News Links | August 11, 2020
System News | Opinion
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
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
... [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
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 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
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
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
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
... 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
... 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
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
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
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
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 6, 2020
... 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
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
... 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
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