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News Links | June 4, 2020

June 04, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

A Grays Harbor College program moves all-online in the fall

In a release from Grays Harbor College, they say that they will be offering the Bachelors of Applied Science in Organizational Management (BAS-OM) program online for the 2020-2021 academic year. ... Dr. Lucas Rucks, Dean of Workforce Education said, “The safety of our students is important and this is one program that we can move fully online.”
KXRO, June 4, 2020

Peninsula College international student earns journalism award

Saki Kambi, managing editor Peninsula College’s student run newspaper, The Buccaneer, received an Honorable Mention award in the 2020 PNAJE Contest News category with 43 submissions including four-year college newspapers. Kambi’s international news story about the Olympic Peninsula Makah Tribe’s whaling treaty rights, “Makah Tribe Treaty Rights and Whaling, Decision Imminent,” can be read in
Sequim Gazette, June 3, 2020

Helping students in need through COVID-19

The stories are heartbreaking. With the COVID-19 outbreak, Clover Park Technical College students have had to deal with far more than a new virtual-learning environment. Many are parents juggling homeschooling, online classes and working from home. Some are sole earners in their households, supporting parents, children, spouses and extended family. 
The Suburban Times, June 3, 2020

Graduating nurses ready to help fight COVID-19 locally

As COVID-19 spread, many people avoided hospitals if they could. But Lower Columbia College nursing students Mollie Kissinger and Aira Aromin say they’re anxious to get their degrees, get into hospitals and “fight the coronavirus with everyone else.” “If anything, it makes you want to be a nurse more, because nurses are on the front lines helping people during this crazy and chaotic time,” Kissinger said.
The Daily News, June 3, 2020

Centralia College Foundation creates emergency scholarship fund for when CARES Act student money runs out

The Centralia College Foundation is taking donations to support and establish an emergency scholarship fund for students who will still be struggling to fund their education due to the effects of COVID-19 after all of the federal CARES Act funding has been used. ... “Many of our donors are alumni and they’re all about helping that next group of students that are in a similar circumstance that they were in at one point,” said Fossett.
The Daily Chronicle, June 3, 2020

Peninsula College names 2020-2021 ASC officers, council members

Katelyn Sheldon of Port Angeles will serve as the Peninsula College’s 2020-21 student body president, while Grace Johnson of Marrowstone Island will serve as vice president. The other eight Associated Student Council officers include Tommylia Dunbar of Campbell River, B,C,; Taylor Hinds of Hyde Park, Utah; Mackenzie Huotari of Ariway Heights, Wa.; Musuai Isaia of Waipahu, Hawaii; Kascia Muscutt of Leavenworth; Quinlyn Ontiveros of Burley, Idaho; Hana Sugiat of Depok, Indonesia; and Jordyn Thompson of Hyde Park, Utah.
Sequim Gazette, June 3, 2020

Seattle Central College president: 'Anger has a lot of information in it'

Last week, as protests began to unfold following the death of George Floyd, the president of Seattle Central College sent out a tweet. "Sitting at my computer tonight trying to draft a statement for campus about the unrelenting assault on black people in this country. I just can’t. I am too tired, angry and sad to be coherent about racism in America."
KNKX, June 2, 2020

From homeless to advocate: How a Centralia woman turned her life around

... By January of 2017, she was enrolled in school at Centralia College studying chemical dependency and taking anger management classes. Going to school and taking anger management classes, Striedinger says, saved her life. “(Anger management) taught me how to feel, how to cry, how to be in a relationship, fight or flight — I was never taught any of that,” Striedinger said. “Going to school I started to learn about myself and that I wasn’t screwed up and I said, ‘Okay, I really want to help people.’”
The Daily Chronicle, June 1, 2020

Seattle mayor, police face questions over response to George Floyd protests, downtown turmoil

... “I’m tired, I’m angry” about Floyd’s killing and so many others, said Sheila Edwards Lange, president of Seattle Central College, who participated in the Westlake Park rally. “But I have to stand up for what I know to be right … I also saw groups of mostly white men with huge backpacks clearly not there for … hope and healing.”
The Seattle Times, May 31, 2020

Upgrade your education or career – online – at Shoreline Community College

Make the most of your time at home this summer or fall with affordable, flexible, and quality classes at Shoreline Community College, a leader in online learning since 1998. While the physical campus may be quiet, the College is operating remotely and classes are online. With new classes beginning June 29 and September 23, Shoreline offers many programs for all stages of life, from the comfort of home.
Shoreline Area News, May 29, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Survey on higher ed staffing levels

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources​, CUPA-HR, published its seventh survey of staffing levels in higher ed last month. More than 200,000 staff are counted in the survey, which includes salary and demographic data from 861 institutions during the 2019-20 academic year. The report covers office workers, maintenance staff and technical staff, in addition to other positions.
Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2020

EWU notifying 400 employees of potential layoffs, furloughs

Some 400 faculty and staff members at Eastern Washington University are facing the prospect of layoffs and furloughs as the school grapples with a huge budget shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic. EWU President Mary Cullinan said Monday she has asked the board of trustees to declare a “severe financial crisis” as the school faces 15% cuts in state funding, declining enrollment and losses in revenue from housing, dining and other campus services.
The Spokesman-Review, June 3, 2020

Community college leadership program to be upgraded

The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is developing a new innovative curriculum for its doctoral program in community college policy and administration. ... “By necessity, the role of the community college leader has evolved over time to keep pace with changes in the educational landscape that influence how colleges operate,” said UMGC President Javier Miyares. “At the same time, a growing number of senior leaders are approaching retirement age, creating a wealth of career opportunities for the next generation of community college executives.”
Community College Daily, June 3, 2020

Federal appeals court defines 'fairness' in Title IX policies

In what’s been called a “pathbreaking” and “profound” panel ruling, judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on May 29 held that “fairness” as defined in colleges’ processes for investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual harassment means that students are afforded a live hearing and cross-examination process.
Inside Higher Ed, June 2, 2020

Commentary: When it comes to OER, don’t be afraid to start small

... OER are “teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others,” as defined by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. OER provide equal learning opportunities for all students and promote student success.
Community College Daily, June 1, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Democrats urge $1 billion for students' internet access

Fifteen House and Senate Democrats are urging congressional leaders to include $1 billion in the next coronavirus stimulus package to help low-income college and university students be able to pay for access to the internet. “As colleges and universities across the country have transitioned to distance learning to limit the spread of coronavirus, many students who relied on campus resources are struggling to continue their education from home,” the Democrats wrote in a letter spearheaded by Senator Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, of California.
Inside Higher Ed, June 4, 2020

Higher ed groups reiterate request to Senate for $46 billion more to colleges

The American Council on Education (ACE), alongside dozens of other higher education groups, has reiterated its April 9 request to the Senate to allocate $46.6 billion more for higher education to further address problems posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “During the second half of the current school year, our institutions lost billions of dollars beyond the $14 billion appropriation for students and institutions in the CARES Act,” ACE president Ted Mitchell wrote.
Diverse Education, June 1, 2020

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