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October 29, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Woodland resident gives $100,000 to start LCC scholarship endowment

Woodland students who attend Lower Columbia College now have greater opportunity to get scholarships, thanks to a large donation from a Woodland resident. James A. Nelson donated $100,000 to LCC to fund scholarships for Woodland students interested in attending the college, according to a LCC press release. Nelson has owned a Woodland Bottoms cattle ranch for 40 years and also worked at Weyerhaeuser Co. for 38 years, according to the press release. Though he never had any formal education, the release said, he is passionate about helping Woodland children and investing in the community.
The Daily News, Oct. 28, 2019

Photos: Costumed kids, students play at Centralia College 'Fall Fest'

William St. Jean, 9, shoots target zombies during Fall Fest in the Trans Alta Commons Friday night at Centralia College. ... [Photo gallery]
The Daily Chronicle, Oct. 28, 2019

Clark College microaggression training set for January

When Ruby Lewis starts teaching at Clark College in late January, her classroom is going to feel much different than a traditional one. “You’re going to get to know people in this class quite deeply,” Lewis said. That’s because Lewis will offer eight classes on microaggression training through the college. “Microaggressions,” a term added to Merriam-Webster in 2017, are “comments or actions that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally express a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority),” according to the dictionary.
The Columbian, Oct. 28, 2019

Milestone: Peninsula College marketing group earns honors

The Peninsula College Marketing and Communications Department was recognized for excellence in computer-generated illustration, print advertising and their Areas of Study rack cards at the October National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Fall Conference. The submissions earned bronze, gold, and silver awards, which were announced at the 2019 District 7 Conference in Friday Harbor on Oct. 24, where marketing and communications professionals gathered for professional development workshops and to honor each other’s work.
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 27, 2019

Local students awarded over $1 million in scholarships

Columbia Basin College Foundation hosted their annual scholarship banquet Friday. This year they are awarding a record amount of money, over one-million dollars. Organizers explained the scholarship money is what makes a difference for over 600 students who probably wouldn't be able to pursue a higher education without it. Matthew Petersen is the CBC Vice Chair and he said, “we have so many people that wouldn’t be able to go to school without these scholarships and be able to further their education, dreams, and successes.”
KEPR, Oct. 25, 2019

Area college classes are (nearly) free for seniors

The state of Washington passed a law in 1975 that allows any resident over 60 years old to attend higher education courses nearly free for colleges and universities who choose to participate. ... Michael Singletary, registrar at Whatcom Community College, values the senior waiver program and believes it’s great for both the community and the community college environment. He calls the program invigorating. “Seniors are an important part of our learning community,” he says. “Having older students adds to the mix of experiences and diversity in the classroom.”  
Whatcom Talk, Oct. 25, 2019

TCC wins Excellence in Affordable Housing award

... The award recognizes the success of [Tacoma Community College'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. “This is a tremendous honor to be recognized for our work to support homeless or near-homeless students with our community partners,” said TCC President Ivan L. Harrell, II, Ph.D. “But the true winners here are the students who continue to persevere when life becomes challenging. With our combined efforts, we are working hard to build a brighter future for students.”
Tacoma Weekly News, Oct. 25, 2019

Japanese nursing students visiting at GHC again

For the third year, nursing students from Japan will be visiting this week with their counterparts at Grays Harbor College.Thirty-three students and their instructor arrived Wednesday from the Osaka College of Nursing. They will spend two full days learning and sharing experiences with the GHC nursing students and faculty, using the college’s nursing simulation lab and other interactive exercises.
The Daily World, Oct. 24, 2019

GHC auto tech program gets major recognition

Grays Harbor College’s Automotive Technology program has officially earned Master Automobile Service Technology Accreditation, the highest level of program accreditation recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The recognition followed an on-site evaluation. The program and instructor Jesse Kangas-Hanes were commended for program standards and continuing to meet industry requirements.
The Daily World, Oct. 23, 2019

WCC awarded cybersecurity grant

Whatcom Community College is securing their lead in cybersecurity education. The National Science Foundation awarded the college a million-dollar grant that builds on funding awarded to WCC in 2018 to establish a national cybersecurity resource center. The new grant will expand the center’s ability to support partner colleges and strengthen the nation’s workforce. NSF also awarded Whatcom Community College a $350,000 grant to organize a national conference on the role of community colleges and future directions in cybersecurity education, which will take place in Washington DC in June.
KGMI, Oct. 22, 2019

Making way for WVC’s new Wells Hall

Wenatchee Valley College will break ground next Tuesday on its 37 million-dollar Wells Hall replacement building. ... Construction of the new 70,000-square-foot building will begin next month, and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2021. In addition to classrooms, the building will house the Chelan County Emergency Operations Center and a conference center available for public use. Demolition of the old Wells Hall will begin Nov. 4.
NCW Life, Oct. 22, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

College giving by foundations focuses on helping low-income and first-generation students

... Grant making to community colleges is of particular interest to foundations focused on employability. Although as a portion of all giving to higher education, the amount awarded to community colleges is comparatively small — it accounts for 1.5 percent of the $43.6 billion raised by colleges and universities in 2017 — it has grown over the past decade. It climbed from $98 million in 2005 to more than $130 million in 2012.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Oct. 29, 2019

IBM looks beyond the college degree

Few major companies have been as aggressive as IBM in experimenting with different ways of hiring tech workers. Citing a serious skills gap, the multinational International Business Machines Corporation is looking for different recruiting channels for its workforce of 360,000 employees. IBM's view is that “new-collar” jobs in cybersecurity, cloud computing and other high-demand fields don’t necessarily require a traditional college degree. ...  At the same time, IBM continues to partner with traditional colleges, particularly through its expanded work with community colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 29, 2019

