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News Links | September 5, 2019

September 05, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

All business, all day for Gov. Inslee in Snohomish County

Gov. Jay Inslee had a busy Tuesday in Snohomish County. ... And he had held a frank closed-door conversation on education with WSU Chancellor Paul Pitre, Everett Public Schools Superintendent Ian Saltzman, Everett Community College President Daria Willis and some college students. ... Willis said in an email that it was “an absolute honor and pleasure to meet Gov. Inslee, Sen. John McCoy and Rep. June Robinson to discuss innovative practices in education. I am most impressed by the student leaders at the table and their commitment to ensuring a seamless pipeline for all students from K-12 and beyond."
Everett Herald, Sept. 4, 2019

Experience Scotland in 2020 through Whatcom Community College's Community & Continuing Education program

Experience a land of magical scenery, ancient castles, mystical legends, and folklore during a two-week trip to Scotland, hosted by Whatcom Community College’s Community & Continuing Education program. From June 25 – July 9, the group will travel through the bustling metropolis of Glasgow, up through the stark beauty of the Northern Highlands to Neolithic sites on the Orkney Islands, and down through Inverness and Loch Ness to the cultural hub of Edinburgh. 
Whatcom Talk, Sept. 4, 2019

Registration now open for fall Edmonds CC classes

Getting the classes you want at the time you want them is a top priority for students. The secret: Register early. “Core classes, like English and math, that are required as prerequisites for upper-level classes and graduation tend to fill quickly,” said Kim Chapman, Edmonds Community College’s dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Division. “If you wait to register, you’ll be less likely to get the days and times you need and the teachers you want.”
My Edmonds News, Aug. 4, 2019

WWCC declares financial emergency

Walla Walla Community College President Derek Brandes declared a financial emergency Tuesday because of declining enrollment and changes to state funding that led to a reduction in staff and the elimination of a program at both of the school’s campuses. The 2019-20 budget has a $2.7 million deficit, which led to $1.1 million in spending reductions that went into effect immediately. Another $1.6 million will still need to be cut from the budget, Brandes said. The college will discontinue its medical assisting program at both the Clarkston and Walla Walla campuses for this year because of low enrollment.
The Lewiston Tribune, Sept. 4, 2019

Columbia Basin College welcoming 1,700 new students this semester

Columbia Basin College (CBC) president Rebekah Woods says just like the Tri-Cities: the school is growing faster some folks realize. She says they've enrolled more than a 1,700 new students for the Fall 2019 semester, and on Tuesday many of them got their first real look at the campus. Dr. Woods says CBC's First Year Introduction, FYI for short, gives students a chance to navigate and learn before classes start next Monday, September 16.
KEPR, Aug. 3, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Union membership is growing again in Washington

A new report from the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center makes the case that union jobs are contributing to both workers’ and the overall health of the state in a variety of ways that go beyond the obvious matter of wages. And, as unions adapt to the needs of a younger generation of workers trying to negotiate the gig economy, public support is rising; A Gallup poll released last week showed 64% of Americans support labor unions, a rise of 16 percentage points since 2009. It is, in other words, not a bad time for labor. “I think there is some reason for optimism,” said David West of the research center, a project of South Seattle College.
The Spokesman-Review, Sept. 1, 2019

RTC announces new VP of Instruction

A local, seasoned community college administrator has made her way to Renton Technical College’s vacant position of Vice President for Instruction. Stephanie Delaney started on Aug. 5, according to a RTC press release. The position leads the college’s faculty and instructional efforts. RTC President Kevin McCarthy stated in the release that Delaney was the right choice for the job. ... “Stephanie is a thoughtful, innovative, collaborative leader who champions faculty and is beloved in student services,” McCarthy stated in the release. “She empowers those around her, and her ideas are infused with how to better serve students.” 
Renton Reporter, Aug. 31, 2019

Wenatchee Valley College's migrant assistance education program gets another five years of funding

Wenatchee Valley’s College’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) has funding for another five years thanks to a grant that was awarded to the institution recently. CAMP is a federally-funded program designed to provide academic, career and support services, financial assistance and community and follow-up services to migrant an seasonal farmworkers or members of their immediate families during their first year of college.
iFiber One, Aug. 30, 2019

Bulletin board: News from Tacoma and beyond: TCC and Evergreen sign LaEAP program MOU

