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News Links | July 21, 2020

July 21, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Welding students awarded apprenticeships

Four second-year Peninsula College welding students received apprenticeships after undergoing the rigors of a process called “Hell Day” with the Local 86 Ironworkers Union in Seattle. The students learned last month they had been accepted into in a boot camp-style “Hell Day,” where the organization pits applicants against each other to gain admittance into the Ironworkers’ four-year degree/apprenticeship program.
Peninsula Daily News, July 20, 2020

Megan Whitener reads "Why I am not President: A campaign speech" by Dennis Held

Meg Whitener is an artist, aspiring writer and student at Wenatchee Valley College. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her awe inducing son, three parakeets, and a small jungle of house plants. [Audio]
Spokane Public Radio, July 20, 2020

SVC brewing program finds new way keep processes going

Students at Skagit Valley College’s Cardinal Craft Brewing Academy spend a year learning to brew beer that reflects their taste and personality. When the COVID-19 pandemic closed the program’s taproom, students, teachers and administrators found another way to share that beer with the public: in 32-ounce cans for curbside pickup.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 19, 2020

Ag tech entrepreneur sees data as the apple of his eye

... After getting too itchy for interaction, he called up Brandenburg who recommended setting up a meeting of minds with the late Derek Brandes, then the president of Walla Walla Community College overseeing the school’s first four-year bachelor’s program in the agricultural field. Brandes brought in Jerry Anhorn, who was overseeing the program.
Union-Bulletin, July 19, 2020

Editorial: From the newsroom: Interesting times as intern joins newsroom

If, like me, you look at bylines, you may have noticed a new one in The Columbian: Nicholas Gibson. We recently welcomed Nick as our second Dee Anne Finken endowed summer intern, a program that we are offering to a Clark College journalism student each summer in partnership with the Clark College Foundation and journalism professor Beth Slovick, who is also the adviser to the Clark College Independent student newspaper.
The Columbian, July 18, 2020

Peninsula College officials welcome repeal of visa rule change

Peninsula College administrators momentarily cheered the news that the Trump administration had rescinded a plan to cancel visas for international students taking online-only courses, but they are wary of continued efforts to restrict or interfere with their educational opportunities. ... “I was communicating with the [State Board for Community and Technical Colleges] today about Homeland Security still planning on restricting first-time visas for international students,” Huls said. 
Peninsula Daily News, July 17, 2020

Homeless encampment on lawn of Seattle Central College stirs concern

A growing homeless encampment on the front lawn of Seattle Central College in Capitol Hill is raising new concerns about crime, safety and unsanitary conditions in the area among students, residents and businesses. Dr. Sheila Lange, the college president, sent a campus-wide email this week, saying the situation is “an escalating safety situation.”
KOMO News, July 16, 2020

Port underwrites help for small business through partnership with Highline College

... “COVID-19 devastated local business and workers, but the most vulnerable communities have been hit the hardest,” said Port of Seattle Commission Vice President Fred Felleman. “This funding serves as a first step, rapid response to serve this critical need. The Port is proud to partner with Highline College which has the expertise to deliver these support services to small businesses in these impacted communities.”
The Olympian, July 16, 2020

Kevin Brockbank: State lawmakers wanted new pathways to career education – Spokane Community College wants a new pathway to a career

... Think Running Start, but with the goal of a career after the program ends, not a university. It’s uncharted water upon which Spokane Community College immediately set sail. We’re calling it Running Start for Careers. It’s a necessary evolution to the model, at a time when our industry needs it most. Similar to traditional Running Start programs, this latest initiative allows students to stay in high school while working toward their Associate of Applied Science degree or certificate.
The Spokesman-Review, July 16, 2020

Centralia College to begin limited in-person services

Centralia College has been offering online-only services to current and future students for the past few months but have now started offering some in-person options for students to get various services. Students will now have the option to meet with someone face-to-face at the college for advising, admissions, financial aid, testing, TRIO, Blazer Central and disability services with an appointment.
The Daily Chronicle, July 15, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

What's next for remote learning?

Given the skepticism voiced by many students, administrators who oversee online learning share a surprisingly sunny outlook on how well their institution handled the pivot to remote learning this spring, according to new survey data. ... This report, however, focuses specifically on the pivot to remote teaching that occurred this past spring. The report includes responses from 308 chief online officers at two- and four-year public, private nonprofit and for-profit institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, July 21, 2020

A new call to increase Pell

When researchers at the National College Attainment Network this month looked at data showing how many people were reapplying for federal student aid to return for another year of college, they were alarmed. After dipping in the spring at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the numbers over all had gone back to around what they were at this time last year. But not for the lowest-income students.
Inside Higher Ed, July 21, 2020

Where do new international students stand?

The unexpected reversal earlier this week by the Trump administration of a policy that would have prohibited international students from taking an exclusively online course load was good news for current students, but it leaves unresolved questions about new international students seeking to attend colleges operating in online or hybrid formats.
Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Dem bill seeks to prevent tying federal funds to reopening

Though the focus is on the Trump administration’s threats to cut off funding to K-12 schools that choose not to reopen this fall, a spokeswoman for Senator Mark Warner said a bill being introduced by the Democrat from Virginia would also make it “crystal clear” funding cannot be taken away from higher education institutions that do not resume in-person classes.
Inside Higher Ed, July 21, 2020

Dispute over measure on suing colleges

The main umbrella group representing colleges, which have been worried about being sued by students and workers if they become ill when campuses reopen, was pleased with a summary of a proposal being considered by Senate Republicans to make it significantly more difficult to file coronavirus-related lawsuits against colleges, K-12 schools, charities and businesses.
Inside Higher Ed, July 20, 2020

Judge orders full restoration of DACA

A federal judge ordered the government to restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “to its pre-September 5, 2017 status” in light of the Supreme Court’s recent 5-to-4 opinion finding that the Trump administration's attempt to rescind the program that day was unlawful. The decision means that the administration must begin accepting new applications for the program, which provides work authorization and shields certain young undocumented immigrants from deportation, for the first time since September 2017.
Inside Higher Ed, July 20, 2020

Attorneys general square off on new Title IX regulations

Fourteen Republican attorneys general filed a brief in defense of the United States Department of Education’s new regulations that dictate how colleges respond to reports of sexual misconduct. The group also asked a federal judge to dismiss a motion that attempts to delay the Aug. 14 deadline for implementation of the new regulations.
Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2020

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