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May 28, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

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Boosting aid with a tax on business

Lawmakers in Washington State are taking a novel approach to funding higher education with a new scholarship program that will make tuition at the state's colleges and universities free for thousands of low-income families. Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, on Tuesday signed into law a work-force investment bill that creates the Washington College Grant. ... Several employers in the state sounded an alarm a few years ago about a lack of residents with high-quality skills and educations that go beyond a high school diploma, said Anne Fennessy, chairwoman of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Inside Higher Ed, May 28, 2019

Maestros para el Pueblo program celebrates success

Five years ago, educators in the Burlington-Edison and Mount Vernon school districts, at Skagit Valley College and at Western Washington University set out to solve a problem: how to get not only more teachers, but teachers of color. ... On Tuesday, those involved in what is now the Maestros para el Pueblo (Teachers for the Town) program celebrated not only the graduation of 11 students from Skagit Valley College who will now head to Western to become teachers, but the hiring of one of its graduates at a local school.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 27, 2019

Environmental Sciences alumni award winner promotes sustainable living

Clover Park Technical College had been a part of Cathy Hamilton-Wissmer’s life long before she decided to enroll in the Environmental Sciences & Technology program in 2009. Eight years after graduating, she continues to make the college a key part of her life. Hamilton-Wissmer was selected as one of CPTC’s 2019 Alumni of Distinction honorees for her work to provide and place student interns and serve on the program advisory board and for her involvement in the community as the Sustainability Outreach Coordinator at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The Suburban Times, May 26, 2019

Finding ‘power’ in adversity

... Power wanted to pursue a career that would allow him to make a difference, and help those with similar backgrounds find success. He found Pierce College’s Social Service/Mental Health program and enrolled with enthusiasm. “I knew right away that Pierce College was the right choice,” he said. “I felt so welcome right away, and people didn’t judge or discriminate against me because of my tattoos.” He found a sense of belonging at Pierce College, and joined Student Government as a legislative senator. This year, Power serves as president. 
The Suburban Times, May 25, 2019

CBC just received a $1 million pledge. These are the students who will benefit

A financial endowment made a world of difference to at least one veteran attending Columbia Basin College. Melinda Carmona, the director of the Veterans Education and Transition Services Center, choked back tears Thursday as she told the story about the student during a Memorial Day remembrance event. “They were embattled with suicidal ideation and were struggling between paying bills and seeking that help,” Carmona said. “Through the generosity of Mrs. Sue Frost, the financial barrier between them and the help they needed was lifted.”
Tri-City Herald, May 23, 2019

WWCC Automotive Tech program is alive and well

Last summer the future of Walla Walla Community College’s Automotive Repair Technology looked bleak. The retirement of the program’s three instructors, combined with budget woes at the college, led to an announcement that the program would probably be eliminated. However, a substantial show of community support for the program led the board of trustees and WWCC President Derek Brandes to decide to keep the program, but in a somewhat revised format.
Union-Bulletin, May 23, 2019

Bates: Congressman Denny Heck joins faculty and student speakers at this year’s Commencement Ceremony

Bates Technical College employees, students, family and friends will celebrate a graduating class of more than 800 students, about half of which will participate in the Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m. The college will hold the event at the Tacoma Dome for the second time, having outgrown the exhibition hall. This year, the college has announced that Congressman Denny Heck will deliver the keynote address, along with a faculty and a student speaker.
The Suburban Times, May 23, 2019

Nisqually Indian Tribe member to demonstrate bark stripping at SPSCC

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) will welcome Nisqually Indian Tribe member Yeeham Janice Hicks-Bullchild — a SPSCC student and Native American master weaver — to lead a cedar gathering ceremony on campus. For the ceremony, Hicks-Bullchild will demonstrate the traditional bark stripping process at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, outside on campus in a grove behind building 22, west of parking lot D.
Nisqually Valley News, May 23, 2019

Memorial Day ceremony at CBC honored those who served

A Memorial Day ceremony was held at Columbia Basin College to remember and reflect those who sacrificed their lives for ours. During the ceremony, a generous donation was made. Students, staff and veterans gathered at the college, surrounded by thousands of flags representing the men and women who lost their lives. Several spoke about what the day means to them, including a veteran Marine Corps sergeant. 
YakTriNews, May 23, 2019

How an Inland Northwest Culinary Academy graduate landed an internship at one of the best restaurants in the world

If you never ask, you'll never know. That's the outlook Jonathan Seaman-Cwik, a student of Spokane Community College's Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), had when he applied for a post-graduate internship at one of the world's most esteemed restaurants: Noma, in Copenhagen, Denmark. He flies out in mid-July to spend 15 weeks at the restaurant on a team of 30 culinary arts interns from around the world.
The Inlander, May 23, 2019

Fifth-graders get hands on lesson in renewable energy at Energy Science Days

For the eleventh year now, fifth graders across Grant County were able to experience the wonders of science and renewable energy sources up close. Grant PUD, REC Silicon, Puget Sound Energy, the Moses Lake School District and Big Bend Community College came together to put on the Energy Science Days fair for all the fifth-grade students in the county. Big Bend hosted the event and over the course of two days, students from Moses Lake, Ephrata, Warden, Almira-Coulee-Hartline and many more were able to get a hands on lesson in renewable energy. 
iFiber One, May 23, 2019

Business, jobs flocking to MIC

One of the best ways to circumvent that horrible mess on I-5 every day is to avoid it by working close to home. In the past, that’s been tough because of low wages locally, but not anymore. Even before its official designation the Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center is bringing in businesses and family wage jobs to the area. ... [Everett Community College] has continuing education classes that can help, along with its Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center that, “Mirrors the need” of the industry. “Industry is more automated,” he said of how challenging it can be.
The Arlington Times, May 23, 2019

