Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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SYSTEM NEWS | OPINIONS
pass new fitness center fee by a landslide
A new quarterly student and staff fee to maintain Lower Columbia College’s
new fitness center has passed by a landslide, 355 to 99, with a 16 percent
student turnout. Drew Davidson, the student body president, said the
$25 quarterly student fee and $50 staff fee may go into effect as soon as
Longview Daily News, May 19, 2015
joins board of Tacoma Community College Tacoma Community
College alumnus James Curtis has joined the college’s board
of trustees, replacing Chad Wright. A 1999 graduate of TCC who holds a
bachelor’s degree in sociology and a law degree from the University of
Washington, Curtis joined the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office in 2007. He
chairs its diversity committee.
The News Tribune, May 18, 2015
College strengthens commitment to serving men of color Highline College
has joined the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), a
consortium designed to serve and increase graduation rates of men of color.
M2C3 is the first research and practice center specifically focused on
advancing student success outcomes for men of color in community colleges.
Since 2011, M2C3 has partnered with over 65 community colleges in eight
states to support their efforts in addressing challenges facing men of
color. Highline is the first college in the state to partner with M2C3.
Kent Reporter, May 18, 2015
President’s Unsung Hero for May
College relations specialist Somer Hanson is normally the story writer, not
the story’s subject. But Somer’s tireless work writing stories for In
the Spotlight — and her countless other contributions to the
College — have earned her the honor of being the President’s
Unsung Hero for May. In her first year at Clover Park Technical College,
Somer has written 101 feature stories, most of them highlighting students
who have overcome obstacles or found success in their time at the College.
She’s also placed six CPTC stories in The Tacoma News Tribune, where the
greater South Sound region has been able to read about the great things
happening at CPTC.
The Suburban Times, May 18, 2015
Ridge Correctional Center team up for debate
While their paths may be different, the overall goal remains the
same — education. Washington State University and Walla Walla Community College at
the Coyote Ridge Correctional Center team up every year for the Prison
Debate Project, a program that brings together students from both
establishments for a debate in front of nearly 100 inmates at the prison in
KOMO News, May 17, 2015
Mount St. Helens habitat growing in complexity
It’s a cloudy, cool mid-May day in the upper North Fork Toutle River
Valley. I’m doing something I’ve done every five years since Mount St.
Helens exploded May 18, 1980: I’m hiking the two-mile Hummocks Trail near
Coldwater Lake in the northwest corner of the 109,900-acre Mount St. Helens
National Volcanic Monument. ... Serving as a gracious, knowledgeable
interpreter of Mount St. Helens geology this day is Centralia College
earth sciences professor Pat Pringle, who was hired by the U.S. Geological
Survey in 1982 to do fieldwork at Mount St. Helens. He’s gone on to climb
the volcano 11 times and has helped train hundreds of volunteer naturalists
to share the mountain’s story with the public.
The Olympian, May 16, 2015
Community College to offer first four-year degree
Health Information Management students will soon be able to obtain a
four-year degree at Tacoma
Community College. TCC recently won approval from the
State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to offer an Applied
Baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management. Pending
accreditation approval by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and
Universities, the college will offer its first four-year degree starting
The Suburban Times, May 15, 2015
named Centralia College’s Distinguished Alumnus
College Foundation has named David Carsten its annual
distinguished alumnus. Carsten, a 1977 graduate of Centralia College, owns
a dental practice called Pacific Dental Anesthesia in Vancouver, and
specializes in compassionate mobile anesthesia.
Centralia Chronicle, May 15, 2015
While a student in the Esthetic Sciences Program, Renee Beck made a
joke. “I’ll open my own place so all my friends can work there and we
can see each other,” she recalled. She didn’t know it at the time, but
her comment foreshadowed what was to come after she graduated from Clover Park Technical College in
2013 with an Esthetics Sciences degree
and Cosmetology certificate.
The Suburban Times, May 15, 2015
Dr. David Mitchell, CEO of Olympic
College, was among five people and one organization named
as Washington State Association of College Trustees' 2015 ACT Award
winners. The annual award recognizes dedication to Washington’s 34
community and technical colleges and the nearly 388,000 students they serve
each year. The other award winners are: Trustee Leadership Award:
Greg Bever, Community Colleges of Spokane. Partner of the Year: Samaritan
Healthcare, Moses Lake, nominated by Big Bend Community
College. Equity Award: Terry Kinzel, Big Bend Community College.
Faculty Member Award: Dr. Ryann Leonard, Big Bend Community College.
Professional Staff Member Award: Carl Young, Skagit Valley College.
Central Kitsap Reporter, May 14, 2015
takes off at Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla
Community College precision agriculture courses include
drone crop monitoring, computerized mapping systems, high tech controls,
sensors, monitoring systems and guidance systems that help the modern
farmer continuously produce more food, fiber and fuel.
Capital Press, May 14, 2015
GRC to build
new center for aviation and other programs near Lowe's
The flight itinerary calls for Green
River College's aviation program to take wing next summer
from the Lea Hill campus and alight in the valley below. That is, the
college plans to move its aviation program and some smaller programs by the
fall of 2016 into a new, three-story, 30,000-square-foot building, east of
Lowe's at 1232 A St. NE, south of the Auburn Municipal Airport.
