News Links | March 28, 2019
System News | Opinion
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
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
... 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
The Suburban Times, March 25, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
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 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
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