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News Links | August 22, 2019

August 22, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Student finds success in LCC forensics

... Last summer, before her first year at Lower Columbia College, she emailed the debate coach, Alex Brehm, to ask more about the program and let him know she was interested. He invited her to a practice. When she showed up, he invited her to participate. “That day we were doing impromptu,” Ahmed said. “I had to analyze a quotation and talk about why I thought it was right. I was so nervous.” But better yet, she was elated when it was done. “That felt great,” Ahmed said. “So I kept doing that. I liked leaning into that side of myself. I like talking about messy, lived experiences. What it is about to be a person.”
The Wahkiakum County Eagle, Aug. 22, 2019

Esports: Peninsula College, Port Angeles alum picked to lead new Pirates’ team

Peninsula College has tabbed Sarah-Charles “Charlie” Morrow to be the school’s first esports head coach. “I’m so excited to get started,” Morrow said. Morrow is charged with building the program from the ground up as the school joins more than 125 college and university programs nationwide participating in competitive video gaming. Esports, as competitive console and computer gaming is known, is a worldwide series of video game competitions played by professional and collegiate gamers.
Peninsula Daily News, Aug. 22, 2019

Clover Park Technical College hires first executive director for equity, diversity and inclusion

On August 1, Shareka Fortier-Edwards, CDP, began her role as Clover Park Technical College’s first executive director for equity, diversity and inclusion. Fortier-Edwards is joining the CPTC community from MultiCare Health System, where she led the system’s cultural competency in equity and diversity efforts. Earlier this year, she was one of South Sound Business’s “40 Under 40” and has been featured by 425 Business for her work in diversity and inclusion. 
The Suburban Times, Aug. 21, 2019

A tech-fueled field of dreams: Soil studies

... Students can enroll in the program independently, or through Skagit Valley College or Seattle Central College to earn college credit. ... “The students are entirely responsible for the upkeep, maintenance, planting, weeding, hoeing, watering — the whole nine yards,” said Andrew Christian Ely, farm and education manager at Viva Farms King County, which is located in Woodinville, near the end of a long, gravel road, and surrounded by wineries, forestland, and other farms. 
425 Business, Aug. 21, 2019

Governor Inslee names health care administrator as Bates Technical College Trustee

Effective Aug. 7, Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Florence Chang, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MultiCare Health System, as Bates Technical College’s newest trustee. “We are excited to welcome Ms. Chang to our board, and I look forward to her advocacy at the college, especially as we break ground on a new Center for Allied Health Education building later this month,” said Bates Technical College President Dr. Lin Zhou.
The Suburban Times, Aug. 20, 2019

Education briefly: Early education grant

Skagit Valley College and Skagit Islands Head Start have been awarded a nearly $8 million five-year grant to improve early learning opportunities. Of that money, more than $2 million is earmarked to adding hours of service in both the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. In addition, the programs also received an additional nearly $7 million grant for one-time program needs, including vehicles and facilities.
Skagit Valley Herald, Aug. 19, 2019

Edmonds CC Foundation awards more than $345K in scholarships

The Edmonds Community College Foundation has awarded $345,800 in scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year. One of the recipients is Ethan Chan, who spent the summer working as a waiter at a retirement home to help provide for his family after he graduated from high school. “This gift will be put to good use as I further my education at Edmonds CC,” Chan said. “As a person coming from a family of immigrants, I am in awe at how publicly-funded institutions are willing to support and strengthen their community through scholarships and grants. With the extra support of this scholarship, I can make my goals and aspirations a reality.”
Northwest Asian Weekly, Aug. 19, 2019

Big Bend CC soliciting donations for workforce center

Big Bend Community College officials are opening the second – and public – phase of the campaign to raise funds for the college’s new workforce education center. The goal of the “Building Tomorrow’s Workforce” campaign is to complete the building’s second floor during the initial phase of construction. “Substantial completion” of the first phase of construction is projected for Sept. 11. The fundraising effort is targeting the new building’s second floor, said Tiffany Sukola, BBCC communications coordinator.
Columbia Basin Herald, Aug. 19, 2019

Seattle Central and Seattle Schools launch effort to boost diversity of educators

