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News Links | January 3, 2019

January 03, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Trustee appointed to Whatcom Community College board

Governor Jay Inslee appointed Teresa Taylor to the Whatcom Community College Board of Trustees. Taylor is the Lummi Indian Business Council project manager for economic development. Her term on the WCC board runs from October 2018 through September 2023. She is replacing Tim Douglas, who recently completed his term, which began in 2008. Taylor is a graduate of WCC, and also studied project management, business administration and accounting at Western Washington University.
The Bellingham Business Journal, Jan. 1, 2019

‘While You Were Out’ inspires wide range of postcard art for SPSCC’s annual exhibit

What happened “While You Were Out”? Artists answer that question in a fascinating variety of ways in South Puget Sound Community College’s Fine Art Postcard Exhibition, opening Wednesday at the Minnaert Center for the Arts. “There’s a fill-in-the-blank quality to the show,” gallery coordinator Sean Barnes told The Olympian. Working with paint, pen and ink, clay, wood, fabric and more, 104 artists filled in the blank with answers realistic (you went sailing) and fanciful (you missed the rabbit wrestling match), sweet (a baby bird was born) and sour (your wife got pregnant). There are 247 works in the eighth annual show, which welcomes artists of all ages and abilities to submit postcard-sized pieces that are auctioned off to benefit The Gallery.
The Olympian, Dec. 28, 2018

Golf cart zone solves Clark College staff’s crossing issue

It only took seven minutes for the Vancouver City Council to push forward a solution seven years in the making. Despite its lengthy journey, the solution is relatively simple: designate a golf cart zone to allow the electric carts to travel back and forth across Fort Vancouver Way. But for Clark College — which uses golf carts to ferry equipment and staff back and forth between the two halves of campus — the solution has been a long time coming.
The Columbian, Dec. 26, 2018

Father of two recharts troubled past with Drug Court, LCC degrees

Gordon Bolar’s past is more colorful than most. With a record that includes several felony drug offenses and theft charges, the father of two caused “a lot of trouble” in his past, he said. ... “Once I could see clearly and I could see hope for a way to get out of my situation, I just (worked) hard,” Bolar said. That work included earning two degrees from Lower Columbia College, paying off more than $50,000 in debt and staying drug- and alcohol-free for the last six-and-a-half years, he said. ... This December, Bolar, 39, won LCC’s 2019 Transforming Lives award, which honors students whose lives made a change for the positive after they pursed higher education at a community or technical college.
The Daily News, Dec. 25, 2018

Christmas tradition: Inmates decorate Governor's mansion in Olympia

In early December, eight inmates from the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor came to Olympia to deck the halls at the Governor's mansion. For the fifth year, the inmates decorated the home with floral arrangements made at the prison's floriculture program. The floriculture program allows inmates to earn college credit through Tacoma Community College. “I want to be an asset to society instead of being part of the recidivism group,” said inmate Lakeisha Hamilton in a DOC press release. “Before this program, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, I was lost. I’d like to think of this as one of our ‘howevers.’ We (inmates) may have made mistakes, however, I’ve learned the skills to change.”
KOMO News, Dec. 25, 2018

Shoreline Community College Foundation honors retiring legislator Rep. Ruth Kagi

On Thursday, December 6, 2018, the Shoreline Community College Foundation held an event to honor retiring legislator Rep. Ruth Kagi for her over twenty years of dedication and advocacy for the 32nd District. The well-attended event included Foundation members, local politicians, organizations, and members of the community. Fifteen organizations who have benefited from Ruth's advocacy each made a display board of how Ruth helped their organization over the years. The boards were on easels throughout the room and each organization had a representative there to answer questions about their services.
Shoreline Area News, Dec. 24, 2018

Editorial: Community college funding must become a state priority

... Funding for the state’s 34 two-year and technical schools must be a budget priority when lawmakers return to Olympia in January. ... Two-year schools such as Walla Walla Community College have proved to be a lifeline for Washingtonians looking for a cost-effective way to get a four-year degree or seeking training for a trade. Community colleges are also great places to be retrained when people need to change careers. ... Since community college support isn’t mandated, those schools have to fight for what’s left. Specifically, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges wants its faculty pay raises to be in line with K-12 public school teachers and funding for 5,000 more openings in high demand fields such as nursing, computer science and advanced manufacturing. The request seems reasonable.
The Union-Bulletin, Dec. 23, 2018

