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News Links | June 25, 2019

June 25, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

LCC graduates more than 400 'amazing and inspiring' students, everyday heroes

Though they look like regular people, the 2019 Lower Columbia College graduates are each superheroes in their own right, said LCC Student Body Chief Justice Sydney Pearson.
It’s their everyday qualities of kindness and work ethic that make it so, she said in her address to nearly 415 graduates at LCC’s commencement ceremony Friday night.
The Daily News, June 24, 2019

Tacoma professors honored as champions of sustainability

On Feb. 26, two Tacoma-based professors were honored as Champions of Sustainability at the 2019 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference. Ellen Moore, a senior lecturer at the University of Washington Tacoma, and Katrina Taylor, a political science professor at Tacoma Community College, were recognized for their innovative approach to reducing waste in the built environment.
South Sound Magazine, June 24, 2019

Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day

Four female students from South Puget Sound Community College’s Craft Brewing and Distilling Company participated in the Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day on March 7. The event, which aligned with International Women’s Day, brought together female industry professionals and allies from Tumwater, Olympia, and Seattle to elevate women in brewing.
South Sound Magazine, June 24, 2019

Grays Harbor College honors record number of graduates at 89th commencement ceremony

Nearly 200 Grays Harbor College students were at Stewart Field in Aberdeen Friday to accept their diplomas at the school’s 89th commencement ceremony, part of the largest graduating class in the school’s history. In all, 433 diplomas were awarded to this year’s class. College President Dr. James Minkler introduced Aberdeen Police Chief Steve Shumate, a 1990 Grays Harbor College graduate, who delivered this year’s address to the graduates.
The Daily World, June 23, 2019

6 students awarded degrees and certificates at SVC San Juan Center

Six local graduates received specific college degrees and certificates at the June 19th San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College commencement held Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor. ... The President of Skagit Valley College, Dr. Thomas Keegan, officiated the event with Skagit Valley College Board of Trustee members also in attendance. April Esposito spoke on behalf of her graduating class and Victoria Compton, Executive Director of the San Juan Islands EDC, was the community speaker. 
San Juan Islander, June 23, 2019

Photo Gallery: Peninsula College awards degrees, certificates

Peninsula College graduates file into the outdoor ceremony site on Saturday afternoon in front of a standing-room-only crowd of family and friends on the Port Angeles campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. The 57th commencement ceremony awarded degrees and certificates to 574 students. Speakers include Dwayne Johnson, board of trustees chairman, and David Harvey, student body vice president.
Peninsula Daily News, June 23, 2019

Bulletin Board: News from Tacoma and beyond

... Tacoma Community College has selected Marissa R. Schlesinger as the new provost and vice president of academic affairs. Reporting to the TCC president, Schlesinger will begin her new position on Sept. 22. 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.
Tacoma Weekly, June 21, 2019

Community college classes are going to cost a little more

Students will pay a little more this fall for classes at community colleges in Everett and Edmonds. Tuition is set to rise 2.4 percent, which will cost full-time students at those campuses another $100 or so for the 2019-20 school year. The increase was set by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. It is tied to inflation and changes in the median family wage and will apply throughout the system of 34 public higher education institutions. In recent days, trustees of Everett and Edmonds community colleges approved new budgets containing the hike and using the money to sustain existing offerings.
Everett Herald, June 21, 2019

Notable grads of 2019

... Thuong (Valerie) Cung, 20, addressed her peers at the Edmonds Community College (ECC)’s commencement last month, one of only two student speakers to do so. An international student from Vietnam, Cung graduated with an Associate in Science degree, with honors. Cung’s college journey began on an airplane three years ago– – her first plane trip. Her parents had saved enough money to take her family from the countryside of Vietnam back to her father’s hometown for a visit.
Northwest Asian Weekly, June 21, 2019

American Sign Language class offered this summer at Centralia College

Centralia College will offer an introduction to American Sign Language this summer, the college announced this week. ASL 121 will be an introduction to American Sign Language, which “is a complete natural language that has similar linguistic properties as spoken languages; however, its grammatical rules differ from English,” said adjunct ASL instructor Maggie DePuye-Phillips. “ASL is a visual-gestural language expressed by movements of the hands and face.”
The Daily Chronicle, June 21, 2019

11 people to receive associate degrees at the Washington Corrections Center for Women

Graduation ceremonies have been taking place all over the region, and this Saturday, 11 people incarcerated at the Washington Corrections Center for Women will receive Associate of Arts degrees. This is the fourth graduation for the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound, a nonprofit organization that makes it possible for people at the prison to earn an associate degree accredited through Tacoma Community College.
KNKX, June 21, 2019

Clark College graduates urged to work hard, live their values

Be strong, the speakers at Clark College’s commencement ceremony urged the record number of graduates. Be persistent, they told the crowd. Work hard. Live your values. The Sunlight Supply Amphitheater was a sea of blue caps and gowns Thursday as 850 graduates participated in spring graduation. The vast majority walked away with associate degrees, but others earned bachelor’s degrees, high school diplomas and academic certificates. “Keep going,” Jane Jacobsen, president of the college’s board of trustees, told the gathered graduates. “This world needs you.”
The Columbian, June 20, 2019

