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News Links | March 21, 2019

March 21, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Edmonds CC student Lazarus Hart excels in and out of class

Lazarus Hart started college at age 30, envisioning classrooms and term papers. Instead, the Edmonds Community College student’s coursework included cataloging artifacts on archaeological digs at Little Swamp Creek near Kenmore and monitoring salmon at Japanese Gulch in Mukilteo. ... Hart, vice president of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, is among the state’s top scholars who represent Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges as members of the All-Washington Academic Team.
The Everett Herald, March 21, 2019

Peninsula College to lay off staff

Peninsula College officials plan to lay off some staff as the college works to overcome an $800,000 deficit that officials attributed to declining enrollment. Peninsula College President Luke Robins did not say how many positions will be cut, but said the cuts do mean that the majority of continuing education offerings will be suspended. “Any time you have to reduce the number of folks on your staff it’s a tough decision,” Robins said. “Our goal is to maintain … services to students and look at ways we can build our enrollment.”
Peninsula Daily News, March 21, 2019

‘Place of our way’ welcomes Native, Pacific Islander students

Room 221 in Monte Cristo Hall is unlike anywhere else at Everett Community College. Cedar planks cover the walls. Books on tribal history and the Pacific Islands are stacked on shelves. Patterned blankets are folded on a chair. The room has a name, not just a number. Its Lushootseed name means “The Place of Our Way.” “I’m proud and excited this space is here,” said Bradley Althoff, EvCC’s student diversity and equity coordinator, a Tulalip tribal member and co-president of the First Nations Club on campus.
The Everett Herald, March 20, 2019

Two Bates Technical College students named to All-Washington Academic Team

Bates Technical College staff have selected two students to represent the college as members of the All-Washington Academic Team. Governor Jay Inslee will honor our students and other nominees from across the state at a recognition ceremony in Olympia on March 21 at South Puget Sound Community College. California native and Practical Nurse student Diessa Johnson-Scott moved to Tacoma in 2013, where she became a certified nursing assistant. ... Peyton Gomez enrolled at Bates as a part-time high school student to take advantage of the myriad of higher-level courses at the college. 
The Suburban Times, March 20, 2019

Grant helps Clark College students pay for child care

Katherine Shafer’s sons hurtled into the Clark College child care facility on a recent Wednesday morning, eager to show their toys to the staff at the campus-within-a-campus. Shafer, 31, walked in behind 5-year-old Elijah and 3-year-old Aiden, a tired smile on her face. Wednesdays aren’t so bad for Shafer. Usually they’re filled with appointments, school work and classes in the evening. Of course, “not so bad” is relative when you’re a single mother of three young boys — 7-year-old Jeremiah is in grade school — pursuing a college degree. It’s parents like Shafer that Clark College is targeting with a $487,200 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The Columbian, March 20, 2019

Grays Harbor College fish labbers: Passionate about the sustainability of local fish

Just outside of Aberdeen, at Grays Harbor College (GHC), five exceptional individuals are hard at work as “fish labbers,” with the John Smith Aquaculture Center (also known as the Fish Lab). ... “The Fish Lab is a community and student-driven program where participants have the opportunity to gain experiential learning and informal training in fish hatchery operations, stream monitoring, and resource management” said Dr. Gunn. “I came to this college to teach microbiology but stayed for the community. I remain convinced that we are living in a town full of ecologists.”
Grays Harbor Talk, March 19, 2019

More than 500 girls inspired by leaders in STEM field at annual conference

On Tuesday, hundreds of girls from across Western Washington got out of their regular classrooms and into the world of STEM. They took part in an annual one day conference at Edmonds Community College called Expanding Your Horizons. The goal is to expose female students in grades eight through 12 to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. [Video]
KIRO 7, March 19, 2019

Big Bend aviation students get close look at C-17

... A McChord crew usually visits Big Bend Community College once per year to discuss C-17 operations and sharing airspace with the big jets. Traditionally the McChord crew brings along a visual aid – their plane. They did so Friday, and aviation students were allowed to take an up-close look, from cargo bay to cockpit. The airport, of course, also is used by commercial jets for testing and training, and by BBCC students in pilot training. And while there is a lot of room around the Grant County International Airport, there’s a lot of traffic, big and small, in a relatively small area. Complicating matters further is the fact BBCC students, C-17 crews and commercial pilots all fly and train at night. And the Moses Lake tower closes at 10 p.m.
Columbia Basin Herald, March 19, 2019

