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June 11, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

VP of Instruction Mabel Edmonds retires from CPTC

After 15 years at Clover Park Technical College, Mabel Edmonds retired as Vice President of Instruction on April 30, 2020. Coming from a long line of family members devoted to teaching, Edmonds, too, found an early love for the profession. She earned her B.A. in Education from Harris Teachers College, and later an M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
The Suburban Times, June 10, 2020

Family Center remains at full capacity, keeps helping during pandemic

... Now, thanks to a new partnership with Skagit Valley College, not only are those online classes providing vital information for residents at the center, they are helping those residents make steps toward a college degree. The partnership means that those residents that attend 12 of the 15 life skills classes offered during their stay in the temporary emergency housing will earn one credit toward an associate’s degree at the college, center Director Dustin Johnson said.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 10, 2020

Rosa Rajadel reads "Bridge" by Arthur Sze

Rosa Rajadel is a student at Wenatchee Valley College who is interested in Art, World Languages and Hispanic Literature and wants to continue expanding her knowledge in the English writing world. She enjoys writing identity poems as a homage to her native island, Cuba.
Spokane Public Radio, June 10, 2020

Expect hybrid classes at colleges and universities this fall

 ... Amit Singh, president of Edmonds College, said the school’s plan is still evolving but will be in line with state guidelines. However, the hope is “to have a close-to-normal opening — close to what we had last year,” Singh said. That includes a back-up plan if things turn out worse than expected. ... [Everett Community College] will offer three kinds of classes fall quarter — online, livestreamed and hybrid, said John Bonner, interim executive vice president of instruction and student services. “Online classes are all online,” Bonner said. Livestreamed classes are online with class being held at specific times. Hybrid classes will have online lectures and in-person labs.
Everett Herald, June 10, 2020

Colfax grad earns diploma, associate degree

For most, graduating with a high school diploma is a great accomplishment, but Crystal Parker went above and beyond. Parker is the first Colfax High School graduate to also receive her associate degree while at the school. But how did she accomplish this? With the help of a program called Running Start, which allowed her to take college classes at Spokane Falls Community College while still enrolled in high school her junior and senior year.
Moscow-Pullman Daily News, June 9, 2020

Congratulations to SPSCC class of 2020

... For its 55th commencement ceremony, [South Puget Sound Community College] will award 1,498 associate degrees and certificates to the 2020 graduating class. Additionally, the college will award 308 GED® awards, totaling 2,008 awards. Standing out in academic success this year are the 970 graduates earning transfer associate degrees. With an average GPA 3.30, this group of transfer degree students may enter a Washington State public university as a junior.
Thurston Talk, June 9, 2020

Graduation and college rates trend up at Walla Walla Public Schools

Graduation rates, postsecondary enrollment rates and postsecondary remediation rates are trending in a positive direction for students of Walla Walla Public Schools, recently released numbers show. ... In Walla Walla, 22% of students go to a four-year school while 38% go to a two-year college or a career and technical education school. Smith said the school district’s close relationship with Walla Walla Community College helps keep these numbers up.
Union-Bulletin, June 9, 2020

Leadership transitions during a crisis

“All of the things we know are important for developing relationships usually happen on solid ground,” says Karin Edwards, president of the Cascade Campus at Portland Community College, who in February was hired as president of Clark College in Washington state. “It’s critically important to get to know and understand the culture of the institution, to get to know people and develop relationships, spend time with students and spend time in the community,” Edwards says.
Community College Daily, June 9, 2020,

GHC planning for mix of online, in-person classes in fall quarter

The fall quarter at Grays Harbor College is likely to be a mix of in-person and online courses, and there will be no food service on campus, said college president Dr. Jim Minkler. With the smaller number of students expected on campus, “to have two full-time staff manning the kitchen doesn’t make sense,” said Minkler. The summer quarter will remain almost entirely online.
The Daily Wold, June 9, 2020

Columbia Basin College hosts Second Harvest food distribution

Second Harvest and the National Guard are still at in the Tri-Cities distributing food to people in need. Tuesday’s distribution took place at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. The group of volunteers, national guard members and employees at Second Harvest passed out food to feed 330 families.
KEPR, June 9, 2020

Finalists announced for Aspen's community college award

The Aspen Institute's College Excellence program on Tuesday announced 10 finalists for the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The prize of $1 million is awarded every two years to community colleges that show achievement in four areas: teaching and learning, certificate and degree completion, workforce success, and equitable outcomes for students of color and low-income students, according to a news release. ... The finalists this year include ... Pierce College in Washington.
Inside Higher Ed, June 10, 2020

Two SCC students nominated to All-Washington Academic Team

Two members of Shoreline Community College’s Class of 2020, Willow Strey and Isaac Tchao, were nominated to this year’s All-Washington Academic Team. Strey went on to win a national award and be named a Coca-Cola Silver Scholar. Strey is a member of The Honors College at Shoreline. Both in their second years at Shoreline, Strey and Tchao were nominated to the All-Washington Academic Team by their professors for academic excellence and positive contributions to the community.
Shoreline Area News, June 8, 2020

Opinion: Higher education leaders work together to create a more equitable community

