News Links | April 28, 2020
System News | Opinion
Edmonds College has responded to the local health care industry’s need for personal protective equipment
(PPE) by prototyping and manufacturing face shields to protect health care workers
during COVID-19. “We are trying to do our small part to meet the urgent needs of our
community and its health care workers,” said Edmonds College President Dr. Amit B.
Singh. “We’ve responded rapidly and created innovative processes at both our makerspace
and aerospace training center to meet this need.”
My Edmonds News, April 25, 2020
It has been another remarkable year at Columbia Basin College (CBC). We have served more than 11,000 students throughout the year, helping them learn
English, complete a high school credential or study in one of our more than 100 degree
and certificate programs. We are proud to be the Tri-Cities community college.
Tri-City Herald, April 24, 2020
For some students attending The Seattle Colleges, life under the pandemic is challenging to say the least. The Colleges decided to
stop in-person learning on March 17th, forcing many classes to move to online learning
models. For many of the students, the move was even more challenging because some
did not have access to devices or WiFi. "We have moved an entire operation, 44.000
students, hundreds of faculty, moving completely online," said Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap
, President of South Seattle College.
Q13 FOX, April 24, 2020
Wenatchee Valley College to receive $2.4 million in coronavirus relief aid, students to get $1.2 million
Students attending Wenatchee Valley College, with some exceptions, are entitled to $1.2 million in federal coronavirus relief
aid. The $1.2 million is half of what the college in total is set to receive through
the CARES Act. The student CARES Act funding will provide direct emergency cash grants
to college students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus
iFiber One, April 24, 2020
Clark College will continue online learning through the fall 2020 quarter, it announced Friday.
In an email to students, Interim President Sandra Fowler-Hill said college officials
and faculty needed enough time to prepare for continued virtual instruction in response
to the coronavirus pandemic. “Our ‘new normal’ will depend on what the virus does,”
Fowler-Hill wrote. “We must consider our whole community’s health and safety first
and foremost,” she continued.
The Columbian, April 24, 2020
... “Congratulations to all the winners and competitors of the inaugural pitch competition.
The William Factory hosted a great event and Tacoma Community College’s business programs were pleased to participate. We look forward to working together
to foster more great talent and ideas for next year.” Stated Mary Jane Oberhofer,
Program Chair of Entrepreneurship and Global Logistics, Applied Management BAS degree
at Tacoma Community College.
The Suburban Times, April 24, 2020
Classes at Columbia Basin College will now continue online through the summer and fall quarters. A letter sent to students
this week mapped out a gradual plan to returning to campus. The letter is from Dr.
Rebekah Woods. Woods states, "For the health and safety of our students and employees,
we have made the decision to extend online learning through both the summer and fall
quarters. I recognize that for some of you, this may be a disappointment, and we understand
KEPR, April 24, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has presented a number of challenges to every facet of life,
as businesses shutter or adapt practices to keep serving their customers. Community
colleges in Spokane are no exception, and have made the jump to digital, moving their
courses online for the spring quarter. Kevin Brockbank, president at Spokane Community College, says despite the high number of programs provided by the school that are typically
more hands-on, the college’s professors have found innovative ways to move their programs
online for the quarter. ... At Spokane Falls Community College, President Kimberlee Messina says that the school’s existing online program created
a solid foundation to build upon as more programs shifted online.
Journal of Business, April 23, 2020
COVID-19 news changes quickly — day to day, if not hour to hour. This has made it
difficult for local businesses to keep track of what resources are currently available
to them, like grants, loans, and more, while they’re also trying to plan for the future
and successfully weather this pandemic. Luckily, the Green River College’s Small Business Center is hosting a free webinar on current resources and successful
planning strategies for local businesses on April 28, starting at 9 a.m.
The Courier-Herald, April 23, 2020
The Clover Park Technical College Foundation always has had an emergency assistance fund for students facing hardship.
In the past month amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the number of applications for help
has skyrocketed. ... At Bates Technical College, the Bates Foundation has seen an 120 percent increase in requests to its emergency
fund in the past three weeks compared to its annual normal distribution, Bates spokesperson
Chelsea Lindquist said in an email. ... The Pierce College Foundation’s Student Success
Fund helps vulnerable students from having to choose between continuing in college
or paying rent, child care or even a car repair. ... “We expect a dramatic rise in
demand over the next few months,” said Michael Wark, Pierce College vice president for strategic advancement. ... In addition to a COVID-19 emergency
fund activated by the Tacoma Community College Foundation, [Tacoma Community College] is dedicating funds from a $50,000 state emergency aid grant that was awarded last
November. TCC Foundation also paid to provide 250 laptops to students who applied
and were accepted.
