News Links | October 15, 2019
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While attending Skagit Valley College with hopes of becoming a doctor, Iriz Quiroz Diaz has been working two jobs while
still keeping up on her studies. It’s a lot to juggle, especially as the sophomore
starts to take harder classes. Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation,
the 23-year-old Quiroz Diaz is among the first group of students to receive financial
help through the new Cardinal STEM Scholars Program, allowing her to quit one of her
jobs. “It means a lot to me,” she said. “This is giving me the freedom so I don’t
have to be working all the time.”
Skagit Valley Herald, Oct. 14, 2019
Big Bend Community College is moving forward with developing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management,
the first bachelor’s degree to be offered by the college. The state Board of Community
and Technical Colleges gave Big Bend approval to continue the development of the degree.
The process began in 2018 when the college sent out an initial survey to local employers
seeking input and gaging interest in a variety of bachelor’s degrees.
iFiber One, Oct. 14, 2019
California approved nearly $500M in emergency aid for community-college students. Could Washington be next?
... “We see it as reinforcing this national discussion around what the real college
student is these days,” said Erin Frasier, a policy associate at the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. “We have to not just rely on tuition assistance alone, but ensure we’re providing
equitable access and more holistic support.” ... While the extra aid will increase
access for students, Frasier said, several emergency aid programs are already set
up in most Washington community colleges, including Bellevue College, Cascadia College, Clark College, Shoreline Community College, Tacoma Community College and Seattle Central College. Many develop their own foundations to spearhead the project.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 14, 2019
... Highline College in Des Moines will honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day with lectures by Dr. Denise Bill
on “The Muckleshoot,” and by Hiram Calflooking and Loe Wallace on “Northwest Two-Spirit
Society.” The talks will culminate in a panel discussion on “Indigenizing Spaces:
Exploring Indigeneity Beyond Borders.”
The Seattle Times, Oct. 14, 2019
While some celebrate Columbus Day others are celebrating Indigenous People’s Day,
a day to celebrate Native American history and culture. "I don't think there's a correct
perspective of history, I think history requires us to look at all of the perspectives,”
said David Arnold, professor of history at Columbia Basin College. For some today is a day to celebrate when the Italian explorer arrived in the Americas.
But for others, today is a day to celebrate the indigenous people during this time.
KEPR, Oct. 14, 2019
The Story People of Clallam County will offer a participatory Studium Generale at
12:35 p.m. Thursday in The Little Theater at Peninsula College. The event at the college campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. in Port Angeles is free
and open to the public. For more than a decade, The Story People of Clallam County
have given an introduction to the Forest Storytelling Festival at Peninsula College.
This year, they are inviting students and other audience members to participate in
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 11, 2019
K9 officers from the Moses Lake Police Department visited Big Bend Community College recently. K9 Rex and K9 Chief, along with their handlers Officer Zook and Officer
Stewart, took a trip to the Big Bend Community College Criminal Justice Program. Officers
Stewart and Zook explained the process of becoming a police officer to the students
and the requirements that are needed to serve on a special unit in a law enforcement
Columbia Basin Herald, Oct. 11, 2019
The Gallery at Tacoma Community College opens the school year with an exhibit from The Korean American Artist Association
of Washington State. “Hailey” is a metal print by Jason J. Kim. It depicts a redheaded
woman reading a book. Her mouth is obscured. “The End of Romance,” by Linda Chai,
is a work in watercolor, colored pencil and gel on paper. It depicts another woman
without eyes. She wields a scissors with red handles, and appears to be tearing out
her own heart.
Tacoma Weekly News, Oct. 11, 2019
A growing Tri-Cities population helped Columbia Basin College buck the statewide trend of fewer students enrolling in classes. The Pasco-based
college added 69 more students compared to last fall and continues to grow, according
to college leaders. And the bump is primarily because more Running Start students
from area high schools are taking college courses. In all, 128 more high school juniors
and seniors are attending CBC classes this fall.
Tri-City Herald, Oct. 11, 2019
Mingling at an exhibition of his art, Steve Belz now and then hears the question:
“What is this supposed to be?” This comes usually from someone who is perplexed, even
indignant about Belz’s art. It’s abstract, inspired by nature and studded with details.
So he responds: “What do you see?” Such conversations are likely to fill the Port
Angeles Fine Arts Center this Saturday. Belz’s solo exhibition, “Taking It In,” opens
with a pair of parties at the center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., where the sculptor
and Peninsula College art professor will be on hand.
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 11, 2019
When Brandon Ting, founder of Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya, a growing international chain
of ramen restaurants, first arrived at Bellevue College, he was placed into English Level 2 for non-English speakers. “They felt sorry for
me,” remembers Ting. “I should have been placed in English Level 0 because I couldn’t
speak a word of the language.” Through an incredible amount of determination and hard
work, Ting graduated from Bellevue College with high grades and was admitted to the
University of Washington (UW) Foster School of Business, one of the top-ranked business
schools in the country.
NW Asian Weekly, Oct. 10, 2019
Gov. Jay Inslee recently appointed Sharmila Swenson to the Highline College Board of Trustees. She joins a board that has served a collective 33 years at Highline.
“Sharmila values community building and engagement, which will be extremely valuable
as Highline College begins to plan the future growth of the campus,” Highline College
President John Mosby said. “Her knowledge and leadership in public affairs and community
relations will be instrumental through this time of growth and change.”
