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Committees hear tuition-free college, financial aid support bills

January 26, 2024

House and Senate policy committees continued their work this week hearing bills with potentially big impacts on colleges and college-going students in Washington state. On dockets were bills that would make college tuition free for graduates of the state's public high schools and expanding a financial aid outreach pilot throughout the state. >>

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. >>

Revenue forecast shows good news, policy committees continue work ahead of next week's cutoff

March 19, 2021

The House and Senate policy committees continued hearing and voting on bills this week, including the college system's requested bill that would prohibit school districts from withholding a students' official grades and transcripts due to an unpaid fine or fee. Members of the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee also heard the bill that would extend the business and occupation tax credit for businesses participating in the Customized Training Program and held a work session on the college system's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. >>

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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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