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June 13, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

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Photos: Centralia College installs new early education center

A modular building is lifted into place with a crane Tuesday at Centralia College. The new building will house the college's Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program and was funded with an $800,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce. Construction crews use a crane to lift a modular classroom into place Tuesday on Centralia College's campus.
The Daily Chronicle, June 12, 2019

High school college credits now available

Wenatchee Valley College received accreditation for its College in the High School program from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. College in the High School allows students in grades 10, 11 and 12 to earn college credit while still in high school. Holly Bringman, dean of liberal arts and sciences at WVC, said earning accreditation means credits are more likely to be accepted at other colleges and universities.
KOZI, June 12, 2019

Clark College trustees OK 2019-2020 budget

After months of deliberation, Clark College on Wednesday adopted a 2019-2020 budget that includes about $3.05 million in across-the-board cuts and reallocations. But the Vancouver community college budget overall has grown slightly, from $122.9 million to $123.4 million. Its operating budget increased from $69.8 million to $73.2 million. The Clark College Board of Trustees on Wednesday adopted the budget, which includes the elimination of three programs. College officials have said this year that the budget shifts are essentially broken in half: half cuts, half reallocations. 
The Columbian, June 12, 2019

Up, up and away: Young pilot from Edmonds sets her sights high

For Danielle Dunlap, flying a plane gives her a feeling she never wants to get rid of. At 19, Dunlap has a private pilot license and is working towards earning her commercial aviation associate degree at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, as well as a business direct transfer degree, with plans to transfer to take online classes at Central Washington University’s College of Business in the fall.
Edmonds Beacon, June 12, 2019

Business Briefly: Cardinal Craft Brewing beer wins award

Skagit Valley College’s Cardinal Craft Brewing Academy’s Smokey the Beer Smoked Scotch Ale won a silver award in the Smoke Beer category at the 2019 North American Brewers Association International Beer Awards for Excellence in Brewing. The competition was held May 29-31 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and included more than 1,900 entries. The Cardinal Craft Brewing Academy was established four years ago and was the first to be offered among the state’s community and technical colleges, according to a Skagit Valley College news release.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 11, 2019

Dreams fulfilled, journeys begun with CCS adult education graduation

For Asma Abdulmohsin, it was the next step. As she sees it, her graduation Tuesday from the English as a Second Language program at Spokane Community College only leads to more. “I will help my family, do something with my life,” said the woman who moved to the United States from Iraq in 2017 and now plans to pursue a degree in business management. Abdulmohsin joined 456 graduates from SCC’s Adult Basic Education program Tuesday night in celebrating their accomplishments with family and friends. Some, like Abdulmohsin, had completed the college’s ESL program, while others had successfully finished a GED, high school diploma or College to Career program.
The Spokesman-Review, June 11, 2019

CBC's dental clinic can help more low-income families thanks to $250K grant

Columbia Basin College's low-cost dental hygiene clinic will soon be able to provide dental care to more families in need thanks to a $250,000 grant. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust recently awarded the grant to the CBC Foundation to support relocation and expansion of their new Dental Hygiene Clinic in Richland. The program allows students to provide oral healthcare to 2,000 children, teens and adults. The grant money will allow the number of patients to double, while also adding more students to the program and helping purchase new medical equipment.
YakTriNews, June 11, 2019

Rain can’t dampen enthusiasm for art

Intermittent rain could not dampen the enthusiasm of art lovers from all over the region who wrapped up warmly to savor Ilwaco’s burgeoning gallery scene Friday. The focus was on action rather than simply static displays as gallery owners in the central core and on the waterfront showed their wares. At the Grays Harbor College, outreach specialist Bruce Bailey fired up the barbecue grill in the covered lobby while inside the Columbia Education Center his daughter, Community Education Manager Chelcie Bailey, showed visitors student artwork including a dramatic work called “Jellies” by Darcy Jennings adorning a corridor between classrooms.
Chinook Observer, June 11, 2019

Starting the climb: The path to success starts here

If you’ve been thinking of getting a four-year business degree without leaving home, Walla Walla Community College’s new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Business and Entrepreneurship was made for you. “Our new program will begin in September 2019, and offers a business degree that a student can get here at the community college without having to transfer to a university,” says Cindy Walker, Assistant Dean of Workforce Education and Applied Bachelor’s Programs at Walla Walla Community College (WWCC).
Union-Bulletin, June 11, 2019

