News Links | October 10, 2019
System News | Opinion
... Ms. Blanco scraped by without her diploma, working long hours in dentists’ offices
for close to 20 years while raising two daughters. Two years ago, she took a leap
of faith, walked into Clark College and enrolled. Three days later, though, she thought she would have to quit. Her first
assignment was to write a paragraph about a half-page book excerpt. “I was up for
hours working on it, looking up words,” she said. “I decided I just wasn’t smart enough.”
But with help from her instructors, she earned her high school diploma and her first
college credits six months later.
The New York Times, Oct. 10, 2019
Students in the aviation maintenance program at Spokane Community College are accustomed to working on bush planes. Now they will learn how to maintain and
repair something much bigger: a jet engine designed for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. School
officials unveiled the 14-foot-tall, 17,000-pound GEnx turbine during a ceremony Tuesday
at SCC’s Felts Field hangar. Manufactured by General Electric and gifted by Boeing,
the engine will give students hands-on experience with some of the latest commercial
The Spokesman-Review, Oct. 9, 2019
This fall, Yakima Valley College has entered into a partnership with Big Bend Community College, offering classes and even a one-year certificate in Unmanned Aerial Systems, preparing
students to safely operate commercial drones. “For the online class you actually enroll
through YVC,” explains Kevin Carlascio, who teaches part time at YVC in the Land Survey
program. “You would come sit in one of our beautiful new classrooms and be a part
of the online community through Big Bend. And through that process they’re going to
teach you the ins and outs of the drone.”
KIMA, Oct. 9, 2019
Centralia College and WorkSource have in the past had a close relationship, but now also share a location
with the official opening this week of WorkSource’s new space at Centralia College. “We
have to be the workforce of the future,” said Suzie Levine, the Employment Security
Departments Commissioner at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new WorkSource location
at the college on Tuesday. The new and improved location is a one-stop-shop for all
employment needs, according to WorkSource.
The Chronicle, Oct. 9, 2019
Clark College is celebrating a decade of serving eastern Clark County at its Clark College at Columbia
Tech Center (CTC) location with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Mon., Oct.
14. ... Clark College at CTC opened its doors to students 10 years ago in fall 2009.
The 70,000-square-foot building was built with state funding to meet the needs of
the eastern portion of the college’s service district, which includes Clark, Skamania,
and western Klickitat counties.
Clark County Today, Oct. 8, 2019
Columbia Basin College has received $20,000 in grant funding to help prepare local K-12 educators to teach computer
science. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) provided $10,000
and Battelle, which operates Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, provided a matching
$10,000. The funding will help increase opportunities offered by CBC's Computer Science
Teacher Association (CSTA) Chapter, launched in 2018. The program provides local teachers
with upgraded technology, innovative workshops and extended training.
YakTriNews, Oct. 8, 2019
Bates Technical College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Center for Allied Health Education
on Friday, Oct. 11 ... Marking the start of a new chapter in college history, the
building will enhance the aging Downtown Campus, which was first built in the 1940s
and last updated in the 1980s. Construction was approved during the previous legislative
session and will feature the demolition of the 1970s-era West Annex to make way for
a modern learning facility with a new main entrance near Earnest S. Brazill. Set to
open in 2021, it will house the college’s allied health programs, community clinics,
learning labs and other student spaces.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 8, 2019
Investing in people - 10 years of the Mollie Davis Scholarship: A replenishing investment in education
... Perches began pursuing an associate degree at Yakima Valley College while working full time and raising her two sons. Then she heard about the Mollie
Davis Scholarship: a fund specifically for Yakima residents pursuing two- and four-year
degrees, with a need-based emphasis. While Perches continued to work full-time to
make ends meet, the scholarship helped cover the cost of college courses.
Yakima Herald, Oct. 8, 2019
... If leaders want their employees to champion and invest in their vision, they must
connect with employees first. It’s imperative to be visible. Take time to step out
of your office and meeting rooms to connect with employees. For me, that means taking
regular walks around the Edmonds Community College campus to stop and talk with employees and students, learn more about them and their
work, and answer questions. It’s important to acknowledge their individual contributions
and how all of us working together will make our vision possible.
Everett Herald, Oct. 8, 2019
What would a carbon-free environment mean for Centralia and its surrounding communities?
Cody Duncan, a business developer for TransAlta Corporation’s locally-based power
plant, tackled the issue during an hour-long presentation last Friday at Centralia College’s Walton Science Center, as he discussed the conglomerate’s mandate to cease coal-fired
operations by the end of 2025 and the possibility of converting the Big Hanaford Road
facility into a solar thermal energy site. Duncan visited Centralia College Friday
as part of the Rising Tide Science Seminar Series.
