News Links | January 3, 2019
System News | Opinion
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
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
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
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
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
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
... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
... 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
... “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
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
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 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
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
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
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