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June 11, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

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Homeless in College: Students sleep in cars, on couches when they have nowhere else to go

... Tacoma Community College in Washington has partnered with the Tacoma Housing Authority to provide 150 vouchers to help pay the rent for students in need. ... Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington, has several spots on campus where students can get a meal or pick up groceries. It also has showers that students can use. And it is working with a program started by a local couple who rent houses, then sublet them to the homeless, to designate two houses specifically for college students by the fall. 
USA Today, June 10, 2019

Having community college students choose a course roadmap pays off for Peninsula College

Community and technical colleges across Washington state are working to increase the percentage of students who graduate or transfer to another college or university. Peninsula College in Port Angeles has had the biggest increase in the past five years. The college’s rate of full-time students graduating or transferring to another college has jumped by 47 percent since the 2013-14 school year. ... Other community and technical colleges have adopted guided pathways, including Everett Community College and South Seattle College. State lawmakers voted this past legislative session to allocate more funding so additional colleges can implement the model.
KNKX, June 10, 2019

Tacoma high school seniors get some straight talk from current students at local colleges

... “What we were finding was a lot of our students hadn’t met with each other prior to the orientations and getting on campus, so we felt the end of the school year was the perfect time to say, 'Hey, we hear there’s 100 kids from Tacoma schools going to Tacoma Community College. Do you know that?’” said Brandon Ervin, a counselor at Mount Tahoma High School who helped create the event. “Let’s get them all in the same room and talk about this process.”
KNKX, Jun 10, 2019

Tiki Apartments now successfully houses homeless students, Tacoma college says

The school year is coming to an end and Tacoma Community College says its housing for homeless students is working well. Many of them have found a home at Highland Flats, or what used to be called the Tiki Apartments. The college is giving good grades to the partnership between the apartments and the school, which provides the students a place to stay so they can concentrate on their studies.
KOMO, June 10, 2019

Renton educator honored by alma mater

After wrapping up the first year of leading a team in science-based education, Sartori Elementary School’s principal is receiving recognition from her alma mater. Angela Sheffey-Bogan is being recognized as the 2019 Distinguished Alumna for Highline College. Bogan was chosen because of her notable contributions to her profession, commitment to equity and changing the instructional model for elementary school, according to a press release from Highline College.
Renton Reporter, June 9, 2019

Jayden Fullerton is bringing home two diplomas this spring

Jayden Fullerton will be graduating from not one but two schools later this month. Before turning 16 he will have earned a diploma from Arlington High School and an associate’s degree from Everett Community College. All the while, he has maintained a 3.85 GPA. To accomplish this, Fullerton skipped first and 10th grades. And starting in fourth grade he began taking advanced math curriculum, completing four years of math in one year through an online program.
Everett Herald, June 9, 2019

Clark instructors help Larch inmates earn GEDs

At Larch Corrections Center, 392 inmates enrolled in college or General Education Development coursework through Clark College during the 2017-2018 school year, according to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. ... Clark College’s GED program at Larch Corrections Center is a cornerstone of the educational offerings at the 480-inmate prison. For many, it means more than passing the four-part test, earning the equivalent of a high school diploma. It means becoming a better partner, a better father, a better man. It means opening job opportunities, earning degrees — and never winding up back here again.
The Columbian, June 9, 2019

Town Talk: Treasure Valley Wine Society awards scholarship to Washington college student

The Treasure Valley Wine Society, a group of wine enthusiasts in the greater Boise area, awarded a $1,500 scholarship award to Chris Jackson of Dayton, Washington. Society president Garry Scholz said the award is specified for a student beginning his or her second year enrolled in the enology and viticulture program at Walla Walla Community College. Jackson, a U.S. Army veteran, is not only studying enology and viticulture, but plant and soil science as well.
Idaho Press, June 9, 2019

Can’t afford to get dental care? Columbia Basin College may be able to help you

Columbia Basin College dental hygiene students help 2,700 people each year who can’t afford to see a dentist. Nearly all of the people who walk into the college’s low-cost clinic live below the poverty line and don’t have insurance to cover the costs of regular check-ups. Now the college will be able to double the amount of patients during the next four years because of a $250,000 grant from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust. The trust provides grants across the Pacific Northwest to help strengthen education and culture.
Tri-City Herald, June 8, 2019

Cyrus Habib meets with Clark College students

Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib was the keynote speaker last month at Clark College’s Students with Disabilities Breakfast. The breakfast was hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Habib shared his experiences as a young, blind Iranian immigrant who earned a law degree. Habib, 37, was elected to the post in 2016. In addition to serving as president of the state Senate, he is the acting governor when Gov. Jay Inslee is out of state.
The Columbian, June 8, 2019

