Thursday, June 12, 2014

News Links | June 12, 2014


PC Foundation helps struggling mom with van donation
A young single mother who was balancing childcare, work, education, and four hours worth of bus commutes, received help in the form of a refurbished Dodge Caravan, courtesy of the Peninsula College Foundation.
KONP, June 12, 2014

CPTC: Sustainability in Action: Flett Creek Habitat Continues to Improve
Seven years after receiving a grant from the Pierce County Community Salmon Fund, areas of the Flett Creek wetland across the street from the Clover Park Technical College Lakewood campus continue to improve to provide a better salmon habitat.
The Suburban Times, June 12, 2014

Colleges considering Sequim as destination
One group of citizens is looking to connect Sequim with more higher education opportunities. ... [Dr. Earl Gibbons, vice provost for Western’s extended education program] Gibbons said Western recently established “Western on the Peninsulas” in Poulsbo to serve the Olympic and Kitsap regions in cooperation with Olympic College and Peninsula College.
Sequim Gazette, June 11, 2014

Foster parents help Goldendale senior get on track toward graduation, college
Between eighth grade and sophomore year, Crystal Nichols bounced around to three different foster families. ... She’ll be attending Yakima Valley Community College this fall.
Yakima Herald, June 11, 2014

Aerospace program at EvCC gets $1.5M
The state has set aside $1.5 million to expand programs related to aerospace manufacturing at Everett Community College starting this fall.
Everett Herald, June 11, 2014

Kilmer is keynote speaker at P.C. commencement
Peninsula College will observe its 52nd Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 14, when it awards more than 500 degrees and certificates to graduates. ... The commencement keynote speaker is U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of Washington’s 6th Congressional District and the student speaker is Grace Tulsi Marshall of Port Angeles.
Sequim Gazette, June 11, 2014

Photo: Kemp/Corbet Statue
Crew installed a statue honoring former educators Katherine Kemp and Margaret Corbet Wednesday at Centralia College.
Centralia Chronicle, June 11, 2014

CPTC: Nursing Student Named Assisted Living Nurse of the Year
Clover Park Technical College nursing student Monica Chopra was recently named the Assisted Living Nurse of the Year for 2014 by the Washington Health Care Association.
The Suburban Times, June 10, 2014

Clark College gets $315,000 for aerospace education
A $315,501 grant to increase its enrollment in aerospace education also will help Clark College enhance its presence in the Columbia River Gorge. The funding is part of $8 million distributed to 21 schools by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The Columbian, June 10, 2014


Seattle’s tech boom isn't just for rich kids: 3 programs reinvigorating STEM education
Over the next four years, Washington’s science and tech economy is expected to grow at a faster pace than the national average, and almost all of the new jobs generated by this growth spurt will require a postsecondary education, according to a study from Georgetown University.
Crosscut, June 11, 2014

How to manage your student loan payments
Your first glance at your student loan debt after college is likely to be a nauseating encounter. So if you are like a lot of graduates, you may stick the paperwork in a drawer and try not think about it. Or you might sign up for payments without giving it much thought. Both would be a mistake.
The News Tribune, June 11, 2014

Opinion: Graduates should chart their loan debts now

The music has stopped, the cap and gown have been packed away, and now the work begins. But not the work you think. Now you have to work on getting rid of your student loan debt. So where do you start?
Everett Herald, June 11, 2014

College Leaders Sign On to Support Common Core Educational Standards
More than 200 higher-education leaders have created a new organization to voice their support for Common Core, the controversial state-based educational-standards system.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 10, 2014

Big boost in awards for state’s STEM college scholarships
A state-sponsored scholarship program that encourages low- and moderate-income Washington students to major in tech and science fields is increasing its awards to a maximum of $22,500, a 32 percent increase.
The Seattle Times, June 9, 2014

State not producing enough graduates in high-tech fields
The legislature has kicked another $25 million into the Opportunity Scholarship because we're not graduating enough people to meet our own demand.
KING 5, June 9, 2014


Loan Bill Blocked
Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation that would allow existing student loan borrowers to lower the interest rate on their debt.
Inside Higher Ed, June 12, 2014

Dozens of new laws take effect in Washington state
The law, officially called the "Real Hope Act" but also known as the Washington Dream Act, expands state financial aid for college students in the country without legal status. It's one of about 200 new laws that take effect this week.
The Seattle Times, June 11, 2014

Obama Defends College Ratings
A bipartisan pair of Congressional lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives opposing the Obama administration’s college ratings system. The president, meanwhile, defended the proposal as a necessary tool for students.
Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2014

Congressmen Introduce Resolution Opposing College-Rating System
Two U.S. congressmen introduced a resolution on Tuesday that opposes the Department of Education’s controversial plan to design a ratings system for colleges and universities.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 11, 2014

Senate Republicans Block Bill to Allow Student-Loan Refinancing
To the disappointment of Democrats but the surprise of few, Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill that would have let borrowers refinance their student-loan debt.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 11, 2014

Senate Panel Approves Budget Increases for Pell Grants and NIH in 2015
Senate appropriators approved a spending bill on Tuesday that would increase the maximum Pell Grant by $100, to $5,830, and provide an additional $606-million to the National Institutes of Health in the 2015 fiscal year.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 11, 2014

White House Doesn’t Know How Much Expanding Loan Program Will Cost
White House officials aren’t sure how much President Obama’s plan to expand the most generous income-based repayment program will cost, but they’re confident the proposal will be worth it.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 10, 2014

Opinion: Alleviating student-loan debt
Debt-driven angst caps the generalized anxiety of finals week. Oh, and marathon cramming. Thankfully, a confluence of events may relieve a bit of student-loan stress, a burden that clamps on like an ankle monitor and doesn't unhitch until you're a wizened soul in life's twilight (something to stew over during a computer science exam.)
Everett Herald, June 10, 2014

Senate rejects help for those deep in student-loan debt
On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Senate blocked a bill that would offer [Logan] Bahr and 25 million student-loan borrowers relief. Introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., the bill would have allowed undergraduate loans taken out before July 1, 2013, to be refinanced at 3.86 percent — half the rate some earlier borrowers are paying.
The Seattle Times, June 10, 2014

Opinion: Pell Grant Increases Mean Little if Washington Acts Alone
As recently released data from the U.S. Department of Education demonstrate, this near-doubling of the Pell Grant appears to have kept constant the rate at which these low-income students turn to debt, while those who do borrow are facing even greater loan burdens than ever before.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 9, 2014

New Washington Laws Cover College Aid, Guns, Tanning
This is the week undocumented students in Washington will become eligible for state college tuition aid. The Real Hope Act is just one of dozens of new state laws that take effect Thursday, 90 days after the Washington Legislature adjourned.
KUOW, June 9, 2014
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