News Links | September 17, 2019
System News | Opinion
People typically trek into the northern Blue Mountains east of Walla Walla, Washington,
to hunt, camp, hike and bike. Dean Richards climbed nearly 3,000 feet into the Blues
to plant grapevines. ... “Dry farming is one of Walla Walla’s most exciting possibilities
and I think there’s a great future for it at sites around 2,000 feet, maybe higher,”
says Timothy Donahue, the director of winemaking at Walla Walla Community College.
The Oregonian, Sept. 13, 2019
Achieving the Dream, an education based non-profit, hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill
on Thursday alongside their national partners to discuss the newly-released report
of the Government Accountability Office which focuses on student parents. ... [Dr.
Daria Willis, President of Everett Community College] brought a more administrative perspective to the panel. Since her recent arrival
at ECC, Willis has used her experience as a student parent to provide more resources
to the campus community. She is working to develop new library spaces that will include
a child’s library area so students can study without feeling ashamed of their “status
as caregivers or parents.”
Diverse Education, Sept. 12, 2019
South Seattle College welcomed the incoming class of Seattle Promise Program scholars on Sept. 11, 2019
with a two-day “Summer Bridge” orientation to help the recent high school graduates
prepare for the transition to higher education. Seattle Promise provides up to two
years of tuition coverage and the personal guidance students need to succeed in college. The
141 incoming Seattle Promise scholars come to South from Chief Sealth International,
Cleveland, Rainier Beach and West Seattle high schools.
Westside Seattle, Sept. 12, 2019
Clark County is now home to Washington’s newest Center of Excellence, a state office
that operates pipeline programs aimed at connecting students with job training. The
local office is known as the Center of Excellence for Semiconductors & Electronic
Manufacturing. It’s the 11th office of its type in the state. The centers were created
by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in 2004. They’re intended to serve as liaisons between local schools and industries,
providing career opportunities for students and helping industries maintain skilled
workforces. Each center is built around an industry that plays a major role in the
local economy, such as a clean energy center at Centralia College and a marine manufacturing and technology center at Skagit Valley College. ... The Clark County center is described as operating under the leadership of an
existing center at Everett Community College that focuses on aerospace and advanced manufacturing. It has a primary office at
the main Educational Service District 112 building and a satellite office at Clark College, Maraee said.
The Columbian, Sept. 12, 2019
Fall quarter can be an exciting time for students. Nearly 10,000 students attend Cascadia College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology, combined. This year these students, who come to us primarily from the Lake Washington
and Northshore school districts, will experience new opportunities thanks to the historic
support and investment that our state legislators made in higher education.
Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, Sept. 12, 2019
... The program, housed at Bates Technical College, includes 32 college credits, an OSHA 10 certification, CPR and first aid training,
and a Lean Manufacturing certification. “It gives a really good in-depth look at all
the different career tracks in manufacturing they could go into,” says Briana Durham,
Director of Youth Apprenticeship at AJAC. “They learn a bit about manual machines,
riveting and blueprints, welding and lean manufacturing principles. Then we brush
them up on math skills and precision measuring, those entry-level skills that employers
in the region are looking for.”
South Sound Talk, Sept. 12, 2019
Full-time faculty at Big Bend Community College will receive a 14 percent increase in the base salary under the terms of a contract
approved by BBCC’s board of trustees Wednesday. The vote was 5-0. The agreement runs
for two years. Kim Garza, vice-president for human relations, said it was approved
by the faculty senate Sept. 6. Base salary for full-time faculty will be $55,000 for
the 2019-20 academic year. That’s an increase of 14.05 percent from the previous base,
Garza said. Garza said the negotiation team looked at salaries at seven Washington
community colleges similar to BBCC, and BBCC was toward the low end of that list.
Columbia Basin Herald, Sept. 12, 2019
... Marcus Rafanelli is an instructional technician at Walla Walla Community College’s Center for Enology and Viticulture and the cellar master at its College Cellars.
He is also the 2019 recipient of the Bill Powers Sabbatical Fund scholarship, which
gives up to $5,000 to someone currently working in the Washington state grape or wine
industry who is under 40 and has five years of experience in viticulture or enology.
Union-Bulletin, Sept. 12, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
... Lawmakers, mainly Republicans, from states all over the country have subsequently
intervened in matters of free speech in academe by proposing and helping to pass legislation
that makes clear students can’t interfere with the speech of their peers or of visitors
on campus. Civil liberties advocates say states are likely to keep adopting such legislation,
especially leading up to and following the 2020 presidential election, when political
demonstrations will likely heat up on campuses. They are concerned that some of the
proposed laws may be too prescriptive, particularly those that force colleges to carry
out certain mandatory punishments for free speech infractions.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 16, 2019
The Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference Friday in Washington
hosted a panel discussion and preview of a new PBS documentary series that follows
incarcerated people who are pursuing college degrees. The four-part series, “College
Behind Bars,” was executive produced by Ken Burns and directed by Lynn Novick. It
will air Nov. 25 and 26. It follows a dozen incarcerated men and women over four years
as they participate in the Bard Prison Initiative, considered one of the most rigorous
prison education programs in the country.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 16, 2019
Students participating in Early College High Schools (ECHS) are significantly more
likely to earn a postsecondary degree within six years of graduating high school than
students of similar backgrounds who did not partake in the programs, according to
a new study. In fact, students in ECHS — which allow students to simultaneously earn
their high school diploma and up to two years of college credit — are nearly three
times as likely to earn an associate degree or certificate than non-ECHS peers, according
to the American Institutes for Research (AIR) study.
Community College Daily, Sept. 16, 2019
New research from ACT's Center for Equity in Learning and Hispanic media company Univision
Communications Inc. has produced three recommendations for increasing college readiness
among Hispanic students. Hispanic students make up about 18 percent of the college
student population, and they tend to meet ACT College Readiness Benchmarks at lower
rates than non-Hispanic white students, according to a news release.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 13, 2019
Most public flagship universities are failing to meet the financial needs of low-
and middle-income students, a report finds, and are overly subsidizing wealthier students.
... The report found that only six of 50 state flagships meet an affordability benchmark
for low-income students.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 12, 2019
Why do businesses like to team up with community colleges? Because they grasp what
company partners need and respond quickly. That’s key to creating successful partnerships
with businesses, according to two panels of experts convened Thursday by the Urban
Institute in Washington, D.C.
Community College Daily, Sept. 12, 2019
The American public has strong, positive attitudes about the benefits of a community
college education, according to the 2019 edition of the “Varying Degrees” study by
New America. Overall, 85 percent of Americans think public community colleges are
worth the cost, and 78 percent are comfortable contributing their tax dollars to them.
Community College Daily, Sept. 11, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
A major gap between Democrats’ and Republicans’ thinking on appropriations now makes
it inevitable Congress will pass a temporary measure — the all-too-common “continuing
resolution” (CR) to keep the government running at current spending levels, as lawmakers
try to work out those differences. A major jolt came last week when Senate appropriators
scrapped a plan to mark up legislation to fund federal education and job training
programs — the key Labor, HHS and Education funding bill that is so important to community
colleges. Partisan disagreements focused on a proposed Democratic amendment regarding
federal funding for family planning, but broader disagreement on funding levels have
also gummed up Senate action.
Community College Daily, Sept. 16, 2019