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News Links | May 7, 2020

May 07, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Big Bend receives funding for individual COVID-19 related relief grants

Big Bend Community College students can apply to receive individual emergency relief grants, similar to Wenatchee Valley College students. Big Bend received federal funding from the CARES Act for enrolled students that are facing financial strain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students with limited emergency assistance are eligible for the grant funding, however the financial hardship must be related to COVID-19.
560 KPQ, May 7, 2020

People venture outdoors after stay-home order slightly eases

... On Wednesday, a small fraction of the Everett Community College student body was allowed to enter classroom labs for the first time in more than a month. The college will allow limited in-person labs to resume in five of its programs: nursing, Emergency Medical Services, the Firefighter Academy, medical assisting and phlebotomy. Everett is among the earliest of the state’s community colleges to allow students back on campus, after demonstrating it was able to meet state safety requirements. “They were well organized; they were well prepared,” said Laura McDowell, a spokesperson for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Everett Herald, May 7, 2020

Mosbrucker to receive Clark College Foundation award

Clark College Foundation announced Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, a 1988 graduate of Clark College in Vancouver, has been chosen to receive the foundation’s prestigious Outstanding Alumni Award for 2019-2020. The award recognizes Clark College alumni who deliver exemplary service to the community and Clark College, and exhibit personal and professional achievements. “Clark College and Clark College Foundation continue to be overwhelmed by the accomplishments of our alumni all over the world and in all aspects of society and culture,” said Joel B. Munson, chief advancement officer and senior vice president of Clark College Foundation. 
Goldendale Sentinel, May 6, 2020

WWCC responds to COVID-19

As Walla Walla Community College works on returning to face-to-face instruction, the college must complete an extensive list of requirements mandated by the state. “We have a list of 26 criteria that have to be met – it’s a checklist essentially,” WWCC Acting President Chad Hickox explained. Hickox said the list includes maintaining adequate distancing, having a plan in place in case someone is infected with COVID-19, answering how the college will sanitize and what personal protective equipment will be available.
My Columbia Basin, May 6, 2020

Lower Columbia College will reopen essential labs starting Tuesday

Medical assisting, nursing, machining and welding labs at Lower Columbia College reopened Tuesday, but remaining classes will stay online for the rest of the quarter, the college announced late Monday. Lab students will have to follow strict safety rules, including taking daily temperature checks, according to campus officials. Other than lab work, all other coursework in these programs will continue online. The labs have reopened because they are “essential training programs” allowed under Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-step plan to gradually lift social distancing restrictions, according to a college release.
The Daily News, May 6, 2020

Barron Heating awards scholarships to two studying building trades at BTC

... The Dan L. Barron Trades Scholarship aims to provide opportunities to individuals looking to enter the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical or plumbing trades and begin a successful career journey for themselves and their families. Barron Heating is providing both Egge and Perez $5,000 scholarships to attend Bellingham Technical College
Whatcom Talk, May 6, 2020

Keeping on top of the pandemic: News you need to know, in brief

... TCC students get aid: Tacoma Community College (TCC), including its branch campus in Gig Harbor, will receive $3,835,874 from the federal government as a result of the CARES Act, which is disbursing emergency aid to help colleges deal with impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak. The first half of the funding has arrived this week. The initial payment of almost $2 million will be distributed directly to students, who will be able to apply for funds starting this week. Students can apply for grants of up to $1,000 for spring quarter.
News Tribune, May 6, 2020

Masks, social distancing challenge interpreters for the deaf

It caught her eye in a course catalog — “a fun class that looked like an easy A”: American Sign Language. “I was in the Running Start program at Everett High School, and I could take anything I wanted,” said Marissa Foley. The program allows high school students to take college classes for free. She was half right. The Everett Community College class required hours of work and study. But fun? Definitely. “Sign language is fun. Interpreting is fun. It’s so three-dimensional, writing with your hands,” said Foley, now 33. Today, Foley is an interpreter for the deaf and owns Talk-2-My-Hands interpreting service, based in Lynnwood. 
Everett Herald, May 6, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Should I still go to college? Families, students in Washington reevaluate plans amid coronavirus

