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News Links | May 7, 2019

May 07, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

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Two SFCC Piano students earn scholarships to Whitworth

Two classical piano students at Spokane Falls Community College each earned a $40,000 scholarship to the Whitworth University classical piano music program, and will start as juniors in the fall. “I’ve never had one student get $40,000, let alone two!” said Rosi Guerrero, who has served as a tenured music faculty at SFCC for the past 21 years and heads the piano program. The students, Zawng Lum and Danny Cordero, have each charted unconventional paths in pursuit of music.
The Spokesman-Review, May 6, 2019

Keep on truckin’: The wide reach of drivers

... Our economy depends on truckers, and we need more of them. “Over the next decade there will be jobs available for 89,000 truck drivers, and starting salaries are usually around $50,000 a year,” says Steve Harvey, who has been the commercial truck driving instructor at Walla Walla Community College since 2004. ... But just knowing how to drive isn’t enough to land one of these jobs. “Trucking is a highly-regulated industry,” says Harvey, “and we teach our students how to comply with all of the regulations."
Union-Bulletin, May 5, 2019

Clark College becomes accredited testing center for American Welding Society

The Clark College welding technologies program recently announced its accreditation as an American Welding Society (AWS) testing center. This accreditation makes national certifications available to both students and professional welders in the region who are seeking to advance their careers. Beginning May 1, Clark made a number of certifications available for testing. The most common is the Certified Welder (CW), which tests welders on procedures used in the structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal and chemical refinery welding industries. Certifications available include Steel, Stainless Steel and Aluminum. 
Vancouver Business Journal, May 3, 2019

Tacoma Community College welcomes Dr. Judy Loveless-Morris as new interim vice president of equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Tacoma Community College is pleased to announce that Dr. Judy Loveless-Morris is the new interim vice president of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Reporting to the TCC president, Loveless-Morris will begin her new position on July 1. This is a new leadership position at TCC that will focus on strengthening and building the college’s work related to equity, diversity and inclusion. Loveless-Morris was a tenured sociology professor at TCC. During her time at TCC, she led and supported multiple programs to support student success, including improving the academic experience for incarcerated students, developing cohort-based learning and streamlining programs for students to persist and complete. To continue her work in a different capacity, she left TCC nearly a year ago to serve as the dean of Academic Instruction and Interim Chief Diversity and Equity Officer at Clover Park Technical College.
Tacoma Weekly, May 3, 2019

Editorial: Study of local wine industry bodes well for future

It’s clear to anyone spending five minutes walking the streets of Downtown Walla Walla or driving through the backroads of the Valley that the wine industry is a big deal here. But how big? That’s always been tough to say with any certainty — until now. ... “The big news is the impact,” said project leader Nick Velluzzi, acting assistant vice president for enrollment management at Walla Walla Community College. “The industry here still punches above its weight class.” It’s been long said that knowledge is power. Well, the information in this study is likely to help the growing wine industry expand even faster.
Union-Bulletin, May 3, 2019

CPTC awarded grant to support Guided Pathways math redesign

A key piece of Clover Park Technical College’s transition to the Guided Pathways education approach involves redesigning math instruction to better support student success. That effort received a significant boost this week when College Spark awarded the college a supplemental grant worth nearly $150,000 over three years to support the math redesign process. While the traditional math structure uses third-party assessment tools to determine placement, that structure often leads to a significant percentage of students being assigned to remedial math courses that unnecessarily delay their educational goals. The Guided Pathways model seeks to eliminate the developmental math pathway and instead place students in college-level math earlier in the process with supports in place to help them succeed. 
The Suburban Times, May 3, 2019

Green River College’s Barton honored for work with water

Peggy Barton, director of Washington Certification Services at Green River College, recently received a Lifetime Achievement award for her work advancing the cause of certifying environmental professionals. Barton oversees administration of the Washington State Department of Health’s professional growth program for certified water works operators, its annual renewal program and backflow assembly testers’ certification program. For more than 35 years, her commitment, high standards and dedication to contemporary training programs, with clear and relevant instruction, resulted in highly trained, exceptionally competent waterworks operators for Washington State.
Auburn Reporter, May 3, 2019

