News Links | September 12, 2019
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
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
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 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
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 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
... 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