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June 18, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Peninsula College names vice president for instruction

... Steven L. Thomas will begin work July 1. He is an educator with more than 25 years experience in both K-12 and post-secondary education, Peninsula College announced, saying he has worked as a teacher, researcher, policy analyst, college faculty member and higher education executive.
Peninsula Daily News, June 16, 2020

Tacoma Community College fall learning modalities

Tacoma Community College (TCC) will continue to hold most classes online Fall Quarter, with exceptions for approved lab classes to be held on campus. ... “This decision allows us to start preparing early,” said TCC President Ivan L. Harrell, II, Ph.D. “Contrary to winter and spring, when we abruptly shifted to online learning, this early decision will help us better prepare for what is historically the highly anticipated start of the academic year."
The Suburban Times, June 16, 2020

Clover Park Technical College to host drive-through celebration of 2020 graduates June 18

On June 18, Clover Park Technical College will celebrate the achievements of its Class of 2020 at the Celebration of Graduates. In light of commencement ceremonies being canceled across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College sought a way to honor its students with a unique event while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
The Suburban Times, June 16, 2020

37 SPSCC nursing students graduate during the COVID-19 health crisis

The 37 students graduating from the South Puget Sound Community College nursing program are a group of students who proved their flexibility and desire to persevere, according to the college. Graduating during a pandemic is stressful for all students, but for those enrolled in hands-on programs — such as nursing — restrictions on public gatherings meant requirements for in-person learning had to be approached in a new way.
Nisqually Valley News, June 16, 2020

Inaugural Craft Brewing and Distilling cohort part of SPSCC 2020 graduating class

South Puget Sound Community College last week announced that 19 students in its first craft brewing and distilling cohort will graduate as part of the class of 2020 on June 20. The group, which includes three women, have excelled in the science- and business-focused program, according to a press release from the college.
Nisqually Valley News, June 16, 2020

Walla Walla Community College presents first four-year degrees to graduates

The first group of students of Walla Walla Community College’s bachelor of applied science in agricultural systems program has graduated. Six students — Levi Allen, Chase Aeschliman, Bailey Bromiley, Paula Corona, Tate Gabriel and Sydney Taylor — have all became the first to earn their four-year degrees at WWCC.
Union-Bulletin, June 16, 2020

A place to call home – and to study

... And when the cost of housing in Tacoma, Wash., shot up in 2014 due to the IT boom in Seattle, Tacoma Community College created a partnership with the Tacoma Housing Authority to provide homeless or near-homeless students with federal rental assistance vouchers.
Inside Higher Ed, June 15, 2020

Commentary: Peninsula College adapts to pandemic

Working from his home studio, Peninsula College Ceramics Instructor Steve Belz records ceramics demonstrations and raw materials lab lectures for his nine students. It’s also where he meets with his students via Zoom every week for four hours for critiques and general troubleshooting.
Peninsula Daily News, June 14, 2020

Pinning the tradition of care

A legacy more than a century old has been bestowed on the next generation.
Katie Keller, 25, is moving into her own nursing career while carrying forward her family’s extensive history of working in medicine. Keller graduated from Walla Walla Community College’s nursing program and, under normal circumstances, would have participated Saturday in a special tradition known as a pinning ceremony.
Union-Bulletin, June 14, 2020

Colleges are backing off SAT, ACT scores — but the exams will be hard to shake

... Community colleges have long been without these tests in the admissions process, says Laurie Franklin, who oversees enrollment and student financial services at Everett Community College in Washington State. To schools that are announcing test-optional policies, she has this message: “Welcome to the club.” 
NPR, June 12, 2020

Samantha Moser reads "Spells to be said against hatred" by Jane Hirshfield

Samantha Moser is a student at Wenatchee Valley College who is interested in poetry and hopes to gain more experience to improve her writing in the future
Spokane Public Radio, June 12, 2020

Awards announced in Peninsula College Student Art Exhibition

“Blind Happiness” by Catherine Janiszewski won Best of Show in the annual Peninsula College Student Art Exhibition. The 2020 Peninsula College Student Art Exhibition was presented online this year due to COVID-19. It can be viewed on the PUB Gallery of Art Facebook page.
Peninsula Daily News, June 12, 2020

