News Links | February 11, 2020
System News | Opinion
... 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
... 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 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
... 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
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
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
... 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
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 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
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