News Links | June 25, 2019
System News | Opinion
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
... 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
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
Everett Herald, June 21, 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
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
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
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
The Columbian, June 20, 2019
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 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
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
Inside Higher Ed, June 25, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
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
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
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
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2019