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News Links | April 23, 2020

April 23, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Jimmy Ritchey selected as Centralia College Distinguished Alumnus

Centralia native Jimmy Ritchey, a country music songwriter and record producer based in Nashville, was selected as this year’s Centralia College distinguished alumnus. Ritchey said hanging out at the music store in the Lewis County Mall as a teenager and learning from local musicians helped him become the musician he is today. “I’m so honored and humbled to be selected for this award. I enjoyed every minute I attended Centralia College,” said Ritchey about being recognized as this year’s distinguished alumnus.
The Daily Chronicle, April 22, 2020

Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke among finalists for Bellevue College interim president

Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is one of three finalists for Bellevue College interim president, along with Yoshiko Harden, a Seattle Central College vice president, and Raúl Rodríguez, interim president of East Los Angeles College, Bellevue College’s board of trustees announced Wednesday.
The Seattle Times, April 22, 2020

Peninsula College moves commencement ceremony in August

Peninsula College will postpone its graduation ceremony to August. College President Luke Robbins says after surveying staff and students, they made the decision to move the commencement to August 22nd due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally set for June 20th. Robbins says two-thirds of survey responses from graduating sophomores indicated they preferred waiting until August for an in-person ceremony over attending a virtual ceremony in June.
My Clallam County, April 22, 2020

Washington, Idaho colleges to receive $281 million from federal stimulus package

... Community Colleges of Spokane: CCS is the district that includes Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College. SCC President Kevin Brockbank said the colleges have been juggling many new expenses, including stepped-up cleaning regimens and technology updates. And that’s on top of dwindling enrollment. “A bunch of little examples like that add up to a lot, at this point,” Brockbank said. “And we don’t know, frankly, what the total will be on that, because I think we all have some anticipation that the governor could extend his stay-home order.”
The Spokesman-Review, April 21, 2020

LCC will hold virtual graduation June 19

Lower Columbia College will hold this year’s graduation ceremony virtually, college President Chris Bailey told students and staff Friday afternoon.  
“This was not an easy decision to make,” Bailey said in a letter to the campus. “Each year, we anxiously await the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students.” The decision was made after considering the risks of the COVID-19 outbreak and discussions with students, Bailey said.
The Daily News, April 21, 2020

Coronavirus testing site opens

Drive-thru testing for the coronavirus is underway at Skagit Valley College. Testing began Tuesday in the parking lot of McIntyre Hall and will continue through Friday for first responders and health care workers. ... “We plan to have the website registration up and running by Friday,” said Bronlea Mishler, spokesperson for the county’s unified emergency response team.
Skagit Valley Herald, April 21, 2020

111 students from around globe stuck in Everett dorms

Distance learning is the new normal for Daniel Han, but unlike most students in this time of “Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” he’s far from his homeland. The 21-year-old from South Korea is one of more than 100 students staying in Everett Community College residence halls, although classes are online due to the coronavirus shutdown. “Some of our students can’t afford to go home, and some don’t have another home. They don’t have the luxury to move out,” said Daria Willis, EvCC’s president. ... And at Edmonds College, about half of those normally in student housing are still there, said college spokeswoman Marisa Pierce. ... At the start of fall quarter, she said, residents included 65 student-athletes, at least 18 of them from Hawaii. Most of the athletes have gone home, she said.
Everett Herald, April 19, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

COVID-19 impacts FAFSA completion as deadlines are extended

Amid all of the challenges facing college students this year due to COVID-19 related closings and cancellations, one of the major considerations for those already enrolled, or in the process of enrolling, is financial aid. ... “For many of the students there probably has been a change in their families’ financial situations in the last couple of months and I think there needs to be a streamlined process in which they can, if they have already applied, update that information,” Applegate told Diverse, adding that all financial aid determinations should be “based on the status of the family during and post-COVID.” 
Diverse Education, April 23, 2020

Accrediting body asks for 'critical flexibility' in distance education review

The Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions on Tuesday submitted a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urging the education department to extend its temporary guidance permitting accreditors to waive distance education review requirements. “The decisions and plans colleges, universities, and systems need to make in these uncertain times should not be further burdened by unnecessary worries about effective dates of federal or accreditor rules,” wrote Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley, chair of the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions and president of the Higher Learning Commission.
Diverse Education, April 23, 2020

Federal funding left out some of the most vulnerable

... Sixty-five percent of community college students are enrolled part-time, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Part-time students are also more likely to be nonwhite, low-income and first-generation students than their full-time counterparts, according to a report from Achieving the Dream, a nonprofit organization dedicated to community college student success. They're also more likely to be working full-time and taking care of family members.
Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2020

Job uncertainty looms larger for people of color

Most Americans -- 62 percent -- are worried they will lose their jobs amid the coronavirus outbreak and the economic downturn it has caused, according to an ongoing survey from Strada Education Network. More than 50 percent have so far lost jobs, hours or wages. ... In past weeks, Strada found that a third of Americans say they would need more education should they lose their job and seek another. This week researchers had gathered enough responses to break down results by race. More than a third, 38 percent, of Latino Americans and 36 percent of Asian Americans believe they would need further education should they lose their job.
Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2020

DeVos excludes DACA recipients, foreign students from grants

The Trump administration is barring most international students and all students who entered the U.S. illegally from receiving emergency college grants approved by Congress as part of nearly $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued the restriction in new guidelines released Tuesday telling colleges how to distribute more than $6 billion in grants meant to help students cover unexpected costs triggered by the pandemic.
The Seattle Times, April 22, 2020

Commentary: How community colleges can help America recover from COVID-19

... With about 1,000 campuses nationwide, community colleges are a resource and stabilizing force in the everyday life of millions of Americans. Especially in rural areas and small towns, community colleges fill gaps in higher education. But all community colleges pay close attention to the needs of their students and deliver a wide range of programs and services to meet their needs.
New America, April 22, 2020

Report: Public universities censor social media speech

A majority of public colleges and universities filter language in posts on their Facebook pages, and some ban specific words to limit public criticism, according to a new survey of about 200 public institutions released by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, a civil liberties watchdog group. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are private entities, but posts by public institutions and the comments they receive are considered a “public forum” and are subject to the First Amendment, FIRE’s report on the survey suggests.
Inside Higher Ed, April 22, 2020

Food, housing insecurity among college athletes

Two-year college athletes are more likely to experience food insecurity and homelessness than athletes at four-year colleges and universities, according to a new survey. ... However, two-year college athletes did have higher rates of homelessness than non-athletes. At two-year colleges, 20 percent of the surveyed athletes said they experienced homelessness, compared to 17 percent of non-athletes. At four-year institutions, more non-athletes reported being homeless compared to athletes (16 percent vs. 14 percent, respectively).
Community College Daily, April 21, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Seeking $15B for workforce development

Twenty-two Senate Democrats and Independents want to include at least $15.1 billion for workforce development and career and technical education in the next coronavirus relief bill. It follows similar requests made to House leaders earlier this month by two members of the House Education and Labor Committee and by a coalition of workforce development advocates, including the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
Community College Daily, April 23, 2020

An expensive makeover

... But what the funding for beauty schools does point to, said David Baime, the American Association of Community Colleges’ senior vice president for government relations and policy analysis, is how higher education funding is stretched across all sorts of kinds of institutions. When Congress decided to fund for-profits in the stimulus package, the fact “that it would be funding a wide range of every imaginable educational program just comes with the territory,” he said. In distributing the money, Congress set a formula based on colleges' enrollment numbers of low-income students who are eligible to receive Pell Grants.
Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2020


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