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News Links | March 12, 2019

March 12, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Clark County business briefing

... Kelly Love was hired as Clark College’s new chief communications officer, starting on March 20. For the previous three years, Love, a Clark College graduate, was a public relations specialist at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and Legacy Cancer Institute. Prior, she was the CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce for five years, and between 2005 and 2010 was a district director for U.S. Rep. Brian Baird. A longtime Vancouver resident, Love received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University Vancouver and started her career as a broadcast news reporter at KGW TV, Portland.
The Columbian, March 11, 2019

A message from Pierce College Puyallup President Cain

I hope winter quarter has gone well for you; I can’t believe it is coming to a close already. As you prepare for the final lessons of the quarter, I felt it was timely to share some upcoming news and learning lessons that I found influential in my personal and professional life. Recently, I was reading through an article in Business Improvements Architects Journal and the author was discussing one of the most powerful gifts to share with employees. My initial reaction was a tangible item that employees can see, touch, or smell. However, to my surprise, the most powerful gift mentioned was the gift of appreciation.
The Surban Times, March 11, 2019

City asks state to fund design of Broadway pedestrian bridge

As Everett Community College expands east of North Broadway, the city wants to make it easier for students, staff and faculty to get across the street. City officials are seeking $1.8 million in state funding. That would pay for the design of a pedestrian bridge to where the community college plans to build a new Learning Resource Center and a replacement for Baker Hall. “We’re trying to create a safe and easy pathway,” said Bob Bolerjack, the city’s executive director for governmental affairs and an EvCC trustee.
The Everett Herald, March 10, 2019

Clark College looks at staff cuts

Clark College will consider staff cuts in light of an expected 5 percent budget cut, according to a letter from President Bob Knight to the faculty union. ... College spokeswoman Hannah Erickson said the college hopes proactive cuts will prevent the college from making reactionary cuts year over year. Clark College saw a $940,000 budget deficit for the 2018-2019 school year, on the tail of a $1 million deficit the year before. Cutting more than the projected deficit is not a typical approach for the college, Erickson said, describing the more sweeping cuts as a more “holistic” approach to budgeting that will allow Clark to invest in future programs.
The Columbian, March 9, 2019

SFCC has new president after two nationwide searches

After two years of interim leadership and two nationwide searches, Spokane Falls Community College has secured a new president. Kimberlee Messina, interim vice president of instruction at Clovis Community College in Fresno, California, will start at SFCC in June. “Dr. Messina has the qualifications, experience and proven reputation to lead SFCC,” Christine Johnson, chancellor of Community Colleges of Spokane, said in a news release Friday. “She is absolutely committed to the mission of community colleges and to our ability to open the doors to new opportunities for people seeking affordable high-quality education in our region.”
The Spokesman-Review, March 8, 2019

College students open “Opioids” tonight

For one quarter each year, students in Peninsula College’s drama program collaborate to write and produce their own play. This year’s production will focus on the opioid crisis, and how the community might find hope and empathy within it. ... “I have had family members affected deeply by the opioid crisis and wanted to shine a light on how this problem affects families and communities, and what solutions may be out there that we haven’t yet discovered,” said the play’s director Kelly Doran. “When making devised theater with students, we research, interview and delve deeply into the subject matter.”
Peninsula Daily News, March 8, 2019

Survivor of sex trade wants to use ‘my truth’ to reach others

Michelle Grunder describes her life as a choice: Go deeper into darkness or live in the light. At 44, she’s a 2018 graduate of Edmonds Community College. She’s a mother of six, and a grandmother, living on a quiet street in Lake Stevens. She is also a recovering addict and a survivor of sex trafficking. “My children are proud of me, what I’ve overcome. I know my voice is going to give power to others,” Grunder said. “I’m using my hope, my life, my truth.” In January, she was honored by the Washington State Association of College Trustees with a Transforming Lives Award.
The Everett Herald, March 8, 2019

Partnerships enable Battle Ground students to earn college credit

... Through a partnership with Clark College called Career and Technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit, (formerly known as the Southwest Washington Tech Prep Consortium), students at both Battle Ground and Prairie high schools can enroll in a variety of classes on their home campus that if passed with a “B” grade or better, will simultaneously accrue both high school and college credits. ... Battle Ground High School students also can take welding courses that accrue college credits from Lower Columbia College. This partnership and articulation agreement is called the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Career Development Consortium, and includes the courses Introduction to Welding and Advanced Welding.  
The Vancouver Business Journal, March 8, 2019

Shoreline Community College welcomes transfers from Art Institute of Seattle

... Locally, Shoreline Community College wants AI Seattle students to know that it has resources for them (and other art) students. Shoreline Community College welcomes all students, and particularly those impacted by the closure of the Art Institute of Seattle. “We understand that students impacted by this sudden closure may be experiencing a range of difficult emotions,” said Nancy Dick, Dean of Humanities. “Our faculty and support services are ready to aid students through this transition so that they can complete their studies and pursue their passion for arts at Shoreline.”
Shoreline Area News, March 7, 2019

White supremacist fliers on the rise here and nationwide

As it turned out, Everett Community College had lots of company. White supremacist literature was left on 212 college and university campuses throughout 37 states in 2018, according to a report released earlier this week by the Anti-Defamation League. All told, there were 319 such incidents on campuses, including Ivy League schools and community colleges.
The Everett Herald, March 7, 2019

