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News Links | July 28, 2020

July 28, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Centralia College industrial trades training center to be completed by winter; Hopes to partner with K-12 schools

The Southwest Washington Flexible Training (SWFT) Center, a 12,000-square-foot building that will house various industrial trades training courses, is currently under construction and is expected to open for the upcoming winter quarter. Centralia College Foundation executive director Christine Fossett said that Centralia College and the foundation recognized a need within the community for more technical training and said the SWFT center will fill that need.
The Daily Chronicle, July 27, 2020

Centralia College live streams Inspirational Speech Championship; Student Haylee Ward takes first place

Centralia College held its inaugural public speaking competition — the Statewide Inspirational Speech Championship — this past Saturday, which was modified to meet state social distancing requirements. Centralia College student, Haylee Ward, took home the gold.
The Daily Chronicle, July 27, 2020

Edmonds College student leaders moving to 4-year schools

... “I commend each of the executive officers for their commitment to academic excellence and community service,” said Edmonds College President Amit B. Singh. “Working together, they have provided critical support to their peers during a year of great upheaval.” ... Everett Community College was one of 15 recipients nationwide — and one of only two community colleges — to receive a $50,000 Early Stage Rise Prize for the school to pilot a Weekend College for student parents.
Everett Herald, July 27, 2020

Education and Race: A discussion with interim Bellevue College president, a UW educator and recent WSU graduate

Former Washington Governor Gary Locke, now the interim president at Bellevue College, joined KING 5 Weekend Mornings for a discussion on race and education, particularly how attitudes and stereotypes exist in our subconscious that affects schools.
King 5, July 26, 2020

Spokane Community College reopens

Photos: ... [Spokane Community College] students and instructors have returned to in-person classes but are taking steps to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, including wearing masks and socially distancing. 
The Spokesman-Review, July 26, 2020

Allie Lerma reads "To the first of getting longer days" by Chris Dombrowski

Allie Lerma is a student at Wenatchee Valley College and has a love for English literature and poetry. She hopes to further her knowledge of both subjects and can't wait to see where they lead her. [Audio]
Spokane Public Radio, July 24, 2020

'Culture of justice' focus of online discussion group

... The Peninsula College Board of Trustees recently adopted a resolution urging the college community to take “actions that seek to dismantle systemic inequality and bias [and] confront hate and violence,” said Helen Lovejoy, series co-coordinator and English faculty member.
Peninsula Daily News, July 23, 2020

Grays Harbor College announces new AAS degree in Hospitality and Ecotourism

For Fall Quarter, Grays Harbor College will launch a new Associate of Applied Science degree, focused on Hospitality and Ecotourism. The two-year program can be accessed entirely online and some partially in-person, depending on COVID-19.
KBKW, July 23, 2020

Shoreline Community College president joins American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors

Shoreline Community College President Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D., has joined the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). ... “Shoreline Community College is seen as a national leader because of its highly acclaimed professional-technical and academic programs."
Shoreline Area News, July 23, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Communicating risks to foster compliance

Wearing face masks and practicing social distancing are not what many students had in mind when they pictured their college experience. Yet for students returning to campus this fall, these behaviors must be normalized if institutions stand a chance of slowing the spread of COVID-19. Communicating the importance of COVID-19 safety measures to students is a huge challenge, said Erin Hennessy, vice president of TVP Communications.
Inside Higher Ed, July 28, 2020

Shifting more toward CTE

... AACC and its member colleges are preparing for an increase in demand for skills acquired through CTE and STEM-related courses. The association for some time has advocated for Congress to extend Pell Grant eligibility to certain short-term programs, which will be critical to help many dislocated and unemployed individuals find good-paying jobs during the current economic climate.
Community College Daily, July 26, 2020

As higher education faces a "corona swirl" of transfer students, higher education must create clear pathways to degrees

Recent surveys show that a growing number of high school graduates and college students are opting to attend community colleges this fall because they are affordable and closer to home. Those who lost jobs in the post-COVID economy are also turning to community colleges to gain and sharpen skills that lead back to jobs. 
Diverse Education, July 24, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Senate Republicans propose $29 billion for higher ed

Senate Republicans in their opening bid for negotiations with Democrats over the next coronavirus aid package proposed giving colleges and universities an additional $29 billion in aid, which is a figure American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten called “woefully inadequate.”
Inside Higher Ed, July 28, 2020

Trump Administration moves to curb DACA

The Trump administration says it will not process new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and that it will limit the renewal term for current DACA recipients to one year instead of the usual two. Critics called the decision a blatant defiance of a Supreme Court ruling ordering the restoration of the program. The DACA program, which was established in 2012 under former president Obama, provides protection against deportation and work authorization to certain young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children by their parents.
Inside Higher Ed, July 28, 2020

College student visa: Trump admin bars new foreign students taking online classes in US

New international college students — incoming first-year undergraduates and graduate students and the like — won't be allowed to come to the U.S. this fall if their courses are only online, President Donald Trump's administration said in guidance issued Friday. Students from abroad who had enrolled in spring classes and already had student visas may remain in the country or come back after summer vacation, even if their university is offering only digital classes. 
USA Today, July 24, 2020

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