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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. >>

Dual credit, retail training bills heard, system-request bill passes policy committee

January 28, 2022

Retail careers and dual credit bills were topics of hearings while committees also spent time discussing amendments and voting on bills. The community and technical college system's-requested bill to add projected Basic Education for Adults enrollments to the state's Caseload Forecast Council passed out of the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee Tuesday. >>

Session opens with hearings on student support, financial aid, budgets

January 14, 2022

The Legislature on Monday picked up where it left off in 2021 — remotely. While already planning to hold hearings by Zoom, the House and Senate decided recently to limit the number of people allowed on chambers' floor, close the public galleries, and move floor debates and votes to a hybrid format. >>

Bills on transcripts, diversity and equity work heard as committees continue their work

January 29, 2021

Community and technical college trustees and college and university regents Thursday joined forces for the annual College Promise Coalition Day on the Hill. In Zoom meetings with representatives and senators, they asked that the Legislature avoid budget cuts to higher education, protect investments made through the Workforce Education Investment Act, and invest in higher education to help in the state's economic recovery. >>

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. >>

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Legislative News is published weekly during the legislative session by the staff of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to highlight issues impacting the two-year college system.

SBCTC is led by a Governor-appointed board and provides leadership, advocacy, and coordination for Washington’s system of 34 public community and technical colleges. Each year, about 337,000 students train for the workforce, prepare to transfer to a university, gain basic math and English skills, or pursue continuing education. Visit our website at SBCTC.edu or email us a SBCTCCommunications@sbctc.edu

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