News Links | June 2, 2020
System News | Opinion
Some face-to-face classes for workforce training to resume at community colleges following coronavirus closures
Coronavirus-related health and safety restrictions that ground some community college
programs to a halt are being eased at 10 of the state’s 34 community and technical
colleges. ... Some of those programs were allowed to open even under Phase 1 rules,
said Jan Yoshiwara, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Those programs had to be specifically tied to the governor’s list of “essential
occupations,” and students had to stand at least 6 feet apart. ... The community colleges
located in Phase 2 counties include South Puget Sound Community College, Centralia College, Lower Columbia College, Grays Harbor College, Olympic College, Peninsula College, Big Bend Community College, Walla Walla Community College, Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College.
The Seattle Times, June 1, 2020
... The 21 troopers attended a 50-hour course at Bates Technical College and had to pass all the requirements to obtain certification for Medical Assistant
Phlebotomists from the Washington State Department of Health. The first blood draw
was conducted by a newly trained trooper May 6 in Tacoma, the release said, adding
that the State Patrol hopes to expand the program in the future.
The Daily Chronicle, May 31, 2020
Pierce College adapts to 'new normal,' helps students reach goals in spite of challenging circumstances
For many Pierce College students (and employees, too!), home is now daycare, school, and sometimes workplace,
all rolled into one. As we all continue adapting to these challenging times, Pierce
College is working harder than ever to continue providing students with quality educational
opportunities in a safe and healthy way. ... As computer screens and other devices
keep us connected during these times of social distancing, it’s more important than
ever to find creative ways to stay engaged. The Offices of Student Life at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup have been developing fun, thought-provoking virtual events to strengthen our sense
of community this quarter.
The Suburban Times, May 30, 2020
... “South Seattle College Cooperative Preschools managed to keep the program intact and move to online operations
for all of spring quarter, a heavy lift for sure. Here is a link to a video that we
made for our community to express our gratitude. We are so grateful to our community
and the legacy of all of the Co-op Preschool families in the community.”
West Seattle Blog, May 30, 2020
... The state's 34 community and technical colleges had to move quickly to address
similar concerns. At campuses like Pierce College, administrators extended the WiFi into campus parking lots. Other colleges dismantled
equipment in their own computer labs in order to loan them out to students or partnered
with local businesses to make online access easier. " People have been very creative,
and I think that’s been one of the positive things that has opened up lots of other
possibilities for how support services and instruction can be delivered to students,"
said Jan Yoshiwara, executive director of the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges.
KOMO News, May 29, 2020
Centralia College Trustee Jim Lowery has been named Trustee of the Year by the Washington Association
of College Trustees. Lowery expressed appreciation of the honor at the May 14 board
meeting. “I appreciate the support of my fellow trustees more than anything,” he said.
“It’s certainly a high honor. I don’t know that I deserve it, but I really appreciate
The Daily Chronicle, May 29, 2020
... A few years ago, he took a chance and moved to the U.S. He eventually moved out
to Seattle and enrolled in Shoreline Community College. He knew no one in the area. But soccer was “booming” on the West Coast, he said.
... Michael Beneke, director of communications with Seattle Colleges Foundation, said the fund has received 725 applications and given out 182 grants,
averaging $602. A committee giving out the grants is looking at factors such as whether
a student lost their job, if they've received unemployment benefits and if they have
Seattle PI, May 29, 2020
Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke has been named Bellevue College’s new interim president, a role that will require guiding the Eastside school out of
turmoil that led to the previous president’s resignation, and through potential financial
problems stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Locke will start June 15 and earn an
annual salary of $281,459, the college’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday.
Bellevue College is currently holding remote classes for its 29,000 students as required
by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Seattle Times, May 28, 2020
Here's how it was supposed to happen. Malikah Campbell, lining up with fellow Olympic College graduates, prepares to walk across the stage at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion to receive
her diploma. She looks out to the audience where her mom, her husband and 3-year-old
little girl sit among the throng. A mediocre student in high school, Campbell was
inspired by her daughter to do better. She's graduating with a 3.8 GPA and associate's
degree in business management.
Kitsap Sun, May 28, 2020
As the number of COVID-19 cases escalated in March across the Puget Sound Region and
new social-distancing restrictions were rolling out daily, Olympic College biology professor Amy Lawrence herded her students anxiously through the hands-on
learning they needed to complete classes. "We were just holding our breath hoping
we could get our lab finals done," Lawrence said. Her students made it just under
Kitsap Sun, May 28, 2020
Trends | Horizons | Education
As additional states embark on the process of implementing four-year degrees at community
colleges, they can learn from others’ experience for help navigating the legislative,
regulatory, and program approval processes. This brief uses examples from states currently
offering bachelor's degrees at their community colleges to provide guidance for policymakers
setting up these degree programs.
New America, June 1, 2020
Rather than attending clinical experiences to practice direct patient care, students
engage in virtual simulation using a product called “ATI Real Life Clinical Reasoning
Scenarios,” which was approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. These scenarios
were used in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing study, which concluded
that simulation can effectively substitute for up to half of traditional clinical
Community College Daily, June 1, 2020
... "For most of the students, their delay is not this voluntary gap year model,"
said Yuxin Lin, a research affiliate at the Community College Research Center at Teachers College,
Columbia University. Lin said that those gap-year students who defer after they've
been accepted to a college aren't a big area of concern. But students who didn't apply
this year, didn't get accepted to a college or are now rethinking whether college
is a good choice for them may be at risk. Even those who plan to take only a few years
before college can find themselves unable to enroll when the time comes.
Inside Higher Ed, May 29, 2020
In a statement on its website and a court filing over the Memorial Day weekend, the
U.S. Department of Education said it does not intend to enforce guidelines it has
issued that say only those eligible for regular student aid can get emergency student
grants created by the CARES Act. However, financial aid administrators and associations
representing colleges say that still leaves as clear as mud the question of whether
colleges can give the grants to undocumented students without fear of being later
penalized by the department.
Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2020
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many instructors with little or no remote teaching
experience were forced to move their classes online. Given scant guidance or time
to prepare, this large-scale experiment in remote instruction wasn't destined for
success. While some faculty members embraced the opportunity to try out new teaching
methods, many understandably struggled to adapt rapidly to new tools and new ways
of communicating with students.
Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2020
COVID-19 has disrupted many of our lives, especially high school seniors who were
excited to graduate and begin a new chapter at a university in the fall. Much of the
four-year experience is about exploring an extensive campus, living in the dorms,
attending large lectures, enjoying big events and eating with hundreds of students
in the cafeteria. But in the midst of a pandemic, this type of environment may cause
more anxiety than excitement for incoming freshman.
Community College Daily, May 27, 2020
Politics | Local, State, National
Advocates for international students are raising alarm bells about a possible Trump
administration plan to curtail a popular program that lets international students
work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduating college. The advocates say
restrictions on the program could have far-reaching economic implications for the
American labor market and for colleges that recruit international students and rely
on the revenues they bring in.
Inside Higher Ed, May 29, 2020
President Donald Trump on Friday vetoed a measure that would have overturned a policy
that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued in 2019 making it harder for students
to get their loans erased after being misled by for-profit colleges. President Donald
Trump on Friday vetoed a measure that would have overturned a policy that Education
Secretary Betsy DeVos issued in 2019 making it harder for students to get their loans
erased after being misled by for-profit colleges.
PBS News Hour, May 29, 2020