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News Links | March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

'We all need a little help': LCC grad, doctorate student applauds success fund

... “Obtaining a college degree or credential can make a significant difference in the life of a student through increased opportunity, better work skills and better earnings potential,” said Chris Bailey, Lower Columbia College president. “But life happens, and sometimes students need just a small amount — often only a few hundred dollars — to be able to complete their coursework and get that degree.” Since its establishment, the Student Success Fund has benefited more than 580 students. The grants average less than $600, but even a small boost can remove financial barriers for students like Smith, she said.
The Daily News, March 18, 2019

Mobile food bank comes to CPTC's Lakewood campus

Food security has long been one of the primary concerns for Clover Park Technical College’s Associated Student Government, and a new partnership with Nourish Pierce County will go a long way in assisting the effort to ensure CPTC’s students have the food resources they need to succeed. ... To support food security for students, the Associated Student Government, in partnership with the Office of Student Life has operated a fully-functioning food pantry since 2016 in the Student Leadership & Services Center to ensure that students have access to meals and healthy balanced foods for themselves and their families. This new partnership takes that effort to a new level.
The Suburban Times, March 18, 2019

Working in Clark County: Sotheary Chet, phlebotomist with the American Red Cross

... Clark College has a phlebotomy program that isn’t a degree but a certification. Once students complete it, they can apply for the Washington certification, which is required to work as a phlebotomist in Washington. “Graduates are also eligible and fully prepared to apply for and take a national certification exam, which is required to work in Oregon,” said Clark College spokesperson Hannah Erickson. Enrollment over the past few years in their program has fluctuated between 17 and 24 (the maximum capacity). It’s a two-term cohort model, meaning that everyone who enrolls for fall takes the same classes together through completion at the end of winter term, she said. 
The Columbian, March 18, 2019

Colleges are looking for ways to house and feed homeless students

... It was Tacoma Community College that helped her finally find a home for herself and her youngest son, now three. Gorder was able to move into her apartment thanks to a rental voucher she received through the College Housing Assistance Program, a collaboration with the Tacoma Housing Authority, which provides vouchers for subsidized rent to 150 students who are, or may become, homeless. "I've been doing awesome ever since," says Gorder. "I finally was given an opportunity to be clean and sober and have my son."
Pacific Standard, March 18, 2019

Battle Ground students use partnerships to gain college credits

Battle Ground Public School students have a variety of options to earn college credit while in high school. The district has a partnership with Clark College called the Career and Technical Education Dual Credit program, which offers students college credits for courses including accounting, career English, preschool education, precision machining and math for health care professionals. There is also the College in the High School Program, which is offered through the Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education. Students conduct real world research with scientists to gain a better understanding of ecosystem function and health. 
The Columbian, March 16, 2019

Food & drink: Food Summit digs into food system

Food doesn’t fall from the sky onto grocery store shelves. There are many different pieces (growing, processing, distribution) that form a food system. On Feb. 22, a group of 70 people from various parts of this chain met at Growing Our Future: The 2019 Food Summit hosted by the Clark County Food System Council and Clark College. A group that included farmers, educators, activists, chefs, planners and politicians met all day at Clark College’s Columbia Tech Center campus to discuss issues of local food production and distribution. ... Dr. Erin Anders of Walla Walla Community College summed up the challenge to everyone present. “We are all in this together. It’s up to us and the people who are part of the food system to come up with solutions,” Anders said.
The Columbian, March 15, 2019

Nourish Pierce County Mobile Food Bank to serve students on campus each week

Pierce College will host the Nourish Pierce County Mobile Food Bank each week, where students and community members in need can access high-quality food. The mobile food bank will visit Pierce College Puyallup every Monday from 1-3 p.m. It will be located outside of the Arts and Allied Health Building. The truck will visit Pierce College Fort Steilacoom on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. in Parking Lot D. The Nourish mobile food bank is a large semi-truck that has been converted into a mini grocery store filled with fresh fruit, veggies, frozen meats and a variety of canned goods. ... Any student, staff, faculty or community member facing food insecurity is welcome to visit the food bank.
The Suburban Times, March 15, 2019

Seattle-area students fill Cal Anderson Park to demand action on climate change

... In Seattle, speakers included the event’s organizers, as well as Seattle City Council candidates, a 12-year-old student and a climate scientist. Some of those who gathered at Cal Anderson Park said that even though they feel relatively shielded from the effects of global warming, they’ve taken notice of the unusual weather patterns here and abroad. Fatema Alahmed, a student at North Seattle College, moved to the Seattle area from the Middle East two years ago. In that short time, she witnessed two very different summer times here — 2018 being one of the city’s hottest on record.
The Seattle Times, March 15, 2019