Cascadia College may no longer make you pay just to apply

Starting this fall, simply applying to be a student at Cascadia College should no longer cost anything. The Board of Trustees is moving to eliminate its $30 non-refundable application fee effective Oct. 1. Trustees considered it at their May 22 meeting and are likely to approve it June 19. Though it will result in an estimated loss of $50,000 in revenue a year, the board chairwoman said they find it to be more important to ensure that fee doesn’t deter potential students from trying to attend Cascadia. “We want people to be able to apply and not have that as a barrier,” Trustee Julie Miller said. “We want to be welcoming to all.”
Everett Herald, June 11, 2019

Whatcom Community College honors students at annual ceremony

Whatcom Community College held its 24th annual Honors and Awards ceremony on June 6, recognizing more than 30 students for exemplary academic excellence and community service. Students were nominated throughout the year for the various awards by WCC faculty and staff. The top honors—the Laidlaw and President’s Award—went to Mason Green and Emmanuel Valencia, respectively.
Whatcom Talk, June 11, 2019

Wenatchee Valley College announces graduation schedule

... Edgar Salamanca will give the Wenatchee Valley College commencement keynote address. Salamanca is currently the Program Assistant for the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at WVC. He graduated from WVC in 2015 and then transferred to Washington State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in business administration. Motivating students to continue their education in order to obtain a better life has been a lifelong goal of Salamanca’s. Being back in Wenatchee and giving back to the community that gave so much to him is a dream come true. William Layman is the guest speaker for the Omak ceremony.
KPQ, June 11, 2019

Annual honor cord ceremony recognizes graduating veterans

With the conclusion of the academic year quickly approaching, the Clover Park Technical College Veterans Resource Center recognized graduating veterans at its annual Veteran Honor Cord Ceremony and Open House. CPTC Veteran Navigator Notrip Ticey III welcomed attendees into the VRC for the event, which also showcases the resources available to students, staff, and faculty at the center. “This is the place where you can come in if you’ve had a bad day,” Ticey said. “This is the place that you can come if you feel overloaded or overwhelmed, come on over. Everybody’s welcome.”
The Suburban Times, June 11, 2019

District rep. Alex Ybarra will be keynote speaker at Big Bend graduation

Big Bend Community College is preparing for it’s 2019 graduation ceremony, which will take place on Friday evening. The ceremony will be held in downtown Moses Lake at Lion’s Field where graduates ages 17 to 60 will finish their community college careers. The keynote speaker at the event is Quincy local, Alex Ybarra, who was appointed the seat left vacant by Matt Manweller as the 13th Legislative District Representative, earlier this year. Big Bend has a special place in Ybarra’s heart, since his daughter, Mica Ybarra, graduated from there as a Running Start student last year.
iFiber One, June 11, 2019

Local preschool for low income families serves 'broader range' under new law

... Previous laws limited eligibility for the state-funded Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) to families that made up to 110% of the poverty line, or about $28,000 for a family of four. Now the preschool can enroll families who make 130% to 200% of the poverty line — about $33,500 to $51,500 for a family of four — depending on the space available in a classroom. “The number of slots we have funded for children remains the same, but we will be able to serve a broader range of families,” said Mindy Leasure, director for the local ECEAP branch run out of Lower Columbia College.
The Daily News, June 11, 2019

Students, staff, and faculty honored at annual awards ceremony

Over nearly a decade, the Student Awards Ceremony has established a tradition of recognizing excellence among students, staff, and faculty at Clover Park Technical College. That tradition continued Wednesday evening at the seventh annual Student Awards Ceremony. With the McGavick Conference Center decorated in elegant black and gold, attendees enjoyed pre-ceremony appetizers and activities that included a photo booth and musical entertainment provided by local duo Tsunami Piñata.
The Suburban Times, June 10, 2019

Local business briefs: Business Forum Lunch to focus on Leadership Grays Harbor

... Since 2016, GGHI has proudly partnered with Grays Harbor College to deliver the Leadership Grays Harbor curriculum. This six-month course provides participants with civic and professional development instruction based on key leadership principles. The curriculum is experience-based and explores many topics and issues affecting our community through a series of meetings with established leaders, individual projects, site visits and a group community service project.
The Daily World, June 10, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Business group backs expanding access to aid

Ginni Rometty, the chair, president and CEO of IBM, told reporters Wednesday that a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act should open eligibility for federal student aid to more programs, especially those that serve more part-time and midcareer students. “Skills matter as much as a degree,” Rometty said. “The only way to a good-paying job cannot be a four-year degree.”
Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2019

Look at states' progress on degree-attainment goals

As of early last year, 42 U.S. states had set goals for the share of their residents who hold a college degree or other postsecondary credential, according to a new analysis from Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit research group, and the Joyce Foundation. The paper reviews the motivations for these state goals as well as the different approaches states are taking. 
Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2019

