Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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aerospace programs to add slots for 1,000 students
Twenty-one of Washington’s community and technical colleges will share $8
million in funding to grow programs that teach students skills needed in
the aerospace industry. ... One of the beneficiaries is South Seattle College
... A few of the other programs in the Puget Sound area that will
Seattle College; Renton
Technical College; Shoreline
Community College; Highline
Community College; and Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
The Seattle Times, June 16, 2014
nearer at Clark College
After years of effort, Clark College is edging closer to bringing a $41
million science and technology building to its main Vancouver
campus. The college will review construction bids starting Wednesday,
and aims to break ground in late July or August.
The Columbian, June 16, 2014
study tour for Japanese students
Medical laboratory students from Japan worked with Clover Park Technical College (CPTC)
medical histology technician students on hands-on lab activities, toured
the Lakewood campus, and visited Seattle as part of a three-day study tour
from May 20 to May 22.
Northwest Asian Weekly, June 16, 2014
nets $11K for Big Bend
Big Bend Community College will have a new set of automated external
defibrillators later this summer, thanks to efforts by the Kiwanis and
Rotary Clubs of Moses Lake.
Columbia Basin Herald, June 16, 2014
graduate follows passion for piano
As a partially deaf, self-taught pianist enrolled in college as a reluctant
nurse-to-be, Rana Mahmood may have been an unlikely
concert musician. After graduating Friday from Spokane Falls Community College,
where he wowed his teacher during an impromptu audition, he’ll head to
Gonzaga University as a piano student with a scholarship and his eye on
The Spokesman-Review, June 15, 2014
program at Columbia Basin College, other state colleges focuses on
College students typically complete a specific number of credits in a
certain amount of time to earn a degree -- whether it's an associate or a
doctorate. But a new pilot program involving about a dozen of
Washington's community colleges, including Columbia Basin College in Pasco,
aims to take the issue of time out of the equation.
Tri-City Herald, June 14, 2014
education could be tapped for state budget
Community college and university officials have been told to plan for more
budget cuts to balance the state's 2015-17 budget. The Office of
Financial Management is expecting the state to need at least another $1
billion in revenue to meet its needs for the next biennium. Before Gov. Jay
Inslee develops his budget proposal, colleges as well as other state agency
have been told to make requests that include up to 15 percent
reductions, The Tri-City Herald reported. "We can't
(make cuts) based on efficiencies anymore," said Marty Brown,
executive director for the Washington
State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.
KOMO, June 14, 2014
Mother, daughter speak at their respective graduation ceremonies
Graduation weekend in Port Angeles was a family affair as a mother-daughter
pair took center stage at the two largest graduation ceremonies on the
North Olympic Peninsula. Saphfire Brown, 18, delivered one of three
student commencement speeches for Port Angeles High School on Friday night,
and her mother, Grace Tulsi Marshall, 34, delivered the student speech for Peninsula College
on Saturday afternoon.
Peninsula Daily News, June 14, 2014
program teaches students skills in construction
In a ceremony Friday that was by turns solemn, emotional and funny, a group
of students were celebrated and given diplomas to mark their
graduation. But this ceremony, held on the Tulalip Tribes'
reservation, was in honor of the students in the tribes' Construction
Trades Center, which has now been recognized by the state as an approved
pre-apprenticeship program. ... all the classes are accredited through
Everett Herald, June 14, 2014
budget shortfall could hit higher education hard
State officials are already expecting a shortfall in the next budget and
higher education could take a big hit. ... Community college and
university officials have already been told, along with some other state
agencies, to begin preparing budget requests that include as much as a 15
percent reduction ahead of Gov. Jay Inslee developing a proposed budget.
... "We can't (make cuts) based on efficiencies anymore,"
said Marty Brown, executive director for the Washington State Board of Community and
Tri-City Herald, June 13, 2014
bright for Columbia Basin College GED graduates
Jinju Mak took classes at Columbia
Basin College to prepare for her General Educational
Development, or GED, tests. ... The evening event celebrated more than
400 students who earned their GEDs, along with about a dozen who earned
high school diplomas through CBC’s high school completion program.
The News Tribune, June 13, 2014
University-level classes could be coming to
Sequim if a group spearheaded by city leaders looking to woo colleges and
universities to the city is successful. ... He [Dr. Gary Smith]
said he's spoken with Western Washington University in Bellingham, Skagit
Valley College in Mount Vernon and Prescott College, in Prescott, Ariz.,
about the possibility of bringing classes to Sequim. ... He noted that
the programs would ideally differ from those offered by Peninsula College in
Peninsula Daily News, June 12, 2014
Seattle attorney Highline Community
College has named Ronald Beard as its 2014 Distinguished
Alumni Award winner. Beard has an active commercial litigation practice at
Lane Powell Attorneys in Seattle.
Kent Reporter, June 12, 2014
In Deal With
Starbucks, Arizona State U. Kicks In Substantial Aid
Starbucks and Arizona State University unveiled more details about
their new scholarship partnership on Monday—and in doing so
corrected some misinformation that company officials had given in advance
of the announcement. They also revealed the limits of the financial
contribution Starbucks is making and gave a greater sense of the value of
the discount ASU Online is providing.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 17, 2014
Attainment Linked to Babies Within Marriage
A study by Johns Hopkins University researchers has found that young
women with a college education, when they have a baby, are likely to do so
within a marriage, but that this is no longer the case for young women who
lack a college degree.
