Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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Phase two of completion
Few colleges have signed onto the national college completion agenda with as much vigor as Sinclair Community College. And while national graduation rates have seen only a slow inching up, Sinclair has managed a big jump. ... Some community colleges have taken a break and later returned to participating in Achieving the Dream, including New Mexico’s Santa Fe Community College, and Big Bend Community College, which is located in Washington.
Inside Higher Ed, June 2, 2015

College enrollment begins, but financial aid is tardy
Washington's colleges and universities began enrolling students in summer classes on Monday. Students are ready. State lawmakers are not. ... "Yeah, if the financial aid doesn't come through in time to sign up for classes, I won't be able to go," said Ashlee Kile, who was planning to enroll in summer classes this week at Olympic College in Bremerton. ... "In a normal quarter," said Olympic College President David Mitchell, "if they don't pay by a certain time, you drop them for not paying. We'll extend that. We'll extend that time. So they're registering without paying."
KOMO News, June 1, 2015

College aid caught in budget gridlock
At South Puget Sound Community College they have to wait for the state budget gridlock to break before they know for sure how much state college aid they can offer to 700 summer school students.

KIRO TV, June 1, 2015

Opinion: Colleagues as Guinea Pigs
By Joe Cooke, an accounting and business instructor at Walla Walla Community College. f you’re going to experiment with "project-based learning" as a teaching tool in your classroom, why not try it out on your colleagues, too? That was my thinking, anyway, at a recent conference where I was assigned to introduce a group of educators to PBL, as it’s known. The theme of the conference was learner-centered instruction, so I had chosen a "jigsaw" approach.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 1, 2015

Programming club aims to help grow, keep local business with hackathon event
When he arrived on campus after transferring from Bellevue College, Taban Cosmos, a computer science major at Central Washington University, started looking for places where students with an entrepreneurial spirit can collaborate.
Ellensburg Daily Record, June 1, 2015

Building for the future: YVCC proudly readies Palmer Martin Hall
A “new building smell” wafts through Palmer Martin Hall on Friday, Yakima Valley Community College’s newest building. Everyone is pitching in to get those final touches completed in time for Tuesday’s grand opening. Even YVCC spokeswoman Niki Hopkins is lending a hand, repositioning one or two lightbulbs that just aren’t illuminating the sprawling mural on the south wall of the first floor main hallway.
Yakima Herald-Republic, June 1, 2015

Nontraditional schools offer kids an opportunity
For some, graduating from high school wouldn’t be possible without going to “alternative” high schools, where students can get their diplomas in nontraditional means. ... Instead of dropping out of high school, [Carolann] Petersen threw herself into her studies at State Street and Skagit Valley College, where she is a Running Start student. After graduation, she intends to continue her nursing studies at Skagit Valley College, then move on to Washington State University and maybe the Peace Corps.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 1, 2015

College partners with transit for hybrid vehicle testing
Peninsula College has formed an automotive partnership with the Clallam Transit System (CTS), by providing hybrid vehicle testing and reconditioning. The college worked out an agreement with CTS to work on three of the fleet's Prius's. Mike Hansen is the Automotive Program Coordinator at Peninsula College.
KONP, June 1, 2015

BBCC student receives Heroes for Life award
Big Bend Community College student Gabriela Olivia was selected as a recipient of the Inland Northwest Blood Center's 2015 Heroes for Life award. Olivia, a graduate of Lind/Ritzville High School has spearheaded the Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive at BBCC for the last two years as President of BBCC's M.E.Ch.A. Club. The project has increased awareness in the Hispanic/Latino community regarding the importance of donating blood and participating in bone marrow registry.
KXLY, June 1, 2015

Skagit Valley College Phi Theta Kappa achieves international top 100 chapter status
Theta Upsilon, the Skagit Valley College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), has been recognized among the top 100 chapters worldwide. The announcement was made at the International Hallmark Awards Gala in April during the International Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Theta Upsilon was awarded “Top 100 Chapter” status and recognized as a Five-Star Chapter.
Whidbey Local, June 1, 2015

Fostering a culture connection
Skagit Valley College brought the world to Mount Vernon on Saturday with live dancing and singing performances and sizzling foreign dishes served from food trucks. The annual Celebrate the World multicultural event lured hundreds of Skagitonians representing many ethnicities.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 31, 2015

Yakima Latinos have a historic opportunity for civic engagement
Yakima’s Latino population has grown exponentially in the last 30 years, but the same can’t be said for its representation in government. Even before the American Civil Liberties Union filed its voting rights lawsuit against Yakima in 2012, supporters of Yakima’s old elections system had one question: If the Latino community is crying out for representation, why aren’t they running for office? ... To that end, Morales and a group of Yakima Valley Community College students organized a daylong civic engagement conference Saturday, featuring state officials and local Latino leaders. The aim was to educate Yakima residents on taking proactive roles in government and in the larger community. About 70 people, mostly young Latino students, attended.
Yakima Herald-Republic, May 30, 2015

