News Links | February 5, 2019
System News | Opinion
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
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
... 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
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
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
“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 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
... 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
... 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
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
... 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
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
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
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