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May 21, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

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CBC student veterans place over 9,000 flags for Memorial Day

Just in time for Memorial Day, a group of veterans at Columbia Basin College are celebrating veterans who lost their lives in combat or died by suicide after returning home. Members of the CBC Warrior Scholars placed over nine thousand flags to represent Washington’s sons and daughters that paid the ultimate sacrifice to our country.
KEPR, May 20, 2019

Port Angeles business owner wins Duck Derby’s top prize

A business owner seeking to support Peninsula College nursing students through a donation to the 30th annual Great Olympic Duck Derby won a car for her efforts. ... “A lot of my employees come from the nursing department” at Peninsula College, Parrish said, and she wanted to do something to help them. The team that sold her the ducks, Release the Quacken — made up of Peninsula College nursing students – was the top-selling team this year, said Bruce Skinner, executive director of the Olympic Medical Center Foundation, which hosted the race.
Peninsula Daily News, May 20, 2019

AED alumni award winner looks to give back to CPTC

Nearly 30 years ago Clover Park Technical College’s Architectural Engineering Design program provided the education Geoff Waits needed to begin the career he wanted. Since that time, he’s worked to make sure that program continues to have a similar impact for students going forward. “For me, it’s remembering what it was like when I was kind of lost a little bit and not knowing exactly what I wanted to do,” Waits said. “The advisory board helps with the direction of the program in figuring out ways to stay in tune with the way the industry’s going and understanding what’s needed for the next generation.” 
The Suburban Times, May 20, 2019

SVC grad starts scholarship to help former inmates

On Nov. 1, 2013, Kyle Von Stroberg’s life started over. For years, the Skagit County native said he’d been in and out of jail and on and off the streets. “It just became a revolving door,” he said. “I’d get clean, and I’d still end up in jail. I woke up one day and I said, ‘My life needs to change.’ I was just tired of living the same life.” On that day, after a yearlong stint behind bars, Von Stroberg walked out of the Skagit County Jail and into Skagit Valley College — toward his new life. “Skagit Valley College, they believe in people,” Von Stroberg said. “When you walk in the door, there’s no stigma there. Everybody there wants you to succeed.”
Skagit Valley Herald, May 20, 2019

Changes to the state's college grant program has 'broad reach' for Cowlitz County

After a 20-year break from school, Natalie Stricker wasn’t sure she could afford classes at Lower Columbia College when she enrolled in the pre-nursing program in April last year. But this mother of five was determined to build a better life for her and her children. “We are at poverty level. … Socioeconomics play a huge role in education, so I need to raise my children out of the hole they are in, so that they have a better opportunity,” says Stricker, 39, of Longview. 
The Daily News, May 20, 2019

"Cryptids in Love" promises lighthearted fun

Where would Bigfoot, Mothman and assorted other quasi-mythical creatures (called cryptids) go in search of love? To a retro “Dating Game” show, of course, complete with a smarmy host, groovy ‘60s-era set and nightly audience participation. That’s the premise of “Cryptids in Love,” a lighthearted, original theater production debuting May 23-25 at Pierce College Puyallup. Each performance will feature three “rounds” of the game show, with costumed cryptid characters vying for dates with humans, played by volunteer audience members serving as show contestants.
The Suburban Times, May 20, 2019

Cellarbration for Education draws big crowd

Laurie Odegaard kept checking on that petrified wood. “I bid on a rock,” she said. “Petrified rock.” It was a silent auction item at Cellarbration for Education, the annual fundraising dinner for the Big Bend Community College Foundation. “My grandson is a rock hound,” she said, and the rocks would be perfect for him. (Like her grandson, she’s a rock hound, as well as a BBCC instructor, she said.)
Columbia Basin Herald, May 19, 2019

Editorial: Finally, all student winemakers can taste test the wine

Given the dramatic growth of the wine industry in Washington state over the past two decades — including schools of enology and viticulture like the first-class program at Walla Walla Community College — it’s stunning that student winemakers under the age of 21 were not allowed to taste their product throughout the process. It defies good sense.  After all, these students are learning a craft that requires using their sense of taste to be fully successful.
Union-Bulletin, May 19, 2019

Inslee urged to use the red pen on a few budget provisions

... For the state’s 34 public community and technical colleges, it would result in a collective hit of $1.2 million. That’s hard to swallow given cuts endured by the colleges during the recession, officials said. And it’s a little hard to understand given the fact lawmakers raised taxes this year to boost financial aid to college-bound students and to improve salaries of some community college faculty. “It’s counterproductive to give us money and then take money away, ” said Jan Yoshiwara, executive director of the state Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Everett Herald, May 19, 2019

Student wins $10K scholarship and amazing week in D.C.

