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News Links | January 21, 2020

January 21, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Skagit Valley College students celebrate King with service

While many celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day off Monday, students at Skagit Valley College celebrated it with a day in service. “It is super important to recognize the legacy that Dr. King left,” said Brian Murphy, Skagit Valley College’s director of student life. “And that that work is still so important today. It’s not just another day to do nothing.” Students with the Black Student Union, Student Program Board, Human Services Club, student government and men’s basketball team participated in service projects on campus, including making care packages for students who may be struggling, cleaning up litter and making a display of quotes from King.
Skagit Valley Herald, Jan. 20, 2020

Longview's Joe Fischer named LCC Foundation's Benefactor of the Year

Longview artist and philanthropist Joe Fischer was named Lower Columbia College Foundation’s Benefactor of the Year for 2019-20. According to a press release, benefactor honorees have a history of providing financial support to the foundation or volunteer service. Fischer falls into both categories. “It is with great pleasure that we announce and honor Joe Fischer as this year’s Benefactor of the Year,” Rich Gushman, LCC Foundation Board Chair said in the press release.
The Daily News, Jan. 20, 2020

Way to go

... The Triton staff in Edmonds Community College’s marketing and public information office won four awards. At the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations district conference this past fall, the Edmonds Community College employees took home bronze Medallion Awards for outstanding achievement in design and communication.
Everett Daily Herald, Jan. 20, 2020

This Richland woman's 'heart of a servant' earned her the MLK Spirit Award

Chauné Fitzgerald is a busy woman. She’s a Richland business owner and a world-traveler, spending nearly 10 years working at the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants styling contestants. But it’s her years of helping Tri-City women and children that earned her this year’s Columbia Basin College Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award. ... The prize is given each year to someone who exemplifies King’s work in equality and social justice and whose contributions to society reflect his spirit, philosophy and teachings.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 20, 2020

Community gathers in Pasco to honor legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

39. That’s the number of years Martin Luther King Jr. lived, and the number of times a bell was rung in his memory at Columbia Basin College on Monday. The school’s annual ceremony was held in front of a statue of the civil rights leader that sits on campus, to honor his legacy through inspirational speeches and song and to honor someone in the community who emulates his heart for service and social justice.
YakTriNews, Jan. 20, 2020

MLK Jr. Week kicks off at Highline College

Highline College presents its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week series of events Jan. 21-24. Under the theme “Radical Vision 20/20: Reclaiming Our Past, Rewriting Our Present, Re-imagining Our Future,” MLK Jr. Week 2020 prompts presenters and attendees to address how they, especially during an election year, can be radical and righteous for those who feel hopeless and voiceless. 
Kent Reporter, Jan. 19, 2020

Bates Technical College celebrates 80th anniversary

Bates Technical College is ushering in 2020 with increased excitement this year as it celebrates its eightieth anniversary. An ever-evolving and growing institution, Bates Technical College has moved from humble beginnings in an elementary school basement to three campuses across Tacoma offering continuing education and vocational programs. The school now serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 community members.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 18, 2020

Invasive species

As themes for art exhibitions go, Invasive Species might be one of the most intriguing imaginable. It's a horror show in the making -- animals brought in from foreign countries that destroy local plants and animals, plants such as kudzu from Japan that overrun everything in their path, species of living things that carry deadly viruses. But according to evidence presented by the artists shown in the Invasive Species exhibition at Tacoma Community College, humans might be the most invasive of all.
Weekly Volcano, Jan. 16, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Health benefits from community college accessibility

A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research examined the relationship between college openings, college credential attainment and health behaviors and outcomes later in life. It used data from the U.S. Census Bureau to analyze whether increases in the numbers of community colleges and four-year institutions in a state contributed to higher levels of college attainment and better health later in life. The accessibility of community colleges, the paper found, was associated with greater college attainment and employment and earnings, particularly among white and Hispanic people.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 21, 2020

