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Bills on college funding, help for students experiencing homelessness and campus security bills heard as committee work continues

February 01, 2019

With the session entering its third week, committees continued hearing bills that would impact community and technical college system. The House College and Workforce Development Committee took testimony on bills related to college funding, counselor training and staffing, and student homelessness. In the opposite chamber, the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee heard a bill on campus security and expanding the veteran dependent tuition and fee waiver. >>

Finding my voice, respecting others, speaking for students

February 01, 2019

Throughout my childhood, I was taught to respect my elders by speaking when spoken to. However, through following this principle, I became self-conscious and quiet when interacting with those older than me. By exposing myself to professional environments since coming to Tacoma Community College (TCC) as a running start student, I learned that respect towards others should not be portrayed in the form of silence. Respecting others does not mean losing respect for yourself. This lesson developed strength in my voice, allowing me to help advocate for Washington’s 370,000 Community and Technical College students. >>

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Career Connect Washington and Washington Promise Scholarship bills highlight the session's second week

January 25, 2019

Committee work continued this week as representatives and senators took up hot topics affecting community and technical colleges and students. House and Senate higher education committees heard governor-requested bills on Career Connect Washington and the Washington College Promise Scholarship at their Tuesday hearings. >>

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