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News Links | March 5, 2019

March 05, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

‘Begin to take teaching seriously’: A longtime leader shares 3 wishes for higher ed

... The discussion of an effort called the Job Skills Training Program, run by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, stuck with me. ... Washington State established the program 35 years ago, to help businesses stay or expand in their communities, and to attract new employers. ... As Nate Humphrey, the director of work-force education for the Washington board, put it to me, the Job Skills approach sends a particular message. "It sets the tone from Day 1," he says, that the state's support is going to companies "that are investing in their own employees." 
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 4, 2019

Market for welders blazing hot in Clark County

... Clark College has a long-standing welding program that produces 60 trained welders a year, said Caleb White, head of Clark College’s Welding and Fabrication Technology Department. “Clark is in a good position where we could help,” White said, in part because it recently earned designation as an American Welding Society Accredited Test Facility. The status means, among other things, that the college is listed on the society’s website for employers seeking certified welders.
The Columbian, March 3, 2019

Engaging middle school girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math for 30 years

On Saturday March 9, South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) will be invaded by approximately 350 sixth through eighth grade girls for the 30th annual Expanding Your Horizons Thurston County event. The goal of the event, hosted by SPSCC, is to show girls that not only can woman have careers within the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, but just how many options there are in each field. “When I was that age, I had a really limited view of what was available within the sciences,” says Joy Hobbs, co-chair of this year’s event and a past workshop teacher. “I want girls to see all the possibilities that are really out there for them.”
Thurston Talk, March 2, 2019

Veteran’s advisory board rewrites rules for aid

... David Daly, the board co-chair and Veterans Resource Center Manager at Clark College, said another goal of the policy rewrite is to build more flexibility into the income requirements for college students. Most months, he said, students enrolled for GI Bill benefits bring in just $17 more than the maximum monthly income amount to qualify for assistance from the county veterans fund. If classes don’t run through the entire month, the federal benefits are reduced accordingly and so the students could qualify under the poverty guidelines. The inconsistency from month to month causes some whiplash among students, Daly said, and calls for a little more common-sense flexibility.
The Columbian, March 2, 2019

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom launches nationwide search for next President

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is seeking a dynamic community college executive who is ready to lead a college within a district environment. The Pierce College Fort Steilacoom President reports directly to the District Chancellor and CEO. The successful candidate must demonstrate the talent, energy and wisdom to lead Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, and to work collaboratively with the executive leadership throughout the district to achieve institutional outcomes. 
The Suburban Times, March 2, 2019

Meet Annika Asling, All Washington Academic Team member

Annika Asling has always had her eyes on the prize as she’s worked diligently through the rigorous nursing program at Pierce College. It hasn’t always been easy, particularly as a military spouse. Her husband was deployed during her second quarter in the program, and juggling school with other unexpected life events eventually became too much to handle. She failed out of the program, but believes this experience transformed her into a better student.
The Suburban Times, March 2, 2019

High School students get crash course in the trades

High school students from throughout the region were introduced Thursday to Skagit Valley College’s professional technical programs. About 170 juniors and seniors from Orcas Island to Concrete were bused in to participate in the college’s annual Try-A-Trade Day. “This day opens the eyes of a lot of students,” said Peter Schlegel, recruitment specialist with the college. Schlegel said the kinds of technical education programs at the college, such as welding, nursing or human services, offer a fast track into industries that need employees.
Skagit Valley Herald, March 1, 2019

Standing room only for Time Wise keynote at Bellevue College

Nationally renowned anti-racism activist and writer, Tim Wise, spoke before a packed house at Bellevue College (BC) Feb. 28 in honor of Black History Month. ... “Tim Wise’s work with training teachers, corporate employees, law enforcement officers, and more in methods for addressing and dismantling racism in their institution, makes him an excellent choice to help us honor and celebrate Black History Month,” said Beabe Akpojovwo, program manager for the Office of Equity and Pluralism at BC.
Capitol Hill Times, March 1, 2019

A very funny thing is happening at Bishop Center

More than a little gender flexibility is going on in Grays Harbor College’s production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” — and it’s a blast. The musical comedy opens Friday at the Bishop Center, launching a two-weekend run. Based in ancient Rome, the Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical revolves around Pseudolus, a slave scheming for freedom by playing matchmaker for her master’s son.
The Daily World, March 1, 2019

Prospective employees, employers fill Big Bend for job fair

Prospective employers and prospective employees overflowed into hallways of the ATEC Building on the Big Bend Community College campus Thursday for the 26th annual Job and Career Fair. Companies of all kinds – manufacturers, health care facilities, retail companies – from inside and outside the Columbia Basin were looking for workers. Tiffany Sukola, BBCC communications coordinator, said there were more than 100 exhibitors, more than 80 of them businesses looking for workers.
Columbia Basin Herald, March 1, 2019

East County Campus leader brings experience from WSU Everett

In Ciera Graham’s office, a small plaque conveys a big message: “You are exactly where you are supposed to be.” And where’s that? Monroe, at Everett Community College’s East County Campus. In early February, Graham took over as director of the small campus, which is housed on two floors of the Lake Tye Building. At 32, Graham comes to EvCC from Washington State University Everett.
The Everett Herald, March 1, 2019

