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News Links | February 25, 2020

February 25, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Become an expert to recession proof your career

... A case in point, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) offers training and education in the broad field of Computer-Aided Design (CAD), once known as Drafting. The college specializes in the areas of Architecture, Civil, and Mechanical Design technologies. Students can learn about all three during their studies. By having a broader skillset, understanding, and knowledge these areas, they are at an advantage during a recession. 
Redmond Reporter, Feb. 25, 2020

A nod to tradespeople, LCC welders install new Downtown Longview sculpture

... Powers joined nearly 50 other people on Saturday at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Vandercook Way for a first look at “Building America,” a temporary addition to the Longview Outdoor Gallery designed and constructed by Lower Columbia College welding instructor David Pittsley and his student, Mark Speranza. “We hope our sculpture fills you with the same sense of pride it fills (us),” Pittsley said just before unveiling the sculpture. “We hope it inspires future tradesmen … at this gateway to LCC.”
The Daily News, Feb. 24, 2020

Washington community college leader wants to double completion rates — while closing big racial equity gaps

The leader of Washington’s community and technical college system says she wants to set an ambitious goal: doubling completion rates at the state’s two-year schools by 2030. Related to this goal, community college leaders across the state say there is a particular urgency to close completion gaps between white students and underrepresented students of color. “Our goal is to move those completion rates faster than the other completion rates,” said Jan Yoshiwara, executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. “The whole issue of eliminating equity gaps is the central theme around our new vision statement.”
The Seattle Times, Feb. 23, 2020

Walla Walla prison inmates study for a better life, inside and outside the walls

Brent Caulk, dean of Walla Walla Community College’s re-entry education program at Washington State Penitentiary, says he hears it all the time: Why is tax money being spent on educating prison inmates? Why do criminals get free college while law-abiding people don’t? Then there’s the question of the penitentiary’s partnership with Walla Walla Community College, an institution that is mired in a harsh financial reality right now. The answers to such concerns have a lot of layers, Caulk said, including well-established facts about recidivism and safer communities.
Union-Bulletin, Feb. 23, 2020

Pierce County ready for coronavirus outbreak as officials calm nervous public, fight stigma

... Pierce County colleges and universities, all of which have international students enrolled, also are monitoring the outbreak closely and coordinating efforts with each other, said Tacoma Community College spokeswoman Tamyra Howser. “We have also reached out to our International students and offered our support,” Howser said. “TCC is following the lead of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and their primary message is the risk to the public is low.”
The News Tribune, Feb. 23, 2020

LCC's annual welding competition gives high schools experience, exposure

It was a night of sparks, sweat and learning at Lower Columbia College. When it was over, a vocational school from the Portland area emerged as the winner of the college’s 13th annual high school welding competition Thursday night. A team of students from the Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center claimed the top honor after coming in a close second last year.
Sabin-Schellenberg senior Ricky Hoff said it took a lot of practice to bring the center its first top finish after participating for seven years. “We knew what we had to do,” Hoff said. “We kept practicing until we perfected it.”
The Daily News, Feb. 22, 2020

Greats become art in EvCC’s African American history project

Nurnissa Rozi isn’t studying art. She’s an Everett Community College engineering student. Even so, on Wednesday the 19-year-old applied paint to canvas, creating a colorful image of a powerful quote: “Black history is American history.” Attributed to actor Morgan Freeman, the quotation and similar thoughts are echoed by many as the nation observes what federal agencies now call African American History Month. In an art room at EvCC’s Whitehorse Hall, students put creativity to use at an event called “In Living Color: Celebrating Black Excellence.”
Everett Herald, Feb. 21, 2020

Clark College names new president

Clark College has its next president: Karin Edwards, currently president at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus. The college’s board of trustees voted unanimously Friday to offer the position to Edwards, who brings 36 years of community college experience. The announcement ends nearly a yearlong search process following the retirement of Bob Knight. Interim President Sandra Fowler-Hill is expected to end her term sometime over the summer. “Edwards is an incredible leader,” said trustee Paul Speer. “When you look at her track record, what you find is an individual who is incredibly aligned with the values of Clark College.”
The Columbian, Feb. 21, 2020

Well-known chef retires from culinary institute at Spokane Community College

Chef Peter Tobin is retiring from teaching at the Inland Northwest Culinary Institute at Spokane Community College in June. Tobin started teaching in 1989 and has had hundreds of students. He’s taught some of Spokane’s most successful chefs including Jeremy Hansen and Adam Hegsted. He graduated from the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America in New York. He worked in many of the top ski resorts in the country before he started teaching in Spokane.  Tobin also cooked for the Seattle Seahawks during their training camps in Cheney and later when they moved back to west side of the state. [Video]
KREM 2, Feb. 21, 2020

Two new vice presidents named at Everett Community College

Everett Community College is welcoming two new vice presidents – Cathy Leaker, vice president of Instruction, and Robert Hill, vice president of Student Services. Leaker and Hill were hired after a national search and visits to campus this month that included student, employee and community forums. They will start July 1. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Leaker and Dr. Hill to Everett Community College. I am looking forward to working with them to enhance our efforts at increasing student achievement for many years to come,” said EvCC President Daria J. Willis.
My Everett News, Feb. 20, 2020

