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News Links | February 27, 2020

February 27, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

State of College sees seeds of progress

It’s been a tumultuous year for Clark College, and there were times during Interim President Sandra Fowler-Hill’s State of the College address when she called out the challenges of the past by name. But in her speech Wednesday, Fowler-Hill also looked toward the future of the Vancouver community college and progress that she said the campus will experience in the coming years. “This will be my only opportunity to share with you my thoughts about the state and the future of the college,” Fowler-Hill said. “I was hired eight months ago as your interim president to help lead during this year of transformational change. It has been my honor.”
The Columbian, Feb. 26, 2020

Wenatchee Valley College participates in survey: Reveals how many students face housing/food insecurity

A study, #RealCollege survey, based on 13,550 students, including Wenatchee Valley College participation, revealed six out of ten community or technical Washington college students face food and housing insecurity. For the survey, 41% of students had faced food insecurity in the prior 30 days and 51% had faced housing insecurity in the last 30 days. “The study gave us a really good idea of the actual percentages that students are facing here,” said Libby Siebens, community relations executive director.
560 KPQ, Feb. 26, 2020

LWTech students place fourth in national Codebreaker Challenge

Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s (LWTech) computer security and network technology (CSNT) program recently placed fourth out of more than 530 colleges and universities at the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Codebreaker Challenge online competition. LWTech students in the CSNT program gain skills to build careers in the computer technical support industry. The hands-on 15-month program covers a wide variety of information technology (IT) training, including troubleshooting physical and virtual networks, operating systems and data security.
Kirkland Reporter, Feb. 26, 2020

GHC grad receives Transforming Lives Award

Kristi Maldonado of Aberdeen has received a Transforming Lives Award from the Washington State Association of College Trustees. The awards recognize current and former students whose lives were transformed by attending a Washington community or technical college. Maldonado is the first recipient from Grays Harbor College in the program’s nine-year history. And, of the 34 honorees from all over the state, they were among just six who were chosen to give a keynote speech at the Feb. 17 awards event in Olympia. “It is crazy by far, being recognized from across the state,” they told The Daily World. “Some of the others are doing amazing things. It was a room full of overachievers!”
The Daily World, Feb. 26, 2020

About 1 in 5 Washington community-college students were homeless last year

More than half of Washington community-college students had trouble paying rent or had to move in with friends or relatives in the past year, according to a new report on food and housing insecurity among two-year college students. ... “We never had a way to track or have data,” said Christina Castorena, vice president for student services at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, where campus statistics mirrored the state’s averages. ... At Shoreline Community College, addressing food insecurity used to mean directing students to a “small cabinet” stocked with soup in a student resources center, said Sundi Musnicki, director of student leadership and residential life at the college. Now, through the college’s partnership with United Way, an office in the student union has full-time staff who offer students food and other goods. 
The Seattle Times, Feb. 25, 2020

Congressman Rick Larsen meets with Edmonds CC student leaders

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen met with members of the Associated Students of Edmonds Community College Board Monday to discuss issues facing students. Congressman Larsen represents the 2nd District, which includes Mountlake Terrace. The board advocates for college, local, state and national issues that directly affect students’ educational opportunities and access to those opportunities. The board also works to implement programs and services to increase student involvement on campus and initiatives to close the opportunity gap and promote an equitable and inclusive college community.
MLT News, Feb. 25, 2020

Big Bend Community College students assemble and donate sack lunches to Serve Moses Lake

It’s difficult to fathom that food is hard to come by, but it’s a reality for many in Grant County. That’s why students in Big Bend Community College’s TriO Upward Bound Program took the liberty of assembling 50 sack lunches for those in need. The sack lunch project was an acknowledgment to National TRiO Day. TRiO Day is celebrated across America each February to generate awareness about the importance of educational opportunities for low-income and/or first-generation students.
iFiber One, Feb. 25, 2020

Elizabeth Bock to go from the Evergreen State to the Emerald Isle

Elizabeth Bock took her time as a Running Start student seriously. She truly got a “running start” into her new career and will pursue higher education abroad. In the fall, she will attend Griffith College in Dublin, Ireland, after she has finished all her courses in the Clover Park Technical College Cosmetology program this summer. She plans to work in hair design while taking more courses in fashion, starting with her Art and Design Certificate while on the Emerald Isle.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 25, 2020

