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June 18, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Clark student trains to become culinary instructor for the blind

Three years ago, Debra Erickson walked into the offices of the Oregon Commission for the Blind. A degenerative disease had left her vision nearly completely gone. She’d been hesitant to use a cane in the past, and she couldn’t read Braille. Erickson, now 57, needed help. “I didn’t know what I was getting into,” she said. She underwent job and life skills training, preparing her to navigate life without her vision. But it was a cooking class that sparked something in her. On Thursday, she’ll graduate from Clark College with a certificate in cuisine fundamentals, with dreams of becoming a culinary instructor for blind adults. She joins 850 students slated to receive 2,500 associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, certificates or high school diplomas at the college’s graduation ceremony.
The Columbian, June 18, 2019

New scholarship aims to help students pursue two-year degrees

In about two years, Burlington-Edison High School senior Lucy Raqueño hopes to be working as a dental technician, earning a living and becoming the first of her family to earn a degree in higher education. “My whole family has been working in the fields for many years,” said Lucy’s twin sister Carmen, who also wants to pursue a career in dentistry. ... With the two-year scholarship, students receive financial help of up to $1,500 per quarter for things such as tuition, books and living expenses while they pursue careers in fields from welding to medical assisting to information technology. Such programs are offered locally at Skagit Valley College and Bellingham Technical College.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 17, 2019

Light of passage

Walla Walla Community College nursing school graduates Ashley Questad and Alanna Reesman stand during the candle lighting at Saturday’s annual Pinning Ceremony. The event took place after the school’s regular graduation ceremony and originates with the story of Florence Nightingale, known as the founder of modern nursing. [Photo]
Union-Bulletin, June 17, 2019

Big Bend celebrates class of 2019

Family, friends, faculty and students gathered at Lions Field on Friday to celebrate Big Bend Community College’s 2019 graduation ceremony. Smiles and cheers were abundant as 493 graduates, ranging from 17 to 60 years old, were awarded over 500 degrees. The 2019 graduating class hailed from all across the state, country, and globe. Graduates came from 78 cities in Washington, 10 states across the country, and even Canada and South Korea. State Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy, addressed the graduates at the ceremony.
Columbia Basin Herald, June 16, 2019

Big Bend CC transitional program graduates 104

Big Bend Community College’s transitional studies program awarded diplomas to 104 students in an emotional graduation ceremony last week. The program allows people to earn GED or high school equivalency diplomas. “The ceremony is typically one of the most positive and emotional events held on campus each year,” wrote BBCC Director of Communications Matt Killebrew. Students get the full graduation experience and BBCC authorities loan graduates caps and gowns. Members of the class of 2019 ranged in age from 18 to 79. More than 700 students have earned diplomas through the program between 2014 and 2019, Killebrew said.
Columbia Basin Herald, June 16, 2019

Editorial: In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Knight lauded; algae unwelcome

Cheers: To Bob Knight. After 15 years at Clark College and 13 as its president, Knight is retiring this summer. He has overseen a period of strong growth for the college, including new facilities and the creation of three bachelor’s degree programs. Now the college is preparing to launch a Boschma Farms satellite campus in Ridgefield. Community colleges play an important role in preparing the workforce of the future, whether for students who are seeking an associate’s degree or those who then move on to a four-year school. Most important, two-year schools are well-suited for adjusting to the educational needs of the community and for providing job retraining during difficult economic times.
The Columbian, June 15, 2019

South Seattle College celebrates 2019 graduating class

... “It was an amazing evening at T-Mobile Park as we celebrated over 900 South Seattle College graduates for the talent and drive they exhibited in earning a credential and creating vast opportunities for their future,” South Seattle College President Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap said. “I want to thank our faculty and staff for supporting our graduates since their first days on campus. To our new South alumni: take great pride in this milestone. You own it, you deserve it, and I ask that you turn this moment into self -confidence and belief that the next chapter is yours to write.”
Westside Seattle, June 15, 2019

Graduation is an especially meaningful milestone for this survivor of Somalia's civil war

It's graduation season, and it's an accomplishment for everyone who reaches that milestone. For one mother of three who came here as a refugee from Somalia as a teenager, that degree will help fulfill a promise she made to herself long ago. ... Now she's graduating from Seattle Central College with a bachelor of applied science in allied health focusing on respiratory care. She said she hopes her three sons see the example she has set and realize they can do it, too.
KNKX, June 14, 2019

