News Links | January 8, 2019
System News | Opinion
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 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
The Suburban Times, Jan. 7, 2019
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
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
... 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
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
The Arlington Times, Jan. 5, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 FAFSA.gov. 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
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
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
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
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
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