Highline student finds her voice

... Just when Thompson was growing tired — physically and mentally — of her predicament, a co-worker of hers had simultaneously been talking about a program he was in at Highline College. That program was the Umoja Black Scholars Program, a resource group dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African-American students. “He’d talk about all these things that I was so interested in but never had the opportunity to learn,” Thompson said, explaining the school districts she attended in Philadelphia and Wyoming hadn’t taught her much about race. “So after hearing all this stuff and being out of school for so long, I was like, ‘you know what? I wanna go back to school.’”
Federal Way Mirror, June 7, 2019

Pierce College students motivated to action after life-changing messages

President Barack Obama and former U.S. Secretary of State General Colin Powell were two of the featured keynote speakers at a national diversity conference recently attended by four Pierce [College] students. Garrett Bown, Anisia Khammala, Cory Newton and Itzayana Soltero, along with Facilities and Operations Program Manager and student adviser Patrick Carter, attended the 15th Annual Diversity and Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas in April.
The Suburban Times, June 7, 2019

Citizen of the Year: Bette Worth has made a career of community service

... One day in the early 1990s, Grays Harbor College President Jewell Manspeaker approached her about the World Class Scholar program, which provides GHC scholarships to students who commit to (and meet) specific academic, leadership and service goals during middle and high school. “It had gotten started in Hoquiam, but nothing was going on in Aberdeen,” said Worth. “So my dear friend Jane Goldberg and I got that program off the ground in Aberdeen. We went to all the different schools, promoting it and getting it established in 13 schools in Aberdeen and Pacific County.”
The Daily World, June 7, 2019

‘There are a lot of broken women here.’ Can training them to run a business save them?

Tracy McGee is serving her third state prison sentence, but she vows that this one will be her last. Through a program offered by Tacoma Community College, McGee is earning a certificate in entrepreneurship at the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women. A new enhancement of the program’s curriculum is called Ready for Release, an eight-week course provided by Ventures, a Seattle-based nonprofit group. Inmates who are close to being released learn the basics of marketing, sales, financial management and operations so they can start businesses.
The Bellingham Herald, June 7, 2019

Meet Chehalis Watershed hero Steven Franks

... "I knew then that my dream job would be to work and live at a hatchery. So, I began turning my dreams to reality and sat in on some college classes, volunteering more time and immediately after high school I enrolled in Grays Harbor College’s Aquaculture Program, and my professor recommended me to CBFTF for the position. Although I was only partway through the Aquaculture program, I started working for the CBFTF part time while I finished my degree. Originally, I had planned to transfer to a four-year university but did not need to because I had my dream job!”
Grays Harbor Talk, June 7, 2019

Clark College student Connor Wier premieres work with college concert band

Composer Connor Wier feels the magic hidden in a mundane spot like Clark College’s busy central courtyard. “I was walking up to Gaiser Hall, walking across the courtyard,” he said, when he stopped and considered all the different stories that happen on that paved circle. Students rushing to class or relaxing with friends. Maintenance and landscaping workers, keeping the place functional and attractive. Even squirrels darting around during the daytime, and raccoons creeping through the night. “All sorts of interesting things are happening there, all the time,” Wier said.
The Columbian, June 7, 2019

Technology is helping prison education programs scale. What’s the catch?

... In Washington state, Peninsula College has been piloting a state-funded program that allows inmates in the Clallam Bay Corrections Center to use technology to complete their work, but all the instruction is still provided face-to-face. At Clallam Bay, students can earn short-term certificates (20 credits) and one-year certificates (55-60 credits) in vocational programs such as computer programming, business, and pastry and specialty baking, says Sandra Diimmel, the corrections education director at Peninsula College. 
EdSurge, June 6, 2019

Learn about musical theater through WWCC summer class

The 2019 Musical Theatre Experience at Walla Walla Community College provides individualized teaching and training for youths and adults. These classes, sponsored by the WWCC Community Education Department, are for people of all backgrounds and experience levels. The MTE Youth Program, for ages 10-14, runs from July 29-Aug. 11, Monday-Friday, 2-4 p.m. Students can explore acting, singing and fundamental movement skills.
Union-Bulletin, June 6, 2019

WCC expands tuition benefits with higher state grants

Whatcom Community College is offering free tuition to low-income applicants. The Washington College Grant program is expanding their benefits to families in need, thanks to the Workforce Education Investment Act, a bill signed by Governor Inslee last month. This replaces the State Need Grant and is funded through an increase in the Business & Occupation Tax. WCC says for some students, the program could help completely cover school-related costs, including tuition, housing and transportation.
KPUG, June 6, 2019


