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December 19, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

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WWCC Quest program announces new scholarship opportunities

The Walla Walla Community College Quest program announces the launch of a scholarship fund for their Quest Education program for learners aged 50+. This fund will provide opportunities for community members to participate in Quest lifelong learning courses without financial constraints. Quest offers a variety of classes in a stress-free learning environment, in a friendly, sociable setting free of tests, grades, and credits.
The Waitsburg Times, Dec. 19, 2019

Adding cultural competency skills can recession proof your career

In today’s globally connected world, it’s important that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities. For employees, having a cultural competency skill set is not only the right skill to have, but essential for career success and longevity. ... Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) offers a variety of classes that teach cultural competency awareness and skills. Most of the social science classes include an emphasis on cultural awareness. Classes like Introduction to Sociology, General Psychology and Psychology of Organizations are few examples for social science relevant classes. 
Kirkland Reporter, Dec. 18, 2019

GHC refining vision and mission on the eve of its 90th year

Ask most any administrator in higher education, most will agree, when the economy is strong and employment is high, then enrollment numbers are down. In reverse, when the economy falters and unemployment rates go up, people flock to community colleges and universities for a fresh start, to begin a degree or vocational program, to work on new career directions or uncompleted degrees. It is the first example that Grays Harbor College is experiencing right now. 
The Daily World, Dec, 18, 2019

TAACCCT as a model for future workforce efforts

“Incumbent worker training is a major component of our state’s goals for preparing for the future of work,” said Nova Gattman, deputy director of external affairs at the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. Washington’s Job Skills Program, which provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants, is run through the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and currently supports 39 projects. Food processor McCain Foods tapped the Job Skills Program to partner with Big Bend Community College to upskill more than 450 incumbent workers. It’s part of the company’s expansion, which will require workers to have more skills in math, science, communication, problem-solving, teamwork and customer service, Gattman said. Currently, the program doesn’t have enough state funding to serve the number of employers applying to participate, she said.
Community College Daily, Dec. 18, 2019

Carol Mitchell appointed to Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees

This week, Governor Jay Inslee confirmed Carol Mitchell as the newest member of the Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees. Carol is the senior counsel for Justice Services for the Pierce County Executive’s Office. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Washington, a Master of Arts in Organizational Systems Renewal from Seattle University, and a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law. Recently, Mitchell retired after 17 years as host of “CityLine,” a local talk show airing on TV Tacoma’s Channel 12.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 18, 2019

College holds graduation for Parks Law Enforcement Academy

Sixteen people graduated Tuesday from the Skagit Valley College Parks Law Enforcement Academy. It was the 30th graduating class of the academy that is designed to train future park rangers. Graduates put in 728 hours of study, including 690 hours of federal curriculum, over the course of the 17-week program. Of the 16 graduates, nine are men and seven are women. Three are from Skagit County. While many are from Washington, there are also graduates from Indiana, Minnesota and New York.
Skagit Valley Herald, Dec. 18, 2019

Edmonds CC to host free "Careers in Electronic Discovery" seminar Dec. 21

... Related to digital forensics, electronic discovery refers to any process where electronically-stored information is found or secured for administrative, civil, or criminal matters. Because of the increasing need for electronic discovery, the average annual salary for an analyst in the U.S. is more than $100,000. The seminar will cover processes used in the collection and preservation of electronically stored information, current trends in the field, and the requirements for Edmonds Community College’s new Electronic Discovery and Digital Forensics Specialist Certificate of Completion.
My Edmonds News, Dec. 18, 2019

Governor Jay Inslee appoints Bates Technical College President Lin Zhou to Adult Education Advisory Council

Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed Bates Technical College President Lin Zhou to the Adult Education Advisory Council, a council that recommends strategies and policies to help the state achieve adult education goals. The council also helps implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the federal act governing adult education in the United States. Said Zhou, “I am honored and excited to bring my experience and expertise to this council. I look forward to continuing to build partnerships with stakeholders that create college and career pathways to strengthen our economy, and help ensure people have the skills and credentials to earn a family wage.”
The Suburban Times, Dec. 17, 2019

Peninsula College names new vice president of finance and administration

Peninsula College has named Carie Edmiston as its new vice president of finance and administration. Edmiston, who was the college’s director of business services, has been acting in the vice president position since Deborah Frazier retired in April of 2018. According to a press release, Edmiston was an accounting coordinator at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood before joining the staff at Peninsula College in 2007.
Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 17, 2019

WVC moving forward after deficit, layoff setback

Wenatchee Valley College is continuing to examine their operations after a $1 million projected budget deficit recently prompted the layoffs of 20 employees. President Jim Richardson said one problem the college faces is that fact that they have no control over their own funding. “That comes out of the legislature almost entirely.” stated Richardson, “Our tuition is set by the legislature so those students who do pay tuition pay what they legislature says, so we can’t raise that to help our budget. We can’t run a bond or levy. We don’t have that power because that’s reserved for K-12.”
KPQ, Dec. 17, 2019

School districts partner with LCC to expand high school graduation options

Local students will soon have a new option to finish their high school education while getting job training or working toward a degree. Lower Columbia College has partnered with Kelso School District and Longview School District to give students ages 16-21 a path to a GED or high school diploma. The students will also get vocational training or credits toward an associate’s degree. Participating students must have dropped out or not be expected to graduate to qualify for the program, which opens in January and is called Open Doors.
The Daily News, Dec. 12, 2019

