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News Links | April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Former WWCC chief Derek Brandes dies

Former Walla Walla Community College president Derek Brandes has died after a more than yearlong battle with lung cancer. Brandes, 50, died Friday morning at his home, said Chad Hickox, the community college’s acting president. His death comes a month after his resignation from the college’s top administrative post. Brandes went to work at the college in July 2016, bringing his experiences as a dean of career and technical education at Pasco’s Columbia Basin College and a vice president at Auburn’s Green River College. A nonsmoker, he was diagnosed with lung adenocarcinoma in January 2019.
Union-Bulletin, April 11, 2020

Edmonds CC trustees approve college’s new name: Edmonds College

Edmonds Community College is moving forward with its new name – Edmonds College – beginning Monday, April 13. The decision was approved by the college’s Board of Trustees during its Monday meeting. “As Edmonds College, we remain committed to serving our community as an open-access institution, and that will stay central to our mission. We are also moving forward and continuing to innovate even during this time of turmoil in our local and global community,” said Edmonds College President Dr. Amit B. Singh. “Our new name reflects our comprehensive offerings — from pre-college to an increasing number of four-year bachelor of applied science degrees.”
My Edmonds News, April 13, 2020

Low-income students count on finding jobs. But the pandemic has halted their job training.

... Students training for jobs in career and technical fields like construction, auto repair, welding, and hospitality have also largely been sidelined. Even in fields deemed essential by their states, supervisors may be too busy to continue training students. Jeffrey Benedict is scheduled to graduate in June from a two-year program in automotive technology at Columbia Basin College, in Pasco, Wash. When Gov. Jay Inslee issued a stay-at-home order last month, the college’s labs — where students learn how to refill air-conditioning compressors, check car batteries, and flush transmissions — closed along with most of the state’s businesses.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 13, 2020

Peninsula College getting more funds to help with student expenses

More than $6 billion in emergency funds to help students impacted by coronavirus will be distributed as early as this week to colleges and universities, including Peninsula College here in Port Angeles. That’s according to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The CARES Act gives individual schools broad discretion on how to award this emergency assistance to students. Peninsula College will receive a little over $580,000 that could be allocated to students for expenses such as room and board, tuition, childcare, health care, food, and technology.
My Clallam County, April 13, 2020

Community rallies to restock Big Bend Community College food pantry

Members of the community congealed to deliver much needed aid to the Viking Food Pantry at Big Bend Community College during the coronavirus crisis. BBCC’s Viking Food Pantry serves as a clearinghouse for students, faculty and staff in need of essential supplies. The pantry is stocked with toiletries, freezer foods, produce and non-perishable items. Viking Food Pantry’s Carmen Ramirez says both monetary and physical item donations have increased exponentially since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
iFiber One, April 10, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Community college sues VA over flight school bill

Central Oregon Community College has sued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming the agency wrongly billed it $3.2 million for overpaid tuition, books and housing for students who were veterans of the U.S. military and were enrolled in an aviation program at the college, The Oregonian reported. The community college said the VA has ignored repeated attempts to challenge the bill.
Inside Higher Ed, April 14, 2020

Still in limbo

College students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children may or may not be eligible to receive federal aid from their institutions through the latest coronavirus response bill, the CARES Act. The stimulus, most well-known for its provision to give $1,200 to individual taxpayers, sets aside $14 billion for higher education. More than $6 billion of that money must go to students to defray any expenses they've suffered as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, such as costs for childcare, technology or health care. Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education gives wide latitude to colleges, allowing them to decide how to disperse the aid and to which students. 
Inside Higher Ed, April 14, 2020

Community college stakeholders implement supports to guide students to graduation

...“Community colleges are generally designed to do what society asked them to do in the 60s and 70s — get students in the door into college courses cheaply,” says Dr. Davis Jenkins, senior research scholar at the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. “They’re not well designed to help students explore their interests … and develop a plan that will enable them to either enter the labor market directly to a good job with prospects for further education or transfer [to a four-year institution] with junior standing in a major.”
Diverse Education, April 13, 2020

How colleges can support students with disabilities during remote learning

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and universities across the country have rushed to move courses online, potentially overlooking the needs of students with intellectual, physical, emotional and behavioral disabilities. Dr. Jessica Hunt, associate professor of mathematics education and special education in the College of Education at North Carolina State University (NC State), said “one size definitely does not fit all” when it comes to students with disabilities.
Diverse Education, April 13, 2020

The asterisk semester

Many colleges and universities, after looking at the havoc the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked on student lives, have decided to offer a more forgiving grade structure. Binary grading schemes like pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory have been put in place at many institutions, sometimes after much back-and-forth. ... For community college students hoping to transfer, the situation depends on the state.
Inside Higher Ed, April 13, 2020

Sharing ideas on expanding student research experiences

It didn’t take long for participants of a summit last fall focused on developing more research opportunities for community college students to start mulling how they could not only keep the momentum going, but to grow it. Jared Ashcroft, a chemistry professor at Pasadena City College in California, organized a series of bimonthly online meetings with summit participants and others interested in undergraduates research experiences (UREs) to share information about effective URE practices. He said he hopes to develop a community of practice around UREs. 
Community College Daily, April 13, 2020

Using stimulus funds to improve credit transfer

A new paper calls for the next federal stimulus to fund programs aimed at industry-valued skills, effectively creating a parallel higher education system with seamless credit transfer, the ability to pay for student learning outcomes and a competency-based system untethered from the credit hour.
Inside Higher Ed, April 10, 2020

Dual enrollment works. But who is it working for?

Study after study shows the benefits of dual enrollment, or partnerships that allow students to take college courses while in high school. Dual enrollment allows students to get ahead and ease into college with a familiar, supportive framework. But the experts who analyze these programs are still asking themselves how to design these opportunities to serve the students who need them most.
Diverse Education, April 9, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Emergency money for students arriving soon

The Education Department is beginning to disperse the $14 billion set aside for higher education in the stimulus package passed by Congress two weeks ago, beginning with $6 billion in funds for institutions to give students through emergency grants. In addition, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told reporters the department is working on releasing billions more in stimulus funds to help defray the costs to institutions of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Inside Higher Ed, April 10, 2020

Biden's new student loan cancellation plan

Joe Biden on Thursday announced a plan to cancel student loan debt for low- and middle-income borrowers who attended a public college or private historically black institution. The former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee's proposal, announced in a Medium post, moves him somewhat closer to the debt cancellation plan from Senator Bernie Sanders, who dropped out of the presidential race earlier this week and had said he would seek to cancel all student debt as president.
Inside Higher Ed, April 10, 2020

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