Annual State of Tourism winners announced

At the annual State of Tourism Meeting, key stakeholders in the South Sound tourism community gathered at the Stampfer Retreat Center to celebrate what makes the region special and to recognize industry professionals in their pursuit of unity, community relations and innovation. ... The Community Unity Award acknowledges those who collaborate and engage with the community in the name of travel. The award was presented to the South Puget Sound Community College Brewing & Distilling Program.
Thurston Talk, May 3, 2019

Culinary students ready for “Top Chef” style competition at BTC

Bellingham Technical College students are going to face the heat as they take part this Saturday in a “Top Chef” style competition put on by the American Culinary Federation. Students will compete with professional chefs in a variety of challenges, ranging from showpieces and desserts to mystery baskets that force competitors to use surprise ingredients. Several certified chefs as well as a Master Chef, one of 67 in the U.S., will be there as judges.
KGMI, May 3, 2019

Vancouver celebrates Small Business Month

... “Making up 95% of all businesses in the city, small businesses are at the very center of Vancouver’s economy,” said Abigail Herrera, marketing manager, Clark College Economic & Community Development. “Clark College Economic & Community Development is proud of the many small businesses and entrepreneurs that contribute job opportunities, services and conveniences to our community.” 
Vancouver Business Journal, May 3, 2019

Female apprentices wanted: Annual event exposes girls to trade career possibilities

The annual Pizza, Pop and Power Tools event designed to introduce eighth-grade girls to trade careers shifted this year and instead invited high school junior and senior girls to try their hand at everything from welding to heavy equipment operation. “Our apprenticeship programs are having difficulty getting women interested in the construction trade,” said Kenna May, manager of apprenticeship at Spokane Community College. “We’re trying to get the ones making decisions in the next couple of years.”
The Spokesman-Review, May 2, 2019

The teachers show their stuff

Today and tomorrow (May 2-3) are the last two days of the art faculty exhibit at Tacoma Community College. A college faculty art exhibit is where the teachers get to put their art where their mouths are -- to walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Kyle Dillehay and Marit Berg certainly prove they can walk the walk, and there are flashes of greatness or at least originality in the works of a few others, notably AIice DiCerto and Frank Dippolito. Every artist in the show is an accomplished practitioner in their chosen field, but few of the works displayed have the power of the best work in previous shows in this gallery, such as Hart James' landscapes, sculptures by Irene Osborne, and Bobbi Ritter's series on the micro-brew culture of the Pacific Northwest seen in TCC's previous exhibition.
Weekly Volcano, May 2, 2019

State higher ed funding pleases WWCC

... “(With) the amount of people coming to school now struggling to find financial resources that will help them continue and it will bring those resources to bear when a new student applies,” Walla Walla Community College Vice President of Advancement Doug Bayne said. The $52.4 billion, two-year state operating budget lawmakers approved includes more money for schools and college aid.  However, it also included a package of new taxes in order to fund the budget. Bayne said the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges will meet later this month to work on the details that will help the colleges understand what the budgetary impacts will be.
My Columbia Basin, May 1, 2019

May 3 fundraiser to help Edmonds CC salsa band travel to Puerto Rico

The Edmonds Community College Jazz and Salsa Band students will travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in January to listen to and learn la musica salsa from world-renowned salsa musicians during the San Sebastian Street Festival, one of the largest festivals in Puerto Rico. “These opportunities to experience Caribbean music and culture first hand are invaluable for enriching the sounds and feel of our salsa band,” said Edmonds CC band instructor John Sanders. “The authenticity of our band’s sound can be traced to wonderful clinicians and teachers we have here in the Northwest, but also due to our exposure through travel to the sources of salsa.”
MLT News, May 1, 2019

Students, instructors create their best for annual exhibits

Artists find inspiration everywhere. For Anjela Sevilla, it was a Yakima Valley College classmate and friend. Sevilla sculpted “Forest Queen // The Muse,” a nearly life-size bust of a student who sat across from her in Rachel Dorn’s hand-building class. Dorn is an instructor in and head of the college’s clay program and helps guide its department of visual art. “This was my winter hand-building class, which had some really strong work this year. I had them do a portrait. One person has a portrait of a dog, (Sevilla) a portrait of the student who sat across from her. We have a portrait of a student’s daughter,” Dorn said.
Yakima Herald, May 1, 2019

