News Links | October 1, 2019
System News | Opinion
Kevin Brockbank joined Spokane Community College in 2015 as vice provost. He grew up in Montana and had been working as a dean at
Salt Lake Community College before he moved to Spokane. Brockbank seized the role
as acting president at SCC when the job opened up, and he permanently took the role
in 2018. Here are some of his thoughts on the community college system after a couple
years on the job.
Inlander, Sept. 30, 2019
As a first-generation college student in Northern California, Kimberlee Messina changed
her major three times before completing a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s
in Spanish. So it’s fitting that Messina, who started as president of Spokane Falls Community College in June, is focused on helping students choose academic paths that suit their interests
and career goals. As president, one of her top priorities is establishing a “guided
pathways” program to provide SFCC students with improved counseling and information
about job options, such as salary data.
The Spokesman-Review, Sept. 28, 2019
As Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s new Concert Choir Director, Dr. Eric Rutherford makes it his mission to help each
of his students become better vocalists, and have fun while they’re at it. Rutherford
comes to Pierce from Independence Community College in Independence, Kan., where he
served as Dean of Fine Arts and professor of music. Rutherford holds his students
to high standards, and works hard to develop a sense of community in his choirs. He
chooses an eclectic variety of musical works to perform, exposing students to different
cultures and time periods through music.
The Suburban Times, Sept. 28, 2019
Dr. Kaitlin Bove’s love of music goes back to elementary school when she was first
introduced to her instrument of choice: the flute. ... She pursued her Doctorate of
Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from University of Kentucky. Bove recently joined
Pierce College as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Pierce College Puyallup, and will begin building the Concert Band program this fall. “I’m so looking forward
to getting to know the ensemble, and start developing a strong sense of community,”
The Suburban Times, Sept. 27, 2019
Wenatchee Valley College was the recipient of $652,899 to be dispersed among several areas for the 2019-2020
after WVC Foundation Board of Directors approved the funding. “Our students are receiving
scholarships, our faculty and staff are getting professional development funds, our
programs are receiving support for new equipment and updated software and we’re also
providing emergency assistance to students that way they stay in school,” said Rachel
Evey, foundation executive director.
560 KPQ, Sept. 26, 2019
Fibre Federal Credit Union has partnered with selected colleges and hospitals within
its field of membership for a multi-year grant program. ... Funding from the multi-year
grants will support their students most at-risk of abandoning their education due
to financial hardship. “Often times, students struggle with $200 or $300 to cover
remaining tuition, fees, unexpected childcare expenses, and other emergent costs,”
said Kendra Sprague [Lower Columbia College's] VP of Foundation, Human Resources, and Legal Affairs.
The Wahkiakum County Eagle, Sept. 26, 2019
... For the first time, the arts gala will be held at Highline College. Funds raised at the event will go toward scholarships for Highline’s latest four-year
degree offering, bachelor of applied science in integrated design. This science degree
focuses on various design fields from interior to graphic through technology, visual
design, and creative solution building. In its first week of fruition, the program
has approximately 30 students enrolled, Achziger said.
Federal Way Mirror, Sept. 26, 2019
A group of Pierce College students will embark on the trip of a lifetime to study plant and animal life in
Kenya this December. In an effort to offset travel costs, students are holding a number
of fundraisers leading up to the study tour, including a community-wide shoe drive
happening now until Oct. 15. Collection bins are located in the Student Life lobbies
at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup, where all types of shoes will be accepted:
men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, heels, sandals, etc.
The Suburban Times, Sept. 26, 2019
Boeing officials visited Big Bend Community College Wednesday and came bearing a gift in the form of a $100,000 donation to the school’s
Aviation Maintenance Technology and Commercial Pilot programs. “The funds will be
used by both programs to purchase equipment and support student scholarships,” said
Tiffany Sukola, communications coordinator.
