News Links | July 11, 2019
System News | Opinion
... “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 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 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
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
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 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
... [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
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 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
Federal Way Mirror, July 9, 2019
... 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
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
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
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
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
... 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
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
... 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
... 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
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,
New America, July 10, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
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
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
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
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
NPR, July 10, 2019