Community and technical college board to act on system-wide math plan and applied bachelor’s degrees
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will convene
Wednesday and Thursday at Clark College in Vancouver for its May meeting.
At its Wednesday study session, the board will hear a progress report on the innovative Limited Legal License Technician (LLLT) program one year after its launch and a presentation on college readiness courses as high school students move into college.
The LLLT program, started in 2014 at Highline College and Edmonds, Tacoma and Spokane community colleges, offers a way for students to earn a credential so they can provide legal help in family law directly to their clients, without oversight by an attorney. Clark College plans to start a LLLT program later this year. The community colleges offer core courses and family law specialty areas are taught by the University of Washington. Program leaders are looking to expand it to other colleges and specialty areas.
Board members will also hear how the community and technical college system is partnering with K-12 school districts to help make sure students are ready for college-level work. Students scoring high enough on Smarter Balanced assessments their junior year and students passing Bridge to College courses their senior year can bypass college placement exams and move directly into college math and English courses.
Also during the work session, board members will hear about efforts to improve college access for undocumented students.
The board on Thursday will convene its regular business meeting to give direction on budget allocations and tuition policy for the 2016 fiscal year and vote on a system-wide strategic plan to help students successfully complete precollege and college-level math courses. The board will also give final consideration to applied baccalaureate degrees at Grays Harbor College (Aberdeen), Green River College (Auburn), Spokane Falls Community College, Tacoma Community College, Whatcom Community College (Bellingham) and Yakima Valley Community College. If approved, these would be the first applied baccalaureate degree programs at Grays Harbor, Tacoma and Whatcom.
The business meeting and study session will be held in Gaiser Hall at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver. Meeting agenda and background materials are posted at the State Board website.
Both meetings are open to the public.