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June 20, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

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Mother and daughter graduate together from Skagit Valley College

For Lucy and Elizabeth Kesterson, their graduation today from Skagit Valley College will be cause for celebration. It’s a moment the mother and daughter couldn’t have imagined after years of adversity. In early 2015, Allen Kesterson — Lucy’s husband and Elizabeth’s father — was murdered. A year later, Lucy, Elizabeth and Jefferson, Lucy’s 14-year-old son, became homeless. “It’s amazing,” said the 18-year-old Elizabeth. “We get to walk next to each other. When we get that diploma, we’ll get to look back at each other and know we did it together.”
Skagit Valley Herald, June 20, 2019

Orca expert to close out Studium Generale season at college

Richard Osborne, an expert in communication among orcas, will present the final Studium Generale lecture of the academic year at 12:35 p.m. today. The lecture in the Little Theater at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., is free and open to the public. The endangered Southern Resident orca population that frequents the marine waters off of the North Olympic Peninsula has been the focus of a state-wide task force set up by Gov. Jay Inslee to address their eminent threat of extinction.
Peninsula Daily News, June 20, 2019

Grays Harbor College graduation is largest in history

Grays Harbor College will graduate the largest class in the school’s 89 year history this week. The college is set to award a total of 433 diplomas on Friday. In a release, they tell KXRO that the ceremony this week will include graduates at multiple education levels, including two of the College’s new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) programs. Starting in 2017, GHC stated their BAS-Teacher Education program, and 21 students from the inaugural class will be graduating this week. Lisa Smith, Executive Director of the GHC Foundation, says “Seven of those already have local teaching jobs, several others are awaiting results after interviewing in area school districts. “
KXRO, June 20, 2019

Grays Harbor College's top 13 scholars for 2019

Grays Harbor College will present the largest graduating class in school history Friday evening, with a total of 433 diplomas awarded and nearly 200 graduates participating in the official event. This year’s ceremony is at 7 p.m. Friday at Stewart Field. Aberdeen Police Chief Steve Shumate, who graduated from GHC in 1990, will be the commencement speaker.
The Daily World, June 20, 2019

Peninsula College’s 2019 commencement ceremony set for Saturday

Peninsula College hosts the school’s its 57th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 22, when it awards to students 574 degrees and certificates. Commencement exercises are on the south lawn of the main campus in Port Angeles, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., starting at 2 p.m.; a reception immediately follows. Speakers include Board of Trustees Chair Dwayne Johnson and student body vice president David Harvey.
Sequim Gazette, June 20, 2019

‘Pirates of Penzance’ storms Bishop stage

This Saturday and Sunday in Aberdeen, a rollicking band of pirates will take on goofy policemen, a modern major-general and his strong-willed daughters. This weekend only, the Grays Harbor College Opera Workshop is staging an abridged version of “The Pirates of Penzance” at GHC’s Bishop Center for the Arts. It’s a swashbuckling and utterly silly tale of mistaken identities, piratical hijinks and a duty-bound young man (played by local celebrity Ben Fagerstedt). GHC Opera director Ian Dorsch was drawn to this Gilbert and Sullivan classic because of its timeless humor.
The Daily World, June 19, 2019

Clark College graduates at Larch ‘ready to move forward’

... Clark College runs a rigorous tutor training program at Larch Corrections Center, which was recently certified by the College Reading and Learning Association. College officials say it’s the only prison-based program in the world to have the industry-standard recognition. Zavrel asked the audience how many had been helped by a tutor on their path to education. Nearly all raised their hands. Then she asked the tutors themselves to stand to tumultuous applause from the crowd.
The Columbian, June 19, 2019

LWTech board extends contract for Morrison

The board of trustees at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) voted unanimously during its June meeting to extend the rolling contract for LWTech president Dr. Amy Morrison to 2024. The trustees hired Morrison, six years ago. “We had full confidence six years ago that Dr. Morrison would lead the college in a fair, inclusive, thoughtful, and productive way, and she’s done so much more during her time at the college,” said board chair Darrell Mitsunaga, who was a trustee when Morrison was hired, in a press release.
Kirkland Reporter, June 19, 2019