Wenatchee Valley College celebrates RN grads with special pinning ceremony

Hundreds of people gathered inside the Wenatchee High School auditorium on Friday afternoon where 53 Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) students were recognized for their graduation from the institution’s associate degree program for registered nursing (RN). “The associate degree program is three years,” explained WVC Nursing Program Administrator, Dr. Kristen Hosey. “It’s one year of prerequisites and two years of nursing.”
iFiber One, June 14, 2019

Combating cyber crimes and attacks

Cyber crimes have become ever more sophisticated in recent years, making some companies long for the days of denial of service attacks, but a new bachelor’s degree program at Clark College aims to help the region’s businesses fight back. In fall of 2020 the college will launch its first Cybersecurity degree program, the longtime brainchild of Network Technology Department head Dwight Hughes. Through the program, students will learn how to monitor networks for suspicious activity and how to cut them off from getting inside sensitive computer systems. 
Vancouver Business Journal, June 14, 2019

Year-end celebration recognizes staff and faculty excellence

Clover Park Technical College’s Guided Pathways team hosted an end-of-year celebration event Tuesday afternoon to recognize the achievements of the 2018-19 academic year and honor staff and faculty award winners. An ice cream sundae bar welcomed attendees to the McGavick Conference Center, where the Guided Pathway leadership team announced an assortment of awards. Associated Student Government student leader Quan Tran spoke about his positive experience as an international student at CPTC, and 10 staff and faculty members were announced as recipients MVP recognition and Amazon gift cards.
The Suburban Times, June 14, 2019

Upgrades mean safer shelter, better bus access for Olympic College riders

A new bus stop on Kitsap Transit's Route 217 means more comfort and easier access to Olympic College's campus. Kitsap Transit unveiled the new bus stop and shelter on Wednesday. Riders now wait for their bus beneath a shelter that takes inspiration from the college's esteemed "The Progress of Man" mosaic mural. The project, which was in partnership with OC and the city of Bremerton, moved the sidewalk and relocated utilities to accommodate buses turning onto campus, permitting the convenient new stop in close proximity to the campus center.
Kitsap Sun, Jun 14, 2019

Former Whatcom Community College Trustee wins state leadership award

Former Whatcom Community College Trustee Tim Douglas has received the Trustee Leadership Award from the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT). He was honored at the association’s spring meeting in Walla Walla last month. Each year, ACT recognizes an individual trustee who has made a significant contribution to promote Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges. Douglas served on WCC’s Board of Trustees from 2008-2018, and was board chair during the 2017-18 academic year.
Whatcom Talk, June 14, 2019

Firefighters train to respond to wildfires

... During Thursday’s training, a German exchange student with Skagit Valley College and interning with Natural Resources got a taste of what it’s like to join a hand crew. “I’m really, really lucky to come to these fires ... we don’t have this in our country,” 23-year-old Maximilian Mäder said while wearing yellow fire resistant gear and carrying a shovel. “In Germany we don’t have wildfires — yet.”
Skagit Valley Herald, June 14, 2019

Weekend events celebrate Walla Walla wine

... If the language around wine is a bit confusing, think of cabernet sauvignon, instead, as a character in Game of Thrones. That’s what Walla Walla Community College enology instructor Sabrina Lueck did during Thursday afternoon’s kickoff to Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine — The World of Cabernet Sauvignon. In this case, cabernet sauvignon — Walla Walla’s most-grown varietal with 36.4 percent of its 2,932 acres as of the last vineyard study released last year — is Jon Snow.
Union-Bulletin, June 16, 2019

Empathy, compassion a focus in college presentation

Peninsula College interim dean of arts and sciences and former English professor Janet Lucas will explore compassion and empathy, focusing on the controversial and complex ways they affect the classroom and the media, in her multimedia Studium West lecture, “The Art and Science of Empathy,” at 6:30 tonight. ... “Empathy is often assumed to be an unquestioned ‘good’ to strive for in college classrooms, with multicultural literary readings and service learning seen as sure-fire ways to inspire students from the dominant culture to understand the Other,” said Lucas, a scholar, poet, and essayist who has taught in Guilin, China.
Peninsula Daily News, June 14, 2019

Clark College, community bid fond farewell to Bob Knight

Clark College saw President Bob Knight off in style Thursday with an ode to the longtime leader’s tenure at the Vancouver campus. Knight, 62, will retire this summer after 15 years at the community college, 13 as its president. The Board of Trustees is slated to hire an interim replacement for the 2019-2020 school year at its June 25 meeting. Knight told The Columbian that he has “mixed emotions” about his departure but that he’s looking forward to traveling with his wife, Paula Knight, and spending more time with his grandchildren.
The Columbian, June 13, 2019

