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News Links | January 8, 2019

January 08, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

LCC Foundation honors Delores Rodman as 'Benefactor of the Year'

Delores Rodman, a more than 26-year donor to Lower Columbia College, was named Benefactor of the Year for 2018-19 by the college foundation. The award honors donors who have a history of providing charitable financial support to the foundation or significant volunteer service to the college, according to an LCC Foundation news release. ... In addition to the scholarship, Rodman has made contributions to the LCC library fund and has helped support the “greatest needs of the college,” the release says. She’s been a foundation donor since 1992.
The Daily News, Jan. 8, 2019

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom president retires, search underway for replacement

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom President Denise Yochum announced her retirement Jan. 2 after 13 years of dedicated service to the college. She stepped down to focus on her health, and looks forward to remaining a part of the Pierce College family. During her time at Pierce, the college has made remarkable strides, doubling graduation rates between 2010 and 2018. Yochum has led the college through the construction and renovation of buildings including a new science and math building (with an interactive Science Dome), and improved classroom and student services spaces for student success. She will be greatly missed by the college community.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 7, 2019

Grays Harbor College partners with Timberland Regional Library

Grays Harbor College and five Timberland Regional Libraries are partnering to help adults who  want to get ahead in education or career, but lack a high-school diploma. The five libraries include Amanda Park, Elma, Oakville and Westport in Grays Harbor County, plus Naselle in Pacific County. Educational programs from Grays Harbor College and the Timberland Regional Library, together with the Washington State Library, will help residents in these areas access programs and materials they need.
Grays Harbor Talk, Jan. 7, 2019

Legacy of the late Mildred Ollée lives on at Seattle Central College

Mildred Ollée became the first woman president of Seattle Central College in 2003, strengthening the college's programming and scholarship fund. Throughout her career, she was passionate about increasing the number of African Americans in higher education, focusing on outreach in the community.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 7, 2018

Home Fund, college make the difference for Port Townsend man

... Burroughs learned of the multimedia communications program, a degree he could earn online at Peninsula College. It includes digital photography, video editing, digital illustration and web design — a brave new world of art forms. Burroughs, now 65, found he was eligible for financial aid from the college. He became a full-time student again, taking “a whole slew of courses,” far more than what was required. Web publishing, sound editing, photography: It all beckoned to him.
Peninsula Daily News, Jan. 6, 2019

Opinion: The importance of growing family wage jobs in Arlington

Over several months I have received a number of calls and emails about growth in Arlington. I want to share with you why this growth is essential to economic equity in our community. ...  It is working with Arlington Public Schools and Everett Community College to bridge those gaps with programs like the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee at Arlington High School, and Everett Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center at Weston High School. These training programs provide real-world experience and apprenticeships, leading to lifelong career opportunities and family wage jobs.
The Arlington Times, Jan. 5, 2019

Marijuana-themed classes start soon at Tacoma Community College

Two new classes built around marijuana are being offered at Tacoma Community College this winter. The classes, part of the school’s continuing education program, offer insights into the history, science and industry of cannabis. “I’ll just be presenting what we know and pointing out what we don’t know about cannabis,” said instructor Lukas Barfield. He is a Tacoma-based cannabis researcher and writer.
The News Tribune, Jan. 4, 2019

Edmonds CC grad, Brier resident named ‘Rising Star’ by Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers has recognized Washington State University Everett electrical engineering senior Kaitlin Ferguson, 19, with one of the national association’s Rising Star awards. ... “I am incredibly honored and grateful for the support from the same community I am passionate to promote,” said Ferguson, an Edmonds Community College graduate who lives in Brier. “SWE has given me numerous opportunities to excel and has motivated me to work even harder in 2019.”
MLTnews, Jan. 4, 2019

Moss reflects on 20 years of service to CPTC

Clover Park Technical College trustee Mary Moss has spent nearly 20 years serving the college community on the CPTC Foundation Board and the CPTC Board of Trustees. As she concludes her time on the Board of Trustees, she remembers some of the highlights of her tenure: My service to Clover Park Technical College over the past two decades has been all about the students. Greeting students as they entered the college and seeing them smile as they walked across the stage to receive their diploma at graduation was the most rewarding.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 4, 2019

'Flexible enough for any apprenticeship': LCC adds one-year trades program

A one-year trades program that opens next week at Lower Columbia College will help raise a skilled workforce to respond to a growing need for construction and heavy industry jobs, according to college officials. As the county has recovered from the 2009 recession, job opportunities in the trades have increased, said Tamra Bell, LCC dean of instruction. Now, several industry employers are looking for “skilled workers and qualified applicants,” she said.
The Daily News, Jan. 4, 2019

