Thursday, July 2, 2015

News Links | July 2, 2015


Opinion: Community colleges and health care
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the healthcare sector will add the most new jobs between 2012 and 2022. Even before the Affordable Care Act was passed, the healthcare sector represented nearly 19 percent of all spending in the nation's economy and 13 percent of all jobs. Community colleges are the pipeline for training and certifying more than half of all healthcare workers. ... Other innovative programs created by community colleges for the healthcare industry include Renton Technical College in Seattle training entry level workers at the Virginia Mason Medical Center to become medical assistants.
The Huffington Post, July 1, 2015

Outreach from community colleges helps to build STEM pipeline
Four-year schools can provide an intense curriculum for students interested in science, technology, engineering or math, but for many STEM majors, these colleges weren't their starting point. Half of the people who go into STEM fields start at community colleges, says Cindy Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District in California. ... Miles was joined in the "Community Colleges: STEM's Secret Weapon" session by Jean Hernandez, president of Edmonds Community College in Washington, and Jerome S. Parker, president of Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania.
US News & World Report, July 1, 2015

Centralia College breaks ground on TransAlta student commons
Community leaders and supporters of the new TransAlta Student Commons building gathered at the corner of West Pearl Street and South Washington Avenue on the campus of Centralia College Wednesday to help celebrate a monumental time for the college.
Centralia College, July 1, 2015

Peninsula sees a rising risk of fires
The increasing fire risk tied to abnormally warm and dry weather conditions is igniting concerns statewide, including in Clallam County and Sequim. ... Within the county, more than 13,000 homes were identified as being located in the area’s wildland-urban interface, according to 2009 Center of Excellence Technical Report at Peninsula College and Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment.
Sequim Gazette, July 1, 2015

LCC tuition will decrease by 5 percent this fall
Lower Columbia College students may hear a little more jingle in their pockets next year. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a state budget Tuesday that included a 5 percent tuition decrease for Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges.
Longview Daily News, July 1, 2015

Two-year, $38.2B state budget passes; shutdown averted
The threat of a government shutdown dissipated Monday as state lawmakers passed a $38.2 billion budget for government operations in the next two years. ... The final agreement also will provide a 5 percent reduction in tuition for students at all two-year colleges and four-year universities this fall. In 2016, it will be reduced further so that tuition at the University of Washington and Washington State University will be 15 percent less than the just-completed school year. At the regional universities it will be 20 percent lower. At Everett Community College, it means the cost for an in-state student enrolled in 15 credits for three quarters would drop from $4,000.05 to $3,800.05, or a savings of $200.
Everett Herald, June 30, 2015

Budgets feature OC degrees, ferry operating money
Education was among the biggest winners in the state operating budget passed Monday. Kitsap was no exception. Olympic College added a couple of more four-year degree programs to its growing stable, and its students got their tuition reduced.
Kitsap Sun, June 30, 2015

UW vice president heads to Seattle Central College as interim president
Seattle Central College has a new interim president: Sheila Edwards Lange, the vice president for minority affairs and vice provost for diversity at the University of Washington. ... Before she came to the UW in 2007, Edwards Lange worked for the three-campus Seattle College District at its main office, and also at North Seattle College.
The Seattle Times, June 29, 2015

Opinion: Investing In students who need it most
By Tina Bloomer, policy research associate at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Rather than cutting costs, we should be focusing on how we can dedicate our limited resources to provide the best possible supports for students. We must decide: Is it better to serve fewer students but provide the full supports needed to help those students reach success, or is it better to serve many and hope that they are able to get to the end without as many supports?
American Association of Community Colleges, June 24, 2015


Survey: 70% of students stressed over finances
A national study released today finds that 70 percent of college students are stressed over their finances.
Inside Higher Ed, July 1, 2015


Canceling Clery?
Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, suggested last week that she was in favor of “removing” the Clery Act, the law that requires colleges to provide and publicize information about campus crimes. In a statement late Wednesday night, though, she softened her language, saying through a spokeswoman that she had been referring only to the campus security law's reporting requirements.
Inside Higher Ed, July 2, 2015

Senate scuffle leaves $2 billion hole in day-old $38 billion operating budget
Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new $38.2 billion budget into law Tuesday evening, but by early Wednesday morning, it already had a $2 billion hole in it. The two-year spending plan hinges on the Legislature delaying Initiative 1351, the measure to lower class sizes that voters approved in November. But in a surprise development, the state Senate shot down a crucial bill Wednesday morning that would delay the initiative for the next four years. Now the state has an operating budget that doesn’t balance — something that may or may not be an urgent problem, depending on which person you ask.
The News Tribune, July 1, 2015

‘Historic’ tuition cut sets state apart from rest of U.S.
For years, Washington college students have been arguing that the best form of financial aid is low tuition. This year, Washington legislators agreed with them. In its 2015-17 budget, the Legislature cut four-year college tuition costs by 15 to 20 percent by 2016 — making Washington the only state in the country to lower tuition for public universities and colleges next year. Community-college tuition will drop by 5 percent.
The Seattle Times, June 30, 2015