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News Links | January 22, 2019

January 22, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

In Japan, adulthood starts at 20 — and it’s a national holiday

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 in Seattle.
Everett Herald, Jan. 22, 2019

CPTC continues aviation partnership with Chinese university

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

She brought Martin Luther King’s vision to the Tri-Cities — and to the next generation

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

Point of view: Legislature should invest in training, education beyond high school

 ... 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

SPSCC will expand health programs with $1.2 million gift from Angela Bowen’s estate

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 announces retirement

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 process. 
The Columbian, Jan. 18, 2019

Food pantry at Shoreline Community College helping students in need

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, gifted founder of EvCC art program, dies at 106

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

Big Bend enrollment increases in winter quarter

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

Mobile black history museum visits Centralia College

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

Bates Technical College student wins prestigious Transforming Lives award

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

WCC opens applications for cybersecurity scholarships

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

Sociology professor visits SCC to explore the legacy of the ‘real’ Martin Luther King Jr.

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

State of the College: Knight sees progress on social equity

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

Demand is high for land survey techs in Yakima

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

Opinion: Deregulating apprenticeship

... 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 80 years.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2019

Multiple warnings, no action

... 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

Looking to improve students' mental health? Ask what they need

... 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

Coursera targets health-care education market

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

Supreme Court appears to rebuff Trump's push for quick DACA hearing

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

Trump proposes DACA deal for a wall

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

Democrats seek more oversight of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

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

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