To address a lack of teachers of color statewide, Seattle Central College and Seattle Public Schools announced a new degree to help people of color enter the teaching profession. Seattle Central has launched the Academy for Rising Educators (ARE). The program offers an Associate of Arts degree with a focus on education and social justice, the college announced in a press release. Graduates of the program will have the option to directly transfer into teaching programs at Seattle University and City University.
The Seattle Globalist, Aug. 15, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Even some college tends to pay off

Much of the attention around rising college costs and loan debt has focused on students who never earn a credential, with conventional wisdom holding that they wasted time and money in the process. But a new study found that attending college typically isn’t a waste of time, even for students who fail to graduate. ... These benefits extend across various student groups. But the paper said low-income students, women and students of color generally experienced the biggest labor-market bump from college attendance. Previous studies have been mixed on the payoff for students who hold some college credits but no credential.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 22, 2019

Commentary: Responding first

... The work of community colleges in preparing first responders for the organizations and departments that employ them is a case in point. Every year, thousands of new police, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs graduate from public safety academies at community colleges across the U.S., bolstering the rosters of police and fire departments with skilled and qualified professionals.
Community College Daily, Aug. 22, 2019

Borrowing rates for older students have surged

Borrowing by older students has soared over the past two decades, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center for Education Statistics. Between 1995-96 and 2015-16, the borrowing rate for college completers age 50 or older rose by 45 percentage points, and completers between the ages of 40 and 49 increased their borrowing rate by 36 percentage points. Over the same period, the borrowing rate for students age 29 or younger rose by seven percentage points.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 21, 2019

Filling the pipeline for water tech jobs

There are a growing number of job opportunities for water technicians across the U.S., as the industry confronts a wave of retirements, yet community colleges find it challenging to attract enough students. “There are definitely more people retiring in the field than people qualified for those jobs in Minnesota,” says instructor Gregg Kropp of St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC). The big wave of baby-boomer retirements predicted to start about 10 years ago was delayed due to the recession and is happening now, Kropp says.
Community College Daily, Aug. 21, 2019

Boeing will hire hundreds of temporary employees at Moses Lake as it prepares for 737 MAX’s return to service

Boeing said Tuesday it will begin hiring a few hundred temporary employees at Moses Lake to work on the grounded 737 MAX fleet and prepare the planes for return to service once regulators gives them clearance to fly again. The company, which will provide paid housing and a meal allowance for the temporary hires, is looking for avionics technicians, aircraft mechanics, airframe and engine mechanics, and aircraft electricians.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 20, 2019

What the freshmen know

It seems like it's always been here, but this is only the 22nd edition. The Marist Mind-Set List (formerly the Beloit list, after the college that founded it), is the list that tells you what (traditional-age) freshmen know -- and what they don't. Marist College took over the list this year. Here's the list for this year: - Like Pearl Harbor for their grandparents and the Kennedy assassination for their parents, Sept. 11 is a historical event. - Thumb, jump and USB flash drives have always pushed floppy disks further into history. - The primary use of a phone has always been to take pictures. ...
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 20, 2019

Streamlining the transfer process

Virginia’s largest community college and a prominent public research university have co-partnered with an educational management and student support service provider to improve academic outcomes for transfer students. The partnership between Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University and InsideTrack, a company that helps higher ed institutions increase student enrollment and graduation rates, is part of a larger strategy to improve and streamline the process for students who want to transfer from NOVA, as the community college is often called, to George Mason.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 20, 2019

FSA's machine learning hurts low-income student enrollment

This month, many low-income students who planned to enroll in college will not show up to their first day of class. A problematic algorithm that flagged them for FAFSA verification, a tedious process where students have to prove their family income (and other elements) in order to receive their financial aid, may be to blame.
New America, Aug. 20, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Faster loan forgiveness for disabled veterans

President Trump said in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday that he would wipe out “every penny” of student loan debt held by disabled veterans. At an event organized by the veterans group AMVETS, Trump signed a memorandum directing the Education Department to automatically discharge federal student loans held by veterans who qualify as permanently disabled. Democratic lawmakers and state officials had urged Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for months to take that step.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 22, 2019

Republicans changed their mind about higher education really quickly

At the beginning of the 2010s, 58 percent of Republicans believed that colleges and universities had a positive impact on the course of the country, according to the Pew Research Center. As the decade nears its close, that number has fallen precipitously: It now sits at 33 percent, with the majority of the drop occurring from 2015 to 2017.
The Atlantic, Aug. 21, 2019

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