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News Links | March 14, 2019

March 14, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Kimberlee Messina takes the helm at Spokane Falls Community College

... Community Colleges of Spokane, the governing district in charge of Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Community College, chose Kimberlee Messina to be the next president. Messina is coming from California, where she was interim vice president of instruction at Clovis Community College. "She was our top choice," says Christine Johnson, chancellor for Community Colleges of Spokane. "She's got very rich experience at multiple colleges and her references at every place were very solid."
The Inlander, March 14, 2019

Seven faculty awarded tenure at SPSCC

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) awarded tenure to seven faculty members at the Board of Trustees meeting on March 12, 2019. In order to be awarded tenure at SPSCC, faculty members must satisfactorily perform required instructional and non-instructional work within their assigned area of discipline, such as course instruction, curriculum design, and service work over three years. During this time, their performance is under review by a Probationary Review Committee that reports to the Board of Trustees. At the end of three successful years, the Board can grant the award of tenure.
Thurston Talk, March 13, 2019

Milestone: NOWW group awards scholarship to PC's Acevedo

The North Olympic Women on the Water (NOWW), the North Olympic Sail and Power Squadron’s women’s group, recently awarded a $1,000 Scholarship through the Peninsula College Foundation to Peninsula College's Sydni Acevedo. Acevedo is studying Marine Sciences and said she hopes to one day be prominent in preserving our marine environment and saving the marine mammals, particularly those that of the Salish Sea, NOWW representatives said.
Sequim Gazette, March 13, 2019

College students on front line of cyberattacks

College students studying cybersecurity from around the Pacific Northwest will participate in real-world scenarios during an upcoming competition at Highline College. ... The event gives students practice thwarting hackers while maintaining a corporate network that cannot be replicated in a typical classroom. Competitive training better prepares students for the workforce, said Amelia Phillips, the regional director of the event and faculty member at Highline. “With data breaches, identity theft and other cyberattacks becoming a daily occurrence, we need to train more and more people to be successful in this field,” she said. More and more, indeed. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be an estimated 3.5 million cybersecurity positions unfilled by 2021. Last month, 17 colleges and universities competed in a qualifier for 12 open slots. Two teams tied, so 13 will participate in the 12th annual competition, including Clover Park Technical College, Columbia Basin College, The Evergreen State College, Green River College, University of Washington, Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College. Highline College students participate in the event as well, not as competitors, but as designers, builders and judges.
Auburn Reporter, March 13, 2019

State Supreme Court visits Centralia College this week

All nine justices of the Washington State Supreme Court were at Centralia College early this week to meet with students, hold an open public forum and hear oral arguments in three cases. “We travel three times per year and hear cases,” said Justice Steven C. González, who is also a co-chair for the traveling court committee with Justice Susan Owens. “Normally we hear arguments at the Supreme Court Building, which is called the Temple of Justice, in Olympia. But as a way to allow people who might not be able to travel to Olympia the chance to hear oral arguments, we travel.”
The Daily Chronicle, March 12, 2019

YVC putting first generation students first

Yakima Valley College is encouraging more people to become first generation college students. A campaign this year called “First in the Family” has shown students how many faculty and staff members were the first in their family to attend college. These workers display signs outside of their offices that identify them as “First in the Family,” to show students that college success is possible. YVC student Mercedes Andrews says the program helped her feel comfortable at college, stating, “It made me feel good that I could connect with people who were on campus that went through the struggles and challenges that I did because being a first generation student it’s kind of hard to navigate the system.”
KIMA, March 12, 2019

Bellevue College becomes first higher education institution to launch Landed

Today, Bellevue College announced it has become the first institution of higher education to launch with Landed, a down payment assistance and financial wellness program aimed at helping educators and school employees afford to buy homes. ... “The cost of living in the greater Seattle area is a challenge for our faculty and staff. Too many are unable to afford the down payment on a home close to where they work,” said Bellevue College President Jerry Weber. 
Capitol Hill Times, March 12, 2019

Rescheduled Winter Fest features fun and a food drive

Perhaps the event name was more fitting this year, as Clover Park Technical College’s Associated Student Government hosted its rescheduled annual Winter Fest last week after the snow days last month forced its previous postponement. Despite the schedule shift, the event attracted nearly 250 student attendees and featured numerous activities including a magician, carnival games, giant tricycles, SAFE archery, and more. Attendees could also have caricatures drawn of themselves or visit a henna artist or palm reader. As always, food was provided free of charge to students.
The Suburban Times, March 11, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Report on 'new foundational skills' for work force

A new report explores the "new foundational skills" that employers are increasingly seeking in their workers in today's digital economy. The report, by Burning Glass Technologies and the Business-Higher Education Forum, cites 14 skills in three categories: "digital building blocks" (managing data, software development, computer programming, analyzing data, digital security and privacy), "business enablers" (business process, project management, digital design, communicating data), and "human skills" (communication, critical thinking, collaboration, analytical skills, creativity). The report examines how workers and employers value the different skills and how the skills help employees at different stages of their careers and offers recommendations for colleges, employers, students and workers alike.
Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2019

Ripe for more opportunities

Working for a college or university can often be considered a plum job for a student -- with generally flexible hours, minimal to no commute and a relatively easy first professional opportunity. But according to a new analysis by NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, institutions of all sorts -- two-year and four-year, public and private -- want and need more money to invest in student employment and to add more positions on campus. These jobs also compete with those outside the university that might pay better, the report shows.
Inside Higher Ed, March 13, 2019

Art Institute of Seattle students plan next steps after school’s abrupt closure

Former students of the Art Institute of Seattle, still in shock from the school’s sudden closure last week, are now having to plan their next steps. Some of the school’s approximately 650 students gathered at an information fair Tuesday organized by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), a state regulatory agency. There, in the ballroom of The Edgewater hotel, students waited for more than an hour to get their transcripts in a line that wrapped around the room and spilled into a hallway. ... Don Bennett, deputy director of WSAC, said students would still receive credit for the classes they took this quarter. Those who were scheduled to graduate this quarter received transcripts reflecting that they completed their program.
The Seattle Times, March 12, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

States seek tighter regulation of for-profits

California lawmakers are going after for-profit institutions with a slate of bills meant to tighten regulations, some of which also are aimed at nonprofit universities with big online programs. Lawmakers in the state say the bills are a response to the rollback of for-profit oversight led by Betsy DeVos, U.S. secretary of education. And policy makers in California aren’t alone in pushing back at the state level: bills introduced recently in Maine, Maryland, New York, Oregon and Washington also seek to regulate for-profit colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2019

Trump Administration seeks shift in overtime eligibility

The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking to make more than a million more workers eligible for overtime by increasing the mandatory salary threshold from $455 to $679 per week ($23,660 to $35,308). If the salary level change goes through, white-collar employees at colleges and universities who make less than $35,308 a year would be eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Postdoctoral researchers, librarians, financial aid administrators, admissions officers, coaches and IT workers are among campus workers who could be affected by the new threshold.
Inside Higher Ed, March 12, 2019

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