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News Links | July 11, 2019

July 11, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Southwest Washington prepares for STP riders this weekend

... “It’s a huge event. It’s probably the biggest event we sponsor every year,” said Centralia College president Robert Morhbacher. “There’s planning that goes on pretty much all year. … We’ll start setting up for that Thursday, and everything will be ready to go Friday. By Sunday afternoon, everything is torn down again and you can’t tell that those thousands of people were here.”
The Daily Chronicle, July 10, 2019

Edmonds CC awarded accreditation for College in the High School program

Edmonds Community College’s College in the High School program has been granted accreditation by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) for its high levels of academic oversight of its college courses taught at local high schools. ... “We’re honored to receive this accreditation as one of only three community colleges in Washington state to earn this recognition,” said Edmonds CC President Dr. Amit B. Singh. “Our program provides local high school students with an opportunity to accelerate their academic studies and path to college while also saving money.”
My Edmonds News, July 10, 2019

Wenatchee Valley College and Confluence Health hosting emergency training exercise

Wenatchee Valley College and Confluence Health are hosting an emergency training exercise Friday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. WVC Safety, Security and Emergency Manager Maria Agnew says one of the benefits of holding the event is that they host kids of all ages for a variety of educational or recreational activities. “We want to be consistent with what our K-12 is doing in terms of emergency response, keeping campuses safe, allowing first responders to get here and to know the buildings to the best of their ability, test our own awareness and our own activity in terms of how do we respond as a community.”
560 KPQ, July 10, 2019

TCC president Dr. Ivan Harrell appointed to AACC Commission on Structured Pathways

Tacoma Community College (TCC) President Ivan L. Harrell II, PhD., has been appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commission on Structured Pathways. Harrell will serve on the commission July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022. The Commission on Structured Pathways focuses on strategies for scaling community college pathways at the system, state, and national level. 
The Suburban Times, July 10, 2019

SPSCC to host 3-day VA event: Economic Investment Initiative

South Puget Sound Community College will host the first stateside U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs event of its kind to serve regional Veterans and transitioning service members and their families from August 6 to 8, 2019. In the three-day event titled the “Economic Investment Initiative”, Veterans, service members, and their loved ones can secure economic well-being and find continued success in civilian life.
Thurston Talk, July 10, 2019

Karlee Norton reads "Grinding Grain" by Allen Braden

Karlee Norton is a student at Wenatchee Valley College who is interested in the English writing world and wants to expand her knowledge to help her write more in the future. [Audio]
Spokane Public Radio, July 10, 2019

Wine, women and Shakespeare set for Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

... [Janet] Lucas, a literature professor who is now dean of arts and sciences at Peninsula College, will discuss the #MeToo movement and how “Taming of the Shrew” has been staged in modern times. “Anna and I will both address the themes in ‘Taming’ that resonate with today’s audiences, especially women,” said Lucas.
Peninsula Daily News, July 10, 2019

Girl coding camp at CBC

Columbia Basin College is hosting a coding camp for girls. Students who registered by the June 30th deadline are currently making app for Android phones and tablets. The goal is to introduce girls into the STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Joshua Bee, Associate Professor of Computer Science, says they want the girls to be introduced to technology at a young age to get beyond the stigma of a predominantly male workforce. 
NBC Right Now, July 10, 2019

Federal Way resident among 4 earning top employee honors

Federal Way resident Doris Martinez was named Exempt Staff of the Year at Highline College. She was one of four staff and faculty members honored for professional excellence and achievements in four categories at the college’s annual employee luncheon in June. Martinez has worked at Highline since 2014 and serves as director for student diversity and inclusion.
Federal Way Mirror, July 9, 2019

New law means WCC is truly free for some

... Beginning fall 2019, some Washington state residents can attend Whatcom Community College tuition-free through the Washington College Grant program — really. The new program is part of the Workforce Education Investment Act, a higher education bill Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law in June. It replaces the State Need Grant and is funded through an increase in the business & occupation tax.
Lynden Tribune, July 9, 2019

Grant aids WVC students

The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Knights Care Fund received a $5,000 grant from the Women’s Service League of North Central Washington. The Knights Care Fund helps students facing financial crisis, with funds going toward tuition, books, rent, food or other cost-of-living expenses. Each year, nearly 60 percent of the students served by the Knights Care Fund are women, ranging in age from teenagers to in their 50s.
KOZI, July 9, 2019

More Leadership Grays Harbor graduates

The program originally was started 1994 by Leroy Tipton of the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce and, to date, more than 450 professionals from local business, non-profit and government backgrounds have been in the program, with [Grays Harbor College] joining as the instructional partner four years ago. Nancy Estergard, GHC’s director for business training, oversees the development program.
The Daily World, July 8, 2019

