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News Links | May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

SPSCC's 'Fun Home' makes a big impression on local theater lovers

Local theater-goers are abuzz about South Puget Sound Community College’s production of “Fun Home,” the 2015 Tony-winning musical about a graphic novelist who revisits her childhood to make sense of its mysteries. Running through Saturday, the tragicomic musical — based on Allison Bechdel’s 2006 autobiographical graphic novel about her coming out as a lesbian and coming to terms with her childhood — has been greeted with laughter, tears and standing ovations.
The Olympian, May 22, 2019

Wenatchee Valley College hosts fountain fishing derby

Wenatchee Valley College hosted a fountain fishing derby in its fountain Wednesday. The event drew hundreds of students, faculty and the public vying to catch a trout. NCWLIFE Channel’s Eric Granstrom caught up with Student Body President Luz Estrada to find out more about the event. [Video]
NCW Life Channel, May 22, 2019

Edmonds CC Memorial Day ceremony honors fallen service members

Edmonds Community College hosted its sixth annual Memorial Day Ceremony Wednesday, May 22, in the college’s Black Box Theatre. The ceremony invited members of the community to celebrate and honor military service personnel who have fought and died for their country. This year’s ceremony paid tribute to D-Day veterans who served during WWII. The ceremony included a keynote address from retired U.S. Army veteran Joe Wankelman and performances by flutist Peter Ali and pianist Linda Kappus.
MLT News, May 22, 2019

Meet Marissa Baltadonis, Pierce College All-Washington Academic Team member

Making the decision to go back to college wasn’t easy for Marissa Baltadonis. After attending two other local colleges and not finding the right fit, she decided to try one more time at Pierce. “Pierce College was wonderful from the very beginning,” Baltadonis said. “There are so many different resources on campus, that it was easy for me to transition into being a student again.”
The Suburban Times, May 22, 2019

Suicide prevention grant funds projects at Grays Harbor College

Grays Harbor College announced that they are partnering with Beyond Survival and Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services Department on a Suicide Prevention Grant from the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC). The program, funded by the 2018 Washington Legislature, authorized $420,000 to the Suicide Prevention in Higher Education Grant Program and GHC is one of eight Washington colleges and universities that received the grant. The other colleges that received this grant funding included: Central Washington University, Divers Institute of Technology, Everett Community College, Heritage University, Spokane Community College, and Washington State University.
KXRO, May 22, 2019

Local Head Start preschool to convert three classrooms to full-day programs

Lower Columbia College Head Start will double the number of free, full-time preschool classes available for eligible families starting in August, creating more opportunity for children of low-income families to learn and become adjusted socially. Program officials are converting three part-day classrooms into full-day classrooms, according to a LCC Head Start news release. Though the conversion doesn't add any more spots to the preschool, it will increase the availability for full-day programs, which are highly popular among parents, said Head Start Director Mindy Leasure. 
The Daily News, May 22, 2019

Shorecrest students win awards at Annual Student BioExpo

The 19th Annual Student BioExpo was held on Friday May 17, 2019 at Shoreline Community College. Student BioExpo is a yearlong program that provides a platform for students to learn about and showcase their knowledge of biotechnology, biomedicine and bioethics. There are 14 Expo Categories: Art, Career Pathways, Creative Writing, Dance / Drama, Global Health, Journalism, Lab Research, Molecular Modeling, Multimedia, Music, Neuroscience, SMART team (3D-printing), Teaching, and Website.
Shoreline Area News, May 22, 2019

Downtown Partnership to change up Spokane Falls Boulevard raised beds

Six flower beds next to Riverfront Park will soon get a makeover. The Downtown Spokane Partnership replants the flower beds every year, but this year will add new varieties and designs after it was awarded an $8,000 grant from BNSF Railway Corp. and the Arbor Day Foundation. A group of volunteers and downtown Spokane Partnership employees will plant flowers and other plants Thursday, and landscaping students from Spokane Community College will design the beds. Karen Fritz, the Downtown Spokane Partnership’s clean team supervisor, said the grant will pay for species that are far more unique than the petunias and marigolds the partnership usually plants.
The Spokesman-Review, May 22, 2019

Everett Rotary’s gift to scholars: nearly a quarter-million

... Anna Marie Laurence, daughter of the late Sen. Henry M. Jackson and Helen Jackson, presented the $6,000 Helen Jackson Memorial Scholarship to Everett High’s Alex Sunday, an artist with a 3.8 grade point average, an impressive portfolio, and plans to study animation at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. ... $2,500 Everett Clinic Scholarship: Natalie Grimm, Everett Community College.
Everett Herald, May 22, 2019

SPSCC student brings community together for traditional cedar gathering ceremony

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) invites students and the public to attend a cedar gathering ceremony on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 beginning at 10:00 a.m. SPSCC student and Native American Master Weaver Yeeham Janice Hicks-Bullchild, an enrolled Nisqually tribal member, will lead the ceremony, demonstrating the traditional method of stripping bark from cedar trees on the Olympia campus.
Thurston Talk, May 21, 2019

Helium shortage forces local party store to raise prices, travel hours away

... “In the last hundred years we’ve been using it really fast," said Dr. Eric Melby, chemistry instructor at Columbia Basin College. "So all of that helium that built up over millions of years we are using now, and we can’t wait another million years for more to build up again.”Because of its unique qualities, helium is used for more than just filling balloons. For example, it can stay in the liquid form at an extremely cool temperature. "When you need to take a magnet and cool it down to super low temperatures, you can add liquid helium and it cools that magnet down and does those things that you need an MRI or NMR to do," said Dr. Melby.
YakTriNews, May 21, 2019

