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News Links | May 2, 2019

May 02, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Centralia College botany professor earns achievement award

Centralia College botany and biology professor Lisa Carlson is the most recent recipient of a Hanke Faculty Achievement Award and accompanying grant from the Centralia College Foundation, the foundation announced this week. The grants allow college employees to “cover expenses outside the scope of state resources, including special projects, activities, or equipment,” according to the foundation. Carlson plans to use her award to develop a study-abroad program focusing on tropical ecology. 
The Daily Chronicle, May 1, 2019

Big Bend, South Korea schools pursuing education exchange opportunities

Big Bend Community College has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two schools in South Korea, agreeing to cooperate in pursuing educational exchanges. While on a visit to Gunpo, South Korea last week, Big Bend Vice President of Learning and Student Success Bryce Humpherys reached the agreement with representatives from Sanbon Technical High School and Cheongju University. A delegation from Gunpo spent time in Moses Lake earlier this year, with considerable time on the Big Bend campus.
iFiber One, April 30, 2019

Walla Walla wine industry booms

A report on the economic impact of wine just came out and in 2018 alone more than $100 million were generated from wineries and tourists. According to a study by Walla Walla Community College, in 2018- winery revenues topped $115 million. For tasting rooms like Plumb Cellars in downtown Walla Walla, they know tourism has definitely picked up. "We just really found that this is the prime spot for plumb and it's been ever since we moved over here our revenue and everything has gone... UP," tasting room manager, Sarah Brookshire said. And it's that growth that sparked Walla Walla community college's project leader, Dr. Nick Velluzzi to study the economic impact. "Over the course of those years, we've seen continued growth in the wine sector," Velluzzi said. 
NBC Right Now KNDU, April 30, 2019

Building a community of belonging | Windows and mirrors

When Alisa Shtromberg learned her mother had fallen very ill, she called her boss to explain she was getting on a plane and would understand if she did not have a job when she returned. However, her boss at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) in Kirkland was understanding, telling Shtromberg to take the time she needed. Fortunately, as the school’s website and digital content manager, she was able to work part time off site. In addition, Shtromberg said her colleagues were there for her. Not only did they donate vacation time so she could be away from work for about three and a half months, they also pitched in and helped her family back home, cooking meals and bringing them to her husband and two kids. 
Redmond Reporter, April 30, 2019

EvCC offers presidency to community college exec in NY state

The choice has been made for a new leader at Everett Community College. Now the college must finish negotiating a contract. The EvCC Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to offer the college presidency to Daria J. Willis, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York. The campus is within the State University of New York system. Willis has accepted, pending completion of contract negotiations. The decision was made after a national search, a campus visit earlier this month with student, faculty, staff and community forums as well as an in-depth interview with the board of trustees. There were 41 applications. 
Everett Herald, April 30, 2019

Medical Assistant program joins the Osaka Jikei cultural exchange

It’s become a tradition over more than 10 years for Clover Park Technical College to welcome students from Japan’s Osaka Jikei College, but now that tradition is expanding as CPTC’s Medical Assistant program served as hosts for the first time to a group of 40 students last week. In previous years, Osaka Jikei sent two groups during the year to visit the Medical Histology Technician program in the spring and the Medical Laboratory Technician program in the fall. Beginning this year, however, the two colleges will collaborate on several more trips that includes the Medical Assistant program and the Nursing program faculty, with the potential to add another trip in the future.
The Suburban Times, April 30, 2019

Funnel cake philanthropy hits $500K milestone in local student contributions

Anyone who purchased a funnel cake over the first five days of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Food Fair at Memorial Park not only enjoyed a sweet and sticky treat, but also helped achieve a milestone for educational philanthropy in the Wenatchee Valley. The food truck where the cakes are cooked up has been a popular draw at the annual festival’s exposition for eats since 2013 and every sale it has ever tendered has been used to help graduating high schoolers pay for their tuition at Wenatchee Valley College (WVC).
iFiber One News, April 20, 2019

High schoolers join Big Bend CC Trio program

High school students from Moses Lake, Royal City, Warden and Othello officially were welcomed into the Trio program at Big Bend Community College in a ceremony last week. The Trio-Upward Bound program provides academic and technical support for low-income students, said Tiffany Sukola, BBCC communications coordinator. Trio participants get help with “anything and everything college-related, including tutoring, assistance with college and financial aid applications and SAT/ACT preparation.”
Columbia Basin Herald, April 30, 2019

New art pieces to be dedicated today

No matter where you are on a Peninsula College campus, you are just steps away from experiencing unique works of art created by artists who are living and working in the Pacific Northwest. ... “This art represents a wide range of artistic styles and themes,” Robins said. “We’re proud to have a permanent, thought-provoking collection of fine art on campus that stimulates the cultural and learning environment for our students and the public. We hope that everyone takes the opportunity to see these works and recognize the impact of the Art in Public Places Program, and how energizing it can be in the spaces where we study and work and meet together.” 
Peninsula Daily News, April 30, 2019

LWTech’s Gross and Hogue receive Leading2Lean scholarships

Leading2Lean has awarded scholarships to two Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) students who are pursuing a career in manufacturing technology. McKenzie Gross of Granite Falls and Christian Hogue of Lynnwood were each awarded $1,250 to put toward the cost of their education. Both students are pursuing a degree in welding technology and are first-generation college students. “We are living through an incredible skills gap in the manufacturing trade industry right now,” Leading2Lean CEO and president Keith Barr said in a press release. “The majority of students aren’t aware of this gap and the resulting high-paying and in-demand jobs that are available because of it. McKenzie and Christian understand the value in earning an education for such a skill, and we are truly honored to help them in their journey.”
Kirkland Reporter, April 30, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Selecting courses for students

