News Links | March 5, 2019
System News | Opinion
... 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
... 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
... 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 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
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 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
Skagit Valley Herald, March 1, 2019
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
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 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
Columbia Basin Herald, March 1, 2019
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
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
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
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
The Suburban Times, Feb. 28, 2019
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
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
The Suburban Times, Feb. 28, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
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
... 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
The Everett Herald, March 3, 2019
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
... 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
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
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