Mission Creek Corrections Center holds graduation for women working for a second chance

Some incarcerated women in Mason County are celebrating some big accomplishments after holding a graduation ceremony at the Mission Creek Corrections Center. The women have earned GED's and various certificates after completing academic coursework through Tacoma Community College. Some students like Erin Hart say it's only the start to a better future. "I'm super excited. This is a milestone in my life, and I can't wait to get out and continue my education and get my associates in business and hopefully accounting as well,” she said. [Video]
Q13 Fox, June 13, 2019

LWTech to graduate students earning high school diplomas and associate degrees

Alisa Bright is this year’s Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) high school’s valedictorian. Bright is one of many students who will graduate with their high school diplomas and associate’s degrees. ... Through LWTech’s high school program and AA program, Bright was able to finish her high school requirements and earn a college degree. “This [school] has helped me figure out what kind of design I want to do,” she said. “I thought I would go into more of the tech design but I’m going toward print graphic design.”
Kirkland Reporter, June 13, 2019

LCC commencement date has been set

... This year’s Commencement speaker is Dr. Tonya Drake. Dr. Drake has been the chancellor of WGU Washington since 2018. Approximately 415 Lower Columbia College students are expected to participate in the ceremony, which is a celebration of degree and certificate student completers in addition to those earning their high school diplomas. Over 100 faculty and staff, in addition to college administration, will also be in attendance. Approximately 2,000 guests are also expected.
The Wahkiakum County Eagle, June 13, 2019

Imprisoned graduates celebrate accomplishments and earn degrees at Mission Creek

Donned in the same shiny blue graduation hat and gown and white sneakers as 30 of her fellow inmates, Christina Flesner accepted her certificate in entrepreneurship from Tacoma Community College during a graduation ceremony at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women in Belfair on Wednesday. Flesner, who didn't graduate from high school, talked about her journey to receiving the certification. English class was her favorite, and she was able to work as a teacher’s assistant for it. She said her professor’s passion helped her succeed. “There’s no words I can put it into,” Flesner said about the achievement celebrated on Wednesday. “This is the biggest accomplishment of my life.”
Kitsap Sun, June 13, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Treasury Department recommends ‘mandatory’ financial-literacy courses for college students

Colleges should provide lessons in mandatory financial literacy courses and financial-aid letters that itemize attendance costs, according to a new report from a federal government commission. The Financial Literacy and Education Commission — a group including the Treasury Department and the Department of Education — said such best practices are especially important now that Americans have become bogged down in $1.5 trillion in student-loan debt.
MarketWatch, June 18, 2019

Can a health-insurance model bring 'equitable access' to the textbook market?

Textbook news is everywhere these days. Last month Cengage and McGraw-Hill said they would merge and Wiley bought Knewton. And last week the State University of New York announced a major expansion of its relationship with Lumen Learning, a company that promotes the use of open educational resources. All of those developments have the potential to upend how much — and how — college students pay for books in the future. But why wait? An experiment now underway at the University of California at Davis aims to lower costs for students and to guarantee them access to all assigned course materials while assuring publishers of a continuous market for their products.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 18, 2019

Global connections: An international model for apprentice support services

Many believe that apprenticeships can be a solution to our nation’s workforce and education challenges — from eliminating the student debt crisis and increasing student completion rates, to closing the skills gap and resolving racial and economic disparities. Accordingly, the federal government has made expanding American apprenticeships a priority and sought the advice and collaboration of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in the development and implementation of key initiatives, including AACC’s participation on the President’s Taskforce on the Expansion of Apprenticeships. 
Community College Daily, June 18, 2019

The public's support for (and doubts about) Higher Ed

Nuance is a good thing, and it tends to help improve our understanding of complex issues and public policy questions. Unfortunately, our political discourse and, increasingly, news media coverage seem less and less inclined to traffic in it. Take some of the key issues in postsecondary education right now. Most political speeches or media coverage would leave you with the impression that Americans believe college degrees aren't worth the money, that Democrats overwhelmingly support free college as the answer to the college affordability problem, and that Republicans don't care about holding colleges and universities (especially for-profit ones) accountable.
Inside Higher Ed, June 17, 2019

