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June 27, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

State community college trustees meet in Moses Lake

Jay Reich said he’s learned a lot about the education and training opportunities available at the state’s community colleges during his tenure as a trustee on the Board of Community and Technical Colleges. Trustees are in Moses Lake, hosted by Big Bend Community College, for the board’s June meeting. “We travel around the state,” rotating among the state’s 34 community and technical colleges, said communications director Laura McDowell. Reich said he’s found a lot of interesting programs in the board’s travels. “They (community colleges) all have different flavors,” from classes in tractor repair to making wine, aviation, brewing beer and maintaining wind turbines.
Columbia Basin Herald, June 26, 2019

Centralia College debuts commercial truck driving course

Starting July 8, Centralia College will be offering a commercial truck driving course, a standalone certification class that includes “hands-on skill development and instruction that aligns with the Department of Transportation,” according to the college. The course will teach students to maneuver a commercial vehicle in different traffic conditions, operate a tractor-trailer and navigate around obstacles.
The Daily Chronicle, June 26, 2019

Verbatim: Tawni Borden Andrews

Tawni (Borden) Andrews stands with her mom Tawana after graduating from South Puget Sound Community College on June 15. Andrews was the Class of 2019 speaker and plans to pursue a career as a chef. ... Everyone at SPSCC added to my journey; added to my recipe. As you sit here today, think about the people that added to your recipe for success. And keep adding to your recipe! Try something new, you never know, that could be the key to make something bland SING!
Sequim Gazette, June 26, 2019

Tim Douglas receives state community college honor

Former Whatcom Community College trustee Tim Douglas has received the Trustee Leadership Award from the Washington State Association of College Trustees. He was honored at the association’s spring meeting in Walla Walla last month. ...  “During his 10 years of service, he dedicated time, resources and enthusiasm to advancing both the individual mission of Whatcom Community College as well as the entire community and technical college system.”
Lynden Tribune, June 26, 2019

Zerba Cellars 2016 Wild Z wins Walla Walla wine competition

... A total of 30 wineries combined to enter 105 wines in the competition that also serves as a fundraiser for the viticulture and enology program at Walla Walla Community College. The on-campus judging is a collaborative effort between Great Northwest Wine and the school, leading to an annual scholarship for a College Cellars student. Great Northwest Wine’s career contributions to the Walla Walla Community College Foundation surpass $11,000 with this year’s competition.
Great Northwest Wine, June 25, 2019

Clark College board picks interim president

... The Clark College Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Sandra Fowler-Hill, a retired Portland Community College president, as the community college’s interim president for the next year. The board also voted at a Tuesday meeting to move President Bob Knight’s retirement up by more than a month, setting his last day at the college on July 15 so the new interim president can step in. Knight will leave the college after 15 years, 13 as its president. ... Prior to her time at PCC Rock Creek, Fowler-Hill was the executive vice president of instruction and student services at Everett Community College, and also spent 19 years at Olympic College in Bremerton.
The Columbian, June 25, 2019

Microsoft donates $400k to Big Bend Community College Workforce Education Center

The Workforce Education Center at Big Bend Community College just received a large donation thanks in part to Microsoft. According to BBCC, Grant PUD will make a $470,000 contribution to the Columbia Basin Foundation, with Microsoft asking that $400,000 goes towards strengthening BBCC's new Workforce Education Center which is currently under construction. "The new, state-of-the-art facility will be home to the college’s Workforce Education programs," BBCC stated in a press release.
iFiber One, June 25, 2019

Saint Martin's University announces recipients of Trustee Scholarships

Saint Martin’s University has named Jamie Johnson, Marcus Rice and Sarah Sorensen as recipients of Trustee Scholarships, among the most significant honors given by the University. ... Johnson, from Parkland, is a mechanical engineering major from Tacoma Community College. ... Rice, from Spokane, is an environmental studies major from Spokane Falls Community College, where he earned his associate of arts degree with a 3.6 GPA. ... Sorensen, from Olympia, is a social work major from South Puget Sound Community College.
Thurston Talk, June 25, 2019

Kaiser Permanente, Seattle Colleges offer scholarships for Medical Assistant students

