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May 14, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom names new president

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom announced the selection of its new president Monday, ending a four-month search. Julie A. White, Ph.D., was chosen out of four finalists and will join the college in Lakewood on July 15. White currently serves as vice president of student engagement and learning support at Onondaga Community College in Syracruse, New York. “I am thrilled to join the Pierce College community as president at Fort Steilacoom,” White said in a press release. “I was drawn to Pierce because of its commitment to racial and social justice and its unfaltering support of students. I am excited to jump in, in partnership with students, faculty, staff and the community to accelerate that momentum even more!”
The News Tribune, May 13, 2019

What happens when the science of trauma and building resilience go to prison?

... McGuire, who is paid by Walla Walla Community College to teach the course, treats the 12 to 16 members of each class, which he teaches four times a year, as if they are workers on a job site. Over the 14 weeks of the class, the inmates, all from the medium-security part of the prison, split into four teams to build four 8-foot by 8-foot houses. They learn professionalism at the same time as they’re learning how to install a plumbing system.
WitnessLA, May 13, 2019

Commentary: Taking next step after prison for single mothers

... Community and technical colleges have come to recognize that they need to provide additional transition paths for students who were formerly incarcerated. These are known as re-entry programs and are usually the first step of a student’s educational journey. Eleven of the 34 community and technical colleges in the state offer these re-entry programs. South Seattle College was the first many years ago. Starting in 2015, Edmonds Community College’s Next Steps program became the state’s second re-entry program. 
Everett Herald, May 12, 2019

Peninsula College names new longhouse director

Peninsula College has announced that Yolanda Machado will be its new special advisor to the president on indigenous affairs. Machado, a member of the Makah Tribe, will be responsible for overseeing ʔaʔkʷustəŋáw̕tx House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse and all Peninsula College programs and initiatives related to indigenous students and cultures.
Peninsula Daily News, May 12, 2019

Notes from a fledgling birder

... So, I signed up for the Birds and Habitat class through the Quest program at Walla Walla Community College, taught by local naturalist Mike Denny. I thought I was just going to learn how to identify common birds coming to my feeder. Silly me. Instead I fell in love … with ecru fields and blue mountains and all sizes of birds.
Union-Bulletin, May 11, 2019

Seattle International Film Festival returns to Shoreline for fourth year

For the fourth consecutive year, the City of Shoreline and Shoreline Community College are pleased to announce the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will host its northernmost venue in Shoreline. ... “We are so pleased to once again open our doors for this special festival and provide such a high-quality art and entertainment event to our local community,” said Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D., President of Shoreline Community College. 
Shoreline Area News, May 10, 2019

Food & drink: A field study in foraging for mushrooms

... Five years later, Zoller teaches every weekend in the spring and fall at Wildcraft Studio School and Clark College’s Continuing Education Program. I gathered, with 17 other students, on a sunny spring day at Beacock Music Hall at Clark College to learn more about these fascinating fungi. “Go out with curiosity — not just what I can eat, but to learn more about the whole system,” she told us.
The Columbian, May 10, 2019

Graduation rates up in Walla Walla

Walla Walla graduation rates are on the rise. Assistant Superintendent Chris Gardea this week told Walla Walla School Board members that Walla Walla High School’s four-year graduation rate is 90 percent, about 10 percent higher than Washington state averages. ... The information comes from a number of sources, including Washington’s Office of Public Instruction, National Student Clearing House and the state’s Board of Community and Technical Colleges, Gardea said later. Tracking by the district shows fewer Walla Walla graduates who enter college need remedial courses — there was an 8 percent decrease from 2015 to 2015 for community college students, and a 12 percent decrease in the last three years for four-year college students.
Union-Bulletin, May 10, 2019

Art reception slated for Tuesday at Peninsula College Port Townsend campus

No matter where you are on a Peninsula College campus, you are just steps away from experiencing unique works of art created by artists living and working in the Pacific Northwest, officials said. ... Peninsula College President Luke Robins and Anna Forrestal, director of the Port Townsend campus, will speak briefly at the reception. “The art across all Peninsula College campuses represents a wide range of artistic styles and themes,” Robins said.
Peninsula Daily News, May 10, 2019

Human Services alumni award winner finds joy assisting local students

For Kellie Kirkpatrick-Jacobs, Clover Park Technical College offered an opportunity to pursue a passion for helping people and turn it into career. Her impact as a behavior therapist in the community has prompted recognition, as she was selected as a recipient of CPTC’s 2019 Alumni of Distinction Award. Kirkpatrick-Jacobs graduated from CPTC’s Human Services program in 2017 and works as a registered behavior therapist at ACES Comprehensive Educational Services, assisting children with autism and other special needs. 
The Suburban Times, May 10, 2019

New union building at GHC misses cut on state funding

Funds for the construction of a new student union building at Grays Harbor College did not make the cut in the 2019 state capital budget, but design work continues and the site of the three-story structure will be shovel ready when funds for the $41 million project become available, said Grays Harbor College President Dr. Jim Minkler. The college’s request for funding to construct a replacement for the Hillier Union Building, constructed in 1957, was submitted to the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, which prioritizes budget requests and submits them to the Legislature for consideration. This session there were 43 projects submitted statewide. “We were number 27 on the list going into this biennium. We were hoping for them to get that far down the funding list, but they didn’t,” said Minkler. “The governor went down to number 14 on his funding request, the House was right there at 14, and the Senate went down to 17, and that’s where they ended up on the list.” Shoreline College’s $36,642,000 request for funds to construct an allied health, science and manufacturing facility was at the 17th spot and the final one funded.
The Daily World, May 10, 2019

What happens when wind turbines get too old?

