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News Links | May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Studying on empty: Many area college students worry about next meal

... Thousands of Washington college students are hungry. Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and the Community Colleges of Spokane are struggling with the problem, despite varied approaches. ... Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College struggle with food insecurity, as well, and both have food pantries to assist students. SCC’s pantry can be accessed by students three times a quarter. “We’re designed to help students in an emergent need to get a three day food supply, breakfast, lunch and dinner,” said Rachel Moore, SCC food pantry manager. “They just have to have their student ID and a schedule. We don’t ask any other questions.”
The Spokesman-Review, May 16, 2019

Law expands wine tasting for students

Underage students of enology and viticulture at Walla Walla Community College will be able to taste the fruits of their labor under legislation signed into law last month. A bill sponsored by 16th District Rep. Bill Jenkin, R-Prosser, will help pave the way for the next generation of winemakers by expanding tasting opportunities for those under 21 who are enrolled in viticulture and enology programs. Signed into law April 23, the legislation rolls out July 28. The law expands on an existing one that already allowed students between 18 and 20 years old to taste — but not consume — wine in the academic classroom setting as a learning tool.
Union-Bulletin, May 15, 2019

Centralia College Trailblazers esports athletes hone their mental fitness

Centralia College is making gamers’ dreams come true with their growing esports team. Since forming in 2018, the team has grown into a roster of 22 players competing in four different games: League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League and Smash Bros. This fall, all roster players will also be offered tuition scholarships. “We want to find more collegiate events, but of course that requires the other colleges in the Pacific Northwest to catch up, which has been a main focus of our program is getting them the resources they need to get their programs going,” said head coach Jacob Beach.
The Daily Chronicle, May 15, 2019

Noctiluca blooms turn parts of Puget Sound bright orange

An earlier than normal noctiluca plankton bloom is turning parts of the Puget Sound the color of tomato soup. “It makes me sick. I’d like to keep the water wholesome and pure,” said Denise Durbin. The bloom, which looks like a large patch of orange or brown in the water, is actually a gathering of algae or plankton. Blooms can vary in color depending on the type of phytoplankton present in the water. Noctiluca blooms, which are common in Puget Sound, are nontoxic and usually appear to be the color of tomato soup. “It’s not harmful, it doesn’t harm the animals, it doesn’t harm the people, it’s just this little phytoplankton and it gets really, really abundant,” said Rus Higley, Highline College MaST Center Director.
KIRO, May 15, 2019

Edmonds CC’s Project Home to raise funds for students facing homelessness

Edmonds Community College’s Project Home Ambassadors (PHA) student club has one goal –– to help students who are facing homelessness with housing expenses, which can sometimes seem insurmountable. Across the U.S., about one-third of community college students go hungry and 14% are homeless, according to 2017 national survey by the University of Wisconsin of more than 33,000 students at 70 community colleges. Over the past year, PHA was able to award $16,000 in scholarships to assist 24 Edmonds CC students with housing expenses, including monthly rent, move-in fees/deposits, and hotel costs.
MLT News, May 15, 2019

This room's on fire

A fire training partnership among the Walla Walla Fire Department, Walla Walla County Fire District No. 4 and students at Walla Walla Community College is paying off with a soon-to-be installed fire training prop. Chief Bob Yancey said Walla Walla Community College recently received a grant for a burn room, which is made up of two specially-designed modular cargo containers. “One of them is actually designed to be the burn room, where you light the fire with – it’s call live fire, it has wood and particle board,” Yancey said. “It creates the heat, the smoke and the flames to train firefighters what to look for in flashovers.”
My Columbia Basin, May 15, 2019

Solving problems: Randy Broberg

Randy Broberg is living his dream -- something many of us might consider a nightmare. The 71- year-old spends nearly all his free time solving math problems. If you ask him where his favorite place is or what makes him the happiest in life, he’ll tell you it’s the dry erase board or the notebook where he scribbles numbers all day long. “To tell you the truth, I didn’t sleep last night because I was working on math problems,” said Broberg. Broberg retired as a math teacher 10 years ago, but wanted to keep teaching, so he called Clark College in Vancouver and asked if they needed help. They found a perfect place for him in the Veteran’s Resource Center. Manager Dave Daly calls him invaluable.
KATU, May 14, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Everyone wants to measure the value of college. Now the Gates Foundation wants a say.