KPQ, Sept. 25, 2019
Some of the newest works of Seattle-based sculptor and installation artist Henry Jackson-Spieker
are now on display at Everett Community College. The show, “Material Tension,” is a combination of Jackson-Spieker’s installation
work and smaller independent sculptures, four of which were created specifically for
the EvCC gallery show. “Sight Lines,” an installation piece, dominates the room with
its size and presence, taking the entire back section of the gallery.
Everett Herald, Sept. 26, 2019
Three of Cascadia College’s sustainability students are returning to Bothell after interning at various organizations
in the Northwest and abroad. Students in the college’s bachelors of applied science
in sustainable practices program are required to do an internship, working with a
sustainability-oriented organization or company. Three of the current cohort of juniors
took the opportunity to travel — doing internships in Olympia, at Craters of the Moon
National Park in Idaho and in Iceland.
Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, Sept. 26, 2019
The City of Puyallup is celebrating Pierce College’s contribution to the community during its first ever Higher Education Appreciation
Week, taking place Sept. 30 to Oct. 5. Throughout the week, the college will host
a variety of events showcasing its more than 30 years of service to the Puyallup community.
Pierce College Puyallup’s signature event will take place on Oct. 3 from 5:30-7:30
p.m., featuring a celebration of music, art, and education.
The Suburban Times, Sept. 25, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
College athletes in California will be able to profit from the use of their names,
images and likenesses through partnerships with companies starting in 2023. Governor
Gavin Newsom on Monday signed into law Senate Bill 206, which bars the National Collegiate
Athletic Association from disqualifying teams from competition if players are compensated
for the use of their personal brand, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 1, 2019
... A study released Monday by Ithaka S+R, the research arm of nonprofit Ithaka, found
that students see libraries as a valuable space for services, including nonacademic
services. Through an initiative called the Community College Libraries and Academic
Support for Student Success project, researchers first interviewed 37 students from
seven community colleges about their largest needs and difficulties in college. They
then created several "service concepts" based on the needs expressed by those students.
More than 10,000 students at those seven community colleges were surveyed about which
of those concepts would be most valuable to them and where they would most like to
access them, as well as the largest difficulties they faced in attending college.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 30, 2019
... The enrollment increases are due, in part, to a focus on attracting and retaining
more students, according to system officials. Among its efforts to bring in traditional
college-age students: Double the number of visits to some high schools; Replace group
orientations with one-on-one orientation sessions; Reach prospective students through
texting instead of email; Add new high-demand programs including plumbing, HVAC and
eSports; and Give students new online tools to communicate with others to increase
Community College Daily, Sept. 29, 2019
The demand for veterinary technicians is growing at a faster-than-average rate, according
to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Becoming a vet tech is a good career choice
for many; it pays a good salary, and there are a variety of employment options, from
working in a clinic or on a farm to working in pharmaceuticals or research. Vet techs
are integral members of the veterinary health care team, according to the American
Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). With innovative vet tech programs, community
and technical colleges are ensuring that students are well educated in the care and
handling of animals, the basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, and
in many laboratory and clinical procedures.
Community College Daily, Sept. 26, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
Senator Lamar Alexander, the GOP chairman of the Senate education committee, signed
on last week as a co-sponsor of the College Transparency Act, legislation that would
remove the federal ban on a student-level data system. Proponents argue passing the
bill is critical to tracking college outcomes that have come under increasing scrutiny
from policy makers. The legislation has support from more than a quarter of the Senate,
but Alexander is likely the most significant co-sponsor so far.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 30, 2019
U.S. senator Lamar Alexander released a package of bills Thursday that would narrowly
update the Higher Education Act, including how financial aid is awarded to low-income
students. There appears to be little chance that the Tennessee Republican's legislation
moves forward. ... The proposal follows several months of talks over comprehensive
legislation that have stalled without a deal. But Senator Patty Murray of Washington,
the top Democrat on the education committee, has insisted that lawmakers pass the
FUTURE Act and then work on a comprehensive HEA reauthorization. And House Democrats
are not likely to take up the legislation even if it did manage to pass the Senate.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 27, 2019