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Mental health care is essential

March 04, 2022

Between a worldwide pandemic, war in Ukraine, and just trying to keep everything together in our everyday lives, this is an emotionally challenging time. Two years into a pandemic and 10 days into a war in Ukraine, how can we expect students and staff not to feel the effect of what is happening and affecting us here at home? Stress is not new; this is just the latest drop in an already overflowing bucket. We are at a breaking point when it comes to mental health. >>

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Budget proposals released, Senate honors Yoshiwara, session passes another cutoff

February 25, 2022

Following last week's strong state revenue forecast announcement, House and Senate budget writers Monday released their versions of the supplemental operating budget. The House also released its version of the capital budget. The Senate honored Jan Yoshiwara on Tuesday with a resolution ahead of her July 31 retirement, thanking her for her 44 years of service to the community and technical college system. >>

We must focus on outcomes!

February 25, 2022

Career readiness is a critical element in Guided Pathways. As we work to help students choose and stay on a path to a certificate or degree, we need to follow through to realize the end goal: a living-wage job. I see a significant imbalance between enrollment advising and career advising. We start students on their path, but we don’t do a good enough job seeing them to the finish line. >>

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Hearings resume following Tuesday's House of Origin cutoff deadline

February 18, 2022

House and Senate policy committees picked up their work again Wednesday hearing bills from the opposite chamber following Tuesday's House of Origin cutoff deadline. Up this week were bills on apprenticeships, the public service loan forgiveness program, and creating a state student loan program for people from low-income families. >>

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