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News Links | November 5, 2019

November 05, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Tech fair Wednesday at BBCC

... Jody Bortz, Big Bend Community College career services coordinator, said “Explore Big Bend” is a way to highlight what kind of jobs are available in Grant and Adams counties, and where people can get the training necessary for those jobs. “This event is geared toward keeping our local talent in the area, building a pipeline for future industry, careers and economic development,” Bortz said. It’s part of the Career Connected Learning program, designed to inform local residents about “employment and training options available in our community.”
Columbia Basin Herald, Nov. 4, 2019

Wenatchee Valley College honors tribal elder Wendell George

When Sister Maria Ilma Raufer was writing her book, ‘Black Robes and Indians,’ Wendell George’s grandmother said about the Catholic mission school: “No school. No good.” George retold that story, Oct. 23, at an event in which Wenatchee Valley College honored him by naming the Wendell George Hall on their Omak campus. “My grandmother talked about education in four words, ‘No school. No good,’” said George. “A lot of people have used a lot more words in order to say that. We’re following that motto that she created all those years ago.”
Tribal Tribune, Nov. 4, 2019

In turbulent times of the hostage crisis, they were embraced

Around the time a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took dozens of Americans hostage, Mohammed Vahid Danesh-Bahreini and his roommates were just hoping their Ford Torino wouldn’t conk out — again — between their Marysville apartment and Everett Community College. They, too, were Iranian students, but far removed from the Islamic revolution that toppled the Western-backed monarchy of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in February 1979 and led to the embassy takeover eight months later. 
The Everett Herald, Nov. 3, 2019

Viewpoints: The inspiration in a cheeseburger binder

Maizy Brown is a case manager at Edmonds Community College, supporting and serving students in in a youth re-engagement program. It’s a return, of sorts. The Edmonds Career Access Program is for students who have not completed their high school diploma, want to attend college, and are 16-21 years of age. When Maizy was a teenager, she was enrolled in a similar program at Shoreline College. This is Maizy’s story, and she believes “Miracles do happen!”
The Everett Herald, Nov. 3, 2019

Business beat: Education

Gov. Jay Inslee has reappointed Trustee Mike Wilson to the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees to another five-year term. He began his tenure in 2013 and has been active on state and regional boards and committees for more than 25 years.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 3, 2019

Black and Brown Male Summit celebrates 10 years at Highline College

Ten years ago, fewer than 20 young men of color showed up for Highline College’s first Black and Brown Male Summit in 2009. Now, organizers estimate approximately 700 students, adults and volunteers will be in attendance for the 10th annual summit, set to take place Nov. 15-17. To ensure the Black and Brown Male Summit will continue to grow for years to come, a fundraising banquet will be offered for the first time this year. 
Auburn Reporter, Nov. 2, 2019

Hundreds of students learn about different careers in the justice system at CBC

Hundreds of students visited Columbia Basin College on Friday to learn more about the different careers within the justice system. Middle and high schoolers from Finley, Kahlotus, Kennewick, Pasco, Prosser, Richland, and Walla Walla all attended the Tri-Cities Youth and Justice Forum. This is the 16th year in a row the event has been put on. Students participate in interactive lessons with attorneys, judges and other professionals in the industry. The goal of the forum is to create opportunities for racial and ethnic diversity in the justice system in order to match the people it serves.
YakTriNews, Nov. 1, 2019

Edmonds CC to recognize immigrant veterans, celebrate 10th anniversary of Boots to Books and Beyond memorial

Edmonds Community College will host its seventh annual Veterans Day Celebration from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 6, on campus in the Black Box Theatre. ... “Veterans Day is a time to celebrate the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have worn the uniform of our armed services and put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf,” said Chris Szarek, director of the Edmonds CC Veterans Resource Center (VRC) and retired U.S. Navy Seabee. 
My Edmonds News, Nov. 1, 2019

Giant pumpkins from JBLM put scare in competition

Granted release from the Northwestern Joint Regional Correctional Facility, two large individuals have been making a name for themselves outside Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Mr. Wrinkles weighs in at 608 pounds, but Bebop tips the scales at 764 pounds. The giant pumpkins are the celebrity products of the horticulture vocational program offered to inmates at the NWJRCF, and while neither gourd took home a top ribbon they did break records. "Before this year the record was 470 pounds," said Charles Kentfield, who leads the horticulture vocational program at NWJRCF through Clover Park Technical College. "It's a little bit of luck, and a lot of time and care by the group of guys who worked on it."
Nisqually Valley News, Oct. 31, 2019

