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News Links | February 11, 2020

February 11, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

WSUV, other colleges help adults with some college but no degree

... William Belden, vice president of student affairs at Clark College, sits on the College and Career Compass steering committee. Belden noted that programs like the Penguin Pantry, a campus food bank specifically for students, and its health clinic, one of the few at Washington community colleges, are small ways the campus can serve all students’ needs. He also pointed to the college’s guided pathways initiative, a nationally recognized education model that explicitly spells out what classes and programs students need to participate in so they can graduate on time. “The college needs to be student ready,” he said. “Students don’t need to be college ready.”
The Columbian, Feb. 9, 2020

Commentary: Everett students work on energy’s winds of change

... The team is a collaborative group of students from WSU Everett, Everett Community College and its Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center. It brings together students from diverse areas of study including mechanical, electrical and software engineering as well as business, communication and manufacturing. Our students are designing a cycloturbine, a type of vertical-axis, variable-pitch wind turbine that shows advantages over more traditional designs.
Everett Herald, Feb. 9, 2020

Coenosium Rock Garden is a living laboratory for South Seattle College horticulture students

Coenosium Rock Garden is a verdant escape in the heart of our city. Set within the arboretum on the South Seattle College campus in West Seattle, about 6 miles from downtown, the thoughtfully designed landscape is home to one of the top conifer collections in the nation. The garden also is a living laboratory where students in the school’s horticulture program can hone their developing landscape construction and management skills.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 8, 2020

TCC president selected for inaugural cohort of Aspen Institute's New Presidents Fellowship for Community College Excellence

Dr. Ivan L. Harrell II., President of Tacoma Community College (TCC) has been selected by the Aspen Institute to join the 2020-21 inaugural class of the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship, a new initiative designed to support community college presidents in the early years of their tenure to accelerate transformational change on behalf of students. Dr. Ivan Harrell is one of 25 Aspen Fellows selected from more than 100 applicants for this opportunity, which is fully funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and run by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. 
The Suburban Times, Feb. 7, 2020

Making the case for sweet wines, and not just for dessert

... Winemaking educator Tim Donahue and his students continue to spin out hits from their building at Walla Walla Community College, and they produce this in a semi-solera method. They began stacking barrels of fortified Barbera from this famous vineyard in 2011, and they top each barrel with younger wine. This barrel, which was the oldest, is reminiscent of dates, toffee, chocolate, dark-roast coffee and smooth peanut butter.
Everett Herald, Feb. 7, 2020

Clover Park Technical College welcomes new foundation board president

The Clover Park Technical College Foundation welcomed Lori Banaszak as the newly-elected board president effective January 1, 2020. Lori, now retired, served in a variety of leadership roles in the Community and Technical College system before retiring from her final role as CPTC’s vice president for instruction in 2013. The CPTC Foundation Board is a 16-member volunteer board who serve as the non-profits governing board and promote the Foundation’s mission to enhance CPTC’s work to educate tomorrow’s workforce.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 6, 2020

Big Bend Community College announces three finalists for president position

The Big Bend Community College Board of Trustees revealed the top three finalists for the college’s tenth president Thursday. The three choices are Dr. Suzanne Ames, Vice President of Instruction at Lake Washington Institute of Technology; Dr. Teresa Rich, Vice President of Administrative Services at Yakima Valley College; and Dr. Sara Thompson, Vice President of Student Access, Involvement and Success at Westchester Community College.
KPQ, Feb. 6, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

A vision for one workforce

... Apprenticeships continue to carry a stigma in the U.S. despite having a proven track record leading to good-paying jobs, Pallasch said. He noted that 94 percent of apprentices are hired by the employers that provided their apprenticeship, and they earn, on average, $70,000 in their first year after their apprenticeship. “That’s significantly better than the Department of Labor’s job training programs,” Pallasch said. The administration is pushing the value of apprenticeships and wants to broaden the industry sectors that use them, including health care, energy and cybersecurity. However, Pallasch said that 65 percent of apprenticeships in the U.S. remain in construction, and most of those apprentices are white males.
Community College Daily, Feb. 10, 2020

Court blocks 'unlawful presence' policy

A federal court on Thursday permanently enjoined a Trump administration policy that would make it easier to impose multiyear bans on the re-entry of college students from other countries. Four colleges in 2018 sued in federal court to challenge the policy, which eased how the federal government could determine that international students and exchange scholars on F, J and M visas had racked up an "unlawful presence" in the U.S. Students who accrue more than 180 days of unlawful presence in a single stay can face three- or 10-year prohibitions on re-entering the country.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 7, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Gov. Jay Inslee signs college grant funding bill into law

Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday signed the first new law of this year’s legislative session, a measure that changes the structure of a new business and occupation tax surcharge levied on some professional services and technology companies in order to create a more stable revenue stream for the state’s college grant program. The tax is to be put into a special account for higher education programs, with the largest beneficiary being the Washington College Grant program.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 10, 2020

Trump’s budget focuses on cuts to ed, with one big add

Seeking to revive national interest in trade careers, the president’s proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021 seeks a $900 million increase for career and technical education (CTE). But the jump in CTE funding would come amidst significant cuts to other programs important for many community colleges. Although some of the increase to CTE would go specifically toward secondary programs, $680 million would go to the basic state grants program, which would receive a total of $2 billion.
Community College Daily, Feb. 10, 2020 

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