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News Links | November 12, 2020

November 12, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

LCC's new teacher degree using COVID-19 to turn out prepared graduates

Teachers have had to learn just as much about virtual school as students the past few months, adding an unexpected curriculum section to Lower Columbia College’s new teacher certification degree. However, Bachelors of Applied Science in Teacher Education Program Director, instructor and advisor Ann Williamson said the students have taken it in stride, and the experience could actually make them more prepared teachers in the long run.
The Daily News, Nov. 11, 2020

Peninsula College offering accelerated one-year AA degree

Earn the same degree in half the time. Looking to help peninsula residents juggling careers, family and other commitments who see spending two or more years earning a degree as not a realistic option — and for those with time to spare during the COVID-19 pandemic — Peninsula College is offering an accelerated, fully online associate in arts degree option.
Sequim Gazette, Nov. 11, 2020

Labor unions, colleges promote apprenticeships this week

Colleges and labor unions are working to promote apprenticeships as a way to fill gaps in industries that have a shortage of qualified workers. The U.S. Department of Labor has designated this week as National Apprenticeship Week. Spokane Community College has one of the largest apprenticeship programs in Washington.
Spokane Public Radio, Nov. 11, 2020

Speculation over Biden's education secretary

... The choice to fill cabinet positions, though, can be unpredictable. “I never expected to get a phone call from the Obama transition team,” said former commerce secretary Gary Locke in an interview Tuesday. Locke, who was then the Democratic governor of Washington State and is now interim president of Bellevue College, recalled, “I was the state co-chair of Hillary [Clinton]’s campaign.”
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 11, 2020

Kitsap needs more COVID-19 testing. Nursing students at Olympic College are joining the effort

Drive-thru testing has come to Olympic College, where test sites open this week staffed by the school’s own nursing students is the latest effort to expand access to COVID-19 testing across the region. The community college has partnered with Kitsap Public Health to start two low-barrier test sites at its Bremerton and Poulsbo campuses, which will operate one day a week throughout November. 
Kitsap Sun, Nov. 10, 2020

Edmonds College awards $1.4 million in CARES Act funding to students

Edmonds College has awarded $1.4 million in federal CARES Act funding to students who are experiencing COVID-19 related financial hardships and are in need of emergency assistance. The one-time, limited assistance is aimed at helping students with rent, food, bills, tuition, course materials, child care, and health care.
MLT News, Nov. 10, 2020

Edmonds College extending remote operations through at least March 19

Edmonds College announced Monday that it will extend its remote operations and continue to serve students and the community virtually through at least March 19, 2021 — with the exception of a few hands-on, on-campus classes. While the college has remained open during the COVID-10 pandemic, it has been offering most classes and services virtually online.
Lynnwood Today, Nov. 9, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Big enrollment drops among all races

Sharp drops in fall enrollments among Native American, Black and Hispanic community college freshmen are near 30%, according to updated data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center. ... Community colleges still show the sharpest drop among freshmen (-18.9%), almost 19 times the pre-pandemic loss rate, according to the center. Public four-year institutions declined -10.5% and private nonprofit four-year institutions dropped -8.5%.
Community College Daily, Nov. 12, 2020

Disability as diversity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 26 percent of people in the United States have a disability. That includes both visible disabilities, such as many mobility impairments, and hidden ones, such as psychosocial or emotional conditions. But some research shows college students with disabilities have lower graduation and retention rates than their peers without disabilities.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 12, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

The Biden presidency and international education

... President Donald Trump’s defeat is likely to usher in a new era for international higher education after four years when those working in the field found themselves on the defensive. “The past four years have been one of the most challenging periods in the history of our field, during which international educators have shown unparalleled strength and resilience,” Esther D. Brimmer, CEO and executive director of NAFSA: Association of International Educators said in a statement on the election results.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 12, 2020

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