Tuesday, May 12, 2015

News Links | May 12, 2015


Increased clinic hours means more experience for dental technology students
Since she was a little girl, Zoe Smith has loved going to the dentist’s office. ... As a student in the dental technology program at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy [at Skagit Valley College], Smith will be a few steps closer to that goal come June.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 12, 2015

New student rec center taking shape at Whatcom Community College
Work continues on a new pavilion and student recreation center at Whatcom Community College, scheduled to open Sept. 22, the first day of fall quarter at the Bellingham campus.
The News Tribune, May 11, 2015

Video: Columbia Basin College gets unveils new 3-D printer
Columbia Basin College unveils their new 3-D printer that was purchased with a donation from HAPO Community Credit Union.
Tri-City Herald, May 11, 2015

Mom earns two degrees while working full time as nurse
If any mom deserves breakfast in bed this Mother's Day, it's Vancouver's Candace Hart. On May 2 in Everett, Hart received a Master of Science degree in nursing education from Western Governors University Washington. ... In 1999, when Hart completed her associate's degree at Clark College and became a registered nurse, she believed she was finished with school. At that time, nursing emphasized experience over education, said Hart, a Hudson's Bay High School graduate. But expectations in the nursing field have changed.
The Columbian, May 10, 2015

Presentations, mock DUI designed to show kids consequences of driving under influence
It was too late for the guy on the car hood - the EMTs took a second to check his pulse and moved on. The sad part was, the guy on the hood was completely innocent. He hadn't been drinking, and neither had his passenger. The driver that hit them had been drinking and was arrested. That was one of the things organizers of the Community Partnership Against Substance Abuse program wanted the students watching to understand. "Every decision in life really does matter when you're behind the wheel of a vehicle," said Josh Sainsbury of the Grant County Sheriff's Office. Students at Big Bend Community College have been sponsoring the daylong conference, held Thursday, for nine years.
Columbia Basin Herald, May 9, 2015

Cowlitz County sees job gains, but there's still 'a ways to go'
A lot has changed in the two years since Dave Miller was laid off as a tree trimmer, and it shows in his smile as he flips through photos on his smart phone. A union job paying $24 an hour — which he landed last summer — would bring a smile to anyone who had been unemployed for a long time. And Miller savors the chance to make even more when he finishes his apprenticeship and starts welding. ... When he was laid off in 2012, a friend suggested he apply to a unionized welding fabrication shop. ... But he didn't have enough qualifications, and having to care for his ailing father caused him to miss an application deadline for a union apprenticeship. Instead he enrolled into Lower Columbia College’s worker retraining program.He completed the two-year program in one year.
Longview Daily News, May 9, 2015

Music, dance and food spark SPSCC's 20th Cinco De Mayo celebration
With dazzling costuming and Aztec dancing by the Olympia-based Danza Quetzalciol de Olympia along with a smooth latin music performance by the Intercambia OlyWa group helped South Puget Sound Community College kick-off its 20th Cinco De Mayo celebration May 5th in their Student Union Building.
The Olympian, May 7, 2015

Skagit Valley College plaza dedicated to former president
When he was president of Skagit Valley College, Gary Tollefson used to look out the window of his office, across the parking lot, past the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center and picture what would one day stand there — a brand new, 72,858-square-foot building with a multifunctional plaza in front. Planning for the new Charles Lewis Hall and adjoining plaza began during the 2007-2009 biennium. It all came together Thursday with a dedication of the plaza, which now bears Tollefson’s name.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 7, 2015

Kaminski, King named Ted Robertson award winners
Linda Kaminski, president of Yakima Valley Community College, and Ron King, a longtime local broadcast sales consultant, each received the 2015 Ted Robertson Community Service Award this morning. ... The award, named after the late, longtime Yakima Herald-Republic publisher, was created in 1989 to recognize Yakima Valley residents who have contributed to the community.
Yakima Herald-Republic, May 7, 2015

Skagit Valley College alum in Nepal when earthquake hit
Skagit Valley College alumnus Rob Stiles is no stranger to earthquakes. After graduating from the college in the late 1990s and Washington State University in 2001, the Marysville-Pilchuck High School graduate who considers himself as having his “roots” in the Skagit Valley found himself living in Los Angeles. But any earthquake he experienced in California pales in comparison to the one he and his wife Kari experienced in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 25.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 7, 2015

CPTC: Medical lab tech students meet and greet
Dana Guinn’s Medical Laboratory Technician students are just a few weeks into their first quarter at Clover Park Technical College, but they had an early opportunity to connect with potential clinical site representatives at the program’s annual meet and greet event on May 6 in the Rotunda.
The Suburban Times, May 7, 2015


Anxiety, depression and more
For the fifth year in a row, anxiety is the top condition of students seeking care at campus counseling centers, according to a survey released Monday night by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors.
Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2015

Millennials surpass Gen Xers as the largest generation in U.S. labor force
More than one-in-three American workers today are Millennials (adults ages 18 to 34 in 2015), and this year they surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce, according to new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. This milestone occurred in the first quarter of 2015, as the 53.5 million-strong Millennial workforce has risen rapidly. The Millennial labor force had last year surpassed that of the Baby Boom, which has declined as Boomers retire.
Pew Research Center, May 11, 2015

New analysis of economic value of college majors
Many of the findings of the newest report by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce will surprise exactly no one. The study, on the economic value of various college majors, analyzes the wages of 137 disciplinary areas.
Inside Higher Ed, May 8, 2015

The hidden portion of student-loan debt
More than six years after the 2008 financial crisis, American families have reduced household debt by about $900 billion. But one type of debt has been difficult to clear: student loans. That debt continued to grow during and after the downturn, and is now greater than both auto-loan and credit-card debt.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 8, 2015

In program’s second year, U.S. will offer colleges $60 million in grants for attainment
Colleges can apply for $60 million in grants through the U.S. Department of Education’s second “First in the World” innovation competition. The grants are meant to fund “the development and testing of innovative approaches and strategies to improve postsecondary education attainment,” the department said in a news release on Friday.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 8, 2015

3 key findings about college admissions
If your vice president for enrollment looks haggard these days, maybe it’s because the percentage of accepted applicants who enroll keeps going down, complicating those all-important revenue projections. Or maybe she’s scrambling to attract more transfer students to the campus. The best strategy for recruiting foreign students? Everyone’s trying to figure that out, too. Those are a few of the challenges described in a new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, known as NACAC.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 7, 2015

Washington best state for nurses; Louisiana the worst
For the second year in a row, a state in the Pacific Northwest ranks as the best in the country for nurses, while a state in the South ranks as the worst, according to new research from the finance site WalletHub. ... Washington moved up one place to claim the No. 1 ranking this year, followed by Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Texas to round out the top five.
Fierce Healthcare, May 6, 2015


Debt-free catches on
After a concerted push over the past several months from liberals and progressive groups, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign appears to be on the cusp of embracing a debt-free college plan. The Democratic front-runner’s campaign manager promoted the idea last week during an interview on CNBC.
Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2015