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News Links | May 9, 2019

May 09, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Vote goats and vote floats earn Pierce College students lunch with Gov. Inslee

Who doesn’t love a vote goat? That is — a goat with the word VOTE! lettered on its side in animal-safe paint. Add a root beer “vote float” and you have just some of the creative ways Pierce College Puyallup student leaders enticed students to register to vote last fall. They broke previous Pierce College registration records, earning a prized spot at a luncheon with Governor Jay Inslee on March 28, 2019 at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia. It was all part of a statewide challenge issued last fall by Governor Inslee to encourage college student leaders to register their peers to vote. Pierce College Puyallup ended up in the top 10 colleges statewide.
The Suburban Times, May 8, 2019

Local colleges, universities declare Affordable Housing Week, May 13–17

The presidents of four Seattle-area universities and colleges have joined forces to declare May 13-17 as Affordable Housing Week on their campuses. John R. Mosby, president of Highline College; Daniel J. Martin, president of Seattle Pacific University; Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., president of Seattle University; and Ana Mari Cauce, president of University of Washington, have signed proclamations or otherwise affirmed the importance of safe, healthy, affordable homes in communities of opportunity. The higher-education institutions join King County and 25 King County cities in recognizing the benefits of affordable housing to everyone in the community.
Auburn Reporter, May 8, 2019

EvCC and its new president agree to terms of 3-year contract

The contract between Everett Community College and its new president will pay her $241,000 annually. The college board of trustees unanimously approved the agreement Monday. The five-page contract already has been signed by 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 signed a three-year contract that will begin July 1.
Everett Herald, May 8, 2019

8th grade girls in Wenatchee School District get hands on with traditionally-male job skills

“Girl power” reigned supreme on the Wenatchee Valley College campus Tuesday afternoon, as the fourth-annual Pizza, Pop & Power Tools event took center stage there. The middle school field experience involved every 8th grade female student in the Wenatchee School District (WSD) and is designed to expose its young participants to a variety of career options which have traditionally been filled largely by males. “It’s all about getting them hands on with careers they may not have thought about or where women are non-traditional on those pathways,” said WSD communications director Diana Haglund.
iFiber One, May 7, 2019

Native dancers share traditions during 34th annual Edmonds CC powwow

Edmonds Community College’s Native American Student Association hosted their 34th annual powwow, “Restoring the Salish Sea,” last weekend. Powwows are gatherings to celebrate the Native Americans who live in the U.S. They feature dancing, singing and drum playing by the indigenous people, usually dressed in a variety of different types of regalia. When asked what the powwow means to her, Lia Andrews of the Powwow Committee said, “…when the colonists came and indigenous people were colonized…it actually wasn’t legal for us to host powwows until the 1970s when the American Religious Act passed. So being able to gather together [for powwows]…is just about sharing our traditions with each other and expressing our individual and tribal identities.”
MLT News, May 6, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Community college expands internationally to grow enrollment

Hudson Valley Community College in New York is looking beyond U.S. borders to stanch declining enrollment by offering academic programs to students in Central America and the Caribbean. But unlike most community colleges that recruit international students to attend campuses in the United States, Hudson Valley, which is part of the State University of New York system, plans to bring its courses and faculty to countries where those potential students live. ... Many community colleges across the country are experiencing enrollment declines. Although some colleges could make up for those declines by enrolling more international students, it can be too costly for students of modest means to attend colleges that aren’t near the southern U.S. border and relatively close to several Latin American countries, Ramsammy said.
Inside Higher Ed, May 8, 2019

Changing how you think helps the transition from prisoner back to citizen

Raymond Tillman spent most of his adolescence and early adulthood behind bars. His last release — after three stints inside — was in 2011. When he got out, he had a lot to catch up on — like, the digital age. "When I first came home I was illiterate to technology," he explains. "Didn't know how to turn on a computer, let alone what an email was." But he needed a job, and to get one, he'd need to be able to apply online. ... He remembers his first computer class, looking down at the floor for a mouse. "There was a mouse? What? Where? I'm looking around the building," he recalls, laughing.
NPR, May 6, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Partisan contrast in spending on student aid

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are moving forward with spending proposals that make for a clear contrast with the White House on student aid, for-profit colleges and support for minority-serving institutions. The appropriations committee approved a bill by a 30-to-23 margin Wednesday to fund the Education Department as well as the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services. It’s the first chance Democrats have had to craft a spending bill since they took over the House after the midterm elections. The bill would boost the maximum Pell Grant award by $150, to $6,345. The White House budget proposal would provide flat funding for Pell.
Inside Higher Ed, May 9, 2019

For these states and cities, funding college is money in the bank

A majority of American college graduates leave school with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. The issue of paying for college is so concerning that several 2020 presidential candidates have proposed forgiving student debt or making public colleges free. But as Hari Sreenivasan reports, some states and cities aren't waiting, and are instead developing their own college funding plans. [Video]
PBS News Hour, May 7, 2019

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