Ho-hum. Just another day. Checking the Outlook calendar, we see: morning briefings with Senators, lunch at the Pentagon, tour of the Jefferson Memorial, afternoon meeting with U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, dinner and dancing at the historic Mayflower Hotel, with music by the U.S. Army Band. Sounds like a day in the life of a Senator or other government leader. But, for one action-packed week in March, this was the typical schedule for Zaira Bardos, a Running Start student at Pierce College Puyallup and junior at Orting High School.
The Suburban Times, May 18, 2019

Mari Leavitt named 2019 TCC Distinguished Alumnus

A Lincoln High School graduate, Leavitt earned her Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree from Tacoma Community College and was recognized as a TCC Ellen Pinto Outstanding Student of the Year. She went on to earn her B.A. and M. Ed. from Western Washington University and her Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University. At TCC, Mari Leavitt (then Mari Hyzer) served as Associated Students of Tacoma Community College (ASTCC) President.
The Suburban Times, May 18, 2019

Centralia College pair named 2019 'Exceptional Faculty'

After more than two decades at Centralia College, both Dr. Sharon Mitchler and Running Start counselor Peggy Goldberg have played a part in the lives of generations of students. This month, they’re being honored as the 2019 Exceptional Faculty Award winners, as selected by the Centralia College Foundation. “I was shocked and honored,” Goldberg said, saying her win demonstrated the value of counselors everywhere. “The instructor part is really important, but the advising and counseling piece is really important too. Any time I feel like I’ve made a positive difference in a student’s life is so incredibly gratifying.”
The Daily Chronicle, May 17, 2019

Transitional Studies instructor awarded tenure

The Clover Park Technical College’s Board of Trustees concluded its May meeting last week by awarding tenure to Transitional Studies faculty member Diane Follett. “It is a job where coming to work every day is invigorating,” Follett said of her work. “Our students come from all backgrounds, and many have advanced degrees from their countries, but they just need to strengthen their language skills in order to be successful in America. Seeing students develop their language skills so they can express the expertise they already have is such a rewarding experience."
The Suburban Times, May 17, 2019

CPTC announces Brig. Gen. Jeremy Horn as commencement speaker

Brig. Gen. Jeremy C. Horn, the commander of the Washington Air National Guard, will deliver the commencement address at Clover Park Technical College’s 2019 graduation. “Brig. Gen. Horn has devoted his life to serving our country, and we are very excited to have him as our commencement speaker,” CPTC President Dr. Joyce Loveday said. “With 10 percent of our students being veterans and our proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, there’s a natural connection to Brig. Gen. Horn’s experiences for many of our students.”
The Suburban Times, May 17, 2019

Pierce College grad vaults to success as OSU gymnast, Google recruit

... Homeschooled, Jacobsen attended Running Start at Pierce College Puyallup, earning her associate of arts degree in spring 2015. Her mother, Cynthia Jacobsen, currently teaches mathematics at Pierce College Puyallup. Five of her six siblings also graduated from Pierce College. “I had no idea what it would be like after being home schooled to go to school every day, to take classes and tests,” Jacobsen says. “I was kind of scared.” But thanks to supportive teachers, and getting to take a class or two with sisters, Jacobsen soon felt right at home.
The Suburban Times, May 17, 2019

Opinion: To fix a health care workforce shortage, WA needs new ways of training

... This year, Amanda is getting much closer to achieving her life’s purpose, finishing her prerequisite courses at Tacoma Community College and entering an associate degree program in nursing. Amanda found the financial resources and support she needed through an innovative labor-management training fund, which has become one of the foremost models for workforce education in the country.
Crosscut, May 17, 2019

WCC grows program for chemical dependency counselors

Whatcom Community College is getting national attention for a program they launched in 2018 to address the opioid crisis. The National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors approved WCC as an education provider to ensure chemical dependency professional courses meet state and national standards. Previously, the school was only approved to provide the alternative training program to counselors who were already licensed. WCC was also awarded a $30,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce in support of their chemical dependency professional program for the second year in a row.
KGMI, May 17, 2019

Liberated art walking free: Local artist Thomas Sutley promotes his creations through clothing

... “Art really got me out of that, it was keeping busy at home,” Sutley said. “I started taking more art classes my junior and senior year in high school. People would see my art and ask if I could make something for them, so I started doing commission work and I did that through my senior year and into college.” Attending Centralia College, Sutley had his first public exhibit in Washington Hall. He said he was also was inspired by his instructors. “One teacher told me ‘you’ve got talent but there are techniques you should be applying,’” Sutley said. “That’s helped me get to where I am today.”
The Daily Chronicle, May 17, 2019

