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News Links | January 10, 2019

January 10, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

New apartments set aside for homeless UWT students

According to a 2014 University of Washington-Tacoma survey, 14 percent of its students at the time were “housing insecure.” With housing costs rising in the city, the need for affordable apartments has intensified. On Tuesday, Tacoma Housing Authority, Koz Development, the University of Washington Tacoma and the Associated Students of UW Tacoma announced that 52 of the 104 studio units at Koz on Market would be offered at affordable rates for UWT students facing housing hardships. The development at South 17th and Market streets is across from UWT and the Tacoma YMCA. It is offering 52 units for low-income students, with up to 26 of the units going to homeless UWT students as part of THA’s College Housing Assistance Program, which has also helped address housing needs for Tacoma Community College students.
The News Tribune, Jan. 9, 2019

Opinion: Legislators urged to make higher education a priority

The 2019 state legislative session will soon be underway and our legislators will be tasked with writing the next biennial budget. Upon weighing many competing and important demands in the process, we encourage our lawmakers to make higher education a priority because of the significant need for higher education funding that exists today.  ... At Columbia Basin College and Washington State University Tri-Cities, we work hard to ensure that pathways into and between our institutions are seamless. We want to be the catalysts for our students’ achievements and our communities’ growth and advancement.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 9, 2019

Bellingham preschools offer college credit to parents

Parents can earn college credit while putting their kids through preschool in Bellingham. There are a few cooperative preschools affiliated with Whatcom Community College where parents can earn college credit in parenting skills classes. Cooperative preschools allow parents to work in the classroom about twice a month. The schools are now enrolling for fall and several have open houses and info sessions this month.
KGMI, Jan. 9, 2019

Edmonds CC awarded $92.6K job skills grant to train Crane aerospace workers

Edmonds Community College was awarded a job skills grant to offer customized training to more than 200 Crane Aerospace & Electronics workers at its Lynnwood headquarters. A $92,628 Job Skills Program (JSP) grant provided by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Workforce Education Department will fund training for Crane mechanical assemblers to improve their skills in basic computer applications or to become fully certified IPC technicians in Electronic Assemblies/Repair and Modification of Printed Boards and Electronic Assemblies. The training could begin as early as January with a completion date of June 30.
My Edmonds News, Jan. 8, 2019

Northwest Wine: Great wines at a bargain is what we all want

... College Cellars of Walla Walla 2017 Clarke Vineyard Sèmillon, Walla Walla Valley, $18: The late Stan Clarke lives on in the hearts and minds of students and faculty at Walla Walla Community College, and the vineyard he doted on near the Walla Walla airport continues to flourish. Winemaking educators Tim Donahue and Sabrina Lueck, viticulture director Joel Perez and their students pulled from Clarke Vineyard for one of the state’s top white wines released in 2018. Charming aromas of peach, lemon custard, honeysuckle and limestone lead to flavors of white peach and nectarine. There’s a touch of canola oil in the midpalate for complexity, but that’s whisked clean by a long finish of Meyer lemon and apricot.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 8, 2019

Tacoma Community College to offer ‘comprehensive’ courses in cannabis

Marijuana is big business in Washington state, and now that business is extending into the classroom. Two courses at Tacoma Community College this winter will focus on the cannabis industry, as well as the history of marijuana and its health benefits.
Q13, Jan. 8, 2019

The MLK Banquet at SPSCC serves to honor civil rights leader while investing in the future

... Barbara, who is a retired South Puget Sound Community College trustee of 14 years and a member of the Thurston Group of Washington, and her husband Virgil Clarkson have been heavily involved with the banquet since the former hosting organization disbanded. “Both my husband and I have been doing this event for the past 19 years,” says Barbara. “And about four years ago Dr. Timothy Stokes from SPSCC said he could assist us with it and so that is when it came over to South Puget Sound Community College. Barbara believes that the banquet serves as an important memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. It is a reminder to follow his message in the modern world and in the Thurston County community.
Thurston Talk, Jan. 8, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Federal report agrees some low-income college students are going hungry

A long-awaited report examining the extent of hunger on college campuses recommends increasing students' awareness of federal food assistance benefits so that higher ed institutions can better combat the problem. The U.S. Government Accountability Office report, which was released Wednesday, examined 31 studies on food insecurity among students. It also determined through further analysis that about two million at-risk students who were potentially eligible for food aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, did not report receiving the benefits in 2016. The report was the result of a 2017 request by Senate Democrats that the GAO assess hunger among college students after several surveys found that students were experiencing food insecurity.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 10, 2019

Professors worry about the cost of textbooks, but free alternatives pose their own problems

When it comes to textbooks, faculty members have a lot of feelings. Many of them negative. But their thoughts on digital coursework and openly licensed materials aren't any less conflicted. These opinions, found in "Freeing the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2018," a survey of more than 4,000 faculty members and department chairs released Wednesday, paint a complex picture of a fast-changing landscape, one in which instructors and students have more options about course materials than ever before, yet the best path forward remains unclear.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 9, 2019

Millions of college students are going hungry

As the costs of college have climbed, some students have gone hungry. When they’ve voiced frustration, they’ve often been ridiculed: “Ramen is cheap,” or “Just eat cereal.” But the blight of food insecurity among college students is real, and a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a nonpartisan congressional watchdog, highlights the breadth of those affected. ... “[The report] put it very clearly for us that we can see that especially first-time students, first-gen students, students who are raising children, single parents, face increasing obstacles to be able to complete that critical college degree,” Senator Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the Senate’s education committee, told me. The report was in response to a letter sent to the GAO on behalf of Murray, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Edward Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren last year.
The Atlantic, Jan. 9, 2019

The U.S. did a major report on campus hunger. Here are 3 takeaways.

The most robust investment in ending campus hunger may be too complicated to accomplish its goals, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Responding to hunger and poverty on campuses has been a growing concern throughout higher education in recent years. The office's report, released on Wednesday, is sure to draw more attention to the problem — and provide details about its prevalence.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 9, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Unlocking aid funds

At the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the spring semester started Monday. But ongoing technical issues at the Internal Revenue Service meant some students at the campus still hadn’t been approved to receive the federal student aid they needed to attend classes. That’s because they were selected for a process known as income verification. And those IRS technical issues meant the students — like others at campuses across the country — couldn’t get the necessary paperwork to prove they qualified for aid awards. On Wednesday, though, the Education Department released long-awaited guidance giving financial aid administrators alternative ways to verify students’ family incomes.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 10, 2019

Think the federal-aid process is crazy? Here’s some ‘bureaucratic sanity’

The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday made many people happy. No, really. Financial-aid officers, college-access advocates, and education wonks all cheered the news that a vexing part of the federal-aid process had just gotten simpler. Here's what happened. The Education Department released new guidance on recent changes in 2018-19 and 2019-20 verification requirements. Traditionally, those requirements have hindered many students who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Why? They had to round up all the required documents in a world of red tape. The guidance, effective immediately, essentially acknowledges that challenge, giving colleges more flexibility when verifying students' financial information. Colleges may now accept signed tax returns instead of tax transcripts, which often aren't easy to get.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 9, 2019

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