Thursday, October 29, 2015

News Links | October 29, 2015


Yakima Chamber of Commerce hands out honors
Several businesses and individuals were recognized Thursday at the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards event. ... Linda Kaminski and Ronald King were given the organization’s biggest award, the Ted Robertson Community Service Award. ... Kaminski, president of Yakima Valley Community College, was recognized for overseeing more than $100 million in capital improvements over her two-decade tenure at the college as well as her involvement in several community organizations.
Yakima Herald, Oct. 22, 2015

YWCA Announces 2015 Olympia Women & Business of Achievement Honorees
Barbara Clarkson (Racial Justice): Barbara Clarkson is a longtime community advocate and Trustee atSouth Puget Sound Community College and the SPSCC Foundation, passionate about letting us know “It is time for the community to show up” and leading by example. As a charter member of the Thurston Group of Washington Board of Directors, she has helped raise over $6M to support over 850 students with scholarships and financial aid.
Thurston Talk, Oct. 23, 2015

Hollywood comes to Bellevue | Students work as producers, crew members
For six days this summer, Bellevue College became a Hollywood set of sorts, and its students joined the ranks of professionals to film an innovative new movie. Cameras, production crew members and actors filled main campus to film “Pendulum,” a film about a disgraced journalist who teams up with a reluctant veteran detective to investigate the death of a young girl. The script is full of murder, politics and intrigue, bringing to mind HBO’s hit miniseries “True Detective”, said Judith Lindsay-Kiama, a Bellevue College film student and one of the movie’s co-producers. The majority of the more than 50 crew members were Bellevue College Digital Media Arts and Advanced Track video students and alumni, and it was produced by Lindsay-Kiama and fellow alumni Robin Steel Haaseth.
Bellevue Reporter, Oct. 23, 2015

New Recreation Center in Bothell Serves Two Schools
The University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College have opened a joint recreation and activities center on their shared campus in Bothell, Washington. The $20 million, 36,000-square-foot Activities and Recreation Center has numerous amenities: fitness areas, offices for student life and government groups, multiple meeting spaces, and a space for large student events and activities.
Club Industry, Oct. 23, 2015

From Pilot to Inventor to HVAC Student: Tacoma Man’s Career Brings Him Back to Clover Park TC
Clover Park Technical College’s rich history dates back to World War II, when school districts provided training to area citizens to repair and maintain military equipment.  ... With an interest in aviation, Richard Magoon chose to study aviation mechanics at Clover Park High School in 1949.  ... Since 1979 Magoon has continued to come up with new ideas and different ways to do things. His latest idea has brought him back to CPTC, where he is enrolled in the Heating and Air Conditioning Refrigeration/Service Technician Program at the age of 81.
Suburban Times, Oct. 23, 2015

Harriette Bryant has been named to the Olympic College Board of Trustees. She will replace Alice Tawresey, who served on the College Board of Trustees since 2006. Bryant is the immediate past-chair of the Kitsap Community Foundation, chairwoman of the Bremerton Housing Authority, has served as the president of the Kitsap County YWCA board of directors, is a member of the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound Board of Governors ...
Kitsap Sun, Oct. 25, 2015

Whatcom View: WCC Foundation scholarships have profound impact on students
Through the Whatcom Community College Foundation, I found a rewarding opportunity to move both convictions to action by establishing a scholarship. I credit the 2010 WCC Foundation Donor Appreciation Breakfast for the inspiration. I was moved by the stories shared by scholarship recipients and by the students’ sincere desire to make a better life for themselves and their families through education. Soon after, I established the Pratt Karasik scholarship in memory of my husband and in honor of our shared commitment to education. Inspired by my own career in science and engineering, my scholarship is awarded to students who are pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or math.  | Brenda-Lee Karasik, Ph.D., is a member of the Whatcom Community College Foundation board of directors.
Bellingham Herald, Oct. 25, 2015

