Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
News Links | November 10, 2015
The United States Marine Corps: A 240-year tradition
| Veterans Day feature
By Emily Hall, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2010-13. She
is now a student at Olympic
College and an intern at the North Kitsap Herald. Kyle
Broussard was a sergeant in the Marine Corps as a rifleman and the
top-scoring Designated Marksman of his unit, serving from 2009-14. He
attributes operation readiness to open and honest communication.
... Broussard now attends Olympic College, where he is the general
manager of the campus monthly publication, The Olympian. He is ambitious
and plans on one day studying law at the University of Washington.
North Kitsap Herald, Nov. 9, 2015
College rakes in the grants
Complementing the college's recent federal grants, Skagit Valley College
has also been chosen as one of 30 colleges nationwide to participate in a
multiyear Pathways Project, led by the American Association of Community
Colleges and funded through a $5.2 million grant from the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation. The project aims to help community and technical colleges
better help students from the beginning of their educational careers to the
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 9, 2015
attends event at White House
A member of the Quinault tribe was among 27 Native American young people from
across the country who attended the 2015 White House Tribal Nations
Conference. Shavaughna Underwood, 19, is a graduate of Taholah High
School and a student at Grays
Peninsula Daily News, Nov. 8, 2015
Backpacks" man in Spokane focusing on education
The Spokane man who started "Giving Backpacks" in August has
decided to go back to school to help him give back more to his community.
Rick Clark was inspired to start "Giving Backpacks" in August
after a picture of him hugging homeless boy he had just bought food for at
an STA bus stop went viral. ... Clark is now a full time student at Spokane Community College
and hopes to use his education to make bigger changes within his community.
KREM, Nov. 8, 2015
director welcomes return to community college teaching
Betsy Richard is making a gentle entrance onto Center Stage. She says she
wants to get better acquainted with the local acting community — and
audiences — before charting her course. But people who attend plays at Lower Columbia College
will notice some changes with Richard’s first production, “Almost, Maine.”
Longview Daily News, Nov. 7, 2015
Drones go to
college: Northwest universities add programs in unmanned aerial systems
If you want to go to college to learn how to design, build, fly or fix a
drone, your time has come. Many institutions of higher learning around the
Northwest are recognizing that unmanned aircraft could become a key
technology of the future. ... Within the last year, Central
Oregon Community College in Bend and Green River College in
Auburn, Washington, established Associate of Applied Science degrees in
unmanned aerial systems.
KUOW, Nov. 5, 2015
draws inspiration from Native American myth
Growing up in Skagit County, Damond Morris was surrounded by the figures
and myths of Native American tribes. “I had a lot of friends who were
Native American, whether in Skagit or Lummi,” he said. “I’d always been
connected to it, although not always been aware of my connection to it.”
Now Morris, director of the drama department at Skagit Valley College,
is overseeing a production that fuses some of those myths to one of the
oldest stories in Western culture.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 1, 2015
HORIZONS | EDUCATION
extends military tuition benefit
The Starbucks Corporation this week announced that it will offer
a tuition-free education to a spouse or child of its employees who are
veterans or active-duty members of the U.S. military.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 10, 2015
disparities in higher education: an overview
Racism on American campuses is a matter of national concern again this week
following protests at the University of Missouri at Columbia that led on
Monday to the resignations of both the campus’s chancellor and the system’s
president. ... While the situation in Missouri is dramatic, and the
protests there particularly successful, racial tensions have flared
up on several campuses in the past year. Those events draw
attention to continuing racial disparities in higher education, where
African-Americans make up a small portion of professors, presidents, and
selective-college enrollments. Let’s take a look at some relevant data.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 10, 2015
college courses better?
Study's preliminary findings suggest that teaching quality and academic
rigor are not necessarily stronger at prestigious institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 9, 2015
Colleges and universities have become one of the most effective lobbying
forces in Washington, employing more lobbyists last year than any other
industries except drug manufacturing and technology. There are colleges in
every congressional district, and 1 in 40 U.S. workers draw a paycheck from
a college or university.
The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 8, 2015