Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
News Links | May 13, 2014
SYSTEM NEWS | OPINIONS
Solutions to the math deficit
To brainstorm solutions, Everett
Community College recently secured a $39,500 grant from
College Spark Washington, a Seattle foundation that focuses on low-income
students. The backdrop: Most incoming EvCC students require remedial math.
It's a deficiency that throws light on a strapped K-12 system graduating
students ill-prepared for college.
Everett Herald, May 13, 2014
Proposed rules affect for-profit schools, as well as Clark College. ... The
Board for Community and Technical Colleges oversees that
effort. It scrutinizes employment and earnings data of career certificate
programs through an agreement with the state Employment Security
The Columbian, May 12, 2014
Hard Work, Hard
Over the past year, Western Governors University (WGU) has been working
with 11 community colleges in five states as they create new
competency-based programs (with support from the U.S. Department of
Labor’s TAACCCT programs and the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation). We found that faculty are creatively adapting
to CBE based on their students’ needs and within their existing
practices. [Washington state colleges are: Bellevue College, Columbia Basin College,
College and Spokane
Falls Community College.]
Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2014
community colleges expand bachelor degree offerings
Washington’s community colleges have been adding bachelor degrees to their
program lineups for several years now, and the list keeps growing. .. Seattle Central College
is adding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). .. Highline Community College
is adding a bachelor of applied sciences degree in cybersecurity and
forensics, the first community college in Western Washington to do so.
Seattle College is adding a bachelor degree this fall
in sustainable building science technology.
The Seattle Times, May 12, 2014
EvCC to look at
Math can be a barrier for students seeking a college degree. To help
figure out which strategies work best to help students succeed in math, Everett Community College has
been awarded a $39,500 grant.
Everett Herald, May 12, 2014
Her long-deferred degree comes from online university
The music to “Pomp and Circumstance” makes her cry, so Sandra Braedt is
about to have a weepy month. Oldest daughter Kyra — born the year
Braedt turned 17 — will graduate from Seattle Central Community College in
June with an associate degree. “It took me six years to get my
two-year degree from Pierce
College, and I didn’t walk in the ceremony,” Braedt said.
“This time, I’m walking.”
The News Tribune, May 12, 2014
At EvCC's Early
Learning Center, it's no 'day care'
Holly McFaul grew up in Detroit. She was a first-generation college student
who now has two master's degrees. She cares deeply about education. Her
focus is on the youngest of all students. McFaul, 44, is the new
director of Everett
Community College's Early Learning Center, which
provides care and education to children ages 1 to 5.
Everett Herald, May 12, 2014
Knocks with New Option for TCC Paralegal Students Tacoma Community
College is one of four Washington community colleges to
offer a certification that enables paralegals to independently assist
clients with family law. The “Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT)”
certification is the first of its kind in the United States.
The Suburban Times, May 11, 2014
purchase of Olympia Way apartments Lower Columbia
College is finding homes away from home for its growing
international student population. The college’s board in April made
moves to purchase Oak Terrace, an 11-unit apartment complex at 1321 Olympia
Longview Daily News, May 10, 2014
education programs battle dropouts
We conducted a case study of the local Alternative Education Program,
hosted at the Walla
Walla Community College campus to evaluate how effective
this program is at re-engaging Latino students who were not on track to
graduate in mainstream high school.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, May 10, 2014
for awards that honor people in recovery
Seven years after she was released from prison with a sixth-grade
education, Miki Cabell is ready to pursue a Ph.D. ... In 2010, she
earned an associate degree from Grays
Harbor College. In June, she will graduate from The
Evergreen State College with a master’s degree in public administration and
tribal governance. This fall, she will begin a doctorate program, focusing
on social advocacy and marginalized people. Harvard University is among
four programs that have accepted her, Cabell said.
The Olympian, May 10, 2014
Veteran Symposium in the Tri-Cities, Helping Female Vets Get Help
Veterans face several challenges when they get out of the military, whether
that's finding a job or getting the health care they need. However,
most of the help out there for veterans is often geared towards men. That's
what one group of veterans at Columbia
Basin College is hoping to change.
KULR, May 9, 2014
Student Auto Skills State Competition
Twenty students from Washington State high schools compete for scholarship
money and the opportunity to travel to Dearborn, Michigan for the finals in
the annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition at Renton Technical College.
The Seattle Times, May 9, 2014
Students at Bellevue College depend on Metro Transit
David Rule, president
Bellevue College: The cut affects our college
directly, and I also worry about our rapidly growing region, reliant upon
the services community colleges such as BC provide. Without readily
available transit, many students face one more barrier to higher education
– a barrier that may prove to be the final straw for some.
Bellevue Reporter, May 9, 2014
State to stick
with new GED test
State education officials have decided to stick with the state's new GED
high school equivalency test and not adopt any of the
alternatives. The Washington
State Board for Community & Technical Colleges voted
Thursday to adopt staff recommendations in favor of the new GED, which the
state started using in January. Two other testing systems were examined
before the decision was made.
Everett Herald, May 9, 2014
College Chooses Robert Frost as Next President
College Board of Trustees has selected a new president to
succeed James Walton, who will retire at the end of the academic
year. Robert Frost will take the helm of Centralia College July 1, it
was announced Thursday. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of
The Chronicle, May 8, 2014
State board OKs
CBC Social Sciences Center
A new Social Sciences Center for Columbia
Basin College is a step closer to being built after getting
unanimous approval Thursday from the state Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The Tri-City Herald, May 8, 2014
TRENDS| HORIZONS | EDUCATION
A Boost for
Scott Freeman and the other scholars behind a new study comparing
the efficacy of lectures with more "active" forms of instruction
in the science classroom are not aiming low in describing the significance
of their findings.
Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2014
Spin-Off Expects $103 Million Hit From Probes
Navient, the loan-servicing company formerly known as Sallie
Mae, disclosed to investors Friday that it expects to pay an
additional $103 million to settle two federal investigations, on top of the
$70 million it already set aside last year for that purpose. The
company is facing investigations from the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation, the Department of Justice, and other federal and state
agencies over how it managed and processed the payments of student loan
borrowers, including active-duty servicemembers.
Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2014
introduces bill to boost veteran employment
To expand veterans’ access to long-term, good-paying jobs in the
manufacturing industry, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene introduced new
legislation May 9 to boost skills training for U.S. veterans and
servicemembers who are re-entering the civilian workforce.
Bothell Reporter, May 10, 2014
Ted Mitchell as Top U.S. Higher-Education Official
The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Ted Mitchell, the chief executive of
a nonprofit educational-venture fund and a former president of Occidental
College, as the Education Department’s top higher-education official.
President Obama nominated Mr. Mitchell for the job in October 2013.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 9, 2014
System: an International Perspective
As an observer of global university rankings, I’ve followed the debate about
President Obama’s proposed college-ratings system with great
interest—and growing incredulity. ... The popularity of such rankings
dumbfounds critics, who focus primarily on their methodological failings.
But like them or not, we in academe have to admit that they have filled an
information deficit and challenged perceptions of quality. They have sought
to meet a growing global desire to better understand colleges and what they
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 8, 2014