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News Links | July 25, 2019

July 25, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Olympic College offers students help after Navy suspends tuition aid program

Olympic College students affected by a temporary suspension of the Navy Tuition Assistance program can receive a grant that will allow them to continue their education into fall quarter 2019. The program provides active-duty sailors and members of the U.S. Marine Corps aid with tuition for courses taken off-duty at a college, university or vocational institution.
Kitsap Sun, July 23, 2019

Building relationships between Moses Lake and Japan, South Korea

... Bridges will initially help facilitate student exchanges between the cities of Toyoyama and Komaki in Japan and Gunpo in South Korea. In part, the focus will be on Japanese and Korean university students interested in studying English, aviation and pilot training at Big Bend Community College, though Richards’ involvement also means that a group of Japanese middle school students may be making their way to Moses Lake next year.
Columbia Basin Herald, July 23, 2019

Derek Sheffield reads "Getting the Baby to Sleep" by Keetje Kuipers

Derek Sheffield’s collection of poetry, Through the Second Skin (Orchises, 2013), was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. ... He lives with his family on the east slopes of the Cascades in Washington State where he teaches poetry and ecological writing at Wenatchee Valley College and is the poetry editor of [Audio]
KPBX, July 22, 2019

Big Bend CC program receives provisional certification

A program at Big Bend Community College that trains students to work with medical simulation equipment has received provisional accreditation from the world’s largest accreditation organization in that field. The Simulation Technology program was notified of provisional accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Provisional accreditation is good for two years. Program administrators can apply for full accreditation after two years.
Columbia Basin Herald, July 21, 2019

Foster Grandparent Program: Intergenerational and cultural exchanges

In order to help preserve the culture of intergenerational relationships and increase cultural awareness, the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) helps build connections between kids and the elderly. … One of the volunteers, Guoju Li, 77, has been volunteering with the FGP for eight years [at Shoreline Community College]. Li came to the United States in 1999 from Guangzhou, China. She has a son who lives in Renton, as well as a daughter and grandson in California. She currently lives by herself at a senior living facility, about 15 minutes away from Shoreline Community College, and volunteers four days a week [at the college’s Parent Child Center], from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Northwest Asian Weekly, July 19, 2019

After 40 years, SVC closing its South Whidbey Center

Skagit Valley College will likely shutter classrooms on South Whidbey after teaching students in the community for 40 years. Thomas Keegan, president of the community college, said years of funding cuts from the state combined with low enrollment at the South Whidbey Center led officials to make the tough decision, which hasn’t been finalized. The chances are, he said, that the center will close at the end of fall classes. “We want to ensure that the students are served, especially those on a degree path,” he said, explaining that staff will be working with those students on a one-on-one basis. “We’re committed to serving students in the South Whidbey area.”
Whidbey News-Times, July 19, 2019

Eight Electric Charging Stations Coming to YVC

An Electric Vehicle Charging Station Grant from Pacific Power is allowing Yakima Valley College to add eight charging stations to its West Campus Expansion, slated to open in fall of 2020. The grant award amount is up to $57,323. “We have almost a million dollars in grant funding secured through 2020 for these projects, and 25% of that is for low income projects,” explains Lori Froehlich, Regional Business Manager for Pacific Power. “We want to have these charging stations in areas that are available to our low income communities.”
KIMA, July 16, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Responsibility to low-income workers

American workers are driven to pursue additional education, but they are looking to employers and the government to cover the college price tag, a new report revealed. In its "Racial Differences on the Future of Work" survey, released Wednesday, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a think tank that focuses on African Americans, found that financial constraints are the primary barrier preventing American workers of all races from pursuing additional job training or higher education. 
Inside Higher Ed, July 25, 2019

Textbook spending continues slow decline

Keeping in line with recent trends over the last couple of years, spending on course materials such as textbooks decreased 14 percent in the last year, an annual survey of students finds. A separate study of internal prices of one textbook retailer found that prices had decreased 26 percent in the last year. According to the survey of more than 20,000 students across 41 institutions conducted by the National Association of College Stores, students on average spent $415 on course materials in the 2018-19 academic year, down from $484 last year.
Inside Higher Ed, July 25, 2019

A safe place to land

... The program, which was announced in March, aims to provide a debt-free college education and support services to unaccompanied youths who are homeless or aging out of foster care. Program participants are identified through relationships with counselors, caretakers and other advocates. Students also can self-identify. What participants receive is support from the start: help with financial aid paperwork, guidance through the admissions and enrollment process and mentorship.
Community College Daily, July 24, 2019

Suit seeks to protect students accused of sexual assault

In a groundbreaking move, the first-ever prospective class-action lawsuit that would benefit students accused of sexual assault has been filed against a university, potentially reversing the outcomes of dozens of sexual violence cases. ... The lawsuit could theoretically challenge, even retroactively, the results of any campus sexual violence case that didn’t offer due process protections.
Inside Higher Ed, July 23, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Warren draws contrast on debt relief plans

When Senator Elizabeth Warren, a contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, joined House Majority Whip James Clyburn in unveiling an ambitious student debt cancellation bill Tuesday, she said they weren’t “looking for one headline” about the $640 billion proposal. Clyburn, a member of the Democratic leadership, said he plans to push legislation that could pass in the House. The South Carolina lawmaker added that the bill was about making headway over headlines.
Inside Higher Ed, July 24, 2019

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