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News Links | August 25, 2020

August 25, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

GHC dealing with, adapting to instruction in the age of a pandemic

Facing a “damaging mix” of state-funding cuts, drops in enrollment and thus tuition revenue, and increased health and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Grays Harbor College, like many other colleges and universities across the state, is reshaping how it educates its students for the rapidly-approaching school year.
The Daily World, Aug. 22, 2020

BTC awarded $1.3 million grant

Bellingham Technical College just got a big boost. The US Department of Education awarded BTC a $1.3 million grant to support student services through their TRIO SSS program. The program provides a variety of services to low income students, first generation college students and students with disabilities who they say are disproportionately impacted by institutional, personal and financial barriers that make it difficult to stay in college.
KGMI, Aug. 21, 2020

Highline College hosts COVID-19 testing every Wednesday

... “Highline College microbiology students in spring 2020 had the idea to get more testing in South King County to help to address the dire issue of health inequity for communities of color in our region,” Highline College instructor Colleen Sheridan said. “With the expertise of the UW/Harborview Ambulatory Care team and the support of many state and local departments, we are able to bring this service to our Highline College campus.”
Kent Reporter, Aug. 20, 2020

Photos: Making art work

Call it sidewalk art using small garbage cans and fire. Wielding tongs and wearing fire-proof gloves, Mark Yaple of Wenatchee earlier this month put hot ceramics into a bucket of damp newspapers on a sidewalk at Wenatchee Valley College. It was part of the process to fire raku pottery. The paper ignites, and Yaple, a volunteer, closes the lid and the oxygen in the container is burned up to give the pottery a distinctive texture and color.
The Wenatchee World, Aug. 20, 2020

Head Start will offer parents in-person and fully virtual options

Lower Columbia College Head Start and Early Head Start will offer parents both hybrid and fully virtual options this fall, but enrollment is lower than normal and program officials are encouraging eligible parents to apply. After reviewing health recommendations and surveying parents, families can choose to either send their child in for two days a week of in-person instruction or choose twice-weekly remote instruction, according to a Head Start press release.
The Daily News, Aug. 20, 2020

Peninsula College offers retraining funds to help unemployed

To help Clallam County residents struggling with employment issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, Peninsula College officials say the school’s Worker Retraining (WRT) Program at Peninsula College may be the answer. The WRT program provides hopeful options to individuals who are laid off or furloughed due to pandemic, or who have had to close their businesses, college officials said.
Sequim Gazette, Aug. 19, 2020

CARES Act funds will make school more affordable for technical college students

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 Seattle Medium, Aug. 19, 2020

Peninsula College moves Saturday ceremony online

Peninsula College has moved its Saturday commencement ceremony online because of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Clallam County, particularly in the 19-29 age group. The drive-up event that was to take place on the Port Angeles campus was scrapped in favor of a socially distant alternative.
Peninsula Daily News, Aug. 19, 2020

Walla Walla Community College granted $2.18 million to continue TRiO program

Walla Walla Community College has received a $2.18 million federal grant from the Department of Education to continue funding its TRiO program for five additional years, the school announced today. TRiO is a support program for first-generation students, low-income students and students with disabilities.
Union-Bulletin, Aug. 18, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

ED issues new distance learning regs

The U.S. Education Department (ED) on Monday issued final rules that it says govern distance learning in higher education and promote educational innovation to better serve the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students. While work on the Distance Learning and Innovation Regulation started more than a year ago, the COVID-19 national emergency underscores the need for students to have access to high-quality remote learning options, according to ED.
Community College Daily, Aug. 24, 2020

New certificate from CityU and Amazon

The City University of Seattle is offering a new technology and computing program with Amazon Global Military Affairs. The program includes multiple certificates, is available online and is designed for working adults, according to a news release. It's part of the private, nonprofit university and Amazon's goal to support upskilling former members of the U.S. military so they can transition to civilian careers.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 21, 2020

New grant for colleges affected by COVID-19

A new grant program from the U.S. Department of Education could help colleges and universities resume operations and reduce disease transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Institutional Resilience and Expanded Postsecondary Opportunity Grant Program Competition is available for institutions with the greatest unmet needs related to the pandemic.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 20, 2020

S&P report anticipates weakened enrollments, likely revenue loss

Colleges across the board will see lower enrollments this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report from S&P Global Ratings shows. As a result, net tuition and auxiliary revenue will likely decline. S&P Global’s outlook for the higher education sector remains negative.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 19, 2020

DataPoints: Inroads in apprenticeships, despite COVID

Despite the pandemic, a national initiative led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to increase the number of apprentices and services throughout the U.S. has made significant advances in its first year. 
Expanding Community College Apprenticeships (ECCA), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), had aimed to train 16,000 apprenticeships over three years. 
Community College Daily, Aug. 19, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

House ed chair seeks to nix ED’s new training grants

The chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee is asking U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to withdraw the Reimagine Workforce Preparation (RWP) grant competition, which would provide state workforce agencies with funding for short-term programming, including career pathway programs for unemployed and underemployed workers in jobs affected by COVID.
Community College Daily, Aug. 24, 2020

Washington watch: Stimulus jockeying continues

Legislators have largely left Washington, D.C., for the national political conventions and the traditional August recess, but the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and other advocacy groups remain ever-focused on a possible new stimulus bill to address the coronavirus pandemic.
Community College Daily, Aug. 20, 2020

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