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News Links | March 3, 2020

March 03, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

SPSCC’s Craft Brewing & Distillery program now accepting applications

Admissions for the Craft Brewing & Distillery program at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) opens March 2, 2020 and extends until April 30, 2020. Students in the SPSCC Craft Brewing & Distilling program work in world-class facilities with local brewers, distillers, and cider makers to learn what it takes to be a part of the craft beverage community. ... SPSCC is proud to be the nation’s first associate degree program in craft brewing, distilling, and cider making, and a partner in Tumwater’s new Craft District.
Thurston Talk, March 2, 2020

Coronavirus quarantines and more

Colleges continue to grapple with how to respond to the new coronavirus, COVID-19, as public health officials report community spread of the virus in California, Oregon and Washington State. ... Lake Washington Institute of Technology said officials learned on Saturday that a nursing professor and 16 of its students were at a nursing and rehabilitation facility late last week where two confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported. The college's president, Amy Morrison, said in a statement that the college would be closed Monday and Tuesday to continue disinfecting and cleaning the campus, and that all large community and college events for the week are canceled.
Inside Higher Ed, March 2, 2020

Auto techs in the making: Clark College automotive program has 100 percent job placement

Not all students attending Clark College in Vancouver sit in a classroom for the entire day. Some spend the day working on vehicles of all shapes and sizes in the automotive shop on the campus. From brand new Honda Civics and several Toyota Prius models to 2016 Toyota Tacomas, students in the Clark College Automotive Technologies Program get hands-on experience in auto repair. “All of our programs are meant for career-minded students,” Automotive Technologies Department head and instructor Tonia Haney said. 
The Reflector, March 2, 2020

Demand for BBCC’s food pantry at critical mass, donations needed

Big Bend Community College's Viking Food Pantry is a popular commodity among students, faculty, and staff. However, adequate inventory is harder to sustain due to exponential demand. [Video]
iFiber One, March 2, 2020

Clark County Public Health testing seven people for coronavirus

... WSU and Clark College have also both launched their incident response teams — groups of staff from across the colleges who meet daily to review the latest news about the virus and decide how to respond. ... Clark College spokeswoman Kelly Love also urged people to remember the virus is “not contained to any one geographical region or culture” and to “provide some grace.”
The Columbian, March 2, 2020

Bellevue College president, vice president out after mural on Japanese American incarceration was altered

The president of Bellevue College and one of the college’s vice presidents will be leaving their jobs, the school announced Monday, in response to the vice president’s decision to alter a campus mural of two Japanese American children in a World War II incarceration camp by removing a reference to anti-Japanese agitation by Eastside businessmen. The college said it has “begun to separate” from President Jerry Weber and Gayle Colston Barge, vice president of institutional advancement. Provost Kristen Jones will serve as acting president, board of trustees Chair Rich Fukutaki announced at a Monday news conference.
The Seattle Times, March 2, 2020

Marysville City Council president earns leadership accolade: Foundation donates $1.5 million for STEM 

The Hazel Miller Foundation has given $1.5 million to the Edmonds Community College STEM campaign. Hazel Miller lived in Edmonds for more than 30 years. After her death in 2009, the foundation was created to benefit the people of Edmonds and South Snohomish County. The money will go toward the college’s new 70,000-square-foot STEM and Nursing building, as well as STEM scholarships, programs and technology. The building is set to open in September. According to the community college’s research, about 1 million students will use the STEM and Nursing building during its lifetime.
The Everett Herald, March 2, 2020

Edmonds CC student Vinicius Armucho honored with Transforming Lives award

The Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees awarded Vinicius Armucho with its 2020 Transforming Lives award. “Vinicius exemplifies the kind of student we hope to support and foster through an education at Edmonds CC and is well-deserving of this honor and recognition,” said Edmonds CC President Dr. Amit B. Singh. The award is given annually to a student whose life was transformed by attending Edmonds CC and who also overcame significant barriers to achieve his or her educational goals.
MLT News, March 1, 2020

Guest column | The wagon is coming – adaptability is essential – is higher education ready?

