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News Links | September 24, 2019

September 24, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Yakima Valley College introduces pre-pharmacy track

Yakima Valley students will now be able to study to be a pharmacist without leaving the area. Yakima Valley College has introduced a new pre-pharmacy track that will enable students to take the necessary courses required for entry into Washington State University’s doctor of pharmacy program. Sam Mazhari, a chemistry instructor at Yakima Valley College who spearheaded the effort, said he’s seen other community colleges offer a similar track. It’s not unusual for a student to complete a doctorate and become a pharmacist without earning a bachelor’s degree.
Yakima Herald, Sept. 24, 2019

Leadership development

... Led by executive coach, healthcare communications professional, and adjunct professor Matthew Zell, Bellevue College’s Continuing Education Corporate Solutions program offers expertise in both technical and soft skills in a range of areas, such as change management, organizational development, cultural competencies, and leadership skills and development. ... A partnership between Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Cascadia College in Bothell, and Everett Community College, the courses and certificates offered through the Corporate & Continuing Education Center help Eastside employees improve their business intelligence, leadership, networking, and project management skills.
425 Business, Sept. 23, 2019

LGBTQIA Week at Highline College honors the resistance 50 years later

... With the theme “50 Years: Still Honoring the Resistance, Transforming Our Community,” this year’s ninth annual LGBTQIA Week at Highline College will dive deep into the history of the movement while also providing resources and workshops throughout the week. LGBTQIA Week is a series of events that coincides with National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 and is free and open to all.
Kent Reporter, Sept. 23, 2019

Franklin Pierce School District & Jason Lee Middle School to build solar learning labs on campus

... Jason Lee’s solar array will be the first solar installation in the Tacoma Public School District and serve as a model for future innovative technology projects in the district. Through Jason Lee’s annual Sustainability Fair and ongoing partnerships with students in the Tacoma Community College Engineering Department, the solar installation at Jason Lee will serve as a living laboratory for learning about solar energy for Jason Lee’s students and the community at large.
Tacoma Daily Index, Sept. 23, 2019

Harvesting for the hungry in Pasco

Berta Thomas of Pasco joins nearly 20 other Fields of Grace volunteers to glean spicy habanero peppers from a research field at Columbia Basin College. The organization annually harvests several test plots of peppers on the Pasco campus for donation to the St. Vincent dePaul food bank in Pasco. The nonprofit says nearly 10-percent of the population in Benton and Franklin Counties face food insecurity on a regular basis. [Video]
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 22, 2019

Cascades Job Corps changing admission requirements

Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy is eliminating certain admission requirements, a move the academy hopes will allow it to serve a more diverse population. ... As part of the program, students live at the academy and can take classes on campus, at the Northwest Career & Technical Academy, and at Skagit Valley College. Students can choose career pathways in either health care or information technology.
Skagit Valley Herald, Sept. 21, 2019

Walk, don’t run, to stay healthy, local doctor says

If you’re an older adult looking to get in shape, stay in the shape you’re in, or stave off chronic health conditions, then walking is the exercise for you, according to Enumclaw’s Dr. Jim Merrill. Merrill, who had a family medicine practice in the city for 35 years, spoke at a Green River College’s PRIME TIME program event on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The PRIME TIME program aims to give adults 55-years-old or older the chance to “enjoy stimulating, intellectual learning through classes, discussion groups, educational tours and social activities.”
The Courier-Herald, Sept. 20, 2019

WVC reassures campus after white nationalist flier incident

Wenatchee Valley College says it’s “providing more concentrated security” after fliers condemning “white guilt” appeared on the periphery of campus this week. The fliers read “No White Guilt” and included links to white nationalist websites. College officials said they were found Tuesday along Ninth Street near College Street, at the margins of the WVC campus. ... In a statement Friday, WVC President Jim Richardson said, ” At Wenatchee Valley College, student safety and security is our top priority. Bias against students will not be tolerated. In order to provide a safe and accessible campus we are monitoring the situation and providing more concentrated security.”
NCW Life, Sept. 20, 2019

WSU Everett grows a bit this fall

It’s not a dramatic increase, but it is a good direction. Enrollment at Washington State University Everett has grown by the equivalent of eight full-time students this fall, up nearly 3% from fall of 2018. ... The four-story structure opened in 2017. It stands at 915 N. Broadway, on property owned by Everett Community College. Eventually, the building should be able accommodate at least 1,000 students, but the campus is expected to expand in the decades ahead. 
Everett Herald, Sept. 19, 2019

