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News Links | August 11, 2020

August 11, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Donald Bressler

Donald E Bressler, 79, passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, August 5, 2020, at Comforts of Home in River Falls, Wisconsin. ... Don spent his entire career of 40 plus years in education at the technical college level, most of it in administration. He served at technical colleges in Rice Lake and Green Bay in Wisconsin and in Spokane and Renton in Washington state. His last position before retirement was as president of Renton Technical College
Leader-Telegram, Aug. 10, 2020

Dental Hygiene program at Shoreline Community College partners with University of Washington School of Dentistry for student clinical training

Shoreline Community College is pleased to announce the reopening of the admission process for the Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Sciences program, with a new partnership with the University of Washington (UW) School of Dentistry. Students who are accepted into the program will take classes at Shoreline during their first year of study, followed by a second year of clinical training and classes at the School of Dentistry in Seattle, taught by Shoreline faculty.
Shoreline Area News, Aug. 10, 2020

CARES Act funds will help technical college students afford school

Pierce County has allocated a portion of CARES Act funding to provide financial aid for students attending Clover Park Technical College and Bates Technical College. “Supporting Pierce County college students as they face the challenges imposed by COVID-19 is critically important as we look to recover from the pandemic and move forward,” said Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier.
The Suburban Times, Aug. 10, 2020

LCC offers more hybrid courses but will remain mostly online for fall

... [Lower Columbia College] is offering 90 hybrid fall quarter classes — those that meet partially on campus and also virtually — with COVID-19 safety measures. Hybrid course offerings include the four areas that moved to a mixed in-person, virtual schedule in May: nursing, medical assisting, machining and welding. New to the list of hybrids are courses in pottery, English, math, English as a second language, history, engineering and education. 
The Daily News, Aug. 10, 2020

BTC was already facing a $1 million shortfall. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit

Bellingham Technical College has laid off staff and stopped hiring as it grapples with a budget deficit that could be as much $4 million, primarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended its ability to teach students. ... Because of the state’s expected budget shortfall, Gov. Jay Inslee has asked the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, representing 34 colleges across the state including BTC, to show what effect a 15% cut in its operating budget would have.
Bellingham Herald, Aug. 8, 2020

Microsoft donates $10K for Big Bend Computer Science program scholarships

Microsoft has donated $10,000 to support scholarships for students in Big Bend Community College’s Computer Science program. The new scholarships will be awarded to students who qualify and take courses pertaining to the college’s new Manufacturing and Process Technology degree with a Mission Critical Operations Emphasis.
iFiber One, Aug. 7, 2020

Online learning tips for students and teachers from Community Colleges of Spokane’s eLearning Dept.

Starting a new school year fully online is going to present its challenges for both students and teachers. The eLearning Dept. at Community Colleges of Spokane is a resource students and staff have used to make the most of online learning and now, they want to help others in the community do the same. Both Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College say its transition into remote learning back in the spring was pretty smooth because of the experience professors and students have with online classes.
KXLY, Aug. 6, 2020

Professor Latoya Reid, TCC Board recognized with Pacific Regional Equity Award

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has recognized Tacoma Community College (TCC) English Professor Latoya Reid with the Pacific Regional Faculty Member Award and the TCC Board of Trustees with the Pacific Regional Equity Award. ... Reid was nominated for her demonstrated instructional excellence and commitment to equity.
The Suburban Times, Aug. 6, 2020

Workforce system building talent pipeline for healthcare

Healthcare has long been considered a recession-proof industry, but no industry is COVID-19 proof. While the healthcare industry was impacted by unemployment due to the crisis, it continues to be a high-demand sector and is projected to regain full employment as we continue to reopen. ... For job seekers looking for Associate Degree or higher degreed programs, Clark College, Lower Columbia College and Washington State University Vancouver have robust healthcare educational pathways.
Vancouver Business Journal, Aug. 6, 2020

Seattle City Council weighs ending Navigation Team

... Pacific Northwest Hip Hop: Zaki Hamid talks to Eric Davis, aka Professor E, professor of Sociology at Bellevue College, and Daudi Abe, professor at Seattle Central College about the history of hip hop in the Pacific Northwest and hip hop as protest music. [Audio]
KUOW, Aug. 6, 2020

Opinion: Updates about a RAP program

... Through the partnership with Everett Community College, an employment readiness coach works with each student to develop a resume and cover letter, learn interview techniques, and make connections with prospective employers. This additional support has helped students enter the professional world equipped to find and maintain gainful employment.
North County Outlook, Aug. 5, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Federal Appeals Court: Title IX protects transgender students

The United States Supreme Court's historic June 15 decision about LGBTQ workers' rights had its first impact on how courts define sex discrimination at colleges. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit concluded that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the law prohibiting sex discrimination at federally funded institutions, also protects transgender students from discrimination based on their identity, said the court's Aug. 7 decision, written by Judge Beverly Martin.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 11, 2020

At home, workers seek alternative credentials

When COVID-19 closed down school and college campuses in March, many children and young people were forced to start studying remotely. At the same time, interest in online training and certificate programs soared. Several leading massive open online course providers, coding bootcamps and business schools offering non-degree credentials reported manyfold increases in web traffic, inquiries and enrollments.
Inside Higher Ed,  Aug. 10, 2020

Student Aid administrators recommend improvements

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid should be further simplified by automatically including more data from IRS filings, including exploring whether wage information from W-2s could be used, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators said Wednesday.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 6, 2020

The ADA at 30

... The ADA, and its companion law, Section 504, clearly have been impactful, in a very positive, if incomplete, way. I often hear faculty commenting that “there seems to be more disabled students” in their classes, at which point I exclaim, “Thanks to the ADA.”
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 5, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump signals aid for student loan borrowers

President Trump said in a tweet Thursday that he is looking into using his executive powers to continue providing help for those with student loans during the pandemic. It’s unclear if he has the authority or if it was simply a move to try to break the logjam in congressional negotiations over another coronavirus relief bill.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 7, 2020

Washington watch: Funding for campus child care

... The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program supports the participation of low-income parents in college through grants to help start or supplement campus-based childcare services. A new cycle for the competitive grants is now open with a September 8 deadline. Community colleges that enroll significant numbers of Pell Grant recipients should consider applying. The CCAMPIS program assists Pell-eligible college students with financial support to help cover their child-care needs.
Community College Daily, Aug. 6, 2020

Democrats again call for aid to undocumented students

Nineteen Democrats on the House education committee wrote Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday protesting her decision to withhold about $7 billion of emergency coronavirus grants in the CARES Act from undocumented immigrants and other college students. DeVos’s decision, based in part on a federal prohibition on non-U.S. citizens receiving most kinds of federal aid, has angered Democrats.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 5, 2020

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