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News Links | March 28, 2019

March 28, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

NanoCon upgrades to version VI

NanoCon, the Longview-Kelso area’s homegrown sci-fi convention, kicked off its sixth iteration last Friday with the weeklong NanoCon International Film Festival, but that’s just the beginning. For the new, more ambitious NanoCon, things really will get started Friday. The event has set its sights higher than ever before, bringing in a big-name guest, putting out ads across the region and expanding its footprint on the Lower Columbia College campus. The goal? To go from roughly 200 attendees to 500-1,000.
The Daily News, March 28, 2019

Editorial: Teaching, training tomorrow's leaders, workers

Chances are that you or someone you know has studied at a community or technical college in South King County. Each year, some 45,000 students attend Green River, Highline and Renton Technical colleges. Our students go on to successful careers and contribute to the economy and their communities. Our students have compelling stories about how having access to a nearby community or technical college changed their lives.
Auburn Reporter, March 27, 2019

From high-school dropout to future neurosurgeon: College tips from an extraordinary student

... Two weeks ago, as the college scandal crawled across chyrons on cable news, Woodiwiss, 32, learned that he’d been accepted to a medical residency in neurosurgery at the University of Iowa. He starts June 24. What was his secret? It certainly wasn’t multimillion-dollar donations to a prestigious school or faking his SAT scores — Woodiwiss never took the SAT, and neither of his parents went to college. He was the 6th child in a family of 12, and money was tight. He launched his academic career at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake. “I absolutely wouldn’t be here without Big Bend,” said Woodiwiss, who won an award as one of the most inspiring community college students from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in 2016.
The Seattle Times, March 27, 2019

Peninsula College hosts Running Start Info Night

During the March 19 Running Start Info Night for the Port Townsend campus of Peninsula College, political science professor Dan Stengel clarified the advantages of the school’s Running Start Program. “We’re not just a cheap alternative,” Stengel said. “As a parent of two children who went through Running Start here, this alternative is cheap, but it’s also a quality learning environment.” Stengel said Peninsula College affords more face-to-face interactions with faculty, in the midst of a “lovely facility” at Fort Worden, a 500-acre waterfront park west of Port Townsend.
The Leader, March 27, 2019

Clark College enrollment sees big drop

In the last decade, Clark College has suffered a case of enrollment whiplash. The Vancouver community college — and all community and technical colleges across the state — are seeing declining enrollment in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Leaders in the field say that’s a typical pattern for those colleges: when unemployment is low, fewer people seek community college degrees or pursue retraining to find new jobs. “It’s not something that we can feel sad about because it’s good that the economy is strong,” said Jan Yoshiwara, executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The Columbian, March 27, 2019

South Seattle College offering two quarters of tuition to Art Institute students

South Seattle College announced that it is offering two quarters of free tuition to students displaced by the recent and sudden closure of the Art Institute. ... Former Art Institute students who were already enrolled and working toward a degree qualify for the offer. Students will need to provide a transcript and complete the financial aid process. Students have to enroll in spring 2019 to be eligible and use the full 30 credits by fall 2019. 
KIRO 7, March 26, 2019

Never too late for an IT career

Ten years ago, Joe Johnston found himself and his wife out of work, laid off from jobs in a food packaging factory. In his mid-40’s, Joe, with six children to provide for, made a bold choice, enrolling in computer classes at Yakima Valley College with the goal of becoming a member of the information technology workforce. “I was 45 years old, I had no idea what I was even going to do, my world had come crashing down,” Joe says. “I was 45 years old, and I wasn’t very computer literate.” As Joe suspected, the next decade brought tremendous growth to the IT field in Yakima. Currently, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department, there are over 140 network systems administrators working in Yakima County, with an average hourly wage of just under 30 dollars. After graduating with two AAS degrees, Joe found steady employment in Yakima County’s technology services department.
KIMA, March 26, 2019

Two Clark College students make All-Washington Academic Team

On March 21, [Angela Kyle and Heather Leasure] represented Clark College at the 23rd annual All-Washington Academic Team ceremony, honoring 59 students from Washington State for their academic excellence and community service. Top students from 33 of Washington state’s community and technical colleges were honored at the annual ceremony, which was held at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia; each received a medal and a $250 scholarship from KeyBank and became eligible for additional scholarships from private sponsors as well as transfer scholarships from four-year colleges and universities. 
Clark County Today, March 25, 2019

Meet Phuong Do, All Washington Academic Team scholar

As an international student from Vietnam, Phuong Do feels fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to the United States to attend college, and calls the experience transformative. “I just love the college environment,” she said. “There are so many opportunities at Pierce College, and I love being surrounded by people who are passionate about their education.” Do, 18, will earn her high school diploma and associate degree when she graduates from Pierce College this spring. She currently serves as Pierce College Puyallup Office of Student Life’s Vice President of Clubs and Organizations, helping students join clubs or even start their own. “I love being able to help increase student engagement at Pierce,” she said. “Being involved in student life has helped me become a better leader.”
The Suburban Times, March 25, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Obfuscating net price

When it last overhauled the Higher Education Act in 2008, Congress required that colleges make disclosures on their websites about the actual net price students would pay if they enrolled on campus. Colleges were supposed to clearly display tools called net price calculators that would show students total costs after subtracting grants and scholarships and factoring in students' family incomes. The idea behind the requirement was that many would-be students see only college sticker prices and don't realize how much aid they may be able to obtain.
Inside Higher Ed, March 28, 2019

JP Morgan's investmant bank drops campus visits

JP Morgan Chase's investment bank has dropped its long-standing intern recruiting visits to college campuses, Business Insider reported. The bank instead will ask students to apply by submitting video interviews and taking online behavioral science tests. The change is designed to create a more level playing field for potential recruits who are from underserved backgrounds or who attended less selective colleges, the bank said. Last week JP Morgan announced $350 million in grants for high-demand career education programs, many of them offered by community colleges. The five-year grant program follows a similar investment of $250 million by the company.
Inside Higher Ed, March 28, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

DeVos questioned on short-term Pell Grants

House Democrats on Tuesday questioned Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on a Trump administration proposal to open the Pell Grant program to "high-quality" short-term programs. DeVos appeared before the House appropriations subcommittee that authorizes education spending for a hearing on the administration's proposed fiscal year 2020 budget. Representative Bonnie Watson-Coleman, a New Jersey Democrat, said a traditional four-year college degree should not be the only path to a college education. "What are you going to have in place to ensure something like a Trump University is not someone, not an organization that benefits from this new approach?" she asked. DeVos said the administration would work with Congress to make sure "appropriate boundaries or guardrails are put in place" for short-term Pell.
Inside Higher Ed, March 27, 2019 

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