Construction sector is building jobs as the county grows

The growth that’s happening in Snohomish County has helped create jobs. ... Despite the projections, aerospace manufacturing classes at Everett Community College are expected to become more popular in the coming years, said Tammy Frankland, executive vice president of instruction and student services. Courses in the more prosperous industries also have been popular at local colleges.  The nursing program at Everett enrolls 40 applicants three times per year. Usually the nursing school receives three times as many applicants as it can enroll. Edmonds Community College offers a construction management program. It’s one of four in the state to be accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. The others are at Central Washington University, Washington State University and the University of Washington.
Everett Herald, Dec. 23, 2018

What skills, talents are needed in the next leader of EvCC?

Seventeen people are getting a key role in choosing the next president of Everett Community College. They will serve on the presidential screening committee that will review applications, interview semifinalists and recommend finalists to the Board of Trustees. Trustee Mike Deller, the board chairman, is heading up the search committee. Fellow trustee Betty Cobbs is on it, as well. There are students, faculty members, administrators, a leader of the college’s foundation, and several others.
Everett Herald, Dec. 21, 2018

TCC Wins child care grant after appeal

An unexpected holiday gift arrived for the student parents of Tacoma Community College’s Early Learning Center in the form of belated approval for a U.S. Department of Education grant application. TCC recently learned that the Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) grant from the Department of Education was awarded after first being denied. Starting October 2019, the grant will provide the ELC with $286,400 over the next four years, or about $71,000 a year. The funds will subsidize child care for up to 50 students, more than half of the 88 students in the ELC. The DOE reversed their initial rejection of the grant application after TCC Grants Manager, Walter Chien, noticed an inconsistency in the scoring process and filed an appeal. Senator Patty Murray’s office wrote a letter of support for the grant and the ELC.
Tacoma Weekly, Dec. 21, 2018

OMC Foundation marks record year for donations

The Olympic Medical Center Foundation has completed a record year of giving in 2018 — with $892,496 going to or on behalf of OMC. The foundation presented its final donation of $45,000 to OMC at its board of commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday to purchase equipment for the new addition to the OMC Cancer Center in Sequim ($25,000) and to further nursing education at Peninsula College ($20,000).
Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 21, 2018

Welding students create Fantasy Lights display

Holiday lights rank among the most visible traditions on display at this time of year, and Clover Park Technical College’s Welding program joined the festivities by contributing their skills to this year’s Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park. Organized by Pierce County Parks and Recreation for the past 24 years, Fantasy Lights features nearly 300 displays that include thousands of lights. ... “The Parks Department reached out and asked if we wanted to participate,” CPTC Welding instructor Justin Agostino said. “They already had the designs for the turtles and asked for assistance with the production. They provided the metal, and it gave our students a great training opportunity.”
The Suburban Times, Dec. 20, 2018

Highline College opens student housing near campus

For some students, Highline College just got a bit closer to home. The new student housing, Campus View at Highline College, was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 13. City leaders, college officials and employees, board members, students and other community members gathered to celebrate and tour the five story building — the first phase of the two-building Highline Place project.
Federal Way Mirror, Dec. 20, 2018

Tacoma Power awards grants to Tacoma Housing Authority & Bates Technical College for solar energy projects

Tacoma Power announced the winners of its Evergreen Options Renewable Energy Project grant, awarding more than $90,000 in grants to two local organizations. ... The second grant recipient, Bates Technical College, is a two-year public institution that has been providing quality training and education to Tacoma/Pierce County for 80 years. The college is known for its commitment to helping students find family-wage level employment. The $41,500 renewable energy grant will allow the school to install solar lighting at its south campus parking lots, which will increase safety and support energy conservation. 
Tacoma Daily Index, Dec. 20, 2018

Gidget Terpstra appointed to Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees

Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed Gidget (Jennie) Terpstra to the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees to fulfill the remaining term of former trustee, Phil Barrett. “Gidget has been a longtime advocate for education and youth in the Shoreline community, and we are thrilled that she’s continuing her tradition of service here at the College,” said President Cheryl Roberts.
Shoreline Area News, Dec. 15, 2018

Seattle's Project Feast opens doors for immigrants and refugees to become culinary leaders

... The small, but growing, Project Feast team listens to former students and their employers to fine-tune training. The apprenticeship was extended to 18 weeks as the staff realized the value of sustained hands-on experience in the café and its catering program. They worked with Highline College to shore up English and math instruction, and they incorporated recipe development to help students translate their own creations into dishes others can make.
Good Food Jobs, Dec. 4, 2018

First group of students graduate from Tesla START training at SCC

... “We are thrilled to have the very first cohort of students complete their Tesla training at Shoreline,” said Cheryl Roberts, President of Shoreline Community College. “These students have bright futures ahead of them in the fast-paced electric vehicle industry and Shoreline Community College is so pleased to pioneer this training in Washington state.” Shoreline is just one of five community colleges in the nation to offer the program from electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla.
Shoreline Area News, Dec. 1, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Skipping free college and federal loans

California’s free community college plan wasn’t just about offering a tuition-free year to the state’s students. It was an opportunity for state leaders and the California Community Colleges chancellor's office to encourage college leaders to support and undertake popular reforms such as using multiple measures to determine students' academic preparedness and forge deeper partnerships with K-12 school districts. But some college administrators are balking at one requirement in the one-year tuition-free legislation that passed last year -- participation in the federal student loan program.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 3, 2019

Washington’s most generous scholarship for STEM students has helped thousands. Could you be next?

If you’re a Washington college student studying science, technology or health care, put this one on your calendar: The application period opens Jan. 3 for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, the state’s most generous scholarship for students studying in those fields. ... The scholarship is aimed at low- and middle-income students, and grants them up to $22,500 over a maximum of five years to earn their bachelor’s or community college degrees in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and health-care fields. The deadline for applications is Feb. 28, and WSOS officials expect to award 1,850 scholarships this year.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 28, 2018

National college completion rate continues to rise

National college completion rates have increased for a third consecutive year, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The overall national six-year completion rate increased by 1.5 percentage points for students who entered college in fall 2012 compared to those who entered in 2011, reaching 58.3 percent. It's the highest rate in the six years the research center has tracked the data. The report also found that completion rates for transfer students from two-year to four-year institutions increased 1.1 percentage points, to 15.8 percent.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 20, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Push for student-level data the Feds don't collect

The gaps in data about the academic progress, needs and outcomes of part-time, first-generation, older and low-income college students has long frustrated higher education advocates, policy makers, charitable foundations and college administrators who want to see all students succeed. Over the last three years the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation and the National Student Clearinghouse have partnered to build a system, using a new "metrics framework" developed by the Institute for Higher Education Policy, that will fill those data gaps and help institutions, states and researchers analyze the academic performance of all college students. The partnership sidesteps the debate over, and wait for, Congress to move forward with plans to build a national student-level data system. 
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 21, 2018

Education Department approved no borrower defense claims since June

New data posted by the Office of Federal Student Aid Thursday showed the Education Department received 35,000 new borrower-defense claims between July and the end of September. But the department didn't approve or deny any claims over that period. FSA said the lack of progress on those claims was a result of "ongoing litigation." In October, the department lost a federal lawsuit over its delay of the Obama administration's 2016 borrower-defense rule. The same month, it said it would miss a Nov. 1 deadline to issue a new borrower-defense rule. That means the Obama rule will be in place until at least 2020.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 21, 2018

Senate passes bill to streamline FAFSA

The Senate on Thursday passed bipartisan legislation that would streamline applications for student aid and enrollment in income-driven loan repayment plans. The bill, dubbed the FAFSA Act, would do so by amending the tax code and the Higher Education Act to allow the IRS to share taxpayer information directly with the Education Department. Federal law doesn’t currently allow the two agencies to share taxpayer data.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 21, 2018

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