SVC Marine Maintenance Technology program receives Evinrude outboard engine

The Skagit Valley College Marine Maintenance Technology program received a new $20,000 outboard engine that will enhance student training opportunities at SVC’s Marine Technology Center in Anacortes, according to a news release. The engine was given to the college by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Foundation and Evinrude as part of a $2 million donation of Evinrude ETEC G2 3.4L V6 outboard engines to the ABYC Foundation.
Skagit Valley Herald, March 17, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Opinion: Here’s how Microsoft and UW leaders want to better fund higher education

Education beyond high school has long been an onramp to success in our state and nation. It’s an onramp that needs to be open on fair terms to everyone. But we haven’t yet created the broad access to opportunities after high school that Washington students need to pursue the jobs of the future. What should we do? Let’s start by establishing in this year’s state budget a dedicated workforce education investment fund that will create the learning opportunities that our state’s families need and deserve. A new fund can do this in three ways.
The Seattle Times, March 20, 2019

Data on timing of FAFSA filing

... New data from CampusLogic, a student financial services firm, tracks when the roughly 2.4 million FAFSA applications were filed during the 2018-19 aid cycle. The company found that dependent students from the wealthiest quartile were mostly likely to file their applications early, in the months between October 2017 and January 2018. Dependent students from the neediest quartile tended to file later, between April and October 2018. However, the neediest independent students submitted a higher percentage of FAFSAs earlier in the aid year than other independent FAFSA filers.
Inside Higher Ed, March 20, 2019

California community colleges formally shift away from placement exams

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors agreed Monday to end the use of placement exams in the system. The board was required to make the change because of a new state law that took effect in January 2018. The bill requires the community college system to be compliant by this fall. The new law mandates that colleges rely on high school course work, high school grades and grade point averages to assess students' abilities.
Inside Higher Ed, March 20, 2019

Saudi students in U.S. say their government watches their every move

When a 26-year-old Saudi student first arrived on a Midwest college campus two years ago, he looked forward to meeting new friends, learning how to think differently, and organizing on campus. But unlike his fellow undergraduates, he says he is not allowed to speak freely. The student, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal, is on a Saudi government scholarship. And for years, according to intelligence experts and eight current and former Saudi students interviewed by the PBS NewsHour, the Saudi government has closely monitored them when they leave to study in the U.S. They say the penalties for those who criticize the Kingdom while abroad are daunting: passport freezes, death threats, intimidation, retraction of scholarships, and attempts to lure them back to the country.
PBS NewsHour, March 19, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Here’s what Trump’s executive order on free speech says

President Trump will sign an executive order on Thursday that he has said will mandate that colleges uphold free speech or risk jeopardizing federal research funds. The text of the order, obtained by The Chronicle, indicates it will have little impact on colleges, at least immediately. The order will direct federal agencies to “take appropriate steps” to ensure that colleges receiving federal research funds “promote free inquiry.” But public colleges are already legally bound to do so by the First Amendment.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 21, 2019

Knocking down barriers for student voting

Before last year’s midterm elections, GOP politicians were derided for their apparent attempts to suppress the vote of college students, whose views tend to swing liberal. But some of the barriers students encounter in voting -- confusion over registration deadlines, state voter identification laws -- would likely crumble with the massive election reform package the House of Representatives passed earlier this month. HR 1 -- named for its prominence in the House Democrats’ agenda -- passed 234 to 193 along party lines and has been controversial for the major electoral shifts it would bring about: automatic voter registration, restoration of the voting rights of those who have served felony sentences and the creation of a public finance system, which would give congressional and presidential candidates a six-to-one match for small donations. Some of the bill’s less recognized provisions specifically focus on college students, and activists and elections experts said in interviews that the legislation would generally benefit students. However, a Republican-controlled Senate, which has made clear its disdain for the bill, all but guarantees it will not advance.
Inside Higher Ed, March 20, 2019

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