Centralia College designated as 'voter-friendly' campus

Two national organizations have designated Centralia College as a “voter-friendly” campus, which is valid through December 2020. “Students have been the driver this year in making the efforts at Centralia College a success,” said Jaima Kortlever, president of the Associated Students of Centralia College in a press release from Centralia College. “But, we are a two-year college and the students involved this year won’t be here next year. We’re talking now about how to keep the momentum going on campus. We will be training the next student government and we’re working extra hard to get more staff and faculty involved in voter engagement.”
The Daily Chronicle, March 7, 2019

CBC Dental program receives $480,000 gift

Tammy Sanderson, Columbia Basin College Dental Hygiene director, shares details about a $480,000 gift to the program to support the school's new clinic location in Richland and more. [Video]
Tri-City Herald, March 6, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

'I need a degree in order to move forward': Why some adults choose college

A new father trying to provide for his family. A grandmother finishing what she started more than four decades ago. A man navigating multiple schools, hidden curriculums and financial hurdles. These are just some of the older students working toward a degree in the U.S. The majority of today's college students have characteristics that describe them as "nontraditional": They work; they're raising children; they're not coming straight from high school. And while some just take a couple-year detour to make money or care for family, others are going back far later in life. In 2018, nearly 7.6 million college students were 25 years old and over, according to estimates from the federal government. That's about 2 in 5 students in higher education.
NPR, March 12, 2019

The humanities at community colleges

Much of the public discussion about the humanities focuses on four-year colleges and universities. But humanities instruction is extensive at community colleges as well. In an effort to draw attention to the extent of the humanities at two-year colleges, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences conducted a national survey of community colleges and is today releasing the findings as part of the Humanities Indicators project. Among them: About 2.8 million students took a humanities course for credit at a community college in the fall of 2015 (the year for which data were collected). They accounted for approximately 40 percent of all community college students taking courses for credit that term.
Inside Higher Ed, March 11, 2019

Here's what Trump's 2020 budget proposal means for higher ed

President Trump's proposed federal budget for the 2020 fiscal year, unveiled on Monday, includes a $7-billion cut for the Department of Education, a streamlined repayment process for student loans, and the elimination of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The proposal, for the fiscal year that begins on October 1, is unlikely to be enacted in a divided Congress. But, as is the case every year, the wish list does signal the White House's priorities, including those for higher education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 11, 2019

Community colleges and the future of higher education

If this country is to achieve its postsecondary attainment goals and bring many more Americans to a bright future, community colleges will bear much of the responsibility. Community colleges are the cornerstone of American higher education. These institutions enroll nearly half of all college students and a majority of African American and Latino/a students, as well as substantial numbers of low-income, first-generation, and older students. Community colleges have a critical role to play in addressing this country’s greatest challenges: stagnant family incomes, disparities in income and wealth, and political polarization.
Inside Higher Ed, March 9, 2019

3 years after scholarship pledge falls through for 10 Seattle students, college dreams come true

Aristotle Marr had nearly lost faith in the fidelity of promises after a scholarship pledge proved fickle. It took the collective action of overworked community members, private equity managers and professional athletes to restore it. Three years ago, the now 21-year-old shared a stage with nine other dapperly attired black high-school seniors inside the auditorium of Seattle’s South Shore K-8 school. Each was to be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship to pursue his college dream. The money, $100,000 in all, promised by Detroit businessman Sid E. Taylor and his Real Life 101 Scholarship nonprofit, was a financial boon to the working-class teens and their families for tuition and school supplies at a time when every penny counted. The promise came and went. But the money never did.
The Seattle Times, March 8, 2019

Congress might finally overhaul higher education

Every few years, typically four to six, Congress dusts off the federal law that governs higher education—there are no penalties, per se, if it doesn’t, but the law can quickly become outdated, and if lawmakers want to ensure that federal college programs run smoothly, they keep that schedule. At least that’s what is supposed to happen. The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is a seemingly endless Will they or won’t they?—the wonky romantic comedy that writers haven’t been able to finish. The last reauthorization was in 2008, meaning that the typical deadline has long passed and making this the longest the bill has gone without a touch-up. 
The Atlantic, March 8, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump seeks billions in cuts

President Trump called for a $7.1 billion cut to funding at the Education Department with a proposed budget that retreads familiar higher education ideas for this White House. The budget proposal released on Monday asks Congress to open Pell Grants to “high-quality” short-term programs, eliminate Public Service Loan Forgiveness and subsidized student loans, and streamline income-driven repayment programs for student borrowers. It also called for deep cuts to scientific research.
Inside Higher Ed, March 12, 2019

White House discussion of international students

The White House convened a meeting with universities, higher education groups and companies on Friday focused on international students and their ability to stay and work in the U.S. after graduation -- their interest in doing so, the barriers they face and how they could be encouraged to stay. The meeting was organized by the White House’s deputy chief of staff for policy coordination, Chris Liddell. Stephen Miller, a senior policy adviser to President Trump, was an active participant in the meeting, which involved representatives from six different White House offices and five federal agencies.
Inside Higher Ed, March 11, 2019

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