News Links | July 9, 2019
System News | Opinion
Growing up, Abigail Colmenares felt discouraged by her teachers. She believed they
dismissed her because of her Latina culture and heritage. But Colmenares knew from
a young age she “wanted to be something grand.” “I always said, since age 7, I was
going to be a doctor,” the 20-year-old Highline College alumna said. Now, after having graduated Highline College in winter 2019 with an
associate degree in biology, Colmenares is enrolled at the University of Washington
Federal Way Mirror, July 7, 2019
In her solo artist exhibition, opening 5 p.m. July 11 at Renton Technical College, Building I, Greenland focuses on landscape paintings in oils that reflect the art
she loves. The show, titled “Into the Landscape” will feature mostly studio paintings.
Greenwood stated in a press release that painting in a studio is something she enjoys
in a different way that shows in the playful or experimental brush strokes.
Renton Reporter, July 7, 2019
At Pike Place Market, seniors and kids work well together – and schools and day cares nationwide are noticing
Several floors below the daily bustle of Seattle’s famed public market, an octogenarian
and a 5-year-old prepared a meal. ... The Foster Grandparent program also partners
with six other local schools and nonprofits in King and Snohomish counties, including
Shoreline Community College’s child learning facility, Washington Middle School and Thurgood Marshall Elementary
School. Most of them, like the year-round Pike Market Child Care and Preschool, involve
interactive play, reading, music and dance.
The Seattle Times, July 6, 2019
... Nolan Gruver, executive director of the Center for Workforce, Corporate Training
and Continuing Education at the Community Colleges of Spokane, has been elected vice president of the Continuing Education Council for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The Spokesman-Review, July 6, 2019
Eight students in Shoreline Community College’s Honors College presented their multi-quarter research projects at the 22nd Annual
University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium at Mary Gates Hall on May
17, 2019. The symposium is a showcase for student academic work, and participation
is application based and competitive.
Shoreline Area News, July 5, 2019
... Valley Medical Center partnered with Renton Technical College (RTC) to create a free education program that offers real-world experience and working
individual patients managing chronic illnesses. The students not only learn the health
care industry but also get to directly help Renton folks with their needs and become
Health Coaches. Laurie King, Valley Medical Center Health Coach program manager, said
a Health Coach encourages patients to work on their own self-management techniques
to improve their health care.
Renton Reporter, July 4, 2019
A student of Olympic College in Bremerton has been chosen to head down to NASA’s Ames Research Center this summer
to take part in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars on-site experience.
Gregory Legister is one of 403 community college students from across the country
who were selected to attend the event.
Kitsap Daily News, July 3, 2019
South Puget Sound Community College’s Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition gives plenty of space to works by 20 South
Sound artists, many of them well-known figures in the local art world. “I went in
knowing that I wanted to have a sparser exhibition so the people whose work was selected
were given an opportunity to shine,” guest juror Dawna Holloway, owner of Seattle’s
Studio E, told The Olympian. “I wanted each work to have room to breathe.”
The Olympian, July 3, 2019
Winners of Peninsula College’s 2019 English Essay Award were announced at the college’s June Board of Trustees meeting.
The annual contest, started in 2011, included six winning submissions, with each student
receiving $300 provided by the Teorey family and the Peninsula College Foundation.
To be eligible, students must be enrolled in an English course at Peninsula College.
Sequim Gazette, July 3, 2019
Yakima Valley College held its 90th Annual Commencement Ceremony on June 21 in the Yakima Valley SunDome,
graduating 1,090 students and conferring 1,154 degrees and certificates. The graduates
ranged in ages from 17-66, and many shared stories of overcoming adversity. Alexis
Rojas is a Running Start student, graduating from both Davis High School and YVC in
the same week. She has two siblings with autism, and next year will attend WSU studying
biology, in hopes of becoming a geneticist.
