Thursday, July 24, 2014

News Links | July 24, 2014


Clark College adds new technician program
Clark College is introducing a new technical program and adjusting some existing programs to better meet needs of local employers. A new Industrial Maintenance Technician program combines some of the existing mechatronics, machining and welding classes to train students how to provide preventative maintenance and repair support to manufacturing and other industries.
The Columbian, July 24, 2014

Puyallup nurse honored for service to community
It wasn’t long after Monica Chopra began to work as an interpreter helping patients and nursing staff communicate that she knew she had to return to school and become a registered nurse. She eventually fulfilled her goal, graduating in 2010 from Clover Park Technical College’s licensed practical nurse program.
Puyallup Herald, July 23, 2014

Welding and Machinist Programs at Bates Technical College Set to Expand to Meet Industry Demand
Bates Technical College will receive $411,771 from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to expand the capacity of the Welding and Machinist programs.
South Sound Talk, July 22, 2014

Edmonds Community College names dean for Humanities and Social Sciences divisions
Edmonds Community College has appointed of new dean, Kim Chapman, who will oversee the Humanities and Social Sciences divisions.
My Edmonds News, July 22, 2014

Lake Washington Institute of Technology and CWU to offer four year degree
Students at Lake Washington Institute of Technology can now earn a bachelor of applied science degree in information technology and administrative management (BAS-ITAM) from Central Washington University, thanks to a new agreement between the two institutions.
Kirkland Reporter, July 22, 2014

Shifting the Education Paradigm
Over the past two decades, systems biology has revolutionized traditional approaches to answering complex biological questions. ... ISB [Institute for Systems Biology] strategically address multiple levels of the education system or the populations and activities that influence change. The following is a snapshot of how ISB has begun working with Washington State’s community college system in effecting change in undergraduate biology education.
Molecular Me, June 2, 2014


Aerospace education key to retaining industry in Washington, Dorn says
Washington needs to redouble its efforts to train the next generation of aerospace workers, said a panel of educators and human resources professionals Wednesday at Pierce County’s Third Annual Aerospace Summit. Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said the need for technically proficient workers has increased many times in the last several decades.
The News Tribune, July 23, 2014

Education Dept. Will Test Use of Student Aid in Programs Not Based on Credit Hour
In an effort to graduate more nontraditional students faster, the U.S. Education Department will test the idea of awarding student aid based on something other than credit hours, the department said on Tuesday.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 23, 2014

Rockstar Parking, for a Price
Consider it yet another woe of American higher education: parking. Now, though, some parking reformers are looking to make major changes. [Brian] Shaw, who is now director of parking and transportation at Stanford University, is a proponent of what he calls “the dark side of parking.” That means, among other things, charging people more for rockstar parking spots.
Inside Higher Ed, July 23, 2014
Experimenting With Aid
The U.S. Department of Education will give its blessing -- and grant federal aid eligibility -- to colleges' experimentation with competency-based education and prior learning assessment.
Inside Higher Ed, July 23, 2014

Affordable Options
Intensive advising programs can result in significant savings for low-income students going to college, according to a new research paper, but many high schools lack the sort of resources the paper discusses.
Inside Higher Ed, July 23, 2014

Bryman College Operator Files for Chapter 11
For-profit school company BioHealth College Inc., which operates four Bryman College campuses in California, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. ... BioHealth College acquired Everest College campuses in San Jose, San Francisco, Hayward and Los Angeles in January 2013 from Corinthian Colleges—a for-profit college operator with more than 100 schools that is now in the process of winding down its own operations—and changed the schools’ names to Bryman.
The Wall Street Journal, July 21, 2014


Baby Steps for Higher Ed Act
The U.S. House on Wednesday unanimously passed legislation boosting competency-based education and overwhelmingly approved an overhaul of how the Education Department discloses college data. The votes marked the first time that a body of Congress has formally weighed in on the ongoing efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the massive law that governs federal student aid, which expires at the end of this year.
Inside Higher Ed, July 24, 2014

House Approves 2 Bills Toward Renewal of Higher Education Act
The U.S. House of Representatives passed two higher-education bills on Wednesday, sending them to an uncertain fate in the Senate. Among other things, the bills would create a demonstration project for competency-based education (HR 3136) and streamline the information the federal government provides to prospective students (HR 4983). Thetwo bills were approved this month by the House education committee, as part of its piecemeal reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 24, 2014

Renewed Push on Job Training
President Obama took steps to overhaul federal job training programs on Tuesday, announcing new executive actions and signing new workforce investment legislation.
Inside Higher Ed, July 23, 2014