Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges
Thursday, April 9, 2015
News Links | April 9, 2015
SYSTEM NEWS | OPINIONS
Sen. Patty Murray sounds out YVCC students about challenges
paying for education
Flor Fernandez drives her three kids from Mattawa to her mother’s house in
Wapato every morning before heading to classes at Yakima Valley Community College.
After school, she picks them up and drives home to cook dinner, care for
the kids, then focus on her own studies. Tiffany Stewart has worked at
least two jobs at the same time since she was 16 and is paying for YVCC
entirely out-of-pocket. At the coffee shop where she works part time, her
boss lets her spend any downtime on homework, as long as it doesn’t
interfere with the job. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., listened to these
and other students’ stories at a roundtable meeting at YVCC on Wednesday
morning, taking notes and asking questions about their biggest challenges
in accessing higher education.
Yakima Herald-Republic, April 9, 2015
CBC celebrates Arbor Day with annual tree planting
The National Arbor Day Foundation has named Columbia Basin College a tree campus
for the fifth consecutive year. Wednesday afternoon 45 students at CBC
helped to plant six new trees outside the HUB's main entrance. It's
all part of their annual Arbor Day celebration.
KNDO, April 9, 2015
Help for high-school students who aren’t quite ready for
New classes designed to help high school students avoid remedial classes in
college will be offered at about 100 Washington schools this fall — and then
expanded to roughly 60 percent of them in the next 3-4 years. The
classes, called “Bridge to College,” were piloted this year in
about 40 schools, and supporters hope their growth will help the many
students who are expected to fail this spring’s Smarter Balanced exams.
... If students earn a B or higher in the Bridge to College courses,
they can automatically enroll in college-level classes at any of the
state’s 34 community and technical colleges.
The Seattle Times, April 8. 2015 Student's life changed through college education
When Big Bend
Community College brought distance learning to Mattawa in
2000, it transformed the life of Maribel Gomez-Aguilar. Gomez-Aguilar
had hopes of returning to school, but she lived 70 miles from campus. Once
she gained access to college, she didn't let up. It took six years to
finish an associate's degree and bachelor's degree, mostly online, while
raising three children and working full time.
Columbia Basin Herald, April 8, 2015
Youth donates money
to PC Foundation
While most 5-year-olds dream of receiving trendy toys on their birthdays,
Port Angeles resident Layla Parker had a different idea this
year. Following a family discussion on making a charitable donation in
lieu of more traditional birthday gifts, Layla decided to collect money for
KONP, April 8, 2015
19-year-old college student receives gift of sound
A 19-year-old college student who has struggled with a lifetime of
hearing challenges received the gift of sound from a foundation that
stepped in to help. Kristin Toti attends Lake Washington Technical
Institute and works at a Seattle cafe. Because she
cannot fully hear, daily conversations and keeping up in school have been
difficult. Kristin has high-frequency hearing loss. The Miracle-Ear
Foundation stepped in to help, giving her needed treatment and providing a
hearing aid for free.
KIRO TV, April 8, 2015
Bellevue College planning first phase of student housing Bellevue College
is taking its first steps to creating student housing on campus, with plans
of opening a 350-room dormitory in the fall of 2018. A feasibility
study was conducted by the college to determine how to provide student
housing and completed in October.
Bellevue Reporter, April 8, 2015
State Senate capital budget proposes millions in funding for
Peninsula projects with impacts from Forks to Port Townsend
Projects ranging from a new health and early learning center at Peninsula College
to improvements at Fort Worden State Park would be funded if a plan
proposed this week by the state Senate becomes law. The Senate's
proposed capital budget would provide $3.5 billion for infrastructure
improvement projects across the state.
Peninsula Daily News, April 8, 2015 CPTC: Finding community in painting
Emiko Hammond enjoys hobbies she can do by herself. The 87 year old
makes Japanese dolls, plays the piano and makes origami. And ever since she
was in high school, she has enjoyed painting. Nearly two decades ago
Hammond signed up for a painting class at Clover Park Technical College as a
way to get out of the house. Today, Hammond is still a faithful student who
just started the Spring Quarter of the Oil Painting for 50+ class offered
through CPTC’s Continuing Education Program.
The Suburban Times, April 8, 2015
RTC narrows president search to four Renton Technical
College's Board of Trustees have selected four
finalists in the college's search for its next president. RTC will
hold public forums next week for the community to meet Mary Garguile, John
Jablonski, Dr. Joyce Loveday and Dr. Kevin McCarthy the four finalists.They
were selected after an extensive national search and review of applicants
from the state, region and nation.
Renton Reporter, April 7, 2015
Sid Snyder recognized and Bette reads a poem
In March, Lower
Columbia College recognized the Honorable Sid Snyder
as 2015 Alumni of the Year. Snyder, whose career spanned 54 years, was the
son of a Kelso barber. After graduating from Kelso High School, he went on
to serve in the Army Air Corps and attend Lower Columbia College.
