News Links | December 3, 2019
System News | Opinion
Washington’s new career-education programs are off the ground, but how will the state regulate them?
... This inaugural year, Career Connect Washington awarded more than $2.1 million
to 10 grantees. Each is expected to kick-start a new career program or expand an existing
one within a year, said Maud Daudon, who is leading the Career Connect Washington
effort and is the former president of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
The grants fund programs related to the aerospace, automotive, agriculture, health
care, construction and manufacturing industries, among others. Labor groups and companies
are chipping in, too. In Seattle, for instance, Kaiser Permanente and Seattle Central College launched a new medical-assistant apprenticeship for adults this fall. Kaiser has
spent more than $1 million to help cover training costs, said Jiquanda Nelson, senior
manager of equity, inclusion, diversity and workforce development at Kaiser.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 2, 2019
The Peninsula College Foundation has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Peninsula College nursing student
Jordan Goudie. Goudie is the first recipient of the recently endowed Soroptimist International
of Port Angeles Nursing Scholarship. Goudie is a second-year student in the college’s
nursing program. She has worked as a certified nursing assistant and as a home care
assistant since 2007. The scholarship was endowed through a bequest in the name of
Helen Mangan and donations by Soroptimist members in honor of Rose Crumb.
Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 1, 2019
... Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who has fought to expand the child-care program,
noted that some schools are receiving significantly less than 1 percent of their total
Pell funds. Increasing that cap and ensuring the Education Department provides grant
funding based on student need are priorities for the senator in ongoing negotiations
to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.... “For a very long time, our parents who
were receiving child-care assistance through the state were working 30, 40 hours and
going to school,” said Angela Wheeler, who helps run the child-care program at Tacoma Community College in Washington state. “It’s difficult to maintain all of that, and most of them had
two or three children.”
The Washington Post, Nov. 30, 2019
Bellingham Technical College students used Whooshh Innovations’ famous “Salmon Cannon” to aid salmon migration
to the Whatcom Creek Hatchery at Maritime Heritage Park. The Seattle-based company’s
fish transport system has achieved stardom over the last five years, even making an
appearance on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The system can be used to
help migrating salmon — and other fish — pass by human-made obstacles, such as dams.
In its second year, the collaboration between Whooshh Innovations and BTC is an example
of how the college is helping students “work really closely with industry,” said Brittany
Palm-Flawd, hatchery manager and BTC faculty member. It also gave students an opportunity
to work with emerging technology in their industry.
The Bellingham Herald, Nov. 30, 2019
Skagit Valley College culinary arts program students and other volunteers were busy Thursday morning cooking
a Thanksgiving feast for 30 families in Skagit County. Each family received a cooked
turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, a squash dish, cranberry sauce made from scratch,
homemade rolls, a pie, and a vegetable crudités platter. Volunteers then delivered
the meals to each family’s home. Lyn Highet, food services manager for the culinary
program, said this is the 28th year the program has prepared Thanksgiving dinners
for families in the county.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 29, 2019
When Kitti Wheeler was considering her college options while in high school, she felt
like her world was full of possibilities, her passionate spirit led her down a multitude
of paths, each with its own adventure waiting to behold. One of these paths brought
her to a passion that has become a part of her successful profession today. In 1978,
Kitti completed her certificate in Retail Management at Clover Park Technical College.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 29, 2019
Peninsula College’s Artist in Residence Scott McClellan will present Thursday’s Studium Generale lecture.
... His solo exhibition, “Rest and Silence,” is on display in the gallery through
Thursday. Admission is free. “I am inherently drawn to flaws because they are relatable,”
McClellan said. “The wise can recognize their flaws and still accept themselves as
works-in-progress. This is why my objects have irregular contours and are slightly
misshapen. These objects become timeless in what they communicate.”
Peninsula Daily News, Nov. 29, 2019
... Olympic College and Peninsula College both offer certification programs in cybersecurity that can be used to transfer to
WWU’s bachelor of science degree program but also allows people interested in cybersecurity
to get jobs in the field on the less-technical side of things. The program offered
at WWU is much more technical and requires students to have already earned an associate
degree. “We take and build on what they [students] did in their [Olympic and Peninsula]
programs, adding depth of technology as well as breadth across the area of cybersecurity,”
Dr. Fretheim said.
