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News Links | January 31, 2019

January 31, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Chelsea Mason appointed to state community and technical college board

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Chelsea Mason of Puyallup, Wash., to serve on the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Mason serves as the legislative director for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, a labor union representing more than 22,650 aerospace professionals in Washington state, California, Florida, Kansas, Oregon and Utah. Members include engineers, technical workers and pilots from The Boeing Company, Spirit AeroSystems and Triumph Composite Systems. ... “Just like workers in every other industry in our state, many SPEEA members start, or grow, their careers in aerospace as community and technical college students. I deeply value the role of our colleges in developing Washington’s cutting edge workforce talent and fostering rewarding career opportunities for Washington workers,” Mason said. “It will be an honor to support the community and technical college system by serving on the board. I look forward to bringing labor’s perspective to many important discussions.”
The Suburban Times, Jan. 30, 2019

Former marine prepping for new challenge

Jaylene Gomez graduated Wapato High School in 2010, and within a year, joined the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC. Following her service, Gomez returned to the Yakima Valley, where she is among the many former servicemen and women now making the transition into a new career via higher education. “Jaylene is a great lady,” says Chris Kinzell, Veteran’s Coordinator at Yakima Valley College, where Gomez is earning her applied bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. “Nothing that’s put in front of her is going to be an obstacle because she’s going to tackle everything the way she did when she came here.” Kinzell oversees between 100 and 120 veterans and their dependents each academic quarter, by her estimation.
KIMA, Jan. 29, 2019

Bates: Students visit legislators to deliver unique message

A handful of Bates Technical College students, employees and trustees delivered a sweet message to 24 state legislators and their aides on Thursday, Jan. 24. The group visited the Capitol with 240 freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies from our Culinary Arts program, wrapped with a message about the important role two-year colleges play in our economy. This year marks the 26th year that Bates students have visited the State Capitol during session to deliver cookies with a message.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 28, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Survey: Tepid support for free speech among students

College students support free expression generally, but their appreciation wavers when they are questioned on more specific issues, according to the results of a new survey. Civil liberties watchdog group the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education surveyed 2,225 college students at two- and four-year institution about their opinions on free speech. Almost all of them -- 96 percent -- believe that their civil rights should be protected. When asked which civil liberty is most important, 30 percent of the students indicated “free speech.” But about 57 percent of the students said that they believe colleges and universities should be able to restrict expression of political views that are hurtful or offensive to others.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 30, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

New civil rights subcommittee in U.S. House

The Democratic majority on the U.S. House of Representatives' education and labor committee has created a new subcommittee on civil rights and human services, which also will include a focus on equal employment opportunities, nutrition programs and the Older Americans Act. Representative Suzanne Bonamici, an Oregon Democrat and former consumer protection lawyer for the Federal Trade Commission, will lead the subcommittee. She also will serve on the higher education and work-force investment subcommittee.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 31, 2019

Free college idea hinges on merger with K-12

An unusual free college proposal has emerged from the crowded and contentious race for mayor in Chicago. Bill Daley, one of 14 mayoral candidates vying to lead the country’s third-largest city, wants to merge Chicago's public school system with the city's two-year college system to allow public high school graduates to continue on to community college for free. By combining Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, and City Colleges of Chicago, or CCC, Daley's so-called K-14 plan would ostensibly help students attend college without accumulating debt from tuition and fees. A merger between the two systems would be a massive undertaking and create the first prekindergarten through community college system in the nation.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 31, 2019

What does higher Higher Ed have to say about the proposed Title IX rules?

The Education Department's proposed regulations on Title IX, the federal gender-equity law, would provide colleges with some long-sought flexibility when responding to sexual-misconduct reports — but would make campus disciplinary proceedings far too legalistic and burdensome. That's according to the public comments, compiled in a 33-page letter, submitted to the Department of Education on Wednesday by the American Council on Education, higher education's biggest lobbying arm. Sixty other associations signed onto the letter. The letter runs through a long list of "serious concerns" that colleges have about the proposed regulations. On the whole, said Ted Mitchell, ACE's president, they "are a step in the wrong direction."
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 30, 2019

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