Will we feel different when Trump is impeached? Probably not

... “My guess is that Democrats will feel better, Republicans will think it is a miscarriage of justice, so… basically everyone will feel the same as they do now,” said Steven Horn, a political science instructor at Everett Community College who’s been discussing different plot twists in his classes. He said he’s been keeping watch on approval and disapproval ratings for the president and the House as the drama has played out. “So far the impeachment process doesn’t seem to be moving those numbers,” he said. “I take that as indicating we’re all in our partisan silos, interpreting what happens according to our party affiliations.” 
Everett Herald, Dec. 12, 2019

GHC hosts small school bands

Grays Harbor College sponsored its first Small Schools Band Festival on Nov. 20. Five local schools participated. At the end of the day, all 130 students took the stage and played three songs, each one conducted by one of three guest clinicians. The event was sponsored by the Grays Harbor College Foundation, and there was no entry fee to participate. High schools in attendance were Ilwaco, Wishkah, Raymond, Willapa and Ocosta.
The Daily World, Dec. 11, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Re-enrolling adults who dropped out

For adults with some college credit but no degree, the challenge of balancing work with going to class is the most common reason they end up leaving college, according to a new report. The report from the Strada Education Network and the Lumina Foundation is based on a survey that received responses from more than 42,000 adults between the ages of 25 and 64 who have stopped out or left college. Most adults (76 percent) in that age range without college degrees are in the workforce. Seventeen percent of those who left college without a degree said work-related issues were the main reason why, followed by financial pressures (12 percent) and personal problems (11 percent).
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 19, 2019

How technology affects developmental education

Developmental courses that use technology to let students move at their own pace may hurt students in the long run, according to a working paper from the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness. ... Community college students who were enrolled in classes using this model were 5.7 percentage points less likely to pass their first college-level math course compared to students in traditional developmental math courses, according to the report. These students also completed about 1.6 fewer credits over six terms and were 3.7 percentage points less likely to complete any credential within six years.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 19, 2019

Coping with finals and stress

As the fall college semester comes to an end and students across the country take final exams and complete papers, some institutions are being mindful of the acute stress and anxiety many students feel at this time of year. As a result, colleges and universities are temporarily increasing mental health services and reminding students of the resources available to them. ... During this time, colleges and universities offer students a range of study breaks for practicing mindfulness and relieving stress. Some institutions offer options such as guided meditation, hot chocolate bars, rock painting, yoga and therapy dogs.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 18, 2019

New model for community colleges

... The reasons for the college's success are manifold, Katsouros said. All students participate in interviews for enrollment. Once enrolled, they go through an orientation that includes a residential experience. The college provides breakfast and lunch every day. The faculty are trained to be academic advisers, with small caseloads of about 25. There are two social workers, along with interns, available to students, as well as a transfer counselor, graduate support coordinator and career services director.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 18, 2019

Database comparing institutional policies

A searchable repository of higher education institutional policies is being created by the ed-tech company CollegeSource and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). The Higher Educational Institutional Policy Portal will allow administrators, faculty and staff to research and compare policies from other institutions. The database will cover all areas of campus operations, including, but not limited to academia, campus safety and legal and disability policies.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 18, 2019

Top 10 education policy program hits from 2019

In 2019, the Education Policy Program explored many topics ranging from early learning, to elementary and secondary education, to higher education and workforce development. We constantly conduct research and policy analysis about the country's education system in order to make it more equitable. As we approach the end of the year, take a tour with us and see what you may have missed from our top content in education policy!
New America, Dec. 17, 2019

Fewer students are going to college. Here's why that matters

This fall, there were nearly 250,000 fewer students enrolled in college than a year ago, according to new numbers out Monday from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks college enrollment by student. "That's a lot of students that we're losing," says Doug Shapiro, who leads the research center at the Clearinghouse. And this year isn't the first time this has happened. Over the past eight years, college enrollment nationwide has fallen about 11%. Every sector — public state schools, community colleges, for-profits and private liberal arts schools — has felt the decline, though it has been especially painful for small private colleges, where, in some cases, institutions have been forced to close.
NPR, Dec. 16, 2019

Federal loans and ISAs

The U.S. Department of Education is poised to create an experimental program through which a limited number of colleges would take on students’ federal loan debt, with students then repaying the institution for the loan balance, potentially based on their future earnings. As a result, the experiment would enable federal loans to be paid off through a form of income-share agreement, where students agree to pay a certain percentage of their future income over a set period of time in exchange for funding of their educational program expenses.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 16, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Cuts averted in budget deal

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a budget bill that would increase spending on higher education programs and scientific research, while ignoring the deep cuts proposed by the Trump administration. The Senate is expected to pass the budget bill later this week for the 2020 fiscal year and its $2.5 billion increase in spending on higher education programs. President Trump must sign the final bill by Friday to avert a government shutdown.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 18, 2019

The potential disaster of free community college

Free community college is a big hit on the campaign trail as candidates battle over student debt plans but there’s a downside — schools could be overwhelmed by a tide of new students who’d still wind up without degrees. Most of the Democratic presidential candidates back free tuition for two-year colleges but they’ve skipped over how it would really work. If too many students show up, the system will buckle, even if more cash accompanies them, and students run the risk of being shut out of packed classes, college leaders say.
Politico, Dec. 17, 2019

House Democrats grill Betsy DeVos over denying student borrower relief

... DeVos testified before the House education committee one day after NPR published internal memos showing that the secretary overruled her own department's findings that borrowers deserved full relief from their loans, because their college credits are essentially worthless. Hundreds of thousands of borrowers are in limbo, and several members referred to the memos in their questioning.
NPR, Dec. 16, 2019

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