A new breed of apprenticeships

... Here are five things colleges with experience at healthcare apprenticeships say should be considered in the process of developing them. Useful connections. Successful programs have staff members assigned to promote the program and work with employers or the agency coordinating it to make certain the process for participants at both ends is efficient. Such links were lacking in the past, and employers at times have been skittish about college-based apprenticeships, fearing complications and excessive paperwork would outweigh the value. ... 
Community College Daily, Oct. 29, 2019

Senate bill to require colleges to report hazing

... Under this bill, institutions must report incidents they were made aware of that violated standards of conduct or federal, state or local hazing laws. Additionally institutions would include in the report incidents where conduct threatened a student's physical safety. To supplement this, institutions would have to include the name of the student organization involved, the alleged violation, dates of the incident and subsequent investigation, and finding that violation occurred. Institutions would exclude identifying details of students involved.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 28, 2019

Embracing AI as an education tool

Charles Fadel, founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign, began his speech at the 2019 Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators’ Conference by expressing admiration for the educators — mostly community college faculty — who lead innovative technician education programs. “You are the tip of the arrow,” Fadel said, referring to the leaders of curriculum revisions that he says are necessary for people to thrive in a world where algorithms affect what people need to know and the sort of work they will do in their careers.
Community College Daily, Oct. 28, 2019

Editorial: Keep accountability high in handing out diplomas

Last spring, state lawmakers severed the link between state assessments and a high school diploma, adding new options to allow students to demonstrate academic proficiency in different ways. But as state education officials develop rules for these alternate pathways, they must ensure that each high school diploma certifies a student’s readiness for college, advanced training or work — regardless of where that road may take them. The state cannot continue leaving so many students, particularly students of color, behind.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 27, 2019

Court holds DeVos, Education Dept. in contempt

A federal district court judge on Thursday held Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in contempt of court for the improper collection of student loans from several thousand borrowers who attended now-defunct for-profit colleges. The ruling -- a rare outcome for a federal agency -- was sought by Harvard Law School's Project on Predatory Student Lending after the Education Department acknowledged collecting on the loans of former Corinthian Colleges students who had sued for debt relief.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 25, 2019

Vital federal program to help parents in college is 'a drop in the bucket'

Between studying for her weekly anatomy and physiology exam, and writing an English paper, Kate Hough somehow finds time for coloring, dress-up parties and putting together four different Halloween costumes (a princess, a cowgirl and two clowns). Hough is working toward her nursing degree at Mount Wachusett Community College, in central Massachusetts, while raising four kids — two toddlers and two in elementary school. "Being a student parent is all about balance," Hough says. "It takes a lot, like I don't go to bed until about 2 a.m. every night and then I get back up at 6 a.m. every morning."
NPR, Oct. 24, 2019

Commentary: Getting from lucky to good

On October 15th, the House released their long awaited bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). Included in the bill is a new grant program—the Community College Student Success Program—meant to build the capacity of community colleges to support student success. This type of investment could have a significant positive impact: In a systematic review of the 36 most rigorous evaluations, my colleagues and I found that the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program—the last major direct federal investment in community colleges—led to improved education and labor market outcomes for participants.
New America, Oct. 24, 2019

How a parent earned a bachelor's degree within two years

... The process that helped Block earn credits for the learning she acquired from her previous job is called prior learning assessment (PLA). Also known as credit for prior learning (CPL), PLA evaluates and awards college credit for college-level learning acquired outside of postsecondary institutions, using methods such as standardized exams, challenge exams, and portfolio assessment. ... PLA is no new idea: it has been around for more than 80 years, and recently became a popular option at colleges as a way to help students, especially adults returning to college, accelerate their time to completion.
New America, Oct. 23, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

23 senators demand investigation into mismanagement of student loan program

Twenty-three U.S. senators are calling on the nation's top consumer protection agency to investigate a loan servicer for its role in a troubled student loan forgiveness program. The program is designed to help public service workers like teachers and police officers. The loan servicer, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, better known as FedLoan and PHEAA, is one of the entities that handles the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
NPR, Oct. 29, 2019

Trump official to campaign on student debt relief

A Trump administration official, who until last year oversaw the $1.5 trillion federal student loan portfolio, said Thursday he was stepping down to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican. And he said his signature issue would be canceling massive amounts of student loan debt. A. Wayne Johnson was appointed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to the top job at the Office of Federal Student Aid in 2017.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 25, 2019

Klobuchar's plan: Free community college, expended Pell

Senator Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesota Democrat who is seeking her party's presidential nomination, on Friday rolled out a higher education plan that would fund free community college through a federal-state partnership, and which would substantially expand the federal Pell Grant program. Klobuchar's tuition-free community college proposal is based on a bill from Senator Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat. The feds would match $3 for every $1 from states for subsidies for students who qualify for in-state tuition, are enrolled at least half-time and maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 28, 2019

House panel passes healthcare training bill

A federal program to prepare low-income individuals for good-paying healthcare careers would see its federal funding quintupled — from $85 million to $425 million annually — under a bill passed this week by the House Ways and Means Committee. The Pathways to Health Careers Act (H.R. 3398), which would reauthorize the Health Professions Opportunities Grants (HPOG) program, passed along party lines, 24-16, on Tuesday. The bill will likely be brought up for a House floor vote in the next few weeks. There is no companion measure yet in the Senate.
Community College Daily, Oct. 23, 2019

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