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News Links | February 19, 2019

February 19, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Five women named Iris Awards recipients

Five local women will receive the 2019 Iris Awards honoring women of achievement in concert with International Women’s Day, Clark College announced Thursday. The awards ceremony will be March 7, the eve of International Women’s Day, at the college’s Gaiser Student Center. The program began in 1985 as the Southwest Washington Women of Achievement Awards and was reintroduced as the Iris Awards in 2012.
The Columbian, Feb. 18, 2019

Meet Jessica Crowe, All Washington Academic Team scholar

... Crowe is studying Kinesiology at Pierce College, and loves the hands-on, practical experience she has gained through the program. “I’ve had such a fantastic time in the program, and I’ve been able to experience so many things,” she said. “It’s not just about going to classes and lectures.”
The Suburban Times, Feb. 18, 2019

Alumni love story began at Clover Park

Clover Park Technical College strives to change students’ lives through workforce training and preparation, but often students meet lifelong friends and sometimes even meet their future spouse. For Geoff and Tara Waits, that’s exactly what happened. Geoff and Tara came to Clover Park in the late 1980s, each pursuing a new path after previous college experiences hadn’t worked out. Geoff had moved to the area from Yakima and enrolled in the Architectural Engineering Design program, while Tara grew up in Tacoma and decided to pursue Interior Design.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 17, 2019

Deidre Soileau appointed as interim president of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College Chancellor Michele Johnson recently appointed Deidre Soileau as interim president of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. Former President Denise Yochum announced her retirement on Jan. 2, 2019, after serving 13 years. “It is an honor to follow Denise Yochum,” Soileau said. “My hope is to preserve her legacy while the college searches for the next president. Her collaborative, forthright approach, and her unsurpassed focus on student and staff success make her a much admired member of the Pierce College family.”
The Suburban Times, Feb. 17, 2019

Preparing for Workforce of Tomorrow by linking education, business

Thomus Cherry is a Clark College student with a clear path to a $27-an-hour job at SEH America if he so chooses. Cherry, 19, is one of five participants in an SEH pilot program to create a pipeline of trained young people for the company’s technical jobs. SEH, like several area tech companies and other manufacturing companies, is concerned about attracting and retaining a skilled workforce for the future.
The Columbian, Feb. 15, 2019

Agriculture brand strategy unveiled at Ag Summit

In an effort to enhance the success of local agriculture, a branding strategy called Genuine Skagit Valley has been created that could increase recognition and demand for Skagit Valley products throughout the world. ... Skagit County’s innovation zone is comprised of representatives from organizations and entities, including EDASC, the Port of Skagit, Skagit Valley College, Skagit County and the Northwest Agriculture Business Center. Local farmers, entrepreneurs and other regional partners are also involved.
Skagit Valley Herald, Feb. 15, 2019

SPSCC's new e-Mentorship Program connects students with professionals in a virtual setting

To provide students with connections to real-life professionals, South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has introduced the new e-Mentorship Program. The program is run through the college’s Alumni Association and was created to pair current SPSCC students with individuals working in their desired career path. The goal of the e-Mentorship program is to offer opportunities and new perspectives that students might not otherwise find.
Thurston Talk, Feb. 14, 2019

Comic books reflect 80 years of American history, culture

Comic book superheroes save humanity in their make-believe universes, but they also make a difference in the real world. They teach us about American history over the past 80-odd years. “Sequential Reaction: A History of the American Comic Book,” on display from Feb. 19 to March 14 at the Russell Day Gallery at Everett Community College, showcases the growth of the modern art form and how comics have reflected American culture and social upheavals. ... Wahl, who leads the journalism and media communication program at Everett Community College, and two other comic-book historians — Steve Sibra and Shaun Clancy, both Puget Sound-area residents — contributed items from their personal collections for the exhibit. 
The Everett Herald, Feb. 14, 2019

Edmonds CC awarded Snohomish Co. Human Rights Diversity Visionary award

Edmonds Community College has been recognized for its strides in diversity, equity and inclusion by the Snohomish County Commission on Human Rights with the commission’s 2019 Human Rights Diversity Visionary award. “It is an honor to receive the award and be recognized by the Snohomish Commission on Human Rights as an organization that is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence,” said Dr. Yvonne Terrell-Powell, Edmonds CC vice president for Equity and Inclusion.
MLT News, Feb. 13, 2019

Running Start putting high schoolers on the fast track

Running Start continues to see tremendous growth in the Yakima Valley and statewide, as more high school juniors and seniors take advantage of the opportunity to attend community college and earn college credit prior to their high school graduation. Kelsey Flores is one such student, now spending much of her day on the campus of Yakima Valley College. She says there are adjustments she’s had to make to transition from Eisenhower High.“You have to be more adaptive to college life,” Flores says. “You can’t just procrastinate on everything and hope your professors will be lenient. You have to be more determined.”
KIMA, Feb. 13, 2019

Centralia College Foundation receives $1.3M TransAlta grant for new trades building

The Centralia College Foundation announced this week that it will receive a $1.3 million grant from TransAlta to construct a new flexible trades building. The building will house training programs to meet industry needs, and is expected to be up and running fall 2020. “This will be a prime example of the college and the foundation working together to get this building built and then also partner with the industrial and business community in order to support these programs and the equipment that we are going to need for this building,” said Christine Fossett, Centralia College Foundation executive director.
The Daily Chronicle, Feb. 13, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Protecting students of color is an imperative in the reauthorized Higher Education Act

On the first day of the new session of Congress, four senators blasted a letter to over 100 postsecondary education stakeholders soliciting policy solutions to help borrowers of color, who face “staggering and unacceptable outcomes” in higher education. Today, we submitted a letter to Sens. Jones, Warren, Harris, and Cortez Masto with our recommendations for steps that Congress can take to protect and empower students of color to pursue and succeed in higher education.
New America, Feb. 15, 2019

How to get students to fill out the Fafsa? Enlist Instagram influencers

Instagram influencers, or people who have a bevy of followers and manicured photos on the social-media website, will try to sell you weight-loss tea, prepared-meal kits, or subscription boxes of dog treats. Now, a select few influencers are hawking the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. Despite the possibility of free money, some prospective and current college students don’t fill out the form, known as the Fafsa. The process can be confusing and lengthy. But in a social-media-savvy move, the U.S. Department of Education has teamed up with Instagram influencers and college bloggers to prompt more students to apply, with the hashtag #ButFirstFAFSA.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 11, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Alexander's loan-repayment overhaul

Student advocates have for years complained about the complex set of options borrowers must navigate to repay their student loans. Student loan borrowers are faced with a dizzying nine repayment plans based on their income, in addition to a standard 10-year loan-repayment plan. There's a growing consensus that Congress should reduce those options to one income-based option on top of the standard plan. Senator Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the Senate education committee, would go one step further, calling for loan payments to be automatically deducted from borrowers' paychecks.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 19, 2019

Federal watchdog issues scathing report on Ed Department's handling of student loans

A critical new report from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General finds the department's student loan unit failed to adequately supervise the companies it pays to manage the nation's trillion-dollar portfolio of federal student loans. The report also rebukes the department's office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) for rarely penalizing companies that failed to follow the rules. Instead of safeguarding borrowers' interests, the report says, FSA's inconsistent oversight allowed these companies, known as loan servicers, to potentially hurt borrowers and pocket government dollars that should have been refunded because servicers weren't meeting federal requirements.
NPR, Feb. 14, 2019

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