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News Links | May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Skagit Valley College offering programs online

On March 9, right before students were to begin taking their finals, Skagit Valley College shut down its campuses in Island, San Juan and Skagit counties because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a matter of days, the college was up and running again, albeit in a nontraditional online-only fashion. “Never did any of us question whether we should continue our critical mission,” Skagit Valley College President Tom Keegan said.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 25, 2020

Centralia College East wraps up inaugural wildland firefighter certification course

Centralia College East offered its wildland firefighter certification program for the first-time this spring. Adjustments had to be made before its first students could even get started. With the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Centralia College East was forced to scrap the face-to-face portion in the beginning of the course and move even more content into online modules provided by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. 
The Daily Chronicle, May 25, 2020

State colleges and universities are girding for a tough financial future after the coronavirus pandemic

... Changes in the way we work and live accelerate during a recession, said Jan Yoshiwara, the executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. A disease-driven economic downturn may put those changes into hyperdrive. Industries are expected to shift toward needing a higher-skilled workforce, and people who have been pushed out of a job will be clamoring for the training to master those skills, she said.
The Seattle TImes, May 24, 2020

Peninsula College names art competition winners

Peninsula College’s Art and Multimedia departments have announced the winners of the Olympic Peninsula High School Student Art Exhibition. The juried competition was open to high school students living on the Olympic Peninsula who make 2D or 3D art. The exhibit of the 93 entries, originally scheduled for April in the PUB Gallery of Art, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peninsula Daily News, May 24, 2020

What will college be like this fall? Evergreen, SPSCC and Saint Martin’s make plans

... During this past quarter, [South Puget Sound Community College] actually saw its enrollment increase 1 percent, spokeswoman Kelly Green said, partly because a number of Thurston County area high school students elected to enroll in Running Start, the program that allows students to earn high school and college credit concurrently.  SPSCC picked up about 70 full-time Running Start students, she said.
The Olympian, May 24, 2020

Locally Writ: Janelle Cordero’s poetry collection ‘Woke to Birds’ explores faith, spirit

For local poet Janelle Cordero, writing is a nonnegotiable daily pursuit. She wakes up, sits down to a blank page from her endless supply of notebooks and proceeds to devote the best part of her creative energy to her art. Some mornings might generate two or three poems in the hour and a half she allows herself before leaving the house at 7 a.m. to teach English and creative writing classes at Spokane Community College. Others are less successful.
The Spokesman-Review, May 24, 2020

Big Bend reopens workforce education labs

Sometimes it’s just not possible to take the class online. The workforce education building at Big Bend Community College was allowed to open its training labs to students this week. Big Bend classes, including workforce education, were moved online for spring quarter as part of the effort to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Daneen Berry-Guerin, dean of workforce education, said hands-on instruction resumed this week for most workforce education classes.
Columbia Basin Herald, May 22, 2020

Washington lawsuit says DOE restriction on emergency grants for students is unlawful

... “We are very glad to be able to distribute CARES Act funding to help relieve the impact the pandemic has had on many of our students’ lives; however, the Department of Education’s shifting guidance on the eligibility criteria has delayed distribution of the funds by creating confusion and extra work for our staff,” Clover Park President Joyce Loveday said in a statement.
The News Tribune, May 22, 2020

Majority of OC classes will be online in the summer and fall quarters

... “We’re making this announcement now, so that students can start to plan before summer and fall courses begin,” said Olympic College President Marty Cavalluzzi. “In preparation for spring quarter, the college converted more than 1,000 courses for online delivery, and all departments established virtual offices to ensure we are able to continue to provide the high-quality instruction and services our students expect.” 
Kitsap Daily News, May 22, 2020

Hickox named Walla Walla Community College president

Walla Walla Community College’s acting president makes a permanent move to the position. Chad Hickox has been named to the college’s top administrative position. “On behalf of the entire board, I want to share that in this rapidly changing environment, Dr. Hickox has proven he is a trusted leader who is well-qualified and ready to lead through these unprecedented times,” said Tim Burt, community college board of trustees chair in an announcement to staff and faculty Wednesday.
Union-Bulletin, May 21, 2020

WVC Foundation launches spring giving campaign

Meeting the basic needs of Wenatchee Valley College students is the focus of WVC Foundation’s spring giving campaign. The foundation provides scholarships, emergency grants and other financial support to students. A survey last fall found that 60% of WVC students experienced food insecurity, housing insecurity or homelessness in the past year.
Wenatchee World, May 21, 2020

Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange wins CEO Of The Year award

Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange, president of Seattle Central College, was recently recognized as the 2020 Chief Executive Officer of the Year by the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) for her transformational leadership, commitment to equity, and development of partnerships that bridge the opportunity gap for all students.
The Seattle Medium, May 20, 2020