A time to remember: Edmonds CC to host sixth annual Memorial Day Ceremony May 22

Edmonds Community College will host its sixth annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, in the college’s Black Box Theatre. “Each year, we come together as a campus and community to reflect on the price paid for our freedom, and to show our gratitude to the families of the fallen as well as those still living who are connected to our Armed Forces in some way,” said Edmonds CC Veterans Resource Center Director Chris Szarek.
MLT News, May 16, 2019

CPTC students celebrate Nurses Week with massages

The nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma received some hands-on personal care of their own last Wednesday as the Clover Park Technical College Massage Studies program offered on-site massages to celebrate National Nurses Week. CPTC sent a group of 16 students to the hospital campus, where they spent about six hours offering free seated chair massages to the nursing staff. 
The Suburban Times, May 16, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

ACT comes out against adversity index

ACT has come out against the new adversity score that the College Board will soon assign to students based on their high schools and neighborhoods. The idea is to provide colleges with more context about applicants, who would not know their score. Marten Roorda, CEO of ACT, said in a blog post that he respects the intent behind the College Board's move, but he disagrees with it.
Inside Higher Ed, May 21, 2019

Colleges face growing cybersecurity threat

Cyberattacks on higher education institutions are on the rise, Moody’s Investors Service reports. The credit rating agency characterized cyberrisks for the sector as “medium.” While colleges' vulnerability to cyberattacks is high, the “financial and reputational impacts” of these attacks are low, the report said. A high-profile loss of personal information could, however, “affect a student’s decision to enroll or a donor to donate.”
Inside Higher Ed, May 21, 2019

New SAT score: Adversity

The College Board has for several years been testing an "adversity index" designed to place students' SAT scores in the context of their socioeconomic advantages or disadvantages. The system has been used by about 50 colleges and universities. On Thursday, the College Board said it would be expanded to about 150 colleges later this year and be made available to all colleges in 2020. The SAT has been criticized for years because wealthy students earn higher scores, on average, than do those who are middle class, who in turn earn higher scores, on average, than do those who are from low-income families.
Inside Higher Ed, May 20, 2019

Little support in U.S. for college students raising children

There are nearly 4 million undergraduate students who are raising children, representing 22 percent of all students attending U.S. colleges. Yet only about 8 percent of single mothers in college will obtain associate's or bachelor's degrees within six years, while half of women without children finish their college programs in the same time frame. [Video]
PBS News Hour, May 19, 2019

Colleges have anti-drinking rules on the books, but which ones actually work?

If your college receives federal funds, you have — or at least you should have — alcohol policies on your website. But can students find them? Can they understand them? And, most important, which ones work? Four researchers investigated those questions for a group of 15 colleges and universities called the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems. The scholars published their results in the latest issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 17, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Connecting federal work-study to careers

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday she will launch a pilot program allowing some colleges to use Federal Work-Study benefits for off-campus employment, including apprenticeships and clinical rotations. The experiment delivers, if on a limited scale, on repeated proposals by the Trump administration to reform the work-study program and connect student aid more directly to careers. It also marks DeVos’s first use of the department’s experimental sites authority, which allows the secretary to offer waivers to rules governing student aid programs in order to evaluate new policy ideas.
Inside Higher Ed, May 21, 2019

Buttigieg backs debt-free college

South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg called Thursday for free tuition at public colleges for students from middle-income families and debt-free college for low-income students in a higher ed platform posted to his website. Buttigieg, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, said he would back a federal-state partnership to make public colleges affordable. He also called for more dedicated support -- without offering details -- for historically black colleges and minority-serving institutions. And he said he would "confront" student loan debt and apply "strict standards" to for-profit colleges, among other higher ed policies.
Inside Higher ed, May 17, 2019

Bill bars visas for students, scholars with Chinese military ties

Legislation introduced by congressional Republicans Tuesday would bar students and scholars with ties to the Chinese military from receiving student or research visas to come to the U.S., Reuters reported. The bill would require the U.S. government to create a list of scientific and engineering institutions affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army. Individuals employed by or sponsored by these institutions would be barred from receiving visas. The bill comes amid increasing concerns in Congress and national security agencies about efforts by China to steal U.S. research and technology.
Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2019

Elizabeth Warren on why we should tax the ultra-rich to fund education

Presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., defended two key planks of her economic platform in a PBS NewsHour interview Thursday, arguing that her campaign proposals on student debt relief and taxes would reduce inequality while addressing wealth disparities between whites and minorities. Warren unveiled a plan last month that she said would cancel, in full, all of the student loan debt held by 75 percent of borrowers in the United States, and extend some student loan relief to millions of others. [Video]
PBS News Hour, May 16, 2019

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