allows participants to earn an associate degree from Seattle Central College at no cost to them. The program, aimed at funneling aspiring educators directly into teaching positions with Seattle schools, is also designed to help participants access a network of professionals that can potentially help propel their careers.
Crosscut, Aug. 13, 2019

Meet Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s new President, Julie A. White, Ph.D.

Dr. Julie White joined the college in July as Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s new president, relocating from Syracuse, New York. She previously served as senior vice president of student engagement and learning support at Onondaga Community College. White has spent the past 25 years in higher education, with roles in student services, academic administration, research administration, health education and women’s services.
The Suburban Times, Aug. 13, 2019

Education focus: Camp brings summer options to low-income students

Clad in unmistakable red shirts with a cardinal on them, about 270 middle, elementary and preschool students have spent the past five weeks exploring Skagit Valley College as part of the annual Foundation for Academic Endeavors’ summer academy. In its fourth year, the five-week program brings low-income students from throughout the valley to the college campus to learn, explore and play during the summer. “Students need something to do in the summer, and there aren’t a lot of options for low-income families,” said co-Executive Director Carol Rodin.
Skagit Valley Herald, Aug. 12, 2019

Reminder: Fall registration for Creative Retirement Institute begins Aug. 15

Do you have an inquisitive mind? Then the Creative Retirement Institute is for you. CRI at Edmonds Community College is for adults who are interested in a life-long learning adventure This is the place to meet energetic, creative people with common interests. CRI was established just for that purpose in 1993. It is run by a volunteer staff with the support and cooperation of the Continuing Education Division of Edmonds Community College. The classes are taught by instructors proficient in their field of study. 
My Edmonds News, Aug. 12, 2019

LCC adding more student housing

Lower Columbia College is expanding its student housing with the purchase of a house close to the college. The LCC Board of Trustees last week approved the purchase of the building at 1608 20th Avenue for $290,000, according to Nolan Wheeler, vice president of administrative services for the college. ... However, the purchase still needs approval from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Wheeler said there are also a few maintenance issues to be taken care of, like changing the locks and making sure the building meets residence codes.
The Daily News, Aug. 12, 2019

Way to go: EdCC students to receive more than $345,000 in scholarships 

Edmonds Community College students are expected to receive $345,800 in scholarships before the end of the 2019-20 school year. The money comes from the Edmonds Community College Foundation. Ethan Chan and Violet Velazquez are two of 222 students who have been awarded grants so far. Chan began to work as a waiter after high school to help support his family. He decided there wasn’t enough room for growth in that position, and chose to enroll at the college. He’s studying business with an interest in management. 
Everett Daily Herald, Aug. 12, 2019

For Vancouver man, every day is a chance to make a difference

... Jim Jensen, a professor in Clark College’s Addiction Counselor Education Department, who works with Hanset on the opioid task force, said Hanset feels compelled to give back, because other people helped him reach sobriety. “He is willing to do what it takes, even if that is normally something that would make people uncomfortable,” Jensen said.
The Columbian, Aug. 11, 2019

Back to School Blessing helps kids start on the right foot

About 1,200 kids received a backpack and school supplies to start the upcoming school year Saturday at the annual Back to School Blessing. Skagit Valley College worked with the Christian community of Skagit County to host the event, which was held at the college campus. Families and their children also received a free breakfast, gently used clothing, and could enjoy games and music. Despite the rainy weather, about 1,800 people were lined up at the start of the event, said organizer Anne Clark, vice president of college advancement.
Skagit Valley Herald, Aug. 11, 2019

A Centennial Celebration of Suffrage: Fawn Sharp: the voice of the Quinaults

Fawn Sharp, fresh from a midday workout, seems remarkably calm for someone with so many plates spinning on broomsticks. As president of the Quinault Indian Nation, she oversees an array of enterprises, including timber management, seafood sales and a resort casino that just underwent a $25 million expansion.... She coached girls’ basketball and worked as a waitress to pay for tuition at Grays Harbor College, never imagining that one day she would become one of its trustees. Sharp graduated from Gonzaga University at 20, received a law degree from the University of Washington, studied international human rights law at Oxford and was elected president of the Quinault Nation at 35 in 2006.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 11, 2019

Honoring Andy Fritz in the 2nd Annual Trek for Tech 5k

It was a bittersweet event that brought together over 260 runners, 70 of which were CPTC students, who all participated in the Second Annual Andy Fritz Memorial Trek for Tech 5k Race July 28 at Clover Park Technical College’s Lakewood Campus. It was the perfect way to continue honoring a long-time Clover Park Technical College faculty member, Andy Fritz the previous instructor for the Environmental Sciences & Technology program.
The Suburban Times, Aug. 10, 2019

Bates Technical College student named 2019 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

Diessa Johnson-Scott, a Practical Nurse program student at Bates Technical College, is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members named as a 2019 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program awards a total of $207,000. The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs.
The Suburban Times, Aug. 9, 2019

New Grays Harbor Chokers AD Will Rider hopes to ‘present a professional front’

