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News Links | July 2, 2019

July 02, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

In response to economic demand, Centralia College starts commercial driving course

Centralia College’s Workforce Education program, in response to reports indicating job and training gaps and recommendations from advisory boards within the college, will introduce a new class next week preparing students to earn their commercial driver’s license (CDL). The class starts July 8, with registration open all throughout this week. “Eighty percent of the workforce degrees we offer are ones that are driven by the local economic demand,” said Jake Fay, dean of Healthcare & Industrial Trades.
The Daily Chronicle, July 1, 2019

Schools shine at Washington State wine competition

... College Cellars, the winemaking program for Walla Walla Community College, earned a spot in the sweepstakes after its nonvintage Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Tawny-Style Barbera Dessert Wine won a double gold and the award for best sweet wine. The school also earned a gold medal for its 2018 Chardonnay. ... Yakima Valley Vintners, the winemaking program for Yakima Valley College, used instructor Brad Smith’s winning co-fermentation of Syrah with Lemberger from historic Kiona Vineyards en route to a gold medal for the 2016 A Sylem Red Wine ($18).
Great Northwest Wine, July 1, 2019

Cornhole event brings the game's elite to Centralia

... “It’s something new that we’ve never done before, so that makes it exciting,” said Centralia College President Dr. Robert Mohrbacher. “We’ve got people showing up, so people obviously want to participate. There’s some very good cornholers here tonight and especially tomorrow. … It’s drawing in people from all over the place, and we really want to be a hub for the community.” The event began Friday with an unofficial charity tournament, open to the community but featuring plenty of veteran players as well. The tournament raised money for the college’s President’s Scholarship, with entry fees, food and a beer garden. 
The Daily Chronicle, July 1, 2019

Living-wage jobs in Whatcom County are going unfilled. ‘We need young people ...’

Whatcom County industries that offer living-wage jobs in the skilled trades are finding it hard to hire workers, but several public and private-sector programs are hoping to change that. ... Schools such as Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College have tailored classes and programs to train workers. Recent ventures by BTC include its cosmetology school at 1411 Railroad Ave. At WCC, the school continues to offer a variety of degree options for skilled-trade professions, including nursing and medical fields.
Bellingham Herald, June 30, 2019

K-Pop World Festival came to Seattle looking for the next great star. Here’s who they found.

... The festival holds preliminary auditions in almost 100 cities worldwide, including eight in the U.S. In the Pacific Northwest this year, the Seattle Korean Consulate partnered with the Korean Student Organization (KSO) at Seattle Central College (SCC) to reach out to younger K-Pop fans in Seattle. Out of 25 applications, the KSO chose eight to perform at preliminary auditions in Seattle, which were held at the Broadway Performance Hall at SCC on Friday.
The Seattle Times, June 30, 2019

Southwest Washington High Tech Council targets education

... While Laverne pursues an associate’s degree in mechanical automation at Clark College, with expenses paid by the pilot program, he earns $16 an hour as an entry-level SEH America employee working 24 hours a week. “I’m able to go to college and not be in debt at the same time,” Laverne said. “I’ve got a pretty decent job for my first career job. If I continue on this path that’s plotted I’ll be a technician … all I have to do is work for it.”
The Columbian, June 30, 2019

Rosé on the rise

... Many of the rosé wines made in Walla Walla are done in the fashionable southern French style, said Sabrina Lueck, instructor of enology at Walla Walla Community College’s Institute of Enology and Viticulture. ... But anecdotally, more wineries are producing more rosés, and more of them are doing it better, said Tim Donahue, director of winemaking at Walla Walla Community College’s Institute for Enology and Viticulture.
Union-Bulletin, June 30, 2019

Esports: Peninsula College setting up competitive video gaming program

A whole new ballgame doubling as an extracurricular activity and potential career path awaits Peninsula College students. The school is leaping into the rapidly growing world of esports — competitive video and computer gaming — with college administrators searching for the first esports head coach to lead the next generation of student-athletes.
Peninsula Daily News, June 29, 2019

