News Links | July 23, 2019
System News | Opinion
... For Daria Willis, who started this month as president of Everett Community College in Washington at age 35, “it’s been a really quick progression up the ladder.” ... During
an earlier visit to Everett, she developed a good relationship with some students
by accepting their invitation to attend a drag show hosted by the student government
as a pre-finals stress reliever. “Students were surprised I showed up. I had a lot
of time to talk to them,” she says. While her age puts Willis on a closer level with
students, “I can’t say I know all the hit songs, but I have a 15-year-old daughter
who keeps me up to date.”
Community College Daily, July 22, 2019
Clark College Foundation CEO Lisa Gibert was appointed to the Council for Advancement and Support
of Education’s national committee for Institutionally Related Foundations. In the
role, Gibert will provide leadership and guidance for foundations that partner with
education institutions across the United States. She’ll keep other CASE members up
to date on development of programs and services related to the foundation, as well
as other duties.
The Columbian, July 22, 2019
Sometime during the night of Tuesday, July 16 or early morning hours of Wednesday,
July 17, a third party compromised our servers. This cyber intrusion interfered and
disabled our information system, affecting our website, email and servers. Immediately,
college staff mobilized to investigate and mitigate the situation. At this time, we
do not know the extent of the intrusion and are currently working to learn more about
the impact. We take data security very seriously, and we are consulting with local,
state and federal law enforcement to resolve this situation as soon as possible.
The Suburban Times, July 21, 2019
... Ninkasi, perhaps best known for its Total Domination IPA product, plans to open
a pub at the craft district location, as well as lend its expertise to South Puget Sound Community College. The college is also a tenant at the district where it will offer a craft brewing
and distilling program. ... Kiley Gwynn, a spokeswoman for Ninkasi, said Friday the
pub is expected to open in July 2020. It will offer Ninkasi products, but also plans
to make available the beer that emerges from the community college program.
The Olympian, July 20, 2019
The southwest corner of Fourth Plain Boulevard and Fort Vancouver Way isn’t the city’s
most inviting intersection. But the Clark College Foundation has lofty goals to change that. The fundraising arm of the Vancouver community
college has long had its eyes on the corner in hopes of developing a welcoming entryway
to the campus just up the hill. The foundation has been steadily buying up parcels
on the skinny, sharply angled corner west of Fort Vancouver Way for more than a decade,
squirreling them away until the right moment to build.
The Columbian, July 20, 2019
Always one to find exciting ways to engage the community, the Clover Park Technical College Foundation is making fundraising fun while raising vital resources needed to support
the college and its students. Most recently was the Scramble Fore Students Golf Tournament
held at the High Cedars Golf Course in Orting Washington on July 13, 2019.
The Suburban Times, July 20, 2019
Dr. Roberts challenges graduates to contribute to their communities at Shoreline Community College’s 55th Commencement Ceremony
On June 20, 2019, 274 graduates participated in Shoreline Community College’s 55th Commencement Ceremony. Commencement was attended by graduates, faculty, staff,
the Board of Trustees, and graduates’ invited guests. President Dr. Cheryl Roberts
gave opening remarks, congratulating students for their success and calling on them
to commit to a continued responsibility to themselves and their community.
Shoreline Area News, July 19, 2019
The Big Bend Community College Simulation Technology program has earned provisional accreditation status from the
Society of Simulation in Healthcare. Accreditation with the Society of Simulation
of Healthcare (SSH), the largest health care simulation accrediting body in the world,
is a peer-reviewed, customized evaluation of the simulation program, with factors
including program structure, longterm plans and teaching outcomes.
iFiber One, July 19, 2019
The Lower Columbia College resource for veterans is open in a new, more centrally located space that provides
a central point of access for vets on the campus at 1600 Maple St., Longview.
The resource center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in Room 115 of the Student Center. Among the services provided are advice, peer to peer counseling, individual tutoring, biweekly study groups, and referrals to college and community resources.
The Daily News, July 19, 2019
... Friends of Badger Mountain partnered with students from Columbia Basin College, Benton County and the plant society to create a series of signs that identify native
— and non-native — plants that can be seen along the trail. CBC metal welding students
created the signs, with the plant society providing content and photos. Benton County
provided materials, and Friends of Badger Mountain rallied volunteers to install them.
Tri-City Herald, July 18, 2019
Shoreline Community College is now accepting applications for its new residence hall. Starting fall 2019, a residence
hall will be available to all Shoreline CC students. Located at the heart of the College’s
wooded campus, the building will feature 68 units that house 216 bed spaces with shared
living rooms and kitchens.
Shoreline Area News, July 18, 2019
The Lower Columbia College Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to extend President Chris Bailey’s contract through
Aug. 31, 2022. ... LCC hired Bailey as president in 2011. Under his tenure, the college
has opened its University Center, constructed the new Health and Science Building
and launched campaigns to attract more high school graduates and international students
to enroll at LCC. Vincent noted that the board is “particularly happy” with the college’s
addition of a four-year teaching degree, which Bailey and other staff helped develop
a program for this year.