A path to education
Jason Alfaro wants to attend Western Washington University to study engineering at its Vehicle Research Institute. College was once something Alfaro, a Mount Vernon High School student, didn’t think was in his future; as a sophomore and junior he didn’t have great grades and he struggled with personal issues. ... A partnership between the Mount Vernon School District, Skagit Valley College and Western Washington University can help Alfaro and students like him get a leg up when it comes to college, particularly for those who want to be teachers.  ... While he doesn’t want to be a teacher, Alfaro is enrolled in Breum’s Ready Washington Teachers class. The class not only gives kids more insight into the teaching profession, but helps guide them on the path to college, whether they start at Skagit Valley College or Western Washington University.
Skagit Valley Herald, Oct. 26, 2015

CBC puts support behind national drive to make some college free
A high school diploma is no longer the key to landing a good job, says Columbia Basin College’s student body president ... David Ruiz at a Monday press conference at CBC. It helped to make the country one of the wealthiest in the world, he said. But today, more jobs require post-secondary education, even if it’s just a certificate or associate degree. ... Ruiz and CBC President Rich Cummins said the national initiative America’s College Promise, which aims to make the first two years of college as universal and debt-free as high school, is a ticket to meeting the demand for a more skilled work force and educating a population that is increasingly being priced out of higher education.
Tri-City Herald, Oct. 26, 2015

Senior citizens can have free car service while helping students
Grant County Senior Citizens have a chance to get their cars serviced for free. Big Bend Community College is teaming up with Moses Lake High School and Skills USA for their annual Senior Citizen Day  ... Students and apprentices, who are learning automotive mechanics and maintenance, are conducting oil changes, fluid inspections and tire changes or rotations. Moses Lake High School Auto Tech teacher John Heflin said students have been putting on the event to give back to the community’s elderly population, while improving their skills.
iFiberOne News, Oct. 26, 2015

South Seattle College announces heartfelt vision for tuition-free college
A lot of people have asked me, ‘Would have you gone to college if the 13th Year Promise Scholarship hadn’t happened?” said Carmen Berrysmith, a student at South Seattle College and featured speaker during the college's major scholarship announcement Monday morning. "And the answer is ’no.’” she said. ... The announcement featured South Seattle College president Gary Oertli, Washington State Senators Pramila Jayapal (37th LD) and David Frockt (46th LD), Berrysmith, as well as an audience of around 70 people, including students and stakeholders. The event is in conjunction with President Obama’s “Heads Up America” initiative which aims to make tuition free at community colleges nation-wide. South Seattle College’s current 13th Year Promise Scholarship, has been offering one year of free tuition to high school graduates from Cleveland, Chief Sealth and Rainier Beach high schools since 2008. The scholarship has opened the doors to those who have been traditionally underserved in higher education.
West Seattle Herald, Oct. 26, 2015

Roemon Fields wouldn’t be playing center field and batting leadoff for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League if not for the support and influence of his grandmother, Rose Pierce, and his brother, Anthony. The 24-year-old Blue Jays farmhand, who reached Triple-A to end his first full season as a pro, would instead be delivering mail in his hometown of Seattle. ... It wasn’t until after his high school graduation that Fields received a visit from [a] mystery man asking him if he was interested in playing baseball at nearby Yakima Valley Community College. “A man just knocked on my door—a college dude—and said, ‘Do you want to play baseball?’” according to Fields. ... ’ That’s what started me . . . It was like a miracle, my grandma told me—a random guy knocked on my door. His name was Coach Wilson—I forgot his first name.” Fields added that he still has no idea how the mystery man found him, but the mystery man remembers. He’s Ken Wilson, a former coach at Central Washington and high school principal who had just been named head coach at Yakima Valley CC when he found Fields.
Baseball America, Oct. 27, 2015

Edmonds Community College instructor meets President Obama to accept award
Lela Hilton, a part-time English Instructor at Edmonds Community College, got the chance of a lifetime to meet the President of the United States and the First Lady, when she joined colleagues to accept the National Humanities Medal for her involvement with the Clemente Course. Hilton has been the National Program Director for the Clemente Course for the past three years. The Clemente Course received the medal for improving the lives of disadvantaged adults.
My Edmonds News, Oct. 27, 2015

