Jumping the urban-rural divide through digital stories, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 11, 2018

RADLab at Whitman College

Rural American Digital Lab students from Whitman College and Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash., came together on the campuses of both schools in June to explore using video, photography and audio to tell stories of rural social issues. Their resulting projects were presented at Whitman in late June

Digital storytelling came to Walla Walla this summer, through a partnership between Whitman College and Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash.

Over a period of several weeks, nearly two dozen students — equal populations from both schools — worked together in a new, place-based storytelling project called Rural American Digital Lab, or RADLab, as it got nicknamed.

Read more at union-bulletin.com.

Summer program for Yakama students, KAPP-TV, July 12, 2018

TOPPENISH, Wash. – Two local universities are working together in a unique five-week summer science program.

SPYS students and instructor

Instructors lead students participating in SPYS (Courtesy KAPP-TV)

Heritage University and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences are working with the Mount Adams School District and the Yakama Nation Tribal School on a science program that is focusing on students living on the homelands of the Yakama Nation.

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Summer program prepares students for health and science jobs that may benefit the valley, KIMA-TV, July 11, 2018

Students in SPYS class (KIMA-TV)

Students in SPYS class (KIMA-TV)

YAKIMA Wa. — University leaders are teaching young students about health and science careers to prepare them for jobs in the Yakima Valley.

Heritage University and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences have come together with the Mt. Adams School District and Yakama Nation Tribal School to create a science- focused program for middle and high school students.

Student Jayenell Lee who is attending the five-week program and she says she wants to go into the Neuro Science field and feels like this program is helping her get there.

Read more at KIMATV.com

KIMA-TV covers SPYS

A KIMA-TV reporter capturing video for a story on SPYS

Heritage, CWU say they won’t abandon race considerations, Yakima Herald-Republic, July 7, 2018

Heritage University campus scenes Sept. 30, 2016 at Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash. (GORDON KING/Gordon King Photography)

YAKIMA, Wash. — Last week, the Trump administration announced it would not encourage schools to use race as a factor in the admissions process, rescinding Obama-era guidance meant to promote diversity among students.

Officials at local colleges say that decision won’t change the way they admit students.

“The student learning experience is enhanced when all students get to learn and interact with students of all races and ethnicities and socio-economic levels,” said David Wise, vice president of marketing and communications at Heritage University in Toppenish. “The outcome is better for all students because they develop empathy and understanding.”

Read more at YakimaHerald.com

Yakima Valley schools working to fill at least 65 open teaching positions, Yakima Herald-Republic, June 30, 2018

Michael Guaglianone teaching

Michael Guaglianone teaching math class at A.C. Davis High School in Yakima, Wash.

At the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, there were 36 unfilled teaching positions in the Yakima School District.

On the first day of school that year, the district pulled out all the stops to make sure those classrooms had teachers in them — several substitutes were called in, and administrators from the district office were sent to schools to teach. Even Superintendent Jack Irion prepared to spend the day teaching a math class, but a substitute for him was found at the last second.

Read more at YakimaHerald.com