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November 17, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Jerry Weber, former Bellevue College president, dies at 70

Jerry Weber, who served as president of Bellevue College from 2017 to March of this year, died Wednesday. He was 70. Weber had recently been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer, and died at home, according to Bellevue College. He was with his wife, children and grandchildren. Weber had a decades-long career in higher education as an instructor and administrator, which culminated with his role as Bellevue College president.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 13, 2020

With industries in flux, retraining gives workers options

Edmonds College and Everett Community College report increases of workers interested in education. ... “Every week we are seeing these workers as their layoff notices come, wanting to know about retraining opportunities,” Certain said last month. In a time of uncertainty, she said, education provides a path to stability.
The Everett Herald, Nov. 15, 2020

Early snow, cold kills fall colors in Spokane, region

It’s been a drab fall in the Inland Northwest. Instead of a landscape replete with vibrant oranges, reds and yellows, our region’s trees are cloaked in a brown, desiccated coat of leaves – a coat that will likely persist through the winter. “They went from green to brown,” said Cindy Deffe, an environmental sciences instructor at Spokane Community College who teachers arboriculture.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 15, 2020

Changes planned for Thanksgiving dinners

... In Mount Vernon, the Skagit Valley College culinary arts program will deliver meals to local families as it has done for more than two decades, though fewer people will be involved. “This year will look different than past years, but we are happy to keep it going and provide meals for 25 families in our community,” said Lyn Highet, food services manager for the culinary program.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 14, 2020

Clark College art students receive scholarships

The Clark College Art Department announced its 2020-2021 Art Scholarship Award recipients. A total of $12,000 from Clark College Foundation Scholarship funds was awarded to 13 students. Students submitted portfolios in the annual scholarship juried event, showcasing six pieces of work.
The Columbian, Nov. 14, 2020

Students with cognitive differences say COVID-19 derailed their routines

Abby Leaver can fit her whole life into a dorm room. Within the confines of small, apartment-style student housing, the Bellevue College resident assistant (RA) attends online classes and violin lessons, participates in Zoom happy hours and online games with friends, and cares for her cat. She’s doing the things many college students are doing this semester as they cope with the coronavirus pandemic — but she happens to be doing it with autism.
Teen Vogue, Nov. 13, 2020

Author Daudi Abe to discuss Sir Mix-A-Lot, Digable Planets, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in Auntie’s virtual event

... Daudi Abe’s latest book, “Emerald Street: A History of Hip Hop in Seattle,” details the development of rap on the other side of Washington. ... Abe, 50, who teaches a hip-hop culture class at Seattle Central College, happened upon hip hop in a Seattle record store in 1979. “My dad said to pick a record, and the reason I selected this album was due to the cover, which had a logo that swirled and looked like candy,” Abe said while calling from his Seattle home.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 12, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Commentary: A strategy to ensure equity, retention amid Covid

As colleges continue online instruction for spring 2021, it is important for student service, success and support professionals to consider the impact on students, their success and outcomes. Now more than ever, it is important to anticipate student needs, reach out and connect them to services and supports and engage them in the life of the college, and with key personnel who can guide them through their educational journey.
Community College Daily, Nov. 17, 2020

When career advancement feels impossible

More than half -- 52 percent -- of Americans say it is difficult for them to get a good job or that their opportunities to advance at work are limited, according to new survey data from the Strada Education Network, a research and advocacy organization focused on the link between education and employment.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 17, 2020

A huge drop in international students

Community colleges experienced an 8.3% decline in international students in 2019-20, according to the 2020 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Overall, the number of international students declined 1.8% at all types of higher education institutions in 2019-20 compared to the previous year, according to the annual report from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Community College Daily, Nov. 16, 2020

Waiting for a vaccine

Many plans, memos, letters and campaigns from colleges and universities about COVID-19 have often included six words: “until a vaccine becomes widely available.” Although an available vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, appears closer on the horizon now than it did last spring, medical and public health experts say it may not be an easy fix for the problems facing colleges and universities. Additionally, whether colleges and universities will be able to inoculate their student bodies themselves is still unclear.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 13, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Jill Biden reiterates support for free community college

Illustrating how she is expected to be a voice in the White House for making community colleges free when she becomes first lady next year, Jill Biden pledged support to the effort Monday. Speaking at a symposium sponsored by College Promise Career Institute, a nonprofit promoting economic mobility, Biden said of her husband, President-elect Joe Biden, “Joe and I will stand by you in those efforts because we know just how crucial this work is, because we know how our economy depends on it, because we know our students deserve nothing less.”
lnside Higher Ed, Nov. 17, 2020

Biden wants to help pay some student loans, but there's pressure to go further

President-elect Joe Biden has affirmed his support for erasing some student debt "immediately." Student debt forgiveness was a major campaign plank of some of his more progressive rivals for the Democratic nomination, but it remains controversial even among some Democrats. In answer to a question at a Monday press conference, Biden repeated his support for a provision passed as part of the HEROES Act, which the Democratic-controlled House updated on Oct. 1. 
NPR, Nov. 17, 2020

Gov. Inslee orders sweeping restrictions on indoor gatherings, restaurants, bars, gyms as COVID-19 cases surge in Washington state

... “Today, Sunday, November 15, 2020, is the most dangerous public health day in the last 100 years of our state’s history,” Inslee said in prepared remarks. “A pandemic is raging in our state. Left unchecked, it will assuredly result in grossly overburdened hospitals and morgues; and keep people from obtaining routine but necessary medical treatment for non-COVID conditions.”
The Seattle Times, Nov. 15, 2020

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