The Auburn Reporter, May 14, 2015
high school computer grant to CBC Columbia Basin
College has received a $24,100 grant to help bolster
computer science courses in local high schools through improved teaching
methods. Currently, only two local high schools offer the Advanced
Placement (AP) computer science course in JAVA programming. In 2013,
Washington state passed the computer science law to allow AP computer
science to count as a math and science credit.
KVEW TV, May 14, 2015
Bigfoot Is in the Bones, Winlock Man Says
Is the mystery of Bigfoot’s existence finally solved? One Centralia College
professor said he has discovered scientific evidence that proves the
creature’s existence. He believes the information will be one of the
biggest scientific finds of the century.
Centralia Chronicle, May 14, 2015
named the 2015 Alumnus of the Year for South Seattle College South Seattle
College announced today that Jeff Maxfield has been named
the 2015 Alumnus of the Year. Maxfield, who graduated from South’s
Culinary Arts program in 1996, is currently the Executive Chef at the
SkyCity restaurant located at the top of the iconic Seattle landmark, the
West Seattle Herald, May 14, 2015
3,500 for annual Career Conference Clover Park
Technical College welcomed 3,500 area middle school, high
school and prospective students at the 15thannual Career Conference on May
14. Visitors had free roam of the Lakewood Campus and learned about the
college’s programs from staff, faculty and students. Many of the programs
included hands-on activities during the four-hour open house event.
The Suburban Times, May 14, 2015
TRENDS| HORIZONS | EDUCATION
For students at Florida Atlantic University, getting academic advising last
semester was as convenient as free parking. Since January, two parking
garages on the university’s Boca Raton campus have doubled as academic
advising offices for commuter students, whose schedules had not previously
allowed them to use campus advising services regularly.
Inside Higher Ed, May 19, 2015
state aerospace jobs to drop 8 percent by 2020
Washington state aerospace jobs will decline 8 percent by 2020. A
just-released report by the Aerospace and Advanced Materials
Manufacturing Pipeline Advisory Committee, formed by the Legislature in 2012,
projects that total state aerospace employment will drop to 87,000 by 2020.
The majority of those 87,000 jobs will be at Boeing. But don't
expect massive layoffs or a decline in the rate companies are hiring.
Rather, Boeing and its suppliers will hire people to replace most of the
retiring older workers. However, some of the retiring Boeing workers' jobs
won't be replaced, which accounts for the decline.
Puget Sound Business Journal, May 15, 2015
questions on teacher ed ratings
The National Council on Teacher Quality regularly issues reports on the
state of teacher education programs, finding that many do not meet the
group's standards for rigorous preparation. On Thursday, the University of
North Carolina system released a study it did in collaboration
with NCTQ that raises questions about the value of meeting the standards.
Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2015
POLITICS | LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL
tuition for vets delayed
The Obama administration has delayed a new federal
requirement that public colleges and universities receiving GI Bill
funding provide recent veterans with the benefit of in-state tuition,
regardless of their residency. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald
on Friday announced that he was pushing back the deadline for
public institutions to comply with the in-state tuition provision of the
Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act that Congress passed
last August. The provision will now take effect Jan. 1 of next year
instead of July 1, 2015.
Inside Higher Ed, May 19, 2015
controls limit options for higher ed
Public universities under strong control from their state legislatures and
governing systems are having a more difficult time responding to the
financial pressures on public higher education, according to a new report
from Moody's. State governments can control decisions as wide ranging as
tuition rates to faculty pay levels to procurement, despite the fact that
many legislatures with such policies have also dramatically dropped their
Inside Higher Ed, May 18, 2015
How ending the
two-tiered student-loan system would help struggling borrowers
Defaulting on a student loan is not pleasant. It wrecks a borrower’s credit,
puts her into the unpleasant world of debt collection, and can even result
in wages or Social Security benefits being garnished. There are increasing
calls to keep down student debt and to create more flexible payment plans
to avoid default. If we care so much about student loan debt, then
it’s time to end the existing two-tiered system of handling students who
default — one that doubles down on struggling borrowers by inflating the
balances they owe, and another that helps them get a fresh start at a much
The Chronicle of Higher Ed, May 15, 2015
proposes reining in deals between colleges and banks
The U.S. Education Department on Friday proposed new regulations aimed at
reining in agreements between colleges and banks that want to market their
products to students. The proposed rules, scheduled for
publication in Monday’s Federal Register, represent the Obama
administration’s latest effort to curb those agreements, which can leave
students on the hook for fees they may have incurred unintentionally.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2015
on new federal student loans will drop for 2015-16
Interest rates on new federal student loans will drop for the 2015-16
academic year, The Wall Street Journal reports. The rate on
undergraduate Stafford loans will drop to 4.29 percent, down from 4.66
percent this year. Graduate Stafford loans’ interest rate will be 5.84
percent, down from 6.21 percent. The rate on PLUS loans for parents and
graduate students will be 6.84 percent, down from 7.21 percent.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 13, 2015