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News Links | November 7, 2019

November 07, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Pierce College recognized for excellence in marketing

Pierce College’s marketing efforts were recently recognized by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) for excellence in design and communication. NCMPR’s annual Medallion Awards competition is exclusive to marketing and public relations professionals at two-year colleges. ... Pierce College made a strong showing this year, earning one gold medal, three silver medals, and two bronze medals. 
The Suburban Times, Nov. 7, 2019

Meet the artist: Photographer Michael J. Wewer at Edmonds CC art gallery

Edmonds Community College’s art gallery this fall features “Origin / Identity / Belonging” by photographer Michael J. Wewer and photographic assistant Kevin Ng. Wewer is an Edmonds CC alumnus and has taught photography at the college since 2001. His exhibit showcases large scale black and white portraits featuring Edmonds CC students who have come to the college from countries around the world in pursuit of education and career goals.
My Edmonds News, Nov. 6, 2019

SPSCC named one of nation's top 150 community colleges again

For the third time in a row, South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has been named as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. SPSCC will apply to compete for the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds. ... SPSCC was also recognized as a top 150 community college in Aspen Institute’s 2017 and 2019 nominations.
Thurston Talk, Nov. 6, 2019

LWTech raises more than $250,000 at annual benefit breakfast

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), through the LWTech Foundation, hosted its annual Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast on Oct. 29. The fundraising event supports students with scholarships, program support and emergency funds. This year, the event raised an all-time high of $256,000 to fund about 200 scholarships.
Kirkland Reporter, Nov. 6, 2019

LCC wins NWAC President's Cup

Lower Columbia College earned the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) 2018-2019 President’s Cup honor for academic achievement. ... “It’s always been our goal to be honored for our academic success and this just shows how hard our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and instructors work to insure that Red Devils can achieve in the classroom,” said LCC Athletic Director, Kirc Roland in the press release.
The Daily News, Nov. 6, 2019

RTC recognized for efforts to improve students’ lives

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Renton Technical College one of top 150 community colleges in the country. As a top finalist, RTC is eligible to compete for the 2021 $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance. RTC was recognized for its strength and improvement in student outcomes – including learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity.
Renton Reporter, Nov. 6, 2019

RTC’s dragonfly honors passed advocate

Nov. 5 was election day, but it was also the birthday of an important woman in the Renton Technical College (RTC) community that passed away two years ago. Her work with the RTC and her passion for students lives on in the newly named Andee Jorgensen Student Success Center. Jorgensen was the longest serving trustee for RTC, appointed by several state governors. She also served on board of the RTC foundation. 
Renton Reporter, Nov. 6, 2019

Pierce College dean makes national impact as Achieving the Dream coach

As an Achieving the Dream (ATD) Leader College of Distinction, Pierce College remains committed to finding new ways to increase student success while removing the barriers that stand in the way of their educational goals. Thanks to Pierce’s work with ATD, the college has made transformational changes that have resulted in a graduation rate nearly 20 percentage points above the national average.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 6, 2019

Seattle Southside secrets: Don't miss these must-see spots

... "The MaST Center of Highline College is a great secret in the south Seattle community because we're a free public aquarium,” said Jessica Lotz, education coordinator for the aquarium. MaST stands for Marine Science and Technology Center, and visitors can explore the floor of the Puget Sound without getting wet with their 'live dive' program - and meet some real locals: Every critter here comes from Northwest waters.
K5 News, Nov. 5, 2019

Kelso woman opens antique shop to serve 'quirky personalities'

From behind the counter of a store filled with antique home decor and vintage trinkets, Jennifer Solverson sat watching a VHS tape on a black and white television screen Monday. Classic rock tunes floated in the background as Solverson, 35, waited for customers as “quirky” as she is to drop into Rusty Rose Antiques. ... She enrolled in online courses at Lower Columbia College to pursue a degree in criminal justice. Opening a full-fledged antique store is helping support that endeavor, she said. Oftentimes Solverson can be found doing homework at the front counter of the shop.
The Daily News, Nov. 5, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Discrimination influences student activity and mood

Various types of discrimination can lead to changes in college students' daily activities and sleep quality and heighten their feelings of anxiety and depression, according to new research by the University of Washington. ... “Our focus is definitely on … quantifying the impact of stress on students and validating that this is real,” Mankoff said. “If we can show how much it’s impacting people, maybe we can help make decisions on where resources can be spent and give people an understanding of why it’s important to consider a person’s background. They could be working under stressors that impact their ability to perform in a way that should be acknowledged.”
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 7, 2019

Tuition assistance popular with employees

... More than half of respondents said the tuition assistance program is one of the best benefits their job offers, ranking it above paid family leave, life insurance, wellness benefits and workplace training. More than three-quarters of respondents said such a program would make them more likely to stay at an organization. About half of respondents said they have student debt, and nearly half said they were only able to pursue education because of the tuition reimbursement programs. Across all ages, respondents also said that keeping pace with or getting ahead of changes at work was the reason they pursued education.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 6, 2019

Partnerships essential for career pathways

Effective career pathways leading to good jobs require strong partnerships with employers, good use of data and outreach to underserved populations, community college leaders agreed at a panel discussion this week hosted by the Urban Institute. ... Partnerships with employers and community organizations are one of six key strategies important for the success of career pathways identified in a study by Abt Associates. They are particularly important to ensure students learn about job opportunities, and for employers to see students from underrepresented groups as a source of talent whom they might otherwise neglect, said Julie Strawn, principal researcher at Abt. 
Community College Daily, Nov. 6, 2019

Roses and thorns

Ohio State University, home of an 80-seat esports arena and four competitive video-gaming teams, is taking its investment in esports to the next level. It is becoming the first state university to introduce a formal degree program focused on the growing job market in the $1 billion esports industry.​ ... Degree programs in esports are pulling in college-age gamers, who enthusiastically seek careers in their dream industry. But some academics and other higher education experts are questioning the wisdom of developing such programs and their legitimacy as academic disciplines. The opponents are skeptical of the young esports industry and worry universities are developing substandard programs as an “enrollment gimmick,” with little guarantee of future success.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 5, 2019

Rural students gain but lag in college attendance

Students in rural areas have lower average rates of college enrollment and degree completion compared to nonrural students, according to findings in a new study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The findings, published in the American Journal of Education, show that while the divide has narrowed since the 1990s and 2000s, it still exists. The researchers examined how disparities changed from the 1990s to the 2000s and also how predictors of enrollment and completion for the two demographics, rural and nonrural, changed over the same period of time.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 5, 2019

Report: Equipping individuals for life beyond bars

As the overwhelming majority of those in U.S. prisons will rejoin society, it is imperative to prepare individuals to transition with effective rehabilitative programs. This report finds that although there is a gap between incarcerated adults and the general public in both literacy and numeracy skills, completion of a postsecondary credential and participation in job training ameliorates the gap. Those who participate in and/or complete these correctional programs have comparable literacy and numeracy scores to the general public. Furthermore, regardless of time to reentry, all incarcerated adults show interest in, participate in, and complete these programs at similar rates.
New America, Nov. 4, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington State voters are rejecting affirmative action

Washington State voters appear to be narrowly rejecting the restoration of affirmative action in public college admissions. The latest vote totals are 48.23 percent in favor of restoring affirmative action, and 51.77 opposed. A referendum barred the consideration of racial and ethnic preferences in 1998, but the Legislature voted this year to lift the ban. That move prompted a petition drive to put the issue on the ballot. State election results show the measure passing only in three of the state's counties and losing by wide margins in many of the more rural counties.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 7, 2019



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