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News Links | October 3, 2019

October 03, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

BTC’s dental clinic seeks patients for student training

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 are student-appropriate. 
KGMI, Oct. 3, 2019

SFCC starts saving cafeteria leftovers in effort to curb hunger, food waste

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

Milestone: Peninsula College’s Certified Medical Assistant program in top 1 percent in nation

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

Association of Washington Businesses tour stops at SEH America in Vancouver

... “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

WVC Foundation opts to sponsor Careers After School program

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

EvCC aims to recruit more women for aerospace training programs

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

More Title IX lawsuits by accusers and accused

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

Education policy report: Searching for accountability in higher education

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

Ready student one? Universities launch degrees in esports

... 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 pools.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 1, 2019

Finding ways to keep working students in college

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

Higher education's gated communities

... 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

Federal-state partnerships for college affordability

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

Court backs relaxation of net neutrality protections

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


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