Heritage University will receive a $270,000 federal grant aimed at increasing diversity in the field of agricultural science and improving water quality protection and conservation in the Yakima Valley, the university announced Tuesday. ... The grant will support development of a partnership with Yakima Valley Community College and Washington State University-Tri Cities to train more students for careers in the agricultural industry, Black said. She envisions the partnership including joint workshops and field trips for students to learn from other programs. ... “The three institutions are coming together for the first time around ag and the environment to really train the next generation of students and maximize resources.”
Yakima Herald, Oct. 28, 2015

Edmonds Community College students Ben Nguyen and Rebekah Waligorski were selected to travel to NASA's Johnson Space Center to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project. They were chosen out of nearly 300 students at the college.
The Herald, Oct. 28, 2015

Designing Her Future: CPTC Alumna Credits Instructors, Degree with Job Success
When Katie Stock graduated from Clover Park Technical College in June, she left with more than just a degree in Architectural Engineering Design. She also left with a job secured at an engineering firm in downtown Tacoma. “I had a lot of support from my teachers who came from the industry,” said Stock, who credits CPTC instructors with helping her land a position at Enginuity Systems before she had finished her program.
Suburban Times, Oct. 28, 2015

WSU Offers Reverse Credit Transfer Program for Transfer Students
Washington State University is now offering a one year pilot credit transfer program for the first time. The program helps students transferring from community college to Washington State stay on track at a four year university.
KNDO/KNDU NBC TV, Oct. 28, 2015


Graduates of four-year universities flock to community colleges for job skills: As many as one in five community college students already have bachelor’s degrees
Iliana Ibarra’s bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington State University couldn’t save her from the unemployment line. Now she’s banking on the idea that something else can: community college. Ibarra is back in a classroom, but this time it’s at Skagit Valley College ...  She expects to receive an associate degree in accounting in June, and use it to start her own company. ... A surprising one out of every 14 of the people who attend community colleges — widely regarded as low-tuition options for the less-well-prepared — has already earned a bachelor’s degree, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. That’s 770,000 students. At some community colleges, the proportion is as high as one in five.  Many bachelor’s degree holders attending community colleges are seeking new careers, especially in health-related disciplines such as nursing, while others are looking to upgrade their skills in computer-related professions or other job-rich fields including biotechnology. ... Washington State has seen an influx of university graduates at its community colleges, particularly in nursing and computer programs, said David Prince, policy research director for the state community college system. Those students tend to be serious and motivated, he said. ...David Ruiz, a 2014 University of Washington graduate, went back to school at Columbia Basin College, a community college, for a cybersecurity degree. At 27, he’s now the student body president and has set up networking groups for career-focused students like himself.
US News & World Report via Hechinger Report, Oct. 28, 2015

Callie Crossley: Community college students are a study in drive and determination
I am a proud graduate of one of the top elite colleges in the country. Wellesley College, with its sprawling green lawns, and lovely stone buildings, gave me a stellar education in a challenging academic setting....  But, in recent years, I’ve also become a champion of community colleges as I’ve spent time on campuses across the country and here in the Boston area.
Public Radio International, Oct. 28, 2015

The Struggle of Work-School Balance: In colleges around the country, most students are also workers
The reality of college can be pretty different from the images portrayed in movies and television.  ... Even full-time work may not completely cover the cost of tuition and living expenses. The study notes that if a student worked a full-time job at the federal minimum wage, they would earn just over $15,000 each year, certainly not enough to to pay for tuition, room, and board at many colleges without some serious financial aid. That means that though they’re sacrificing time away from the classroom, many working students will still graduate with at least some student-loan debt. And working full-time can shrink the chance that students will graduate at all, by cutting into the time available for studying and attending classes. What’s troubling is that those who tend to struggle under the weight of difficult work and educational burdens are often those who have few other options when it comes to financing their education. They’re disproportionately older students who are black or Hispanic and low-income. ... The labor-market reward for attending but not finishing college is marginal at best. That means that students who wind up leaving school because of difficulty managing work and class are likely to find themselves stuck in some of the same jobs they might’ve gotten if they hadn’t gone at all.
The Atlantic, Oct. 28, 2015