News Links | May 14, 2019
System News | Opinion
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
The News Tribune, May 13, 2019
... 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
... 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 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
... 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
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
Shoreline Area News, May 10, 2019
... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
... 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 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