... Julie A. White, senior vice president for student engagement and learning support at Onondaga Community College, will become president of Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom on July 15. She will replace Deidre Soileau, who has served as interim president since Denise Yochum's retirement.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 6, 2019

Moses Lake School District chooses to not renew contract with SkillSource 'open doors' program

... iFIBER ONE News confirmed on Thursday afternoon program will only be offered at Big Bend Community College. ... In September, there will be only one open doors program at Big Bend Community College," Balcom added. Balcom also explained both programs are nearly identical. However, the program at Big Bend Community College provides students a way to advance their education. ... The Open Doors program, which began in September of last year, assists school districts in providing individualized and flexible educational opportunities for those ages 16 to 21 that have faced challenges in traditional school environments.
iFiber One, June 6, 2019

Trio-Upward Bound summer meals announced

Students 18 years of age and younger in the Trio-Upward Bound summer academy at Big Bend Community College will be eligible for meals through the summer. The summer meal program includes dinner as well as breakfast and lunch; meals will be served from June 30 through Aug. 9. Meals are served in the ATEC building on the BBCC campus. Students must be enrolled in the summer academy to qualify. “Federal funds support 100 percent of the Trio-Upward Bound program costs, in the amount of $540,298 for the 2019-20 project year,” according to a BBCC press release.
Columbia Basin Herald, June 6, 2019

Technical college cuts the ribbon on a new center

A longtime goal for Renton Technical College (RTC) was fulfilled with the official opening of a downtown center on Wednesday, May 29. The center, located at 232 Burnett Ave., has two classrooms, faculty offices and a conference room, according to a RTC press release. Mayor Denis Law, RTC President Kevin McCarthy and Dean of College and Career Pathways Jodi Novotny cut the ribbon to launch the center. “We know this is just the beginning,” Law stated in the press release.
Renton Reporter, June 6, 2019

What has Thurston County been brewing? What you need to know - Distilled

... “The Community College took it upon themselves,” Cade says, “to work with the City of Tumwater to develop a curriculum for the Craft Brewing and Distilling degree program.” If the IPZ is to meet its goal of becoming the brewing epicenter, some expertise is required. “We want to become THE center in Washington State,” Cade says, “or really the West Coast, for craft brewing and distilling. When people think of becoming a brewer or distiller, they’ll want to attend South Puget Sound Community College's new curriculum.”
Thurston Talk, June 6, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Online education: An overlooked lever of education policy

Sometimes all it takes is one interesting image to drive home a point. Last week, at the Eduventures Summit in Boston, one slide in a presentation by Richard Garrett did it for me. It was a color-coded state map of “Winners and Losers” in online education. The map, along with Garrett’s commentary, highlighted for me some overlooked opportunities. Many states are not taking concerted steps to use online education to promote the kinds of priorities that state leaders have historically championed, such as affordability, access, or meeting the needs of local employers.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 11, 2019

Pay off student loans the smart way

Paying off student loans can be a financial nightmare. The system is loaded with confusing payment plan options, bad information and pitfalls to avoid — and one wrong move can cost you thousands of dollars. But if you know how to navigate, with federal student loans, you can find a payment plan that you can actually afford. Plus, if you qualify for loan forgiveness, you might get tens of thousands of dollars of debt wiped out.
NPR, June 10, 2019

Is college worth it? Yes

Amid constant discussion of whether college is "worth it" or whether new models will displace the bachelor's degree, new research shows that there is a clear economic edge for those who earn bachelor's degrees over those with a high school diploma. And the research shows that the rate of return on the investment of paying for college is high enough to make the decision to go to college a wise one for most students.
Inside Higher Ed, June 10, 2019

She left the Education Dept. for groups it curbed. Now she's back, with plans.

Depending on whom you ask, Diane Auer Jones has returned to the Education Department with either a mission or a vengeance. A little more than a decade ago she resigned as an assistant secretary for postsecondary education in the George W. Bush administration, after protesting the department’s treatment of an accreditor that oversaw religiously affiliated, liberal-arts colleges. Department officials saw accountability in their crackdown; Ms. Jones saw bias against a gatekeeper for nontraditional college degrees.
New York Times, June 9, 2019

‘It was hush money’: College students got settlements that required silence

The complaints were nearly identical: Two women at Central Washington University reported that a renowned music professor had kissed them on the face and made comments such as “I love you.” After a troubled review at the university that resulted in fiery internal memos, one of the women also complained that the music department dropped her from her performance major in retaliation for filing the complaint. Then the university came up with a solution: The student would get free tuition for a year and other benefits, according to records, so long as she remained silent about “the contents of this settlement agreement.”
The Seattle Times, June 8, 2019