Grays Harbor’s new athletic director is hoping to bring a more professional look to the Chokers this season. The college hired Will Rider to fill the athletic director position left vacant by the departure of Tom Sutera, who left the college earlier this summer. Rider served as the athletic director and women’s basketball coach at Gillette College in Wyoming until he started looking for new employment opportunities in April of this year.... Along with the hiring of Rider, Grays Harbor College also a hired PageCarol Woods as Student Success Navigator. Woods will assist student athletes with their class schedules and eligibility and was hired at the same time as Rider.
The Daily World, Aug. 9, 2019

The littlest penguins clean what they can reach at car wash

Penguins may not be able to fly, but they can jump, stretch and stand on their tiptoes. And Clark College’s littlest penguins were doing all three Thursday, as the day care at the school’s Child and Family Studies program ran what it’s nicknamed the Bottom Half Car Wash. The charity event’s name is pretty literal — small students clean the bottom half of the car (or what they can reach), while the adults clean the top half. The proceeds will go toward the program’s end-of-summer family picnic.
The Columbian, Aug. 8, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Could for-profit question impede short-term Pell?

Lawmakers pushing for a dramatic change to the federal Pell Grant program have for months sought to placate liberal critics by arguing that new money wouldn’t go to for-profit colleges. Legislation dubbed the JOBS Act would expand eligibility for Pell money to programs as short as eight weeks that are designed to land students employment quickly, stirring a debate over whether the funding should be directed toward job training rather than traditional college programs.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 15, 2019

Building capacity for more study abroad

... Students at community colleges and minority-serving institutions, or MSIs, tend to study abroad at lower rates: less than 1 percent of students at community colleges study abroad during their degree program, while 5 percent of students at minority-serving institutions study abroad, according to data from the Institute of International Education, which conducts an annual survey of study abroad participation rates. But those numbers may soon grow; there is intense interest at many MSIs and community colleges in expanding study abroad opportunities for their students.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 15, 2019

Moody's maintains negative outlook for higher ed

The higher education sector will be stabilized for the next 12 months by state funding and investment returns, even as hypercompetition and an intense focus on affordability limit revenue growth, according to a midyear evaluation published Monday by Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s kept in place a negative outlook for the sector. In December, the ratings agency assigned higher education a negative outlook for the second straight year.
Inside Higher Ed, Agu. 14, 2019

Labor market returns from nondegree credentials

A new analysis looks at the labor market outcomes for adult students who earn nondegree credentials, including certificates (both credit-bearing and noncredit), professional licenses, and industry certifications. The report, which was done with funding from the Lumina Foundation and coordinated by DVP-Praxis Ltd., draws from seven independent studies that used administrative data on nondegree credentials issued by 49 community colleges in eight states, with a specific focus on an Obama-era workforce program that allocated $2 billion to community colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 12, 2019

No, half of young Americans don't believe college is unnecessary

The headline is the sort that could send a chill down the spine of college and university administrators. "Half of Young Americans Say College Is No Longer Necessary," blared The New York Post, slightly shortening the title of a Marketwatch article that was also picked up by numerous newspapers and radio stations around the country. The article summarized a Harris survey of more than 3,000 Americans about college-going, supported by TD Ameritrade, the brokerage firm. Trouble is, that's not at all what the survey found.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 12, 2019

Study: College presidents prioritizing student mental health

... ACE, which represents more than 1,700 college and university presidents, surveyed more than 400 college and university leaders from two- and four-year public and private institutions. About 78 percent of those surveyed were at four-year universities, and the remainder led two-year institutions. The association found 29 percent of all the presidents surveyed received reports of students with mental health issues once a week or more. 
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 12, 2019

All in on apprenticeships

Apprenticeships were a focus for federal officials — including acting U.S. Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella — who last week updated the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) board of directors on various federal programs and endeavors. More than 576,000 apprentices have been hired since the start of 2017, Pizzella said during the annual AACC board retreat in Washington, D.C. He added that the number will grow even higher with the expansion of so-called industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs).
Community College Daily, Aug. 11, 2019

DataPoints: Estimated dual enrollment by state

Fast growth: Dual/concurrent enrollments have been on the rise at community colleges, going from 4.5 percent of their students in 2001, to 11.2 percent in 2017. [Map and PDF]
Community College Daily, Aug. 8, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

The 'public charge' rule and higher ed

The Trump administration published a final rule Monday making it harder for immigrants who have received certain public benefits such as food stamps, most forms of Medicaid and housing assistance to obtain permanent resident status. ... Higher ed experts and college administrators say the rule could have a chilling effect on immigrant students accessing benefits for which they're eligible and could deter foreign students from coming to study here.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 13, 2019

The search for a moderate solution to debt relief

Campaign proposals for broad loan forgiveness from Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have helped make student debt a top issue in the Democratic presidential primary race. It’s also made for as clear a dividing line as any issue between Warren and Sanders and their more moderate rivals for the 2020 nomination. Primary rivals have argued the Warren and Sanders plans are either unrealistic or unfair.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 9, 2019

Community college leaders send lawmakers HEA wish list

The leaders of 12 community college systems urged House and Senate lawmakers this week to pass an update to the Higher Education Act that includes priorities for two-year institutions. In a letter to top lawmakers on the House and Senate education committees, the community college leaders asked that four bills with bipartisan support be included in a new HEA law.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 9, 2019

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