Tacoma Community College (TCC) and The Evergreen State College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reinstate the Liberal Arts Early Access Program (LaEAP). The program gives TCC students the opportunity to take classes at Evergreen’s Tacoma campus at no additional charge while attending TCC. LaEAP is a partnership for TCC students completing an Associate of Arts Direct Transfer (DTA) degree and interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degrees in Liberal arts.  Eligible students attend classes at Evergreen State College Tacoma while completing an Associate of Arts DTA degree from Tacoma Community College. 
Tacoma Weekly News, Aug. 30, 2019

Wells Hall construction recently went out to bid as school year nears

With school starting in less than a month, Wenatchee Valley College will soon have students stampeding through campus however no pupil will find a class in a longtime staple of the college, Wells Hall. On August 19, the project went out to bid. The bid opening is scheduled for very early October and construction should be completed by summer 2021.
560 KPQ, Aug. 30, 2019

Spokane Falls Community College envisions new art building

Spokane Falls Community College is planning a new, $40 million arts building on its Fort George Wright Drive campus. The 57,000-square-foot building will accommodate the college’s visual and fine arts programs, including photography, ceramics, sculpture, and printmaking, says Kimberlee Messina, president of SFCC. The project is still in the planning phase, says Clint Brown, director of capital construction for the Community Colleges of Spokane. The hope is for construction to begin in April or May 2020, with an expected completion date in September 2022, should the project receive full funding from the Legislature’s supplemental budget. 
Spokane Journal of Business, Aug. 29, 2019

Green River program addresses active lifestyle

The fall kickoff to Green River College’s popular PRIME TIME series will feature Enumclaw physician Dr. Jim Merrill. From 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, Merrill will highlight the importance of staying active as people age. His talk will include things like reducing the risk of degenerative diseases, cancer and dementia by simply moving and staying active. Merrill will share scientific studies that show the value of getting up, moving and walking on a daily basis. 
The Courier-Herald, Aug. 29, 2019

Japanese students have Wahkiakum trip

Cathlamet resident Connie Christopher has long considered hosting an exchange student, but an entire school year was just too much while she was still working. Instead she decided to try hosting Japanese students who participate in a two week exchange program through Lower Columbia College. She had such a good experience last year that she decided to do it again.
The Wahkiakum County Eagle, Aug. 29, 2019

Asotin High School gets hands-on-experience for career day

At Walla Walla Community College (WWCC), on Wednesday, students got some hands-on experience from real-life examples. Students explored many different industries for career day. Such as, an instructor showed a group about engineering. They also learned from the school's nursing program, which utilizes mannequins to simulate treating a human. There were also Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), firefighters and more. Officials say, a career day makes it easier to focus on what you want to do instead of trial-and-error by jumping from job to job.
KLEW, Aug. 28, 2019

Mark Poth named as Big Bend full-time athletic director

Former Big Bend Community College men’s basketball coach Mark Poth has been named the college’s full-time athletic director. Poth has served as interim athletic director for the past two years and was instrumental in bringing collegiate wrestling back to Big Bend, as well as rejuvenating the Vikings Athletic Booster Club. College officials say Poth also helped put the athletic department on track to become self-sustaining financially.
iFiber One, Aug. 28, 2019

Editorial: WWCC’s new student rec center adds more luster to school

Walla Walla Community College, recognized as one of the top two-year schools in the nation, will become more attractive to potential students when its 19,000-square-foot student recreation center is complete. Given all the options for higher education, including ever-growing online options, the competition for students is becoming more intense. A full-service recreation center — a full basketball court, a fitness center and gathering spaces students — will enhance the college experience for many.
Union-Bulletin, Aug. 28, 2019

New program allows Running Start students to stay on high school campus

In a first of its kind program a community college is going to open a mini-campus at a high school giving those students who don’t drive equal access to the Running Start program. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday at Spanaway Lake High School where Pierce College has a new two-room portable. “Good to be part of the first thing,” said student Tyson Covington. “I think it’s pretty cool.” ... Pierce College has night and weekend classes at Graham-Kapowsin High school’s campus and South Puget Sound Community College has night classes at Yelm High School’s campus. But this is a first college course during the regular school day.
KOMO, Aug. 27, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

How families navigate the growing cost of college

The cost of college and student debt have emerged as major political issues in recent years as both younger voters and parents of students grapple with how to pay for higher education. But while progressive politicians have pushed for free college or big debt-cancellation plans, most families struggle in private to figure out how to finance a college degree, writes Caitlin Zaloom, an associate professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 4, 2019

'Uncomfortable conversations'

Community college leaders are addressing equity issues on their campuses — from disaggregating data to get a better picture of who their students are, to eliminating certain programs that don’t lead to local jobs with family-sustaining wages — but it isn’t easy work. In fact, several college leaders who participated Wednesday in a discussion on the topic at the offices of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in Washington, D.C., noted that these efforts frequently include “uncomfortable conversations” because they often tie into race, ethnicity, poverty and other issues that their communities face.
Community College Daily, Sept. 4, 2019