Received diplomas

Four area students met the requirements to earn a high school (HS21+) diploma through Big Bend Community College during the 2018-19 academic year. Among more than one hundred graduates of the HS21 program this spring are local students Michael Day, Tristan Daniels, Mikala Feeley, and Ciara Nault. These four adults entered the program eager to take the next step in their lives and needing to complete between just 1 and 7 credits for their diplomas.
The Star, June 19, 2019

Marissa Schlesinger selected as TCC Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Tacoma Community College is pleased to announce that Marissa R. Schlesinger is the new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Reporting to the TCC President, Schlesinger will begin her new position on Sept. 22, 2019. This leadership position serves as the chief academic officer of the college, providing the vision and leadership for the college’s educational programs in a collaborative and equitable manner. “With Tacoma in the midst of dynamic growth and TCC implementing guided pathways and expanding our Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, I can imagine no better time to join the college and to lead its academic programs into a future of strength and renown,” said Schlesinger from her home in Brooklyn, New York.
The Suburban Times, June 19, 2019

GHC’s new programs see first graduating class

With a total of 433 diplomas set to be awarded at Friday’s graduation ceremony for Grays Harbor College, there are a number of new programs at the college that will see their first graduating class since their creation. ... The new degree offerings were created in response to demands from area employers needing to hire workers with these skills, College President James Minkler said in a press release. “We are so proud to honor all of our graduates in this record-breaking Class of 2019,” Minkler said.
The Daily World, June 19, 2019

Skagit Valley College helps students of all intellectual abilities thrive

You might watch two students walk across the Skagit Valley College campus and not think twice. But students Jessica and Joy have their own unique story to share. "She's definitely an inspiration," Joy said, glancing at Jessica on a warm June day. Joy likes to say she already has a degree from "Life University." Her diploma, of sorts, is daughter Jessica. Joy calls Jessica a "walking, talking miracle." Jessica had two massive brain hemorrhages at birth, which left her with cerebral palsy. Jessica also has Down syndrome.
K5 News, June 18, 2019

Yakima Car Clubs supporting future auto techs

Vintiques Car Club of Yakima is well known for their wealth of colorful, custom vintage automobiles, but the club is just as proud of its work supporting local students. The club recently joined an annual bar-b-que at the Automotive Service Technology bullpen of Yakima Valley College to hand out $2,000 in scholarship money to deserving college students. The big winner was Jessica Villarino, a single mother who is following her dream of becoming an auto service technician and, one day, opening up her own shop where she can hire other women to work on cars. 
KIMA, June 18, 2019

New lighting, roofs among Pacific County Fair improvements

... After writing his first grant in 2018, Monohon took a course at Grays Harbor College, where he honed his skills on where to look and how to apply for state funds. This year, he secured a $210,000 Washington State Local Improvement Project grant that will be used in a roofing project to replace rusty tin roofs on five buildings including the livestock, 4-H, vegetable, floral and workshop warehouse buildings.
Chinook Observer, June 18, 2019 

Craft Brewing Academy grads working in the industry

Chris Barker got his start in brewing years ago with a “Mr. Beer” home brew kit. Now he is opening his own brewery, Terramar, in Edison. Barker graduated from the first class of Skagit Valley College’s Cardinal Craft Brewing Academy and said the program helped turn a passion into a business. Since it began in 2016, the program has graduated 39, and 20 more are set to earn their brewing certificates this week.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 18, 2019

Taylor to speak at LWTech commencement

Robert V. Taylor, chair of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation Board, and internationally renowned speaker and social activist, will deliver the Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) commencement address today at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Taylor was sent to the United States by his mentor, Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in 1980, to avoid imprisonment for his anti-apartheid activity.
Kirkland Reporter, June 15, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Bringing students back through debt forgiveness

While a growing number of community colleges are offering free tuition mainly to recent high school graduates who qualify, an increasing number of colleges are also looking at ways to bring back former students who didn’t complete a credential. One way they are doing this is by erasing their debt with the college if they meet certain requirements.
Community College Daily, June 20, 2019

Larger donations, fewer donors

Higher education institutions are pulling in record dollars in charitable donations even though the number of individual donations are on the decline, indicating large donations are coming in from high-income individuals. According to this year’s Giving USA report, which studied institutions for the 2018 calendar year, overall giving to educational institutions, including K-12 and higher education, declined for the first time after four years of growth by 1.3 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively, adjusted for inflation. However, the report also indicates good news for higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2019