Peninsula College announces ceramic artist in residence for 2019-20 school year

Peninsula College has announced that Scott McClellan will be the college’s ceramic artist in residence for the 2019-20 academic year. McClellan will assist professor Steve Belz in managing the ceramics studio, continue to create artwork and he will teach a two-credit ceramics class in the evenings each quarter. McClellan also will be featured in a solo exhibition “Rest and Silence” from Nov. 5 through Dec. 5 in the Pirates Union Building.
Peninsula Daily News, Sept. 19, 2019

More of the story: Yakima Valley College expansion activity ramping up

With fall classes set to begin Monday at Yakima Valley College, the campus at 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard will see a lot more activity soon. But the southwest corner of that busy intersection is already bustling as an ambitious expansion project moves into high gear. BORArchitecture and G.H. Moen Construction are transforming the former Koi Asian Bistro restaurant and two adjacent structures into the Yakima Valley College West Campus. Originally built as a small retail plaza, the buildings will house a new Larson Gallery and wine tasting room, several of the college’s Allied Health Technology programs and a meeting space, all with much-needed parking.
Yakima Herald, Sept. 17, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

The role of Hispanic-Serving Institutions in strengthening the Latinx teacher pipeline: An interview with Luis Maldonado and Alicia Diaz

... Luis: Historically, HSIs have been overwhelmingly two-year colleges, but for the last several years, the majority of HSIs have been four-year colleges and universities, even though most Hispanics still enroll in community colleges. That is an additional challenge as it relates to the preparation of teachers, because students then have to transfer to a four-year school to attain a bachelor degree to access teaching opportunities. Transferring can be a challenge because of many reasons, like the fact that not all credits transfer, and the fact that students can feel isolated on a new campus.
New America, Sept. 24, 2019

Something to chew on

Employment of dental assistants and hygienists is projected to balloon 20 percent over the next decade, a trend the Bureau of Labor Statistics attributes to an aging population coupled with research connecting oral health to overall health. Community colleges are staying abreast of this growing movement via programming for both the front and back of the office, whether its cleaning teeth, taking X-rays or scheduling appointments.
Community College Daily, Sept. 23, 2019

Choosing employers over college for more education

Roughly half of American adults without a college degree (46 percent) said they need additional education to advance in their careers, according to new survey data from the Strada Education Network and Gallup. Employers were the first-choice providers for this group, with 33 percent saying they are most likely to participate in additional education and training from employers. Community colleges were next (23 percent), followed by trade schools or programs (21 percent), and traditional four-year colleges (17 percent).
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 23, 2019

'Called to be a funeral director': Most mortuary school grads are first in the family

... "I want to be there to support [families] whenever they're going through the worst moment in their life," she says. Like Fonseca, 83% of mortuary college graduates in 2018 had no family in the industry, according to the American Board of Funeral Service Education. They represent a major change in an industry that for decades was dominated by family businesses passed down through generations.
NPR, Sept. 23, 2019

Diversity, inclusion, Title IX all at top of student editors' list

What do campuses today want to talk about? Well, the same things everyone else does. Axios asked the editors of college papers across public and private institutions, liberal arts programs, HBCUs, and community colleges what students today care most about. Issues surrounding diversity, inclusion and race came out on top across the board. Title IX and sexual misconduct were also popular topics, as were gun violence and mental health services.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 23, 2019

Feds to cancel debt of thousands of ITT students

The U.S. Department of Education last week began notifying thousands of former ITT Tech students that their outstanding student loan balances would be automatically canceled. The department was required to take that step after the Obama administration’s borrower-defense rule took effect last year. The rule requires that borrowers who were enrolled within 120 days of a college’s closure automatically have their student debt discharged if they haven’t transferred elsewhere within three years, a process called closed-school discharge.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 23, 2019

Improvements to FAFSA eagerly anticipated

... “We collectively have to address the financial literacy and public issues that have fueled this current state. I’m convinced we can dramatically improve repayment outcomes by ensuring that students start their higher education journeys not only with greater access and more dollars, but by being better informed up front and by having better tools to understand how their journey could or should come to a successful end,” he said.
Diverse Education, Sept. 19, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Scalia questioned about apprenticeships

Eugene Scalia, President Trump’s choice for U.S. labor secretary, told a Senate committee on Thursday that he is aware of concerns raised about so-called industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs) and that he would — much like with other issues addressed at the hearing — give it a closer look, if confirmed. The topic of apprenticeships, both IRAPs and traditional registered apprenticeships, were addressed among myriad issues — from workplace safety and minimum wage, to pensions and LGBTQ rights — during Scalia’s nomination hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
Community College Daily, Sept. 19, 2019

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