News Links | November 14, 2019
System News | Opinion
Ashley DeMoville, Director of Spokane Falls Community College's production of Qui Nguyen's "Six Rounds of Vengeance" visits the studio to discuss
the play, which takes place in the post-apocalyptic "Lost Vegas." Also in the studio
are actors Jayce Fortin (Jess) and Sarah Plumb (Gabbie) to talk about their roles,
stage-combat, and dystopia on the stage. [Audio]
Spokane Public Radio, Nov. 13, 2019
It’s always a good time to add credentials, but there’s really no better time than
when the economy is healthy. ... For example, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), offers an associate’s degree in business technology and eight certificates
of completion and proficiency in areas like web maintenance, Microsoft Office applications
and project management support. Additionally, LWTech, Cascadia College and Everett Community College have partnered to provide continuing education classes through their corporate and
continuing education center, CCEC-Eastside, which provides professional development
classes on the Cascadia and LWTech campuses.
Kirkland Reporter, Nov. 13, 2019
Edmonds Community College announced Wednesday that Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Adrianne
Wagner and Wally Webster II to the college’s Board of Trustees. “I’m proud to welcome
our newest trustees to the board and look forward to working together to take Edmonds
CC from good to great,” said Edmonds CC President Dr. Amit B. Singh. The college’s
Board of Trustees is composed of six members appointed by the governor. Five of the
members serve five-year terms and a student member serves a one-year term. Each member
must reside within the college’s district boundaries.
MLT News, Nov. 13, 2019
Clark College’s faculty union will decide in December whether or not to go on strike. It’s the latest
wrench in yearlong negotiations between the Clark College Association for Higher Education,
which represents full- and part-time faculty, and college administration. The union
is seeking higher salaries for its professors and instructors, particularly the part-time
staff who make up the majority of Clark College’s teachers. The college has said it
cannot offer the wage increases the union has asked for, citing declining enrollment
and other budget challenges.
The Columbian, Nov. 13, 2019
267 skilled workers graduated from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance
Facility Apprentice Program last week. This year’s class represents 24 different trades
and maintained an overall class GPA of 3.835, according to a PSNS press release. Each
graduate received their certificates as journey-level mechanics in their respective
trades, as well as an associate’s degree in technical arts from Olympic College.
Kitsap Daily News, Nov. 12, 2019
Wenatchee Valley College continued a ten-year trend of declining enrollments with a 2.1 percent drop for the
fall quarter. According to a release from the college, enrollment in career and technical
programs has declined 30% since 2010. A more significant enrollment decline began
in September. WVC President Jim Richardson then met with employees in October to discuss
enrollment issues and budget impacts. A faculty budget review taskforce will be assembled
and administrators will be meeting with employee groups to discuss options.
KPQ, Nov. 8, 2019
Twenty-two black-and-white portraits line the walls of Edmonds Community College’s gallery. Their large size — 24 by 30 inches — creates an intimacy with each man or
woman pictured, as if each is inviting the viewer to learn more about their stories.
Nearby is a notebook filled with short essays written by each person in the exhibit.
All photographed are current or former EdCC students. They came to the college from
16 countries, spanning a geography from Central and South America to Africa and the
Middle East — the fruition of an idea that began in 2012.
The Everett Herald, Nov. 7, 2019
... Leadership Skagit was founded in 2004 by the Economic Development Alliance of
Skagit County (EDASC), Skagit Valley College and Washington State University. The EDASC Foundation operates it. The program selects
up to 35 students a year, and upon completion of the program graduates receive 17
credits from Skagit Valley College. Students participate in full-day “challenge days”
on different topics once a month, two overnight retreats, and work outside of class
to work on a community service project. Project presentations and graduation are held
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 7, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
Rural students lag in college readiness. What’s the fix? For starters, better broadband.
A report on the state of rural education came out last week, asserting that some schools and places “face nothing less than an emergency in the education and well-being of children.” Part of that emergency is the low level of “college readiness” in many of these rural districts, which enroll nearly one in five public-school students in the United States.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 13, 2019
... Today, Carrell owes only the $40,000 or so leftover from his time at Central Washington.
The rest of his tuition, and his room and board, are covered, so long as he proudly
wears the Harrisburg red and yellow in official collegiate Hearthstone competitions.
Harrisburg is one of the 128 colleges that fund a varsity e-sports program, and within
that, Carrell is one of the very few recipients of a full athletic scholarship for
competitive gaming, which is something he says he didn’t know existed until he had
one of his own.
The Atlantic, Nov. 13, 2019
As we approach the second quarter of the 21st century, our nation’s economic vitality,
talent pipeline and civic prosperity are at risk. The “what’s best for me and mine”
mindset, the growing divide between the “haves” and “have-nots,” and vitriolic political
battles have escalated across our nation over issues as varied as gun control, immigration,
global warming, educational equity, student loan debt and the economy.
Community College Daily, Nov. 13, 2019
The College Board’s latest data on college tuitions have just been published. This
fall, the average full-time, full-year community tuition and fees were only $3,730,
a $100 or 2.8 percent increase from the previous year. The average in-state tuition
at public four-year institution was $10,440. Despite countervailing enrollment trends,
community colleges remain a great bargain.
Community College Daily, Nov. 12, 2019
Many occupations in high-growth, high-wage industries like healthcare and information
technology require a college degree for career entry and advancement. And apprenticeship
presents a promising and affordable strategy for equipping youth and adults with the
skills and postsecondary credentials that employers demand.
New America, Nov. 11, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in three cases challenging the Trump
administration’s move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA,
program. The program, established by President Obama in 2012, provides work authorization
as well as protection against deportation to about 700,000 undocumented immigrants
who were brought to the U.S. as children, including many college students. Court watchers
differed in their assessment of the arguments.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 13, 2019