The Chronicle, Oct. 7, 2019
On Sept. 20, Clover Park Technical College hosted the grand opening ceremony for its long-awaited addition to the campus. The
John W. Walstrum Center for Advanced Manufacturing Technology building was celebrated
by more than 200 people. In attendance were community partners, CPTC staff and faculty
as well as John Walstrum’s family. His wife Penny Walstrum and his sons John and Michael
came together with their community to celebrate John and the building named in his
The Suburban Times, Oct. 7, 2019
Students at the Clarkston branch of Walla Walla Community College will soon have an activity center of their own in the main building on the campus.
A $1.2 million project funded by student fees will remodel two classrooms in the northeastern
portion of the main building into a gathering space equipped with TVs, a charging
station and pool and foosball tables.
The Lewiston Tribune, Oct. 7, 2019
Two lifetimes worth of trailblazing community service were recognized at Centralia College on Friday when an honorary plaque dedicated to Robert and Freddie Neal was unveiled
at the school. Dozens of attendees braved chilly temperatures and an untimely rain
storm in order to bear witness the ceremony that honored the African American educators
and civic leaders who made a home for themselves in Rochester until Robert Neal’s
passing in 2011. The plaque can be seen on the honorary wall located between the commons
area, the library, and the clock tower at the center of campus.
The Chronicle, Oct. 7, 2019
“If you don’t give them paper and a pen you’re not going to find the artists of the
future.” This is the simple way that Ben Bagherpour explains the very important purpose
of Washington’s newest Center of Excellence – the Center of Excellence for Semiconductors
& Electronic Manufacturing – that is right here in Vancouver. Bagherpour, who is chair
of the Southwest Washington High Technology Council (HTC), is also vice president
of site services and government affairs at SEH America, and also serves on the Board for Community and Technical Colleges. ... The new center, which is operating under the leadership of the Center of Excellence
for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing at Everett Community College, will pair industry leaders and colleges to train students for in-demand jobs and
create a highly skilled workforce for new and growing businesses. But the goal, Bagherpour
said, is to start even earlier than college-age students, aiming for the Center to
be a pipeline from K-12, to Clark [College] and/or WSU Vancouver, to the workforce.
Vancouver Business Journal, Oct. 4, 2019
Clark College will collect public feedback on its presidential search at two open houses next week.
... There will be no formal presentation. The firm will instead collect suggestions
on what the job profile should include, which will be used to design the job description
during the recruitment process. The conversation will center around what the public
sees as the biggest opportunities and challenges for Clark College, as well the most
important qualifications for the new president. “We want this to be a conversation
around the priorities of the community and the college,” said Clark College Trustee
Paul Speer in a news release.
The Columbian, Oct. 3, 2019
Nearly half of all community college students don't know where their next meal will
come from. Spokane Falls Community College is fighting back against food insecurity with a new addition to their food pantry
program. The started with a high school student that was working with the community
college, and led to this special idea. Now, left over food from the college cafeteria
is being packaged, frozen, and given to students in need.
KXLY, Oct. 3, 2019
Good news for low-income parents who want to attend classes at Peninsula College. The school has just announced they’re adding two new toddler classrooms to their
existing Early Childhood Development Center thanks to a $160,000 grant from the US
Department of Education. College officials say the two classrooms will fill a critical
gap in services for students with toddler-age children, with room for an additional
20 children, ages 1-3, per school year.
My Clallam County, Oct. 3, 2019
Dain Herndon, a freshman at Edmonds Community College with a major in music education, is the first recipient of the Frank DeMiero Music
Scholarship recently established by Sno-King Community Chorale and Edmonds Community
College Foundation. The award will be given annually to a greater Edmonds-area graduating
high school senior enrolled in EdCC with the intent to pursue a degree in choral music.
Edmonds Beacon, Oct. 3, 2019
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Shoreline Community College to celebrate the opening of 7000 Campus Living, the on-campus residence hall. A large
number of Shoreline Schools' graduates attend Shoreline Community College and many
live at home but the college also draws students from all over Washington, as well
as many countries around the world.