Chinook Observer, April 7, 2015
Peninsula College to receive award for innovations Peninsula College will
be one of two recipients of this year’s 2015 Energy/Facilities Connections
Innovations Award through Washington State University’s Extension Energy
Program. ... Peninsula College’s submittal concerned best practices
and innovations related to custodial services and the development of a
custodial master plan, as well as the results of that effort.
Peninsula Daily News, April 7, 2015
TRENDS| HORIZONS | EDUCATION
rate inches up, but not fast enough for Lumina
With just 10 years to go until 2025 — the point at which the Lumina
Foundation wants Americans to have a 60-percent college-attainment rate —
there is still a gap of 20 percentage points between the goal and
reality. Forty percent of U.S. residents between the ages of 25 and 64
had at least an associate degree in 2013, according to the latest edition
of an annual report that the foundation released on Thursday.
That figure represents a 0.6-percentage point increase in the college
attainment rate from the previous year.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 9, 2015
from Noodle will help colleges build online programs
The education site Noodle is putting a new twist on helping colleges create
online degree and certificate programs with its creation of Noodle Partners,
announced on Wednesday. Noodle Partners, the brainchild of the
Princeton Review founder John Katzman, is an enabler — a company
that helps colleges build online-education programs. Several other
companies provide similar services, one of them being 2U, also founded by
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 8, 2015
meanings of free
When the Community College of Philadelphia announced it was
launching a tuition-free program for incoming students, the emphasis was on
low-income, Pell Grant-eligible families. When Harper College in
suburban Chicago made its tuition-free announcement a week earlier,
it didn't have an income limit but focused on academic requirements,
community service and attendance. And unlike some programs that require
participating students to be near the top of their classes, Harper's
included many more conditions. Those programs also differed from
others in requirements and funding that have emerged over the years or more
recently as "free community college."
Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2015
students to compete in a high-tech job market
tarting next fall, 10 high schools and three middle schools in Seattle will
offer computer-science courses ranging from exploratory to Advanced
Placement classes. The courses will begin to address a growing
problem: Washington businesses are creating jobs in science, technology,
engineering and math fields, but the state is failing at preparing its
students to seize those opportunities. To close that gap, the state
must invest more money and resources in expanding efforts already under way
and look for smarter, long-term solutions to better prepare students
entering the job market.
The Seattle Times, April 7, 2015
exec: Want a strong Washington aerospace industry? Get more girls into STEM
Scott Carson knows the aerospace industry. He spent more than 30 years
at Boeing Co. – three of them as the CEO and president of the
company's Commercial Airplanes division. He also knows education.
Carson is on the Board of Regents at Washington State
University and is the namesake of the school's Carson College of
Business. When I asked Carson how to keep the aerospace industry
competitive, his answer was surprisingly straightforward: Get kids,
particularly girls, excited about and engaged in STEM (science, technology,
engineering and math).
Puget Sound Business Journal, April 7, 2015
POLITICS | LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL
to federal aid
A scenario in which a student can use a Pell Grant to help pay for a bundle
of edX courses no longer seems so far-fetched. Political support is
building for a system to encourage and oversee higher education upstarts
that don't look or act like colleges, such as online course providers and
coding boot camps. And these emerging players soon may have a pathway
to accreditation and even federal financial aid eligibility, albeit in
limited or experimental form.
Inside Higher Ed, April 9, 2015
Department clarifies loan counseling flexibility
The U.S. Department of Education on Monday clarified that colleges are able
to take some active steps to help students avoid excessive loan amounts. Federal
law requires that colleges in most cases disburse to students any amount of
federal loan they request so long as they are eligible for it.
Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2015
WA Senate plan
to cut college tuition receives support
The average student loan debt in the United States is now nearly $30,000,
according to a report from the Institute for College Access and Success.
Experts predict the higher education price tag will only continue to
climb. The huge financial burden has caught the attention of lawmakers
in Olympia. ... The cap would be 14 percent of the state's average
wage for other state schools and 6 percent for community colleges. The
extra funding is expected to come from the general fund.
KING 5, April 8, 2015
general sues over student loan practices
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against a
student loan processing company, accusing the firm of exploiting student
loan borrowers for profit. The lawsuit filed Monday says StudentLoanProcessing.US
and its president, James Krause, violated Washington’s Debt Adjusting Act
and Consumer Protection Act. It says the company charged illegally high
fees and failed to inform customers of their rights. Ferguson says
StudentLoanProcessing.US charged its customers at least $250 to help them
apply for federal loan repayment programs and loan consolidation.
Washington law limits such initial fees to $25.
Everett Herald, April 7, 2015