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News Links | January 24, 2019

January 24, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

New band director set for first Clark College Jazz Festival

... College teaching is a highly competitive field, [Harris] said — so he’s glad to say that he and Clark College feel made for one another. His faculty colleagues here are friendly and supportive, not cutthroat as he has found at some other schools, he said. His music students are “outstanding,” Harris said, and he’s now making the rounds of the high school music directors who send them his way. Both Clark College in general and its music department in particular seem to be solid, beloved anchors for the whole Vancouver community, he said.
The Columbian, Jan. 24, 2019

Community and technical college students recognized at Transforming Lives ceremony

The Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) honored 34 community and technical college students Monday night at its annual Transforming Lives awards ceremony. The annual ceremony recognizes current and former students of community and technical colleges whose lives were transformed by attending their college. The winners were nominated by their college’s board of trustees. From the winners, ACT selected five as keynote speakers. Each also received $500 from the association.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 23, 2019

Art teacher Nathan Barnes expands opportunities at GHC

In Nathan Barnes’ drawing class at Grays Harbor College, 15 students are circled around a complex tower of cardboard boxes, about 10-feet-tall, with glass bottles and other small items such as pencil sharpeners tucked in the crevasses. Seated on wooden stools with drawing sheets, the students and Barnes, the college’s new art instructor, sketch away in the warmly-lit studio, mostly in silence aside from the soft rock music in the background.
The Daily World, Jan. 23, 2019

Clark College faculty union seeks pay hikes

If you thought it was only K-12 public schools affected by ongoing union negotiations, guess again. The Clark College Association for Higher Education, which represents faculty members at the Vancouver community college, is currently in the midst of bargaining for pay raises. This is the first time the union has bargained for local dollars after the Legislature last year gave community and technical colleges the right to negotiate for local salary increases.
The Columbian, Jan. 23, 2019

Those who can do — and choose to teach

For 15 years, Liz Hollerman worked as a 3D artist and animator for the likes of Microsoft, Amazon, and some independent gaming companies. Most recently, she worked for Turn 10 Studios in Redmond. She built a successful career — but still, something was missing. ... “I kind of just made this conscious decision that this is the direction I want to go. I get more out of it, I suppose.” Hollerman took the leap, leaving her job as a senior cinematic artist at Microsoft in October 2017 to focus on the final year of her tenure at Bellevue College. She is now a tenured professor, and the chair of the school’s digital media arts program. 
425 Business, Jan. 22, 2019

WWCC lands grant from wine auction

Walla Walla Community College’s Institute for Enology & Viticulture will receive a $15,000 grant to help support the program’s “Human Capital” fund. The money will help allow students to earn an income while they gain real-world experience credited toward earning their degrees, an announcement said. ... “The camaraderie within the Washington wine industry is fantastic,” said Timothy Donahue, director of Winemaking for the Enology and Viticulture at WWCC, in a prepared statement. “The conviviality is on full display with this industry grant, as the Auction of Washington Wines actively invests in the next generation of vintners and viticulturists.”
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jan. 22, 2019

SPSCC nominates Eliab Cortes for 2019 ACT Transforming Lives Award

South Puget Sound Community College is proud to announce student Eliab Cortes as the nomination for the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) Transforming Lives Awards. Cortes and other nominees were honored during the Transforming Lives Awards Dinner on January 21, 2019. After leaving a four-year university in California due to a low grade point average, Eliab moved north to Lacey, to take care of his grandmother who had been diagnosed with cancer. He arrived only with a suitcase. He had no job, no friends, and no transportation. His grandmother pushed him into getting an education; she told Eliab that, “without it, you will only ever know regret, and dream about what could have been.” Within one year, Eliab had obtained a car, a steady job, and applied to SPSCC. Currently, he’s finishing both his Associate in Biology and Associate in Science degrees, and he hopes to pursue a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering degree at a four-year institution.
Thurston Talk, Jan. 22, 2019

Time for the state to invest in higher education | Guest editorial

Earlier this month, more than 7,000 students enrolled for winter quarter courses at Cascadia College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) combined. These students are apprenticing in the construction industry, training in manufacturing trades, completing certificates in computer technology, earning two-year university transfer degrees, or getting four-year degrees, in fields ranging from health care to sustainable practices. They are pursuing higher education with us in order to gain employment in one of the estimated 740,000 jobs that are estimated will be available in Washington state by 2021, most of which will require education beyond high school. These same students are counting on our lawmakers, who just returned to Olympia, to begin work on a new two-year state budget, to prioritize higher education funding for students at our community and technical colleges.
Kirkland Reporter, Jan. 22, 2019

28th annual MLK bell-ringing ceremony in Pasco

Rebekah Woods, president of Columbia Basin College, welcomes a crowd of a couple hundred to the 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Bell-Ringing Ceremony held at the college's Pasco campus. [VIDEO]
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 21, 2019

27th annual CBC MLK Spirit Award ceremony

Vlada Mykhailova, Columbia Basin College Associated Student Body president, tells about the 27th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Bell-Ringing Ceremony held at the Pasco college campus. [VIDEO]
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 21, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

College for older students: New guidebook can help you figure out how to make it work

... The number of adults who might want to go back to college is huge. In Washington, about one in five working-aged adults — or nearly 400,000 former students — has earned college credits but didn’t complete a credential, according to the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), a state agency that has put a priority on helping more adults complete a degree or credential. ... Klein-Collins says it’s important to evaluate whether your prospective new school does a good job of serving adults. The book rates hundreds of two- and four-year colleges in every state based on policies that can make it easier for adults to return to school, and for showing good graduation rates and job placement after graduation.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 24, 2019

Gates seeks partners to help transform campuses

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation this week announced a major new grant program in postsecondary education. To advance its goal of improved student success -- particularly for low-income and first-generation students, students of color, and working adults -- the foundation said it is seeking up to 10 "intermediaries for scale" that can work intensively with colleges and universities over a multiyear period. The selected organizations, or groups of organizations, will provide connections and guidance to colleges and universities to support them "through the process of comprehensive change" related to student success and completion.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 24, 2019

Want to learn how the world sees your college? Look on YouTube

... A 2019 Pew Research study found that 85 percent of American teenagers use YouTube, which is the second-most-visited online platform for teens, behind Snapchat. Having grown up surrounded by digital tools, these students go online to embark on informal searches for prospective colleges. Informal platforms like YouTube or Reddit help students demystify the application and admissions process, said Kevin Martin, a former admissions counselor at the University of Texas at Austin who runs an admissions-consulting business. Videos uploaded by college students offer an authentic lens into student life and campus culture, which are helpful for high schoolers looking to visualize themselves on a specific campus.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 22, 2019

Student Voices: The stories missing from our history books and textbooks

... Our coursework teaches us how to follow the user-centered design process, through brainstorming, conversations with potential end users and user testing to iterate on a prototype until we arrive at a final product. What we don’t focus on is how to tell a story about the things we made. This is why I think every student should take a class on storytelling. Stories are what stick, and they enable us to make connections to the work we do. Storytelling is a valuable skill that can be applied in any field — not just traditional writing and marketing jobs. 
The Seattle Times, Jan. 22, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Kent’s Entenman to serve as vice chair of state College & Workforce Development Committee

State Rep. Debra Entenman, D-Kent, is bringing her passion for community and technical education to the state Legislature and has been appointed to serve as vice chair of the College & Workforce Development Committee. Entenman started her college career after her own children were old enough to enter college. As a non-traditional student at Highline College in Des Moines and Seattle University, she learned the value of programs accessible to people interested in higher education later in life.
Kent Reporter, Jan. 23, 2019

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