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November 19, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

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Columbia Basin College celebrates new food pantry for students

Students at Columbia Basin College now have access to free food ranging from fresh produce to dried pasta. A ribbon cutting was held for the school's new food pantry on Monday, made possible through a partnership with 2nd Harvest. The local food bank distributor provided the produce along with various grains, dairy products, water and more. [Video]
YakTriNews, Nov. 18, 2019

Makah weavers focus of Studium Generale

Master weaver Melissa Peterson and her daughter Samantha Della-Devoney will present “Generations of Makah Weavers” at Thursday’s Studium Generale. The free program will begin at 12:35 p.m. in the Little Theater at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. Peterson lives in Neah Bay on the Makah Reservation. She learned weaving from Irene Ward over 30 years ago and also learned from Nora Barker, Lina McGee, Susan Johnson, Linda Colfax and Margaret Irving.
Peninsula Daily News, Nov. 17, 2019

Former Clark College president discriminated against women, investigation finds

Former Clark College President Bob Knight engaged in inappropriate, discriminatory behavior against women, and particularly women of color, during his tenure at the Vancouver community college. That’s according to an investigatory report provided to The Columbian on Friday in response to a public records request, which highlights details of Knight’s offensive comments, as well as his interference in the hiring process of a permanent vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
The Columbian, Nov. 15, 2019

Residents push back against using wetlands on TCC campus for new soccer fields

... While Metro Parks Tacoma is looking into the possibility, there has been no official decision to build fields on the [Tacoma Community College], spokesperson Hunter George said. Public outreach is expected to start in early 2020. “The only decision that’s been made is, ‘Let’s talk to each other.’ That’s it,” George told The News Tribune. Ivan Harrell, TCC president, said the college was briefed on the idea by Metro Parks at a board meeting but is waiting to hear feedback from public outreach. “At this particular point in time, there hasn’t been anything presented to us from Metro Parks that we would take any action on,” Harrell said.
The News Tribune, Nov. 15, 2019

Big Bend presidential search begins

Trustees at Big Bend Community College are hoping to announce a new president by March 2020. Trustees set up a timeline for the search Thursday. The job announcement and a job description were made public Friday morning. Kim Garza, vice-president of human relations, said applications will be accepted through Dec. 8. Current president Terry Leas announced in August that he would retire at the end of the 2019-20 academic year. Leas has been BBCC president since 2012.
Columbia Basin Herald, Nov. 15, 2019

Movers and shakers 11/15/2019

Alkesh “Al” Patel, a Clark alumnus, joined Clark College Foundation’s Board of Directors. Patel is the chairman, CEO, founder and spiritual leader of Evergreen Hospitality. Evergreen Hospitality is a development group that builds branded hotels like Hilton, Marriott, IHG and Hyatt. Prior to founding Evergreen Hospitality, Patel served as the 2012-2013 chairman of Asian American Hotel Owners Association, an association of hotel owners with over 18,500 members nationwide.
Vancouver Business Journal, Nov. 15, 2019

Guest commentary: Public transit: Not just driving in circles

On Oct. 14, WorkSource held a “poverty simulation” at Centralia College, illustrating the hurdles faced by those working to overcome poverty. Participants navigated a complex system of real-life situations, tasks and services, while encountering innumerable hardships and unexpected difficulties. The Twin Transit team and other volunteers played supporting roles like Social Services, EBT, the bank, education, employment, daycare and the homeless shelter. There were even police and criminal element roles.
The Daily Chronicle, Nov. 15, 2019

Clark College names new vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

After more than a year, Clark College has a permanent vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Rashida Willard, who has held the position on an interim basis for 17 months, was promoted into the permanent spot effective Thursday. “(Willard) has earned the respect of her peers, our students and the community as a strong and effective leader,” Clark College Interim President Sandra Fowler-Hill said in a news release.
The Columbian, Nov. 15, 2019

Hear a highly regarded organist play a highly regarded organ

 ... These days, Toy’s performances are squeezed in here and there on weekends, sometimes as a substitute organist at local churches. That’s because much of his time is now split between a job at a local truck leasing company and his courses at Skagit Valley College, where he is working to complete a program in diesel power technology. “That open up more pathways to what I want to do — work alongside engineers,” he said. “It’s always been my second passion in life.” He said he plans to return to college for degrees in music, with a goal of earning his bachelor’s, master’s and perhaps a doctorate degree in the field.
The Everett Herald, Nov. 14, 2019

EdCC art gallery displays diversity of students

Edmonds Community College's art gallery is featuring "Origin/Identity/Belonging" by photographer Michael J. Wewer and photographic assistant Kevin Ng. Wewer is an EdCC alumnus and has taught photography at the college since 2001. His exhibit showcases large-scale black-and-white portraits featuring EdCC students who have come to the college from countries around the world in pursuit of education and career goals.
Edmonds Beacon, Nov. 14, 2019

Centralia College Theatre: 'You Can't Take It with You' tackles love, family, honesty

In recent years the Centralia College theatre department has not shied away from controversial and sometimes uncomfortable subject matter. The friendly romp “You Can’t Take It With You” opening Friday, Nov. 15 in the Wickstrom Studio Theatre features prominently a subject that feels like it has become controversial in recent years: love. “It’s a light hearted story about what’s really valuable, what are you really living for?” said actress Lucy Page. “The way things are now, it’s nice to talk about the important things in life.”
The Daily Chronicle, Nov. 13, 2019

Reveal wine auction coming next April

... The fifth annual Reveal Walla Walla Valley Wine futures auction, an invitational event for trade and private collectors, takes place April 19 and 20, the organization announced. The auction has developed into a major fundraiser for the nonprofit alliance that markets the Walla Walla Valley American Viticultural Area. For the second year, a portion of funds raised will also go to scholarships for the next generation of wine growers and winemakers at the Walla Walla Community College Institute for Enology & Viticulture.
Union-Bulletin, Nov. 14, 2019

