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News Links | July 16, 2019

July 16, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Edmonds commemorates Apollo 11 moon landing — now and then

... That spring, local sculptor and Edmonds Community College art teacher Howard Duell was commissioned to design the monument. His design resembled a space capsule. Armstrong’s Moon walk, along with an American flag planted in the lunar surface, graces the monument’s face. On the back side is the Saturn V rocket perched on its launch pad, with the moon rising behind. Made of concrete and brass, it stands more than 11 feet high and weighs approximately 3,800 pounds.
My Edmonds News, July 13, 2019

Chevelle Yeckel reads “The Woman Who Married a Bear” by Anne Haven McDonnell

Chevelle Yeckel is a scholar, a poet and a biophiliac. She is currently enrolled in Wenatchee Valley College with hopes of transferring to Oregon State university to further her pursuits of a career in natural resource management. [Audio]
Spokane Public Radio, July 12, 2019

Give our youth the support they need to grasp the rewards of a postsecondary education

Our region’s rapidly changing and vibrantly growing economy requires education beyond high school. Whether a college degree or a career credential, postsecondary education and professional training is necessary to secure a living wage job and a meaningful career. ... The Green River College Foundation recently launched a private fundraising campaign to support student completion. The Auburn School District added graduation specialists in each high school last year. But our institutions simply lack the resources to get this enormous job done ourselves.
The Seattle Times, July 12, 2019

Bulletin Board: News from Tacoma and beyond: National SkillsUSA competition nets big win for Bates Technical College student

For the second consecutive year, Bates Technical College Power Sports and Equipment Technology program student Kevin Neill won the gold medal during last month’s SkillsUSA National Skills and Leadership Conference, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. Competing in the Motorcycle Service Technology category, Neill performed tasks representative of those encountered in a dealership’s service department.
Tacoma Weekly, July 12, 2019

Active shooter training at Wenatchee Valley College and Confluence Health

Wenatchee Valley College and Confluence Health hosted an active shooter training exercise Friday across the WVC campus as well as portions of Central Washington Hospital. ... The simulation included roughly 40 actors in total. About 15 Wenatchee Valley College staff members and students were in makeup depicting realistic-looking injuries called ‘moulage’.
KPQ, July 12, 2019

EDB represents Pierce County and Washington state at SelectUSA Investment Summit

... For Pierce County employers, Invista Performance Solutions– a collaboration of Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup and Tacoma Community College — makes it easy to tap into grants to help fund programs to meet your specific training needs. .... “The mantra across America is to do more with less, and that often means cutting employee training and development budgets,” said Don Sosnowski, Invista Performance Solutions executive director. “We provide a way to help organizations stretch their limited training budgets and still fund valuable employee training. Our colleges make the process easy, from the initial grant application through training rollout, to final reporting.”
Tacoma Daily Index, July 11, 2019

Jose Fuentes reads “Silas Fishing 1967” by Sean Hill

Jose Fuentes loves to make music and language rhyme in his poems. He is a student at Wenatchee Valley College. [Audio]
Spokane Public Radio, July 11, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Hackers demand $2 million from Monroe

A cyberattack disabled many of Monroe College’s technology systems and platforms last week. Students and faculty and staff members were locked out of the college’s website, learning management system and email, with hackers demanding payment of around $2 million in Bitcoin to restore access. ... Despite the college’s learning management system, Blackboard, going down, students continued to attend classes last week, handing in homework on paper, said Ruegger. The college’s online students have been advised to contact the college through their personal email accounts.
Inside Higher Ed, July 15, 2019

Civil rights groups seek end to aid restrictions for students with criminal histories

In recommendations for higher education policy makers released last week, the Leadership Conference Education Fund called for removing barriers to college aid for students with previous involvement in the criminal justice system. They specifically call for a streamlined Free Application for Federal Student Aid to drop a question asking about students’ past drug convictions, the coalition said. Civil rights advocates say the question has a disproportionate impact on minority applicants.
Inside Higher Ed, July 15, 2019

The downside of reduced student borrowing

The student debt crisis has become ubiquitous in headlines and even in the mouths of some lawmakers. New research, though, suggests that if many students are taking out unnecessary loan debt, others aren’t borrowing enough to support their pursuit of a degree. The studies found that community college students who borrow more have stronger academic outcomes than those who took out fewer loans or reduced their borrowing.
Inside Higher Ed, July 12, 2019

Teachers sue DeVos over Public Service Loan Forgiveness

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in federal court Thursday alleging "gross mismanagement" of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The AFT brought the lawsuit on behalf of eight members who are seeking to have their loan debt discharged. The department under DeVos, the organization argues, is responsible for processing errors and failures to oversee the loan servicers that handle student loan payments.
Inside Higher Ed, July 12, 2019

Will your job still exist in 2030?

... What will work in America look like a decade from now? A team of economists at the McKinsey Global Institute set out to figure it out in a new report out Thursday. The research finds automation widening the gap between urban and rural areas and dramatically affecting people who didn't go to college or didn't finish high school. It also projects some occupations poised for massive growth or growing enough to offset displaced jobs. 
NPR, July 11, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Buttigieg proposes limited student debt cancellation

In a plan released last week to address systemic racism in the U.S., Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend, Ind., mayor seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, proposed student debt cancellation for those who attended low-quality higher ed programs. The plan said debt cancellation would begin with those who attended programs that failed the federal gainful-employment rule.
Inside Higher Ed, July 15, 2019

Senate confirms Robert King for key postsecondary job

The Senate confirmed Robert King Thursday as the assistant secretary for postsecondary education nearly eight months after his nomination was approved through a committee vote. King, who hadn't worked at the federal level before his nomination by President Trump last year, was previously the president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. He had also served as president and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation and chancellor of the State University of New York system.
Inside Higher Ed, July 12, 2019

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