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News Links | January 15, 2019

January 15, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Local View: Time for Legislature to invest in education after high school

... The state’s community and technical colleges are affordable, serve all kinds of students, and are connected to both local employers and universities. Whether students are 16 or 60, and whatever their background, we have high-quality programs to help them move forward. Equally important, we are the primary gateway to education past high school for those who, like almost three-quarters of Clark [College]’s students, are the first in their families to go to college.
The Columbian, Jan. 13, 2019

Alumni, College Cellars of Walla Walla rock San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition generated more critical acclaim for the Pacific Northwest, and much of it stems from College Cellars of Walla Walla and alumni of the community college’s vaunted winemaking program. Leading the Northwest highlights at the largest wine competition in North America was Aaron Peet, winemaker for Cellardoor Winery in Linconlville, Maine. Peet, who graduated from Walla Walla Community College’s Institute for Enology and Viticulture in 2008, earned best of class for the Cellardoor 2017 Riesling and 2017 Chenin Blanc.
Great Northwest Wine, Jan. 12, 2019

Parents shine with Sound to Harbor Early Learning Program's Parent U

... Melanie Scrivner, center manager at the South Puget Sound Community College Child & Family Education Center, recently gave an interactive presentation about child management through Positive Behavior Interventions and Support or PBIS. The multi-tiered approach improves the emotional, social, and academic outcomes for students of all types. Parents learn that giving descriptive feedback rather than an evaluative statement can go a long way in reinforcing a desired behavior. For example, “It was helpful you brought your plate to the sink” is more powerful than the often-used “good job.” 
Grays Harbor Talk, Jan. 12, 2019

She’s 17 and can tell you how to spot human trafficking

Sheridan Moore is a Girl Scout. The Lynnwood teen sells cookies every year. These days, she’s learning all she can about a hidden crime with a global reach — human trafficking. A Running Start student at Everett Community College, Moore chose labor trafficking as a project topic as she works toward her Gold Award. That’s the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. ... “I started learning about human trafficking, sex trafficking, a few years ago in middle school through Girl Scouts,” said Moore, a home-schooled 17-year-old. Her interest was rekindled last spring at EvCC. She took instructor Steven Tobias’ English 102, a composition class. The research topic was human trafficking.
The Everett Herald, Jan. 11, 2019

Gov. Inslee backs early learning program at Highline College

Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed $173 million to go toward early childhood education programs in the 2019-20 biennium budget, and on the heels of that proposal, he recently toured the Children’s Home Society of Washington Highline Early Learning Center. During the Jan. 3 tour on the Highline College campus, Inslee said he had spent years working to get money for education programs like this. The tour group at the center saw several classrooms and outdoor play areas with a multitude of different setups to encourage learning and growth, including a full play kitchen.
Federal Way Mirror, Jan. 11, 2019

Furloughed federal employee seeks food bank help during government shutdown

Nearly 80 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, according to a Career Builder study.  The government shutdown is putting a strain on those federal employees. For some, it’s been three weeks of being furloughed or going without pay. Twice a month, Edmonds Community College opens a food bank to help hundreds of students. This time around, Air Force vet and federal employee Anthony Vicari stopped by.
Q13 FOX, Jan. 10, 2019

Exploring cultural bias

Culture, the new exhibition at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, is billed as "an exhibition exploring the idea of cultural biases and its influence on the outlook of other cultures." This is one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful group show ever to be mounted at TCC. This is not to say that every work of art by every one of the 28 participating artists knocks it out of the park, or even that every piece even belongs within the theme; but there are enough that are stimulating, that have the capacity to touch the hearts of viewers, and that are aesthetically praiseworthy -- starting with Bobbi Ritter's series on the micro-brew culture of the Pacific Northwest.
Weekly Volcano, Jan. 10, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Community-college students succeed at elite schools—when they're admitted

There’s a perception, flawed as it may be, that college admissions are a zero-sum game. One student gets in, another loses out. That perception is even more acute when it comes to selective institutions, where the seats are few and the applications from qualified students are plenty. Once students get into such selective schools—with all of the money, prestige, and support that comes with them—they tend to perform well, stay in school, and graduate. According to a new report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, that is particularly true of students who transfer from community colleges. The report, released Tuesday, finds that graduation rates of community-college transfers meet or exceed those of students who enroll at selective institutions as first-time freshman. Community-college transfers also graduate at higher rates than students who transfer from other four-year colleges. But as Jennifer Glynn, the director of research at the foundation, put it, “There is an underrepresentation issue.” Selective colleges don’t enroll a lot of transfer students. 
The Atlantic, Jan. 15, 2019

Why students don't fill out the FAFSA

A new federal study considers why many students never fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid -- and thus make it impossible to receive federal aid and (in many cases) institutional aid. The study, by the National Center for Education Statistics, surveyed a nationally representative sample of people who were in ninth grade in 2009 and who then went on to graduate from college. In the sample, 65 percent of students or their parents filled out the FAFSA. 
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 14, 2019

Worries grow about outsourcing of college degrees

Dozens of colleges, including many with widely known brands, outsource parts of degree programs to other institutions or private companies. Under federal rules, colleges can offer degree programs in which up to 50 percent of instruction is outsourced, including through unaccredited entities. A proposal from the Education Department would remove that cap entirely, potentially allowing colleges to completely outsource curriculum and instruction for degree programs. That possibility is alarming consumer advocates who worry it will give low-quality operators backdoor access to federal student aid money.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 11, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Classier name? Inslee wants new moniker and new money for college financial-aid program

For almost 50 years, Washington has written billions of dollars in financial-aid checks to Washington college students through a program with a most uninspiring name: the State Need Grant. Now Gov. Jay Inslee wants to give the program a big boost in funding, and to rename it with a sunnier moniker. The budget proposal, which would provide an additional $103 million for the program in 2019-21, would guarantee that by 2021-22, the estimated 93,000 students whose families make 70 percent or less of the state’s median family income will get help paying for college (in 2018-19, that was an adjusted gross income plus nontaxable income of $61,500 for a family of four). And it would rename the program the Washington College Promise Scholarship.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 14, 2019

No penalty for Western Governors

The U.S. Department of Education on Friday released a long-awaited response to an inspector general audit, which found that one the country’s largest online universities had run afoul of federal standards. The department’s Office of Inspector General found in 2017 that Western Governors University, which enrolls more than 83,000 students, failed to meet federal requirements for the interaction between faculty members and students. The audit said WGU should pay back $713 million in federal student aid. ... in a letter sent to Western Governors Friday, the department's Office of Federal Student Aid said that because of "the ambiguity of the law and regulations and the lack of clear guidance available at the time of the audit period" as well as information provided by WGU and its regional accreditor, the department would not seek the return of Title IV student aid funds. (The university will be required to return about $2,600 thanks to one identified instance of deficiencies in returning Title IV funds when a student withdrew.)
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 14, 2019

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