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News Links | July 7, 2020

July 07, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

International students can’t stay here if their college goes all-online, ICE says

International students going to college in the United States may have to leave the country or transfer to another college if their schools decide to teach all classes online, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Monday. ... Several Puget Sound-area community colleges also hosted more than a thousand international students each, including Green River, Seattle Central and Edmonds community colleges, in 2018.
The Seattle Times, July 6, 2020

What does freedom mean to you?

... Evans Kaame: Although I’m transferring to Washington State University, Clark College is home to me; I have built lasting friendships I will always cherish. While studying at Clark College, I had the honor of serving the students as the president of the student government. In this capacity, I had the privilege of meeting with honorable people who serve in politics and economic development.
The Columbian, July 5, 2020

Peninsula College student gets journalism award

Peninsula College has announced that international student Saki Kambe, managing editor of The Buccaneer, has received an honorable mention in the 2020 Pacific Northwest Association Journalism Educators contest. Kambe was recognized in the general news category for her article “Makah Tribe Treaty Rights and Whaling, Decision Imminent” in Vol. 62, No. 6 of The Buccaneer paper which was published on March 7.
Peninsula Daily News, July 5, 2020

Herald welcomes new local columnist to its Opinion page

The Daily Herald welcomes a new columnist to its Opinion pages, a woman who grew up in the Puget Sound region, lives in Everett and has started her career in higher education in Snohomish County. Ciera Graham is the director of Everett Community College’s East County Campus in Monroe, offering her leadership in areas of student services, marketing, community partnerships and fundraising.
Everett Herald, July 5, 2020

Quarantine aside, Walla Walla Community College Zooms theater courses

The show must go on and Walla Walla Community College Community Education will make this possible, despite the coronavirus pandemic quarantine, by offering three virtual theater courses and subsequent performances this summer.
Union-Bulletin, July 3, 2020

Does a mask-wearing mandate violate citizens' constitutional rights? Inslee answers

Speaking at at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Tuesday, June 30, Gov. Jay Inslee offered his perspective when asked how he would address citizens who feel a mask-wearing mandate violates their constitutional rights. [Video]
The News Tribune, July 2, 2020

Big Bend & Grant PUD pair up for children’s virtual STEAM camp

Big Bend Community College’s Center for Business and Industry Services and Grant PUD, national tech education provider, Black Rocket, are rolling out a youth virtual summer STEAM camp. ... “The goal behind it is to keep kids learning throughout the summer,” said Tiffany Fondren, communications coordinator. 
560 KPQ, July 2, 2020

Kodama’s job saved

Bellevue College’s Interim President Gary Locke has approved a one-time allocation from the president’s discretionary account to 91.3 KBCS-FM, and save the jobs of the News Director and Program Director. KBCS is affiliated with Bellevue College, and the college’s Board of Trustees holds the broadcast license for the radio station.
Northwest Asian Weekly, July 2, 2020

Centralia College to furlough employees for four days this month in preparation for budget cuts

In order to offset the loss in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for an estimated 15 percent budget cut, Centralia College is furloughing employees for four days throughout the month of July, the college stated in a recent news release.
The Daily Chronicle, July 2, 2020

Portfolio show from Visual Communications Technology Club is online

... Visual Communications Artists at Shoreline Community College design with a purpose, creating art that works. Students study foundational skills and principles for a range of multimedia disciplines while gaining specialized training or degree in a focused area of expertise: graphic design, animation and video, game art, or project management.
Shoreline Area News, July 1, 2020

Walla Walla Community College offers new degree program in fall

Students at the Clarkston branch of Walla Walla Community College will have a new degree opportunity to pursue this fall. The college will offer an associate degree in agricultural business — an addition that will not affect the budget, according to WWCC systemwide President Chad Hickox.
Lewiston Tribune, July 1, 2020

Transitions: U. of North Carolina System Names New President; U. of Alaska President Steps Down

... Karl Smith, associate vice chancellor for enrollment services and director of admissions at the University of Washington at Tacoma, has been named vice president for student affairs at Tacoma Community College.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 1, 2020

Bates Technical College’s Commercial Truck Driving program instructor Bob Gunter recognized with prestigious award

Bates Technical College’s Commercial Truck Driving: Entry Level program instructor Bob Gunter recently received the 2020 Exceptional Faculty Award in a surprise presentation, which included a drive-by celebration from college programs like Fire Service.
The Suburban Times, July 1, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

International students banned from online-only instruction

New guidance for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has stoked anger and confusion from students, faculty and immigration advocates. The new temporary final rule, issued Monday afternoon, prohibits international students from returning to or remaining in the United States this fall if the colleges they attend adopt online-only instruction models amid the pandemic.
Inside Higher Ed, July 7, 2020

Survey: Students optimistic about jobs, but not salaries

... “At a time when colleges and universities are focused on demonstrating value, ensuring students understand how their coursework is directly preparing them for their desired career can make a major difference.”
Inside Higher Ed, July 7, 2020

Amid pandemic, fewer students seek federal aid for college

... The numbers have risen as states and schools have launched campaigns urging students to apply for aid, but they remain down overall from last year. It’s raising alarms among education officials who say thousands of students may be opting to delay or forgo college, with potentially dire consequences for their job prospects and future earnings.
PBS News Hour, July 6, 2020

DOL awards $81M to expand registered apprenticeships

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) this week awarded $80.6 million in grants to help states improve and expand registered apprenticeship programs (RAPs). Building State Capacity to Expand Apprenticeship through Innovation grants would strengthen the national apprenticeship system, promote system alignment and partnerships and improve data sharing and data integrity, according to DOL.
Community College Daily, July 1, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Report: What states need to do for the future workforce

A new report highlights ways governors and other state policy makers are working to improve workforces with lifelong learning. ... An interactive website lets people explore different policy pathways aimed at achieving these phases. It also includes case studies from Alabama, Arkansas and Washington.
Inside Higher Ed, July 7, 2020

The House supports the restoration of Pell for those in federal & state prisons

Last night, the House of Representatives released its long-awaited education appropriations bill outlining proposed spending for the upcoming fiscal year. Among other things, the bill proposes a major win for thousands of incarcerated adults -- reinstating Pell grants to those in federal and state prisons.
New America, July 7, 2020

What happens next for DACA?

Advocates for immigrant college students cheered the Supreme Court’s recent 5-to-4 decision blocking the Trump administration from immediately ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides protection against deportation and gives work authorization to about 650,000 immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children with their parents and without legal authorization.
Inside Higher Ed, July 6, 2020

Governor puts two week pause on further reopening in Washington state, strengthens mask order

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the state Health Secretary are hitting the pause button on the county-by-county reopening process in response to the worsening coronavirus pandemic. Inslee announced that for at least the next two weeks all counties in Washington state will stay in whatever reopening phase they are currently in -- with a couple of exceptions.
KNKX, July 2, 2020

Government watchdog report shows DeVos delayed students from receiving stimulus money

Last week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report evaluating the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The watchdog’s report showed that the implementation of the coronavirus relief law, known as the CARES Act, from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education was less than satisfactory.
Forbes, June 29, 2020

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