The Daily News, July 18, 2019
Skagit Valley College second-year nursing instructor Joy Curtis knows it is important for nursing students
to interact with all age groups as part of their curriculum. That’s why her students
are getting hands-on experience not only with the geriatric population of Josephine
Caring Community in Stanwood but also with children at Josie’s Learning Center, a
childcare and preschool housed on the Josephine campus.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 18, 2019
The Western Washington chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) recently
named Bates Technical College faculty member Roland Robinson as Educator of the Year. Roland is also nominated
for the SBE James C. Wulliman Educator of the Year. An instructor in the Broadcasting
and Video Production program , Roland has taught at the college for more than 10 years,
implementing an SBE-approved curriculum in his broadcast classes. Bates Technical
College Dean Josh Clearman said, “Roland is an outstanding faculty member who makes
a positive difference in the lives of his students and the community.”
The Suburban Times, July 17, 2019
... Sam is pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science in global trade and logistics at
Highline College in Washington. "I picked my major because where I come from, the jobs are limited.
Global trade and logistics is a field that works wherever you are in the world," Sam
says. ... Some community colleges require students earn an associate degree first
before continuing on into the school's bachelor's program, like at Yakima Valley College in Washington. ... A sampling of applied bachelor's degrees include health information
management at Tacoma Community College in Washington, computer and information technologies at South Texas College, supervision
and management at Florida Keys Community College and allied health-community health
and education at Seattle Central College in Washington.
U.S. News & World Report, July 16, 2019
Knights Care Fund, a Wenatchee Valley College foundation [program] to support students that are in a financial strain, recently
received $5,000 from Women’s Service League of North Central Washington. “The Knights
Care Fund is administered through our counseling department,” said Rachel Evey. “The
reason it’s important it helps the most vulnerable Wenatchee Valley Students. Many
of our students aren’t just going to school, but they’re raising families, they’re
working and often times something unexpected happens.”
KPQ, July 16, 2019
... “Shorelines of Stone was a labor of love, and it feels great to be recognized
for all the work that goes into the specials I shoot,” Layson said. “Without the support
of leadership at Bates Technical College and KBTC, programs like Shorelines wouldn’t be possible. We promote a culture of
excellence and storytelling, and we have a great opportunity to do meaningful work.”
The Suburban Times, July 16, 2019
To address Seattle’s experience of a shifting news business, Town Hall Seattle presented
this Civics Series panel discussion called The Media Is Dying, in partnership with
Fuse Washington on July 11. Former Stranger editor Paul Constant served as moderator.
The panelists include University of Washington professor Adrienne Russell, Bellevue College professor Clifford Cawthon and journalist Peter Jackson. [Audio]
KUOW, July 16, 2019
For the past three weeks, six high school students have gone behind the scenes at
the Swinomish Casino & Lodge — learning about everything from how to operate the resort’s
reservation system to preparing for banquets and even changing sheets. ... The academy
serves students in Skagit and Whatcom counties and is operated by school district
superintendents from those counties, as well as Skagit Valley College President Tom Keegan. The Mount Vernon School District is the managing partner.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 15, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
The state is focusing on making sure high school seniors are ready for the next step,
whether that’s college, an apprenticeship or a job. Now, a new state board of education
work group is looking into the idea of letting students advance through school based
on what they know instead of just the number of classes they’ve taken.
KNKX, July 22, 2019
... Lawmakers in a growing number of states have sought to tackle student debt as
a consumer protection problem. Over the first half of 2019, legislatures have enacted
a flurry of bills taking aim at the companies that process and handle payments on
the roughly $1.5 trillion in outstanding federal student loan debt.
Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2019
... From mid-2014 to mid-2016, 3.9 million undergraduates with federal student loan
debt dropped out, according to an analysis of federal data by The Hechinger Report,
a nonprofit news organization. The default rate among borrowers who didn't complete
their degree is three times as high as the rate for borrowers who did earn a diploma.
When these students stop taking classes, they don't get the wage bump that graduates
get that could help them pay back their loans.
NPR, July 18, 2019
Vivian Nixon was a key voice in the Education Department’s decision in 2015 to reinstate
Pell Grants for a limited number of incarcerated students. On Monday, the executive
director of the College and Community Fellowship exhorted lawmakers to take what criminal
justice reformers view as the next step: lifting the 1994 ban on federal student aid
Inside Higher Ed, July 16, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
... Company emails, documents and recordings show that part of why Dream Center kept
going is that it thought the Education Department, which under DeVos has rolled back
regulations on for-profit education, would try to keep it from failing. Barton emailed
other Dream Center executives that the department’s head of higher education policy
— Diane Auer Jones, a former executive and lobbyist for for-profit colleges — had
pulled strings to help the company’s schools in their effort to regain a seal of approval
from an accreditor, despite their perilous positions.
The Seattle Times, July 23, 2019
When Barack Obama ran for president for the last time in 2012, sweeping reform of
our college financing system wasn’t even on his agenda, let alone that of his Republican
opponent Mitt Romney. Fast forward just seven years and, in the first few months of
the primary contest for the Democratic nomination, candidates have started to stake
out their positions on whether to make college free in some form or provide some kind
of relief for student-loan borrowers.
Market Watch, July 20, 2019
Senate lawmakers announced legislation Tuesday that they argue will spur the growth
of income-share agreements, privately run alternatives to student loans that commit
workers to paying back a portion of their future income. ISAs have received extensive
press coverage, thanks to their promotion as an alternative to unmanageable student
debt. They’ve yet to catch on widely, though -- in part, supporters argue, because
of a lack of clarity surrounding federal law.
Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2019