Moving from prison to a PhD: Noel Vest: Value lived experience

In 2003, my struggles with alcohol and drugs resulted in a 7-year prison sentence in Nevada for drug possession and identity theft, crimes that followed a spiral of addiction after my business and relationship failed at age 21. I began taking psychology courses in prison and, after my release, continued at the Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington, with the goal of becoming a drug and alcohol counsellor. Then an instructor told me that my writing ability could get me into graduate school.
Nature, Oct. 31, 2019

The current: WSECU adds customer service center in Yakima

YVC training: Yakima Valley College has received new job skills grants to train employees at McClarin Plastics and Shields, according to a news release. The two organizations employ a combined 800-plus workers in the Yakima Valley. The grants total $736,426 and were approved by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges’ job skills program. The program covers half the cost of training, with employers picking up the rest through a cash or in-kind match.
Yakima Herald, Oct. 27, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Most of nation's top public universities aren't affordable for low-income students

America's top public universities, known as flagships, are generally the most well-resourced public universities in their respective states — think the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor or the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. They're rigorous schools, and many were built on federal land grants meant to serve the "industrial classes." Today, only four public flagship universities are affordable for students from low-income families, according to a report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy.
NPR, Nov. 5, 2019

How do you help former college students finish their degrees? New data offer clues

College leaders and policy makers are paying more attention to the millions of adults in the U.S. who attended college but didn’t earn a credential. Yet many questions remain about this population — not just how to better recruit and serve them, but who they are. A newly released report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center helps fill in some of the blanks.
PBS News Hour, Nov. 4, 2019

Committing to credential transparency

The American Association of Community Colleges and 14 other national postsecondary education organizations have agreed to use a new credential registry as well as common language to describe credential information in an effort to make credential data easier to understand for students, employers and other stakeholders. The organizations — led by the American Council on Education (ACE), the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Credential Engine and EDUCAUSE — announced Monday that they have signed a joint statement supporting credential data transparency. The goal is to “dismantle long-held data silos and unlock the power of open data to better serve students,” according to a press release from Credential Engine.
Community College Daily, Nov. 4, 2019

Tackling the transfer issue

... It’s a situation frequently faced by those working in this arena, where the interests of four-year universities, community colleges, lawmakers, taxpayers and families of college students often diverge, stymieing efforts to resolve a problem they all agree needs to be addressed. ... In Washington, most of the state’s public four-year universities must recognize associate degrees from community colleges, and in Maryland a student with a 2.0 GPA and diploma from a community college can directly transfer to a public four-year university and a general education program at one school is applicable at any other.
Community College Daily, Nov. 4, 2019

Trustee freedom

This isn’t the first time a board member of a college has faced scrutiny for controversial statements. In 2014 an anti-LGBTQ activist won a seat on the Houston Community College board and asked the college not to participate in the gay pride parade; an Ursinus College trustee came under fire for insulting tweets in 2016; and the University of Southern California's board has recently weathered a period of scandal. It's a difficult issue to grapple with, said J. Noah Brown, president and CEO of the Association of Community College Trustees. “People do have a constitutional right to free speech and free expression,” Brown said, but he added that “it’s always good to be mindful that you can’t always divorce those statements and actions from the fact you are a recognized individual in a leadership role.”
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 1, 2019

U. of Washington College Republicans' recognition is yanked over 'hurtful and inappropriate conduct'

The University of Washington’s College Republicans chapter will lose its status as a registered student organization on Monday after both state and national College Republican groups revoked its charter for “hurtful and inappropriate conduct.” The group, whose controversial actions have included an “affirmative-action bake sale” that based prices on buyers’ race and gender, has vowed to fight the decision. The rift at Washington is happening at a time of ferment for Republican student groups. Some are doubling down on Trump-like nationalism, while others are trying to stay grounded in more traditional conservatism.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 1, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

No more 'at risk' students in California

A decades-long effort to change how educators talk about students facing economic or social challenges has been backed by California lawmakers. ... Describing vulnerable young people as “at risk” has become ubiquitous in schools, colleges and universities in the U.S. over the past 30 years. There are numerous federal funding streams, conferences, training programs and ed-tech companies dedicated to identifying and supporting students deemed statistically most likely to struggle and, possibly, fail. Some educators argue that these efforts, though well intentioned and intended to help students, can have a negative impact because of their deficit-based approach.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 5, 2019

New rules on accreditation and state authorization

The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday released the final version of federal regulations covering accreditation and the state authorization of online education providers. The 519-page rule will take effect in July 2020. It hews closely to the recommendations a group of 15 department-chosen federal negotiators agreed to in April. The process, while often contentious, led to the first consensus in a negotiated rule-making session on federal education policy in nearly a decade.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 1, 2019

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