News Links | October 3, 2019
System News | Opinion
Bellingham Technical College students are offering affordable dental care. The Dental Clinic at BTC is looking
for more patients for student training and they’re offering discounts on fillings
and new patient exams from October 2019 through March 2020. All patients will receive
an initial screening and limited exam at no cost to determine whether their needs
KGMI, Oct. 3, 2019
The food pantry at Spokane Falls Community College – a small room filled with fresh and nonperishable items in a corner of the Student
Union Building – has provided for hungry students for at least 15 years. But the school
recently found new ways to address food insecurity, while also cutting down on waste.
This quarter, SFCC’s cafeteria has begun saving leftovers in single-serving trays,
sealing them with plastic film and stocking them in a freezer in the food pantry,
where any student who needs a meal can get one, free of charge.
The Spokesman-Review, Oct. 3, 2019
Peninsula College’s most recent cohort of Medical Assisting Program graduates scored in the top 1 percent
in the country on the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam, through the American
Association of Medical Assistants. The CMA test is considered the national gold standard
in medical assisting exams, PC officials said last week. Candidates must have completed
an accredited program in order to be eligible to sit for this challenging exam.
Sequim Gazette, Oct. 2, 2019
North Seattle College’s applied baccalaureate in app development delivers full-stack IT skills to local learners
Few cities are as emblematic of the prosperity and perils of the big tech economy
as Seattle. As soaring costs of living push homelessness rates higher, the Seattle
metropolitan area still teems with opportunity for well-educated tech workers. Information
technology workers earn a median yearly wage of about $70,000, according to the Seattle
Jobs Initiative. ... [North Seattle College's] Application Development Bachelor of Applied Science (ADBAS) is one of dozens of
CCB degrees now available in Washington state.
New America, Oct. 2, 2019
... “SEH is doing some pretty novel things on internships,” Johnson said. The career
launch pilot program debuted last year and is now hosting its second cohort of participants.
Career launch interns get paid part-time apprenticeships at SEH paired with tuition
assistance for students at Clark College. The program is also expanding to include similar opportunities at other Clark County
tech companies through a consortium called the Southwest Washington High Technology
Council. The group includes other big Clark County tech companies such as nLIGHT,
WaferTech and Silicon Forest Electronics.
The Columbian, Oct. 2, 2019
The Careers After School program is orchestrated through a partnership between the
Wenatchee School District and the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and this year
the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation is sponsoring the hands on learning program.
“Wenatchee Valley College Foundation chose to sponsor Careers After School because
it’s our mission to support Wenatchee Valley College and its students,” said Rachel Evey, executive director. “One way we do that is to
show these career pathways and to encourage students to get the proper education to
have careers in those industries.”
560 KPQ, Oct. 2, 2019
Are we sending a message to girls and women that they shouldn’t get their hands dirty?
If so, we may be cheating them out of thousands of high-paying jobs and hundreds of
thousands of dollars. It’s a question educators at Everett Community College and local school districts are asking. Regionally, the median salary — half make
more and half make less — for aviation mechanics is $70,620, according to the Washington
State Employment Security Department. But it’s not uncommon for mechanics to earn
$100,000 or more, said Rob Prosch, interim Dean of Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing
Careers at EvCC.
Everett Herald, Oct. 1, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
Universities and colleges are increasingly experiencing legal challenges to their
institutions' Title IX enforcement processes, a trend that higher education law experts
say is a natural reaction to proceedings that declare “winners” and “losers.” The
societal pressures from the Me Too movement and repercussions from the Obama administration’s
2011 guidance for how colleges should adjudicate sex assault cases have led to more
civil complaints from both alleged victims and accused perpetrators of sexual misconduct
who feel they were treated unfairly during Title IX hearing processes.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 3, 2019
Driven by concerns over cost, quality, and overall value, accountability in higher
education is an area of great and growing interest among policymakers and stakeholders,
but also of considerable ambiguity and debate. While featured prominently on the agenda
for the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), the lack of consensus
on an appropriate accountability framework and associated metrics to assess the performance
and value of colleges and universities has hindered progress.
New America, Oct. 3, 2019
Less need for federal loans: Only one-quarter of community college students who received
Pell grants took on federal-loan debt in 2015-16, compared to nearly two-thirds of
students at public four-year institutions.
Community College Daily, Oct. 2, 2019
... The global esports market is expected to surge to $1.1 billion this year, up $230
million from 2018 on growth in sponsorships, merchandise and ticket sales, according
to Newzoo . The research firm expects the global esports audience to grow in 2019
to about 454 million as fans tune in on livestreaming platforms such as Twitch and
Microsoft’s Mixer. Esports tournaments have become a cultural phenomenon and now rival
traditional sports events in size and scale. Big competitions are held in arenas where
thousands of fans watch big-name professional video gamers compete for lucrative prize
The Seattle Times, Oct. 1, 2019
Working part-time or full-time is a reality for most community college students, but
some colleges are using various initiatives to ease working students’ academic and
financial burdens to ensure that they don’t drop out, according to a new report. About
68 percent of public two-year college students work while going to school, with more
than one-third working 31 hours or more a week, noted the Association of Community
College Trustees (ACCT) report.
Community College Daily, Oct. 1, 2019
... What a terrible and unsettling irony: too often, students from underresourced
high schools or community colleges successfully enter a flagship campus only to discover
that they won’t have the opportunity to major in their chosen field.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 30, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
In a report released Wednesday, the Institute for College Access and Success proposed
a framework for a federal-state partnership to increase college affordability. The
report argued that federal funding should go to states to add to overall investment
in higher education. But that funding should be contingent on maintenance-of-effort
requirements for states, the report said. ... Senator Patty Murray, the ranking Democrat
on the Senate education committee, called for new coordination between the federal
government and states to address college affordability in a speech outlining her priorities
for a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 3, 2019
A federal appeals court on Tuesday sided with the Federal Communications Commission
in its decision to roll back Obama-era net neutrality protections, The Washington
Post and other news organizations reported. The mixed decision, however, will allow
states to make their own rules. The concept behind net neutrality is that all web
content should be treated equally by internet service providers. A wide range of higher
education groups have condemned the rollback, which they say could make it more difficult
for students and the public to access educational resources. The changes also could
lead to huge costs for colleges, the groups have said.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 2, 2019