News Links | December 8, 2020
System News | Opinion
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
... 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
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 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
... 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 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
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
Sequim Gazette, Dec. 2, 2020
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
KXLY, Dec. 2, 2020
... 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
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 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
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
... “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 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
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
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
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
... 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
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