Kent Reporter, Oct. 10, 2019
Bellingham Technical College is getting a sizable grant to help “non-traditional” students get started on a new
career. The $2.25-million grant will help the school increase access for low-income
working adults and students who are the first in their families to get a secondary
education. BTC President Dr. Kimberly Perry says the money will be used to improve
academic programs, develop faculty and staff and increase student support services
– with the goal of getting more people with family or work responsibilities into the
school’s high-wage, high demand career paths.
KGMI, Oct. 10, 2019
SeaDoc Society is teaming up with Highline College’s MaST Aquarium to present a free, one-day workshop for tooling up to teach Next Generation
Science Standards-linked Salish Sea Curriculum. Earn 8 Washington State-approved TPEP
and STEM Clock Hours. All are invited to an interactive educator workshop to support
our common goal of ocean literacy and Salish Sea stewardship in the next generation.
The Waterland Blog, Oct. 10, 2019
Expect a flurry of activity around Bates Technical College’s downtown Tacoma campus in the next year and a half. The college is starting construction
of a roughly 70,000-square-foot Center for Allied Health Education, which will replace
the West Annex along Yakima Avenue. The project was formerly known as the Medical
Mile Health Science Center. The $43.7 million project will house 11 health education
programs in the fields of health, including nursing, dentistry and occupational therapy.
Anticipated completion is set for May 2021.
The News Tribune, Oct. 10, 2019
Many of today’s young adults and college students grew up when the trend in education
was for a student to go in one of two directions if they sought post-high school education
— a four-year degree or a technical education. But educators today are finding “those
paths are no longer separate,” said Dr. Bob Mohrbacher, President of Centralia College, Tuesday morning. Mohrbacher spoke about the importance of recognizing that there
are multiple paths to success, and to help guide students along a path that works
best for them at the State of the Region Capital Region Cross-Sector Summit at Centralia
The Daily Chronicle, Oct. 9, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
Google’s foray into education and workforce development is expanding, with the announcement
that the company's IT support professional certificate program will now be offered
at 100 community colleges over the course of the year, up from the original 30. The
program is an online course, designed by Google and hosted on Coursera, meant to teach
the basics of IT support, with the goal of preparing learners for a job.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 15, 2019
... Guided pathways programs appear to help students focus on a major and its required
courses and pre-requisites. Sixty-two percent of two-year college students found it
helpful that their college groups majors into categories or meta majors, rather than
individual majors during their first two years of colleges.
Community College Daily, Oct. 14, 2019
Higher education enrollments have been falling for years, a well-documented outcome
that can be attributed to some combination of a strong U.S. economy, changes in birth
rates and, perhaps, growing doubts about the value of a college degree. Another decline
is also unfolding -- this one attributable to a mix of economic and political forces:
the number of colleges and universities in the United States is at its lowest ebb
since at least 1998.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 14, 2019
Advocates of prison education who want to overturn a quarter-century ban on federal
aid for incarcerated students have spent much of the past year slowly building support
in Congress. In the last week, those efforts have gained new momentum from outside
Capitol Hill. Telecom giant Verizon Communications issued an endorsement of bipartisan
legislation to reinstate Pell Grants for incarcerated students. And a group of GOP
governors said they support federal aid for those students, among other changes to
the Pell program, in a letter to key Senate lawmakers.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 11, 2019
Veterans disproportionately hold nondegree certificates or certifications compared
to nonveterans, according a report from the Strada Education Network. Working with
Gallup and Lumina Foundation, Strada surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. veterans to look
at their education and work experiences. Certificates boosted employability and earnings
for veterans without degrees, the survey found. Most of those veterans work in installation,
maintenance and repair or transportation jobs.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 11, 2019
Participation in dual enrollment programs has grown steadily since the early 2000s,
with more high school students getting a head start on college -- and not just wealthy
ones. But while dual enrollment has broad support from students and policy makers,
it can place a financial strain on colleges. “The research shows that students who
participate in dual enrollment programs are more likely to graduate and go on to postsecondary
education,” said Amy Williams, executive director of the National Alliance of Concurrent
Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 10, 2019
As the American workplace and national economy become more globalized, international
education has gained increasing prominence as an integral part of the U.S. community
college mission. Because community colleges have historically been accountable to
learners, area businesses and local communities, they are increasingly relied upon
to help prepare all segments of American society to succeed in the 21st-century global
economy. International education and resources at community colleges can enable area
businesses to enter and advance in the global marketplace and local citizens obtain
a variety of skills that help them compete globally.
Community College Daily, Oct. 10, 2019
The urgency to respond to adult learners is tangible. Colleges and universities reporting
low enrollments are looking to “non-traditional” or “adult” learners to fill classes,
featuring adult students in their recruitment posters. Employers are looking for candidates
with postsecondary credentials. Adults themselves are looking for ways to make a comeback
to postsecondary education to upgrade their knowledge and skills in order to be more
competitive in the job market.
New America, Oct. 9, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives announced a plan on Tuesday touted
as a “comprehensive overhaul” of America’s higher-education system, a decade after
the last reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The bill, dubbed the College
Affordability Act, focuses on lowering the price of college but is markedly more moderate
than the higher-education proposals that have animated supporters of progressive 2020
presidential contenders like Sen. Elizabeth A. Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 15, 2019
Three separate federal judges on Friday issued injunctions temporarily blocking the
implementation of the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule, The New York Times
reported. The rule from the Department of Homeland Security would make it harder for
immigrants to gain permanent residency if they use public benefits like food stamps
or Medicaid or are deemed likely to become a “public charge” in the future. Higher
education groups and college leaders had raised concerns about the rule, saying it
could have a chilling effect on immigrant students accessing benefits for which they're
eligible and would send an unwelcoming message to prospective international students
and scholars from abroad.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 14, 2019