Free "Scrubs Camp" for local students June 1

A workshop in Montesano will provide an opportunity for students looking to move into the healthcare industry. “Scrubs Camp” is hosted by Montesano Internal Medicine and the Area Health Education Center for high school students exploring healthcare career options. ... The Area Health Education Center for Western Washington, which is housed at Whatcom Community College, works with the national AHEC movement to support healthcare delivery systems and access to care through activities that strengthen the healthcare workforce in rural and urban-underserved communities.
KXRO, May 23, 2019

Clark College to cut 3 programs

Clark College will eliminate three programs in the midst of ongoing budget cuts, issuing notice to eight employees Wednesday that their jobs will be eliminated. The Vancouver school is cutting its machining, business technology and computer aided design and drafting programs, citing low enrollment and low interest in the programs. Those classes are likely to be retooled so they fit into other degree programs, college spokeswoman Kelly Love said, and those employees’ jobs could be maintained under those changes.
The Columbian, May 22, 2019

YPD searching for new recruits

The Yakima Police Department, and other departments in the Yakima Valley, are finding it increasingly difficult to fill their ranks. ... “They probably know more about that individual than that individual’s parents know . . . because they know everything,” says Janet Foster Goodwill, who leads the Criminal Justice program at Yakima Valley College. YVC offers a two-year associate of applied science degree, with transfer options, and four different shorter term certificates.
KIMA, May 22, 2019

Edmonds School District employee earns EdCC Foundation’s Associate Faculty award

Luke McQuade, Edmonds School District Behavior Specialist at Edmonds-Woodway High and College Place Middle, has been recognized with the 2019 Associate Faculty Professional Development Award by the Edmonds Community College Foundation. McQuade is a part-time associate faculty member at Edmonds Community College and received the award during the Foundation’s Building Community Day.
MLT News, May 22, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Could you go to college tuition-free in Washington? Here’s how to find out

Heads up: Going to college in Washington will soon become a lot cheaper for prospective students whose families struggle to make ends meet. Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a sweeping higher-education bill that will cut the cost of tuition, or make it free, for low- and median-income students. In a tweet, he described it as creating “a statewide #freecollege plan for eligible students.” Nationally, the bill has been hailed as a progressive approach to making college more affordable, and it’s expected to reach up to 110,000 students.
The Seattle Times, May 28, 2019

New Washington College Grant will also be available for students to use at private colleges

Washington lawmakers voted to make public college or university tuition free for students who come from families earning less than about $50,000 a year. That will become a guarantee starting in the 2020-21 school year. They also expanded eligibility for the grant, so students from families that earn up to about $90,000 will qualify for partial tuition assistance. Officials at private colleges and universities said it’s good news for them, too.
KNKX, May 28, 2019

Turning to courts for loan forgiveness

... For some plaintiffs like Dieffenbacher, the courts have become the only viable path to forgiveness of student loans they argue aren’t valid because they attended fraudulent programs. That’s because Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, hasn’t acted on a single loan-forgiveness application -- so-called borrower-defense claims -- in nearly a year. More than 158,000 claims are currently pending review, according to department officials.
Inside Higher Ed, May 28, 2019

Hispanic unemployment has hit record lows. But does that mean progress?

... But as Alondra got older, she didn't see herself as the kind of person who goes into higher education. "Growing up, I was very aware of the kind of family I came from. When you don't have lawyers and doctors and people with careers in your family, you think it's so far-fetched. And it's like, so much money," she says.
NPR, May 25, 2019

Why a new kind of 'badge' stands out from the crowd

... As we’ve been reporting, the buzz around certificates, badges, and other measures of achievement has been on the rise as employers have increasingly questioned whether a college degree is a reliable or adequate “signal” of an applicant’s capabilities. That’s a fair question. And the alternatives can in fact convey information, like resiliency, that a degree might not, which could be especially useful for students coming from colleges where the network effects aren’t that strong.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 24, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

2020 Democrats jockey over surging college costs

The skyrocketing cost of a college education has become a hot issue in the 2020 Democratic primary, as most candidates look to provide some type of relief to students saddled with debt. Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) was the first Democrat to put the issue front and center in a presidential primary, proposing in his failed 2016 run to make tuition free for public colleges, a plan that forced Hillary Clinton to come up with her own initiative. The cost of college came into focus again this month after billionaire Robert F. Smith stunned the graduating class of Morehouse College by offering to pay off all their debt, at a time when the student loans across the country have climbed to $1.5 trillion.
The Hill, May 26, 2019

Attorneys general from 47 states ask DeVos to cancel disabled veterans' student debt

Attorneys general from 47 states, three territories and the District of Columbia wrote a letter Friday to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asking her to cancel student debt for veterans permanently and totally disabled or otherwise unemployable. The attorneys general requested that the Education Department establish an automatic loan discharge process "to ensure that all eligible veterans can have their student loans forgiven."
The Hill, May 25, 2019

Democratic primary voters back student loan forgiveness in poll

A majority of Democratic primary voters say they favor some form of student loan forgiveness in a Newsy/Ipsos poll released Thursday. Eighty-five percent of student borrowers support loan forgiveness, and 55 percent of respondents who have paid off their loans support it. For millennial primary voters between the ages of 18 and 38, student debt forgiveness ranked as a top policy issue alongside Medicare for All and universal background checks. Those millennial voters were more supportive than most primary voters of both loan forgiveness and free college, according to the poll. The poll also found no change in levels of support when voters were told those programs would be paid for by a tax on the ultrarich.
Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2019

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