Employers mull offering student loan repayment

Adding to anecdotal evidence about major companies considering student loan repayment benefits for their employees and new hires, a new survey found that a large share of employers (23 percent) are considering offering such plans. The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans released results of the survey this week. It said 4 percent of the 772 responding employers currently offer some form of student loan repayment assistance as benefits. Another 2 percent are in the process of creating such a program.
Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2019

Opinion: Navigating academic and student affairs for pathways success

The national pathways movement represents the new normal for transforming the student experience and improving college graduation rates. Pathways is a comprehensive and systemic redesign of the student experience -- from the student’s initial connection to the college all the way to completion and graduation. Based on our experience with a pathways program at our institution, Tallahassee Community College, we’d like to share five key coordinates that may help other administrators foster an environment receptive to such transformational change.
Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2019

Opinion: Guided pathways reform

Last year, the Center for Community College Student Engagement released a national report, “Show Me the Way: The Power of Advising in Community Colleges.” Since then, we’ve presented and spoken about the report and the topic of advising more than 50 times. Interestingly, audience members at our presentations ask us the same five questions over and over.
Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2019

Few students of defunct for-profit chains have transferred

Just 1 percent of students enrolled at Dream Center-operated institutions at the time of their closure earlier this year have successfully transferred elsewhere, according to data shared with Democratic lawmakers by the Department of Education. The numbers weren't much better at other recently closed for-profit college chains. Only 5.6 percent of students at Education Corporation of America, which shut down in December of last year, have successfully transferred, and 3.1 percent of students enrolled at Vatterot College programs have transferred.
Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2019

King County debates how to spend more than $300 million for education

King County leaders are beginning to narrow their options for how to spend more than $300 million for education over the next 15 years. The money is coming from the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA), which was created in 2015 when the state Legislature gave Sound Transit the go-ahead to pursue its system expansion known as Sound Transit 3. As part of the deal authorizing the transit agency's taxing authority, lawmakers required Sound Transit to pay fees on new construction. Those fees are set aside for education efforts in the counties in Sound Transit's taxing district.
KNKX, June 18, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

House passes spending package with boost to student aid

The House of Representatives passed fiscal year 2020 spending legislation Wednesday that boosts the size of the Pell Grant and directs billions in new funding to scientific research. The $982.8 billion "minibus" spending bill would increase the maximum Pell Grant by $150 to $6,345 and would allocate $1 billion for the federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant. The legislation would also add another $304 million in new funding for Federal Work-Study for a total of $1.4 billion in FY 2020.
Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2019

How 2020 presidential candidates would address ‘albatross’ of student debt

Student debt affects millions of Americans and is an issue shaping the 2020 presidential race. On average, students leave college owing $29,600; for black students, the number is $34,000. Lisa Desjardins reports on candidate proposals to address the problem and talks to NPR education correspondent Anya Kamenetz about how they might work to reduce student debt and make college more affordable.
PBS News Hour, June 19, 2019

House panel examines dual credit, CBE

The House Education and Labor Committee on Wednesday heard from education advocates on how dual-enrollment programs and competency-based education (CBE) can reduce college costs for students, among other benefits. But to run effectively, such programs require improved student support services and strong community partnerships, they added.
Community College Daily, June 19, 2019

States wade into Title IX debate

Last fall, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released a proposed Title IX rule that many observers said would lead to fewer reports of sexual misconduct on college campuses. The state Legislature in Texas, however, has taken a starkly different approach. In the legislative session that wrapped up last month, lawmakers passed a flurry of bills that will put new pressure on colleges to address campus-based sexual harassment and assault.
Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2019

Bills target academic espionage

Two bills introduced within the last month seek to address foreign espionage targeting academic research as Congress continues to pay more attention to this issue and collaborations involving China and Chinese nationals in particular have come under increased scrutiny. The Protect Our Universities Act, introduced Tuesday by Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, would require students from China, Iran and Russia to undergo background screening before participating in designated “sensitive research projects.” An interagency task force led by the Department of Homeland Security would be charged with maintaining a list of sensitive research projects funded by the member government agencies.
Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2019

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