'Our Literacy Council' disbands; Centralia College and Foundation continues services

Centralia College and the Centralia College Foundation will take over services previously offered by the volunteer organization Our Literacy Council. Centralia College will offer tutoring services through its campus Tutoring Center and the Centralia College Foundation will offer scholarships to cover GED test fees. “The only difference students will see is where they go for help,” said Kelli Bloomstrom, dean of Transitional Education in a press release from the Centralia College Foundation.
The Daily Chronicle, Jan. 4, 2009

BTC receives $350,000 endowment

Bellingham Technical College Foundation recently received a $350,000 contribution from the Thomas and Martina Horn Foundation, which will create a permanent endowment and will support student scholarships. This is the second largest contribution ever received by the BTC Foundation. The Horn Foundation has supported education in Whatcom County for more than 20 years. 
The Bellingham Business Journal, Jan. 3, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Free college denied

As tuition prices rise and policy makers increasingly recognize the vital importance of an educated work force and citizenry, the free-college movement has attracted widespread support from students, advocates and lawmakers from both political parties. As outlined in Ed Trust’s recent report, “A Promise Fulfilled: A Framework for Equitable Free College Programs,” those programs vary greatly in terms of who’s eligible and what benefits are provided. But most of them share a common requirement: that applicants complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, this year’s version of which is now available at While this seems like a reasonable and straightforward requisite, families who have filled out the FAFSA know it’s anything but -- and that’s especially true for the students who are caught in the trap of FAFSA verification.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 8, 2019

DeVos deregulation will leave college students in the lurch

One week from launching negotiations to rewrite key regulations governing higher education, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released her proposals -- and they paint a grim picture for the future of college in America. Taken together, the proposals are designed to make it easier for schools to take students’ money, and harder for states, accreditors, and the Department itself to hold them accountable when they provide a poor-quality education. ... All in all, the proposals are difficult to see as anything less than an all-out assault on higher education. 
New America, Jan. 7, 2019

For-profit vs. public beauty schools?

On at least one occasion, a for-profit cosmetology college used a state law to stop a community college from creating a new program that would compete with it. But higher education experts said such incidents are rare. ... Few community colleges offer cosmetology programs. Two-year public colleges comprise just 18 percent of institutions that award cosmetology certificates, according to Noah Black, a spokesman for the Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents many for-profit institutions. “It’s a small percentage but a very important percentage,” said an owner of a national for-profit beauty school chain, who asked to remain anonymous. “Community colleges serve a wonderful purpose in our community.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 7, 2019

A simple proposal to revive the American Dream

During the industrial age, when high school was the gateway to the American dream, public-school systems covered the costs of earning a diploma. Today, however, as associate’s degrees have replaced high-school diplomas as the indispensable ticket into the middle class, families are forced to cover the costs of tuition and more. If the information-age economy demands a workforce with additional training, we need to begin cutting students and families the same deal: Anyone willing to work hard and earn the degree should be able to attend community college—for free.
The Atlantic, Jan. 6, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Opinion: It’s time for the Legislature to invest in training and education beyond high school

Lawmakers will soon gather in Olympia for the 2019 legislative session. Their jobs won’t be easy. This is the year the Legislature must write the next two-year state budget, weighing many competing and important demands in the process. Fortunately, there is one thing on which everyone can agree: people need good, well-paying jobs and most of those jobs require training and education beyond high school. This is true across the state, whether legislators represent urban or rural areas and whether they are Democrats or Republicans. Ask most Washingtonians what makes them worry at night. Chances are, their top worries are about economic security – food, housing, jobs, paychecks, bills, healthcare, college, and retirement. One of the most powerful ways to address all these concerns is for the Legislature to prioritize higher education funding next session – for students at community and technical colleges and universities alike.
South Sound Business, Jan. 7, 2019

Cutting oversight of accreditation will spur innovations, says Education Dept. Critics say not so fast. 

The federal law governing much of higher education is some five years past its expiration date, with little chance that Congress will reauthorize it before the 2020 elections. Instead, the U.S. Department of Education has begun a broad regulatory overhaul to reshape core issues under the statute, known as the Higher Education Act. On Monday the department released its recommendations for major changes in the rules regarding accreditation and how colleges qualify for federal financial aid. ... Possible rule changes also include lowering requirements for colleges to operate online across multiple states, setting rules for distance learning, amending how religious colleges are treated by accreditors, and shifting the administration of federal grants for students who plan on classroom teaching, called Teach Grants.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 7, 2019

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