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News Links | December 5, 2019

December 05, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

A tale of two interns

It makes perfect sense that community college baccalaureate (CCB) degrees would be magnets for nontraditional degree seekers. In my day-to-day advising for Green River College’s bachelor’s program in Software Development, I often hear the common refrain of “cost, convenience, and applicability” when talking to students about why they’re opting to earn their bachelor’s degree at a community college instead of a university.
New America, Dec. 4, 2019

New EvCC class teaches conversational Japanese for business

In 2016, a student in Masashi Kato’s class in conversational Japanese had the chance to practice her language skills in a high-stakes setting: a preschool in Japan. They peppered her with questions. “As soon as she set foot inside the door, she was on the spot,” Kato said. “Five-year-old kids have no mercy — they wanted to talk nonstop,” he said. In January, Kato and Everett Community College will offer a three-quarter course in conversational Japanese that focuses on doing business in Japan.
Everett Herald, Dec. 4, 2019

Community and technical college board to vote on 2020 college system legislative priorities

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will meet for its regular business meeting Thursday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Board members are anticipated to give final approval to the community and technical college system’s 2020 legislative agenda, which focuses on its supplemental capital budget request. The $273 million request would fund 25 major projects at 23 colleges, including funds for six construction projects.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 3, 2019

Jazz Ensemble showcases musicians from around Peninsula

David P. Jones, director of the PC Jazz Ensemble, will lead the group’s fall quarter concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The free concert will be in the Maier Performance Hall on Peninsula College’s Port Angeles campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. The voices of Robbin Eaves of Joyce, Clare Wegener of Port Angeles and Scott Sizer of Port Townsend will be featured, with Wegener and Sizer also playing in the band. The 18-piece PC Jazz Ensemble will be heard in several instrumental numbers.
Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 2, 2019

LCC signs agreement with Japanese high school, creates pathway to exchange

In front of local, state, and national Japanese media earlier this month, Lower Columbia College President Chris Bailey and Wako International High School principal Sugiko Yamada signed an agreement to directly connect Wako graduates with LCC programs. The signing ceremony was part of a trip to Japan several members of Lower Columbia College took in early November, as part of an ongoing cultural connections program between LCC and the city of Wako, Japan.
The Daily News, Dec. 2, 2019

New bus stop opens near Spokane Falls Community College Monday

A new bus stop near Spokane Falls Community College opens Monday. Riders can find it on the west end of campus. The Spokane Transit Authority said the new stop will greatly improve safety for riders who use routes 20 and 33 because they won't have to cross Fort Wright Drive to get on the bus anymore. [Video]
KXLY, Dec. 1, 2019

Donnelly: Clark College challenges call for balanced approach

Is Clark College on the right track? Clark is so consequential here that we hope all is well at our community college. Yet it appears that stress levels are high for Clark trustees and administration. The recent acrimonious departure of former President Bob Knight is troubling for those who know his contributions at Clark. The trustees must find a balanced approach to calm the waters. The stakes are high. Few if any institutions here can match Clark College for helping the less privileged climb the economic ladder. Clark offers students the means to increase their earning power by leaps and bounds, in the nursing school, the culinary school, as a machinist or other skilled labor, or in the many new STEM programs.
The Columbian, Dec. 1, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Big influencers on campus

When teenagers are looking for information about what it’s really like to go to a college, they rarely consult college brochures or university websites. Instead, they just turn to social media. “I remember going to the library to look up books with written summaries of what college life was like at different institutions,” said Brian Freeman, founder and CEO of Heartbeat, a company that connects brands with up-and-coming and established social media influencers. “I cannot imagine a 16-year old doing that now,” he said. “They’d go to the hashtag or location of a school on Instagram and look at the feed to get a feel for the atmosphere.”
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 5, 2019

Student loan borrowers with disabilities aren't getting help they were promised

... For over half a century, student loan borrowers like Denise — with a significant, permanent disability — have been protected by federal law. If they can no longer work enough to support themselves, they can ask the U.S. Department of Education to erase their debts. But an NPR investigation has found that hundreds of thousands of potentially eligible borrowers — more than enough to fill a city the size of Pittsburgh — have yet to receive the relief they're entitled to.
NPR, Dec. 4, 2019

Datapoints

On-campus housing: Only 1.5 percent of community college students live on campus, compared to 15.6 percent of all undergraduate students. About 28 percent of community colleges have on-campus housing. [Chart]
Community College Daily, Dec. 4, 2019

The faculty shrinks, but tilts to full-time

... The American college faculty is, once again, becoming more heavily full-time than part-time, new federal data reveal -- as professors make up a modestly smaller part of the overall higher education workforce. Throughout the early part of this decade, Education Department data showed that the number of instructors who worked part-time consistently outpaced the number who worked full-time, as adjunctification -- higher education's version of the gig economy -- took hold.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 27, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

A bipartisan breakthrough in the Senate

A bipartisan plan crafted this week by leaders on the Senate education committee would simplify the federal student aid application process, streamline income-driven student loan repayments and make permanent $255 million in annual funding for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs).
Community College Daily, Dec. 4, 2019

 

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