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News Links | November 26, 2019

November 26, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

EdCC launches Idea Lab incubator

Edmonds Community College has launched the Idea Lab – a permanent innovation incubator – to respond to what it says are rapid transformations taking place in higher education. The lab brings together about 20 faculty and staff from all levels of the organization to brainstorm, incubate, evaluate, and mobilize innovative solutions to create a change-ready and adaptive college.
Edmonds Beacon, Nov. 26, 2019

On the dean's list, with autism: Colleges add autism support services, but they're pricey

... So she moved home to Washington state and enrolled at Bellevue College, a community college that has a program called Neurodiversity Navigators (formerly Autism Spectrum Navigators). Even there, she was hesitant to sign up. “I spent a lot of time trying to distance myself from that label,” Wagner said. “I passed as neurotypical very well, but I saw how other autistic kids around me were being treated and I was terrified of being seen as less than a person.” But she found a sense of community in the Navigators program because she didn’t feel the need to hide her autism anymore. She said she didn’t realize “how much energy it took up in my life to constantly be doing that.” 
USA Today, Nov. 26, 2019

International students followed their passions to LCC

After moving more than 9,000 miles away from their homes in East Africa, Kelvin Kuniara and Grace Wangeci both say they are happily adjusting to life as Lower Columbia College students. “It has been great. I really want to thank LCC,” said Kuniara, 31, who has been at the school for over a year. “When I applied, I really kept good grades. I was the happiest person, and I’m still the happiest person.”
The Daily News, Nov. 26, 2019

Lewis County Beekeepers Association encourages young people to get involved through classes, scholarships

The Lewis County Beekeepers Association (LCBA) is holding free orientations on getting started in beekeeping and has created a beekeeping curriculum that is currently being taught at Centralia College. “I love to just go out to my hives with a cup of coffee and just watch them coming and going. I love to watch the way they fly, the way they interact with each other. They are beautiful to watch and their behavior is intricate and fascinating,” said Susanne Weil, when asked why she enjoys keeping bees.
The Daily Chronicle, Nov. 25, 2019

EdCC rocketeers see how high they can go in Pasco

Edmonds Community College Rocketry Society members recently joined other rocket enthusiasts from Central Washington University and the Tri-Cities Rocketeers for a high-powered launch near Pasco. EdCC’s team of students launched five rockets on Nov. 9. Experienced rocketeer and past club president Brie Hall made the launch process look easy when launching her rocket that created stunning visual effects as it lifted off with a redline motor. Club member Tony Chuang was able to achieve National Association of Rocketry Level II Certification by launching his rocket to an estimated 4,000 feet and utilizing a dual deploy recovery chute system.
Everett Herald, Nov. 25, 2019

Measuring progress on developmental education

... Rethinking how to teach is an important part of the conversation, but one of the hardest to take action on, because there's often a tension between academic freedom and evidence-based pedagogy that can be difficult to push past, according to Emily Lardner, interim vice president for academic affairs at Highline College in Washington. Lardner said she wants faculty members to know about the research on how people learn and have time to discuss the issue with each other.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 25, 2019

Front & center: SCC instructor alone with his thoughts – in the classroom, that is

Bret Dickey teaches Spokane Community College’s popular software development courses. This quarter alone 90 new students enrolled, and they hail from all over the U.S. and beyond. So why does Dickey occasionally find himself lecturing to empty seats? “Because I record my lectures, and students watch when it’s more convenient, like after work,” he said. “If I have a class of 27 students, I may have only two physically present. “Sometimes there’s no one else in the room. It’s weird.” But also rewarding for students who survive the tough curriculum and go on to lucrative careers.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 24, 2019

Pierce College program saves students $2 million in textbook costs

Thanks to the Pierce Open Pathways (POP) program offered at Pierce College at JBLM, students have saved more than $2 million in textbook costs since 2015. Courses in the program use open educational resources, which are high-quality, openly licensed learning resources used in lieu of traditional textbooks. Students in the program can earn an entire university transfer degree without ever paying for a traditional textbook. 
The Suburban Times, Nov. 24, 2019

Bank of America donates $20,000 for Clark student veterans

Clark College Foundation recently received a $20,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support Clark College’s student veterans. Funding will provide textbooks, on-campus dental services, career assessments, emergency grant funds and certification exam fees for students through Clark’s Veterans Resource Center. “Bank of America is proud to support the Veterans Resource Center,” David Reiter, senior vice president of Bank of America, said in a news release.
The Columbian, Nov. 23, 2019

Applying the knowledge: OC film students gain professional experience on locally-shot horror film

For many aspiring film students, the dream of actually working on a movie set may seem far-fetched and impossible to reach. Olympic College film professors Amy Hesketh and Aaron Drane are making that dream a reality for many students — while still in school. Both Hesketh and Drane are not only film professors but are currently active in the film industry making movies.
Kitsap Daily News, Nov. 22, 2019

CBC encouraging students to stop smoking

The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for the Columbia Basin College community to come together and inspire individuals to use this date to make a plan to quit tobacco. The event not only challenged people to stop using tobacco, but helped individuals learn about the many tools available to help them quit and stay quit. The event was a way to bring awareness of the dangers of tobacco use. It showed those who want to quit smoking that there is help available.
NBC Right Now, Nov. 22, 2019

Clover Park Technical College unveils state-of-the-art campus fitness center

Late last month, Clover Park Technical College's Department of Student Life officially opened its first Fitness Center available to students, faculty and staff. Nearly 100 members of the CPTC community were in attendance to celebrate this momentous occasion, one that required a community effort to make a reality. The expansive 1,500 square foot Fitness Center, located inside the campus’s Student Center is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that can be utilized by a breadth of abilities and experiences, from the quintessential treadmills and free weights to the trendier spin bikes and row machines.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 21, 2019

A mesmerizing show at SPSCC

Under the direction of Lauren Love, the theater at South Puget Sound Community College has become one of the region's premiere theaters, presenting challenging and professional-level shows one after another. Witness last year's two-part Angels in America and earlier this year, Fun Home, both of which were the talk of Olympia's theater realm. And now comes the quirky, innovative and emotionally captivating The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time based on the prize-winning novel by Mark Haddon, adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens and directed at SPSCC by Love.
Weekly Volcano, Nov. 21, 2019

BTC named among top community colleges in U.S.