Foreign students face delays in work authorizations

Many international students are finding themselves unable to start their summer jobs or internships due to delays in processing their applications for work authorization under the optional practical training, or OPT, program, which allows international students to temporarily work in the U.S. after graduation, The New York Times reported. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is projecting a waiting time of up to five months, a significant increase from the maximum 90-day wait period in past years (for context, students can apply for OPT no earlier than 90 days before they are scheduled to start a job or complete a degree).
Inside Higher Ed, June 17, 2019

Lender to forgive $168 million in loans of former ITT students

Student CU Connect CUSO, LLC, a company created by credit unions to hold and manage private loans for students at the collapsed ITT Technical Institute, will forgive an estimated $168 million of that loan debt as part of a settlement with the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and attorneys general for 44 states and the District of Columbia. The for-profit ITT Tech chain went bankrupt and shut down in 2016 after a series of federal sanctions. At the time it enrolled roughly 43,000 students at 130 campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, June 17, 2019

All 7 of Oregon’s public universities will raise tuition

All seven of Oregon’s public universities will raise tuition for the 2019-2020 school year, with officials citing increased costs and less money than expected from legislators. The hikes range from 2.33% at Western Oregon University in Monmouth to 9.9% at Ashland’s Southern Oregon University. ... Thirty years ago, the state paid for two-thirds of its universities’ operating budgets, with tuition covering the remaining third. That ratio has now flipped completely.
The Seattle Times, June 17, 2019

Paying for college: What to know before you go

Don't let college anxiety rush you into a financial mistake that could haunt you for years. This Life Kit episode lays out the do's and don'ts of paying for college so that you don't have to mortgage your future before you get there. Here's what to remember: Consider the money-saving power of living at home and attending community college for two years before transferring to a more expensive, four-year college. But be proactive, making sure that every credit counts. Many community college students say they have transfer plans, but few do it successfully.
NPR, June 14, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Top Higher Ed debate in 2019? Big solutions for borrowers

As the for-profit Corinthian Colleges chain began to collapse in 2015, tens of thousands of borrowers were left with student loans they had no prospect of repaying. Debt activists turned to a novel solution -- they said they wouldn't repay the loans and argued the federal government should clear the student debt. That campaign resulted in debt relief for thousands of former for-profit students until the loan forgiveness process became the subject of a regulatory rollbacks under the Trump administration. When it began, debt forgiveness was considered an extraordinary solution to a unique problem related to the for-profit sector.
Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2019

2020 race brings free college back to the national stage

After receding from the national stage, the free college movement is resurfacing as a central rallying point for Democrats as they set their sights on the White House. At least 18 of the party’s 23 presidential contenders have come out in support of some version of free college. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts promises free tuition at public colleges and universities. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota says it should be limited to two years of community college. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York wants to provide free tuition in exchange for public service.
PBS News Hour, June 16, 2019

Former FSA chief heads to D.C. lobbying firm

James Manning, a former acting secretary of education and top executive at the Office of Federal Student Aid, will head to the lobbying and advocacy firm Penn Hill Group, the firm announced Thursday. Manning was an early appointee of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who named him to the acting under secretary post in April 2017. He previously served in the Education Department during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. Former officials saw Manning as a steady hand at a time when the Trump administration was struggling to add experienced staffers at the agency.
Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2019

Mary Alice McCarthy discusses post-secondary education

Anne-Marie Slaughter talks to Mary Alice McCarthy, the director of New America’s Center for Education and Skills about the future of apprenticeships. As McCarthy points out, there’s a strong need in the country to integrate post-secondary education and the skills needs in the marketplace, a problem that is typically best solved locally. [Video]
Arizona PBS, June 14, 2019

Warren to introduce student debt cancellation bill

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said Thursday that she planned to introduce legislation to cancel student debt that mirrors a presidential campaign proposal she released in April. House Majority Whip James Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat, will carry the bill in the House. Under the plan, student loan borrowers with incomes of less than $100,000 could receive up to $50,000 in loan cancellation. Those with higher incomes would have debts discharged on a sliding scale.
Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2019

Trump administration reviewing foreign funding at U.S. colleges

The U.S. Education Department has opened investigations into foreign funding at Georgetown University and Texas A&M University as part of a broader push to monitor international money flowing to American colleges. Both universities are being ordered to disclose years of financial records amid concerns they have not fully reported their foreign gifts and contracts to the federal government, according to letters sent to the schools Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press. The inquiries are part of a broader campaign to scrutinize foreign funding going to universities and to improve reporting by schools, according to a Trump administration official familiar with the effort.
PBS News Hour, June 13, 2019

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