News Links | January 22, 2019
System News | Opinion
Turning 20 is a big deal in Japan. It’s the legal age to start adulting — smoking,
drinking and gambling — and taking control of your life. Coming of Age Day is a national
Japanese holiday for 20-year-olds as a welcome to adulthood. On the second Monday
of January, people gather at city halls and community centers for ceremonies followed
by parties with family and friends. The tradition was honored last week at Everett Community College. It included a pep talk by Takayuki Ishikawa, with the Consulate-General of Japan
Everett Herald, Jan. 22, 2019
Clover Park Technical College welcomed a delegation from Civil Aviation Flight University of China this week as
the two colleges commemorated the 10th anniversary of an international partnership
and signed a memorandum of understanding to continue working together. The largest
civil aviation university in Asia and the world’s largest flight training institution,
CAFUC was established in 1956 and enrolls a student population of 16,000. Its Aviation
Engineering Institute first partnered with Clover Park 10 years ago, sending the first
group of CAFUC students to CPTC in spring 2009.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 21, 2019
As a young woman raised in Arkansas, Kimberly Harper grew up in the aftermath of the
civil rights movement. Her uncles and mother joined the protests and pushed for change
that would eventually let her be the first of her generation to go to integrated schools.
“It just really instilled a sense of confidence that really fortified that belief
that it’s not what people call you. It’s what you answer to,” she said. That inspiration
pushed Harper to earn a chemistry degree and, later, to mentor dozens of teens during
more than two decades in the Tri-Cities. That work earned her this year’s Columbia Basin College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 21, 2019
... With the help of state funding, Peninsula College created an aluminum welding course and expanded our allied health programs in response
to community needs. Our allied health programs help address the ongoing shortage of
nurses, medical assistants, and nursing assistants in our area; similarly, a partnership
between Peninsula College and Armstrong Marine Inc. is addressing a growing deficit
of skilled workers in the marine trades. We’re requesting enhanced funding to continue
these kinds of workforce programs statewide.
Peninsula Daily News, Jan. 19, 2019
South Puget Sound Community College says a recent gift worth $1.2 million, the largest in its history, will help it expand
in-demand health care programs such as nursing and medical assisting in the coming
years. The college recently bought a four-story building across U.S. Highway 101 from
its campus in west Olympia for $4 million from the estate of Dr. Angela J. Bowen,
a well-known physician and philanthropist who died in 2017. The estate provided the
college with an in-kind contribution of $1.2 million.
The Olympian, Jan. 19, 2019
Clark College President Bob Knight on Friday announced his retirement from the school. Knight,
61, will leave the position on Aug. 31. Knight has been the president of the Vancouver
community college for 13 years, and worked at the college for 15. The news comes a
day after Knight gave his annual State of the College address, during which he touted
the news of the college’s recent accreditation process. The college received six commendations
during that process, and was recognized for its work with veterans, students with
disabilities, working with area businesses and promoting social equity during that
The Columbian, Jan. 18, 2019
A new federal report revealed something that we don't often think about - college
students choosing between a book or a meal. The Government Accountability Office estimates
about 30 percent of college students are what they call “food insecure.” The report
found some kids are in danger of dropping out because of this. A program at Shoreline Community College is changing the game for college students in need. In 2014 the college established
a food pantry. Dr. Marisa Herrera, vice president for students, equity, and success
at Shoreline Community College, said the food pantry started as a small, modest resource
for students. The demand has grown over the past years and with the help of staff
members and the community, the food pantry has grown to be a large space.
KING 5 News, Jan. 18, 2019
Russell Day was a brilliant artist and jewelry maker with a flair for bold design.
He was a mentor and friend to superstar glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Yet perhaps his
greatest talent was teaching. Today’s Everett Community College students see his name in the Parks Student Union building. In 2008, an art display
space there was renamed the Russell Day Gallery in honor of the man who came to Everett
Junior College in 1949. Day created a vibrant art program, establishing the college’s
first gallery in the 1950s. An inspiration to students, he retired from EvCC in 1976.
Everett Herald, Jan. 18, 2019
At a time when the needs of some students are changing – and enrollment was dropping
– Big Bend Community College officials are adjusting scheduling and looking for new ways to attract students.
Big Bend enrollment dropped in the 2017-18 academic year when compared with 2016-17.
Enrollment was down in all three quarters, year over year, when compared with 2016-17.
Enrollment has increased in winter quarter 2019, said director of communications Matt
Killebrew. For winter quarter the number of students attending classes was up 9.3
percent when compared with the same day (Jan. 14) in 2018.
Columbia Basin Herald, Jan. 18, 2019
There’s no question that Centralia residents are proud of their town’s African-American
founders George and Mary Jane Washington. One need look no further than the bronze
statue of the pair standing within their namesake city park. ... “It’s not a display
we can have permanently, so we value the fact they can come in and bring artifacts,”
said Centralia College President Robert Mohrbacher. “They bring a different collection of items each time,
so even if you’ve seen it before, you can learn something new.”
The Daily Chronicle, Jan. 18, 2019
Arma Carneh was a teenager when civil war erupted in his native country of Liberia.
Forced to become a child soldier for survival, he escaped to the U. S. at age 18,
where he found employment in the medical field. Carneh’s struggles didn’t end. At
age 20, he developed stage four liver cancer and underwent 30 rounds of chemotherapy
to beat the disease. Struggling with numerous setbacks and hard luck, he rebounded
and found the Diesel and Heavy Equipment program at Bates Technical College.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 18, 2019
Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, Whatcom Community College will cover tuition for some students and pay them an annual stipend. The National
Science Foundation awarded the college a grant that will fund students interested
in studying cybersecurity. WCC says the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service grant is
designed to strengthen the information assurance workforce that protects the government’s
critical information infrastructure.