Challenges in STEM: Between the 2008-09 and 2016-17 academic years, Hispanic students’ share of attaining sub-baccalaureate STEM credentials rose from 13 percent to 17 percent, while the share for black/African-American students decreased from 14 percent to 12 percent. [Graphic and PDF.]
Community College Daily, Sept. 4, 2019

Orientation for the adult learner

Most of the undergraduates headed for or returning to college this year will be inundated with welcome week and orientation events designed to connect them with classmates, help them find extracurricular activities and clubs, and make them feel at home on campus. The festivals and concerts may appeal to students in the traditional college age range of 18 to 24, but older students, an ever-increasing population on American campuses, often want something different.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 3, 2019

Student stress surges

... “What they found was that compared to four-year college peers, community college students were reporting that they were more stressed, that they had less social support, and that they had less access to mental health services,” says Stock, a former board member of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors. “That makes sense if you know community college students. Our students are working jobs and having kids and taking care of parents and playing all these different roles, so no wonder they’re more stressed.”
Community College Daily, Sept. 3, 2019

Why the Census matters for community colleges

The U.S. Census determines both political representation in Congress and state houses, as well as disbursement of $675 billion in federal monies to state and local governments. The stakes are high for community colleges, their students, faculty and staff, which is why two-year colleges, their state associations and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) are preparing to encourage full participation.
Community College Daily, Sept. 2, 2019

Re: Hellllllp!!!!

Somewhere between birth and college, students hopefully have learned how to compose concise, grammatically correct and contextually appropriate emails. Often they haven't. So, to head off 3 a.m. need-your-help-now emails from Jake No Last Name, many professors explicitly teach students how to email them at the start of the academic year. Approaches vary.  A number of professors use specific reference documents. 
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 29, 2019

Colleges urged to make more data-driven decisions

Three national higher education associations have called on their members to commit to using data and analytics to inform strategic decisions. The Association for Institutional Research, Educause and the National Association of College and University Business Officers published a joint statement this week titled “Analytics Can Save Higher Education. Really.” “We strongly believe that using data to better understand our students and our own operations paves the way to developing new, innovative approaches for improved student recruiting, better student outcomes, greater institutional efficiency and cost containment, and much more,” the statement said.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 29, 2019

New data on faculty strikes

There were 42 faculty and staff strikes and one lockout across academe from 2012 to 2018, according to a new study, with about two strikes per year involving professors. Adjuncts were involved in nearly all the faculty strikes. Half of the strikes involved nonacademic staff, one-third (14) involved professors and one-sixth involved graduate assistants. ... Average strike length from the more recent period was nearly three days, compared to nearly 14 days in the earlier period. States with the greatest number of strikes in 2012 to 2018 were Illinois, California and Washington.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 28, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Congress promised student borrowers a break. Education Dept. rejected 99% of them

A new report from a government watchdog, first obtained by NPR, says an expanded effort by Congress to forgive the student loans of public servants is remarkably unforgiving. Congress created the expansion program last year in response to a growing outcry. Thousands of borrowers — nurses, teachers and other public servants — complained that the requirements for the original program were so rigid and poorly communicated that lawmakers needed to step in. But, documents show, even this expansion of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program isn't working.
NPR, Sept. 5, 2019

Raising the bar for loan forgiveness

In her first significant act as Education Secretary more than two years ago, Betsy DeVos said she planned to overhaul an Obama administration student loan rule designed to protect borrowers defrauded by their college. Despite her efforts, the Obama borrower-defense regulations took effect last year. But on Friday DeVos capped off a two-year effort by issuing her own rule, which scales back loan forgiveness opportunities for student borrowers. The new regulations significantly raise the bar for student borrowers seeking debt forgiveness based on claims they were defrauded by their colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 3, 2019

Biden reveals higher education policy ideas while talking to a student

Over the weekend, former Vice President Joe Biden held a campaign event at Keene State College in New Hampshire. Afterwards, he revealed some higher education policy ideas in an exchange with a student who explained she paid over $100,000 to attend Keene State and asked the former vice president not to forget college students. Biden promised he wouldn’t and said he knew the struggle because he had over $280,000 in debt from putting his three kids through college. “I get it,” he said and began to outline solutions with the first being debt forgiveness for public service—a current program created in the Bush Administration, though with problematic implementation.
Forbes, Aug. 28, 2019

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