High school students visit Skagit Valley College for Try-A-Trade Day

Skagit Valley College hosted 213 students from 13 local high schools Thursday during Try-A-Trade Day. The students had the opportunity to learn about several trades and gain hands-on experience during group sessions in 12 college departments. Departments open to the students included allied health, automotive, culinary arts, diesel technology, early childhood education, environmental conservation, health and fitness, human services, manufacturing, nursing, PRLEA/BLERA and welding. The program is designed to give students exposure to career possibilities outside the typical four-year college route.
Skagit Valley Herald, Feb. 20, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

New bells and whistles for

The U.S. Department of Education’s website now has a number of new tools, including an aid summary that lets borrowers see information about both their loans and grants, including the progress they’re making toward paying off their debt. Borrowers will also be able to set up alerts to let them know when a payment is coming due. Among other tools now on the site, according to a department news release, is a personalized loan simulator that will allow borrowers to compare repayment plans. 
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 25, 2020

Bringing the international experience home to students

The U.S. State Department has recognized 25 public two-year colleges for their Fulbright U.S. Scholars — faculty, researchers and administrators — for the 2019-20 academic year. The Fulbright program aims to increase mutual understanding between people in the U.S. and other countries. Each of the noted two-year colleges had one Fulbright Scholar for the academic year, except LaGuardia Community College in New York, which has two. Although 25 scholars represent just a blip among the 900 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators who receive the award annually, it still has a powerful impact on the selected community colleges and their students.
Community College Daily, Feb. 25, 2020

Partnerships to develop more teachers

... Educators say community colleges, with their local enrollments and focuses, are natural training grounds for future teachers. “Teacher labor markets are hyperlocal, with most teachers choosing to work within 15 miles of their hometowns,” the Center for American Progress pointed out in a recent report. Renee Marshall, statewide representative for the California Community Colleges Teacher Preparation Programs, said research shows about 60 percent of the state’s teachers have a connection with a community college. “We’ve traditionally thought that for teacher preparation you go straight to a four-year college,” she said. “But we’ve found that a lot of students who are considering being teachers actually spend a few years at a community college.”
Community College Daily, Feb. 24, 2020

Most adults favor free public college, Pew finds

Pew Research Center has found that American adults generally favor making public colleges tuition-free for all American students. But there are still divisions in support based on political party and age. The research center, in a study conducted in January, found that 63 percent of American adults favor making public college tuition-free. Of those, 37 percent strongly favor it. About one-third oppose the proposal, and 21 percent strongly oppose it. By party lines, over 80 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents in the study favored free public college. Among Republicans, only 39 percent supported the proposal.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 24, 2020

Facial recognition surveillance on campus

The University of California, Los Angeles, was the first university to openly propose using facial recognition software for security surveillance. Now it's the first to openly drop that plan. But whether other colleges are using the technology behind closed doors remains to be seen. ... The problems with the software are multifaceted, Greer said. It’s well documented that the current technology doesn’t always work as intended. It’s routinely bad at identifying women and nonwhite people. That means those groups are more likely to face both the annoying aspects of being misidentified (like being locked out of a dorm) and the dangerous ones (like being wrongly accosted by police).
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 21, 2020

Tracking community college bachelor's degrees

Almost half of the states (23) now allow community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees to help meet workforce demands, increase access to educational and career advancement opportunities, address college affordability, and increase degree attainment rates, according to a new report from the Education Commission of the States. ECS also described pros and cons as well as seven core elements of states' policies on community colleges' ability to offer four-year degrees.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 21, 2020

Research on prospective adult students

Prospective adult college students with greater access to postsecondary capital (defined as an accumulation of economic capacity, personal confidence and academic confidence) tend to seek more advanced postsecondary credentials, which lead to greater career advancement. Their peers who lack sufficient access to postsecondary capital, however, may retreat from new credential attainment or gravitate toward shorter, transactional and skills-based programs.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 21, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

White House to promote alternatives to the [four-year] degree

The Ad Council, which was behind the Smokey Bear and “Just Say No” campaigns for the U.S. government, is set to launch a national advertising promotion for postsecondary education and training alternatives to the four-year college degree. The "groundbreaking" national campaign will be led by the nonprofit Ad Council in “close association” with IBM, Apple and the White House, the council said. The ads "will shine a light on how young and working adults can develop the skills in demand for today’s job market," a council spokeswoman said in a written statement, while also seeking to "raise awareness of the wide variety of educational options available, such as coding bootcamps, on-the-job apprenticeships, certifications, associate’s degrees and more."
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 24, 2020

Democratic senators oppose religious freedom rule

The top Democrat on the Senate’s education committee and 15 other Democratic senators oppose U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s religious freedom rule, saying it would allow more religious institutions to discriminate against gay people and women. In a letter to DeVos on Wednesday, Senator Patty Murray of Washington and the other senators said the proposed rule would expand exemptions to Title IX of the Higher Education Act “that could provide federally-funded faith-based institutions and student organizations a license to discriminate against students, employees and beneficiaries who are LGBTQIA+, as well as women.”
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 20, 2020

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