Kitsap Daily News, Nov. 27, 2019
Wenatchee Valley College is rolling out pharmacy technician courses in January 2020. ... “We don’t have this
type of a program, you look at a 100 mile radius from here to the Canadian border,
here to Spokane, Yakima, Everett, there isn’t a program like this available at a college,”
said John Simons, pharmacy technician. “It’s really exciting there’s going to be that
opportunity to fill that void in the community.” The program is designed to be flexible
and offers evenings and weekend courses. There is a one year certification with a
recommended two year associate’s degree, making the program a timely option.
KPQ, Nov. 26, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
More community colleges are offering bachelor's degrees, according to Community College
Research Initiatives at the University of Washington in Seattle. But how they're being
implemented varies across the country. Twenty-three states now allow public two-year
institutions to confer bachelor's degrees, but to varying degrees, according to a
data note on the research project examining community college bachelor's degrees.
Some states allow all two-year institutions to confer bachelor's degrees, while others
allow some but not all, limiting the ability to confer degrees to certain institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 3, 2019
Educational publishers such as Cengage, McGraw-Hill and Pearson are investing heavily
in digital courseware -- interactive, personalized course content that aims to improve
the learning experience. Videos, simulations, quizzes and built-in homework assignments
make these products an attractive option for faculty and students alike. But not every
student’s learning experience is enhanced by them. College accessibility staff say
that digital courseware is frequently inaccessible to students with disabilities,
particularly blind students who use screen readers.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2, 2019
Seven-figure grants to community colleges were once a rarity. Not anymore. Funders
across the spectrum — from alumni and other community members, to foundations and
corporations — are increasingly recognizing the value of community colleges, and colleges
themselves are increasingly aware of — and going after — the opportunities. Doing
this successfully requires synergy between the college and its fundraising arm to
ensure that strategic plans are well-developed and that the fundraising effort aligns
with those plans, says Marc Westenburg, director of the Center for Community College
Community College Daily, Dec. 2, 2019
... Esports checks several boxes for community colleges. It doesn’t require large
fields or athletic facilities. Practices and competitions can take place at times
that fit the schedules of commuter students. And — while most collegiate esports competitors
are men — the game is well-suited for coed teams, and also for older students and
students with physical disabilities.
Community College Daily, Nov. 30, 2019
These Spanglish phrases are all the results of contact between Spanish and English.
In a Texas college classroom, students are learning that Spanglish — a version of
Spanish that's influenced by English — is just as valid as any other Spanish dialect.
"What history teaches us is that the only constant is change," explains Meghann Peace,
who teaches this class primarily in Spanish at St. Mary's University in San Antonio.
"When two or more languages are in constant geographic and social contact, there will
always be linguistic consequences."
NPR, Nov. 29, 2019
Today, 1 in every 5 undergraduate students have an additional responsibility on top
of the physical and mental demands of being a college student - being a parent. And
even though these students with dependents are a significant part of the student body,
their needs are often ignored in mainstream educational policy discourse. Higher education
can and should do more to financially support students with dependents considering
the high cost of attending college while caring for dependent children. Failing to
do so has resulted in students with dependents facing a higher cost of attendance,
combined with limited financial aid options.
New America, Nov. 25, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her disapproval of Democratic candidate
for president Pete Buttigieg's opposition to universal free college. Ocasio-Cortez
called Buttigieg's position a "GOP talking point used to dismantle a public system."
She went on to say that universal public systems are designed for everyone and when
certain groups are cut out, "cracks in the system develop." She also tweeted that
universal systems benefit the most when everyone's invested, and that the children
of the rich tend not to go to public universities, as they prefer Ivy League institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2, 2019
A new policy group is forming to develop state and local policy agendas that will
help prepare students for college and careers. The NewDEAL Forum and the Alliance
for Excellent Education have created the NewDEAL Forum Education Policy Group, which
will bring public and nonprofit experts together with the goal of helping more students
graduate, according to a news release. ... The group is expected to create a report
of policy recommendations next year and then support implementation of the recommendations
across the country. Its focus will be on the intersection of education and the workforce,
including linking K-12 education to higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 27, 2019