Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges
Thursday, July 16, 2015
News Links | July 16, 2015
SYSTEM NEWS | OPINIONS
students visit Nicaragua as part of new alternative break program
Instead of the typical college break backdrop of sunny beaches and raucous
hotel rooms, a group of Pierce
College students opted for a completely different
experience to kick off their summer break. As part of Pierce College’s
new Raiders Serve Alternative Break program — which works with Panorama
Service Expeditions, a nonprofit which allows colleges to participate in
already existing projects in communities — 10 local students sacrificed
nine days out of their summer volunteering at a small community of coffee
farmers in the rural community of Santa Julia in Nicaragua.
Puyallup Herald, July 15, 2015
financial clarity for Clark College students Clark College
Foundation received a grant from the Community Foundation for Southwest
Washington to assist in breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty in
the region. The $30,000 grant is designated for a full-time financial
literacy coach within Clark College’s Career Services department.
The Reflector, July 15, 2015
Mattis says he won't be running for president
Marines have been calling on retired Gen. James Mattis to consider a run
for the Oval Office for years, but they shouldn't expect him to hit the
campaign trail anytime soon. The former head of U.S. Central Command
addressed the calls for a presidential bid during a recent speech at Columbia Basin College
in Washington state.
Marine Corps Times, July 15, 2015
joins CPTC as VP for finance and administration Clover Park
Technical College President Dr. Lonnie L. Howard is pleased
to announce the selection of Larry Clark as the college’s vice president
for Finance and Administration. Clark, who has been employed at CPTC since
2012 as the controller, replaces Linda Schoonmaker, who accepted a position
at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.
The Suburban Times, July 15, 2015
tuition cut for Washington college students
The new state budget means some financial relief for college students
across the state. Lawmakers approved a tuition decrease of 5 percent for
community college students. ... Like many college students Austin
Abeyta had a burden to pay off. ... He’s now attending Edmonds Community College
in Lynnwood because it is more affordable than a four-year university.
Q13 Fox, July 14, 2015
annual boost to local economy
Approximately 11,000 riders made their way through Lewis County over the
weekend for the annual Seattle to Portland bike ride, providing the local
economy with a “substantial” boost, city officials said. Lewis County is
the midway point for the thousands of cyclers completing the over 200-mile
journey, with Centralia
College becoming a large hub for the ones staying
Centralia Chronicle, July 13, 2015
community colleges post high success ratings
Feel free to shout it from your car window, the South Sound has some of the
best community colleges. According to a chart compiled by College
Measures and published by CNN Money, several South Sound community colleges
have a high success rating, as measured by the percentage of students who
graduate within three years or transferred to four-year colleges.
... Coming in at top for Washington, and 22nd overall, is Pierce College at
Puyallup. ... Other South Sound colleges include: Centralia College, Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom, Green River College, Tacoma Community College, Highline College,
Puget Sound Community College.
Business Examiner, July 8, 2015
TRENDS| HORIZONS | EDUCATION
A middle school
For some students, plans to attend college take shape during high school.
But according to researchers, high school can be too late to start
planning — financially and academically. A new study released by
the Urban Institute today, available on its website at 10 a.m.,
identifies new ways to help make middle schoolers and their families aware
of their financial aid options, letting them know that college can be a
reality for those who might think they can't afford it.
Inside Higher Ed, July 16, 2015
internships here to stay?
It was called the court case that could end unpaid internships.
Its initial ruling was hailed as a major win for unpaid interns,
one that could concretely establish the illegality of many uncompensated
internships. But a new appellate court ruling in the case
has paid intern advocates worried the pendulum could swing back in the
Inside Higher Ed, July 16, 2015
transcripts more than ‘a record of everything the student has forgotten’
Stanford University’s registrar, Thomas C. Black, isn’t surprised that
fewer employers are asking for college transcripts these days. The
old-school version, with its list of abbreviated course titles, credit
hours, and grades, might as well broadcast, "Here is a record of
everything the student has forgotten," says Mr. Black, who is also
associate vice provost for student affairs. "There’s
a clamor," he says, "for something more
meaningful." That "something" is a form of extended
transcript or digital portfolio that captures more of what students are
learning both inside and outside the classroom.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 15, 2015
The large for-profit college chain isn't dead. Stop the funeral dirges
— or celebratory hymns, depending on where you fall on the political
spectrum. ... The decline is undoubtedly happening. According to the
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, for-profit student
enrollment is down 4.9 percent compared to last spring.
Inside Higher Ed, July 15, 2015
group and big chains part ways
The for-profit college sector’s primary trade group is being buffeted by
some of the same challenges its industry faces. Most large, publicly held
for-profit chains have left the Association of Private Sector College and
Universities (APSCU) in the last year or so. And officials with the
association said they have begun restructuring and refocusing on their
Inside Higher Ed, July 15, 2015
POLITICS | LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL
loans for a new for-profit education sector
Coder boot camps. Accelerated learning programs. New economy skills
training. Whatever you call them, these new players in
higher education are multiplying. The intensive programs say they can teach
job-ready skills in technology, design and related fields. In record time.
... One fan of these programs is President Obama. In March, the White
House announced the TechHire initiative to help communities
recognize, and hire, boot camp graduates in order to close the famous
KUOW, July 14, 2015
updates list of colleges it’s watching closely
Last month the U.S. Department of Education updated its list of colleges
subject to stricter financial monitoring because of concerns about their
management or other problems. The new list of colleges under
heightened cash monitoring has 413 institutions subject to the first level
of scrutiny and 70 colleges subject to the second, more restrictive level.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 14, 2015