News Links | January 29, 2019
System News | Opinion
Clover Park Technical College alum Heather Morgan was recognized as the college’s Transforming Lives Award honoree
at the Washington State Association of College Trustees’ annual Transforming Lives
Awards Dinner on Monday, Jan. 21. Morgan graduated in December with a degree in Human
Services and a 3.9 grade point average. It was the culmination of a long journey of
perseverance. Morgan overcame depression, drug addiction, homelessness, and relationship
challenges over the course of the past decade to earn her GED and enroll at CPTC.
While attending CPTC, she assisted with numerous Foundation events and served as the
student speaker at the 75th Anniversary Gala.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 28, 2019
The Washington state Association of College Trustees honored 34 community and technical
college students on Jan. 21 at its annual Transforming Lives awards ceremony. Walla Walla Community College student Juan Gaytan is one of the current and former students of community and technical
colleges whose lives were transformed by attending their college. Winners were nominated
by their college’s board of trustees. “Students overcome life’s obstacles every day,
and we’re proud to support them,” said Jim Page, ACT president and trustee at Olympic College in Bremerton. “Transforming lives is a way we can recognize 34 outstanding current
and former students as they achieve their goals.”
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jan. 28, 2019
Clark College’s Gaiser Hall roared with jazz and the din of hundreds of student musicians, representing
more than 40 schools around Oregon and Washington, for the 57th annual Clark College
Jazz Festival. Doug Harris, the new director of bands at the college following Richard
Inouye’s retirement last spring, said that since he’s moved here in August, people
he meets keep checking with him to make sure there would be a festival this year.
“It’s part of the fabric of the community,” he said.
The Columbian, Jan. 28, 2019
Maribel Garibay, a Wenatchee Valley College student and the WVC nominee for the Transforming Lives Award, was honored at the
Transforming Lives Awards ceremony in Olympia on Jan. 21. Maribel attended with her
sister, her WVC mentor TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Retention Specialist Ivan
Valdovinos and WVC President Dr. Jim Richardson. Maribel is currently a student at
WVC. She plans to graduate with her associate of arts and sciences degree this spring.
Lake Chelan Mirror, Jan. 26, 2019
Eastern Washington is rich with opportunities for a good quality of life, including
well-paid careers in a variety of sectors. ... The College Promise Coalition – in
which Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, Eastern Washington University, Washington
State University, University of Washington, Community Colleges of Spokane, Greater Spokane Inc. and the Spokane STEM Network are participants – is working
collaboratively across sectors and across the state to implement strategies that support
students who face barriers to entering and completing postsecondary education.
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 25, 2019
Ten years ago this month, Benjamin Craighill started Clover Park Technical College’s Pharmacy Technician program unsure if he had what it takes to succeed in college.
... “I met instructors there that I still go back and talk to,” Craighill said. “They’re
there to really, truly help you learn, and they want to see you succeed. The feeling
at Clover Park was very much that the instructors were your teammate to help you learn
so you could achieve the career you were pursuing.”
The Suburban Times, Jan. 24, 2019
... Linda is an exceptional student with an outstanding academic resume. She is currently
enrolled as a Clover Park High School student and taking courses at Tacoma Community College in the Running Start Program. Linda is a member of National Honor Society and has
a GPA of 3.988, placing her in the top three of her graduating class. Linda has also
received the Phi Kappa Phi for high academic achievement at Tacoma Community College.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 24, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
An emerging category of short-term postsecondary training programs, typically a few
weeks to several months in duration, are aimed at working-class adults who lack college
degrees and make less than $25,000 a year, according to a new report from the Strada
Institute for the Future of Work and Entangled Solutions. These "on-ramps" can give
workers a boost in skills and income, the report found. But they face several barriers
to expansion, including a need for stronger business models and tighter connections
with employers' HR functions.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 29, 2019
Competency-based education has spread slower than many expected, particularly given
hype in recent years about its approach, which emphasizes what students know and can
do, tends to be more focused on employer needs, and often features elements of personalization
and self-pacing for students. ... Fully three-quarters of respondents said they expect
the number of competency-based programs to increase during the next five years. And
among respondents with existing programs at their institution, 83 percent predicted
that those programs would increase during the same time period. The attraction is
clear, said Lurie. “CBE remains a compelling, learning-centric way of reaching people
who’ve been left behind by higher education,” he said. “This is really hard to do.
But that’s why it’s worth doing.”
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 28, 2019
Lured by the prospect of high-salary, high-status jobs, college students are rushing
in record numbers to study computer science. Now, if only they could get a seat in
class. ... UW Seattle aims to enroll about 200 computer-science majors directly as
freshmen. Another 100 slots will be set aside for students who decide, after they’ve
already admitted and are taking courses as freshmen or sophomores, that they want
to major in computer science or computer engineering. And about 60 to 70 seats will
be set aside for students who transfer into the UW. Most transfers come from the state’s
The Seattle Times, Jan. 25, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
House Democrats aren’t expecting protections for young undocumented immigrants to
be included in a border security package that will be negotiated to avert another
government shutdown. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday that
a deal likely won’t include protections for recipients of the Deferred Action for
Child Arrivals program, which helps young undocumented immigrants stay in the country.
Any deal also won’t address holders of Temporary Protected Status, a designation given
to some migrants that shields them from deportation.
Politico, Jan. 29, 2019