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News Links | December 3, 2019

December 03, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

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

Peninsula College nursing student awarded scholarship

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

‘A drop in the bucket’: Parents in college need child care, but federal dollars fall short

... 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

BTC students work with famous ‘Salmon Cannon’ that could help local salmon runs

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

Culinary students cook, deliver Thanksgiving meals

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

Recognized CPTC alum brings her passion to her classroom

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

Ceramic artist to speak at Peninsula College

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

Cybersecurity in Kitsap is done by students thanks to Pisces program through WWU

... 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

WVC debuts Pharmacy Technician program in winter 2020

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

Bachelor's degrees at community colleges

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

The digital courseware accessibility problem

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

Grant funding buoys bottom lines, strategies

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 Advancement (CASE).
Community College Daily, Dec. 2, 2019

Using esports to recruit, engage students

... 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 students speak perfect Spanglish — and now they're learning to own it

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

Commentary: It's all about the dollars: Reducing unmet financial need for students with dependents

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

Ocasio-Cortez criticizes Buttigieg's free college

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

New policy group focused on college and careers

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

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