Shoreline Area News, Oct. 1, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
Like many college students, 19-year-old Jimmy Rodriguez has a lot on his plate. But
unlike most of his peers, Rodriguez, a DACA beneficiary, is pursuing a degree and
a future in a country he may one day be forced to leave. Hari Sreenivasan reports
on the unique challenges faced by undocumented students as part of our series, Rethinking
PBS News Hour, Oct. 8, 2019
Community colleges that receive property tax revenue have stronger operating performances
than those that don't, according to a report from Moody's Investors Service. A profile
of the community college sector found that while enrollments continue to decline due
to low unemployment, that same economic growth has helped colleges by increasing property
tax revenue and state appropriations, stabilizing operating budgets. According to
the report, 64 percent of community colleges reported operating revenue growth.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 8, 2019
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), a non-profit educational organization
is training a spotlight on work and academic balance at community colleges. ... “We
really wanted to recognize that if colleges are thinking about workforce development,
they also need to think that those students are working and thinking about ways that
they can tailor the campus environment to ensure working student success,” said Allison
Beer, senior policy analyst at ACCT.
Diverse Education, Oct. 8, 2019
... Schoener’s experience shows the promise of prior learning assessment (PLA), the
process of evaluating and awarding college credit for the equivalent college-level
learning acquired outside of a postsecondary institution, such as at a job, during
military service, corporate training, or through volunteer work. Colleges and policymakers
have been working to build these opportunities for 80 years.... Even after years of
focus, PLA has failed to take root. The Labor Department’s Trade Adjustment Assistance
Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program provides an opportunity for
studying why that might be.
New America, Oct. 7, 2019
... “We had been talking about re-engaging adult students. A lot of students are hindered
not just by student loan debt. They were hindered because they also owed us [a balance],”
she said. “What if we could set it aside like a parking fine?” Colleges can’t forgive
students' federal or private loans. But small balances students owe to their institutions
can often make or break their ability to complete college, especially if they’ve exhausted
financial aid options such as federal grants and loans.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 7, 2019
... As the college leaders discussed their unique and common hurdles in regards to
equity, they noted that all efforts to address these changes have to be “intentional,”
from intentionally hiring individuals who reflect their students, to intentionally
gathering data on students and local jobs, to dropping some programs that don’t lead
to family-sustaining wages.
Community College Daily, Oct. 6, 2019
... Let's start first with the mystery: Students often don't know what office hours
are – or what they're for, or how they're different from class time. They're part
of what some students say is a hidden curriculum – the set of rules on a college campus
that no one ever tells you about. And then, what students do know is that you have to meet one-on-one with your professor, which in some cases
means talking to the smartest, most powerful person you know (remember, professors
are the ones giving out the grades!).
NPR, Oct. 5, 2019
Survey data and experts suggest that students generally appreciate libraries most
for their simple, traditional offerings: a quiet place to study or collaborate on
a group project, the ability to print research papers, and access to books. Notably,
many students say they like relying on librarians to help them track down hard-to-find
texts or navigate scholarly journal databases. “Google can bring you back 100,000
answers,” as the writer Neil Gaiman once said. “A librarian can bring you back the
The Atlantic, Oct. 4, 2019
Tech giants Google and Amazon are beefing up their involvement in helping to train
more technology professionals, and community colleges are key partners in their efforts.
On Thursday, El Centro College in Dallas hosted Google’s announcement that the company
will expand a six-month training program it developed for people who don’t have experience
or a college degree for entry-level information technology (IT) jobs.
Community College Daily, Oct. 3, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
At a Democratic town hall event earlier this year, Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar
explained her opposition to free college by saying she wanted to “make sure kids that
are in need” are able to go to college. That’s why she backs policies like expanding
the Pell Grant, she said. Months later, South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg made
a similar argument for expanding Pell Grants -- the primary form of need-based federal
aid -- over policies like free college for all. Former vice president Joe Biden’s
higher ed platform released this week offered the most concrete campaign proposal
yet for boosting the Pell Grant. The Biden proposal called for doubling the maximum
value of the grant, which would put the amount of the award north of $13,000.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 9, 2019
Joe Biden released a postsecondary education plan Tuesday that draws a further contrast
between his presidential campaign and those of Democratic rivals Bernie Sanders and
Elizabeth Warren. The former vice president's plan focuses on boosting federal support
for community colleges, minority-serving institutions and the Pell Grant program.
It also proposes enacting more generous terms for student borrowers and streamlining
the process for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Biden’s plan calls for legislation
that would fund up to two years of free tuition at community colleges for every student,
including undocumented and part-time students. The proposal would be supported by
a state-federal partnership where the federal government would cover 75 percent of
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 8, 2019