Bellingham Technical College was named one of the top community colleges in the nation. BTC is one of 150 community colleges in the U.S. eligible to compete for a $1-million prize from the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The award is based on strong and improving student outcomes in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity. The community colleges named as eligible to compete for the prize were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes.
KGMI, Nov. 21, 2019

Care comes full circle: Spokane Valley firefighters assisted nurse, and she has returned the favor

... The SVFD scholarship meant she could afford that period’s Spokane Community College training and necessary books, she said. Skjelbred, who decided to go for the bachelor’s degree, said she contacted SCC to request that any remaining funds from the yearlong scholarship go to another college nursing student. “I had amazing educational opportunities at SCC that provided the foundation for the kind of nurse I am now,” Skjelbred added.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 20, 2019

Cheyenne Fonda is MV News intern

Cheyenne Fonda, a student in the Running Start program at Wenatchee Valley College in Omak, is working as an intern at the Methow Valley News this fall. Fonda is helping with research and reporting, interviews, writing, and editing. She’s also gaining an overall understanding of the many components that come together each week to publish a newspaper.
Methow Valley News, Nov. 20, 2019

Edmonds CC Jazz and Salsa Band to perform fundraising concert Nov. 22 before traveling to Puerto Rico

The Edmonds Community College Jazz and Salsa Band will perform its final fundraising concert on Nov. 22 before traveling to Puerto Rico. “Combining our fundraising efforts in the spring with a recent generous grant from the Associated Students of Edmonds CC, we have raised over $20,000 to this point,” said John Sanders, the band’s director. The group’s goal is to raise $30,000 for the 17 students traveling in January. The Puerto Rico trip is a kind of homecoming. Sanders was inspired to start the group after his own visit to Puerto Rico in 2014.
MLT News, Nov. 20, 2019

Editorial: In Our View: Clark on right path in wake of Knight report

An investigation into the actions of former Clark College President Bob Knight should be viewed as a positive for Vancouver’s two-year institution of higher education. It is only by acknowledging problems that they can be fixed. According to a 228-page report from Seattle-based D Diamond Consulting, Knight engaged in inappropriate, discriminatory behavior toward female staff members, particularly women of color. Knight served 13 years as president of the college before retiring in July. 
The Columbian, Nov. 19, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

State agencies create complaint portal for students in college, vocational programs

The abrupt closure of the Art Institute of Seattle earlier this year caused upheaval for hundreds of students. That’s not the only higher-education institution to close in recent years – the for-profit ITT Technical Institute had three campuses in Washington and shut down in 2016. Now, three state agencies have created a centralized complaint portal where postsecondary students can report concerns.
KNKX, Nov. 26, 2019

High debt, low earnings

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education released data on first-year earnings for thousands of different college programs. The data are both limited and flawed in some ways, but they are also some of the most accurate outcomes information currently available about different academic programs and majors.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 26, 2019

Is OPT in peril?

More than 100 U.S. colleges signed on to an amicus brief opposing a lawsuit that seeks to end the optional practical training program, which allows international students to work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduating while staying on their student visas. Colleges say that ending the program would severely harm the ability of U.S. universities to attract international students.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 26, 2019

UW report examines the impact of the university on the state's economy

... The report also breaks out the economic impact of UW’s campuses in Tacoma and Bothell. Both were founded in 1990 and have grown substantially. They each have almost 6,000 students. Hodgins said UW Tacoma and UW Bothell originally started out as locations more geared toward students transferring from community colleges, but that's changing. “The fastest growing part of both campuses are people who want to come as freshmen, so both of them are trying to figure out how to build more residence halls to accommodate the demand,” Hodgins said. “So it’s been interesting to watch their evolution.”
KNKX, Nov. 25, 2019

Washington aims to make college more affordable. After affirmative-action vote, who will benefit?

This year, landmark legislation made college in Washington more affordable, and in some cases, free. Months before, Seattle residents voted to give the city’s public high-school graduates two free years of community-college tuition. But who will ultimately benefit from these efforts? The answer to that question became complicated this month, when voters narrowly rejected Referendum 88, a measure that would have allowed state universities to consider race when deciding who to admit.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 24, 2019

‘Rethinking Diversity Frameworks in Higher Education’

At a time when many American universities and colleges are struggling with strained race relations on campus, administrators looking for a new approach to address the problems may consider a new book, Rethinking Diversity Frameworks in Higher Education (Routledge).
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 22, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Betsy DeVos poised to issue sweeping rules governing campus sexual assault

Students accused of sexual assault will win new rights under sweeping rules being finalized by the Trump administration, giving universities clear but controversial guidance on handling these emotionally charged conflicts. The final regulation will maintain contentious elements of a version proposed a year ago, including a provision requiring universities to allow cross-examination of those alleging sexual harassment or assault, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the rules.
The Washington Post, Nov. 25, 2019

Forgiving student debt would boost economy, economists say

Presidential hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders want to tear up your student loans and set you financially free. That's popular among voters – especially those struggling to pay off this debt. Other Democratic candidates have more modest plans. But economists say the dramatic proposals from Sanders and Warren to free millions of Americans from the burden of student debt could boost the economy in significant ways and help combat income inequality.
NPR, Nov. 25, 2019

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