(More) bias in science hiring

... The results, published this week in Sex Roles, are startling in their magnitude. They also have major institutional policy implications, and not just for hiring. Consistent with their hypotheses, the researchers found that scientists operated on a slew of stereotypes when asked to consider hypothetical postdoc candidates with identical qualifications but different names: apparently female or male, and white, black, Asian or Latinx. Still, there were some differences observed between biologists and physicists. Namely, biologists did not discriminate against women in terms of who they would hire or find competent on a scale of one to nine.
Inside Higher Ed, June 7, 2019

'The educated underclass'

... Students at two-year institutions are so thoroughly ignored in higher education research that data on underemployment do not exist. The two-year community colleges have as their central mission job preparation. Yet, half of all 25- to 34-year-olds with a two-year associate degree earn $38,000 or less for full-time, year-round employment, not sufficiently better than the recognized minimum "living" wage of $31,200 ($15 per hour for a 40-hour week) deemed as necessary for "independent" living.
Inside Higher Ed, June 7, 2019

Report highlights racial disparities in student debt

A new report from the left-leaning think tank Demos argues that looking at borrowers' income alone provides limited insight into student loan burdens. The report examines the racial equity implications of various proposals to cancel student debt, a policy solution that's become increasingly popular with some progressives. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat seeking the party's presidential nomination, has also offered a debt cancellation proposal as part of her higher ed agenda. The Demos report underlines how student debt is experienced differently by different borrower groups.
Inside Higher Ed, June 7, 2019

Report: Free college programs have grown rapidly

A report released Tuesday by the Century Foundation found that since the introduction of Tennessee's tuition-free scholarship program five years ago, 15 new free college programs have been created across the country. The first seven tuition-free programs were launched between 1990 and 2007. But since 2014, the total number of state tuition-free programs has increased to 22 across 19 states. The report also found that states have significantly increased funding to tuition-free programs within the last five years. 
Inside Higher Ed, June 7, 2019

Walmart expands employee tuition benefits

Walmart this week announced that it is expanding a debt-free college tuition benefit for the retail giant's roughly 1.4 million U.S. employees. The company is adding 14 degrees and certificates in technology fields such as cybersecurity, computer science and network security to the Live Better U program, which had featured degrees in business and supply chain management. The company said it would add more credentials in coming months. Walmart employees are expected to pay $365 a year to participate, the equivalent of $1 per day. Walmart also offers high school completion to its employees, as well as discounts on master's degrees and other higher education programs.
Inside Higher Ed, June 6, 2019

Pennsylvania makes degree apprenticeships part of its strategy for preparing a qualified early learning workforce

... In Pennsylvania, degree apprenticeships have emerged as an innovative and affordable strategy for preparing early education workers and equipping them with the postsecondary degrees required for career entry and advancement. A degree apprenticeship is a program delivered by an institution of higher education that integrates apprenticeship - paid, structured, on-the-job learning and mentorship - into an associate or bachelor’s degree program. Individuals who participate in a degree apprenticeship earn progressive wage increases as they acquire skills. This provides an affordable way for adults already working in early education centers to get a degree, and also to make a bit more money along the way.
New America, June 6, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Pete Buttigieg’s high student debt draws attention to the issue

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg knows firsthand the burden of six-figure student loan debt. He and his husband, Chasten, are far from alone, though, and their personal college indebtedness is helping to keep the issue on the national stage. With loans totaling more than $130,000, they are among the 43 million people in the United States who owe federal student loan debt. The debtors are so numerous and the total debt so high — more than $1.447 trillion, according to federal statistics — that several of the Democratic candidates have made major policy proposals to address the crisis.
PBS News Hour, June 10, 2019

‘Free college’ promises by presidential candidates come with pitfalls

It has become a cliché of this campaign: A White House hopeful pauses from a speech to invite beleaguered university graduates to shout out the size of the debt they carry — as if competing in an auction — and the numbers bellowed from the crowd spiral upward. In a nation where student loan debt has reached a staggering $1.6 trillion — more than double the amount just a decade ago — the call-outs are potent political theater. The promise of free college has catapulted from the fringe in 2015, when Sen. Bernie Sanders muscled the idea into presidential politics, to an urgent place in the race this year. Even President Donald Trump is trying to get in front of it.
The Seattle Times, June 9, 2019

Trump Administration restricts fetal tissue research

The Trump administration on Wednesday said it would bar scientists at federal agencies from pursuing research using fetal tissue and add new hurdles for researchers on college campuses to renew funding for research using the materials. ... “I think everyone who has an existing grant will be thinking very strategically about what their future steps will be,” said Joanne Carney, director of government relations at American Association for the Advancement of Science. “Do you take a chance pursuing federal funds, or do you look to the private sector or international collaborations?”
Inside Higher Ed, June 6, 2019

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