... Higher education institutions are under increasing pressure to prove the market value of degrees and credentials – immediately and in the long-term. Increasingly, employers believe that U.S. colleges aren’t producing enough graduates with the skills companies need. Therefore, corporations are partnering with higher education and alternative credentialing programs to build worker pipelines. Innovative partnerships are being developed locally. Last fall, Wenatchee Valley College teamed up with Confluence Health to usher in a new Pharmacy Technician program designed to meet increased community demand. This effort co-funds a program director and increases the likelihood of local talent filling local positions.
Wenatchee World, March 1, 2020

$1.5 million Kennewick wine village opens in March near downtown waterfront

... Victor de la Luz, their current winemaker, joined Gordon in 2017, although Nelson said they also have used top industry consultants, including Charlie Hoppes’ Wine Boss team. “We’re not afraid to ask for expertise and opinion,” Nelson said. De la Luz is a product of Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking and viticulture program, and joins two of his fellow program graduates, Freddy Arredondo of Cave B and Victor Palencia of Monarcha Winery.
Tri-City Herald, March 1, 2020

RTC president awarded fellowship

Renton Technical College (RTC) President is one of 25 in the nation taking place in a prestigious fellowship. Kevin McCarthy will be joining the 2020-21 inaugural class of the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship. A RTC press release that’s the new initiative is meant to support community college presidents so they can accelerate transformation change for their students. ... “McCarthy is committed to student success and equity, and he has advanced both as president,” Frieda Takamura, chair of the RTC Board of Trustees, stated in a RTC press release. “This is a wonderful opportunity for him to learn even more about how to best serve RTC students now and in the future.” 
Renton Reporter, Feb. 29, 2020

She helps 2nd Harvest fight hunger. Now she’s going to help fill minds

A Second Harvest executive will now be helping to make sure students’ minds are fed as well as their bodies. Holly Siler, Second Harvest Northwest’s senior vice president of projects, was picked by Gov. Jay Inslee to fill a spot on the Columbia Basin College’s board of trustees. She is replacing Sherry Armijo, who reached the maximum number of terms she could serve. Siler will serve a five-year term on the board.
Tri-City Herald, Feb. 29, 2020

Changemakers: Foundation gives college scholarships to former inmates in need of ‘second chance’

Have you ever wanted a do-over? A second chance to live your best life? Meet two local men who know what it feels like to be down and out - and are determined to lift people up, regardless of poor decisions they've made in the past. Kyle Von Stroberg spent years of his life in and out of jail for drugs and petty crimes. The 38-year-old thought the door leading to a career would be shut forever, until 2013. He was walking out of jail - again - when a guard suggested something he never thought possible: go to college. "Right then and there, we signed up for school," he said. Skagit Valley College not only welcomed him with open arms, the college also offered financial aid.
Q13 Fox, Feb. 28, 2020

Spokane community colleges help hungry, homeless students

A new national study has shined a light on a persistent problem across college campuses: homelessness and hunger. The #RealCollege Survey is a national analysis of basic needs insecurity among college students. ... Spokane Falls Community College Acting Vice President of Learning Jim Brady said the trend makes sense with rising tuition and the cost of living. “It’s not a complete surprise that these conditions exist, but the extent to which they are acute needs, ya, that’s always a surprise because you don’t want that,” Brady said. Administrators with both Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College said they have had programs in place for years to combat these issues, including a free food pantry.
KXLY, Feb. 28, 2020

WVC participates in Chelan County jail’s new reintroduction program

Wenatchee Valley College was one of eight agencies to participate recently in Chelan County jail’s newest reintroduction classes. ... WVC Education and Career Planner Amy Olson said many people are unaware someone with a criminal record can still enroll at the college and most are eligible for state or federal financial aid. “Most participants had some interest in WVC programs, and also just being able to give information about what we have to offer and having some faces that they could seek out later on campus was beneficial,” Amy Olson said.
iFiber One, Feb. 28, 2020

Bates: New Fire Service program director specializes in truck company and fire ground operations

Bates Technical College recently hired Todd Wernet as Fire Service Director. Wernet brings 35 years of Fire Service background to the college. Most recently, Wernet served as the emergency preparedness coordinator for The Boeing Company in Seattle. Previously, he was the assistant chief of operations and the interim fire chief for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant (DCPP) Fire Department on the Central Coast of California.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 28, 2020

W.F. West, Centralia College partnership yielding results, administrators say

The Chehalis School District and the Chehalis Foundation formalized a partnership with Centralia College in 2017 in an effort to get 60 percent of W.F. West High School students to earn a college or vocational credential after high school — a goal that the district calls the Student Achievement Initiative. Three years later, they’re seeing results. Of the graduating W.F. West class of 2017, which included about 200 students, 49 percent have graduated from Centralia College within two years of finishing high school — a 10 percent increase from graduates seen in 2015 and 2016, according to a press release from Centralia College. 
The Daily Chronicle, Feb. 28, 2020

Centralia College participates in statewide study finding widespread housing insecurities for students

Centralia College was one of 28 colleges that took part in a report published Monday by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges that found six out of 10 students in the state experienced hunger or housing insecurities over the past year. Around 13,550 students from technical and community colleges took part in the statewide survey, which was part of the nation’s largest assessment of basic-needs security among college students, a press release from the Board for Community and Technical Colleges said. 
The Daily Chronicle, Feb. 28, 2020

