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News Links | February 5, 2019

February 05, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Opinion: When Walla Walla Valley students succeed, our whole region succeeds

Walla Walla Valley residents know we are fortunate to call such a beautiful place our home. With many cultural and outdoor opportunities, plus growing industries that offer family-wage job opportunities, our area offers a high quality of life. Individuals who want to build their lives here can look forward to job openings in health care and education, in our booming wine industry, as well as in construction and manufacturing. To be ready for these jobs, our high school students and interested adults will need to continue their education. ... The College Promise Coalition — of which Whitman College, Walla Walla Community College and Walla Walla University are members — is working collaboratively across sectors and across the state to implement strategies that support students who face barriers to entering and completing postsecondary education.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Feb. 4, 2019

Anacortes teen named Youth of the Year

Growing up, Kyla Whiton said she never felt comfortable walking the halls of her school because her disability made her feel like everyone was staring at her. “I felt like I had barely any friends,” said the Anacortes High School senior, who was born with cerebral palsy. “I felt like I was being judged because of the way I walk, because of my disability.” All that changed when she started attending the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County’s Anacortes club. “Now, I’m opening up to people,” Whiton said. “I don’t care if I have a disability. I’m myself.” ... Whiton was also the recipient of the second annual Skagit Valley College Foundation Cardinal Award for Club Excellence, which gives the winner a full-ride scholarship to Skagit Valley College. “Just like the Boys & Girls Clubs, we strive to meet our students exactly where they are,” said Anne Clark, Skagit Valley College Foundation executive director.
Skagit Valley Herald, Feb. 4, 2019

Passengers and workers await first Paine Field boarding call

... March 4 is the start date after Alaska last month elected to delay the start of service from Everett. It had been scheduled for Feb. 11, but the partial government shutdown last month led to uncertainty about the timeline for final federal approval of passenger flights.... students at Everett Community College’s Aviation Maintenance Technician School, which is located near the new terminal, will experience a big change. They won’t be allowed outside the hangars on the secure side of the airfield unless accompanied by faculty or staff with appropriate airport badges, said Rob Prosch, associate dean of aviation. “Anything behind the airport fence is the secure side of the airfield,” Prosch said.
The Everett Herald, Feb. 4, 2019

Kids’ smiles brighten up Dental Day

How do you get 90 kids to all get through a dentist visit in one day? For the dental hygiene students who organized this year’s free children’s dental day at Clark College, the answer is simple: make it fun. ... Kristi Taylor, the director of Clark College’s dental hygiene program, said that the program, now in its 12th year, has shifted its focus over the years from treatment to prevention. That means more x-rays, sealants, fluoride treatments, teeth-cleaning and other services with the aim of fewer extractions, she said. She said that students organize the event and provide much of the care, which is supervised by licensed dental hygienists and dentists.
The Columbian, Feb. 2, 2019

Lincoln Theatre performance gives voice to incarcerated

How would you rebuild your life from here? This is the question Stella Ireland wanted to explore when she interviewed about 20 incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in preparation for her upcoming production, “$40 and a Bus Ticket.”...The production is part of a fundraising event held by the Skagit Valley College Foundation and the Skagit-Island Community Partnership for Transition Solutions. While admission is free, donations will go toward the college’s Second Chance Scholarship, which was started in 2016 by previously incarcerated SVC graduate Kyle Von Stroberg.
Skagit Valley Herald, Feb. 1, 2019

Clark College President Bob Knight will retire Aug. 31

“Once a Penguin, always a Penguin.” The five members of the Clark College Board of Trustees made sure to remind Clark College President Robert K. Knight of that as they took turns during their Jan. 24 meeting offering their comments on Knight’s announcement that he will retire at the end of the contract year on Aug. 31. Knight publicly announced his retirement on Jan. 18, the day after delivering his annual State of the College Address, in which he shared the news of the college’s recent successful accreditation process. Knight has been with the college for 15 years, spending the last 13 as its president.
Vancouver Business Journal, Feb. 1, 2019