Effects of SNAP changes

Upcoming changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal food stamp program, are expected to affect nearly 700,000 Americans. College students -- among the neediest -- will be among them. Some higher education policy experts argue that it's already complicated for students to decipher whether they qualify for public benefits, and the rule change from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs SNAP, scheduled to take place in April will only make matters more difficult.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 20, 2020

'Getting out the count'

As colleges across the country begin efforts to “get out the count” and energize students before the 2020 Census gets underway nationally in March, civic engagement advocates have identified numerous hurdles ahead. There’s the challenge of simply informing students, a majority of whom have never participated in the decennial census, about the detailed questionnaire they will be receiving from the federal government and why it's important to fill it out. ... The Pell Grant program, which provides need-based federal financial aid to qualifying low-income students, is one of the top five federal programs with funding determined by census data, according to the Census Bureau. The census provides indicators -- income level, degree completion, occupation -- for the number of people that will be seeking a college degree in the future and will need Pell Grants, said Luis Maldonado, vice president of government relations and policy analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 20, 2020

Google releases new IT certificate

Google’s professional certificate in IT automation with Python became available this week for enrollment. The company launched a previous certificate in IT support in 2018. The new certificate appears to be a similar structure but different subject matter. “Python is now the most in-demand programming language, and more than 530,000 U.S. jobs, including 75,000 entry-level jobs, require Python proficiency,” the company said in a news release. “With this new certificate, you can learn Python, Git and IT automation within six months.” ... he online courses for that certificate are being offered at numerous community colleges, aided by grant money from Jobs for the Future, a workforce nonprofit.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 17, 2020

S&P issues negative outlook for higher ed

The U.S. higher education outlook is negative, with more potential disruptions to credit than favorable opportunities, S&P Global Ratings said Thursday. Top-tier institutions are thriving, with strong investment markets supporting endowment spending and fundraising, according to the ratings agency. State funding is also increasing. But many regional colleges and universities are staring at continuing challenges as they try to meet revenue and enrollment goals. Risks include a shrinking pool of high school students, downward international enrollment trends, operating pressures, rising pension costs and economic growth forecast at less than 2 percent.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 17, 2020

Moody's: Slow student loan repayment driving high balances, bring social, credit implications

Slow repayments have become the most important contributor to rising student loan balances, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report released Thursday. In the past, rising tuition and climbing college enrollments were the largest contributors to increasing student loan balances, according to the ratings agency. ... Students who attended for-profit institutions and public two-year institutions struggled the most to make a dent in loan balances, Moody’s found after examining five-year repayment rates for two different student cohorts. But the ratings agency still said students who attended all types of institution were contributing to slow repayment.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 17, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

More help for student parents

Providing high-quality childcare services at no cost to low-income parents attending community colleges and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) is the focus of legislation introduced by Democrats in the House and Senate. Last week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) unveiled the Preparing and Resourcing Our Student Parents and Early Childhood Teachers Act (PROSPECT Act) following a recent report that showed one in five college students are raising a child under age five while in school, and that many of these parents have trouble finding affordable, high-quality childcare. In December, Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Connecticut) introduced the same legislation in the House.
Community College Daily, Jan. 20, 2020

House rebukes DeVos on borrower defense

The Democratic U.S. House of Representatives easily passed a resolution Thursday expressing disapproval of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s borrower-defense rule, which will make it significantly harder for student borrowers to receive debt forgiveness after being defrauded by colleges. Six Republicans joined Democrats in passing the measure, 231 to 180, giving advocates some hope of getting it through the Republican Senate. However, the Office of Management and Budget said Monday it would advise vetoing the measure if it were to pass both chambers.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 17, 2020

Colleges couldn’t block transcripts to collect minor fees under Senate bill

A Senate bill under consideration would require [higher education institutions] that receive money from the Washington College Grant Program to release transcripts for students even if they owe money for minor fees. Low-income families and communities of color face many barriers in higher education, said bill sponsor Sen. Emily Randall, D-Bremerton. “We’re not graduating enough students, we want to remove the barriers,” Randall said. “You don’t want to get people caught in a loop.”
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 16, 2020

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