News Links | September 1, 2020
System News | Opinion
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
KGMI, Aug. 27, 2020
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
... 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
... 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
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
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
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
... 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
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
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
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
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