News Links | August 27, 2019
System News | Opinion
Skagit/Islands Head Start is planning to open additional early learning centers that
will help it expand services to children and families. The Skagit Valley College program is able to expand thanks to $14.5 million in grant money, with about $6.7
million dedicated to new centers. “The one thing about this community, there are an
incredible number of organizations and people who are focused on early learning,”
said Mary Ellen Lykins, director for Skagit/Islands Head Start. “There’s a lot of
energy coming into early learning.”
Skagit Valley Herald, Aug. 26, 2019
Grays Harbor College awarded the E.K. and Lillian F. Bishop Scholarships to 65 students who will be enrolled
in undergraduate or graduate programs in the Fall. The scholarships total $193,250. There
were 19 graduate students and 46 undergraduate student recipients. Among the undergraduates
are five students enrolled in Grays Harbor College’s Bachelor of Applied Science programs.
KBKW, Aug. 26, 2019
... Recently retired, David Beyer is Everett Community College’s longest-serving president, with 13 years there. This year, he received the Pacific
Region CEO award from the Association of Community College Trustees. He’ll be celebrated
at the organization’s annual Leadership Congress in October in San Francisco. Beyer
is one of five to receive the recognition. He’s now in the running to win a national
award. Beyer’s nomination recognizes his commitment to making equity a central principle
at the college.
Everett Herald, Aug. 26, 2019
Longtime Skagit Valley College women’s basketball coach Steve Epperson has called it a career.
Epperson, who arrived on the college campus 42 years ago, retired Thursday as basketball coach and athletic director. ... “Steve has had a profound impact on the lives of thousands of students throughout his exceptional career,” college President Tom Keegan said in the release. “With his leadership and passion, the Cardinals will be proud to build upon the tradition of excellence that he helped shape.”
Skagit Valley Herald, Aug. 26, 2019
Sitting in her office at Microsoft headquarters, just outside Seattle, Melissa Curry
still can’t believe her luck. Seven years ago, her life seemed to be headed for disaster.
... Like many adults seeking a path to a new career, Curry enrolled in a nearby community
college, Green River College. Still, as a Native American woman whose parents didn’t go to college, the odds appeared
to be against her. ... And yet, four years later, Curry graduated from Green River
with a bachelor’s in software development and a job lined up at Microsoft, where she
is now a program manager. ... While the largest baccalaureate programs in Washington
are in the Seattle area, a growing number are offered in more rural parts of the state,
often in fields like education, health care, and business, which are critical to sustaining
local economies. Centralia College, for example, a ninety-minute drive from Seattle, feels a world away from the fast-paced,
youthful, and crowded urban center. ... The case of Washington, however, suggests
that community college bachelor’s programs need not undermine the other goals of public
higher education. Data collected by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges on student demographics and outcomes strongly suggests that the programs are adding
to the state’s overall degree attainment, rather than simply rearranging the existing
Washington Monthly, September/October 2019
Three and a half years of nonstop construction on Aluvé Winery has planted J.J. and
Kelly Menozzi firmly on Walla Walla ground. ... Together they graduated from the [Walla Walla Community College's] Enology & Viticulture program and learning how to craft their wines, Old World-style.
With the grapes planted, the couple worked on their new home above the vines and surrounded
by evergreen trees.
Union-Bulletin, Aug. 25, 2019
... I also recognize the importance of what I — and what we, as a community — must
do to support others climbing their own ladders as they strive to advance their careers.
Now, in my role at Edmonds Community College, I’m proud that we recognize a welcoming and safe environment as integral to our
students’ success, and we are committed to the success of all of our students. We
intentionally support our students and offer programs and services that meet their
academic, professional and personal goals and needs.
Everett Herald, Aug. 25, 2019
The power of a vote is currently on view at Walla Walla Community College. Construction began earlier this month on a nearly 19,000-square-foot student recreation
center on the east end of the school’s main parking lot. By this time next year, a
facility housing a full basketball court, a fitness center and gathering spaces will
be open for WWCC student use. The entire project, including the future operating costs
of the recreation center, was student approved and will be student funded, officials
Union-Bulletin, Aug. 25, 2019
Community College President Amit Singh received a small bump in pay Friday from the
Board of Trustees. Singh, who is coming off his first year at the helm at Edmonds Community College, will get a 3 percent cost-of-living-adjustment. This is the same-sized COLA approved
by the state for classified employees of Washington’s community and technical college
system. ... It was a pretty busy inaugural year. The community college broke ground
on its long-sought 70,000-square foot Science, Engineering, and Technology building
which will house allied health, nursing, physics, chemistry, engineering, and math
classrooms, as well as labs and offices. It is expected to open next spring.
