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News Links | September 8, 2020

September 08, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

League of Women Voters of Clark County civics course aims to demystify government

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

Enrollment is surging for Running Start classes — which are now taught online

... 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

Opportunity Grant will continue to benefit Columbia Basin College students

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

WCC’s Software Development Associate degree

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 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.
Sequim Gazette, Sept. 2, 2020

Northwest Wine: Elephant Seven uses Grenache to win Walla Walla Valley wine competition

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

30 under 35 | Young leaders talk career, commitment and COVID-19: Ivan Valdovinos

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

WVC extends student tuition & registration deadline

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

Helping single mothers succeed in college

... 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 COVID crisis in community colleges — what does the data say?

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 higher education.
Community College Daily, Sept. 7, 2020

Leaders in educating the incarcerated, but underfunded

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

For-profits fear a Biden presidency

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

 

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