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News Links | October 15, 2019

October 15, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Skagit Valley College celebrates new scholarship, pre-engineering program

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 gets approval to move forward with bachelor's degree

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

Here’s the story behind Indigenous Peoples’ Day and how the Seattle area is marking it

... 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

Columbus Day also a day to celebrate indigenous people

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

Group to host story slam at Peninsula College

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 the telling.
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 11, 2019

K9s visit criminal justice students at Big Bend

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 agency. 
Columbia Basin Herald, Oct. 11, 2019

Korean-American artist featured at TCC gallery

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

More students are taking CBC classes. What’s making the difference?

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

‘Taking It In’ at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

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

Brandon Ting and the high art of ramen

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

Swenson joins Highline College Board of Trustees

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

BTC awarded grant to help non-traditional students

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

Salish Sea educator workshop will be Saturday, Oct. 19 at MaST Center

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

$43M health education center headed to downtown Tacoma Bates campus

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

Educators, labor leaders gather in Centralia for 'State of the Region' summit

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 College.
The Daily Chronicle, Oct. 9, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Community college, with Google as instructor

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

Students give guided pathways a thumbs up

... 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

The incredible shrinking higher ed industry

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

The private sector weighs in on Pell Grants in prisons

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

Certificates boost employment, earnings for veterans

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

Flip side of dual enrollment

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

Global connections: The international education thread

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

Understanding combackers' pathways to graduation

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

House Democrats have a plan for higher ed. Here's what's in it.

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

Public charge rule temporarily blocked

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


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