Perhaps never before has there been such a need for postsecondary credentials but such skepticism about whether a college education is worth the cost. That, according to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is the paradox that prompted it to create a national research group, to be publicly convened on Thursday. The Commission on the Value of Postsecondary Education is the latest national effort to measure and seek to convey clearly just how much someone gains — economically, anyway — from a college credential.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 16, 2019

Everything you never wanted to know about the Education Department's 2019 higher ed rulemaking

If you didn’t spend the first four months of 2019 in windowless conference rooms watching a Department of Education negotiated rulemaking systematically dismantle what few protections exist for college students, trying to understand what was agreed upon can be like trying to read Greek. But this post will hopefully help to interpret what happened, and what it will mean for more than 20 million college students across the country.
New America, May 16, 2019

Survey on value of nondegree credentials

A nationally representative survey of roughly 50,000 working adults without college degrees found that respondents who hold a certificate or certification report higher levels of marketability, employment and income, although wages vary widely based on gender and occupational fields. Respondents also see themselves as more attractive job candidates, the survey found, and reported personal and subjective benefits from earning the nondegree credentials that go beyond labor-market returns.
Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2019

How the war on drugs kept black men out of college

The War on Drugs locked up thousands of black men, and a new study finds that it may have also locked many out of the college classroom—and all the benefits that come with a college degree. There was a time when black men’s college enrollment was gaining ground, as compared to white men’s. ... Decreased college enrollment has life-long consequences. Only 24 percent of prisoners have some college education, compared with 48 percent of the general public. 
The Atlantic, May 15, 2019

'Born to win, schooled to lose'

Race and class matter when it comes to who gets ahead educationally in American society, according to an analysis released today by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The report, "Born to Win, Schooled to Lose: Why Equally Talented Students Don’t Get Equal Chances to Be All They Can Be," analyzes various federal education databases to show that children who are black or Latinx or are from low-socioeconomic-status families perform worse over time academically that those who are white, Asian American or are from higher socioeconomic levels. The part of the report that may be particularly alarming is that these trends hold true even for disadvantaged students who are academically talented and for those who are privileged but less academically talented.
Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2019

Attracting four-year students for the summer

Whether it’s because of the lower tuition, the ability to gain credits while living at home, a particular course they want to take, or a preferable option to a summer job, an increasing number of four-year college and university students have been enrolling at community colleges during the summer to take a course — or two or three. While some schools have joined statewide consortia to undertake these marketing efforts, others have forged their own individual paths to attract university students in their respective areas who are home for the summer.
Community College Daily, May 14, 2019

Many college students struggle to pass remedial math. Do they need to?

Colleges created remedial education classes to ensure students were sufficiently prepared for more advanced material. But increasingly, there’s a sense that remedial courses are hurting the prospects of the students they are intended to help. As a result, some California colleges and high schools are rethinking their approach to teaching math -- with encouraging results. [Video]
PBS News Hour, May 14, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

CFPB chief says Education Department is blocking student loan oversight

The director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says the Trump administration's Education Department is getting in the way of efforts to police the student loan industry. The revelation, in a letter obtained by NPR, comes at the same time that lawsuits allege that widespread wrongdoing by student loan companies is costing some borrowers thousands of dollars. CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger explained the problem in an April letter responding to questions from Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other lawmakers about whether the federal regulator had "abandoned its supervision and enforcement activities" related to more than $1 trillion in student loans.
NPR, May 16, 2019

White House wants to use Pell surplus to fund NASA

The Trump administration proposed cutting the Pell Grant surplus to fund new spending at agencies including NASA in a budget amendment this week. The White House fiscal year 2020 budget proposal released in March included a $2 billion cut to the Pell surplus. The budget amendment calls for redirecting another $1.9 billion in Pell funds. The Associated Press first reported the proposal. As the economy has improved in recent years, enrollment of Pell Grant recipients has declined, the administration wrote, meaning funding has lasted longer. The White House argued that the program would still have enough discretionary funding until fiscal year 2023 and that students would not be affected by the proposed cut. The Pell program currently has a surplus of $9 billion, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2019

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