Japan to tighten rules for enrolling foreign students

Japan’s education ministry and immigration agency said they would tighten rules around the enrollment of foreign students after a university was found to have lost contact with more than 1,600 international students, The Japan Times reported. The government said it would ban certain institutions from enrolling new foreign students in a decision prompted by the case of the Tokyo University of Social Welfare, which was found to have lost contact with 1,610 international students over the past three years. Another 700 canceled their enrollment, and 178 were removed. Many of the students were enrolled in Japanese language preparatory programs.
Inside Higher Ed, June 12, 2019

The entrepreneurial community college

Community colleges are becoming more entrepreneurial in their operational strategies. This entrepreneurism trend is partially in response to declining financial resources from traditional funding sources alongside increasing demands. In the face of many challenges, community colleges have adopted new ways of thinking and acting. Researchers note a number of strategies in their definition of entrepreneurship: strategic alliances, business and industry training, programming, foundations, fund-raising and friend-raising, outsourcing, and legislative lobbying. 
Community College Daily, June 12, 2019

How to survive college when you're paying your own way

... "Economic status is such an invisible identity, and there are no places on campus where we can really find each other, says Schandevel. "So I feel like that was also a huge component of the guide. It brought together people who had experienced this before, and students knew they weren't alone." Through social media, the Michigan Google doc started to make the rounds at other colleges. Students at schools across the country made their own "Not-Rich" guides based on Michigan's version.
NPR, June 12, 2019

Three keys to launching bachelor's programs at a community college

... Bachelor’s programs at community colleges are growing in popularity with good reason. For about 16% of American adults, the only broad-access institution within 25 miles is a single community college. Community colleges welcome higher shares of low-income students and students of color than four-year institutions, groups which are underrepresented among the those with bachelor’s degrees. For the geographic and financial access they already provide, community colleges can—and should—be part of strategy to make bachelor’s degrees more accessible.
Evolllution, June 12, 2019

Success for students with autism

About a decade ago, an influx of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder surprised officials at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Disability Services Office. The students had questions beyond the usual accommodations. They wanted to know how to deal with a snippy roommate or professor, or they just had problems communicating. ... It also now includes a career-readiness component and has been replicated by other institutions. RIT, based on the program, created a guide, “Emerging Practices for Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in Higher Education,” for other institutions on starting such projects. Ackles estimates about 50 such programs now exist at other colleges (though not necessarily always inspired by RIT’s).
Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2019

Why 36 million American adults can’t read enough to work — and how to help them

... The need for adult education isn't just concentrated in Maine, where manufacturing was the backbone of the middle class. Hundreds of adult education centers across the country help with everything from high school completion to resume writing to job training. But an area that's often overlooked is basic reading and math. Thirty-six million adults in the U.S. lack the basic literacy skills that they need. [Video]
PBS News Hour, June 11, 2019

Editorial: ‘Adversity index’ valid in college admissions 

Naysayers responded predictably to news that the College Board, the organization that runs the SAT admissions test, will measure how hard students’ lives have been. They should consider the experience of Seattle’s hometown school, the University of Washington, which tried out the program and now is a booster. Other Washington schools should try it.
The Seattle Times, June 11, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Rewriting the rule book for college accreditors

Betsy DeVos issued a proposal Tuesday to loosen federal standards for college accreditors, arguing that the changes would spur innovation. The education secretary wants to allow colleges to expedite plans to outsource programs and to add new degree offerings or branch campuses without getting an accreditor’s approval. The changes also would make it easier for accreditors who don’t fully meet federal standards to retain their approval. “With these reforms, our nation’s colleges and universities can spend more time and effort on serving students and less time, energy and money focused on bureaucratic compliance,” she said in a written statement.
Inside Higher Ed, June 12, 2019

Senator Murphy asks are you getting what you pay for in Higher Ed?

This spring, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) joined the growing calls for stronger accountability in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The Senator described higher education as an “outcomes crisis,” where too many students don’t graduate and even those who do too often don’t have a degree enabling them to pay the bills. This week, he followed that up a white paper laying out a possible framework for holding higher education accountable for the outcomes of their students and ensuring a return on investment for students and taxpayers.
New America, June 12, 2019

Taking it to the Hill

Community college advocates on Tuesday got a legislative update and pep talk from a handful of House lawmakers before they visited with their congressional representatives in an effort to secure more funding for critical federal programs and to offer ways to improve those programs. The timing was key as the House aims to vote Wednesday on legislation that would include fiscal year 2020 funding for education and job training programs.
Community College Daily, June 11, 2019

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