Five Big Bend students headed to national ag competition

Five students from the Big Bend Community College Agriculture program have qualified to compete at the National Professional Agricultural Student Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota next month. The national conference includes about 600 career-ready professional agricultural students, college advisors and industry representatives. It gives students an opportunity to network with industry professionals, go on agriculture tours and participate in career exploration activities.
iFiber One, Feb. 27, 2020

Wells Hall mountain is a temporary feature on WVC campus

The mountain that has risen in the middle of Wenatchee Valley College’s campus shouldn’t last long enough to be identified on any new maps. The geologic feature made from dirt excavated as part of the new Wells Hall project is the result of lessons learned 14 years ago with the construction of Wenatchi Hall, said Brett Riley, vice president of administrative services. In that project, contractors hit a layer of clay soil during the excavation, which had to be removed and replaced with fill dirt. By the time the clay was discovered, all the dirt from the initial excavation had been hauled away. The contractor had to then haul it back.
Wenatchee World, Feb. 27, 2020

Wenatchee Valley College machining program gets $10K

A $10,000 grant to Wenatchee Valley College’s machining program will likely shorten its wish list. The Gene Haas Foundation awarded the program for the second time recently. Over the last two years, the grant purchased over $15,000 worth of personal tools for 10 student sand has provided $4,500 for Skills USA students to attend state and national conferences. Thanks to the grant, first year and second year students received all the tools required for courses in the program. WVC machining faculty Micky Jennings said that being gifted high-quality tools removes a financial barrier for students and sets them up for success after college.
iFiber One, Feb. 26, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Education Department creates coronavirus task force

Betsy DeVos, the U.S. secretary of education, announced Thursday that the Education Department is creating a task force to prepare for the possible impacts of the coronavirus. DeVos made the announcement during her appearance before the appropriations committee of the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss the Trump administration's proposed budget. Mitchell “Mick” Zais, the deputy secretary, will lead the task force. A spokeswoman for the department said in an email that the group will "lead the agency’s continuity of operations plan and run point on the interagency work."
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 28, 2020

States continue to see increases in completion rates

Twenty-seven states saw at least a one percentage-point increase in their community college completion rate, compared to 22 states that saw similar increases for public four-year starters, the center’s report says. The completion rate for community college starters increased three percentage points or more in eight states: Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming. Among public four-year starters, only Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio made comparable gains, the center says.
Community College Daily, March 3, 2020

A rejuvenated push for HEA

.... The JOBS Act, introduced last year by Kaine and Sen. Bob Portman (R-Ohio), would allow students to use Pell grants for certain short-term programs, an idea that has garnered growing support over the past few years among community college advocates and lawmakers. Although the proposal has bipartisan support, some question whether the earnings of students who use Pell for short-term programs would equal that of students who use traditional Pell grants to help pay for their college, Kaine said.
Community College Daily, March 3, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

A missing puzzle piece in the federal-state partnership landscape

With college costs on the rise and state investments dipping lower, policymakers, communities, colleges, and universities are looking for different models of funding to jump-start greater investment in higher education. During a keynote speech last year, Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, stated that the reauthorization of a new Higher Education Act “must include a state-federal partnership to promote new investments in our students and families and to pave affordable pathways to higher education."
New America, March 3, 2020

What the future will look like for work, colleges

For more than a century, automotive engineers have focused much of their attention on making vehicles as comfortable, safe and convenient as possible for drivers. They’ve perfected the positioning of the steering wheel and gas pedal. Experimented with the best way to arrange knobs and controls. Determined the optimum placement of mirrors and other accessories. What happens to all of this knowledge as cars become driverless? More important, how will an automotive engineer’s job change—and what new skills and knowledge will become essential to performing it?
Community College Daily, March 3, 2020

Higher ed deal in the works?

Senator Lamar Alexander is seeing time ticking down on passing a rewrite of the nation’s main higher education law this year, and during his career. Though he didn’t say it is a drop-dead deadline, the Tennessee Republican and chair of the Senate's education committee said in little-noticed remarks two weeks ago before a group of community college trustees that he wants to have a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act passed by his committee by the end of March -- or only about a month from now. ... “I think we can make some progress if we get out of our committee by the end of March,” he said of working with Washington senator Patty Murray on the bill, according to a transcript made available by his staff of his Feb. 11 remarks at the Association of Community College Trustees’ annual legislative summit.
Inside Higher Ed, March 2, 2020

Senate might rebuke DeVos on borrower defense

For all of President Trump’s controversial policies, it has been rare for the Republican Senate to formally condemn the administration. But lobbyists on both sides of the debate over U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's borrower-defense rule say it’s increasingly possible that the Republican Senate could join the Democratic House in rebuking the administration over the rule critics say makes it harder for defrauded students to have their education loans forgiven.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 28, 2020


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