Tuesday, March 31, 2015

News Links | March 31, 2015


Need for more nurses growing around Valley, across nation
With improved access to health care, the increasing number of aging baby boomers and retirements in the medical community, industry experts are projecting a nursing shortage that could see the United States needing anywhere from 200,000 to 1 million nurses by 2020. The Yakima Valley’s three nursing programs are doing their best to combat that. “The beauty of us having the nursing programs that we have in this community” — at Heritage University, Yakima Valley Community College and Washington State University — “is that people tend to stay local,” said Veronica Knudson, CEO of Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center, who worked as a nurse herself for many years.
Yakima Herald-Republic, March 31, 2015

U.S. Labor Department hails SCC-administered aerospace training consortium
A statewide consortium of 11 community and technical colleges designed to train aerospace workers is getting accolades from the U.S. Labor Department. Air Washington, administered by Spokane Community College, was designated last week as an "exemplary workforce training program" by the federal agency. The collaborative effort received a three-year, $20 million Labor Department grant and has developed open access curriculum and training materials to help promote continued affordable workforce development.
The Spokesman-Review, March 30, 2015

Olympic College among top 10 best community colleges in nation
Olympic College didn’t win the money, but it sure won bragging rights. Every other year, the Aspen Institute picks 150 community colleges in the nation to consider for its prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The 2015 award is only its third, but twice OC has been asked to apply for the honor. This year, OC was chosen as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation when it comes to student success. ... The finalists: Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, Texas; El Paso Community College in El Paso, Texas; Eugenio María de Hostos Community College in Bronx, New York; Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida; Olympic College; and Renton Technical College in Renton.
Central Kitsap Reporter, March 30, 2015

Challenges are plenty for updating a 40-year-old medical code system — from 13,000 to 68,000
Say you find yourself in a spacecraft, and all of a sudden, you crash and hurt yourself. In ICD-10, there’s a code for that. ICD-10 — the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, version 10 — is scheduled to be the new national standard for medical coding come Oct. 1, six months from now, as mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS. ... Yakima Valley Community College’s Medical Billing and Coding program has been teaching ICD-10 alongside ICD-9 since 2012, instructor Sandy Erlewine said, and will probably continue teaching ICD-9 at least through next spring so students can still learn to handle older claims that haven’t been processed by the Oct. 1 changeover date.
Yakima Herald-Republic, March 30, 2015

SPSCC names Mote as foundation director
South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia has named Tanya Mote as interim executive director of the College Foundation. The program maintains more than 150 scholarships for students, and awarded more than $380,000 in local scholarships and emergency aid to Thurston County students last year.
The Olympian, March 30, 2015

Shoreline Community College to offer full-ride scholarships
In the first program of its kind in this state, Shoreline Community College is offering 56 full-ride, two-year scholarships to high-school students in the class of 2015 who live in Shoreline or nearby Lake Forest Park. Called Shoreline Scholars, the program is modeled after one in Oregon and aimed at students with a grade-point average of at least 3.5 and some level of financial need.
The Seattle Times, March 29, 2015

Plans developing for Film is Truth as nonprofit video center
The Film is Truth video store in downtown Bellingham is one of apparently a small handful of video stores nationwide attempting to survive as nonprofits. With the idea so new, the question remains whether the public, with ready access to movies online, will support a brick-and-mortar archive of videos, even one that reaches out to the community with classes, workshops and other programs. “No one, at least no one who cares about books, questions the value of an independent bookstore or a library with community programming in this age of Amazon,” said Anna Wolff, a poet, a writing instructor at Whatcom Community College and president of Film is Truth’s new board of directors. “I see us in the same vein, playing a parallel role in the community for film lovers, filmmakers, and even the ‘film curious.’"
The Bellingham Herald, March 29, 2015

WSU coaching legend Brayton dies at 89
You should have seen the look on Mel Stottlemyre’s face. The former New York Yankees pitcher and coach, in Yakima for a Parker Youth & Sports Foundation event in 2006, had just seen Bobo Brayton enter the room. Stottlemyre hurried through a crowd, hugged Brayton, then held each of his former coach’s shoulders while looking at Brayton’s beaming countenance with sheer, unadulterated joy. That’s the way it no doubt was for countless Washington State Cougars and others who had played for, coached with or otherwise knew the college baseball coaching legend, who died early Saturday. ... Stottlemyre, though never a Cougar, had been a Yakima Valley College Indian with Brayton as his coach. It was here, after all, that Frederick Charles Brayton began his Hall of Fame career.
Yakima Herald-Republic, March 29, 2015

Kaitlin Dewhirst named ‘Bronze Scholar’
Kaitlin Dewhirst, a student at Tacoma Community College, has been named a 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Bronze Scholar receives a $1,000 scholarship and a special medallion.
The Suburban Times, March 27, 2015

Student poets earn recognition at Highline College
“Dreams of Blue” earned Daylen A. Nguyen of Tacoma first place in Highline College’s 2015 Student Poetry Contest. Nguyen was one of 43 writers who submitted 80 poems during the contest, which is a prelude to Highline’s third annual celebration of National Poetry Month in April.
Federal Way Mirror, March 27, 2015

