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News Links | October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Shoreline Community College first in US to offer program merging mental health professionals, police officers

Over the past several months, with all eyes on America’s police departments, it’s become clear that police officers end up doing a lot of work they weren’t necessarily trained to do. People often call police when, in fact, the call would be better suited for a social worker who is trained in mental illness and can get them the help they need. So a brand new certificate, offered by Shoreline Community College, couldn’t come at a better time.
KIRO Radio, Oct. 20, 2020

More distance in learning at Clark College

... Alkafaween was studying English at Clark College’s transitional studies program in hopes of pursuing a career in psychology. Like hundreds of other students, however, Alkafaween has withdrawn from school due to the challenges of balancing classes with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. ... Transitional studies enrollment was down 25.9 percent statewide from spring 2019 to spring 2020, with enrollment in those classes dropping from 21,973 students to 16,279 statewide, according to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
The Columbian, Oct. 18, 2020

Intiman’s next stage: A new home and a first-of-its-kind theater partnership with Seattle Central College

After two near-death experiences and eight years without a stage to call its own, Intiman Theatre has finally settled on a new home — at Seattle Central College (SCC) on Capitol Hill, where it will be the theater-in-residence and lead a new, two-year degree program in technical theater with a social justice emphasis. This is an unusual arrangement. Intiman will be the only nationally known regional theater attached to a college that specializes in vocational training and two-year associate degrees.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 17, 2020

Reminder: Edmonds College to host virtual grand opening Oct. 22 for new STEM building, second residence hall

Edmonds College will host a virtual grand-opening ceremony Oct. 22 in celebration of two new additions to campus — a new STEM and nursing building and the campus’ second residency hall. The new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Nursing building is located north of Mountlake Terrace Hall and will house allied health, nursing, physics, chemistry, engineering and math classrooms, as well as labs and offices.
MLT News, Oct. 16, 2020

Online learning model at Big Bend Community College to continue into winter quarter

Big Bend Community College will remain closed to most students and the general public during the winter of 2021. As a result, the majority of classes will be conducted remotely. College officials cite “recent surges of coronavirus cases both in the region and across the country,” as the reasoning behind the decision to keep learning online for the foreseeable future.
iFiber One, Oct. 16, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

It pays to be an apprentice: 63% more

An apprenticeship program that matches employers with community colleges has launched graduates into middle class careers and could be a way to address the flagging fortunes of Americans lacking four-year degrees, according to a study published Monday.
NPR, Oct. 20, 2020

Pandemic boosts fundraising at community colleges

Several community colleges are reporting record fundraising for fiscal year 2020, which ended at the start of July for most. The COVID-19 pandemic seemed to help, rather than hinder, efforts to boost emergency aid funds and scholarship budgets. Charitable giving over all -- not just for higher education -- is up 7.5 percent for the first half of 2020 compared to the first half of 2019, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 19, 2020

No more Clery Act handbook

The Education Department says it was trying to make it simpler for institutions to report crime and campus safety statistics required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. But experts in the law’s reporting requirements said the move -- eliminating a thick department handbook guiding administrators -- will cause even more confusion for institutions, and possibly more work.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 19, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic cuts enrollment at some Washington state colleges, forces others to reimagine higher ed

Washington’s colleges and universities were braced for a big drop in enrollment this fall, expecting college kids to opt out of remotely taught classes and defer their educations for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. The good news: Most kids showed up after all. The not-so-good news: Colleges are reporting that students from low-income families were more likely to hold back. 
The Seattle Times, Oct. 18, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump's and Biden's plans for education

Key Priorities. Joe Biden: Make public colleges, historically Black colleges and universities, and minority-serving institutions tuition-free for families making less than $125,000. Make two years of community college and training programs tuition-free. ... Donald Trump: Strengthen school choice policy and expand accessibility to charter schools. Promote "patriotic education" curriculum in schools.
NPR, Oct. 16, 2020

The revenue gap for community colleges comes to $78 billion. Would Biden's election make a difference?

There’s a $78 billion revenue gap between community colleges and four-year institutions, according to a recent report by the Center for American Progress, a left-wing think tank. The study found that community colleges receive $8,800 less in revenue per student enrolled compared to four-year colleges. 
Diverse Education, Oct. 15, 2020

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