... The sharp downturn in the economy due to the coronavirus has caused half of her students in a class called AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) to scrap plans to go to a four-year school, and instead prepare to live at home and enroll in community college. “For a lot of them, their parents’ finances have changed significantly,” she said.
The Seattle Times, May 7, 2020

Steep decline in FAFSA renewals

New federal data show a substantial drop in renewals of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by returning college students, according to an analysis from the National College Attainment Network. Almost 250,000 fewer returning students from the lowest-income backgrounds have renewed their FAFSA for the 2020-21 cycle, NCAN said, and FAFSA renewals were down nearly 5 percent over all (4.7 percent) compared to last year -- a decline of more than 350,000 students.
Inside Higher Ed, May 7, 2020

Hardest-hit industries and job plans of workers

New survey data show that nearly three in four leisure and hospitality workers have lost jobs, income or hours as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Over all, more than 50 percent of Americans report the same. ... “It’s really community colleges that are on the forefront of finding the best ways to connect education and training,” Smith said. “Other universities, flagship universities -- they’re the ones that are just now trying to figure out, ‘Well, how do we make sure that our students are connected to jobs?’”
Inside Higher Ed, May 7, 2020

Washington watch: A look at Ed's final Title IX regs

The U.S. Education Department (ED) on Wednesday released its long-awaited final regulations on sexual assaults. The regulation is scheduled to take effect on August 14, but that implementation date is uncertain as the regulations are expected to draw several legal challenges. ED published its proposed rule in November 2018, and received more than 124,000 comments, including those from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The regulation marks a high-profile effort by ED to establish formal, legally binding regulations, rather than implementing Title IX’s sexual harassment policies through sub-regulatory guidance.
Community College Daily, May 6, 2020

Work-study pay loss

... The department has said colleges can continue to use federal funds to pay students who had work-study jobs before the pandemic, even if campus closures are preventing them from performing those jobs, said Megan Coval, vice president of policy and federal relations for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, or NASFAA.
Inside Higher Ed, May 6, 2020

Who holds professional positions in higher ed, and who gets paid?

Professionals who are women or members of racial or ethnic minority groups remain underrepresented in all higher education leadership areas except one, according to a new report whose lead author says much of the disparity is due to insufficient hiring pipelines and gaps in pay. ... The report includes data on midlevel professionals, breaking out factors like salary, race and ethnicity, gender, age, and years employees have held their position.
Inside Higher Ed, May 6, 2020

A tough road for part-time students

A new report emphasizes what community college advocates have known for a long time: part-time students don’t have the same success rates as full-time students. While the national six-year college completion rate continues to increase, students who first enroll part-time in college face obstacles that can impede their goal of earning a credential, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report.
Community College Daily, May 4, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Windfall for small colleges

... David Baime, senior vice president for government relations and policy analysis at the American Association of Community Colleges, said that from his members' perspective, "it is unfortunate that the allocations do not take into account campus and student needs, even though Congress clearly intended that … Community colleges are under acute financial stress, with more likely to come, and they could surely have used more assistance, or any assistance, for that matter."
Inside Higher Ed, May 7, 2020

House stimulus bill would authorize $500m for apprenticeship expansion

Last week’s data on new unemployment claims pushed the number of jobs lost to the coronavirus pandemic above 30 million, a figure that still likely underestimates the true economic toll of the crisis so far. On the heels of the CARES Act, whose $2 trillion price tag included welcome support for the United States’ patchy unemployment insurance system, House and Senate legislators have now introduced a fifth stimulus bill aimed at supporting the massive effort of education, training, and job services that will be necessary to get unemployed Americans back into safe, well-paid jobs. It’s no surprise that apprenticeship, which combines the near-term security of a wage and the longer-term advantages of career training, plays a big part.
New America, May 6, 2020

Community colleges get smaller shares of emergency grants

Community colleges are getting disproportionately less than other types of institutions in CARES Act emergency grants to help students deal with financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic, finds a new report by the Century Foundation. On average, colleges and universities nationally are getting $281 per student in federal funding for the grants. But community colleges, which enroll the most undergraduates of any sector and often enroll students with the greatest financial and educational needs, are receiving an average of $187 per student, the study found.
Inside Higher Ed, May 5, 2020

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