New afterschool program for students interested in civic engagement and community health

The Area Health Education Center for Western Washington received a $500 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation along with training and support from Youth Service America for their Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) afterschool program.  ... 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. AHECWW is funded by the University of Washington and the Washington State Department of Health.
Whatcom Talk, Nov. 14, 2019

SPSCC’s play takes viewers inside the mind of an atypical teen to solve a mystery

There’s plenty to pique audiences’ curiosity in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” opening Friday at South Puget Sound Community College. For starters, the Tony-winning play is a mystery, though not a conventional one. It follows 15-year-old Christopher (Nicholas Main), who’s great at math but stymied by human beings, on a quest to discover who killed a neighbor’s dog. Along the way, he uncovers other mysteries about his life and his family. But even those familiar with the plot of the play, adapted from Mark Haddon’s critically acclaimed 2003 novel, are likely to be surprised.
The Olympian, Nov. 14, 2019

TCC English instructor Latoya Reid wins Faculty Excellence Award

Tacoma Community College (TCC) English Instructor Latoya Reid was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award at the 2019 Faculty and Staff of Color Conference, held recently in Spokane, Washington. Reid, who was nominated by her colleagues and students, was instrumental in expanding access to Learning Communities at TCC. The Learning Community model helps students connect to the college and build a strong educational foundation by taking two or more of their initial classes together. 
The Suburban Times, Nov. 13, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Supporting early educators in higher education: Exploring both sides of the coin

... With over 3,000 early childhood degree programs (associate through doctoral level) across the United States, the ECE higher education landscape is varied and complex, depending on which sector of the workforce the program is preparing (e.g., age range and/or early learning setting), state (and sometimes federal) regulations and legislation that set ECE personnel qualifications, and state and institutional policies that set requirements related to credit hours, general education, and other aspects of degree design.
New America, Nov. 19, 2019

Number of enrolled international students drops

The number of enrolled international students at American colleges and universities decreased at all academic levels -- undergraduate, graduate and nondegree -- in the 2018-19 academic year, according to new data from the "Open Doors" report. The number of international undergraduate students declined by 2.4 percent, the number of international graduate students declined by 1.3 percent and the number of international nondegree students declined by 5 percent.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 18, 2019

Working college students

... The research controlled for race, Pell eligibility, major, time enrolled and time since enrollment, among other factors, and found that, all things being equal, working in college leads to earnings premiums later. This held true for students who stopped out of college, as well. Still, Douglas said, the research showed that the “optimal outcome is a student who works but also graduates.” There are several theories that could explain this outcome, he said, from signaling to employers that you have a work history, development of soft skills or the “grit hypothesis” -- that those students are better at time management, Douglas said.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 18, 2019

Success at Scale: Strategies to improve outcomes for underserved students

Inside Higher Ed today is releasing our newest special report, "Success at Scale: Strategies to Improve Outcomes for Underserved Students." "Success at Scale" explores the strategies and solutions institutions are using to improve student outcomes. Some are well-known but little understood. Others are small in nature but show great promise. In particular, this report studies the efforts of community colleges and regional public universities, which are the workhorses of higher education and whose share of the total student population pie is inversely proportional to the news media attention they typically receive.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 18, 2019

Survey of graduates on value of credentials

Graduates of nondegree vocational programs are more likely to say their postsecondary credentials were worth the cost and made them an attractive job candidate than were graduates of terminal bachelor's degree programs. That finding came from a nationally representative survey of 340,000 American adults, which was conducted by Gallup and the Strada Education Network as part of a wide-ranging, three-year consumer survey. Among respondents who are graduates of nondegree vocational programs, such as certificate or nondegree training programs offered by two-year colleges, 70 percent agreed that their education was worth the cost, compared to 62 percent of graduates of terminal bachelor's degree programs. 
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 18, 2019

Dev ed reforms grow, but not at scale

While a growing number of two- and four-year colleges are branching beyond traditional approaches to developmental education, it’s not yet happening at scale, according to a new study. Many colleges continue to use standardized tests to assess college readiness as well as prerequisite developmental courses that can last several semesters, notes the study by the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR), a partnership between MDRC and the Community College Research Center at Columbia University in New York. 
Community College Daily, Nov. 17, 2019

Instructure explores possible sale

Instructure, the publicly traded company behind the popular college learning management system Canvas, is considering a number of strategic options for its business, including a possible sale. In a statement Thursday, the company said it is weighing whether to go private, be purchased by a strategic partner or continue as a stand-alone public company.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 15, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington students have new options to earn a high-school diploma

It’s official: Starting this school year, Washington students no longer need to take a federal test to earn a high-school diploma. Instead, students now have a new menu of options that acknowledge differences in their pursuits after high school. The state’s Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a set of graduation pathways and other rules at its recent meeting in Bremerton. But some see the changes as a step back, because they think the new requirements lower the bar for earning a diploma. Washington high schoolers were among the last in the nation required to pass a set of federally mandated tests to graduate. A state law signed this year nixed that requirement, and education officials have spent the past several months crafting alternative pathways.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 18, 2019

Betsy DeVos and the high-stakes standoff over student loan forgiveness

The U.S. Department of Education agreed to hand over department records late Thursday to Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., the Democratic chairman of the U.S. House education committee, just hours before Scott was set to subpoena Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for the records. The information relates to the Education Department's unwillingness to fully forgive the federal student loans of borrowers who say they were defrauded by for-profit colleges, including the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. "We've been asking for information since last year," Scott told NPR on Thursday, before the department promised the documents. "We expect answers."
NPR, Nov. 15, 2019

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