Firm to help Clark College find next president

The Clark College Board of Trustees has agreed to pay a headhunting firm $45,000 to find its next president. The Vancouver community college selected Gold Hill Associates to recruit President Bob Knight’s replacement in time for the 2020-2021 school year. The contract will also include travel costs for the national search firm. The firm’s CEO, Preston Pulliams, was president at Portland Community College from 2004 to 2013 and sits on the Oregon State University board of trustees.
The Columbian, May 21, 2019

NCWLIFE evening news: May 21, 2019

... In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE Magazine producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt takes us to the Street Art Illustration class at Wenatchee Valley College, responsible for the large scale art decorating the walls of Wells Hall on Fifth Street. [Video]
NCW Life Channel, May 21, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

ETS announces changes in TOEFL

The Educational Testing Service has announced changes in the Test of English as a Foreign Language, known as TOEFL and a key test for many international students seeking to study in the United States. ETS said that the test will now be just three hours long, 30 minutes shorter than the current test. All four sections -- reading, listening, speaking and writing -- will be retained. But another change is that ETS will introduce a form of "super scoring," in which a student may submit scores from the different sections taken at different times, as long as all the tests were taken over a two-year period. So the best scores on each section will be grouped together for one score, along with other scores based on the date the test was taken.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2019

Fees for international students to increase

The mandatory government fee that prospective international students must pay before obtaining a U.S. visa will increase from $200 to $350 on June 24, according to a final rule published today in the Federal Register. The fee for academic exchange visitors will increase from $180 to $220. In addition, the fees colleges and universities must pay in order to get certified by the government to host international students will also increase, from $1,700 to $3,000. There will also be a new $1,250 fee for colleges applying for recertification, a process colleges go through every two years.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2019

Wealth's influence on enrollment and completion

The federal government on Wednesday released a wide range of updated and new data on postsecondary education, including broader measures of college completion and several indicators that show how much family wealth contributes to college students’ odds of enrolling and graduating. For example, among people who were ninth graders a decade ago, those from the highest quintile of socioeconomic status (parental education and occupations and family income) were 50 percentage points more likely to be enrolled in college in 2016 than were their peers from the lowest quintile -- 78 percent compared to 28 percent.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2019

Workforce development to focus on underserved communities, local officials say

The high-paying jobs in the Puget Sound region can seem out of reach for a lot of people. Officials from King County and the City of Seattle say they want job training to benefit people who have been left behind as the local economy has grown. The county and the city receive federal dollars for workforce programs that they then pass on to the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.
KNKX, May 23, 2019

Low-income and minority students are growing share of enrollments, and 2 other takeaways from new study

A growing number of undergraduates come from low-income families, especially at less-selective colleges, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center. Using data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study — which was last updated in 2016 — the Pew researchers found that community colleges and the least-selective four-year colleges have seen the greatest rise in poor and minority students. The most selective, private four-year institutions have not seen as much of an increase, according to a report by the researchers.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 22, 2019

Study on prison-based college program

The RAND Corporation and RTI International, both nonprofit research organizations, this week released a study that evaluated a five-year college program conducted in North Carolina state prisons. The research found that prison-based education programs, where incarcerated individuals can take college courses and work toward a degree upon release, can be successful but face many obstacles.
Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2019

How can employers help students prepare for their careers? 6 answers from a top corporate leader

Wes Bush, the chairman of Northrop Grumman, answers key questions about the role employers should — and shouldn’t — play in helping students prepare for careers. What are the key skills graduates need? Why should colleges work with employers? Where are the boundaries between what employers want and what colleges do? [Videos]
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 22, 2019

Failure to launch

When Quad Learning launched its American Honors program, the company expected to provide academically talented community college students with an affordable and seamless pathway to transfer to selective universities. Over the course of five years, the program proved to be financially unsustainable and may have even hurt the academic futures of students who would have gone to a four-year college by encouraging them to attend community college instead, according to a new report from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2019

ADA lawsuit prompts institutional change, draws more students

Atlantic Cape Community College administrators were shocked when the college was sued for discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities Act. They thought the college was doing a pretty good job providing accommodations for students with disabilities, given staff and budget constraints. Two blind students at the college felt otherwise, however, and, backed by the National Federation of the Blind, filed a lawsuit in 2015 claiming Atlantic Cape violated the ADA.
Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2019

Communicating about your web redesign

... It seems colleges and universities find themselves undertaking web redesigns or migrations every five years. Technologies change. User expectations change. Entire code bases are rewritten. The lean, mean website you launched at 5,000 pages has ballooned to 20,000. Layer onto that the ever-expanding digital ecosystem that includes CRM, marketing automation, learning management software, blogs, social media, and more which Matt Cyr addressed last year in Redesigning for the Widening Web, and you soon realize that you may be facing the biggest, baddest, mother of hard work things. But fortunately, we've got experience!
Inside Higher Ed, May 21, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump official says no timeline for review of borrower-defense claims

A top Education Department official said Wednesday that she could offer no timeline for the review of more than 158,000 outstanding borrower-defense claims. Diane Auer Jones, the department's principal deputy under secretary, said at a House oversight subcommittee hearing that the Trump administration hasn't taken any action on the claims in close to a year because a federal judge in California blocked the use of a formula for awarding partial relief of loan forgiveness rolled out in 2017. "We are not able to determine the level of harm or level of relief a borrower should get because the methodology we have used is being blocked by a California court," she said.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2019

Beefing up the College Scorecard

The Education Department on Monday announced progress on delivering more comprehensive data for the College Scorecard, a consumer tool originally launched by the Obama administration. The department added new information for 2,100 non-degree-granting institutions to the consumer-facing website. And, more significantly for the Trump administration’s priorities, it released new preliminary data on student debt for individual programs of study.
Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2019

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