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Committees take up bills on student homelessness, grants and scholarships, dual credit and low-cost class materials as Week 4 ends

Committees take up bills on student homelessness, grants and scholarships, dual credit and low-cost class materials as Week 4 ends

February 08, 2019

House and Senate committees entered their fourth week of hearings this week, taking up bills on low-cost course materials, scholarship and tuition waivers, and students experiencing homelessness. The House College and Workforce Development Committee at its hearing Wednesday held a work session on community and technical college faculty composition, while the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee at its hearing Thursday hosted a work session on how trades professions help meet the state's workforce demands in high-demand fields. >>

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. >>

College affordability, student support bills heard in committees one week before first cutoff

January 26, 2018

Representatives from the college system were in full-force on the hill this week as committees continued hearings ahead of next week’s policy cutoff deadline. Bills on college affordability, ways to support students as they attend college, and expanding apprenticeship opportunities were all on committee agendas. >>

Legislature reaches first cutoff, corrections education bill passed out of House committee

February 05, 2016

Today marks the Legislature’s first cutoff day — the point at which bills must be voted out of policy committees to continue in the legislative process. So far, the system-request corrections education bill was voted out of the House Higher Education Committee, as were bills on disability accommodations, bachelor’s degrees at community and technical colleges, and programs that would fund tuition for qualified students. >>

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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 381,000 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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