“Material Witness” on display at Peninsula College

A solo exhibition by Port Townsend artist Elissa Greisz titled “Material Witness” will be on display in the Pirate Union Building Gallery of Art at Peninsula College through March 14. ... “My artwork is a hybrid,” Greisz said. “I pull references from various cultures and use unusual materials – from linoleum floor tiling to nail polish to cast-off aluminum printing plates — to create a collage-like synthesis.”
Peninsula Daily News, March 1, 2019

Edmonds CC employees honored for advancing student success

Two Edmonds Community College employees were recently recognized for their exemplary efforts in championing and advancing student success. Dennis Denman is the associate director of the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership and was recently awarded the 2018 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region V Community College Professional award. ... Michelle Platt is the college’s Outreach and Recruitment manager and was recently awarded the Washington ACT Postsecondary Champion award.
My Edmonds News, March 1, 2019

Meet the TCC All-Washington Scholars for 2019

The annual All-Washington Recognition Ceremony, held at South Puget Sound Community College, celebrates two outstanding students from each of the state’s 34 community and technical colleges. This year’s event will be held March 21. Tacoma Community College is proud to be represented by All-Washington students Brandon Carlson-Clarke and Sharon Jang.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 28, 2019

“Aming mga Pangitain: Our Visions Exhibit” showcases Seattle’s Filipino American artist community

On February 6, community members, artists, and members of the public gathered at Seattle Central College’s M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery for the opening reception of Aming mga Pangitain: Our Visions, an exhibition that explores the spectrum of Filipino American experience. The exhibit features works in a a range of styles and mediums from five Pacific Northwest artists. ... Ken Matsudaira, the exhibit’s curator, expressed that creating spaces that offer an opportunity for students and the public to learn about the intricacies of local communities is his goal when curating exhibits at the college.
International Examiner, Feb. 28, 2019

Cosmetology joins Boys & Girls Club for girls' night

A group of Clover Park Technical College Cosmetology students took their skills to the Lakewood Boys & Girls Club for a Girls’ Night event Friday evening. “Pretty much every year, we go over there and help out at different events,” CPTC Cosmetology instructor Carine DeLeon said. “They have different events going on throughout the year, and we like to help out when we can.” Fifteen students set up tables to pamper the attendees with fun hairstyles, face paint, and more. 
The Suburban Times, Feb. 28, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

New pick to lead Office of Federal Student Aid

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Monday that Mark A. Brown will lead the Office of Federal Student as chief operating officer. Brown, a retired major general in the U.S. Air Force, will replace James Manning, who has served as the acting FSA chief since last year. Brown most recently led the Air Education and Training Command, which includes Air Force education and training.
Inside Higher Ed, March 5, 2019

Editorial: Investment now crucial for higher education

... State support for higher education — including the state’s public universities and community and technical colleges, as well as for student financial aid that makes post-secondary achievement possible for many — has increased during recent budget sessions. Yet state funding lags below the levels seen before the Great Recession. ... Legislation in the Senate — SB 5393 — seeks to eliminate that gap by renaming the State Need Grant as the Washington Promise Scholarship, supporting the scholarships as an entitlement program that would ensure aid to all who qualify. Support for that program and others, including the Opportunity Scholarship, Passport to College Promise for foster youths and state work study programs would increase access and affordability for students. 
The Everett Herald, March 3, 2019

It’s not too late to get college financial aid — but many Washington students don’t bother

The promise of free college makes a snappy campaign pledge, as many candidates have discovered. But you might be surprised to learn that thousands of Washington students already have the opportunity to go to college for free — and don’t bother to take it. In 2017, about 11,000 students who graduated from Washington high schools could have gone to college tuition-free. Because they didn’t fill out a federal financial-aid form, they essentially rejected that offer and left about $50 million in federal financial aid on the table, according to a new state study.
The Seattle Times, March 1, 2019

Editorial: In our view: Start today building workforce of tomorrow

... Two bills in the Legislature provide an intriguing glimpse into what that future might hold and how Washington can best prepare for it. Senate Bill 5327 and House Bill 1336 have arrived under the heading of “Expanding career connected learning opportunities” and are currently in committee in each chamber. Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, is a co-sponsor of the Senate bill; Reps. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, and Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, have signed on to the House bill. The premise sounds simple but can be difficult to put into practice: Create a framework for businesses, educators and students to work together in developing the workforce of the future. 
The Columbian, Feb. 28, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Legal scholars don't know the details of Trump's order on campus speech. But they think it's a mistake.

President Trump’s announcement of an executive order that threatens to cut off federal research money from colleges that do not support free speech has drawn criticism from college leaders and legal scholars on two fronts. First, they say, it might not be legal. Second, they argue, it’s a terrible idea.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 4, 2019

Trump vows executive order on campus free speech

President Trump vowed Saturday to "soon" issue an executive order that would deny federal research funds to colleges and universities that do not support free speech. "If they want our dollars and we give them by the billions, they’ve got to allow people to speak," said Trump in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He did not describe how the executive order would work, or who would judge whether a college or university was not protecting free speech.
Inside Higher Ed, March 4, 2019

Democratic take on the Higher Education Act

Senator Patty Murray said Thursday that an overhaul of the Higher Education Act should tackle college affordability directly by addressing state investment in public colleges and boosting federal spending on need-based aid programs like Pell Grants. Murray, the ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate's education committee, argued that even when college students receive federal grant aid, it covers a diminishing proportion of the total cost of college -- meaning more low-income and minority students in particular are forced to take out student loans.
Inside Higher Ed, March 1, 2019

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