Edmonds CC alumna to serve as executive director of human resources

Edmonds Community College has hired Mojgan (Mushka) Rohani to serve as the college’s Executive Director of Human Resources. Her first day was June 3. “I’m happy to have Mushka join the college,” said President Dr. Amit B. Singh. “She has an impressive resume, and her extensive knowledge and experience in HR will enhance our efforts in continuing to be one of Snohomish County’s leading institutions of higher education.”
MLT News, June 20, 2019

Bellevue College faculty get educated on salmon

Bellevue College made a determination to delve deeper into topics surrounding salmon – sourcing, sustainability, and production – with its RISE Learning Institute retreat, which offered faculty the chance to better understand salmon. The retreat took place last weekend, June 15 and 16, and included trips to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Zackuse Creek to learn from the Snoqualmie Tribe, the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Pike Place Fish Market, and Etta’s Restaurant. 
425 Business, June 20, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Waiting for work authorization

Colleges are seeing increases in processing times for international students applying for work authorization through the Optional Practical Training, or OPT, program, leaving some students with job or internship offers unable to take up their positions on time. OPT allows international students to stay and work in the U.S. for up to a year after graduating in a job related to their field of study (students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields can get an extension for a total of three years of OPT). 
Inside Higher Ed, June 25, 2019

Financial emergencies can be catastrophic for low-income students. A start-up wants to help.

It says a lot about the state of American higher education — and perhaps the ed-tech scene, too — when a start-up decides that its business will be to help needy students find emergency aid and to guide colleges in providing that assistance in a fairer and more efficient way. I’m still getting my head around exactly what it says. Meanwhile, the story of how that company, Edquity, has been shifting course continues to interest me. Ditto its founder, David Helene, whom I first met just over a year ago, when he took part in our “Shark Tank: Edu Edition” at South by Southwest EDU and was pitching the Edquity app as a college-planning and money-management tool for students.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 25, 2019

For these young, nontraditional college students, adulting is a requirement

They are early risers and hard workers. They have a "talent for struggling through" and the determination that follows. Some are the first in their family to go to college — or even graduate from high school — and many are financially independent from their parents. They're often struggling to pay for rent, groceries and transportation while taking classes. And that means working while in school — in retail, on campus or even with a lawn care business. Meet the "nontraditional" college students of today. Though they are among the estimated 12.3 million students who are under 25 years old, their lives look very different from the "typical" student we see in movies and TV.
NPR, June 25, 2019

Lawmakers considering ways to curb secrecy in sexual-misconduct cases at Washington universities

Washington lawmakers are considering new state laws that would shine more light on public universities’ findings of sexual misconduct. Following stories recently published by The Seattle Times, lawmakers say they’re focusing on stopping employees from being able to quietly move between colleges after findings of such misconduct and ending the use of nondisclosure agreements with students at public universities. In doing so, Washington would join a growing number of states creating laws broader than federal obligations to address sexual misconduct.
The Seattle Times, June 24, 2019

DOL’s proposed IRAP structure

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Monday released its proposal for a new apprenticeship structure that would run in tandem with its registered apprenticeship program. ... The department also announced new grant awards totaling nearly $184 million to develop and expand apprenticeships for educational institutions (including community colleges) partnering with companies that provide matching funds. DOL added that it is making available another $100 million to further expand apprenticeships.
Community College Daily, June 24, 2019

Librarians move to take Dewey name off medal

The Council of the American Library Association voted Sunday to remove the name of Melvil Dewey, one of the founders of the association and inventor of the book classification system named for him, from the association's medal. A resolution passed by the Council said that "whereas Melvil Dewey did not permit Jewish people, African Americans, or other minorities admittance to the resort owned by Dewey and his wife" and "whereas Dewey made numerous inappropriate physical advances toward women he worked with and wielded professional power over," his name should not remain on the medal.
Inside Higher Ed, June 24, 2019

Gender parity in college-educated work force

This year will likely be the first in which women make up a majority of the college-educated work force, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of the first quarter of 2019, Pew found, there are 29.5 million women in the work force with at least a bachelor's degree. That compares to 29.3 million men. As recently as 2000, the numbers were 20.1 million men and 16.5 million women.
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Sanders, liberals, out with bill to cancel student debt

Days before the first Democratic presidential debates, Sen. Bernie Sanders and House progressives rolled out legislation to cancel all student debt, going farther than a signature proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren as the two jockey for support from the party’s liberal base. By canceling all student loans, Sanders says the proposal would address an economic burden for 45 million Americans. The key difference is that Warren’s plan considers the income of the borrowers, canceling $50,000 in debt for those earning less than $100,000 per year and affecting an estimated 42 million people in the U.S.
The Seattle Times, June 24, 2019

What sets Bernie Sanders's student-debt plan apart

Democratic presidential hopefuls are full of ideas about what to do with the nation’s $1.6 trillion of student debt. Today, Senator Bernie Sanders announced the most expansive proposal of those the candidates have suggested thus far. Sanders, along with Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Pramila Jayapal of Washington, introduced new legislation to cancel all student debt—yes, all student debt—and make public colleges debt-free.
The Atlantic, June 24, 2019

Democratic hopefuls back Pell Grants in prisons

In response to a town hall question this spring, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders touched off a new debate among Democrats by arguing that people in prison should have the right to vote. None of Sanders’s rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have followed him in going as far as endorsing voting rights for people behind bars, which is allowed in only two states. But while voting rights may be a step too far for many candidates, there's little controversy among most of the Democratic primary field that people behind bars should have access to federal aid for postsecondary education. 
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2019

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