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News Links | September 12, 2019

September 12, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

More than turning wrenches: Centralia College uses applied baccalaureate programs to prepare the next generation of diesel technicians

“I’ve had very few moments in my life where it just clicked,” says 23-year-old Taylor Overhoff. “It kind of sounds corny, but I knew that this was what I wanted to do in my life.” The moment came when he walked into the diesel technology shop at Spokane Community College in eastern Washington state. ... Now a student in Centralia College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Diesel Technology (BASDT), on the other side of Washington state, Overhoff and his classmates will be prepared to move into and between lucrative positions doing any of these jobs.
New America, Sept. 11, 2019                                                           

Timeline on Big Bend presidential search established; internal staff to seek replacement

On Wednesday, the Big Bend Community College Board of Trustees announced that it will not hire a third party to search for candidates to replace outgoing college President Terry Leas. The Board of Trustees says it will handle the national search for a new president. The next steps in the search for a new president will be discussed in a special session meeting on October 10. School officials say a survey soliciting input on what staff and the local community on the type of leader they’d like to see serve as the school next president.
iFiber One, Sept. 11, 2019

New dean at TCC Gig Harbor started her education there

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Olga Inglebretson, who takes over this week as dean of the Gig Harbor campus of Tacoma Community College. Dr. Inglebretson, who lives in Fox Island and raised her children on the Key Peninsula, was herself a late-starting student at the Gig Harbor branch campus in its early years. At the time, she had only a high-school equivalency diploma. “I took English 100 right here,” she said in an interview Monday. “Like many community college students, I was a late-in-life starter.”
The News Tribune, Sept. 11, 2019

Peninsula College to host Compassionate Integrity Training

Peninsula College this fall will cohost a Compassionate Integrity Training program from 6-8 p.m. each Wednesday night, Oct. 2-Dec. 11, from in the ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ House of Learning (Peninsula College Longhouse). ... Compassionate Integrity Training cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental well-being, event organizers say. Students will learn to act in accordance with their values in all areas of life, including family, school, work, leisure and politics.
Sequim Gazette, Sept. 11, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Common threads in guided pathways

Early participants of the guided pathways model to improve student success have taken various approaches to develop and implement their efforts for whole-college redesign, but they do share some common elements, according to a new report. The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University in New York today released the report and five accompanying case studies that examine the efforts of eight community colleges participating in the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Pathways Project. AACC’s pilot initiative, which launched in 2015, included 30 colleges in the first cohort, including the eight that CCRC studied.
Community College Daily, Sept. 12, 2019

Latinos still underrepresented

Latinos continue to be underrepresented at public colleges and universities, especially among community colleges, according to a new report from The Education Trust (Ed Trust). At a time when the Latino population in the U.S. continues to grow rapidly, Latinos are neither getting their “fair share” of seats nor degrees from public colleges and universities in almost every state when compared to white students, the report says.
Community College Daily, Sept. 11, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Colleges could do more to help student parents pay for child care, watchdog says

... More than 1 in 5 college students in the U.S. are raising kids. That's more than 4 million undergraduates, and they are disproportionately women and people of color. Of those students, more than half will leave school without getting a degree. That's all, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog. ... Sen. Patty Murray, a Washington state Democrat and ranking member of the Senate education committee, said in a statement that the report "shows there are simple steps that colleges and the [U.S.] Department of Education can take to better inform student parents of their financial aid options. The lack of affordable, high-quality child care shouldn't hold anyone back from achieving their dreams."
NPR, Sept. 12, 2019

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