Skagit Valley College's summer quarter will be mostly online; registration underway

Skagit Valley College is open and things are being done a bit differently. They've adapted instruction, services, and resources to meet your needs and support the health and safety of the SVC community. Summer Quarter classes will start Monday, July 6 and will be offered online and/or in a controlled lab environment.
San Juan Islander, May 20, 2020

Milestone: Peninsula College professor Brock picked for ‘Thinkerer’ honor

For making an impact in both the real and virtual worlds, Renne Emiko Brock was honored in late March for being a standout “Thinkerer.” The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Organizational Committee recently honored Brock, a Peninsula College professor and Multimedia Communications Program Coordinator, with the 2020 “Thinkerer Award” — an award first instituted in 2014 to recognize someone who has provided outstanding service to both the field of education and the virtual world community at large.
Sequim Gazette, May 20, 2020

With higher ed in limbo, students are switching to community colleges

... If they’re going to have to pay for coursework that remains online, students who are part of this growing “corona swirl” movement said, they might as well do it at community colleges that charge less than half as much for it. Many are also looking to save money as the coronavirus devastates the economy and millions of people have lost their jobs. “I do think the community college will be an attractive option for a lot of people,” Kevin Brockbank, president of Spokane Community College in Washington state, said. ... Everett Community College in Washington has seen an uptick in inquiries from not only local high school students and families but also students who were at colleges out of state, said Laurie Franklin, dean of enrollment and student financial services.
NBC News, May 20, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Tacoma nonprofits are trying to help high school seniors stick with their college plans

Community groups and the Tacoma school district have been trying in recent years to help more high school students pursue college degrees. But now there’s concern that students will push off college plans because of the pandemic. So three nonprofit groups and Tacoma Public Schools have worked together to survey high school seniors to connect and find out their needs.  
KNKX, May 26, 2020

NAFSA estimates more than $4.5 billion hit to international ed

U.S. colleges will lose at least $3 billion due to anticipated international student enrollment declines this fall, according to estimates derived from a survey NAFSA: Association of International Educators did on the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on international education. In other findings, colleges potentially lost nearly $1 billion due to shortened or canceled study abroad programs this spring and summer and spent approximately $638 million for financial support for international students, scholars, faculty and staff who remained on campuses when courses were moved online.
Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2020

Does Anthony Fauci think colleges should reopen? We asked him.

... I don’t think it’s going to be one size fits all. I think it’s going to depend on the location of where the particular university or place of higher education is, what the demography of the students is, where they’re coming from. All of these things have to be taken into account.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 22, 2020

CDC Issues new guidance to colleges

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance on Tuesday for colleges as they reopen their campuses. Colleges will be looking to the CDC as many prepare to welcome back students, 19.9 million of whom were enrolled at U.S. colleges last fall. While the guidance does not address when or whether colleges should resume in-person classes, it describes practices colleges can put in place to reduce coronavirus spread and promote a healthy student body and workforce. It also outlines steps they should take to address suspected COVID-19 cases on their campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, May 21, 2020

Commentary: Well-positioned to serve students

Of all of the dire predictions making headlines regarding COVID-19, one that does not appear to make the news is this: community colleges were and are well-positioned to address student needs during and after this pandemic.  Community college administrators, faculty and staff have built their organizations on the servant leadership of student success, complete with flexibility, accessibility, provision of wraparound services, and scaling up or scaling back resources, depending on the situation faced. One of the characteristics of the community college — it’s commuter population — has become its strength.
Community College Daily, May 19, 2020

Community colleges likeliest to stay virtual

... Many of the institutions planning to return in the fall are four-year colleges and universities, especially those that are private. The institutions planning to stick with virtual instruction are predominantly two-year public colleges. Several factors are influencing leaders' decision making for the fall semester. While they vary from college to individual college, wider trends exist in each sector.
Inside Higher Ed, May 20, 2020

Evaluating the transition to remote learning

Educause, a membership organization for higher ed IT professionals, has published a DIY survey kit to help institutions evaluate student and faculty experiences of remote learning in the spring term. The kit includes sample surveys institutions may customize. Institutions are encouraged to share their results with Educause, but this is not a requirement.
Inside Higher Ed, May 20, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Key U.S. Senator upbeat about campus reopenings

Colleges and universities around the country will have sufficient testing capacity and are taking the needed steps to safely reopen their physical campuses this fall, the head of the U.S. Senate’s education committee said in a discussion with reporters Thursday. He also vowed that Senate Republicans would ensure that colleges receive liability protection from potential lawsuits by students or employees who get sick if they return to campus – if Congress passes more legislation regarding COVID-19.
Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2020

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