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News Links | November 14, 2019

November 14, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

From the studio: SFCC Drama presents "Six Rounds of Vengeance"

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

Adding credentials can recession proof your career

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 CC announces appointment of two new members to Board of Trustees

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 union authorizes strike vote

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

Shipyard welcomes 267 new apprentice graduates

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 experiencing significant enrollment decline

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

They came to the college from 16 countries, but this is home

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

A belief in leadership: Outgoing Leadership Skagit director looks back

... 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 in June.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 7, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

How to get more rural students ready for college? Start with broadband.

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

Why colleges are betting big on video games

... 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

The College Promise movement: An update

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

Washington Watch: AACC releases brief on community college affordability and public policy

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

Apprenticeship in review: Higher education, community colleges, and degree apprenticeship

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

Supreme Court takes up DACA

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



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