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News Links | January 30, 2020

January 30, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Legislators consider expanding access to higher education in Washington correctional facilities

Incarcerated individuals may soon have more opportunities to complete college degrees while in correctional facilities. Among other things, House Bill 2299 would permit the Washington State Department of Corrections to implement post-secondary certificate and degree programs at state correctional institutions. ... The agency contracts with the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges to offer Adult Basic Education (pdf), workforce pre-apprenticeships and certificates, and associate technical degrees at each of the 12 correctional facilities. 
Monroe Monitor, Jan. 30, 2020

NIC, SCC among 15 schools receiving $100K grants in second year of Metallica Scholars Initiative

Two area community colleges will once again receive grants from Metallica's Foundation and its partners in the second year of its scholar program. [Spokane Community College] and North Idaho College were both among the 10 schools in the original program and will be included in this year's as well, along with five schools added for a total of 15. According to a release from the All Within My Hands Foundation, the Metallica Scholars Initiative saw job placement rates exceed 90 percent in the inaugural year. 
KHQ, Jan. 29, 2020

Edmonds CC Build It NOW program aims to help inventors get from idea to prototype in six weeks

Edmonds Community College, in collaboration with the NW Innovation Resource Center’s (NWIRC), is offering the Build it NOW program, which helps inventors and entrepreneurs turn their ideas into ready-for-market prototypes. The program will run 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays from Feb. 22 through March 28. The subject of each session corresponds with a different product development stage: research, prototyping, marketing, testing, and launching the product to market. 
My Edmonds News, Jan. 29, 2020

'Fun Home': Centralia College musical tackles hard subjects with beautiful music

“Fun Home” is the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist. It’s also a story about growing up: And a story about families; and a story about fathers and daughters; and a story about trying to figure out just who you are in this world. Beyond the sexuality of the main character, it is a story that almost everyone can relate to. “Fun Home” will open Friday and play through Feb. 9 in the Wickstrom Studio Theatre on the Centralia College Campus.
The Daily Chronicle, Jan. 29, 2020

CBC students shine the light on human trafficking

CBC student Raman Nijjar and 77 others formed a human chain for Tuesday’s “Shine the Light on Human Trafficking” event on the Pasco campus of Columbia Basin College. The Human Trafficking Awareness Month event was organized by the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society in partnership with the Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC). The 77 people stretched across the campus represented the reported victims in the region, said PTK club advisor Terry Marie Fleischman.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 28, 2020

State House passes bill to give relief to students with unpaid fines

Students with unpaid fines and fees to school districts may soon be getting some relief from the state Legislature. The House voted 64-30 on Monday in Olympia to pass House Bill 1715, sponsored by Rep. Debra Entenman, D-Kent, according to a Washington House Democrats news release. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges requested the measure. Entenman has served on the Renton Technical College Board of Trustees since 2015.
Kent Reporter, Jan. 28, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

International students benefit community colleges

Community colleges are not only attractive options for international students, they also bring many benefits to the colleges, states a new report. The American Council on Education brief offers recommendations to college leaders on how best to internationalize their campuses and explains why that is important.
Community College Daily, Jan. 29, 2020

More trustees fear for the future

Trustees have grown significantly more concerned about the future of higher education in the last year, according to new polling released today that points to financial sustainability and the prices students pay as top sources of anxiety. And trustees aren’t just worried about the sector as a whole. A majority are also concerned about the future financial sustainability of their own institutions or systems. The data also seem to indicate college and university trustees will need to raise their level of performance, according to experts at the membership organization that released the survey, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 29, 2020

Coronavirus hits China exchange programs

American universities and colleges have announced new restrictions on travel to China in response to upgraded travel advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State related to the continued spread of coronavirus. ... The CDC expanded its travel advisory for China on Monday to recommend against nonessential travel to the entire country (previously the warning applied only to Hubei Province, where Wuhan is located). 
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 29, 2020

More states address apprenticeship policies

State lawmakers are turning more toward apprenticeships as a strategy to tackle the skills gap, according to an annual report on states’ career and technical education policies. In 2019, at least 35 policies related to apprenticeships were enacted across 22 states, says the report by CTE Advance, the Association for Career and Technical Education, and the Education Commission of the States. Many of the policies aim to expand access to apprenticeships and make more learners aware of such programs.
Community College Daily, Jan. 29, 2020

China cancels standardized tests due to coronavirus

China has canceled standardized test dates for common English language proficiency and graduate entry tests due to concerns about containing the spread of the novel coronavirus, potentially disrupting the plans of students who planned to use scores from the tests to apply for colleges overseas, Bloomberg reported. China's National Education Examinations Authority said all test dates for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scheduled for February have been canceled.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 28, 2020

Report affirms value of associate degrees, certificates

Media and policymakers still often think “college” equals a four-year degree, but the actual number of students earning college credentials tells a different story. The combined number of certificates and associate degrees awarded by colleges is similar to the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded — around 2 million per year — with certificates and associate degrees each accounting for about 1 million, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW). The report finds that students with associate degrees and credentials in a specialized field often attain better-paying jobs and careers than students earning bachelor’s degrees.
Community College Daily, Jan. 28, 2020

New fellowships for journalists covering CTE

... The new program aims to increase the number of journalists who have the tools and networks to provide more comprehensive coverage of postsecondary education, according to the foundation. ... CTE, especially at the postsecondary level, has started to make more headlines as business and industry clamor for more skilled workers. That, in turn, has prompted more local, state and national lawmakers to call for more CTE at colleges, particularly community colleges.
Community College Daily, Jan. 28, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Senators seek information about online program managers

Two Democrats in the U.S. Senate have asked five companies that help colleges and universities manage their online academic programs for information about their contracts and relationships with the institutions. The letter from Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sherrod Brown of Ohio seeks either copies of contracts with the institutions or, "alternatively," information about the nature and term of all of their institutional contracts. The letter also requests data on how much revenue they receive and how much they spend on services such as marketing, recruiting, instruction and student support for each institutional client. The senators also seek information about how the companies comply with federal rules prohibiting payments to recruiters on a per-student basis.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 30, 2020

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