Mount Vernon nurse returns from relief efforts in Venezuela

... Since graduating from nursing school at Skagit Valley College, she has worked in refugee camps in Jordan and twice volunteered to offer medical assistance to earthquake-devastated Nepal. Witt didn’t always want to be a nurse, but witnessing medics at work on a 2007 trip to Kenya changed her mind. When she returned, she immediately changed career plans. Now 29, Witt works full time as a nurse and teaches part time at Skagit Valley College. 
Skagit Valley Herald, June 29, 2019

From the Newsroom: Seasoned pros are back in the fold

... Another new byline at The Columbian belongs to Jeni Banceu, who joined us this month as our first Dee Anne Finken Intern. This new endowed internship is a partnership between The Columbian, Clark College, and the college’s fundraising arm, the Clark College Foundation. It’s named for Clark’s former journalism professor, who retired in 2018. Thanks to some great work by her successor, Beth Slovic, we put together a campaign, raised some money and hired Jeni for the summer.
The Columbian, June 29, 2019

Teaching, Learning, Community: EdCC President Dr. Amit Singh talks about school’s mission

The Edmonds Chamber monthly lunch meeting traveled to the Edmonds Community College campus Thursday for a presentation by Dr. Amit Singh, who provided an overview of the college’s programs, its role in the community, and a look at the future along with his personal observations as he completes his first year as college president.
My Edmonds News, June 27, 2019

The new Spokane Falls Community College president opens up about the challenges and opportunities ahead

... Messina is a first-generation college graduate who earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California. Until she was chosen to lead [Spokane Falls Community College], she was vice president of instruction at Clovis Community College. She made the move to Spokane a few weeks ago, and we thought we'd learn more about how she'll lead the college as she settles in.
The Inlander, June 27, 2019

The popular exhibit ‘Art of the Garden’ is back at the Schack

... Holzinger began taking photography courses in 2005 at Everett Community College to sharpen her skills. At the time, she planned on just taking one or two courses. By the time she completed the second quarter, she knew she wanted even more. This was at a time when the courses were switching from film to digital photography. In 2007, she took a part-time job at the college, which she still has today.
Everett Daily Herald, June 27, 2019

Inslee appoints Jeanne Bennett as new Clark College trustee

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Jeanne Bennett, retired CEO of Workforce Southwest Washington, to the Clark College Board of Trustees. Bennett will step into the position opened by former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard, who resigned his seat on the board of trustees in May. “I’m so pleased to serve Clark College and the community in this new role,” Bennett said in a Clark College press release. “I strongly believe in the college’s mission to be in service to the community and helping students achieve their educational and professional goals.”
The Columbian, June 27, 2019

Peninsula College bridge builders earn high marks in international competition

Showing some big skills for a comparatively small school, Peninsula College’s engineers-in-training made their mark at the 75th SAMPE Convention. As the only two-year school, Peninsula College teams took third, seventh and ninth at the international Student Bridge Competition in Charlotte, N.C., in mid-May.
Peninsula Daily News, June 27, 2019

Small crowd but lively discussion at Shoreline CC public meeting

Shoreline Community College held an open meeting on Thursday, June 13, 2019 to give the public an opportunity to hear about the College’s future plans – including the student residence hall slated to open in fall and a new Allied Health, Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing Building in the works. It was an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to College leadership. Very few citizens attended the event, but they were rewarded by being able to ask every question they had.
Shoreline Area News, June 15, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

DeVos issues final repeal of gainful employment

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday issued the final repeal of regulations crafted by the Obama administration to hold low-quality career education programs accountable. The rule, known as gainful employment, was heavily criticized by the for-profit college sector and Republicans in Congress. In the first gainful-employment ratings released in 2017, 98 percent of programs that failed the standards were operated by for-profit institutions. The Education Department estimated that repealing the rule would cost $6.2 billion over 10 years in payments for Pell Grants and student loans for programs that otherwise would have been cut off from federal aid.
Inside Higher Ed, July 2, 2019

Apprenticeship and opportunity in nursing today

Though Alexis Barba enjoyed her work as a licensed vocational nurse in Stockton, California, she dreamed of becoming a registered nurse. Alexis applied to associate degree programs in nursing a few times to reach that goal, but due to limited clinical sites, she wasn’t able to get in. It’s not just her: schools of nursing turned away 75,000 qualified undergraduate and graduate applicants in 2018 alone, partly due to capacity constraints. 
New America, July 2, 2019