KIMA, July 2, 2019
The Benton County Sheriff's Office recognized four local organizations Tuesday at
Columbia Point Marina Park for their help in renovating their second jet boat used
for marine patrol. The sheriff's office showed their appreciation for the volunteers
with plaques and a ceremony in the park. ... Phillip Ponn, a welding instructor at
Columbia Basin College, said it's a great learning experience for his students to come work on this project.
"We're always out looking to help the community out anytime we can, anyhow so it's
a perfect opportunity...helps everyone involved," Ponn said.
YakTriNews, July 2, 2019
Gov. Jay Inslee has made a big push in recent years to help more Washington students
train for and find work in science and technology fields. In particular, state leaders
want to make sure students of color have access to those high-paying jobs. ... Jan
Yoshiwara, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, said such colleges need to make more improvement on helping certain groups of students
finish degrees and certificates. “American Indian students, African-American students
and Pacific Islanders have lower completion rates overall, which is the challenge
that we are focused on,” Yoshiwara said.
KNKX, July 2, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
Thousands of community college students transfer to Arizona State University every
year, some before obtaining their associate’s degrees. While many will successfully
graduate from Arizona State with a bachelor’s degree, the remainder risk joining the
37 million Americans with some college credit but no degree. To counter this, Arizona
State is working with local community colleges to share transfer students' academic
records, enabling colleges to monitor when their former students have earned enough
credits to be awarded an associate’s degree -- a process known as reverse transfer.
Inside Higher Ed, July 9, 2019
An unusual collaboration between colleges has grown into a successful, student-led
consulting firm where students from four highly distinct institutions work to solve
local problems. The four participating institutions are located in and near Colorado
Springs, Colo.: the private Colorado College, Pike’s Peak Community College, the University
of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the United States Air Force Academy.
Inside Higher Ed, July 9, 2019
Lots of people have student loans: more than 45 million people. They collectively
owe about $1.6 trillion. That is, of course, a lot of debt — but amid all the national
debate right now about what to do about it, it's important to remember that not all
debt is created equal, and some borrowers are struggling more than others.
NPR, July 9, 2019
... Baum and Harry Holzer, her co-author for the 2017 book Making College Work, wrote
to The Chronicle of Higher Education to say that the department had seriously distorted
their book’s message. The researchers in the book found that community college credentials
have better labor market returns than associate degrees. The Education Department
cited that finding to argue one sector, career education, was unfairly singled out
by the gainful-employment rule.
Inside Higher Ed, July 5, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
Democratic presidential candidates are spending another election cycle debating the
merits of free college. But in Washington, a fight is brewing over whether federal
student aid should be available to people who pursue short-term training to land better
jobs. Students currently can use Pell Grants, the primary vehicle for federal need-based
aid, for college degrees as well as certificate programs that last as little as 15
Inside Higher Ed, July 8, 2019
Justice Department officials reversed course Friday and told a federal judge they
would continue to seek the addition of a question on citizenship to the 2020 census
-- but said they didn’t know what rationale they would offer, The New York Times reported.
President Trump said earlier on Friday that he was considering issuing an executive
order to add the citizenship question.
Inside Higher Ed, July 8, 2019
South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg released a campaign proposal this week to beef
up paid national service opportunities and target students at community colleges and
minority-serving institutions. There are currently about 75,000 service opportunities
available through programs like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. Buttigieg, who is
seeking the Democratic nomination for president, wants to boost that number to 250,000
once his proposal, dubbed the Serve America Act, is funded, and one million positions
Inside Higher Ed, July 5, 2019
... Not only do members of one party view the other party as wrong, but they more
frequently view them as a “threat to the nation’s well-being.” Americans don’t trust
the other side, and more and more they mistrust institutions too, including the media
and higher education. Polls have shown that confidence in higher education, overall,
has decreased in the past few years. A Pew Research Center survey found that 61 percent
of Americans are worried about the path America’s colleges and universities are on.
The Atlantic, July 5, 2019