News Links | December 17, 2020
System News | Opinion
News of philanthropist MacKenzie Scott’s gift to the Walla Walla Community College Foundation reverberated throughout the region on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, the
magnitude of that donation became clear when the foundation announced that Scott —
who describes herself modestly as “mom, writer, advocate” after divorcing Amazon.com
founder Jeff Bezos — pledged $15 million to the two-year college.
Tri-City Herald, Dec. 17, 2020
Wenatchee Valley College has partnered with Mission Ridge to provide free lift tickets and equipment rentals
to all WVC students. “We’re looking for ways to keep our students active and engaged
while the (Jack and Edna Maguire Student Recreation Center) building is closed,” stated
Danny Zavala, student recreation center manager.
iFiber One, Dec. 16, 2020
Tacoma Community College and the TRA Medical Imaging Foundation are proud to announce a partnership that will
provide financial assistance and a mentoring program for TCC Radiologic Technology
students. In its first act of support, TRA Medical Imaging Foundation has recently
provided a one-time gift to four TCC Radiologic students who were identified as being
at-risk of dropping out of the program.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 16, 2020
Bates Technical College’s Student Services department now has a dedicated webpage where you can access live
assistance. ... Vice President of Student Services Steve Ashpole says, “Our priority
is keeping our college community healthy and safe while supporting students’ educational
endeavors with access to student services they need to succeed."
The Suburban Times, Dec. 15, 2020
Tacoma Community College classes will continue to be held mostly online spring quarter. As with fall and winter
quarter, a variety of online and hybrid options will be available to students, with
some labs and clinicals held on campus. The college also offers on-campus support
services, which can more easily be expanded or contracted according to Pierce County’s
The Suburban Times, Dec. 15, 2020
The Leonor R. Fuller Gallery Postcard Exhibition will showcase a diverse display of art sourced from the community
What does it mean to leave no trace in art, in life and in nature? This winter at
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC), artists from all walks of life will explore this theme through their participation
in the annual fundraiser, the Leonor R. Fuller Gallery Postcard Exhibition.
Thurston Talk, Dec. 14, 2020
Clark College theater professor Gene Biby says the theater community has one goal during the pandemic:
to let people know they’re “not dead yet.” Many companies are trying “Zoom theater”
— performances over live-streaming video — since in-person productions are not an
option as statewide restrictions continue for safety. But, Biby, 58, laments that
it’s just not the same.
The Columbian, Dec. 12, 2020
... The classes were taught by bilingual instructor Gilberto Estrada, who has taught
the course at Skagit Valley College since 2007, and Sandra Ruiz, his assistant and former student. Estrada said students
in the fall course learned how to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and online
conferencing platforms such as Zoom, and practiced typing.
Skagit Valley Herald, Dec. 12, 2020
Edmonds College’s new Science, Engineering & Technology (SET) building, completed in August 2020, has
earned Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The
Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) oversaw the project.
My Edmonds News, Dec. 10, 2020
Students who want to pursue a career in the high-demand healthcare field now have
even more options. This winter, Shoreline Community College is launching a new Health Data Analyst Certificate, an 18-credit certificate that
teaches students how to analyze, interpret, organize, and present health data. “COVID-19
has increased awareness of data’s importance in providing effective healthcare,” said
Dr. Melanie Meyer, Director of the Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM)
program at the college.
Shoreline Area News, Dec. 8, 2020
Trends | Horizons | Education
This fall, the community college sector saw a -10.1% drop in enrollments – or 540,200
fewer students – compared to fall 2019, due to the pandemic and resulting economic
recession, according to a final report released today by the National Student Clearinghouse
(NSC) Research Center.
Community College Daily, Dec. 17, 2020
Students who received Pell grants for short-term training programs were more likely
to enroll at a postsecondary institution and complete a program, according to a new
report from the U.S. Education Department (ED). In 2011, ED launched two pilot tests
focused on expanding Pell Grant eligibility to address concerns emerging from the
Great Recession that tuition and fees could be barriers to occupational training.
Community College Daily, Dec. 16, 2020
Increased public high school completion rates, especially among students of color,
are helping to propel the nation’s graduating classes to larger-than-anticipated sizes
-- but they aren’t projected to prevent a steady contraction looming after the middle
of the 2020s. High school graduates are on track to peak in number across the country
at 3.93 million with the Class of 2025, according to projections released Tuesday
by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 15, 2020
Politics | Local, State, National
With President-elect Joe Biden preparing to take office in January, this might be
community colleges’ big moment. The institutions’ advocates are already celebrating
what a Joe Biden presidency could mean for the community college sector. “Certainly
I think all of us at community colleges are hopeful that the Biden administration
will be centering community colleges, and frankly public open access education, in
the middle of their policy agenda,” says Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of
Achieving the Dream, a non-profit focused on community college student success.
Diverse Education, Dec. 16, 2020
It’s far less than the $120 billion in federal emergency coronavirus relief colleges
and universities are hoping they’ll get, but higher education lobbyists said they’d
take the $20 billion in help a bipartisan group in Congress proposed Monday to break
the stalemate in Washington over more aid to help the nation get through the next
few months of the pandemic.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 15, 2020
For the first time in more than three years, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) is accepting applications from first-time applicants for the Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Hundreds of thousands of young people who would
have otherwise become eligible for DACA since September 2017 now can apply for protected
Community College Daily, Dec. 10, 2020