Kaiser Permanente has teamed up with Seattle Colleges to create the Career Launch Scholarship program to train Medical Assistants, the frontline care providers who welcome patients into medical offices by taking and charting vitals and helping physicians provide great care. ... The new Medical Assistant students are entering Seattle Central College this fall with the backing of fully paid tuition and expenses, professional development workshops, and college navigation.
The Skanner, June 24, 2019

Edmonds CC President Amit Singh to speak at June 27 Edmonds Chamber luncheon

Edmonds Community College President Dr. Amit Singh will be the guest speaker at the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce luncheon this Thursday, June 27 at Edmonds CC’s  Gateway Hall, Room 352, 6600 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood. Singh joined Edmonds CC in June 2018 as the school’s fifth president, replacing Jean Hernandez, who retired. Singh holds four graduate degrees — a doctorate in economics, a master’s in finance, a master’s of business administration, and a master’s in economics.
MLT News, June 24, 2019

Graduates honored at Grays Harbor College commencement ceremony

The Grays Harbor College Class of 2019 and the outstanding student and faculty award recipients were honored during the college’s 89th commencement ceremony at Stewart Field in Aberdeen on Friday evening. As part of GHC’s largest graduating class, close to 200 students received diplomas. The college awarded 433 diplomas in all.
The Daily World, June 24, 2019

Community members recognized for helping prevent youth substance abuse

Prevention coalitions from around Southwest Washington gathered together at Marshall Center Community Park with elected officials and community members to honor volunteers and partners. ... Alaina Green, coordinator of West Van for Youth Coalition, recognized Clark College Addiction Counseling Education students (A.C.E.s) club for many years of partnership.
The Reflector, June 24, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Free tuition -- After a drug test

Starting in July, students in West Virginia seeking to take advantage of the state's new tuition-free community college program will have to submit to a blanket drug test. The policy makes West Virginia's free-tuition legislation unique nationwide. In March, the state Legislature passed West Virginia Invests -- legislation allowing students in the state to attend public colleges with qualifying certificate and associate degrees tuition-free. However, among the eligibility requirements to receive this benefit is passing a drug test, including for marijuana use, before the beginning of the semester.
Inside Higher Ed, June 27, 2019

Mandatory financial literacy courses?

A new report from the federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission says that students lack financial literacy. The fix? Institutions must educate their students in this area -- including via mandatory personal finance courses, the report says. Integrating financial literacy into core curricula, communicating with students about financial topics throughout their studies and using trained peer educators also are recommended.
Inside Higher Ed, June 27, 2019

Reference checks ahead

Last year, the University of Wisconsin System very publicly launched a new policy against "passing the harasser" on to unwitting institutions: It said it would disclose substantiated misconduct findings when contacted for employee reference checks. The system also put checks in place to guard against being passed someone else's harassers. ... K-12 school districts already are "well aware" of this problem, Kass said. But colleges and universities are another story -- even though examples abound of professors disciplined for misconduct moving on to new campuses to harass more students or colleagues.
Inside Higher Ed, June 27, 2019

Race, geography and degree attainment

A new analysis of U.S. Census data at the county level shows that rural areas tend to have low college-degree attainment levels, and that urban and suburban areas often feature wide gaps across racial lines. The report from the Center for American Progress was inspired in part by maps of the 2016 presidential election and by studies on "education deserts," or commuting zones that lack more than one broad-access postsecondary education option, said Colleen Campbell, director for postsecondary education at the center.
Inside Higher Ed, June 27, 2019

White supremacy activity spreads on campuses

Despite college administrators' attempts to stamp out white supremacist activities on campuses, these often-anonymous outsiders are distributing their literature with greater frequency, according to a new Anti-Defamation League report. The group's Center on Extremism tracks and verifies incidents involving white supremacists each academic year. It has found sustained growth in propaganda incidents on campuses in recent years.
Inside Higher Ed, June 27, 2019

The BTA teams up with the U.S. Department of Education to discuss blockchain

The Blockchain Trust Accelerator hosted a lively, interactive event and conversation with education, public policy, and blockchain leaders designed to inform and challenge thinking about blockchain and its potential to expand opportunity for all students. ... Guests, ranging from experts in education technology and policy to university administrators and educators, engaged in enthusiastic debate about opportunities to harness blockchain for educational purposes. 
New America, June 26, 2019

