News Links | October 17, 2019
System News | Opinion
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
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 17, 2019
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
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
... The platform is the brainchild of a public benefit corporation, Socialtech.ai,
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
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
... 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
... 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
425 Business, Oct. 15, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 17, 2019
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