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News Links | January 29, 2019

January 29, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Morgan recognized at Transforming Lives dinner

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

WWCC student honored by state group

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

Students jazz up Clark College

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

WVC student honored at Transforming Lives Awards ceremony in Olympia

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

Opinion: Education beyond high school is win-win for students, economy

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

CPTC helped prepare alum for doctorate success

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 Tran named Student of the Month by Lakewood Rotary

... 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

Subdegree programs for working-class adults

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

Slow and steady for competency-based education

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

The hard part of a computer science major can be getting into class

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 community colleges.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 25, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

House Dems say Dreamers likely won't be part of deal to avert shutdown

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

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