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News Links | November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Centralia College to eliminate testing and graduation fees

Centralia College announced this week that starting Dec. 1 it will eliminate fees to apply for graduation and to take college placement tests. The change is intended to be permanent and aimed at reducing barriers to students either starting or finishing a degree or job training program, according to the college. Currently, the college charges a $15 graduation fee and $10 reading test fee.
The Daily Chronicle, Nov. 18, 2020

LCC's college navigator pilot program showing 'some really exciting outcomes'

The rate of Kelso High School graduates enrolled at Lower Columbia College is holding steady, even as the pandemic has caused drops in enrollment from other local districts. LCC staff said it’s not simple luck that 21% of KHS graduates are again enrolling at the local college. The enrollment, they say, is the work of a new “college navigator” position.
The Daily News, Nov. 17, 2020

Airlife Northwest pilot Matthew Hanshaw is flying daily to save lives

... Matthew was only weeks away from graduation from Woodrow Wilson High School when a guidance counselor called him into the office and pinned him down about his future plans. Matthew was undecided. The counselor whipped out an A-Z list of careers. When Matthew reached pilot on the list, the guidance counselor said, “You can go to [Clover Park Technical College].” 
South Sound Talk, Nov. 17, 2020

Verdant Health Commission extends program to help feed Edmonds College students

Verdant Health Commission has extended its food assistance through the end of fall quarter for Edmonds College students experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are incredibly grateful to the Verdant Health Commission for supporting our students during this challenging time,” said EC President Dr. Amit B. Singh. “The commission’s great generosity comes at a time of great need.”
My Edmonds News, Nov. 16, 2020

Founder to tell of Five Habits of Speaking Justice

Peninsula College’s Studium Generale series will host Miriame Cherbib, teacher of French and Francophone cultures, at 12:30 p.m. Thursday via Zoom as she presents “The Five Habits of Speaking Justice.” ... Cherbib is an anti-racist educator who founded Speaking Justice to help organizations and people of all ages and backgrounds to build skills to use their voices for justice in everyday life.
Peninsula Daily News, Nov. 16, 2020

Guest opinion: Adult learners can gain access to better jobs

... In the past, communities often thought of adult education as just GED and English Language Acquisition. While those are still essential pathways for our community’s workforce, Yakima Valley College has launched additional opportunities for adult learners to boost their skills. Individuals looking to earn their GED or high school diploma can now simultaneously earn college credits in a career pathway they choose through I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training) classes. 
Yakima Herald, Nov. 15, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Who's up, who's down and why

Community college enrollments are suffering. Badly. Nationally, they are down 9.5 percent, according to the latest report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Community college freshman enrollment is down by 19 percent. Enrollment of underrepresented minorities has taken an especially hard hit -- it's down by nearly 30 percent. Some colleges are doing worse than others -- and some are doing well.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 19, 2020

A closer look at racial disparities in education

The American Council on Education recently published a six-chapter supplement to its original February 2019 report on race and ethnicity in higher education, which provides additional analysis of federal data to examine how the education system in the United States is serving and failing students of color.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 18, 2020

U.S. visa data show 21% decline in international students

The total number of international students in the U.S. declined by about 21 percent between January and September of this year, according to new student visa data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The visa data include students at all educational levels, including international students attending K-12 schools.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 18, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

How Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will be remembered

... DeVos made a more lasting impact on how schools must respond to incidents of sexual assault and harassment by writing new regulations around Title IX "aimed at beefing up protections for accused college students," as NPR's Tovia Smith wrote earlier this year. 
NPR, Nov. 19, 2020

The IRAPs roadblock

A bill to reauthorize the nation’s main apprenticeship law, which hasn’t been revamped in 80 years, passed the House Rules Committee on Tuesday. A House floor debate is expected later this week. The committee passed H.R. 8294, the National Apprenticeship Act, along party lines. 
Community College Daily, Nov. 17, 2020

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