High-school apprenticeship programs give kids a chance to earn money, credit, work experience

This fall, about 120 Washington high-school juniors and seniors will earn a paycheck, work experience, and high school and college credit  — all at the same time. They’re becoming apprentices through Career Connect Washington, a state program that is expanding the number of youth apprentices with $25 million in money from the Legislature over the next two years. The aim of the program is to get more young people started on their careers by combining school and work experience.
The Seattle Times, July 1, 2019

The education deserts of rural America

One in three Montanans lives more than 60 minutes from the nearest college campus. The tracts of land that separate these individuals and institutions are sometimes called “education deserts,” and they cover many patches of rural America. Add to that the fact that nearly 40 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen attend institutions fewer than 50 miles from home, and these statistics begin to sketch the outlines of a crisis.
The Atlantic, July 1, 2019

Supreme Court to take up DACA

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up the question of whether the Trump administration acted legally in trying to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a program established by the Obama administration that shields certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation and also provides an avenue through which they can legally work.
Inside Higher Ed, July 1, 2019

Opinion: We need a 'communiversity' model of public education

The 21st Century requires the creation of what I prefer to think of as a "Communiversity" -- an organizing strategy that enables us to tap the existing public resources of our secondary schools, the community college and our regional public universities. That means today's community college leaders must conceptually view and extend their definition of "community" beyond the community college campus to K-12, university and nonprofit community-based service partners.
Inside Higher Ed, July 1, 2019

State funding for students' basic needs

An increasing number of governors and states are answering the call for more resources to help college students who are struggling with food and housing insecurity. Recently, lawmakers in California and New Jersey offered new money to help public colleges support students experiencing hunger and homelessness. ... A U.S. Government Accountability Office report released in January analyzed 31 studies on food insecurity among college students. The GAO found that about two million at-risk students who were potentially eligible for food aid through the federal government did not receive the benefits. 
Inside Higher Ed, July 1, 2019

How 3 experts say colleges can prepare students for 21st-century careers

College and business leaders often refer to a “skills gap” — a shortage of qualified candidates to fill open jobs — or debate whether such a gap exists. What’s clear is that students who enroll in college, whether straight out of high school or at some juncture in their working lives, face a lack of information about which academic programs will lead to given career paths. And those programs may not prepare them for an evolving economy.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 1, 2019

Seeking answers on loan relief claims

Lawyers for student borrowers have filed myriad lawsuits against Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education. They've successfully argued that the Education Department should be required to carry out a 2016 borrower defense rule. And they managed to block a plan to offer partial loan cancellation to former Corinthian College students who previously were approved for debt relief. Now those lawyers are aiming to force the department's hand on a massive backlog of claims from borrowers who say they were misled by their colleges. 
Inside Higher Ed, June 28, 2019

Study recommends larger state investment into prison education

A study from the National Conference of State Legislatures concluded investing in prison postsecondary education has benefits to reduce recidivism, thus benefiting a state's workforce and economy. The study cites the fact that, although overall unemployment is low, unemployment numbers for formerly incarcerated individuals is at 27 percent and that by 2020 an estimated two-thirds of all jobs will require postsecondary education in some form.
Inside Higher Ed, June 28, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Democratic divisions on higher ed

Candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for president offered contrasting visions on college affordability and student debt in two debates this week. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, both have introduced campaign proposals for free public college and student debt cancellation. Warren's plan would cancel up to $50,000 in student debt for borrowers with incomes under six figures, as well as provide more limited debt relief for higher earning borrowers. The Sanders proposal, released this week, calls for canceling all $1.5 trillion in outstanding U.S. student loan debt.
Inside Higher Ed, June 28, 2019

A double-edged sword

... Then McCaskill defined Warren's fundamental "challenge" like this: "[F]rankly, sometimes she comes very close to that professor I just wanted to be quiet." Beyond sounding like a professor, Warren is one -- the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law, emerita, at Harvard University. But is sounding like a professor -- whatever that means -- a liability in politics? McCaskill has publicly supported former Vice President Joe Biden, another presidential candidate, in the past. So her comments may have been politically motivated. But in a political environment that is decidedly anti-academic, is she on to something?
Inside Higher Ed, June 28, 2019

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