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News Links | June 2, 2020

June 02, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

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

Washington State Patrol reports 21 troopers trained to draw blood to help reduce DUIs

... 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

VIDEO: Community Preschools’ message for families

... “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

Schools struggle to keep out-of-class students connected during COVID-19 crisis

... 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 named Washington Trustee of the Year

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 it.”
The Daily Chronicle, May 29, 2020

'Somehow we make it work': How Washington's community college students are navigating the pandemic

... 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 children.
Seattle PI, May 29, 2020

Former Gov. Gary Locke named interim president of Bellevue College

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

Kitsap's graduations will look different this year. Here's how

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

Rebuilding America: How pandemic will change the way we learn

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 the wire.
Kitsap Sun, May 28, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Community college baccalaureate programs: A state policy framework

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

Innovative software to continue nurse training

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 experiences.
Community College Daily, June 1, 2020

'Privilege of the rich'

... "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

Continued confusion over CARES Act money

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

Ramping up for remote instruction

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

Commentary: Community colleges: A better alternative than a gap year

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

Will Trump opt to restrict foreign student work program?

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

Trump vetoes bipartisan measure against DeVos’ loan rules

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

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