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News Links | September 17, 2019

September 17, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Vineyard in the sky offers glimpse of Walla Walla wine region’s future

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 convene stakeholders to discuss student parent report

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 welcomes incoming class of Seattle Promise scholars

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

County gets latest state Center of Excellence

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

Investment in student success | Guest editorial

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

PacMtn partners forge pathways from juvenile justice to manufacturing

... 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

Raises approved for Big Bend CC full-time faculty

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

An empty barrel is a sad barrel

... 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

Free speech laws mushroom in wake of campus protests

... 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

Documentary to showcase education in prison

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

Early College students’ continued success

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

College readiness among Hispanic students

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

Flagships fail on financial equity

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

Quick on the uptake

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

Community colleges are worth the cost

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

Sights on September 30

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

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