Career paths at Clover Park Technical College
About three years ago, the Veterans Resource Center opened on the Clover Park Technical College campus. "A lot of good comes out of this office," commented Army veteran Shawn Durnen, the center's lead navigator, as we sat on a comfortable sofa in a large, well-lit and information-rich room in a converted warehouse. "We keep our ear to the ground and get transitioning soldiers, veterans, Guard and Reserve personnel and civilians what they need."
Northwest Military, March 26, 2015

"Girls Engaged in Automotive Repair" Course Hosted by Center for Career & Tech. Education
Many of us know the stress that comes from a flat tire or not knowing why the engine light is on in our car. This is why the Center for Career and Technical Education at Columbia Basin College is hosting its first "Girls Engaged in Automotive Repair" course or GEAR.
NBC Right Now, March 26, 2015

Food psychology: making meals more satisfying
What draws you back to your favorite restaurant? Ultimately, you have to like the food. But restaurants think about more than just taste when they try to win you over. And the food psychology they use, might also work at home. Kären Jurgensen trains future chefs at the Seattle Culinary Academy. Course work isn't just how to chop, sear and serve.  It's also texture, color and shape. ... Students at SCA serve dishes at their restaurants inside Seattle Central College.
KOMO News, March 26, 2015

CPTC: Student veteran shares story with local legislators
Clover Park Technical College student Amber James shared her testimony with a unique audience. The Environmental Sciences and Technology student spoke at a Pierce County Legislative Luncheon at the John L. O’Brien Building in Olympia on March 25. James told her personal story of serving eight years in the Army — with three combat tours — and living in her car soon after separating from service. Today, James is two quarters away from her degree, with her sights set on attending the University of Washington-Tacoma. Her testimony emphasized the important role CPTC played in her life and her transition out of the military.
The Suburban Times, March 26, 2015


Honor society director faces allegations
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is investigating allegations by two female students that the community college honors group's longtime leader sexually harassed them. The allegations against Rod Risley, the group's executive director and C.E.O., have provoked letters of concern from presidents of the two community colleges the students attended, as well as court filings and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints.
Inside Higher Ed, March 31, 2015

How much does college really cost? Less than you might think
Hardly a week passes without the release of some new report that discusses the extraordinary growth in the cost of higher education. Lost in the debate is one caveat: A majority of students get some sort of financial aid, which makes the cost of going to college less than many think. That’s one of the takeaways from a report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a federal agency that compiles education data.
The Seattle Times, March 30, 2015

Opinion: America's obsession with STEM education is dangerous
If Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country’s education toward the teaching of specific, technical skills. ... America’s last bipartisan cause is this: A liberal education is irrelevant, and technical training is the new path forward. It is the only way, we are told, to ensure that Americans survive in an age defined by technology and shaped by global competition. The stakes could not be higher. This dismissal of broad-based learning, however, comes from a fundamental misreading of the facts – and puts America on a dangerously narrow path for the future.
The News Tribune, March 27, 2015


State GOP budget funds education, holds line on taxes
Delivering on their promise of a contrast to Democratic budget proposals, Senate Republicans on Tuesday released a budget plan for 2015-17 that would cover court-mandated education costs without raising revenue. The proposal calls for spending about $1.3 billion to comply with the state Supreme Court decision known as McCleary to improve state education funding — a number similar to what the Democratic-controlled House proposed last week in its budget plan. ...The GOP plan would also lower college tuition by funding a bill to reset tuition rates. Under the Senate plan, tuition at the state’s public universities and community colleges would be linked to a percentage of the average wage for Washington workers. A measure outlining this proposal has already passed the Senate and awaits action in the House.
The Seattle Times, March 31, 2015

Dept. names more than 550 colleges it has put under extra financial scrutiny
The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday released the names of the more than 550 colleges required to operate under more restrictive conditions and extra scrutiny because of concerns about their management or administration of federal financial-aid dollars. The department’s extra scrutiny, known as heightened cash monitoring, "is not necessarily a red flag to students and taxpayers, but it can serve as a caution light," Ted Mitchell, the under secretary of education, said in a written statement.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 31, 2015

U.S. to identify colleges under scrutiny
The U.S. Department of Education plans to name the colleges whose access to federal money it has restricted because of concerns about the risk they pose to students and taxpayers. And most of the institutions placed on those financial sanctions in recent years have been for-profit colleges, newly disclosed federal records show.
Inside Higher Ed, March 30, 2015

House Democrats feature education, mental health in budget
Highlights from the $38.8 billion state operating budget for 2016-17 unveiled by Democratic leaders of Washington's House of Representatives Friday morning: colleges and universities: A two-year tuition freeze at the state's public colleges and universities would cost $106 million, which is the largest single slice of Democrats' proposed $257 million increase in higher-education spending. Two scholarship programs, the Opportunity Scholarship for low- and middle- income students majoring in science, engineering, math or technology, and the State Need Grant, which currently is not paid to more than 30,000 students who qualify for it, get a combined $113 million in new spending. Starting the new Washington State University Medical School costs another $8 million.
The News Tribune, March 27, 2015