News Links | October 29, 2019
System News | Opinion
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
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
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
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
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
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
... 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
Tacoma Weekly News, Oct. 25, 2019
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
The Daily World, Oct. 24, 2019
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
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
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
... 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
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Oct. 29, 2019
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
... 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
... 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
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
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,
The Seattle Times, Oct. 27, 2019
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
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
NPR, Oct. 24, 2019
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
... 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
New America, Oct. 23, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
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
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
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
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