New bill may allow athlete compensation

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is fighting a California bill that would let certain athletes to make money off their name, image or likeness, which NCAA officials and other traditionalists argue would undermine the "amateurism" of college sports. NCAA President Mark Emmert sent a letter last week to the chairs of the two California State Assembly committees that vote on the Fair Pay to Play Act, USA Today first reported. The legislation already passed the State Senate in a 31-5 vote. It would permit all athletes to be compensated.
Inside Higher Ed, June 26, 2019

Expanding beyond NYC's 5 boroughs

The City University of New York system has become an incubator of experiments to improve student success, especially for students who are first generation or low income. Armed with positive returns, CUNY is helping to expand those nationally praised programs around the system and to other colleges. ... Other colleges outside New York City are replicating ASAP to produce their own, similar results. 
Inside Higher Ed, June 26, 2019

The new era of apprenticeships

The Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) took center stage Tuesday as it received a federal grant to start one of the first health-care apprenticeship programs in the country. The grant is part of a $20 million partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) that aims to create 16,000 new apprentices across the U.S. by summer 2022. 
Community College Daily, June 25, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

House lawmakers introduce short-term Pell bill

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would expand Pell Grant eligibility to higher ed programs as short as eight weeks. Qualifying students can currently use Pell Grants to attend certificate programs that are at least 15 weeks long. Supporters of the bill, dubbed the JOBS Act, argue the change would allow more workers to get training that leads to employment.
Inside Higher Ed, June 27, 2019

Democratic presidential contenders propose free college and student loan forgiveness

... Kevin Carey, who directs education policy at the nonpartisan think tank New America, calls the 2020 Democratic field an "arms race" for "who can be the most ambitious and expansive when it comes to tackling the cost of higher education." But, he says, there are important differences among the candidates' proposals — and of course roadblocks along the way. There are questions of equity, fairness, cost and feasibility, as well as the question of which plan will attract the most voters in this early stage of the game.
NPR, June 27, 2019

DeVos calls for making 'Second Chance Pell' permanent

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called for making the Second Chance Pell experiment permanent Tuesday in remarks at a commencement ceremony for Tulsa Community College's prison education program. The Obama administration launched the Second Chance program in 2015 to award Pell grants to incarcerated students through a limited number of institutions. The department's experimental sites authority allowed it to bypass a quarter-century ban on federal aid to students behind bars.
Inside Higher Ed, June 26, 2019

Trump Administration proposes new apprenticeship structure

The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday released proposed rules for a new apprenticeship structure, as well as funding for apprenticeship programs. The Trump administration has been working on an industry-recognized system of apprenticeships, which would exist in parallel with the existing federally recognized apprenticeship program. The Labor Department released a notice of proposed rulemaking for the new system, as well as $183.8 million for educational institutions to develop and expand apprenticeships through partnerships with companies that provide matching funds. The department added another $100 million in funding to expand apprenticeships.
Inside Higher Ed, June 26, 2019

Lawmakers reconsider bankruptcy for student loans

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee put a renewed focus in a hearing Tuesday on whether student borrowers should have access to bankruptcy relief. Restrictions passed in 2005 blocked both private and federal student loan borrowers from discharging their debt through bankruptcy. But the growing volume of student debt and the issue's salience as a campaign issue has fueled interest in legislative solutions like access to bankruptcy.
Inside Higher Ed, June 26, 2019

Sanders vs. Warren on college debt relief

Senator Bernie Sanders, a contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination, on Monday released his plan to address growing student debt -- universal cancellation of all debt regardless of circumstance. The Vermont Independent's announcement comes as debt cancellation is growing in popularity among Democrats. Sanders's plan extends on a proposal introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat and fellow candidate for the nomination. Warren's plan would offer $50,000 in loan forgiveness for anyone making less than $100,000 a year, offer tiered loan forgiveness to those making more than that and offer no forgiveness to those making more than $250,000 a year. However, the Sanders plan simply promises to cancel all $1.6 trillion of the existing student loan debt regardless of income class.
Inside Higher Ed, June 25, 2019

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