LCC director Don Correll retiring after 39 years of shows
“Every quarter I create a world and then I destroy it,” says Don Correll. “Then I make another one and destroy it. And then I do it again.” Over the past 39 years, Correll has created more than 200 worlds in the form of comedies and dramas at Lower Columbia College’s Center Stage theater.
Longview Daily News, May 30, 2015

CPTC: Ready for the final course
Jaron Witsoe has found success in the restaurant business since the age of 17. His career started when he was a Running Start student at Clover Park Technical College, where he studied to earn his high school diploma and associate’s degree in Culinary Arts. But the pull to work full-time took Witsoe away from the college one class short of a two-year degree. Nearly 10 years later, Witsoe will return to CPTC for Summer Quarter to finish his associate’s degree so he can go on to pursue his goal of a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management.
The Suburban Times, May 29, 2015

Bellevue College expands its offerings as Bellevue grows more diverse
Bellevue College wants to partner with Washington State University to expand its slate of four year degrees. It’s a small step in a much bigger transformation.
KUOW, May 28, 2015

Skagit speller makes it to 3rd round before tripping on ‘damson’
After successfully spelling “caribou” in Round 2, Mount Vernon Christian School seventh-grader Julia McCoy was tripped up Wednesday in Round 3 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on the word “damson.” ... Julia earned her way to the national bee by winning first at her school bee in January and then the Skagit County Regional Spelling Bee in March. Winning the regional bee meant an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national competition. Sponsors included the Skagit Valley Herald, Puget Sound Energy and Skagit Valley College.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 27, 2015

Tacoma immigrant brought heart for service from Taiwan
Theresa Pan Hosley doesn’t find retirement so much unlikely as inconceivable. “It would be kind of boring,” she said. “I will work and volunteer as long as I’m healthy.” At 64, Hosley has spent her adult life doing both, and Tacoma seems the recipient. Hosley has been a trustee for Bates Technical College, the Korean Women’s Association, Annie Wright School and a principal at the Tacoma Chinese Language School.
The News Tribune, May 12, 2015


The rise of food-studies programs
Building off of the growing popularity of nutrition-based degrees, one Bronx community college is attempting to change how lower-income communities eat.
The Atlantic, June 1, 2015

Social sciences produce leaders
Politicians and plenty of parents throughout the world regularly urge students to think practically, and to focus on degrees in technology or business. And colleges and universities around the world are being pressured to focus on disciplines outside the liberal arts and sciences. But a survey being released today suggests that leaders of a range of organizations internationally (including the United States) are most likely to have a degree in the social sciences, with 44 percent of leaders holding such a credential.
Inside Higher Ed, June 1, 2015

Service members to receive Navient settlement money
Nearly 78,000 members of the military who federal prosecutors said were overcharged on their student loans will begin to receive a total of $60 million in compensation next month, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.
Inside Higher Ed, May 29, 2015

You draw it: How family income affects children’s college chances
How likely is it that children who grow up in very poor families go to college? How about children who grow up in very rich families? We’d like you to draw your guess for every income level on the chart below. ... When you’ve finished drawing, we’ll compare your line to the reality for children born in the early 1980s, based on research by a team of economists.
The New York Times, May 28, 2015


Supreme Court delivers narrow ruling in Facebook threats case
The Supreme Court on Monday delivered a narrow ruling in a case concerning threats made on social media, dodging the larger questions about the First Amendment implications of online speech. In a 7-2 vote, the court ruled threats made online can't land someone in prison merely if a "reasonable person" — a common legal standard — takes them seriously. ... A broad ruling that detailed how the First Amendment does or doesn't protect online speech also would have had implications for higher education, where administrators and faculty members regularly grapple with how — or if — to control student behavior on social media.
Inside Higher Ed, June 2, 2015

Inslee to convene Washington budget negotiations
Washington Governor Jay Inslee plans to convene budget negotiations in his office beginning at 10 a.m. Monday morning. The Democrat hopes he can break the partisan gridlock over the state budget. Washington lawmakers are embarking on a second 30-day special session. The first overtime session did not produce a bipartisan budget agreement. But recent positive fiscal news should make it easier to bridge the gap.
Northwest Public Radio, May 29, 2015

GET prepaid tuition safe, say GOP advocates of 25% tuition cut
A GOP proposal to slash state tuition by 25 percent would have unintended consequences for the thousands of families who have paid for their children’s college tuition in advance, some Democrats say.
The Seattle Times, May 29, 2015