News Links | September 8, 2020
System News | Opinion
The League of Women Voters of Clark County is hosting a five-week civics course meant
to demystify the inner workings of the government. ... “I think a lot of adults listen
or read the news and wish they did know more about how government operates,” Tracy
Reilly Kelly, one of the instructors, said in a media release. The class will be take
place via online video conferencing due to COVID-19, through Clark College’s Economic & Community Development program.
The Columbian, Sept. 5, 2020
... Taking Running Start “can save students time and money on their higher education,
and it’s a great way to challenge themselves academically while in a college setting,”
said Nicole Beattie, associate director of communications for Bellevue College. Students also get access to college support services — free math, science and writing
labs, tutoring, library services and Running Start advisers.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 3, 2020
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Columbia Basin College a five-year extension of a grant helping students complete courses, graduate, and
transfer out to four-year universities. The federally funded grant, which covers a
five-year period through 2025, will deliver CBC’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)
$347,603 per year, for a total of over $1.7M.
NBC Right Now, Sept. 3, 2020
Whatcom Community College will soon offer a software development degree. Tonya Wagner, WCC’s Dean for Workforce
Education, and Michael Gan, Executive Director for TAGNW, join Mike to talk about
the partnership that will result in the launch of a software development Associate
degree program. [Audio]
KGMI, Sept. 2, 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.
Sequim Gazette, Sept. 2, 2020
The Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition serves as a scholarship fundraiser for College
Cellars, the teaching winery at Walla Walla Community College, and the talent among its alumni shined brightly again this year. West graduated
from the program, led by instructor Tim Donahue, in 2014. Brad Binko, Class of 2016,
earned four gold medals at the Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition — the same number
of gold medals awarded to wines produced by iconic Woodward Canyon.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 1, 2020
Ivan Valdovinos, who grew up in Soap Lake and is the first in his family to graduate
from college, has helped more than 400 other first-generation, low-income students
and students with disabilities persist, graduate and transfer to four-year universities
through his work at Wenatchee Valley College. He manages a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education
that serves 140 students between the Wenatchee and Omak campuses every academic year.
Wenatchee Valley Business World, Sept. 1, 2020
Wenatchee Valley College has pushed the deadline for new student tuition and registration from this Friday,
September 4 to September 18. The two week extension gives students more time to get
affairs in order while juggling childcare, homeschool and work schedules.
560 KPQ, Sept. 1, 2020
Trends | Horizons | Education
... Eight community colleges will expand their efforts to help single mother students
through the College Success for Single Mothers Project. ... NCTN and partners will
develop case studies documenting the colleges’ action plans, outcomes and lessons
learned through the project to share with policymakers, funders and investors. The
information also will be shared with other colleges interested in better supporting
single mother students and parents on campus.
Community College Daily, Sept. 8, 2020
The novel coronavirus has affected all aspects of society and the economy. But what
do the data say about the impact of the pandemic on community colleges? Getting timely
and reliable data on two-year colleges is challenging. Many of the key metrics are
not systematically collected nor reported nationally. This article will look at some
of the available data to get a sense of the effects of COVID-19 on this sector of
Community College Daily, Sept. 7, 2020
Community colleges play a critical role in preparing incarcerated individuals for
a return to society, but their programs simply need more funding, according to justice
reform advocates. While community colleges are leaders in providing access and opportunities
to eligible inmates, they are the most underfunded institutions in higher education,
according to Tiffany Jones, senior director of higher education policy at The Education
Trust, who participated in a panel discussion Wednesday on restoring Pell Grant eligibility
to inmates and economic justice.
Community College Daily, Sept. 2, 2020
Politics | Local, State, National
If Steve Gunderson didn’t know what awaits for-profit colleges should Democrats capture
the White House, he thought it became clear when he heard vice presidential nominee
Kamala Harris at the Democratic National Convention lump the colleges he represents
with rapists and the mob. “I’ve fought for children and survivors of sexual assault.
I've fought against transnational criminal organizations. I took on the biggest banks,”
Harris said, “and helped take down one of the biggest for-profit colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 1, 2020