Over half of Seattle high school seniors apply for tuition-free college

More than half of Seattle Public Schools' graduating seniors applied for a program that offers free tuition for two years at community colleges in the city. Seattle Promise gives students the chance to attend one of Seattle's colleges -- North Seattle College, Seattle Central College or South Seattle College -- tuition-free for two years, or 90 credits, as part of the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise levy approved by Seattle voters in 2018.
KOMO News, Feb. 24, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Opinion: Getting campuses ready for the coronavirus

Predicting the path and impact of the coronavirus on colleges in the U.S. is impossible today. Nevertheless, the emergence of hot spots in South Korea, Iran and Italy has moved the world closer to potential pandemic. The U.S. government is responding by asking for $2.5 billion for prevention and response, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just warned Americans that an outbreak is likely, without a prediction of place or time. Although we are clearly not in an emergency state on U.S. college campuses, it is time to recognize risk and to prepare.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 27, 2020

Drilling down into distance education data

Over 1.5 million students studied toward online degrees at institutions in their home state last year, according to new distance education data released today. The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) has been collecting data on the number of out-of-state students studying online for the past four years. This year for the first time the report includes in-state students studying online in addition to out-of-state students studying online -- painting a much fuller picture of the online learning landscape.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 27, 2020

Go east (or north), regional accreditor

And they're off. Four months after the Education Department issued new rules that created the possibility of open competition among accrediting agencies -- and four months before the regulations take effect -- the accrediting body for California, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands announced Wednesday that it would consider approving colleges around the country. Among other things, the new regulations eliminate the historical restriction that regional accrediting agencies can accredit only colleges and universities located in their geographic regions (with exceptions for branch campuses of those institutions).
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 27, 2020

Overlap in labor market returns for diplomas and degrees

The annual wages of American workers who hold only a high school credential and are in the top half of earners within that group overlap with wages of the bottom half of earners among college graduates, according to a new report from the Manhattan Institute. In addition, the report found that the 75th percentile of earners among high school-only workers have higher wages than the 25th percentile of earners among college graduates -- meaning that every worker among the top 25 percent of high school graduates in annual wages outperforms every worker in the bottom 25 percent of college graduates.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 27, 2020

Latinx success is American success

... Various academic, financial, and sociocultural hurdles stand in their way. While these challenges begin with early inequities in education, some of the biggest issues for Latinx students are successfully transitioning from high school to college, and transferring from two-year to four-year colleges. For instance, almost half (44 percent) of Latinx college students nationwide are the first in their family to attend college, compared to 22 percent of white students—a significant disadvantage when it comes to negotiating the potential pitfalls of higher education.
New America, Feb. 27, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

CTE, Pell spared during contentious approps hearing

In a tension-filled House appropriations hearing Thursday about the president’s proposed 2021 budget for education, there was no political bickering around proposed funding increases for career and technical education (CTE) and expanding eligibility for Pell grants. Political bickering overshadowed a good part of the House education appropriations hearing, but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle asked U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the Trump administration’s proposal to boost funding for career and technical education by about $900 million and its plan to extend Pell Grant eligibility to qualifying inmates and for certain high-quality short-term programs.
Community College Daily, Feb. 27, 2020

Rising tensions between DeVos and democrats

Three weeks ago the U.S. House of Representatives' oversight committee threatened it might subpoena U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos if she didn’t confirm she would appear before the body on March 3 to answer an array of questions. It doesn’t sound like DeVos is going to go. Instead of an RSVP, the acting general counsel for the Education Department sent the committee a scathing letter pushing back at what he considers to be overreach by the committee -- and saying the subpoena threat “signals an unhealthy appetite for the abuse of congressional power.”
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 26, 2020

Bill aims to grow apprenticeships for college students

A bipartisan House bill introduced this week would create a new grant program to foster more registered apprenticeship opportunities for college students. The Student Apprenticeship Act, introduced by Reps. Ro Khanna (D-California) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania), would create a grant program that, in part, would allow students to earn college credit and an industry credential through apprenticeships. Participating employers would pay at least 25 percent of the student’s college tuition and fees.
Community College Daily, Feb. 26, 2020

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