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September 19, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Community college B.A. shows early earnings edge

 ... Palmer pointed to a study published in March by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges that found that graduates of community college bachelor's degree programs in nursing and business administration have comparable short-term employment outcomes to graduates of university-based programs.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 19, 2019

WSU Tri-Cities enrollment dips for a second year

Washington State University Tri-Cities enrollment slipped for a second year, joining a nationwide trend of declining college admissions. After the first 10 days of class, 1,813 students are taking classes at the Richland campus — 28 fewer than last fall. ... They hope to position themselves as the only four-year university in the area, and work through their recently reforged partnership with Columbia Basin College to create a strong pipeline of students.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 19, 2019

State politicians discuss leadership at Peninsula College gathering

From U.S. presidents to Pacific Northwest football coaches, the 24th District’s state representatives gave examples of leadership — both good and bad — in a summit with high school students Tuesday. State Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, state Reps. Mike Chapman and Steve Tharinger and Peninsula College President Luke Robins addressed about 40 Port Angeles and Sequim high school class officers at the college’s Longhouse building.
Peninsula Daily News, Sept. 18, 2019

Everett Community College gives trojan mascot a makeover

The college is introducing a new Trojan design, continuing [Everett Community College's] 78-year use of the Trojan symbol for student spirit and college athletics. Everett Junior College students selected the Trojans as the college’s mascot in 1942 by popular vote, with the Trojans besting the Seahawks, Loggers, Grizzlies, Pilots, Aces and Cascadians. In the past seven decades, the college has used several versions of the Trojan design. EvCC’s new Trojan design, also known as a spirit mark, symbolizes and honors the Trojan spirit.
My Everett News, Sept. 17, 2019

Columbia Basin College kicked off new quarter with more students enrolled

Columbia Basin College kicked off the new fall quarter with more students enrolled this year than last year. This quarter close to 200 more students enrolled adding the total enrollment to over 11,000 students. CBC offers both two and four year degrees and one-year certificates as well. It is the only public community college in Pasco that's been serving the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities since 1955. They offer both two and four year degrees and one-year certificates as well.
KEPR, Sept. 16, 2019

John Schell Clover Park alumni and instructor for aviation maintenance

John Schell has been a longtime fixture at Clover Park Technical College. Even to this day, he is a regular visitor to the South Hill campus, where he watches the planes take off and land on the tarmac. Schell spent his early years as a pilot and mechanic rooted at Clover Park. When he was in tenth grade, Schell already owned and flew his own plane. It was his hope of obtaining his own aviation maintenance license that drew him to the program at Clover Park.
The Suburban Times, Sept. 16, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

OER embraced

An ambitious, Legislature-funded effort by nearly two dozen California community colleges to create degree and certificate pathways with no textbook costs is scaling up this year, and early -- if imperfect -- data suggest that the program is saving students money and improving their educational outcomes. “We want, in the most transparent and affordable way possible, to provide our students with [a] coherent and cohesive educational experience,” said James Glapa-Grossklag, a dean at College of the Canyons and a co-coordinator for the program.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 19, 2019

Creating pathways to postsecondary credentials through apprenticeships

Apprenticeship is a proven education and employment model that combines structured on-the-job learning with related technical or classroom instruction to prepare individuals for specific occupations. Apprentices are paid, have access to work-site mentors, and earn progressively higher wages as they advance in their programs. The rising cost of higher education, combined with the increasing skill demands from employers, is generating significant interest in apprenticeship as an educational model that can meet the needs of students and employers alike. ... There are three primary models through which community colleges support the development, delivery, and recognition of this training: traditional apprenticeships, college-connected apprenticeships, and degree apprenticeships.
New America, Sept. 19, 2019

A new system to gauge acquired skills?

A national workforce policy advisory board convened by the White House is recommending an ambitious system to record all the credentials, skills and work-related experiences attained by Americans so workers and employers can more accurately determine job qualifications. The so-called “interoperable learning record” (ILR) was among the recommendations presented Wednesday at a meeting in Washington, D.C. of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which provides advice and recommendations to the interagency National Council for the American Worker on ways to encourage the private sector and educational institutions to address the skills crisis.
Community College Daily, Sept. 18, 2019

Most IT jobs are in nontech industries

About 90 percent of job openings in IT are in nontech industries such as professional services, manufacturing and financial services, according to new research from Oracle and Burning Glass, a job-market analytics company. IT jobs for nontech employers also are less likely to require a college degree, the research found. In the tech sector, 89 percent of IT jobs require at least a four-year degree, compared to 76 percent in nontech industries.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 17, 2019

Why finding out how much a college costs is harder than it looks

... The Trump administration is pushing to make college costs, outcomes and other information more accessible, as an alternative to regulating institutions with high costs and poor results. But though advocates applaud this transparency — while also largely decrying the rollback of regulation — researchers are discovering that some of the data being made available through or linked from the College Scorecard, the principal federal higher education consumer website, is inaccessible, inaccurate or out of date. Much is provided directly by colleges and universities themselves, with few checks on whether it’s correct — at a time when some schools admit to having falsified information or reported it in misleading ways.
PBS News Hour, Sept. 16, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Alexander blocks short-term funding for HBCUs

... In its place, he called for a larger package of legislation that would extend that money for another 10 years along with several other bipartisan higher ed proposals. Alexander's gambit could complicate efforts by historically black college groups and lawmakers in both chambers to renew the funding before it's set to expire. His proposed package would include bills to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, lift restrictions on Pell Grants for incarcerated students, and extend Pell eligibility for short-term career education programs at higher ed institutions. ... Sen. Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat and Alexander's counterpart on the Senate education committee, called Alexander's proposal "disappointing" and called for immediate passage of the FUTURE Act. The bill was passed on Tuesday in the House. "There is no reason at all to delay it a minute longer in the Senate," Murray said.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 19, 2019

Free college for all in New Mexico

New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, is asking the state's Legislature to fund a scholarship program that would cover tuition and fees for all in-state residents at New Mexico's public higher education institutions. The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, announced Wednesday, would make it the second state after New York to cover tuition for residents over four years at all in-state public institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 19, 2019

Scaled-back HEA plan coming soon?

GOP senator Lamar Alexander is expected to introduce legislation soon that would offer a path to piecemeal reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, after months of stalled talks over a bipartisan overhaul of the landmark law, which wasn't expected to move until at least next year. Alexander, the chairman of the Senate education committee, has said he wants to pass an update to the HEA before he retires after next year. He’s particularly eager to simplify the application for federal student aid known as the FAFSA and the myriad repayment options for student borrowers. ... But Senator Patty Murray, the Washington Democrat and ranking member on the committee, has repeatedly said she’s not interested in passing legislation that falls short of a comprehensive reauthorization of the higher ed law.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 18, 2019

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