KGMI, Jan. 17, 2019
During the 2007 Super Bowl, Coca-Cola Co. debuted a 30-second commercial featuring
a timeline of significant moments in black history. “Montgomery, 1955: Woman remains
seated. And stands for justice,” the ad says in red text beside an image of a Coke
bottle from that era. The next frame reads: “D.C., 1963: A man inspires a nation to
dream together.” That man, of course, was Martin Luther King Jr. And the commercial
was designed to paint Coca-Cola as a partner of the civil rights movement that King
helped lead. But if you ask Darryl Brice, a sociology professor at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington, the Coke commercial leaves out an important detail: that
on April 3, 1968, the day before his assassination, King called attention to the unequal
treatment of black employees at Coca-Cola and other companies. King said in his final
speech: “Go out and tell your neighbors not to buy Coca Cola in Memphis.” In a lecture
at Spokane Community College on Thursday morning, just ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Brice said the Coke
commercial exemplifies the ways in which key pieces of King’s legacy have been omitted
from public discourse.
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 17, 2019
At Clark College, President Bob Knight told a packed room Thursday, “It is all about the student.”
But he could as easily have said, “it is about all students.” At his annual State
of the College address, Knight focused on efforts at the college to promote equity
and provide support for students and faculty of color. He touted gains — albeit small
ones — in the number of people of color in prominent positions on campus and pointed
at programs he said will help more students of diverse backgrounds graduate on time.
“We still have lots of work to do, but I can assure you we are committed to this goal,”
Knight told the audience in the Gaiser Student Center.
The Columbian, Jan. 17, 2019
Yakima Valley College has just been approved to become the fourth college in Washington State to offer
a two-year AAS degree designed to get students ready for work as a land survey technician.
The college also offers a shorter Certificate in Land Survey, and an engineering transfer
track for those who wish to continue on to a bachelor’s degree, with an eye towards
becoming a licensed land surveyor. Land surveyors provide the measurements used in
construction, transportation, insurance, and many other industries.
KIMA TV, Jan. 16, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
... The Trump administration has embraced the value of expanding apprenticeship into
new industries and better connecting it to higher education. But rather than focus
its efforts on growing our small but high-performing system of registered apprenticeship,
the administration has opted for building an entirely new system of industry-recognized
apprenticeship programs, or IRAPs. As currently proposed, these new programs will
be governed by a distinct set of requirements and quality-assurance processes that,
the administration argues, will make it easier for sectors like IT and health care
to adopt apprenticeship. In practice, however, the proposed new processes risk opening
the door to low-quality programs and introducing considerable risk into a system that
has been the closest thing to a guaranteed pathway into the middle class for over
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2019
... The tragedy of a young woman murdered by a man whom she told law enforcement she
feared was enough to inspire national drama, but experts in dating violence say Lauren
McCluskey’s death serves as an important lesson for institutions -- that they should
invest financially in both their police forces and counselors, as well as coaching
on how to prevent such incidents. University officials have acknowledged they need
to improve campus security, but have maintained it’s not clear whether McCluskey’s
death was preventable.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2019
... One in three students has at least one mental-health disorder, according to a
2017 report by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors.
This statistic is often thrown around on college campuses, but helping students through
these challenges is complicated. Campuses like Jefferson Community College are thinking
about mental health as a part of a students' overall well-being. That often means
providing services that are outside the traditional mental-health realm.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 18, 2019
Online learning provider Coursera has traditionally focused on developing courses
in business, data and tech, areas where there is clear employer demand for skills.
But the company is now targeting the health-care industry, which is also experiencing
worker shortages. Coursera yesterday announced the launch of 100 new courses related
to health care, 30 specializations -- which are a series of related courses on one
broad topic -- and two master’s degrees in public health. ... Coursera is focusing
on professional development for health-care professionals who are already established
in their field, she said.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 18, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
The federal program granting quasi-legal status and work permits to so-called Dreamers
is likely to remain in effect through most of this year, after the Supreme Court appeared
to rebuff President Donald Trump’s bid for quick action to resolve lawsuits over his
attempt to wind down the program. Justice Department lawyers had asked the justices
to accept several cases over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and
add them to the court’s calendar for argument in April, meaning a ruling could be
issued by June. However, orders from the high court Tuesday morning made no mention
of the DACA disputes.
Politico, Jan. 22, 2019
President Trump on Saturday proposed temporarily extending protections against deportation
for certain young immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion funding for a wall along
the southern border. Trump, who has not budged from his position that any deal to
reopen the federal government must include funding for the wall, proposed in exchange
for wall funding a three-year extension of protections for beneficiaries of the Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a program established by President Obama that
provides protections against deportation and temporary work permits to more than 700,000
young immigrants, many of them current or former college students, who were brought
to the U.S. without documentation as children.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 21, 2019
Wielding control of the House and a new set of investigative powers, Democrats are
preparing to bring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under the sharpest scrutiny she
has seen since taking office. DeVos has emerged as a common target for Democrats as
they take charge of the House and its committees, which carry the authority to issue
subpoenas and call hearings. At least four panels are expected to challenge DeVos
on her most polarizing policies, among them her overhaul of campus sexual assault
rules and her rollback of for-profit college regulations.
PBS News Hour, Jan. 21, 2019