Walla Walla Community College farrier program to end

... Walla Walla Community College spokesman Doug Bayne confirmed the plan Thursday, saying the two-year farrier program has failed to attract enough students to keep it viable. This year three people will graduate from it, out of a total of eight enrolled students, Bayne said. According to a letter sent to the farrier science advisory board this week, the two-year course has been struggling with enrollment and other issues for many years. Farrier science at Walla Walla Community College, in place 42 years, prepares students to work on most types of horses. ... WWCC is offering a one-year certificate for students who joined its farrier program this year.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Feb. 1, 2019

KNKX Connects: Program aims to develop more Latino teachers for Skagit Valley schools

... Daisy Padilla is the navigator for the Maestros program at Skagit Valley College. Her job entails helping about 100 students in the program – most of whom are the first in their families to attend college – make sense of the higher education system. “My role is that we not only build community but we become a family,” Padilla said. She’s intentionally turned her office into something of a refuge for students.
KNKX, Feb. 1, 2019

Influencing others: The key to your leadership success

... We’re encouraged to welcome leadership roles, to dream big, but once reality sets, you’re often left with the monumental task of influencing other people toward action. Motivating and influencing others is serious business — and I recently spoke with Janell Payne, a communication coaching/training professional and Clark College Economic & Community Development instructor, whose in-depth knowledge of speech and communication theory provides insight on how best to influence outcomes.
Vancouver Business Journal, Feb. 1, 2019

Students, meet 'Nurse Anne': Nursing program at Centralia College acquires life-like simulator

The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Centralia College just received a major tech upgrade, and students are about to work with a more realistic patient than they have previously had access to. “The idea behind simulation is learning by error, honestly,” said Ellen Hinderlie, nursing program director at Centralia College. “It’s learning by error in a safe environment to make those errors and learn from them without causing any (live) patient harm. … So (nursing students) can kill Anne, Dan or any of the other simulators however many times it’s necessary to get something across to them.”
The Daily Chronicle, Jan. 31, 2019 

STA plans $3 million transit station at SFCC

... The project is expected to be completed next fall, he says, adding, “Because the station will be constructed on campus, we plan to keep the existing route on Fort George Wright Drive operating until it’s complete.”Rapez-Betty says STA doesn’t anticipate detours during construction, but if detours should be needed, Spokane Falls Community College will be notified and they also will be listed on STA’s website. The new Spokane Falls Station is designed to provide improved passenger safety, better transit visibility to encourage ridership, improved access to the campus, and help support planned city street investments as well as the West Hills neighborhood vision. “We’ve worked closely with SFCC in particular in order to ensure the new transit station will serve the needs of students and the institution,” he says.
Spokane Journal of Business, Jan. 31, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Community colleges honor students whose lives were transformed by education

Ever year, students from Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges tell some of the toughest survival and redemption stories you’ll ever hear. They were addicted to drugs or alcohol, grew up in dysfunctional families, survived traumas like shootings or abusive relationships. Some were military veterans suffering from PTSD, and others were high-school dropouts. A few were abruptly laid off jobs they’d held for years. Many ended up homeless, living on the streets or in their cars. They all used a two-year college as a springboard to a better life. Each college nominates an exceptional student whose life has been transformed by higher education, and in January, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges celebrated all 34 as part of its “Transforming Lives” award. Five standout students received $500 scholarships.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 4, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Could Congress pass a new higher education law before 2020?

Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Republican of Tennessee, confirmed on Monday that he hopes to get the Higher Education Act reauthorized within the next year. Doing so could cement his legacy as a bipartisan dealmaker as chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Speaking in a panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, and later on the floor of the Senate, the former college president and U.S. secretary of education laid out three broad strokes of a proposed bill. ... Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the committee, will begin negotiations on legislation in the coming weeks. "This is a moment for us to step up and do the hard work of negotiating a comprehensive reauthorization that truly works for students, families, and borrowers, and I hope we can remain committed to tackling the tough issues to get that done," Murray said in a news release.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 4, 2019

College groups blast DeVos Title IX proposal

Top higher education groups are lodging major criticisms of new regulations proposed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos dealing with campuses’ handling of sexual misconduct allegations. The DeVos Title IX rule, those groups say in comments submitted by Wednesday's deadline for feedback on the new rules, would impose a quasi-legal system on colleges that would raise new issues involving fairness, cost and liability for institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 31, 2019

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