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News Links | February 13, 2020

February 13, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Economic forecast night highlights workforce, education

... Keegan said while [Skagit Valley College] focuses on providing career and technical training, he believes a liberal arts education is more important than ever. “Our graduates will not only have multiple jobs, but multiple careers, and that requires the ability to be flexible and accept change,” he said. “Employers want technical skills, but also want people that can communicate, be a member of a team, and people that can think critically.” He said there are multiple pathways to a bachelor’s degree, such as earning a two-year degree first. He added that those who earn a four-year degree have higher incomes over time.
Skagit Valley Herald, Feb. 12, 2020

Bellevue College introduces Tombolo Institute

Today, Bellevue College has launched Tombolo Institute. Formed from the Bellevue College Continuing Education (BCCE) division, Tombolo Institute will offer industry-aligned non-credit courses and programs along with industry-based certifications aligned with specific job roles for those looking to transition into or advance in the business, technology and healthcare fields. "Local employers are expanding rapidly, and their businesses need employees with skills honed to their specific needs," said Al Lewis, Vice President of Economic Workforce Development at Bellevue College.
Yahoo Finance, Feb. 11, 2020

Bellingham SCORE and Whatcom Community College mentor local entrepreneurs

... In 2018 alone, the SCORE Bellingham chapter helped 105 new businesses get started, created 131 non-owner jobs, and provided 974 chapter services. SCORE is partially funded by the federal government with a grant from the Small Business Administration, but its success is due primarily to the dedication and passion of its volunteers. SCORE is offering upcoming workshops through Whatcom Community College: “Starting Your Own Business” on February 22, 2020, and “Writing a Business Plan” on March 7, 2020.
Whatcom Talk, Feb. 11, 2020

Battle Ground native wins aviation scholarship

Battle Ground native Sophie Robinson was recently selected as a winner of a Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship will be used to continue education in her aviation career. Robinson follows in the footsteps of her father, stepmother, grandfather and three aunts and uncles as a pilot. Raised in Battle Ground, Robinson now attends the commercial pilot program at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.
The Reflector, Feb. 10, 2020

Logan’s ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ takes Peninsula College talent show crown

With a rendition of “Tennessee Whiskey” that closed out 2020 Peninsula’s Got Talent Show to a standing ovation, Samantha Logan of Neah Bay took top honors in the event at Peninsula College on Feb. 7. For her effort, Logan was awarded a $500 scholarship and an opportunity to perform at the upcoming Juan de Fuca Festival. Port Angeles Running Start student Katie Cobb won second place and a $300 scholarship with a vocal/piano performance of “Good Morning.”
Sequim Gazette, Feb. 10, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

White supremacist activity on campus hits record high

Distribution of white supremacist fliers, leaflets and stickers on college campuses reached an all-time high last year, according to new data released by the Anti-Defamation League this week. The U.S.-based international organization, which fights anti-Semitism and hate directed at other specific groups of people, reported that white supremacist propaganda distribution more than doubled in the United States in 2019 and totaled 2,713 reported cases nationwide, compared to 1,214 reported cases in 2018.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 13, 2020

Endowments at 2-year colleges

Large endowments often make headlines in higher education, but it's rare to see a community college in the mix. That doesn't mean two-year colleges avoid fundraising, though. "Within the last couple of decades, [community colleges] have by and large started to come into their own by recognizing the power of fundraising," said Marc Westenburg, director of the Center for Community College Advancement at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 12, 2020

University of Puget Sound professor helps to create math textbooks in Braille

... Now, mathematicians across the country have collaborated to automate that process. One of them is Rob Beezer, a mathematics professor at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He developed a system called PreTeXt for converting open-source textbooks to online versions and has adapted it to create Braille versions. Beezer said he can transfer a file to Al Maneki, a mathematician and senior STEM advisor to the National Federation of the Blind.
KNKX, Feb. 12, 2020

Flexibility and mission-driven accountability

... ED seeks to continue to move away from its previous “one size fits all” approach in gauging how well colleges serve their students, Auer Jones said. Too often, determining college success is based on the number of students a college graduates instead of basing success on colleges’ and students’ goals, including community service and transfers to four-year colleges, she said.
Community College Daily, Feb. 11, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Senate bill would build on TAACCCT

A bipartisan Senate bill introduced this week would create a grant program to help community colleges and states address changing workforce demands. The Assisting Community Colleges in Educating Skilled Students (ACCESS) to Careers Act would build on lessons learned in the much-lauded Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program (TAACCCT), according to Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) and Todd Young (R-Indiana), who introduced the bill. “It’s important that states make strategic investments to set students up for success in the constantly-evolving labor market, and the best training for high-wage, high-skill or in-demand jobs is often offered by community colleges,” Kaine said in a press release.
Career Center Daily, Feb. 12, 2020

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