Inside Higher Ed, June 17, 2014
Starbucks on Sunday night announced a major effort to help its
employees earn bachelor's degrees. The company will pay for the junior and
senior years of any employees who work at least 20 hours a week if they are
admitted at junior or senior level to one of 40-plus bachelor's programs
offered online by Arizona State University. There is no requirement that
the degree program relate to Starbucks business.
Inside Higher Ed, June 16, 2014
Jon Talton: A
pioneering move by Starbucks
Let’s get this out of the way first: Seattle will never forgive Howard
Schultz for betraying us on the Sonics and allowing them to be sold to the
Treacherous Okies. That said, Starbucks’ announcement that it
will help employees go to college is an important move in fighting the
inequality that has reached Gilded Age levels.
The Seattle Times, June 16, 2014
Child Health Coverage, College Attainment
When children have health insurance, they are more likely to finish high
school, enroll in college and earn a bachelor's degree, according to a
study released today by the National Bureau of Economic Research.Inside
Higher Ed, June 16, 2014
High cost of
college: the truth behind the myths
Whenever we write about how much it costs to go to college, we hear from a
lot of readers. Some are sympathetic toward students (and their
tuition-paying parents), and think tuition costs are out of
control. But others are dismissive of the whole issue. Why don’t
students just go to community college, they wonder. Why should the state
pay anything toward higher education? Why are college presidents so richly
rewarded, and can’t these schools do a better job of managing their money?
The Seattle Times, June 15, 2014
Text-Message Reminders to Boost Student Persistence
The messages made a difference for community-college students. Sixty-four
percent of such students in the control group persisted to their second
year. For those who got the messages, the rate was 12 percentage points
higher: 76 percent.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 13, 2014
scholarships benefit more than just students
Even with that debt burden, he [Ross Jones] is more fortunate than many. In
his last two years at UW, Jones received a Washington State
Opportunity Scholarship. It’s a boost that has helped more than 2,500
college students in our state.
Everett Herald, June 13, 2014
POLITICS | LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL
Murray: Refinance bill lifts burden of student debt,
For so many Spokane residents, and millions of Americans across the
country, getting a college degree can be a ticket to the middle class. But
today the price of admission can mean taking on a crushing amount of
student loans. That’s why I am proud to support a plan in the Senate that
would help ease that burden by letting borrowers refinance their debt to
today’s lower rates. I was disappointed that a minority of Senators blocked
our bill when we tried to bring it up for debate last week, but I am going
to keep fighting to pass this bill and help borrowers and families in
Spokane and across the country.
The Spokesman-Review, June 15, 2014
Supreme Court menaces lawmakers on McCleary, education funding
Sounds like the state Supreme Court is prepared to go to the brink over
school funding. In a menacing order last week, the justices summoned
lawmakers to the Temple of Justice on Sept. 3 to explain why they haven’t
written a plan to fully pay for basic education.
The Seattle Times, June 16, 2014
lesson: Education is more than money
A Los Angeles judge rocked the nation Tuesday by ruling that the California
constitution doesn’t merely guarantee children an education — it guarantees
them a good education. His thinking doesn’t translate directly into
Washington law, more’s the pity.
The News Tribune, June 15, 2014
McCleary Order: New Revenue Needed For Better Outcomes for Kids
[OFM] Executive Director Remy Trupin issued the following statement the
State Supreme Court's recent order: ... Providing a quality basic
education is the paramount duty of our state, but children need more than
just K-12 to thrive. Early learning, higher education, environmental
protections, health and human services, and transportation are all critical
to a strong foundation of opportunity for all our residents and a strong
Schmudget, June 13, 2014
Show Adds to McCleary Crisis
Yesterday's stern Washington State Supreme Court ruling demanding that
the state explain why it has come up short on the Court's
2012 McCleary mandate to fully fund education (with a warning
that the Court is going to make them pay up) hit at a vulnerable moment.
... OFM provided the following slide to state agencies to dramatize
Publicola, June 13, 2014
Republican Seeks To Block College Ratings
Senator Lamar Alexander said Thursday that he plans to attach an amendment
to the labor, health, and education appropriations bill that would stop the
Obama administration from moving ahead with its college ratings system.
Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2014
does his best to alleviate student debt
President Barack Obama issued an executive order this week to help reduce
the financial burden of higher education. It was a half-measure by his own
admission, though it will provide some relief to about 5 million
people. It was all the president could do. There is no hope that a
politically deadlocked Congress would pass more effective legislation or,
better yet, would address the fundamental causes of rising student debt
that now totals $1.1 trillion.
The Olympian, June 13, 2014
High court to
lawmakers: Why are schools still underfunded?
The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ordered lawmakers to explain why
they haven’t followed its orders to fix the way Washington pays for public
education. The court has ordered the state to appear before it on
Sept. 3 and show the court how it has followed its orders in the 2012
McCleary decision or face contempt.
The Seattle Times, June 12, 2014
Court orders state to respond to its order in McCleary school funding case
School’s out for many students, but state officials will be hitting the
books after the Washington Supreme Court Thursday ordered those officials
to be ready by the traditional first day of school to explain why they
shouldn’t be held in contempt of court over school funding. If not
satisfied with their answer, the court could go as far as closing all
schools until they are properly funded.
The News Tribune, June 12, 2014
Loan-Debt Relief Might Not Reach the Neediest Borrowers
At a White House event on Monday, President Obama announced plans to expand
the federal government’s most generous income-based student-loan-repayment
program to an additional five million borrowers. Yet if history
is any guide, far fewer borrowers will actually enroll in the president’s
Pay as You Earn program, which caps borrowers’ monthly payments at 10
percent of their income and provides loan forgiveness after 20 years.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 10, 2014