High schools across the country provide preassigned class schedules to their students that often match those students’ career and education interests. Administrators at Cosumnes River College, a community college located in Sacramento, want to continue that practice for its first-time, full-time students. This fall, Cosumnes plans to create and give each student a 15-credit course schedule based on their major. As a result, instead of students registering and scheduling courses on their own, the college is doing it for them. “College isn’t something that you should figure out on your own,” said Ed Bush, president of Cosumnes River College. 
Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2019

Many college grads feel their grip on middle class loosening

A college degree has long been a ticket to the U.S. middle class. It typically confers higher pay, stronger job security, greater home ownership and comparatively stable households. Those benefits have long been seen as worth the sacrifices often required, from deferred income to student debt. Yet college graduates aren’t as likely as they once were to feel they belong to the middle class, according to a collaborative analysis of the 2018 General Social Survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and GSS staff. The survey found that 35% of graduates described themselves as working or lower class, up from just 20% who felt that way in 1983. By contrast, only 64% of college grads say they feel they belong to the middle or upper class.
The Seattle Times, May 1, 2019

Opinion: Rethinking career and technical education

In the fall my 13-year-old daughter began high school, where she is enrolled in a career and technical education program -- or a CTE program, formerly known as vocational education or voc-ed. She is interested in the sciences and loves mysteries. Her program has projects that blend forensics, chemistry, physics and biology. If all goes as planned, she will graduate from high school with a certification as a laboratory technician and some college credit from dual-enrollment courses, as well as her high school diploma. When she graduates, Layla will immediately be able to earn about $40,000 a year as a lab technician. She will be positioned to join the labor market, complete an associate’s degree or pursue a four-year degree. She will require fewer courses (less cash out of my pockets) and will be able to compete with other college students for coveted lab or research opportunities. Not a bad deal.
Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2019

Do colleges measure what they value?

As Americans express growing doubts about the value of a postsecondary degree, colleges and universities have been under increasing pressure to show that students emerge with the knowledge and/or skills the institutions say they're trying to develop. Not everyone applauds the push to measure student learning, but the pressure to be more intentional about the outcomes a college or program aims to develop isn't likely to abate soon. A new report, "Degree of Difference: What Do Learning Outcomes Say About Higher Education?" digs into data about "learning outcome statements" at dozens of colleges and universities to see what institutions say they want their students to be learning and how they measure whether that learning occurred.
Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2019

Career education's incomplete transformation

... But a report from the American Enterprise Institute released today finds that those signs of progress can mask continuing struggles of students who are enrolled in more traditional career and technical education courses. That’s because overall academic gains for CTE programs may reflect higher enrollment of more academically prepared, college-bound students rather than improving quality of courses themselves. The findings are a warning to state and federal policy makers that career and technical education must strike a better balance between serving the students who plan to continue with their postsecondary education after high school and those who likely won’t receive training opportunities beyond CTE programs.
Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2019

Planned merger of Cengage and McGraw-Hill could remake college-textbook market

McGraw-Hill and Cengage, two of the country’s three biggest textbook publishers, announced on Wednesday that they would merge. The deal, which some in the publishing industry called not surprising given the financial pressures facing the sector, would create a company with the potential for growing influence over the textbook market. Combined, the two companies would have revenues of more than $3.1 billion and 44,000 titles in a range of fields.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1, 2019

Why we should celebrate -- and invest in -- America's best community colleges

Earlier this month, the Aspen Institute awarded its biannual Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. ... they join previous winners Lake Area Technical Institute (2017); Santa Fe College (2015); Santa Barbara City College and Walla Walla Community College (co-winners, 2013); and Valencia College (2011) as exemplars of how to connect students with the resources, opportunities, and inspiration they need to succeed. ... Community colleges are in every part of the country—rural, suburban, urban and tribal—and they are keenly aware of the challenges, changes and options (or lack thereof) their neighbors encounter. They provide the space, safety and stability to encounter, learn and discover common ground. They promote broad opportunities for students from all backgrounds in ways that lift up entire communities and regions.
Forbes, April 30, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

What's Pierce County's share of the $4.9 billion state capital budget? Here's a list.

State legislators on Sunday approved the two-year $4.9 billion capital budget that focuses on projects in areas of behavioral health, affordable housing, education and the environment. “The bipartisan support of this budget highlights the investments it makes on behalf of all Washingtonians,” said Sen. David Frockt, the Seattle Democrat who is vice chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee and the Senate’s lead capital budget writer. ... The budget also includes $927 million to construct facilities at public colleges and universities, which is also a record. ... $40.8 million to replace the West Annex building at the downtown Tacoma campus of Bates Technical College with a new Medical Mile Health Science Center. ... $3.3 million for pre-design and design of a new science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) building at Pierce College Puyallup. ... $2.8 million for predesign and design for a new fire training facility for Bates Technical College.
KIRO 7, May 1, 2019

State universities may consider race and gender in admissions, hiring — and so might the City of Seattle

For years, the University of Washington lost top job candidates and turned down stellar students, administrators say, because it couldn’t consider race or gender in hiring or admissions decisions. Those professors and students were snatched up by top colleges that didn’t have to follow the same rules: Stanford. Yale. MIT. Other states’ flagship universities. Now, the rules may be changing. On Sunday, the Washington Legislature passed Initiative 1000, overturning the state’s 20-year-old, voter-approved ban on affirmative action. That prohibition, known as I-200, blocked the government from giving preferential treatment to, or discriminating against, people and groups on the basis of sex, ethnicity, color, race or national origin. On Monday, a group filed a referendum measure to repeal I-1000; the group has 90 days to collect 130,000 valid signatures.
The Seattle Times, April 30, 2019

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