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News Links | February 14, 2019

February 14, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Whatcom Community College receives grant for cybersecurity students

A new grant will help Whatcom Community College students studying cybersecurity. The CyberCorps Scholarship of Service grant is awarded by the National Science Foundation and covers tuition costs and an annual stipend for five students to complete an associate’s degree in computer information systems or cybersecurity. Recipients will receive full tuition and academic fees for up to two years, a $22,500 annual stipend, health insurance, and paid internship opportunities. In exchange, students are required to work for one year for a local, state or federal agency in a qualifying position.
The Bellingham Business Journal, Feb. 12, 2019

Film tells life of Tulalip treasure, Harriette Shelton Dover

In her 86 years, Harriette Shelton Dover was raised in the traditional ways of her people. Surviving harsh years at the Tulalip Indian Boarding School, she went on to become a mother, leader and college graduate. Above all, she was a protector of tribal history and culture. ... After marriage, motherhood and tribal leadership, Dover’s next chapter was higher education. A half-century after high school, she started at Everett Community College. In 1978, she earned an associate of arts degree in anthropology and history.
The Everett Herald, Feb. 10, 2019

ABLE Savings Plan helping those with disabilities save

... Clark College student and Vancouver resident Andrew Brands signed up for a savings account last summer. The 22-year-old, who has autism, is primarily using his account to save for the future, such as if he moves for a job after college. “I’ve also been using it to help build capital to start a drone business here in Vancouver,” said Brands, who captured drone footage of the sunset after work Wednesday. It’s a hobby he’d like to turn into a possible part-time or full-time career. He works on campus at Clark and is studying networking technology, which prepares students for jobs in IT. “It’s an interesting subject to get into,” Brands said.
The Columbian, Feb. 9, 2019

Three Pierce College alums share inspiring stories

An ad agency exec, a firefighter and a doctor – three different people with different life stories. Yet they all share a love of Pierce College – where they got their start – and a desire to inspire today’s students. Recently, they shared their stories with about 100 students, staff, faculty and community members who turned out Jan. 24 for Pierce Talks at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. Modeled after the popular TED Talks, the event connects students with alumni who are eager to inspire and challenge the next generation. “It’s very important for us to have access to alumni who have been successful and gone into the community and made a difference,” said Melonie Rasmussen, event moderator and math professor.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 8, 2019

Pierce College announces 2019 Distinguished Alumni

Pierce College is proud to announce the selection of four exceptional former students to honor during this year’s Distinguished Alumni celebration. Nominees are carefully selected based on their achievements in academics, business, community or humanitarian support, or personal triumph over adversity. This year’s honorees provide inspirational examples of the impact Pierce College can have on the community. Pierce College’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni are Timothy Allen, education manager for the Business and Professions Division of the Washington State Department of Licensing; Lori Griffin, dean of Transitional Education at Pierce College; Joshua Harris, music producer and recording artist; and Carlene Joseph, retired vice president of business development and military relations at Harborstone Credit Union.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 7, 2019

Bates Tech gets mobile food bank service

A mobile food bank will soon have a secured presence on the Bates Technical College South Campus in Tacoma for students and community members in-need of a little help. The Nourish Pierce County Mobile Food Bank will setup shop on the South Campus every Thursday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. beginning Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. ... "We are excited to bring this much-needed resource to our college community, which will augment the student government-led food pantry efforts at each of our three campuses," Bates Tech President Lin Zhou said in a statement. "The college cares about the health and well-being of our students, and this partnership will make a difference in the lives of our students and their families."
Patch Lakewood-JBLM, Feb. 7, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

What community college students say impedes their progress

Most community colleges are aware of the challenges students face if they are working, raising children or struggling to afford textbooks. But a newly released survey digs into the nuances of those challenges so colleges can pinpoint ways to lift barriers to college completion and prevent students from dropping out.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 12, 2019

New data: 60% of students graduate within 8 years

Among students who started at a community college or four-year institution in 2010, 60.4 percent graduated by 2018, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks all but a small percentage of college students. That national eight-year completion rate is 5.6 percentage points higher than the six-year rate of 54.8 percent for the same group of students.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 12, 2019

People with disabilities can save for college, life expenses with new Washington state savings plan

... Called the ABLE Savings Plan, it allows parents and adults to set aside money in a special account for a broad range of living and educational expenses without jeopardizing disability funding, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security and other federal benefits. ... Participants can set aside $15,000 a year in an ABLE account, or more if they are employed. The money can be withdrawn immediately to pay for a wide range of expenses, including education, medical services, groceries, rent, transportation, employment training and support, assisted technologies and personal support services, and a few other categories.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 12, 2019

Video games: Entertainment or sports?

... Esports (not just within colleges) are expected to be valued at $1.4 billion by next year. At least two colleges are planning degrees in esports. The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the group that has seemingly emerged as the premiere governing body for “varsity”-level esports, has swelled to 128 members. It began in 2016 with six colleges and universities. The current slew of member colleges gave out just under $15 million in scholarships this academic year for students to strap on a headset, grab a mouse and keyboard, and enter the digital fray.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 12, 2019

The big gift you haven't heard about

... Institutional development professionals say the size and pace of donations to community colleges are starting to increase, but the shift is occurring slowly and not nearly as methodically or efficiently as the money raised by four-year colleges. Community colleges are still relatively new to fund-raising, and as they increasingly face budget deficits, steep state funding cuts and shrinking student rolls, their presidents are recognizing the potential of rich donors as untapped sources of financial support and stepping up their institutions’ fund-raising capacity. 
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 8, 2019

Resume issues? Need an internship? This organization can help

For many college students, a crucial step on the path to a good job — or career — is the internship. It's a chance to gain vital experience and prove yourself to employers. But to get that internship, you need a network, and a good resume. Both are things many students struggle with, especially those at community colleges. Students like Kelcei Williams. She attends Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge, Va. When she got to campus, her only experience was at Dunkin' Donuts and Lowe's Home Improvement. And that, says Gerald Chertavian is "not a resume that's gonna get picked out of the pile by Google or JP Morgan." Chertavian is the founder and CEO of a program called Year Up. The organization helps low-income young adults, like Williams, get from that thin resume to a good job.
NPR, Feb. 8, 2019

Study: Student borrowing may lead to academic success in community college

... Marx said there may be two explanations for why student borrowers outperform their peers. “Now a student knows they have to repay a loan in the future, and they take their studies seriously,” he said. Loans also provide students with additional financial resources, which means they don't have to spend as many hours working to earn money and can take more classes instead. “We know a lot of these students are working part-time while taking classes, so having some money available allows them to deal with negative situations that may arise, like if someone in their family is sick,” Marx said.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 8, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Education Department backtracks on accreditation

The Trump administration backtracked this week on two proposals that would reshape the role of college accreditors. The administration in January embarked on a rule-making process to overhaul the standards for accreditors, which act as the gatekeepers for federal student aid. But it came under fire from those organizations and colleges themselves for a proposed change that would alter the geographic scope of regional accreditors. The Education Department suggested in its proposal last month requiring that regional accreditors -- which oversee most public and nonprofit colleges -- operate in no fewer than three but no more than nine contiguous states. New language released by the department this week dropped that standard.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 13, 2019

More time to comment on Title IX rule

The Education Department said Tuesday it would reopen the public comment period for a proposed Title IX sexual misconduct rule. It's taking that step because of technical issues on the site that may have prevented some from submitting comments on the day of the deadline, Jan. 30. This is the second time the department has extended the public comment process for the rule because of technical issues.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 13, 2019

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