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News Links | November 24, 2020

November 24, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

WCC Running Start expert answers FAQs about earning college credit while still in high school

With the current major shifts in the delivery of education, schools are finding creative ways to accommodate remote learning. High school students and their parents are invited to investigate how to get the most out of remote learning through Running Start at www.whatcom.edu/runningstart. Karla Coglizer, Associate Director for Running Start at Whatcom Community College, answers frequently asked questions about the program.
Whatcom Talk, Nov. 23, 2020

Seattle’s tuition-free community college program comes to the rescue during the pandemic

... Other students feel that support, too. Patrick Mungai, a second-year student at Seattle Central College, plans to transfer to pursue his commercial pilot license. He credits his career path to the Seattle Promise specialist assigned to assist him, who asked questions like “When you were younger, were you curious about airplanes?”... Seattle Promise costs about $5.7 million. Most of that comes from levy money. The initiative has raised an additional $1 million in private money through a new foundation, said Kerry Howell, the Seattle Colleges’ vice president for advancement.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 22, 2020

SCC’s Old Main building made sustainable through its reinvention

Affectionately referred to as “Old Main,” the Spokane Community College main building has been a well-used classroom space for years. The original structure served a steady stream of students and community members for nearly seven decades. Unfortunately, after so many years of service, the original structure was eventually deemed outdated. The building could no longer support program needs.
Spokane Journal of Business, Nov. 19, 2020

SPSCC’s virtual show of one-act plays tackles timely issues through social satire

“Call It Out,” South Puget Sound Community College’s first virtual theater production, is “theater that impacts rather than distracts,” as theater professor Lauren Love puts it. The evening of one-act social satires plus short solo pieces, streaming this weekend on YouTube, offers a sharp look at timely issues. “Satire — and these satirical plays in particular — takes on pressing concerns by exposing them,” Love told The Olympian.
The Olympian, Nov. 19, 2020

Whatcom’s COVID case count decreased by 2 Wednesday, as WWU suspends in-person classes

... Whatcom Community College has primarily been online during the fall quarter, spokesperson Marisa Ellis said in email to The Bellingham Herald, and it will continue to do so for the winter quarter. “A very limited amount of pre-approved on-campus activity has and will continue to take place, with safety protocols followed, including licensure requirements for health professions students,” Ellis wrote.
The Bellingham Herald, Nov. 18, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Public opinion on education and work amid crisis

As the nation’s colleges and universities pivoted to online learning this spring, the Strada Education Network pivoted its polling and survey work to focus on the pandemic’s impact on Americans’ work, lives and future plans for education. Since then researchers at Strada’s Center for Education Consumer Insights have talked with more than 20,000 American adults.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 23, 2020

Commentary: Washington Watch: AACC seeks regulatory changes from new administration 

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has joined with the American Council on Education (ACE) and other higher education groups to formally request that President-elect Joe Biden act expeditiously to alter some of the Trump administration’s regulatory and administrative actions.
Community College Daily, Nov. 22, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

A college professor as first lady

Sometime next year, after the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, a community college student -- quite possibly an immigrant or a single mother, but no doubt someone whose life hadn’t been guided by bloodline to Harvard or Yale University, or who might not believe anyone at the White House will care about them -- will have their English paper graded by a professor.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 24, 2020

House passes apprenticeship bill

The House on Friday passed a bill that would revamp the nation’s main apprenticeship law, even managing to secure votes from some Republicans. In a 246-to-140 vote, Democrats passed their 2020 National Apprenticeship Act, with 15 Republicans voting for the measure. Earlier this week, the House Rules Committee passed the legislation along party lines. The same happened when the House Education and Labor Committee passed the measure in September.
Community College Daily, Nov. 22, 2020

Colleges want Biden to undo much of what DeVos did

Associations representing the nation’s colleges and universities are urging the incoming Biden administration to quickly undo much of what the Trump administration did on higher education policy, starting with changing a rule that, they worry, will make it harder for victims of sexual assault and harassment to come forward.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 20, 2020

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