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October 17, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

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Peninsula College gets grant for toddler classrooms

Two new toddler classrooms will expand affordable childcare for low-income students at Peninsula College thanks to a $160,585 grant from the U.S. Department of Education Child Care Access Means Parents In School. The C-CAMPIS program supports participation of low-income parents in post-secondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services.
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 17, 2019

Artist’s paintings capture sites of shootings before violence strikes

Artist Stephen Hayes was preparing to speak earlier this month at a Portland gallery reception about “In the Hour Before,” his series of paintings that imagine the eerie peace before gunfire erupts at the scenes of shootings. Just then, news broke of yet another shooting, this one across the Columbia River at Smith Tower in downtown Vancouver. It will probably be the subject of his next painting, said Hayes, who teaches art at Clark College.
The Columbian, Oct. 17, 2019

TCC winds Excellence in Affordable Housing award for innovation

The Tacoma/Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium has named Tacoma Community College (TCC) an Excellence in Affordable Housing Award winner in the “innovation” category for 2019. The college will be recognized along with community partners the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT), Koz Development and CWD Investments, at the Excellence in Affordable Housing Event on Oct. 17 at Annie Wright School in Tacoma. The award recognizes the success of TCC’s College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP), a partnership with the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) and other community organizations that allows homeless and near-homeless students to access housing vouchers and low-cost apartments subsidized by THA.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 16, 2019

Clarifying a muddled career training landscape

... The platform is the brainchild of a public benefit corporation,, but it involves a collaboration between numerous organizations (like the National Institute for Staff and Organization Development) and five initial community college partners: Bellevue College, in Washington; Central New Mexico Community College; GateWay Community College, part of Phoenix's Maricopa Community College District; Pima Community College, in Tucson, Ariz.; and San Juan Community College, in New Mexico. … "I'm not going to lie," said Jennifer Sohonie, director of community solutions at Bellevue College. "I'm most excited about the distribution of our education, because distribution means more equity -- distribution means more opportunity for students."
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 16, 2019

Public gender-neutral restrooms are open for business

At [Everett Community College], the Parks building’s two multi-stall all-gender restrooms opened in the fall of 2017, said college spokeswoman Katherine Schiffner. EvCC “has always had some single-stall bathrooms,” she said. Those are marked with a star on the campus map. ... Kevin McKay, [Edmonds Community College's] vice president for finance and operations, said the first all-gender restrooms on campus were in place about three years ago, in single-use restrooms. For the most part, he said, “signage and getting the word out was all that was required.” Soon, there were conversations at EdCC about more all-gender options. Students and staff were involved, McKay said, “with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and the Queer Action Team providing most of the work and research.”
Everett Herald, Oct. 16, 2019

Professionals in a second language

... Dave Dorratcague, who teaches ESL at Cascadia College, said the demographics of the students in his classes are never homogeneous, ranging from people in their late teens to people in their 70s. He has taught people who have doctorate degrees as well as people whose education stopped in elementary school. 
Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, Oct. 15, 2019

Coding Dojo partners with Bellevue College for 12-week program

... The program — called the Python Developer Accelerator — begins Nov. 4 and is a part of Bellevue College’s Continuing Education (BCCE) division, which serves educational needs of businesses, industries, and community. To make courses accessible, the 12-week program will use a hybrid online/on-site model that accumulates to eight hours per week of direct instruction and lab work, all on nights and weekends so students can continue to work a day job while learning.
425 Business, Oct. 15, 2019

Columbia Tech Center celebrates 10 years

When the Clark College Columbia Tech Center opened in 2009, the college was seeing peak enrollment as layoff victims of the Great Recession went back to school to bolster their skills. But now that the campus is a decade old and the economy has bounced back, the demand for classes has dropped. Amid the 10-year anniversary of the college’s only satellite campus, the Columbia Tech Center campus is refocusing itself to be more business oriented by offering more business classes. It also moved a job-training program that links students with local businesses to its campus.
The Columbian, Oct. 14, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Leveling up esports on campus

Facilities for competitive online gaming are fast becoming a must-have on campus, attendees at the 2019 Educause conference learned yesterday. In a session on the rise of esports in higher education, dozens of campus IT leaders indicated they are thinking about how to introduce esports at their institutions. “This is not just about gaming,” said Jeanne Weber, senior higher education strategist at Dell Technologies. Engaging students in esports can help them build critical thinking skills, encourage teamwork and innovation, and promote self-directed learning, she said.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 16, 2019

A partnership that's flourishing

At the first national convening of community college presidents and K-12 superintendents in 2014, improving college readiness was the focus of the discussions. Since then, members of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and AASA, The Superintendents Association have gathered periodically in Washington, D.C., to share promising practices and emerging challenges. They’ve discussed a range of topics, from dual enrollment and broadband access, to federal policy regarding Pell grants and funding sources. And they’ve looked at those issues from the lenses of urban and rural schools.
Community College Daily, Oct. 16, 2019

Chipotle expands college tuition aid — with conditions — in effort to retain workers

As fast-food companies across the United States struggle to recruit and retain low-wage workers, Chipotle Mexican Grill said this week that it would offer a new benefit designed to keep employees at the chain longer: free tuition at a group of colleges and universities. On Tuesday, Chipotle pledged to cover upfront the tuition costs for 75 types of business and technology degrees — including programs at the University of Arizona, Southern New Hampshire University and Wilmington University — for employees who have worked at the company for at least 120 days.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 16, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Warren to DeVos: Drop Navient's contract

In a sign of growing scrutiny of student loan companies, Senator Elizabeth Warren is urging the Trump administration to end its contract with Navient, one of the biggest contractors that collects payments on federal student loans. Navient has a “more-than-decade-long history” of allegations of abusive consumer practices, wrote the candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in an October 11 letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Signing the letter with Warren was Senator Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Democrat.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 17, 2019

House Dems' vision for higher ed

House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a new bill to overhaul the Higher Education Act, which doubles down on key provisions of a 2018 proposal to update the landmark law. The plan, dubbed the College Affordability Act, would boost the size of the Pell Grant, enact a federal-state partnership to make community colleges free, streamline student loan repayment and codify Obama-era college accountability rules.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 16, 2019

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