Everett Herald, Aug. 24, 2019
Five reporters from Peninsula College’s campus newspaper, The Buccaneer, have received Mark of Excellence awards from the
Society of Professional Journalists. ... The student-operated Buccaneer is published
three times per quarter and covers campus life and matters of interest to PC students.
Peninsula Daily News, Aug. 23, 2019
On August 10 at the McGavick Conference Center on Clover Park Technical College’s Lakewood Campus, the Outreach and Entry Services Team held its first ever Latino
Exploration Day for current and potential students. Planned and organized by Micalah
Peiper and Sandy Mondragon, the event was created to help potential Latino students
get an idea of the resources available through CPTC and how to help them start, continue,
and finish their education while minimizing barriers.
The Suburban Times, Aug. 23, 2019
Edmonds Community College’s Center for Families (CFF) has been recognized for excellence as a child care provider
by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families. The center received
a Level 4 rating for its Early Achievers program, recognizing it for interactions
and environment, accreditation, and professionalism. According to state officials,
the center’s teachers demonstrated quality improvements during a recent on-site assessment
that focused on the learning environment and interactions between teachers and children.
MLT News, Aug. 23, 2019
Passion for food, reducing waste inspired advocacy: Lewis and Clark senior leads school pantry program
... As part of the Student Leaders Program, students across the country are paired
with a local nonprofit. Hechtman decided to work with the Community Colleges of Spokane
Foundation during his seven-week internship. “We had four food initiatives,” he said.
Hechtman worked to start a food recovery system at Spokane Falls Community College that should be up and running in September.
The Spokesman-Review, Aug. 23, 2019
Anna Moore straps a bulky headset over her eyes. The bright lights of an Olympic College mechanical engineering classroom instantly give way to a world of virtual reality, her
view transported to a 360-degree camera attached to a nearby beetle-shaped sled. Her
view screen is like that of a pilot, with columns showing altitude, thrust and battery
life. Moore, 18, helped use a video game engine to develop the interface the user
sees through the headset, a Samsung Odyssey, "So you can see the environment they're
in," she said. That environment is the undersea world.
Kitsap Sun, Aug. 23, 2019
In 2018, Mei'lani Eyre, an 18-year-old computer science student at Cascadia College in Washington state, was in the middle of a phone interview with a hotshot Y Combinator–funded
tech company, when the interviewer barked at her to stop talking and just code. ... During
the tense phone screen, Eyre answered the question correctly and was ultimately offered
the internship, but declined. Maybe the startup was going to be the next big thing,
and maybe it was the right move to go there, but Eyre asked herself, “If this is how
you're going to talk to me during the interview, how are you going to talk to me when
I work there?”
Wired, Aug. 22, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
The College Board is walking back the single, overarching “adversity score” that it
had planned to attach to students’ SAT scores after it drew broad criticism. The proposed
score was part of an “Environmental Context Dashboard,” a program the organization
had tested at 50 colleges over the last year in an effort to help admissions officers
gain broader context about each applicant’s socioeconomic background when evaluating
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 27, 2019
Veterans' groups played a key role last year in blocking a Republican proposal to
update the landmark higher education law. A campaign against the legislation, known
as the PROSPER Act, zeroed in on a proposal to kill Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
Now with Democrats in control of the U.S. House of Representatives and a bipartisan
effort to reauthorize the Higher Education Act on the horizon, those veteran groups
have turned their focus to another long-held priority: addressing for-profit colleges'
recruitment of student veterans.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 27, 2019
Last year’s 6.6 percent drop in enrollment of international students at American colleges
is due to more than just apprehensions toward President Trump, a new study by EducationNext
asserts. Despite President Trump’s nationalist rhetoric being widely blamed for deterring
international students from enrolling in U.S. colleges, author Alex Usher, president
of Toronto-based consulting firm Higher Education Strategy Associates, says that the
decrease can additionally be attributed to standing global trends.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 27, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
Senate Democrats this week voiced their opposition to a proposed rule allowing federal
funding for new “industry-recognized apprenticeships programs” (IRAPS), which would
run alongside federally registered apprenticeship programs. The 43 Democrats echoed
previous concerns they have raised this year, arguing that IRAPs don’t provide the
worker protections and benefits that registered programs do, and they would circumvent
quality standards with minimal accountability.
Community College Daily, Aug. 27, 2019
The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a new student loan watchdog,
and his appointment is raising questions about who is safeguarding the interests of
student borrowers. Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth
Warren, who helped create the CFPB, sent a scathing letter on Thursday to the bureau's
current director. In documents obtained by NPR, Warren called the appointment of Robert
Cameron "an outrageous slap in the face to student loan borrowers across the country."
NPR, Aug. 27, 2019