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News Links | July 30, 2019

July 30, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

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Clover Park Rotary Club works with graphic technology program for a new logo

As the area’s largest source for fresh and new design talent, the students at Clover Park Technical College’s Graphic Technologies program were offered an exciting task. They were approached by the Clover Park Rotary Club and asked to design their new logo, which would be used for their marketing materials including letterheads, brochures, website, and across their social media platforms.
The Suburban Times, July 29, 2019

‘Basically I’m their teacher’: Washington has big plans for its 25,500 school paraeducators

... In a 2017 survey of about 5,000 paraeducators in Washington, nearly 90% said they would take advantage of opportunities to learn how to improve at their job. ... In early May, Oliver joined a local “grow your own” program: He’s part of an inaugural class of about two dozen paraeducators — and some recent high-school graduates — who will take night and weekend classes at Seattle Central College to study for their teaching certification.
The Seattle Times, July 28, 2019

Daria Willis says EvCC job is “literally a dream come true”

Daria J. Willis, 34, is the new president of Everett Community College. She is the college’s fourth female and first African American president. She completed high school in three years, earned a Ph.D. and has held a number of teaching and administrative positions in higher education. Most recently, she worked in Syracuse, New York, where she served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Onondaga Community College.
Everett Herald, July 28, 2019

‘Let the battle begin’

As two Lego robots were placed in a small battle arena, kids at the Clarkston branch of Walla Walla Community College gathered around, ready to see what they hoped would be a good fight. The robots, programmed and constructed by 8-to-13-year-olds, were set to fight each other in a round robin elimination tournament Thursday. “Let the battle begin,” a kid screamed prior to the first match.
The Lewiston Tribune, July 26, 2019

PROJECT BIOTECH students share their newfound knowledge with Showcase of Learning poster sessions

Local area 9-12th graders enrolled in Shoreline Community College’s annual PROJECT BIOTECH summer camps will be showcasing their learning with poster sessions that are open to the public. ... The PROJECT BIOTECH curricula has been designed and is taught by experienced educators from Shoreline Community College’s Biotechnology Lab Specialist Program and scientists/educators from the local biotechnology community. 
Shoreline Area News, July 26, 2019

SCC Director of Clean Energy Technology chosen for international learning exchange program in Germany

Louise Petruzzella, Director of Clean Energy Technology at Shoreline Community College, traveled to Germany recently to take part in an international learning exchange sponsored by the National Science Foundation Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (CREATE). A committee of energy education experts nominated clean energy professionals from across the U.S. to take part in the exchange, with only ten participants selected. 
Shoreline Area News, July 26, 2019

Hundreds of new Washington laws take effect Sunday

... The [State] Community and Technical College system will pick four districts – two in Eastern Washington and two in Western Washington – for pilot programs to help homeless students by providing them access to laundry, storage, showers and locker rooms, reduced-price meal programs and housing.
Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls Press, July 26, 2019

Feed me Seymour - Classic sci-fi musical brings together theatre, college

... “It’s a huge learning process,” explained Hartman, who is serving as an adjunct faculty member for Centralia College East for the show. “It challenges people greatly. They learn music. They learn acting. They learn dance. They learn. They learn team building. They learn public speaking. I think most importantly there’s this breaking point where you realize ‘I have to do all of these things in front of people and we’re doing it in 10 days.’” 
The Daily Chronicle, July 26, 2019

Raging emotions on display

There are certain characteristics shared by most if not all juried art exhibitions that are particularly noticeable at top-quality shows such as those held annually at South Puget Sound Community College and Tacoma Community College where many of the same artists show up every year. ...  In this column, I will concentrate on the works in the show in Tacoma, which incidentally includes a lot of Olympia artists. And I shall concentrate on the pieces that do make you want to rush out and sing their praises.
The Weekly Volcano, July 25, 2019

