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News Links | October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Kill your gas stove

Heather Price knows her way around gases. An atmospheric chemist at North Seattle College, she studies outdoor air pollution, the flow and change of chemicals in Earth’s atmosphere. But she wasn’t worried about the gas stove in her own home before her son developed asthma and, at two and a half years old, had to use his inhaler multiple times a day. She started to wonder: Was gas making her family sick?
The Atlantic, Oct. 15, 2020

Governor reappoints Mah to SPSCC’s Board of Trustees

Former Olympia mayor and consultant Doug Mah has been reappointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to the board of trustees at South Puget Sound Community College. His new term ends Sept. 30, 2025. Mah has served as a college trustee since 2016. Mah is the owner of Doug Mah & Associates, a consulting firm.
The Olympian, Oct. 14, 2020

Edmonds College awarded over $1.1 million for materials science education

Edmonds College was awarded three grants this year for materials science education, totaling over $1.1 million. “The grants we received will allow us to develop and distribute high-quality resources for materials science education,” said EC President Dr. Amit B. Singh. “These resources are vital — innovations in materials science have the potential to impact our nation’s health, economy, environment, and security.”
My Edmonds News, Oct. 14, 2020

Mount Baker’s Tricia Wagar an example of Upward Bound

A Whatcom Community College TRIO Upward Bound high school student has been awarded a regional scholarship from the Northwest Association of Educational Opportunity Programs. ... “We have amazing Upward Bound students at Whatcom Community College,” said Darlene Snider, TRIO Upward Bound project director. “It’s wonderful to see them acknowledged and rewarded for their fearless pursuit of their dreams.”
Lynden Tribune, Oct. 14, 2020

Big Bend Community College food pantry distributes 5,000 pounds of food to families

60 local families were fed thanks to a massive distribution of donated food by Big Bend Community College. The Viking Food Pantry is solely responsible for the delivery of food, but it’s local businesses, organizations, and community members who are donating food to the pantry.
iFiber One, Oct. 13, 2020

Olympic College instruction to be mostly online for winter quarter

Olympic College instruction will continue to take place mostly online winter quarter, with the exception of programs with a face-to-face component that have an approved Safe Start Plan in place, said college President Marty Cavalluzzi. ... “The safety of our students and staff remains our number-one priority,” Cavallluzzi said in a news release.
Kitsap Daily News, Oct. 13, 2020

Kent resident appointed to Green River College Board of Trustees

Kent resident Jennifer Robson Ramirez was appointed in September by Gov. Jay Inslee to the Green River College Board of Trustees. Ramirez Robson is the director of resident services at King County Housing Authority where she guides the work of several strategic and program initiatives to improve the quality of life for residents and their communities, according to the Green River College website.
Kent Reporter, Oct. 12, 2020

Higher Education: CBC, WSU-Tri-Cities building for a future when students return to campus

Columbia Basin College: Up to 5,500 full-time equivalent students were expected to be enrolled in fall 2020 quarter, which began Sept. 21, said Jay Frank, CBC’s assistant vice president, communications and external relations. The majority are attending via online classes. In 2019, fall enrollment was 7,344 compared to 7,275 students in 2018.
Tri Cities Business News, October, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Credit and noncredit programs need to be aligned

Community colleges should better align their noncredit workforce training with their credit programs aimed at transfer students, the Education Strategy Group (ESG) recommends. Having two separate tracks “has resulted in a bifurcated institutional structure that does not equitably serve and prepare all students for workforce opportunities and career advancement,” states a new report by ESG.
Community College Daily, Oct. 15, 2020

Community college enrollment plummets

Community colleges have seen an alarming 9.4% drop in enrollment this fall compared to fall 2019, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. “Community colleges’ enrollment decline is now nearly nine times their pre-pandemic loss rate (-1.1% for fall 2019 compared to fall 2018),” the NSC Center states. “Even more concerning, the number of freshmen also dropped most drastically at community colleges (-22.7%).”
Community College Daily, Oct. 15, 2020

Making online education and workforce training more effective

Millions of displaced U.S. workers and the likely restructuring of industries -- including retail, travel, hospitality and more -- have increased urgency to improve workforce training in this country, according to new research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Task Force on the Future of Work. ... The brief describes creative and successful skill-training initiatives, including programs at community colleges. It concludes with a call for an effective public employment and training system.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 15, 2020

Report: First-year earnings vary by degree program

... The report uses data from the Department of Education’s College Scorecard to examine the differences in first-year earnings for college graduates from a variety of degree programs and with different levels of education. ... More than a quarter of workers with an associate degree earn more than the median for workers with a bachelor’s degree.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 14, 2020

Uncertainties around international students

As the start of the 2020-21 academic year approached, community colleges were faced with a myriad of shifting factors when deciding whether to conduct all their classes online due to health concerns regarding the global pandemic. For many, the impact on international students was an important consideration in that decision. Leading up to the pandemic, approximately two-thirds of community colleges had international students on their campuses, where they added an essential element of diversity to college classrooms and surrounding communities.
Community College Daily, Oct. 14, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington Watch: Clery Act guidelines replaced

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) on Oct. 9 announced its rescission of the Campus Safety and Security Reporting handbook (better known as Clery Act guidelines) and replacement with a new Appendix. The 13-page Appendix to the Federal Student Aid Handbook (FSA) replaced the 265-page Handbook that was last updated in 2016 under the Obama Administration. ED’s statement made clear that “the contents of the new Appendix do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public. The document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.”
Community College Daily, Oct. 15, 2020

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