Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges
Thursday, May 28, 2015
News Links | May 28, 2015
SYSTEM NEWS | OPINIONS
Sen. Murray about challenges of working through college
Congress is working on rewriting the rules that determine how federal
financial aid for college is distributed, and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray,
D-Washington, is playing a key role. On Tuesday, Murray spent an hour
talking to three Washington college students about how financial aid has
worked for them — and how it hasn’t. ... In the meeting at Seattle Central College,
all three students talked about how difficult it has been to work
their way through school by holding down one or two jobs. Green River College student
Karen Gamez, who moved here from Mexico when she was 3 years old, told
Murray that for many years she thought she’d be able to take advantage of
the College Bound Scholarship, a state program that helps students
from low-income families cover the costs of attending a public college.
The Seattle Times, May 27, 2015
YVCC will share
grant to extend winery education program
An $853,000 grant will help expand Yakima
Valley Community College’s winery and vineyard technology
programs beyond its two campuses. The National Science Foundation has
awarded a three-year grant to YVCC, South
Seattle College and Wenatchee
Valley College in order for the three schools to offer
students enhanced opportunities to become well-rounded in the state’s wine
and grape industry.
Yakima Herald, May 27, 2015
team up to offer 4-year IT degree Walla Walla
Community College and Central Washington University have
worked out an agreement for students wanting to stay here but earn a
four-year bachelor’s of applied science in information technology and
administrative management. The deal is aimed at meeting growing
demands of students like Luke Fidge, an IT specialist for the community
college who graduated with a two-year associate of applied arts and
sciences degree in 2003.
Walla Walla Union- Bulletin, May 27, 2015
outreach discussed by BBCC trustees
How to get more Hispanic students to take advantage of the opportunities at Big Bend Community College
was a topic of discussion at the regular meeting of college trustees
Columbia Basin Herald, May 27, 2015
are creating the future we want
It was only a symbolic spadeful of dirt, but last week’s groundbreaking on
Jefferson Healthcare’s $21 million Emergency and Specialty Services
Building (ESSB) was very significant from a community standpoint. It
represents a commitment on the part of the hospital district to provide
quality health care for our community now and into the future. “This
building is not only an investment in Jefferson Healthcare, it is an
investment in Jefferson County,” noted Chief Executive Officer Mike
Glenn. Glenn also observed the hospital is not alone in its drive to
update and expand. Peninsula
College is starting work on Building 202 at Fort Worden and
will create a permanent home on the Fort Worden campus.
Port Townsend Leader, May 27, 2015
across cultures Clover Park Technical
College welcomed 38 students from Osaka Jikei College for a
three-day study tour May 19-21. The medical laboratory students from
OJC visit CPTC twice a year for the opportunity to learn from the students
in CPTC’s Medical Histology Technicianand Medical Laboratory
Technician programs. The recent visit was hosted by the Medical
Histology Technician Program.
The Suburban Times, May 27, 2015
celebrates Week of the Young Child™ with 10th annual ladybug release
The Center for Families (CFF) at Edmonds
Community College celebrated the Week of the Young Child™
by participating in different events and activities throughout the month of
April. The Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the National
Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). One event is
the CFF 10th annual ladybug release, held every Earth Day.
Edmonds Beacon, May 27, 2015
College Memorial Day ceremony
Gun shots rang out across Centralia
College’s campus on Friday afternoon as the Marine Corps
League paid tribute to the veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice for
their country. In the annual Memorial Day ceremony held at the Veterans
Monument on campus, the honor guard and members of both the community and
college took a moment of silence to recognize those who have died.
Centralia Chronicle, May 22, 2015
With 14 active-duty service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord enrolled
in Clover Park
Technical College’s 18-credit certificate Fundamental
Skills for Manufacturing and Engineering program, training for their
transition out of the military has become easier with the help of key
Northwest Guardian, May 21, 2015
TRENDS| HORIZONS | EDUCATION
Community colleges tend to receive the least amount of public financial
support compared to other institutions, yet they are asked to push high
numbers of low-income students into the middle class with few resources.
A report released by the Century Foundation
today — "How Higher Education Funding Shortchanges Community
Colleges" — calls on states to reform funding models to
better help two-year institutions jump-start social mobility.
Inside Higher Ed, May 28, 2015
Sometimes, solutions come easily. After the University of Texas at Austin
started holding study abroad-focused receptions for sophomores receiving
Pell Grants, the number of students receiving federally funded Benjamin A.
Gilman International Scholarships — which are only available to
students on Pell Grants — "shot up," said Heather
Barclay Hamir, the former director of study abroad at UT Austin and now the
president-elect at the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University.
"It was that simple."
Inside Higher Ed, May 28, 2015
Read the Education Dept.’s mammoth report on education in 2015
The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics
on Wednesday released its annual report on the condition of American
education. Included in the many-paged report are facts and figures
encompassing higher, secondary, and elementary education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 28, 2015
The group of undocumented students who gathered at the City University of
New York this month to recognize their selection as scholarship recipients
looks more diverse than one might expect. From countries as different as
Haiti, Poland, South Korea, and Zambia, all are enrolled at CUNY with the
help of TheDream.US scholarship fund. Eighteen young men and
women, known as Dreamers, spoke with The Chronicle about their
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 27, 2015
college students deserve debt relief?
A push is on among consumer groups to have the U.S. Department of Education
cancel the federal student debt incurred by students at Corinthian
Colleges, a for-profit chain that just went belly up. These students
are finding out that the credits for which they borrowed thousands of
dollars have no value. Other colleges and universities won’t accept them
and employers don’t respect them. I support the Corinthian students in
their quest for relief. But what about the others? What happens to the
millions of people all over the nation who were lured into debt traps by
expensive schools that never delivered on their promises of quality
educations and careers?
The News Tribune, May 26, 2015
POLITICS | LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL
A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the U.S.
Department of Education’s rewritten “gainful employment” rule, handing a
victory to the Obama administration in its longstanding regulatory battle
with for-profit colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, May 28, 2015
finds little evidence servicers are failing troops
The Education Department has cleared the companies that manage its
student-loan payments of wrongdoing in a yearlong investigation into their
treatment of military borrowers. ... The department's findings stand
in stark contrast to the results of a 2014 audit by the Department of
Justice, which found that one of the servicers had unfairly
denied the benefit to 93 percent of applicants. The discrepancy appears to
be a result of different standards applied by the agencies.
The Chronicle of Higher Ed, May 27, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday that its four main federal
student loan servicers, including Navient, have mostly followed the law in
granting special interest-rate benefits to members of the military.
Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2015