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October 13, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

TCC professor Latoya Reid awarded national recognition for teaching

Tacoma Community College (TCC) Communication & Transitional Studies Professor Latoya Reid recently received the national William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). The association announced the award Thursday, Oct. 8 at its annual recognition event, which was held online this year.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 12, 2020

Bilingual theater group to present play about indigenous peoples’ struggles

Studium Generale will host a bilingual theater group in recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The free video presentation by Teatro Milagro / The Miracle Theater Group from Portland, Ore., will be followed by a talk-back session with the actors and with Native/indigenous students from Peninsula College ... Studium Generale, which has an almost 50-year history at Peninsula College, will be offered for the first time through a Zoom platform.
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 12, 2020

Transformations of time have shaped artist Tom O’Day’s work

Local artist and professor of art Tom O’Day retired last spring from his long-held position at Spokane Falls Community College. A Southern California native, O’Day has devoted his career to expanding Spokane’s exposure to art and doing what he loves: creating and teaching. ... In winter 1986, O’Day took his first role at SFCC as a part-time professor. By the end of his career, he would be full time and manager of the school’s gallery.
The Spokesman-Review, Oct. 11, 2020

Virtual financial aid workshops coming to YVC and CBC

This week, both Yakima Valley College and Columbia Basin College will offer free, online workshops to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). Nearly $150 billion in grants, loans and work-study funds are available to students in need from the U.S. Department of Education. Experts say it’s important to start early on applying for financial aid to get the maximum award.
KIMA, Oct. 11, 2020

Creative Retirement Institute continues this fall on Zoom — and you’re invited

Offered in partnership with Edmonds College, the Creative Retirement Institute is continuing its efforts this fall to provide affordable, quality learning opportunities for adults in a fun, supportive environment. Of the 30 classes being offered fall term (all taught online), nine have started and five are complete. The classes have ranged in size from eight to 66 students.
My Edmonds News, Oct. 11, 2020

Seattle College event highlights Black women suffragettes

With a historic presidential election less than a month away, Seattle Central College is hosting a virtual event to spotlight the important role black women have played in democracy and the women’s suffrage movement. [Video]
Q13 Fox, Oct. 10, 2020

Big Bend expands Ag Department with Agricultural Mechanic program

Big Bend Community College has made an addition to its Agriculture program with the new Agricultural Mechanic training certificate and degree. “This kind of stemmed from industry demand and need for skilled mechanic technicians,” said Tiffany Fondren, communications coordinator. With the advancement with agriculture machinery and equipment, the need grew organically and this program will provide students a route to head into this growing field.
560 KPQ, Oct. 9, 2020

Studium Generale to host historian

“Lorraine Hansberry’s American Radicalism” will be presented by Erin Chapman, associate professor at George Washington University, during Peninsula College’s Studium Generale ... “This is the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, and I was so inspired by Dr. Chapman’s work and her focus on Ida B. Wells and other important leaders that I invited her to present in Studium Generale,” Reavey said.
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 8, 2020

Edmonds College partners with Verdant, Volunteers of America of Western Washington to place a 2-1-1 advocate on campus

Edmonds College, Volunteers of America of Western Washington, and Verdant Health Commission have partnered to place a 2-1-1 community resource advocate (CRA) at the EC campus. The CRA will serve students and local community members in South Snohomish County. “We’re proud to work with our valued community partners to provide a service that is greatly needed in our community,” said EC President Dr. Amit B. Singh. “We’re hopeful that this will be a valuable resource for our campus and community.”
My Edmonds News, Oct. 6, 2020

Edmonds College selects local student for trustee position

High school senior named Edmonds College student trustee Athmar Al-Ghanim, a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School, was selected the student trustee for 2020-21 on the Edmonds College Board of Trustees. Al-Ghanim is enrolled at Edmonds College through the Running Start program, a statewide program that allows high school juniors and seniors to take college level courses without paying tuition. 
Everett Herald, Oct. 5, 2020

Edmonds College receives $2.2 million federal grant to support student success

Edmonds College has been awarded a competitive federal Title III grant totaling more than $2.2 million to further increase student access, progression, and completion through online learning. EC will receive the funds over a five-year period, allowing EC to increase the quality of online learning, provide more flexibility of program options for students, and enhance online student support services. 
My Edmonds News, Oct. 1, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Proposal for new federal education credit and accountability system

A new policy paper published by the Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project proposes two new federal government programs designed to bridge the divide between higher education and the workforce system. The goal of these linked new programs and funding streams, the paper's co-authors argue, is to expand and equalize access to postsecondary education, reduce the sector's reliance on in-person instruction and to develop a "cumulative science" of adult learning.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 13, 2020

Aid administrators get more requests during pandemic

Most financial aid offices at colleges and universities in a survey said students are increasingly asking them to take into account the financial hardships they’re facing during the coronavirus pandemic so they can receive more aid. Financial aid administrators are allowed under federal law to use their professional judgment to reduce the income used to calculate how much assistance a student can receive.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 9, 2020

CTE in high school is a bridge to college

Career and technical education (CTE) programs in high school provide a clear path to postsecondary education and career success, according to a “data story” by the U.S. Education Department. The data show the potential benefits – including completing a community college credential and a well-paying job – of a concentrated sequence of CTE courses in high school.
Community College Daily, Oct. 7, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

What would a second term for Trump mean?

... Though not directly related to higher education, observers like David Baime, senior vice president for government relations and policy analysis for the American Association of Community Colleges, said Trump would likely keep pushing ideas like expanding work-based learning and apprenticeships, after making it easier to grant certification based on competencies instead of the traditional requirements to complete a certain number of course hours.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 12, 2020 

Some clarification, more criticism of Trump's diversity order

The Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs offered some official guidance this week about the White House’s controversial and confusing Executive Order 13950 against race and sex “stereotyping” and “scapegoating.” The order -- which has resulted in college events, including a Hispanic Heritage Month talk, getting canceled -- takes effect “immediately,” but requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors will apply to contracts entered into starting Nov. 21.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 9, 2020

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