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News Links | September 26, 2019

September 26, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Boeing 737 MAX grounding has job benefits for Moses Lake college

... 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

GWATA Innovator Awards Luncheon had packed house and scholarships

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 to open quarter with poetry reading

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

Clark College kicks off fall quarter

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

SPSCC opens new design- and build-focused spaces at Lacy campus

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

Daughter of former Hanford worker talks about dangers of radiation exposure

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

How to fix education’s racial inequities, one tweak at a time

... 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

Default rates continue to drop

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

A community college goes national

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

AI 101: What is artificial intelligence and where is it going?

... 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

Opinion: Federal work-study isn't working

... 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

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