News Links | February 19, 2019
System News | Opinion
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
... 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
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
The Suburban Times, Feb. 17, 2019
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
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
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
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 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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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