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News Links | February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

LCC announces first four-year degree with new teacher education program

In a historic announcement Wednesday, Lower Columbia College said it will add a bachelor’s degree to its offerings next fall with the introduction of a four-year teaching program. The degree will help meet the demand for teachers in the region by preparing candidates for teaching positions in preschool through eighth grade, according to a college news release. “People will be able to stay local to fill the in-demand jobs in elementary education and early childhood education,” said Wendy Hall, LCC spokeswoman. “We are very excited to offer our first applied bachelors degree, and we think this is the perfect place to start.”
The Daily News, Feb. 21, 2019

Clark College takes aim at sexual assault

Clark College hopes a $300,000 grant will help the Vancouver campus target sexual assault and violence against its students — by increasing the number of incidents that are reported to college officials. The community college in 2017 received a three-year grant from the Office on Violence Against Women, operated by the U.S. Department of Justice. It was one of 22 colleges, government agencies, organizations and tribes in Washington to receive grants aimed at reducing sexual assault and domestic violence. And after months of behind-the-scenes work and small-group training sessions, volunteers are going out into the college community to speak to classes about what it means to consent to sex and what resources are available to victims of violence who attend Clark College.
The Columbian, Feb. 19, 2019

Seattle State of City address focuses on education, housing, transit

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan laid out her vision of the state of the city and the state of the future.  She chose to speak from North Seattle College to tout her plan to allow more students into the Seattle Promise program, which gives certain kids free college for two years. The rest of her address was all about affordability and access. “The state of our city is strong and resilient,” said Durkan.
Q13 Fox, Feb. 19, 2019

Invista Performance Solutions provides solutions that transform people and organizations

Through a collaboration between Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College and Tacoma Community College, Invista Performance Solutions (IPS) provides learning and development services that solve complex business problems, helping employees reach the highest level of performance. IPS offers customized training, coaching and consulting to businesses and organizations in the community.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 19, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Getting clearer signals from employers

A wide range of employers have complained for years that higher education is failing to adequately prepare students to join the work force. However, a growing number of businesses are owning some of the blame for the disconnect between college and jobs. Employers too often send the wrong signals about the skills their workers need, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and the Workforce. That lack of clarity causes problems for job seekers as well as employers and postsecondary education providers.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 20, 2019

The rise of the mega-university

... While some so-called mega-universities have physical campuses, they’ve focused intensely on building online programs. They’ve emphasized recruiting working adults over fresh high-school graduates. They’ve embraced competency-based education, in which students earn credits from life experiences and from demonstrating proficiency in a subject. They market widely and vigorously, and lean into, rather than recoil from, some other common corporate practices and philosophies. These universities have clearly found a new way to play the game that many colleges are losing. With no end to their expansion in sight, they could one day lay claim to a significant share of the nation’s new college students.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 18, 2019

The end of the remedial course

They’ve tried compressing it, breaking it into bite-size chunks, computerizing it, even making it optional. But the traditional, prerequisite remedial course that generations of underprepared students have been funneled into before they can start college-level courses remains an insurmountable barrier for too many students. Increasingly, it is being ditched altogether.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 18, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

A new controversy is dogging DeVos's Education Dept. Here's what you need to know.

After Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November, observers predicted that Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, would face fresh scrutiny. DeVos, a billionaire philanthropist, has hired officials with ties to for-profit education, and critics have long alleged that those ties have helped drive her department’s higher-education policy. With new investigatory powers, House Democrats — led by Rep. Bobby C. Scott of Virginia, the new head of the body’s education committee — signaled a desire to investigate.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 20, 2019

DeVos donates her salary to historically black colleges, 6 other groups

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos donated a portion of her government salary to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a group of public historically black colleges and universities, the group announced Wednesday. ... DeVos, a billionaire philanthropist, has a long history of donating to groups that support expanding access to charter schools and private schools and religious organizations, among other causes. Last year, she divided her government salary among four nonprofits, including the Special Olympics.
Politico, Feb. 20, 2019

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