The News Tribune, April 23, 2020
A lot has changed since the end of February, when Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) and the city of Kirkland found ourselves in the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis
in the United States. We are certainly navigating in uncharted territory in many ways,
but while we are all adjusting to our new normal, some things remain unchanged, like
the resolve, strength, perseverance and collaborative nature that is at the core of
our Kirkland community, and who we are as a college.
Bellevue Reporter, April 22, 2020
Aside from being Wenatchee Valley College first fully virtual Earth Day, April 22’s celebration of the planet also doubles
as a book publishing party. “Dear America” is an anthology of art, poetry and essays,
and WVC instructor Derek Sheffield served as one of its editors. He and fellow instructor
Joan Qazi joined NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins to talk about the project. [Video]
NCW Life, April 21, 2020
People are sometimes surprised that it takes four years to train as a respiratory
therapist. But there’s a lot to learn. I’m now a junior in the program at Seattle Central College. That’s when we start what we call “clinicals,” and begin learning in the real-life
setting of a hospital. There are 22 students in my cohort, and we were all excited
to don scrubs and get started.
Crosscut, April 21, 2020
Thousands of Clark College students are returning to class this week, two weeks later than normal and, for now,
entirely online. Clark College’s spring quarter began Monday, delayed due to concerns
over the spread of the novel coronavirus. College operations are bolstered by federal
funding, but services are still substantially scaled back, with closures to laboratory
classes and programs like the student food pantry.
The Columbian, April 20, 2020
Big Bend Community College trustees approved a three-year contract for the college’s next president, Sara Thompson
Tweedy, at a special meeting April 17. The vote was 5-0. Tweedy’s base salary will
be $223,500 per year, plus any state-appropriated general wage increases during the
2021-22 fiscal year. The initial contract will run through June 2023, and BBCC trustees
have the option to approve an extension at the time of Tweedy’s annual evaluation.
Columbia Basin College, April 19, 2020
Trends | Horizons | Education
One in six students who'd planned to attend four-year colleges full-time no longer
plan to do so, private polling says. ... Those not making deposits were more dubious
than others that campuses will be open in the fall. They also appear to have fewer
educational options available to them than do other students. And they are more likely
to be first-generation students, students of color, students with relatively low standardized
test scores or students with lower income than others. Taken on the whole, the data
could suggest colleges and universities should try to double down on student outreach
over the summer.
Inside Higher Ed, April 28, 2020
The study abroad field has never faced a moment like this. Colleges and the independent
study abroad provider organizations they work with have had to bring students home
from specific countries due to conflicts or natural disasters before, but never before
have they had to bring home all students worldwide, as they did this spring when the
COVID-19 pandemic started.
Inside Higher Ed, April 28, 2020
... The new survey of 187 two- and four-year college presidents, published today and
available for free download here, offers a look at how campus leaders' views and actions
are evolving as the COVID-19 pandemic and the recession it has spurred become the
new status quo. The presidents, like all of us, continue to be bedeviled by a dearth
of clear information about the arc of the health crisis and how and when some semblance
of normalcy will return.
Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2020
The U.S. Department of Education is expanding the Second-Chance Pell Experimental
Sites Initiative. The initiative lets colleges provide need-based Pell Grants to people
who are incarcerated in state or federal prisons. The expansions will nearly double
the number of colleges and states that can participate, adding 67 colleges to provide
these grants, according to a news release.
Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2020
Every two years, New Jersey’s higher-education secretary expects the state’s school
administrators to present contingency plans for disaster scenarios. Dorm fires, mass
shootings, extreme weather events—all types of threats are considered by these college
representatives. University presidents, deans, and others in essential management
roles have color-coordinated charts and go bags stashed in their offices. They conduct
tabletop exercises: When do we cancel classes? Should we send students home? But these
leaders weren’t adequately prepared for the onset of a pandemic, nor for the large-scale,
indefinite shutdown that has taken place.
The Atlantic, April 24, 2020
Politics | Local, State, National
Inslee: Washington state parks, recreational fishing, golf courses to reopen May 5, amid coronavirus outbreak
Washington will partially reopen outdoor recreation activities May 5, including many
previously shuttered state parks, public lands and boat ramps as well as recreational
hunting and fishing, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday. ... Earlier this month Inslee
extended that order through May 4, but state Republicans have been pushing for some
parts of the state’s economy to reopen. He later announced when the state’s economy
would eventually reopen, it would be done in phases. Inslee last week allowed residential
construction to resume, provided construction sites meet safety and social-distancing
The Seattle Times, April 27, 2020