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News Links | September 10, 2019

September 10, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Local students' fashions focus on thrift - and learning

Confidence can come from many things, including clothing. Creating a unique style can elevate your mood and some students tell us it even helps them focus in class. A handful of college students who like to shop Goodwill stores in Pierce County say thrifting their wardrobes helps them in many ways. ... Brittney Getsinger shops at Goodwill to keep her budget balanced - paying for the needs of her 2-year-old plus her classes at Pierce College. "I love the discounts. I can buy a pair of jeans originally priced at $7.99, but then on a tag sale ... I get them for $4.50,” said Getsinger.
KOMO, Sept. 9, 2019

Corn hole tourney is "creative, funky"

Despite the grey clouds that filled the sky Saturday, around 60 people filled David Story Field to play in a cornhole tournament to raise money for Lower Columbia College. Starting at noon and going until all rounds have been played and prizes won, people over 21-years-old filled the turf field to win cash prizes, play with friends, and raise money for the LCC Baseball and Basketball teams.
The Daily News, Sept. 7, 2019

WWCC carpentry course for inmates offers much more

Walla Wallan Tony McGuire is behind a basic carpentry skills class offered to inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary through Walla Walla Community College. Students in his Construction Trades Apprenticeship Preparation course repurposed wood into furniture from century-old barns at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds that were razed because they were so run down. The fair office is sitting pretty these days with desks, credenzas, a reception counter and conference table the inmates assembled under Tony’s tutelage. 
Union-Bulletin, Sept. 6, 2019

SPSCC’s art exhibition has its privileges -- including helping visitors see their own

At art exhibitions, the general rule is to look but not touch — and certainly not pick up. But “The Weight of Privilege Game,” on view as part of South Puget Sound Community College’s Art Faculty and Staff Exhibition, is meant to be played. The ceramic game, created by studio technician and teacher Nicole Gugliotti in collaboration with fellow artist Mac McCusker of Durham, N.C., includes scales and game pieces labeled with privileged statuses — “white,” “male” and “middle class,” for example.
The Olympian, Sept. 6, 2019

College transforms its east side location into a hub for business education, also expanding its Running Start offerings

As Clark County’s demographics and economics change, Clark College is ready to adapt to serve its community’s needs. Responding to feedback from employers and residents in East Vancouver, the college is transforming its facility at Columbia Tech Center into a hub for business and technical education. The college has worked to create a series of course offerings this fall that will allow students to pursue career-oriented higher education in subjects that include business, information technology, computer support, and project management — all without having to travel to the college’s main campus near downtown Vancouver.
Clark County Today, Sept. 6, 2019

Lower Columbia College's new program aims to create, retain teachers

For the first time, Lower Columbia College welcomed its first bachelor’s degree-seeking students to orientation Thursday. The students, 24 in all, are in the college’s new two-year bachelor of applied science program (students must first complete a two-year associate’s degree program). For Maria Bueno, the new LCC program is the perfect way to get the degree she wanted without having to move her family or leave her job as English Language Learner teacher at Northlake Elementary School.
The Daily News, Sept. 6, 2019

Clark College admits to violating nondiscrimination policy

Clark College, a community college in Vancouver, Wash., close to the Oregon border, has admitted to violating its nondiscrimination policy. The Columbian reported the Clark College Board of Trustees voted on Tuesday to acknowledge their violation, which they described only as a “salary disparity” that had been “retroactively remedied.”
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 5, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

A push for more technical workers

The National Science Board released a report Monday calling for, among other things, a cultural re-evaluation of America's "skilled technical workforce" -- people who use science and technology skills in their jobs, but don't possess a bachelor's degree. While demand for professions like electricians, welders and autoworkers is projected to rapidly increase, the supply of labor for these jobs is estimated to fall short by nearly 3.4 million workers by 2022.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 10, 2019

Study: 'Nudging' helps STEM students at 2-year colleges

A behavioral "nudging" campaign at four community colleges improved student persistence rates, according to the report "Nudging to STEM Success" released Tuesday by Jobs For the Future, a nonprofit group, and the technology company Persistence Plus. The experiment targeted 9,500 students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs at Lakeland Community College, Lorain County Community College and Stark State College in Ohio, and John Tyler Community College in Virginia. Students received text messages asking what supports they needed, as well as texts encouraging them to keep going.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 10, 2019

Data-driven accountability

... "Profound changes in the economy, in society, and in educational systems and institutions require equally profound changes in the way we regulate the sector and assess the quality of college degrees and other credentials earned after high school," the report said. The project is grounded in trying to establish what a quality postsecondary credential is, and what it takes to develop, offer and identify one. The foundation defines quality credentials as degrees, certificates, industry certifications and other credentials that have clear and transparent learning outcomes and that lead those who earn them to meaningful employment and further learning.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 10, 2019

The global landscape of online program companies

Trying to bring order and understanding to a market as transitory and diffuse as the business of online education can be a challenge. Important contributions have come in recent years from Parthenon, Eduventures, and the ed-tech analyst Phil Hill, among others. A new dataset promises to give college leaders, company officials and others involved in the online learning landscape much more information about who offers what programs, how they manage them and where the money is flowing, among other factors.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 10, 2019

Adding to the force

Police training programs at community colleges are a vital cog in ensuring that local law enforcement agencies have a steady supply of recruits who have not only the weapons training, legal knowledge and other traditional skills but also professional skills like critical thinking, in an age when police behavior has come under focused public scrutiny.
Community College Daily, Sept. 10, 2019

Record high marijuana use and vaping

Despite nearly nationwide smoking bans on college campuses, a new study found that students use of marijuana "was at the highest level seen" in more than three decades. According to the University of Michigan's annual, national Monitoring the Future Panel study, marijuana use skyrocketed nationally in 2018 and reached "historic highs" not seen since 1983. The study also found that the use of vaping products, or e-cigarettes, to vape marijuana as well as nicotine, doubled between 2017 and 2018.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 9, 2019

Colleges face growing international student-visa issues

... Many of these visa obstacles, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators, in part trace back to a memorandum issued in 2017 by President Donald Trump that called for the “heightened screening and vetting of applications for visas and other immigration benefits” as well as new or updated requirements for visa holders studying or working at U.S. colleges. 
The Atlantic, Sept. 6, 2019

Study minimizes impact of free community college

A new study asserts that providing free community college to students does not lead to increased four-year graduation rates, but proponents of free community college argue that that isn't the point of such programs. ... Using economic data from past higher education studies and enrollment and degree completion data from the College Board-National Student Clearinghouse dataset, the researchers analyzed four possible policies to increase bachelor's degree attainment: free community college, reduced tuition at four-year colleges, increased spending at public colleges and reallocating students to academically matched in-state four-year colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 6, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

The real divide over higher ed? Cost

The real divide over higher ed may be driven by who shoulders the cost of -- and who benefits from -- education after high school, according to survey results released Tuesday by New America. Recent surveys have suggested Republicans increasingly doubt the positive effects of higher ed. But the think tank's third annual survey of Americans' views of higher education, like previous editions, adds some nuance to narratives about an intractable partisan divide over the role of colleges. ... The results show that Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, generally agree that some kind of education beyond high school is valuable, especially for individuals seeking a better paying job. But they split sharply on who should pay for higher ed.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 10, 2019

Bennet supports debt-free college in education plan

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, one of 20 Democrats seeking the party's presidential nomination, backed free community college and debt-free four-year public college in an education plan his campaign released Thursday. The plan also called for holding poor-performing colleges accountable by restricting access to federal student aid based on outcomes like default rates or high debt-to-income ratios.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 6, 2019

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