Centralia College Foundation names 2020 Exceptional Faculty Award winners

The Centralia College Foundation announced this week that it has selected Georganne Copeland and Emmy Kreilkamp as 2020 Exceptional Faculty Award winners.  “They were chosen for their commitment to and excellence in their subject areas, and participation in campus activities,” according to a news release from the foundation.
The Daily Chronicle, June 12, 2020

CBC grads get caps and gowns

Students work for years to get their degrees and due to the pandemic a lot of them aren't able to have the traditional graduation ceremony. Columbia Basin College is making sure students still feel special by passing out their cap and gowns along with CBC themed masks through a drive-thru style.
KEPR, June 12, 2020

New sculptures added to Webster's Woods

... Designed to weather and collect moss over time, McClellan sees this piece as a solemn and contemplative addition to the park’s collection: a space that invites viewers to, in the artist’s words, “recognize the earnestness of life in comparison to the gravity of death.” The piece will be constructed in McClellan’s studio at nearby Peninsula College, where he is a Ceramic Artist in Residence, and later transported to Webster’s Woods.
Peninsula Daily News, June 12, 2020

Spokane community colleges to resume in-person classes

Spokane Falls and Spokane Community College plan to resume normal operations by this fall and to largely rely on online classes this summer. Spokane Falls Community College has largely offered online summer classes and will continue to do so this year, according to a news release. 
The Spokesman-Review, June 11, 2020

Bates Technical College celebrates 2020 graduates in virtual ceremony

As Bates Technical College celebrates its 80th anniversary, the college will hold the most unique commencement ceremony in its history. The virtual ceremony will premiere on Friday, June 12 at 6 p.m. at BatesTech.edu/Congrats or at Bates-Tech.stageclip.com.
The Suburban Times, June 11, 2020

LCC arts faculty gets creative despite COVID

Lower Columbia College students and faculty have gotten creative while the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the school’s performing and visual arts classes. As a result of the temporary closure of the Forsberg Art Gallery, art and design faculty member Jennie Myhhier, and gallery director Jennie Castle teamed up and are offering a virtual presentation of the school’s annual Student Art show.
The Daily News, June 11, 2020

Skagit Valley College braces for budget cuts

An expected shortfall in state revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing Skagit Valley College to prepare to make millions of dollars in cuts from its budget plans for next year. At a Skagit Valley College Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, President Tom Keegan said the college, which has campuses in Skagit, Island and San Juan counties, may face “significant” budget issues and that the college is looking for ways to trim about $4.8 million from its budget.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 11, 2020

Everett Community College cuts 85 part-time positions

About 85 part-time hourly positions have been eliminated at Everett Community College because of campus closures and potential cuts to state funding amid the coronavirus pandemic. The job reductions are expected to save the school about $500,000 in the 2020-21 fiscal year. Workers who lost their jobs include office and fitness center assistants. Full-time employees are still available to staff those departments. 
Everett Valley Herald, June 11, 2020

Everett Community College names Chris H. Bennett and Sonya Kraski as 2020 Distinguished Alumni

Everett Community College (EvCC) has selected publisher Chris H. Bennett and Snohomish County Courtroom Operations Manager Sonya Kraski as the college’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni. ... “If it weren’t for my class at EvCC, I would have never gone to the Clerk’s office,” Kraski said. “Without having to leave the community that I was comfortable with, the college expanded my horizons in ways that I never could have imagined.”
Seattle Medium, June 10, 2020

‘Curious Incident’ breaks theatrical ground on Peninsula

In “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” the mystery play Peninsula College will present this weekend, Emily Loucks has found inspiration, connection — and — props around her house. As Siobhan, the schoolteacher who befriends the teenager at the center of the story, she and her fellow actors are stepping into a new frontier: live-streamed theater on the North Olympic Peninsula.
Peninsula Daily News, June 11, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

College programs in prisons go remote

The benefits of college programs in prisons are well documented. Research shows that postsecondary programs can reduce recidivism while improving morale and safety in facilities and increasing post-incarceration job prospects. Support for prison education has grown in recent years, as has support for allowing inmates to access federal financial aid, which was banned in 1994.
Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2020

