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December 08, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Former GHC president Jewell Manspeaker dies at 79

Dr. Jewell Manspeaker, a past president of Grays Harbor College, died last weekend in California. He was 79. Manspeaker was GHC’s president from 1989 until his retirement in 2004, when he moved to Palm Desert, California, with his wife, Ronda. He reportedly died of COVID-19. Members of the GHC community recall his quiet leadership and kindness.
The Daily World, Dec. 1, 2020

How COVID-19 could lead to fewer Washington students going to college in 2021 and beyond

 ... People who work closely with students point to several reasons for the downturn. Brianne Sanchez directs financial aid and veterans services at North Seattle College. She suspects the lack of in-person connection, coupled with Zoom fatigue after virtual school, is part of the problem. 
The Seattle Times, Dec. 7, 2020

Fantasy Lights: Vibrant velociraptor shines bright as welding program’s Jurassic contribution

Bates Technical College’s Welding program students bring life to the prehistoric star of Jurassic World for this year’s Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park. The 6-by-10 foot feathered theropod dinosaur will bare his sparkly snarl as visitors drive through the annual event. 
The Suburban Times, Dec. 4, 2020

Timothy Burt reappointed to WWCC Board of Trustees

Timothy Burt was reappointed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to the Walla Walla Community College Board of Directors. Burt will serve a five-year term that ends in September 2025. The Pomeroy native was first appointed to the board of trustees in 2016. 
Lewiston Tribune, Dec. 4, 2020

Opinion: Why Pell Grants can help fight the pandemic

 ... In Washington, Walla Walla Community College will deliver applied bachelor’s degree programs at the Washington State Penitentiary and the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center with Second Chance Pell beginning this winter.
Politico, Dec. 4, 2020

Boeing donates $50,000 to Big Bend Community College aviation programs

Boeing has donated $50,000 to Big Bend Community College to support the Aviation Maintenance Technology and Commercial Pilot programs. The donation was part of Boeing’s Giving Tuesday initiative, which saw Boeing donate $10 million to 95 nonprofit organizations. 
iFiber One, Dec. 3, 2020

Food program expansion helps Peninsula College students

An expansion in eligibility requirements means more Peninsula College students now qualify for Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) funds, college officials announced this week. Under the new standards, PC officials said, students no longer needs to be pursuing a professional or technical degree to be eligible for BFET funding.
Sequim Gazette, Dec. 2, 2020

Spokane Community College students selling poinsettia plants from the SCC Greenery

The Spokane Community College Greenery has poinsettia plants on sale. Second-year Greenhouse Nursery Management students grow the plants, study them and are now selling them to the community. Customers have 13 different varieties of the plant to choose from and all 6″ poinsettias cost seven dollars.
KXLY, Dec. 2, 2020

Centralia College offers livestream theater

... Like theaters nationwide, Centralia College Theatre has been severely impacted by COVID-19. In the early days of the campus-wide shut down, the cast of the spring musical “Into the Woods” was already rehearsing but that show ended up being canceled several weeks later when the shutdown persisted.
The Daily Chronicle, Dec. 2, 2020

Wenatchee Valley College classes to remain online through spring quarter

Campus officials say the continuing threat posed by the spread of COVID-19 is cause for keeping classes at Wenatchee Valley College online through spring quarter. The community college announced its decision to remain online through June 2021 on Tuesday. 
iFiber One, Dec. 1, 2020

Edmonds College says winter quarter 2021 will be mostly online, and start Jan. 4

Edmonds College announced Tuesday that most classes and services will be offered online for winter quarter 2021, which starts Jan. 4. Some classes with a hands-on component will be offered in person. Strict social distancing guidelines will be maintained.
My Edmonds News, Dec. 1, 2020

WSU survey: Food insecurity has grown

A Washington State University survey has found that 30% of households in the state have experienced food insecurity since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. ... The survey was conducted from June to July by professors and researchers from Washington State University, the University of Washington and Tacoma Community College. ... Thanksgiving meals prepared by the Skagit Valley College culinary program were delivered to Head Start families.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 28, 2020

Peninsula College Longhouse to host ‘Powerful Poets’

... “The Culture Talks hope to hold space for broadening perspectives and cultural awareness while celebrating diversity and commonality within community,” said Samantha Della-DeVoney, [Peninsula College] Longhouse cultural programs manager. 
Peninsula Daily News, Nov. 27, 2020

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Theatre’s “Streets: The Musical” is streaming now!

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Theatre isn’t letting a pandemic stand in the way of their fall production and, in fact, have used our current limitations on gatherings as an opportunity to get creative. Their latest production, “Streets: The Musical” features original music, singing, dancing and dialogue, all produced and recorded virtually, using green screens.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 27, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Job transitions for skilled workers without degrees

New research looks at nearly 100 million projected job openings over the next decade across 292 occupations that could be filled by skilled workers who do not hold four-year degrees. The report from Opportunity@Work, a nonprofit group, used federal data to examine roughly 130 million U.S. job transitions over the last decade.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 4, 2020

A dip in completion rates

The average six-year completion rate for community colleges has dropped 0.5 percentage points to 40.3% after rising for two consecutive years, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center.
Community College Daily, Dec. 3, 2020

Doubts about going to college

More than one-third of prospective college students are reconsidering higher education in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Further, 43 percent of prospective students for one- and two-year programs are looking to delay enrollment.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 3, 2020

Did students in college housing learn better?

... Other recent surveys that include students living at their family homes have shown that they are “not doing as well,” he said. For example, a recent nationally representative survey by Strada Education Network found that “keeping up academically” was a challenge for 58 percent of students who lived either at home or on or near campus, and 56 percent said “having a space that is good for studying” has been challenging.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 3, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Judge orders restoration of DACA

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to begin accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and otherwise restore the program to the form it took prior to Sept. 5, 2017, the day the administration announced plans to end the program.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 7, 2020

Aide to DeVos outlines accomplishments

Highlighting the Education Department’s accomplishments under the Trump administration, Principal Deputy Under Secretary Diane Auer Jones said the agency had listened to colleges’ call for regulatory relief. “We heard what you’ve said about regulatory burden and we’ve tried to address it,” she said remotely at the Federal Student Aid Training Conference Wednesday.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 3, 2020

Alexander calls for bipartisanship as he prepares to leave Senate

As he prepares to leave the Senate in a month, Senator Lamar Alexander urged senators to find a way again to work across party lines to pass measures dealing with the nation’s major problems by wide margins. The Republican senator, in a farewell address on the Senate floor before his term ends Jan. 3, cited Congress’s creation of Medicare and a 2013 vote tying interest rates for student loans to market rates, saving student borrowers hundreds of billions.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 3, 2020

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