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News Links | April 9, 2020

April 09, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Local respiratory therapists help fight war on COVID-19

... Learning to run ventilators requires at least a full year of training during a four-year educational program, said Chris Striggow at Spokane Community College. SCC has a bachelor of applied science four-year respiratory therapy program, which is scheduled to graduate 12 students in June. Striggow is the program director and an instructor. He said the professional group is a crucial part of the health care team for patients with respiratory issues. “It’s very common for us to work with a physician, registered nurses and pharmacists for a patient’s care” in a hospital, Striggow said.
The Spokesman-Review, April 8, 2020

Scripts sought as GHC's 10-minute play festival goes online

Despite Grays Harbor College classrooms and the Bishop Center officially shutting down for the season, creative juices continue to flow at the drama department. Last spring, department head Andrew Gaines presented GHC’s first 10-Minute Play Festival to showcase short works by students as well as members of the community. It wasn’t a requirement of his class, but rather an extension of it. Rather than cancel the second annual event, he has decided to take it online
The Daily World, April 8, 2020

Local collegians adjust to studying amid pandemic

... Spokane Community College student Samantha Cohen was in the middle of pursuing her ultrasound sonography degree and working as an imaging assistant at a healthcare facility. Then, the pandemic hit. A few weeks ago, she was drafted into screening patients for COVID-19 symptoms at the facility. But an employee recently tested positive for the virus, and she’s unlikely to get a shift “any time soon” as the facility tries to reduce staff.
The Daily News, April 8, 2020

Whatcom sees 20th coronavirus-related death and three more positive tests Wednesday

... Whatcom Community College President Kathi Hiyane-Brown announced Wednesday, April 8, that a fourth person associated with the college has tested positive for coronavirus. The person is a part-time hourly employee, and their health status was unknown, Hiyane-Brown said during a trustees meeting. The three other people with confirmed cases, which were announced March 27, March 31 and April 2, are recovering and did not need to be hospitalized, Hiyane-Brown said.
The Bellingham Herald, April 8, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

How much coronavirus stimulus money will your college get? Take a look

... On Thursday the U.S. Department of Education released new information about how a majority of that money, or $12.5 billion, would be distributed across the sector. (The remaining share of the stimulus money will be directed to minority-serving institutions and smaller colleges.) Below is a sortable table showing how much of the $12.5 billion each college is in line to receive. Half of each institution’s total grant amount is reserved for emergency student aid, represented in the right column. That portion of the money, the department said in a Thursday news release, will be distributed “immediately.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 9, 2020

CARES Act funds will come in two waves

... ED on Thursday announced how much each higher education institution — including community colleges — will receive through the recently enacted stimulus legislation. Half of that amount, designed to help students, will be available starting next Wednesday. ED will provide guidance on the second half of the funding, designated for institutional use, within two weeks.
Community College Daily, April 9, 2020

Adjusting to remote instruction at community colleges

David Shapiro, founding faculty member of philosophy at Cascadia College in Washington: I have been a classroom teacher of philosophy for more than a quarter century, and I am, if I do say so myself, pretty good at it. I know how to engage students in the questions, I’m skilled in techniques for fostering dialogue and discussion, and I have countless exercises in my bag of teaching tricks for creating a vibrant community of inquiry in the classroom.
Inside Higher Ed, April 9, 2020

Out of work, uncertain about the future

... Strada's data suggest that degrees and credentials are not insulating Americans from the economic effects of the pandemic. Two-thirds of associate or vocational degree holders and 63 percent of bachelor's degree holders reported lost income, compared to only 54 percent of participants with some college experience but no degree. ... The Strada respondents also demonstrated a large preference for online instruction. Over half said that if they were given $5,000 to invest in their education, they would spend it on online education, as opposed to in-person education or employer-provided training.
Inside Higher Education, April 9, 2020

Earned associate degrees trend down

The number of first-time associate-degree earners (students with no prior college credential) has decreased from 2012-13 to 2018-19, due mainly to a drop among older students earning a two-year degree, according to figures from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center.
Community College Daily, April 8, 2020

$42.5M for youth apprenticeship grants

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is making available $42.5 million in Youth Apprenticeship Readiness grants to support youth apprentices in registered apprenticeship programs (RAPs). “These apprenticeship grants offer communities the opportunity to make targeted investments today that will fuel future economic growth, by enabling young people to earn a living while learning critical job skills at the same time,” Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said in a press release.
Community College Daily, April 7, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Officials and advocates seek to halt Title IX rule changes amid COVID-19 disruptions

... Democratic Senators Patty Murray (Washington State), Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) and Kirsten Gillibrand (New York) wrote in a March 31 letter to DeVos, “We urge you not to release the final Title IX rule at this time and instead to focus on helping schools navigate the urgent issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic that is top of the mind for all students and families.”
Diverse Education, April 6, 2020 

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