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News Links | September 1, 2020

September 01, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Skagit Valley College plans for in-person labs this fall

After having its campuses essentially shuttered since mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Skagit Valley College is preparing for some students to return for in-person learning. At the start of fall quarter Sept. 22, hands-on lab classes will resume at the college’s three campuses in Island, San Juan and Skagit counties, President Tom Keegan said.
Skagit Valley Herald, Sept. 1, 2020

Centralia College and Centralia High School announce new retention position

The Centralia Community Foundation, Centralia College and Centralia High School have announced a new position similar to one that exists in a partnership with W.F. West High School intended to help Centralia High School Students transition to Centralia College. Tabatha Sarno will be the retention assistant through the AmeriCorp program.
The Daily Chronicle, Aug. 31, 2020

EvCC again buying on Broadway with Everett Eagles purchase

A small expansion may help Everett Community College ease its parking challenges and prepare for future growth. EvCC is buying the Broadway Avenue home of Everett’s Fraternal Order of Eagles, a small parcel located a couple blocks south of the main campus. On Thursday, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges approved the community college’s acquisition of 1216 Broadway for $2.1 million. The deal is expected to be completed by October.
Everett Herald, Aug. 31, 2020

Peninsula College going mostly online

Peninsula College is facing a potential 29 percent drop in full-time-equivalent enrollment as the two-year school of higher education prepares for a fall semester of online learning for most students. It joins other institutions facing similar reductions in student numbers — a metric showing a 29 percent downturn as of Friday compared with last year on the same date — that college President Luke Robins expects to reverse the course of by the time school starts Sept. 28.
Peninsula Daily News, Aug. 31, 2020

WVC moves majority of classes online

Wenatchee Valley College, like many schools across the country, have moved a majority of in person classes to an online platform for the upcoming fall quarter. Professors are adapting to the remote learning after the initial adjustment in the spring and are offering avenues to make online classes fit students’ needs.
560 KPQ, Aug. 30, 2020

SVC increases funding for low and middle-income students

More students will be able to realize their goal of attending Skagit Valley College because of increased funding by the State of Washington for low- and middle-income students and families. Free Money for College! The Washington College Grant, formerly known as the State Need Grant, provides guaranteed funding to all eligible residents of Washington state.
Whidbey News-Times, Aug. 28, 2020

$1.5M federal grant to help Bellevue College students

Bellevue College has received a nearly $1.5 million federal grant to help students overcome potential disadvantages, succeed in school, and graduate. The TRIO Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education serves students who are low-income, first-generation (i.e., their parents don’t have a four-year college degree), or have disabilities, according to a news release from the college.
425 Business, Aug. 28, 2020

WCC to offer software development degree

There’s a new opportunity for local college students to get involved in the tech industry. Whatcom Community College was named a Career Connect Washington Intermediary and awarded more than $100,000 from the state Employment Security Agency to develop a new associate degree in software development.
KGMI, Aug. 27, 2020

LCC still seeing lower enrollment due to COVID-19, but high number of applications

Lower Columbia College is continuing to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with lower fall enrollment, but has begun to see an uptick in applications, college officials said. LCC spokeswoman Wendy Hall said the “enrollment picture for fall is mixed,” with headcount down about 7% from last fall.
The Daily News, Aug. 27, 2020

New toolkit helps colleges meet job demand in renewables

... Nearly 480 colleges are members of the SEED Center, which was initially managed by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). It was subsequently spun off and is now part of the National Council for Workforce Education, a council affiliated with AACC and based at Bellevue College in Washington.
Community College Daily, Aug. 27, 2020

Terry Leas reflects on higher education career

... Leas was hired as [Big Bend Community College] president in 2012, and one of his first jobs from the trustees was upgrading facilities. Many of the technical training courses were housed in buildings that dated back to the days of Larson Air Force Base. “It took a lot of people at Big Bend working together, it took support from our local legislators, support from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges,” he said.
Columbia Basin Herald, Aug. 25, 2020

WVC TRIO student support grant renewed

Wenatchee Valley College TRIO Student Support Services received a grant renewal with roughly $1.3 million for the 2020-2025 grant cycle. The funds will be divided into roughly $260,000 annually over the five year cycle. “TRIO supports academic services and support services for low income, first generation and disabled college students,” said Libby Siebens, community relations executive director.
560 KPQ, Aug. 25, 2020

Big Bend nursing students excel through difficulties

Pam Kortness knew she wanted to be a nurse since she was a child. Danny Tracy wanted to switch careers from the business sector into the medical field. Jennifer Dominguez saw the need for health care after visiting Mexico. Nursing students come from all walks of life, and Big Bend Community College’s nursing program has built a reputation of preparing its students well to enter and advance in the field.
Columbia Basin Herald, Aug. 25, 2020

WVC tutoring program gets $1.3 million grant

Wenatchee Valley College has received another five years of federal funding for a program that provides tutoring for first-generation, low-income and disabled college students. The college will receive $261,887 a year, for a total of $1,309,435, in federal funds for the 2020-2025 grant cycle for its TRIO Student Support Services.
Wenatchee World, Aug. 24, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

CIC report reviews states' tuition-free college programs

... The CIC report points to Washington State as a model for college affordability policies. “The programs do not privilege two-year college attendance -- beyond what greater proximity and lower tuition already do -- and they facilitate the choices of needy students who wish to elect private college options but need aid to do so. The state also has an early commitment (from middle-school age) guarantee program for very low-income students that provides especially generous grants for attendance in any sector,” the report states.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 1, 2020

Report finds enrollment gaps at community colleges and among Black students

In the wake of COVID-19, community colleges and for-profit institutions as well as Black and male students were the highest impacted by continued online learning during the 2020 summer enrollment. That’s the findings of The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center who recently launched a new research series to analyze the effects of COVID-19 on higher education enrollment rates.
Diverse Education, Sept. 1, 2020

Alternative credentials on the rise

Shorter-term, online alternatives to the college degree are having a moment. A growing body of evidence has found strong consumer interest in recent months in skills-based, online credentials that are clearly tied to careers, particularly among adult learners from diverse and lower-income backgrounds, whom four-year colleges often have struggled to attract and graduate.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 27, 2020

Moody's: Coronavirus drives new business models, disruption for higher ed

The coronavirus pandemic will accelerate a transformation in higher education’s business model, with many universities building out online capabilities and expanding nondegree and certificate programs -- changes that are highly disruptive in the next year or two but bolster credit prospects for the sector as a whole.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 27, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Helping students vote during a pandemic

College students vote at lower rates than the overall population, but the number of student voters has been on the rise in recent years. Their numbers nearly doubled from the 2014 to 2018 midterm elections, jumping from 19 to 40 percent, according to a report by the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tufts University.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 25, 2020


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