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News Links | December 3, 2020

December 03, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Washington state building projects win national Design-Build merit awards

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) facilitated two construction projects that won the national 2020 Design-Build National Award of Merit in the education category. ... The John W. Walstrum Center for Advanced Manufacturing Technology (CAMT) for Clover Park Technical College [CPTC] in Lakewood, Washington, which broke ground in June 2018 and was completed September 2019. The building supports workforce and management skills training for occupations in Puget Sound aerospace, aviation and manufacturing industries. ... The Bellevue College Student Success Center, which broke ground in September 2018 and was completed December 2019.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 30, 2020

Apprenticeship programs recruit women, people of color

The apprenticeship program at Spokane Community College offers a variety of job choices to students. ... Kenna May says Michelle Lytle is the first graduate of SCC’s pre-apprenticeship program to become a journey-level tradesperson. May directs the program. She says apprenticeship programs in Spokane are looking for more women and people of color.
Spokane Public Radio, Nov. 30, 2020

Investing in the long term

... Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, joins NCC in the list of public two-year colleges with the largest endowments. As of fiscal year 2019, the institution’s endowment assets grew to $68 million. A preliminary accounting for 2020 puts that figure at $64.6 million, a drop officials attribute to fluctuations in the marketplace caused at least in part by the coronavirus pandemic.
Community College Daily, Nov. 30, 2020

Big Bend Community College helps feed disadvantaged students and their families for Thanksgiving

Hundreds of people are giving thanks today due to the generous gesture by faculty, staff, and community members who care about disadvantaged students at Big Bend Community College (BBCC) in Moses Lake. Officials with BBCC say $6,170 was raised for the Viking Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving meal effort.
iFiber One, Nov. 26, 2020

Columbia Basin College acquires grant to support families of migrant workers

Columbia Basin College was approved for a $2.3 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education. This funding will be used to supplement the High School Equivalency Program (HEP), which enables members of the community to obtain their General Educational Development (GED) certificate. The HEP is designed specifically to help migrant or seasonal farmworkers earn crucial educational documentation. 
YakTriNews, Nov. 25, 2020

Pierce College holds virtual groundbreaking of new academic building

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom will celebrate the groundbreaking of its newest academic building Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 5 p.m. through a virtual groundbreaking ceremony. This project will provide state-of-the-art learning spaces for the college’s dental hygiene, veterinary technology, and emergency medical services programs, according to a release.
South Sound Magazine, Nov. 25, 2020

Sequim student finds personal, academic success with PC program

Rachel Anderson was born and raised in Sequim, in what she described as an abusive, low income household. “I am a first generation college student,” she said. “I was a stay at home parent of three kids, suffering from really high social anxiety and had really low confidence until I started going back to school [at Peninsula College] in the winter of 2020.”
Sequim Gazette, Nov. 25, 2020

Walla Walla Community College sets sight on winter quarter

The pandemic has not made Chad Hickox’s first full year as Walla Walla Community College’s president an easy one. Now he’s looking forward to a winter quarter he hopes can turn things around. ... Academically, Hickox said he believes the school is doing a good job supporting students who have decided to enroll now.
Union-Bulletin, Nov. 24, 2020

Olympia organizations give three $1,000 scholarships to SPSCC Craft Brewing and Distilling students

The South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Foundation recently worked with O’Bee Credit Union and the Olympia Tumwater Foundation to award three $1,000 scholarships to SPSCC Craft Brewing and Distilling students. The organizations describe this gift as just one way they are committed to the region’s craft beverage industry.
Thurston Talk, Nov. 23, 2020

Gidget Terpstra receives Distinguished Community Service Award

At Shoreline Community College Foundation's 23rd Annual Student Success Virtual Fundraiser on October 20, 2020, Gidget Terpstra of Shoreline was named the recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award. ... She served on the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees, 2004-2013 and again in 2019. 
Shoreline Area News, Nov. 14, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

College Scorecard now includes wage data based on field

In a move they said will help students get a better idea of how much they can borrow and afford to pay back, Education Department officials are expanding the College Scorecard to show how much graduates at institutions make based on their areas of study. The scorecard now provides new median income data for students two years out from their date of graduation. 
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 3, 2020

Embedding certifications into bachelor's degrees

A new report describes a framework for embedding industry certifications into bachelor's degree programs, an approach that could increase the job-market value of some degrees. The report is based on a project led by Workcred, a nonprofit organization, in partnership with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU), and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2, 2020

Reinventing workers for the post-Covid economy

... Covid is abruptly taking out a swath of jobs that were thought to be comparatively resilient, in services that require personal contact with customers. And the jolt has landed squarely on workers with little or no education beyond high school, toiling in the low-wage service economy.
The New York Times, Dec. 1, 2020

Veterans and COVID-19

... Student veterans are likely to start their education at community colleges, said Emily Schwartz, program manager at Ithaka S+R and one of the authors of the brief. Community college enrollment is down by nearly 10 percent, which doesn't bode well. At the same time, enrollment at for-profit colleges remains steady. Historically, these colleges recruit student veterans during economic downturns, according to Schwartz.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 1, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

College groups tell Congress they need money

The need for federal aid for colleges and universities is even greater than the $120 billion anticipated, a number of higher education groups including associations representing the colleges said in a letter to congressional leaders Wednesday.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 3, 2020

DeVos says free college amounts to a 'socialist takeover'

In a veiled swing at President-elect Joe Biden’s education plans, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday blasted the push for free college as a “socialist takeover of higher education” that could damage the nation’s economy. Speaking at an online conference hosted by the Education Department’s Federal Student Aid office, DeVos did not mention Biden by name.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 1, 2020

Who will replace Alexander?

Could Rand Paul, who once advocated eliminating the Education Department, really become the Senate’s top voice on higher education? It’s not the most likely outcome in the jockeying expected before the end of the year or at the beginning of next year over who will replace retiring senator Lamar Alexander as the top Republican on the Senate’s education committee.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 30, 2020

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