GHC showcases Latin culture with Fiesta en el Puerto

Grays Harbor College will host dancing and music Friday as the college celebrates Latin culture with Fiesta en el Puerto (“Party in the Port”). The free two-day event will feature dancing by Bailadores de Bronce and music from Mariachi Colima, Super Sones and Ritmo Ardiente. ... College Vice President Jennifer Alt said this is the first in what she hopes will be a biennnial series of culturally focused events.
The Daily World, July 25, 2019

LCC names Dick Peters 2019 Alumnus of the Year

Lower Columbia College officials Tuesday selected Richard “Dick” Peters, a former manager of the Weyerhaeuser Co.’s Longview mill and long-time community volunteer, as its 2019 Alumnus of the Year. “He has been an amazing supporter of LCC throughout the years. His advocacy and passion for vocational programs offer valuable insights,” LCC President Chris Bailey said of Peters in a prepared statement Tuesday. “His longstanding support of the local community and LCC truly makes a difference.”
The Daily News, July 25, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Guardianship loophole allows wealthier families to get aid meant for needy students

The U.S. Education Department is being urged to close a loophole that has allowed some wealthy families to get federal, state and university funding that’s meant to help needy students. ... The Education Department’s inspector general declined to say whether it’s investigating. But it’s recommending that the department add new language to its rules to close the loophole. Under the proposed language, changes of guardianship would not be recognized by the department “if a student enters into a legal guardianship but continues to receive medical and financial support from their parents.” Department officials did not immediately comment to say whether the change would be implemented.
The Seattle Times, July 30, 2019

The value of voc ed

High schoolers who take career and technology education courses achieve the same college success as students who focus on more academic courses, and they are only slightly less likely to enroll in college in the first place, a study published Tuesday by Education Next found. ... The report, “Depth Over Breadth: The Value of Vocational Education in U.S. High Schools,” addressed the question of whether students who take CTE courses are disadvantaged because they did not invest time in more standard academic courses, and the answer is they are not, Kreisman said.
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2019

Performance funding and underrepresented student enrollment

Roughly 35 states have enacted performance-funding formulas that tie support for public colleges to metrics like graduation rates and degree-attainment numbers. Critics worry that colleges may attempt to game the formulas by enrolling fewer students who have a lower likelihood of success. A growing number of states are adding measures of equity to the formulas, such as additional funding for colleges that successfully serve low-income students or those from underrepresented student groups. A newly published study analyzed whether these equity provisions have affected underrepresented student enrollments at community colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2019

Paper: Race connected to student borrowing trends

A brief released Monday in the journal Education Researcher finds that racial differences in student borrowing have diverged over the past two decades. Since 2000, Hispanic students have been less likely and black students more likely to borrow than white students, the brief finds. The co-authors of the brief concluded that the evidence black students are more likely to borrow and borrow more in student loans means the structure of the financial aid system has a disproportionate impact on those students before and after college.
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2019

California's plan for student complaints still must pass Ed Department's muster

California officials have announced a plan meant to save federal aid for some 80,000 students who enroll in online courses at colleges outside the state. It’s not clear, yet, if that plan will be approved by the U.S. Department of Education. The state’s Department of Consumer Affairs says it has created a system to handle complaints from such students in order to comply with federal regulations, as required under the “state authorization” rules devised by the Obama administration.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 29, 2019

Campus officers' 'offensive' online posts prompt mass firings

... “While you did not produce any of the memes, you admittedly participated in the group,” Davis wrote. “Your involvement is deemed inappropriate behavior and behavior unbecoming of an officer. The memes produced and shared in this group were egregious and extremely inappropriate to be shared in the workplace. “As a result of your actions, I am recommending your immediate termination.”
Inside Higher Ed, July 29, 2019

Less than $100 in savings

About one-quarter of two-year college students have less than $100 saved, and 12 percent have no savings, according to a survey by LendingTree. Twenty-three percent of two-year college students participating in the survey said they have at least $1,000 saved, compared to 37 percent of polled four-year college students.
Community College Daily, July 29, 2019

