Thursday, October 30, 2014

News Links | October 30, 2014


Schools, cops hope for the best and plan for the worst
Following last week’s tragedy at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Bremerton School District Superintendent Aaron Leavell sent a reassuring automated phone message to parents and guardians of local students. ... Wolfe said officers often visit Olympic College and Bremerton schools to familiarize themselves with campus layouts. An active shooter training was held at OC last year and law enforcement agencies are hoping to hold a similar exercise at Bremerton High School next year, Wolfe said.
Bremerton Patriot, Oct. 29, 2014

Washington colleges take aim at preventing sexual assaults
About 425 staffers from more than 50 Washington community, private and public four-year colleges will gather at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus Thursday to discuss how to prevent college sexual assaults. In the past year, there’s been a heightened concern nationally about sexual assaults on campus, as officials raise concerns about both the emotional and academic impact these attacks can have on students. States and individual colleges have passed new laws and policies aimed at curbing sexual assaults. But there’s disagreement about the best approach.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 29, 2014

Community leaders gather to celebrate veterans’ center in Lacey
About 100 people were on hand Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the Lacey Veterans Services Office, an office that will provide convenient counseling services for active duty members of the military, veterans and their families in the area. ... In addition to the veterans office, Rowe Six is set to be occupied by the new Lacey campus of South Puget Sound Community College. ... SPSCC’s President Dr. Timothy Stokes, who also attended the dedication, said the main building is expected to open a year from now.
The Olympian, Oct. 29, 2014

Fresh Sheet: Sugar artist doesn’t take cake
While Spokane’s Bob Lombardi helped his three-person team win the “Small Scare” challenge, it wasn’t enough to triumph over the entire season of Food Network’s “Halloween Wars.” “We gave it our all. We stood together. We overcame many hurdles in our path,” Lombardi said. ... The sugar artist has taught culinary arts at Spokane Community College for more than 30 years.
The Spokesman-Review, Oct. 29. 2014

Grant to aid low-income Clark College students
Clark College received a $20,000 grant to help people in poverty navigate social services and education. The grant was made possible by Bank of America. The one-time training session for 50 staff members from Clark College and local agencies will help the partners work together to boost access to education and services for people in Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties. About 44 percent of Clark College students are low-income and first-generation college students.
The Columbian, Oct. 29, 2014

Pierce College Puyallup Student Life challenge promotes sustainability
Pierce College Puyallup is ramping up efforts to become even more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable by taking a stand against the use of plastic bags. Every student who takes a pledge against using plastic shopping bags will be given a free Pierce College reusable shopping bag that reads, “Pierce College: Together Making a Difference.”
The Suburban Times, Oct. 29, 2014

Tri-City women tell Murray paying for education, child care remain barriers
Affordable child care and education are among barriers working women in the Tri-Cities face, Sen. Patty Murray was told during a Tuesday forum at the Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center. Sherry Armijo, Abadan’s vice president of sales, told Murray and more than 50 women and a few men that something also needs to be done to overcome the most silent form of discrimination — low expectations. It’s important to find a way to raise those expectations, said Armijo, who also is the chairwoman for Columbia Basin College’s Board of Trustees.
Tri-City Herald, Oct. 28, 2014

Columbia Basin College houses nuclear reactor model
Columbia Basin College is now home to a nuclear reactor model. The model was built in the 70s and it will be used as a teaching tool for the college's nuclear technology program.
KEPR TV, Oct. 28, 2014

At 85, Tacoma Sumi artist Fumiko Kimura continues to explore artmaking process
How would you prepare for a showing of your own artwork — one that spans a career of more than six decades? “Do come to my place,” offers Fumiko Kimura over e-mail, cheerfully. “Just to let you know, my place now looks like I could be evicted.” The Nisei artist, now 85 years old, is currently storing most of her paintings at her home, in order to select and mount them for a retrospective show at Tacoma Community College in November.
The International Examiner, Oct. 28, 2014


Yellen: Awareness of economists' diversity needed
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she wants to raise awareness of the need for diversity among economists, with relatively few women and minorities still choosing to major in economics in college.
The Olympian, Oct. 30, 2014

More specificity on benefits of community college
Disadvantaged students who enroll at community colleges and who would not otherwise have attended college are more likely to earn a bachelor's degree in the future, according to a newly released research paper. And while many policies focus on getting students into four-year colleges instead of community colleges, the study found that the vast majority of community college students do not suffer a penalty to their eventual likelihood of completing a bachelor's degree.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 29, 2014


Gainful employment arrives
The U.S. Department of Education today will release what is likely the Obama administration’s last chance to set regulations to clamp down on for-profit colleges. But this second iteration of “gainful employment” rules will fail to please either advocates for the for-profit sector or its critics.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 30, 2014

Lawyers, high court justices debate school funding
The debate over money for education was heard at the Washington Supreme Court again on Tuesday. But this time it had to do with the state's new commitment to public charter schools. A coalition of teachers, parents and community groups is suing the state to stop the new charter system from getting off the ground. The discussion Tuesday focused on what the state constitution says about the money to be used to pay for public schools. The central questions were: How many of those dollars are restricted to traditional public schools? How much leeway does the Legislature have in paying for the education of children whose parents decide to send them to charter schools?
KOMO, Oct. 28. 2014