News Links | September 26, 2019
System News | Opinion
... Dr. Terry Leas, president of Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, said the hope is the MAX storage problem may help boost that relationship.
The community college uses the huge airport as part of its well-respected pilot and
mechanic training program. "There may be a future for Boeing to have a greater presence
in Moses Lake," said Leas. Big Bend held a short celebration Wednesday as Boeing made
a $100,000 donation to the college and another $25,000 grant to the Boys and Girls
Club of the Columbia Basin, both to boost education. Boeing said it was part of its
long-term commitment to the community.
K5 News, Sept. 25, 2019
The 19th Annual Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance Innovator Awards Luncheon
had a packed house full of movers and shakers from the community that were there to
support the business and education innovator finalists. ... The Apple STEM Network
presented the award to Amanda Jeffries from Wenatchee Valley College for STEM College Student Innovator of the Year. “I’m very excited for this opportunity.
It’s awesome the event that GWATA put on today,” said Jeffries. “This has just been
kind of a roller coaster ride. I just wanted to go to school to create a better life
for my son and here I am.”
560 KPQ, Sept. 25, 2019
Studium Generale will open its fall quarter series with the traditional Welcome Celebration,
a partnership among the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe,
the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Peninsula College. The event is free and open to the public, beginning at 12:35 p.m. Thursday in the
Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. A welcome song, presented by the nəxʷsƛ̕áy̕əm̕
Song and Drum Group will be followed by a poetry reading by Duane Niatum of the Jamestown
S’Klallam Tribe. He will introduce his newest collection of poems, “Earth Vowels.”
Peninsula Daily News, Sept. 25, 2019
Mon., Sept. 23 marked the start of the 2019 fall term at Clark College. While official numbers are not available until after the 10th day of class, the
day began with 11,160 students enrolled, down from last year’s Day One enrollment
of 11,717. This reflects trends seen throughout the statewide system and through much
of the country as well, and is in keeping with both the college’s and the state’s
predictions for enrollment numbers.
Clark County Today, Sept. 25, 2019
South Puget Sound Community College cut the ribbon at the newly renovated Lacey Campus Building 3. The space brings closer
two Professional Technical programs: the design-focused Advanced Manufacturing on
floor one and the build-focused Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC)
Technology on floor two. Both the spaces and curriculum were designed collaboratively
with input from industry, advisory councils, faculty, and student graduates.
Thurston Talk, Sept. 23, 2019
The daughter of a former Hanford worker talked to students at Columbia Basin College about the dangers of radiation exposure. Trisha Pritikin, whose father was an engineer
at the Hanford facility, was born and raised in Richland during the facility’s decades
of plutonium production. She lost both parents to aggressive cancers identified as
radiation-related under federal nuclear worker compensation laws. ... On Monday, Pritikin
told her story to dozens of CBC students during a presentation. She also answered
questions at the end.
YakTriNews, Sept. 23, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
... Only 36 percent of Hispanic students and 28 percent of black students who enroll
at a community college go on to earn a degree, whether at that school or any other,
within six years. Until now, there's been no penalty for colleges with results as
wretched as this and worse. But that’s starting to change. California’s 115 community
colleges make up the largest higher education system in the U.S., and they will soon
face a penalty if their low-income students — who are disproportionately students
of color — have low completion rates. At the federal level, Democrats in Congress
and civil rights groups have pushed to impose accountability on colleges with the
most egregious achievement gaps.
Politico, Sept. 25, 2019
The student loan default rate for community colleges continues to drop, dipping below
16 percent for fiscal year 2016, according to new federal data. The community college
cohort default rate (CDR) for FY 16 dipped to 15.9 percent, a 0.8 percentage point
decline from 16.7 percent in FY 15, according to U.S. Education Department (ED) data
released on Wednesday.
Community College Daily, Sept. 25, 2019
Rio Salado College, a mostly online community college in Maricopa County, Ariz., is
one of the first community colleges to launch a “national division” targeting students
all over the country to take online classes and earn degrees or certificates. Administrators
say the division, which debuted last fall, targets “education deserts” where postsecondary
programs can be hard to access.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 25, 2019
... In reality, artificial intelligence (AI) technology is quickly permeating every
aspect of our lives. From Amazon’s voice-activated Alexa to writing technology that
helps managers craft job postings, AI is in our hearts, homes and workplaces. And
it’s only going to become a bigger part of our lives: Experts call the rise of AI
the driving force behind the fourth industrial revolution.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 21, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
... About 80 percent of community college students work but only two percent receive
Federal Work-Study. This seems like a lost opportunity to support the work experience
and completion of community college students. Federal Work-Study also fails to connect
students with jobs that help them gain experience in their chosen fields. Sure, on-campus
jobs may help students learn general employability skills but we know that students
with internships directly related to their work interests enter the labor market with
a leg up.
The Hill, Sept. 26, 2019