Diversity in IT

Academe’s IT professionals are predominantly male and white, according to a new research brief from CUPA-HR. Black and Hispanic women are also generally underpaid relative to their white male peers. Around 43 percent of IT administrators are over 55 years old, with median years in position at seven. Nearly 40 percent of IT administrators have more than 10 years in their current role -- more than higher education administrators in general. The work force is set to become more diverse going forward, at least in certain positions.
Inside Higher Ed, July 25, 2019

Groups align to advocate for today's students

A coalition of groups representing veterans, working adults and historically underrepresented students have teamed up to form a new organization designed to change federal and other policies to better recognize how "today's students" differ from the traditional 18- to 24-year-olds who've historically dominated postsecondary enrollments. The Today's Students Coalition says it will work to modernize the financial aid system, ensure support for students with families and jobs, and smooth the barriers that often interrupt the pathways of students who move from one institution to another.
Inside Higher Ed, July 24, 2019

Report finds limited information on short-term training

A new report from the Institute for College Access and Success warns that little is known about the results of short-term postsecondary education and training programs that might become eligible for Pell Grants should Congress reduce minimum program-length requirements. Bipartisan legislation supported by community college and business groups would open Pell eligibility to higher ed programs as short as eight weeks, including non-credit-bearing programs that aren’t approved by accreditors. There is no national source of data on short-term programs that would be eligible for federal aid if Congress made that change. 
Inside Higher Ed, July 23, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Rising GOP senator takes aim at higher ed and 'elites'

Freshman GOP senator Josh Hawley has sought to make a name for himself in recent weeks by going on the attack against liberal elites. He’s gone after tech giants in public comments as well as “anti-flag” shoe brands. His most recent target is traditional higher ed. Hawley introduced two bills earlier this month aiming to shake up the academy. One would remove most eligibility standards for short-term training programs to access Pell Grants and instead assess them based on student outcomes. Another bill would put colleges on the hook for defaulted student loans.
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2019

Survey indicates how student borrowers will vote in 2020

Student loan debt is at $1.52 trillion. As 20 Democrats vie to become the next presidential nominee, the topic has made its way to the center of the political stage. And rightfully so, according to a new report. A LendEDU study surveyed 1,000 eligible voters with student loan debt about how they plan to vote in the 2020 election. The results showed that for borrowers, candidates’ positions on student loan debt will be a major factor in how they vote. In fact, higher education affordability was the second most important issue to them in deciding on a candidate, beat only by healthcare.
Diverse Education, July 29, 2019

Harris would give billions to HBCUs and minority-serving colleges

Senator Kamala Harris, a California Democrat running for president, has proposed giving billions of dollars to historically black colleges and other minority-serving institutions. As president, she would create a $10 billion program for science research, including building classrooms and other facilities. Then she would create a $50 billion fund for undergraduate and graduate scholarships and fellowships.
Inside Higher Ed, July 29, 2019

A bill to take ASAP nationwide

A House bill to improve graduation rates at community colleges would aim to replicate across the country a successful City University of New York (CUNY) program. U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-New York) last week re-introduced the Community College Student Success Act, which would scale up CUNY’s highly regarded Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP). ASAP largely focus on support services to help community college students succeed. A few states such as Ohio already have adopted a version of the program.
Community College Daily, July 29, 2019

Bill targets food insecurity at community colleges

A House bill introduced Thursday would create a pilot program that would provide grants to community colleges so they can offer free meals to students who need them. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) introduced the Food for Thought Act to help curb hunger among community college students, an issue that along with housing insecurity has gained national attention over the past few years.
Community College Daily, July 25, 2019

America’s College Promise Act re-introduced

A pair of Midwest Democrats have re-introduced a bill to create a new federal-state partnership to provide two years of tuition-free access to community or technical college programs that lead to a degree or industry-recognized credential. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Rep. Andy Levin (D-Michigan), vice chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, on Wednesday reintroduced the America’s College Promise Act.
Community College Daily, July 24, 2019

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