George Floyd should still be alive. No Black person should fear harm from the people charged with protecting the community. The pain and outrage pulsing through our country and our community come from people who are tired of being threatened, tired of being fearful, tired of being patient, tired of waiting for things to get better. They are calling for change. And while we must listen, we also must move to action. ... Christine Johnson, chancellor, Community Colleges of Spokane
The Spokesman-Review, June 7, 2020

Stacking the deck: Community and technical colleges create unique pathway to help child care providers meet new educational requirements

... “The quality of child care has long been linked to the education levels of the people providing that care,” said Samantha Dolan, faculty coordinator for early childhood education at North Seattle College. ... “We pulled faculty together from colleges across the state and developed 14 common courses that lead to different credentials,” said Kathy Goebel, workforce education policy associate at [State Board for Community and Technical Colleges]. ... “Children need access to early childhood education. There’s a shortage of care period, but when looking at high-quality care, there’s even less available,” said Alexis Meyers, chair of the early childhood education department at Skagit Valley College.
Association of Washington Business, Winter 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

UW drops SAT, ACT requirement, extending coronavirus accommodation

The University of Washington will no longer require applicants to submit standardized test scores, such as the SAT and ACT, making it the latest major university to drop the testing requirement for incoming students. The UW says it has studied results and outcomes for several years, and found there’s little correlation between test scores and success at the UW.  ... The change takes effect immediately for the Seattle campus. UW Bothell and UW Tacoma are reviewing their policies.
The Seattle Times, June 11, 2020

Latinos, African Americans most likely to change education plans

The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the education plans of people of color, with half of Latinos and about 40 percent of black and Asian Americans canceling or otherwise changing their plans. That's the top-line finding from the latest Public Viewpoint survey from the Strada Education Network. Over all, 35 percent of Americans have canceled or changed their education plans, including delaying enrollment, reducing courses or switching institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2020

Supporting transfer to private colleges

A new Ithaka S+R report explores how to improve transfer pathways between community colleges and nonprofit private four-year institutions. It's expected that some students will stay close to home and enroll in two-year colleges for the coming semester or two to save money, due to the impacts of COVID-19. While private institutions may struggle to recruit back those students, they could employ strategies that would make the transfer process more amenable and thus more attractive, according to the report.
Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2020

Walmart adds trade skills to employee tuition program

Walmart two years ago created a debt-free college tuition benefit for the retail company's 1.5 million U.S. employees. Since then, roughly 25,000 Walmart and Sam's Club employees have used the Live Better U benefit, which features online degree programs at a price of $365 per year -- or $1 per day for participants. The company works with Guild Education to administer the program, which Guild offers with its university partners. Walmart today announced that it was adding in-demand skilled trade and digital skills offerings to the benefit program.
Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2020

Cyberextortion threat evolves

Cybercriminals have found a new way to extort universities -- stealing sensitive information and then threatening to share it on the dark web unless a bounty is paid. Three institutions were successfully targeted by hackers using this approach in the past two weeks. ... A blog run by the cybercriminals behind NetWalker reportedly boasts that stolen information from the institutions includes Social Security numbers, among other sensitive information. Twitter users such as Ransom Leaks have shared screenshots of sample data shared on the blog, which include passports and banking details.
Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2020

Millions of workers are jobless while in-demand jobs need workers. Can colleges train them?

... About half of postsecondary students are already enrolled in the certificate or associate degree programs, mostly at community colleges, that supply many industries with workers. Certificates, professional certifications and other nondegree programs may now offer the easiest ways for other universities and colleges to quickly fill seats, too, Sigelman said — while also helping people get new jobs.
PBS News Hour, June 11, 2020

New requirements, more costs

Community colleges are allocating precious time, energy and resources to meet new federal standards for handling campus sexual assault and harassment. Lawyers and associations representing the colleges say the new requirements are impractical and unwarranted at the mostly commuter campuses and come at a time when the institutions can least afford it.
Inside Higher Ed, June 10, 2020

More confusion over emergency aid

The U.S Department of Education on Tuesday appeared to be on the verge of issuing an interim rule saying again that undocumented college students and others not eligible for regular financial aid couldn’t get the emergency grants created in the federal CARES Act. But in the latest in a series of twists, turns, advances and retreats by the department as it tries to distribute the grants for colleges to hand out, the department abruptly pulled back.
Inside Higher Ed, June 10, 2020

Report: Which employability skills are students missing?

Two new reports highlight the gaps in employability skills among college graduates. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities surveyed stakeholders across 31 universities on the importance of certain skills and how prepared students are in those skills, as well as how to better prepare students in those areas, according to the executive summary for the reports.
Inside Higher Ed, June, 10, 2020

Commentary: Can the racial and economic justice movement help advance equity in higher education?

Higher education is often seen as the great equalizer, but we know that there are great disparities in success rates among different student groups. While people of color are entering higher education at the highest rates that they ever have, not all are completing. From slightly under 30% in 1996, students of color now account for nearly half of the total college population, according to the American Council on Education.
Diverse Education, June 9, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Bleak NEA projections on job losses

The National Education Association projects that the U.S. stands to lost 1.9 million education jobs, many of them in higher education, if Congress doesn’t deliver immediate funding relief to states, cities and towns. In releasing its analysis, the NEA praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the HEROES Act last month and urged the Senate to act similarly.
Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2020

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