Briefs: Marysville woman on all-academic team

... Shirley Baugn, 40, of Marysville, an Everett Community College student, is to be honored March 21 as a member of the 2019 All-Washington Academic Team. She is among the state’s top scholars representing Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges. Baugn took a job in security after working for two decades in culinary arts. She enjoyed the work and decided to study criminal justice at EvCC. Baugn, who was born in the Philippines and came to the United States eight years ago, is a full-time student while working nights full-time as a security supervisor.
The Marysville Globe, March 15, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

JPMorgan's big-dollar bet on community colleges

JPMorgan Chase and Co. has become one of the nation’s biggest funders of career training programs offered by community colleges. The global financial services firm on Monday announced $350 million over five years for postsecondary education and training in high-demand fields such as information technology, health care and advanced manufacturing. The money follows a similarly targeted $250 million over the last five years, bringing the company’s investment in career education to $600 million. ... The impetus for the more than half-billion dollars in grants, said Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan’s chairman and CEO, is that too many people are stuck in low-skill jobs with no future while too many businesses cannot find enough skilled workers. “The new world of work is about skills, not necessarily degrees,” Dimon said in a written statement. “We must remove the stigma of a community college and career education, look for opportunities to upskill or reskill workers, and give those who have been left behind the chance to compete for well-paying careers today and tomorrow.”
Inside Higher Ed, March 19, 2019

Opinion: New legislation would provide students key information about college outcomes

This week, the College Transparency Act (CTA) was re-introduced in the House and Senate by a bipartisan group of legislators. By allowing the creation of a secure, privacy-protected postsecondary data system, this bipartisan, bicameral bill would help students and families, policymakers, institutions and employers to make informed choices by providing better information about college access, success, costs, and outcomes. Without this information, students and families are not empowered to make well-informed choices about their education, policymakers and institutions cannot craft evidence-based policies to help students succeed, and employers do not have the talent pipeline they need to grow the economy. Without complete, representative data that counts all students, equity is out of reach.
New America, March 15, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Here's what the Trump Administration wants to change in higher ed's landmark law

The White House on Monday released its first stand-alone proposal for higher-education reform, urging the U.S. Congress to enact laws affecting accreditation, Pell Grants, and student-loan repayment. The plan repeats themes raised in President Trump's 2020 federal budget proposal and reflects division between Democrats and Republicans over the federal government's role in regulating the forces that shape colleges and the for-profit sector. ... "I share the administration's goals to make a college education worth it and to make it simpler to apply for federal student aid and pay back student loans," Alexander said on Monday in a written statement. "It is helpful to have these suggestions as I work with Sen. Patty Murray, the senior Democrat on the education committee, to develop bipartisan recommendations so that we can report legislation to the full Senate before summer." 
The Chronicle for Higher Education, March 18, 2019

DeVos tells colleges to drop arbitration agreements

The Department of Education on Friday released new guidance on the 2016 borrower-defense rule instructing colleges to drop enforcement of mandatory arbitration agreements. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos blocked the rule from taking effect in 2017, but after a legal battle with consumer advocates and several states, she was ordered by a federal court to carry out the rule in October.
Inside Higher Ed, March 18, 2019

Cassidy, Warren reintroduce College Transparency Act

A bipartisan group of lawmakers last week reintroduced the College Transparency Act, legislation that would produce new data on program-level college student outcomes like graduate earnings and loan repayment. ... A federal ban on student-level data has been in place since 2008, and private colleges in particular continue to hold reservations about a federal data system. But bipartisan momentum has gathered behind the legislation. The bill has 17 co-sponsors, two more than the total in the previous Congress.
Inside Higher Ed, March 18, 2019

Bill would boost tech training for students

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, joined a group of lawmakers in reintroducing a 2017 bill that would allow high schools and community colleges to create technology apprenticeships with federal grant money. The Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology Act, or CHANCE in Tech Act, would help fund “industry intermediaries,” such as community colleges and technical schools, in creating training programs in STEM. ... Clark County is home to big technology companies staring down a gap between job openings and candidates in the coming years, and some are starting to tackle the issue on a smaller scale. For instance, Shin-Etsu Handotai America, a Vancouver-based silicon wafer manufacturer, has partnered with Clark College to build a pilot career-training program for five students.
The Columbian, March 17, 2019

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