Taylor Hays grew up watching her father fix wind turbines. She didn’t consider herself to be very mechanical. But she knew she wanted to work with her hands. So she decided to follow in her father’s footsteps. Hays is studying at Walla Walla Community College in southeast Washington to repair renewable energy equipment, like wind turbines. “This is my first wind application class, so I’m kind of excited because we haven’t been able to work with actual wind turbine equipment yet,” Hays said, standing in a large room filled with mechanical equipment.
OPB, May 10, 2019

Architectural Engineering Design instructor receives honor

Clover Park Technical College Architectural Engineering Design instructor Poppy Bushnell received special recognition last week when she was presented with a President’s Citation from the Northwest Region Construction Specification Institute. The Construction Specifications Institute is made up of industry-wide professionals, including architects, engineers, contractors, product representatives, etc., with the goal of improving processes and networking professionals. Bushnell’s honor came in recognition of her work in involving CPTC students in the organization and its mission.
The Suburban Times, May 10, 2019

The Jets and the Sharks rumble at Centralia College

“West Side Story” has endured as a theatrical piece for its powerful songs such as “I Feel Pretty” and “America”. But it is also its social messages that continue to endure with audiences, said Emmy Kreilkamp, director of “West Side Story” at Centralia College. ... “It’s this beautiful, huge theatre we have, and I wanted to fill it with a huge, ambitious show with a huge, ambitious set and a huge ensemble,” Kreilkamp said. The production is a collaboration with the Ballet Theatre of Washington, the performing cast of the Centralia Ballet Academy.
The Daily Chronicle, May 9, 2019

Local artist to teach pastel course at GHC

Artist Susan Mitchell says she took up pastel painting when her kids were little. There were no brushes to clean up, no messes to contend with. And as the kids grew, so did her love for working in this medium, so she stayed with it. ... Pastel, she said, is “a pressure sensitive medium, so when we’re using the soft colors or harder pastels, we can control what we’re getting with the amount of pressure we apply.” Mitchell’s four-week Pastel Painting and Drawing class begins at Grays Harbor College May 21 at the Ilwaco campus.
Chinook Observer, May 9, 2019

BBCC signs agreements with Korean schools

Big Bend Community College could be hosting students from South Korea under the terms of an agreement with a South Korean high school and another with a South Korean university. The agreements recently were signed with Sanbon Technical High School and Cheongju University. Big Bend and the Korean schools agreed to “cooperate with one another in pursuing educational exchanges,” said BBCC communications director Matt Killebrew.
Columbia Basin Herald, May 8, 2019

Going from grapes to glass

While Central Washington is known for the quality of its wines, most residents are unaware of how involved the process is to create a world class wine. The Vineyard and Winery Technology Program at Yakima Valley College will host the 12th annual Grape to Glass Gala-A Winemaker’s Dinner on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 6:00-10:00pm. Part of the event will include a video exploration of the entire winemaking process, through the eyes of YVC students. [Video]
KIMA, May 7, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Colleges scramble to report financial risks

Starting Tuesday, colleges must tell the U.S. Department of Education if they’re being sued in connection with the federal student loan program. The requirement promises a wealth of new information about student complaints for department officials who oversee higher ed institutions and could provide earlier warning signs to those officials of financial instability. Although it's not clear if the new disclosures will be made public by the Trump administration, many see added transparency on the financial stability of colleges as a welcome development after a series of abrupt shutdowns by for-profit college chains as well as a number of closures by private nonprofits.
Inside Higher Ed, May 14, 2019

Washington to end standardized test requirement for high school graduates

For high school students with test anxiety, there's good news. Starting next school year, the state will no longer require high school students to pass statewide assessments to graduate. The legislature voted to remove the direct link between passing standardized tests and graduation and created eight pathways to receive a diploma. Sabrina Slye, 15, is a ninth-grader at West Seattle High School. She said this will be a relief to a lot of students. She says a student's academic performance across his or her entire high school career should be weighted more heavily than "one single test." 
KNKX, May 13, 2019

Thousands of UW students have been homeless or skipping meals, survey finds

When Armen Papyan’s family home burned down, he found it ironic. A budding politician and student body president at University of Washington’s Tacoma campus, Papyan had been advocating for homeless students since high school. As a junior at Foster High in Tukwila, he went to Gov. Jay Inslee’s office and asked the governor not to cut services for couch-surfing students. Now as a freshman at UW Tacoma, homelessness was happening to him. His Armenian immigrant family was large, and housing costs in the region were soaring day by day. He spent six months on friends’ and families’ couches, and getting to Tacoma via public transit was hard.
The Seattle Times, May 10, 2019

Paying for students to move

... A work-force shortage in the aviation manufacturing industry was the driver of the technical college's experiment with paying potential students to move from across the country to enroll at the two-year institution. Wichita is known as the Air Capital of the World because of the number of aircraft manufacturing companies that have facilities there, including Textron Aviation, Learjet, Airbus and Spirit AeroSystems. But local colleges aren’t producing enough graduates with the certification and training needed by these companies. According to Boeing, North America will need 189,000 aircraft maintenance technicians over the next two decades.
Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

The State of Washington's new financial aid approach hits the sweet spot

The state of Washington just passed one of the smartest financial aid packages in the country. Part of the Workforce Education Investment Act, a comprehensive higher education bill that also adds millions in operating funds for public colleges, the new program would enable as many as 110,000 low- and medium-income Washington residents to attend college for free or at least at significantly lower cost. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Jay Inslee. The Act creates the Washington College Grant, entitling students who meet income thresholds to receive financial aid if they attend an eligible Washington postsecondary institution. 
Forbes, May 13, 2019

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