Much ado about class size

... “In terms of student race and gender, the findings for underrepresented groups contrast with previous research, which has found that smaller class sizes correlate with improved academic outcomes,” states the new study, published in Educational Researcher. That's probably because “the effect of class size is far more nuanced than historically discussed.”
Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2020

Higher education and work amid crisis

Even before the pandemic, higher education faced growing scrutiny about its role in contributing to severe societal equity gaps that afflict black and Latino Americans, as well as Native Americans and other historically underserved groups. But that pressure is certain to increase amid what Richard V. Reeves, a writer and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, calls an extraordinary “collision of crises” that has further exposed multiple inequities and inequalities.
Inside Higher Ed, June 17, 2020

Can bachelor's degree programs at community colleges increase access? A new report says yes

Higher education is constantly wringing its hands over how to make college more affordable. A new brief by the think tank New America proposes a tool the authors say more states could be using: four-year degree programs at community colleges. Today, 23 states authorize community college baccalaureate degrees, starting with Florida in 2001, according to the report.
Diverse Education, June 16, 2020

CARES Act formula hurt Hispanic-serving colleges

... The focus on Pell Grant recipients in the formula hurt some students as well, Excelencia found. Those who worked full-time while enrolled to cover costs, enrolled part-time to save costs or started at a two-year college might not apply for Pell Grants. This disqualifies them from the CARES Act count, even though they might have economic hardships.
Inside Higher Ed, June 16, 2020

Interest rate on federal college loans is about to hit a record low

The coronavirus may be upending the way colleges operate, but at least students and their families will get a break if they borrow money from the government for an education. The interest rate on new federal student loans for undergraduates will fall to a record low this summer.
The Seattle Times, June 13, 2020

Apple to discontinue iTunes U app

The iTunes U app will be shut down at the end of 2021, Apple announced this week. The app, founded in 2007, is credited with playing a central role in opening up higher education to the public. ... In recent years, however, the app was not regularly updated by Apple, leading some users to theorize that it would soon be shut down. This week that theory was confirmed. Access to the app and all its content will continue until the end of 2021.
Inside Higher Ed, June 12, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington DACA recipients celebrate Supreme Court ruling

Alejandra Pérez was so sure the Supreme Court was going to allow the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that she and a group of friends planned a “wellness check-in” for the evening so they could process their feelings and heal. Instead, the Kent DACA recipient was stunned to find herself overjoyed by the Thursday morning decision, which held, 5-4, that President Donald Trump did not provide a reasoned explanation when he announced an end to the program three years ago.
The Seattle Times, June 18, 2020

Washington watch: DACA stays

In a huge and unanticipated win for Dreamers, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Trump administration failed to comply with administrative legal requirements when it rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Court vacated the DACA rescission, essentially reinstating DACA, at least temporarily.
Community College Daily, June 18, 2020

Setback for DeVos in emergency aid suit

For the second time in a week, a federal judge has blocked the U.S. Department of Education from enforcing its interpretation that limits student eligibility for emergency aid grants under CARES Act for some colleges. But the department in a statement said it will appeal both a ruling Wednesday by a judge in Northern California and one on Friday in Washington State that found that U.S. Secretary Betsy DeVos’s take on the coronavirus relief package runs counter to what Congress intended.
Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2020

Washington watch: Yet more new ED guidance on CARES Act funding

The U.S. Education Department (ED) has issued yet further guidance addressing the formula grants under the CARES Act. However, this guidance is mostly good news for community colleges, particularly in how they may spend funds designated for institutional expenses created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community College Daily, June 18, 2020

'Far-reaching consequences'

... “The answer is clear,” the court’s opinion, written by Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, said. “An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.”
Inside Higher Ed, June 16, 2020

Emergency grant limit blocked in Washington state

A mixed ruling by a federal judge in Washington State dealt a limited blow to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s contention that only those college students eligible for regular student aid are able to get emergency grants Congress created in the CARES Act.
Inside Higher Ed, June 15, 2020

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