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News Links | June 6, 2019

June 06, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

PACE Has Got Talent highlights SCC students

On Monday, students in Spokane Community College’s People Accessing Careers and Education program will bring a mix of singing, dancing, spoken word, acting and music to the Lair Auditorium stage as part of the fifth annual PACE Has Got Talent showcase. The showcase is the culmination of the class of the same name, which uses the arts to teach students with intellectual/developmental and/or psychiatric disabilities social and employment skills like teamwork and stress and time management.
The Spokesman-Review, June 5, 2019

Students learn about repairing wind turbines

Taylor Hays grew up watching her father fix wind turbines. She didn’t consider herself to be very mechanical. But she knew she wanted to work with her hands. So she decided to follow in her father’s footsteps. Hays is studying at Walla Walla Community College in southeast Washington to repair renewable energy equipment, like wind turbines. “This is my first wind application class, so I’m kind of excited because we haven’t been able to work with actual wind turbine equipment yet,” Hays said, standing in a large room filled with mechanical equipment.
The Lewiston Tribune, June 5, 2019

Longview LGBTQ groups to celebrate pride Saturday with march, festival

The Longview LGBTQ community and its supporters will celebrate Pride Month locally with “United in Pride,” a family-friendly march and event Saturday. The celebration includes a carnival-style festival at Lower Columbia College with karaoke, “story time” with a local drag queen, HIV testing and booths for other community support and resource groups, as well as other activities.
The Daily News, June 5, 2019

Legislators tell of reduced college tuition program

... Peninsula College President Luke Robins said after the meeting that college officials will be getting the word out about the Washington College Grant program at information meetings this summer. It replaces the State Need Grant program, which Robins said has fallen short of funding all students who qualify for assistance. The surcharge is expected to raise over $1 billion over four years for grants to low- and middle income students.
Peninsula Daily News, June 5, 2019

EdCC celebrates 52nd annual commencement June 7

Edmonds Community College will celebrate its 52nd annual Commencement ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. “I’m proud of our graduates for their persistence and hard work, and look forward to seeing what each accomplishes in the future,” said Edmonds CC President Amit B. Singh. For the academic year 2018-19, Edmonds CC will award 1,741 degrees, certificates, diplomas, and GEDs. The youngest graduate is 16, and the oldest is 69.
Edmonds Beaon, June 5, 2019

Thorp senior eager to take passion for flying to college

... Capelouto plans to attend Big Bend Community College and is going to be a student in their pilot program in Moses Lake. Grant County International Airport has a flight tower, which Kittitas County does not have. Capelouto finds the Big Bend Community College’s pilot program appealing because it is trafficked by the U.S. military, Boeing and general aviation aircraft. As a trainee learning to fly these added layers would contribute to his experience as a pilot.
The Daily Record, June 4, 2019

Pegasus Project provides learning opportunities

The Pegasus Project isn’t just providing unique experiences for those with special needs, it’s also providing veterinary technology students the chance for hands-on experience caring for horses. For the past three years, Yakima Valley College vet tech students have taken their in-class learning to an “outdoor classroom,” allowing them to develop real-world skills by working with several of the ranch’s horses.
KIMA, June 4, 2019

Opinion: High-impact practices work

... Curricular innovations warrant an assessment plan, so the resulting evidence can be used to monitor student success and drive program improvement. Bellevue College in Washington has brought multiple high-impact practices together in its RISE Learning Institute in an effort to spread these practices across its campus. As part of that work, they are in the process of developing a robust, faculty-driven assessment plan with tools that can be used in multiple disciplines.
Inside Higher Ed, June 4, 2019

Way to go

... Khadija Shirazy was selected as the April Everett Community College student of the month by the Port Gardner Rotary Club. Shirazy is majoring in medical assisting and is set to graduate this spring. With a 3.91 GPA, Shirazy was chosen for her ability to work as part of a team and her drive to improve herself. She can offer multi-lingual, therapeutic and compassionate care to her future patients, according to her nomination. Shirazy always steps up when there is a need, whether that be on campus or in the broader community.
Everett Herald, June 3, 2019

Resource fair brings together families, providers and charities in Centralia

... Meanwhile, representatives from Centralia College’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program let attendees know that the preschool program has openings and is currently enrolling. The program offers family support and is income-based, and it also serves kids with higher risk factors. “Outreach is how you get known in the community,” said Cassie Daniels, family support program coordinator. “A lot of people come in through word of mouth. We’re just touching base with the different organizations and being around for the different events.”
The Daily Chronicle, June 3, 2019

Waste Management donates used trucks to South Seattle College’s Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology Program

Waste Management has donated two used trucks to the Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology program at South Seattle College (SSC), creating new opportunity for students to learn the ins-and-outs of these high-tech vehicles in preparation for careers servicing large engines that power buses, trucks, construction equipment and ships. “The trucks donated by Waste Management will have a significant impact on our program,” SSC Diesel & Heavy Equipment Instructor Jeremie Pitts said. 
Westside Seattle, June 3, 2019

Editorial: What two educators have meant for Everett, county

As Everett Community College and Everett Public Schools students walk across stages later this month to take hold of diplomas, that transition toward further education, careers and adult life will be celebrated. At the same time, Everett and Snohomish County communities also will honor another transition with the retirements of long-time leaders for both institutions and the welcoming of new leaders. The departures of EvCC President David Beyer and Everett Schools Superintendent Gary Cohn were announced earlier.
Everett Herald, June 2, 2019