Governor Inslee appoints SPSCC alumna Student Regent at University of Washington

Beginning July 1, 2019, South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) alumna Daniela H. Suarez will serve a one-year term on the University of Washington’s Board of Regents as Student Regent following an appointment from Governor Jay Inslee. The Board of Regents is the university’s governing body, its officers selected by Washington State governors to supervise and coordinate university affairs.
Thurston Talk, July 8, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Amazon commits $700 million to retrain workers in new skills

Alongside its increasing investments in automation, Amazon said Thursday it will spend about $7,000 per employee on new training initiatives for a third of its U.S. work force in the next five years — including a program to help its workers become more proficient in technologies such as machine learning.
The Seattle Times, July 11, 2019

Increasing cybersecurity and identity theft awareness

... Garmon said one of the biggest concerns when raising awareness is that students coming out of high school are often less familiar with using email than expected, as younger students are more frequently using other methods of communication. Garmon said this leads to new students being more susceptible to phishing schemes. “When we get a lot of freshman students in, they don't know much about email,” Garmon said. “They aren’t familiar with the appropriate protocols all the time.”
Inside Higher Ed, July 10, 2019

Making the FAFSA mandatory

In a bid to boost the number of students receiving financial support for college, Texas will soon become the second state to require high school seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid before graduating. A handful of states have looked at making FAFSA completion mandatory for graduating high school students. Beginning with the 2020-21 academic year, Texas will provide a serious test case for the policy after big successes in Louisiana, which enacted the requirement last year.
Inside Higher Ed, July 10, 2019

Opinion: What matters more: Skills or degrees?

... The U.S. Labor Department is expecting that by the end of the year we will be facing a shortfall of more than two million skilled workers in our economy. Corporations are already feeling the pinch. For these openings they are no longer looking for white-collar or blue-collar workers, but, instead “new-collar” workers: “an individual who develops the technical and soft skills needed to work in technology jobs through nontraditional education paths. These workers do not have a four-year degree from college. Instead, the new-collar worker is trained through community colleges, vocational schools, software boot camps, technical certification programs, high school technical education and on-the job apprentices and internships.”
Inside Higher Ed, July 10, 2019

Small gains in persistence

... The persistence rate was 69.7 percent for those who entered college on a full-time basis, compared to 56.3 percent for their part-time counterparts, says the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s “Persistence and Retention Snapshot Report.” The persistence rate is measured by the percentage of students who return to college at any institution for their second year.
Community College Daily, July 10, 2019

How do we make every American college graduate employable?

A professor and former corporate banker, a career and internship counselor, a policy analyst and former federal agency official, a director of a skills coalition, an expert in career pathways for black students, and an experienced higher education journalist. When you put several incredible and varying minds together in a room to discuss solutions to a problem, you are bound to find golden moments of wisdom in the avid search for new, but evidence-based solutions. This is precisely what the Chronicle of Higher Education succeeded in recently with a roundtable discussion of experts about a topic that is currently ripe in national and campaign discussions alike: college, job-training, and careers.
New America, July 10, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump Administration's take on transparency and deregulation

So far the Trump administration’s take on trying to hold colleges more accountable has relied largely on releasing more public-facing data about their performance at the program level, while also deregulating and dropping sanction-bearing rules from the Obama era. The U.S. Department of Education’s top higher education official, Diane Auer Jones, the principal deputy under secretary, described this approach on Wednesday at an event held here by Inside Higher Ed on the future of public higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, July 11, 2019

Legislators fail to override Alaska governor's budget veto

Alaska's legislators failed Wednesday to override Governor Mike Dunleavy's veto of budget legislation that cut $130 million, or 41 percent, from the state's appropriation for the University of Alaska system, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Although the vote was 37 to 1, the Legislature fell short of the needed 45 votes with nearly two dozen Republican lawmakers absent from the state Capitol.
Inside Higher Ed, July 11, 2019

Many college students are too poor to eat

A recent federal watchdog report about the breadth of food insecurity on America’s college campuses came with a caveat: “Nationally representative survey data that would support direct estimates of the prevalence of food insecurity among college students do not exist,” the Government Accountability Office wrote in the report to lawmakers. There is a growing body of research saying that college students are routinely going hungry, but it is not consistent in describing the scale of the problem.
The Atlantic, July 11, 2019

Student debt forgiveness sounds good. What might happen if the government did it?

Americans owe about $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. That's about twice the current budget for the Defense Department and around 22 times the budget for the Education Department. About one in every six American adults owes money on a federal student loan. So it makes sense that candidates for the 2020 presidential election have proposed ways of dealing with this debt to allow millions of Americans to move on. Their proposals vary.
NPR, July 10, 2019

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