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News Links | July 9, 2019

July 09, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Highline alumna looks to future in bioengineering

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 studying bioengineering.
Federal Way Mirror, July 7, 2019

Local artist featured at RTC

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

Business beat

... 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

Shoreline Honors College students present research projects at prestigious UW Research Symposium

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

New course on track for future med students

... 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

Olympic College student selected to visit NASA in July

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

Fewer pieces in SPSCC’s juried art exhibition gives local artists room to shine

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

Peninsula College selects annual English Essay Award winners

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

Stories of success at YVC's 90th commencement

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

Four local businesses donate hours of time to renovate Benton Co. jet patrol boat

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

Washington community colleges aim to help more students of color complete credentials

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

Boosting degree completion with blockchain

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

4-way collaboration in Colorado Springs

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

These are the people struggling the most to pay back student loans

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

Researcher says Education Dept. again distorted work

... 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

Brewing battle over Pell Grants

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 weeks.
Inside Higher Ed, July 8, 2019

Trump presses for census citizenship question

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

Buttigieg's proposal for national service

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 by 2026.
Inside Higher Ed, July 5, 2019

Higher education has become a partisan issue

... 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

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