College hopes given added lift in Milton-Freewater

... The American dream Academy facilitated by Walla Walla Community College launched in 2017 with a grant from Blue Mountain Community Foundation, said program director John Hibbitts. The six-week course, staffed with bilingual and bicultural employees and presented at Mac-Hi, is a training ground for sending a child off to college, Hibbitts said. Curriculum includes explaining financial aid options — for example, grants are not loans and do not have to be paid back — how to fill out required forms, what’s expected of incoming college students and the specialized vocabulary testing and financial aid.
Union-Bulletin, June 2, 2019

Alumni Award winner takes to the skies

Some people spend their whole lives trying to figure out what they want to do for a career. Not Adam Carollo. “This has always been what I was going to do – I was going to be an airline pilot for as far back as I can remember,” Carollo said. Growing up in Puyallup, Carollo was eager to get into the air. That led him from Cascade Christian High School to Running Start in Clover Park Technical College’s Professional Pilot program starting in 2005. He graduated in 2008, has flown professionally since 2011, and joined the college’s program advisory committee two years ago. 
The Suburban Times, June 2, 2019

Anacortes Waterfront Festival features something for everyone

... Visitors could also vote for their favorite boat by buying nails for $1 each and placing them in the team’s bucket. The team that received the most tokens got to donate 100% of proceeds to its chosen nonprofit. “You have to be creative with solutions as you’re going,” said Luke Flowers, a team member on one of two teams representing Skagit Valley College’s Marine Maintenance Technology Program. Teammate Kyle Sikes said teams also have to find creative ways to earn the people’s choice award.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 2, 2019

Commentary: Community leaders on retiring Everett educators

Several community leaders offered their comments recently following the upcoming retirements of Everett Community College President David Beyer and Everett Public Schools Superintendent Gary Cohn. ... Also, one of the things I appreciate most is Dr. Beyer’s strong focus on diversity, equity and inclusion throughout EvCC’s campuses, including adding a cabinet-level Chief Diversity and Equity Officer. This focus is not only benefiting the college, but also our entire community. 
Everett Herald, June 2, 2019

Angela Sheffey-Bogan named Distinguished Alumna by Highline College

Angela Sheffey-Bogan, a veteran educator in the Renton and Seattle school district, will be honored for by Highline College as their 2019 Distinguished Alumna. Shelley-Bogan will be recognized for her notable contributions to her profession and community the college’s commencement ceremony on June 13 at the ShoWare Center in Kent. The South Seattle resident has spent more than 20 years in elementary education, beginning as a paraprofessional.
The Seattle Medium, May 29, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Online is (increasingly) local

It's trendy to talk about how mega-universities -- high-enrollment institutions with a national footprint, typically online -- are the future of higher education. But assuming that many or most students will choose to enroll in an institution across the country or even in the next state ignores the reality that increasing numbers of online students choose to study close to home. ... The survey of 1,500 current or soon-to-be students in fully online academic programs (for undergraduate or graduate degrees, certificates or licensure) has been conducted for eight years and explores their attitudes and behaviors on a range of topics.
Inside Higher Ed, June 5, 2019

China issues warning to U.S.-bound students

China’s Ministry of Education on Monday warned students interested in studying in the U.S. about potential difficulties getting visas from the American government. “For some time, some of the visas for Chinese students studying in the United States have been restricted,” the ministry said. “The visa review period has been extended, the validity period has been shortened and the refusal rate has increased. This has affected the Chinese students studying in the United States normally or successfully completing their studies in the United States. The Ministry of Education reminds students and scholars to strengthen risk assessment before going abroad to study, enhance awareness of prevention and make appropriate preparations.”
Inside Higher Ed, June 4, 2019

Undue burden

The term “invisible labor” has been used to describe the unrecognized work underrepresented faculty members are called on to do by virtue of that status: mentoring students who see aspects of themselves in their professors, for example, or otherwise engaging in inclusion and diversity work. ... “Non-white, non-male and first-generation faculty disproportionally reported engaging in and contributing to diversity and inclusion. Our results complement other studies that find underrepresented faculty are more likely to incorporate diversity-related content into course materials and contribute more to service than their peers.”
Inside Higher Ed, June 4, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Battle lines drawn on a student loan alternative

Senator Elizabeth Warren and other congressional Democrats delivered a warning on Tuesday about the potential dangers of income-share agreements, an alternative form of college financing increasingly popular with some critics of student loans. The lawmakers' primary target was the Trump administration -- which has expressed interest in experimenting with the agreements -- but the shot across the bow also aimed at colleges operating their own ISA plans.
Inside Higher Ed, June 5, 2019

House passes American Dream and Promise Act

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 237 to 187 to pass the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which provides a pathway to citizenship for certain undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers who were brought to the U.S. as children, as well as to individuals who currently hold temporary protected status or who are subject to deferred enforced departure due to dangerous conditions in their home countries.
Inside Higher Ed, June 5, 2019

Cuba travel restrictions won't affect study abroad

The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it is ending authorization for Americans to travel to Cuba for group “people-to-people” educational travel, such as for educational tours run by travel companies. The changes do not affect study abroad or exchange programs run by colleges or universities, or travel to Cuba for professional meetings or research, all of which remain permissible under a general license from the Treasury Department.
Inside Higher Ed, June 5, 2019

How the Democrats got radicalized on student debt

The presidential-election cycle has barely begun but one thing is already clear: The Democratic candidates want to talk about student debt. No surprise there; the trillion-dollar student-loan bubble has captured the national imagination in ways few higher-education issues have, and candidates are essentially obligated to have a plan to address it. But what is surprising—how quickly we forget—is just how recent a development this is. When Barack Obama was simply a senator running for the Democratic nod in 2008, the conversation around student debt and college affordability looked different—very different.
The Atlantic, June 5, 2019

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