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News Links | February 20, 2020

February 20, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

In college and homeless

... But so far, most campuses, even those hardest hit by student homelessness, have failed to provide broad solutions, in part because those solutions are costly, and because there is limited research on what the best fixes actually are. Student advocates have pushed nonprofits to finance pilot programs, to both assist students in a crunch and provide reams of data on what really works. At one program, at Tacoma Community College in Washington, administrators in 2014 partnered with the Tacoma Housing Authority to provide housing to dozens of students. Initial student tracking found 60 percent of the students in the program graduated or remained enrolled, compared with 16 percent of an equally challenged comparison group, who had not been helped. The program is being expanded to assist students at the University of Washington, as well.
The New York Times, Feb. 20, 2020

Comedian to perform at Peninsula College

... Rodrigues last performed at Peninsula College in 2015. “Corey felt like part of the family when he was here back in 2015,” said Rick Ross, associate dean for athletics and student life. “Everyone loved him. He’s not only a polished and professional comedian, but he’s a genuinely funny guy. We’re excited to have him back.” Rodrigues was selected as one of TBS’s “Comics to Watch” at the New York Comedy Fest. He also was voted “Best of the Fest” at the Big Pine Comedy Festival.
Peninsula Daily News, Feb. 20, 2020

Renton Technical College dean chosen as vice president for Student Services at Highline College

Aaron Reader has been named vice president at Highline College. He will oversee the college’s Student Services division. The division manages several departments and programs, including Advising, Admissions, Running Start, Women’s Programs, Financial Aid, TRiO, International Student Programs, Athletics, Center for Cultural and Inclusive Excellence and Center for Leadership and Service. “I look forward to the opportunity to learn the division, build trust and relationships, and learn the needs of our students,” Reader said. ... Within the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Reader is a core member of the Guided Pathways leadership team and is chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion council. 
Kent Reporter, Feb. 19, 2020

WWCC presents Capstone Kitchen dinners for those looking for adventurous dining

It’s hard to imagine a richer taste of education than the spoonful of cauliflower puree soup elevated by a seasoning of herbs, nuts and spices and emboldened by the perfect pinch of crushed red Aleppo chiles. ... This is Capstone Kitchen, the temporary restaurant that signals the culminating chapter for students of the Culinary Arts program at Walla Walla Community College. For seven years now, aspiring chefs have sharpened their new skills twice a year at the popup eatery, via showcase lunch menus that include appetizers, salads and entrees. The concept was born of a need to have students ready to jump into the booming restaurant industry upon graduation from WWCC.
Union-Bulletin, Feb. 19, 2020

2020 Shoreline Short Short Film Festival: That's a wrap on year 4

A juried selection of 16 short films made by emerging and professional filmmakers working in Washington were screened in front of a SOLD OUT audience (so amazing!) at the 4th Annual Shoreline Short Short Film Festival last Saturday at the Shoreline Community College Theater! ... Kevin Sheen, Publicity Manager for Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and crew of the short film Blind Spot, which was written, directed, and produced by Shoreline Community College students and alumni [Image].
Shoreline Area News, Feb. 14, 2020

Shoreline Community College welcomes inaugural #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship recipients

Maral Atayeva, a native of Turkmenistan, and Yara Musad, from the Republic of Sudan, began their studies at Shoreline Community College this fall thanks in part to the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship offered through a partnership between Shoreline’s International Education department and The Shoreline Community College Foundation. #YouAreWelcomeHere began in 2016 as a nationwide social media campaign led by Temple University. It evolved from a viral hashtag to a scholarship given out by more than 50 U.S. colleges and universities in 2019.
Shoreline Area News, Feb. 14, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

A shared responsibility

When college mental health care providers and students talk about campus mental health resources, two very different perspectives emerge. Students who have experienced mental illnesses themselves see the availability of on-campus services as one of the core responsibilities of the institutions they attend. They believe that if those services aren’t being utilized or are found by students to be inadequate, it’s up to the college to adjust. College-based mental health providers consider themselves central to student well-being and academic achievement. They want to help as many students as possible but say the need for services well exceeds what their centers are funded to provide.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 20, 2020

Promising but tough road for OER degree pathways

A new study of an initiative focused on developing academic pathways for courses that use open education resources (OER) shows promising results for the programs, but they also face challenges in continuing. In general, most colleges’ OER efforts are for single courses and are not connected. But an initiative started by Achieving the Dream (ATD) nearly three years ago aimed to help community colleges build a cohesive set of courses that aligned toward a degree. The new study by SRI Education and the rpg Group examined the academic and economic effect of the OER Degree Initiative on the 38 participating community colleges and their students.
Community College Daily, Feb. 20, 2020

March SAT for Chinese students canceled due to coronavirus

The College Board canceled the March SAT administration in China and said it had canceled "the registrations of students who appear to be traveling from China to other countries to take the SAT" due to concerns about spreading the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The SAT cancellations follow on cancellations of February test administrations in China for several other major college entrance exams -- the ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT and GRE -- fueling concerns about the impact of the public health crisis on Chinese student enrollments in the U.S.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 19, 2020

MIT to caption online videos after discrimination lawsuit

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has agreed to provide captions for more of its publicly available online videos as part of a settlement announced Tuesday in a case that accused the school of discriminating against people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The settlement comes months after a similar deal was reached in a lawsuit brought against Harvard University by the National Association of the Deaf, which said the schools were discriminating against people with hearing disabilities by not adequately or accurately captioning videos of lectures and other programs it posts online.
PBS News Hour, Feb. 18, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

(PHOTOS) Rep. Dan Newhouse visits Columbia Basin College’s Ironworks Apprenticeship facility

Rep. Dan Newhouse took a tour of the Columbia Basin College Ironworkers Apprenticeship facility on Tuesday morning. Newhouse met with students to discuss how the program is preparing apprentices for the workforce in the Tri-Cities and throughout Washington state. There are currently 118 students in the program.
YakTriNews, Feb. 18, 2020

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