WATCH: Seattle Southside Chamber’s ‘State of Our Schools’ event

On Friday, April 26, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce held its second annual ‘State of Our Schools’ luncheon at the Hotel Interurban in Tukwila. This year’s event featured the President of Highline College, Dr. John Mosby, Tukwila School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Flip Herndon, and Highline Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield. [Video]
B-Town Blog, May 1, 2019

Hadda Estrada understands experiences of international students

In February, Hadda Estrada left for Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Lebanon to recruit international students for the Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS). As dean for global education and strategic partnerships at the CCS since 2016, she previously has traveled in China, Mexico, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain and Lebanon to interest students in studying in Spokane. ... Much of what she does in her present position arose out of a previous position at Spokane Falls Community College, where she helped to start its Gateway to College program. 
The Fig Tree, May 1, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Answers to 6 big questions about the skills gap

Maria Flynn, president and chief executive of Jobs for the Future, answers key questions about the skills gap: What is it? Who gets left out? Where do colleges come into play? What’s the one big thing that would improve the system? [Video]
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 7, 2019

HigherEd Polling Dashboard

The HigherEd Polling Dashboard comprises public opinion surveys on higher education that have been conducted in the U.S. since 2010. Surveys in the dashboard explore the general public’s opinion on issues pertaining to higher education such as funding, diversity, and value. Some focus on opinion of first-year college students, college and university presidents, and faculty. The dashboard is a helpful source for researchers, journalists, and the general public who are interested in understanding public opinion on higher education issues.
New America, May 6, 2019

110,000 Washington students a year will get money for college, many a free ride

Starting in 2020, more Washington residents will be able to attend college for less money. For many, it will be free. About 110,000 low-to median-income students will qualify for help each year, including adults who never got a degree and want to go to school. There will be no more financial-aid wait lists. The changes come from a sweeping higher education bill that passed along with the Legislature’s budget last weekend, which will help families who make up to the state’s median income – just under $92,000 for a family of four. It has not yet been signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, who called on the Legislature to expand financial aid, but already, experts are calling it nationally significant.
The Seattle Times, May 5, 2019

Guest essay: Six ways we can help students achieve their college and career goals

“College isn’t for everyone.” That’s something I hear regularly from school staff and politicians, but rarely from students or families. As a white person who grew up in an upper middle-class household, I never had anyone question my postsecondary aspirations — ever. The suggestion that some students are destined for certain paths and others are not often stems from biases about race, class and gender. When I encounter adults who doubt their students’ interest in college, I encourage them to go to the source. That’s what we did in our recent survey. More than 96 percent of 7,000 high school students we asked said they want to continue their education beyond high school through apprenticeships, two-year or four-year colleges. Yet only 65 percent of our South King County students enroll in postsecondary education, and only 30 percent earn a degree or credential by their mid-twenties.
The Seattle Time, May 5, 2019

Young people support free college

More than half of young adults, many of them in the traditional college age range, support plans to make public universities free, even if it costs billions of dollars, according to new data from Harvard University. The Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School has released an annual poll -- notable in that it’s created by undergraduates -- for two decades. The poll asks about many of the issues du jour, and the students with the institute this year included questions about free college plans, which have come under new scrutiny as candidates for the 2020 presidential election ramp up their campaigns.
Inside Higher Ed, May 3, 2019

Teachers begin to see unfair student loans disappear

Nearly 2,300 teachers have just had a mountain of student loan debt lifted off their backs, according to previously unreleased figures from the U.S. Department of Education. The move follows reporting by NPR that exposed a nightmare for public school teachers across the country. In exchange for agreeing to work in low-income schools, aspiring teachers could get federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants from the department to help pay their way through college. But those grants were often unfairly turned into loans that teachers had to pay back. In December, the Education Department proposed a fix. Now, that fix has been expanded, and thousands more teachers are likely to get help.
NPR, May 3, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Warren zeroes in on race

Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to cancel most student debt stirred a debate over whether a progressive agenda should include debt cancellation -- and, if so, who should get relief. But the plan is also notable for offering the most substantive attempt yet by a presidential campaign to address deep racial disparities involving student debt. As Warren wrote in a Medium post announcing her plan, black college students are more likely to need student loans to attend college and, because of factors like employment discrimination, to owe more than their original balance 12 years after graduation. “We must do more to correct these historical injustices and to ensure that opportunities are fairly available to everyone,” she wrote.
Inside Higher Ed, May 7, 2019

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