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News Links | September 10, 2020

September 10, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Helping student parents overcome barriers

A new report examining promising ideas and practices in supporting student parents lists common barriers to their success, as well as innovative ways to overcome them. Through the inaugural Rise Prize, Imaginable Futures and Lumina Foundation focused on a range of organizations’ efforts to help so-called “Risers” complete college and improve their economic mobility. ... Washington’s Everett Community College will receive $200,000 for its Weekend College for Parents program, which pairs weekend-only college coursework with access to essential student services, such as drop-in childcare.
Community College Daily, Sept. 10, 2020

WVC art class will get you closer to nature

Wenatchee Valley College has a very unique art class available this fall called Art 143, or Natural Science Illustration. If you are inspired at all by the natural world or would like to experiment with new media, this might be a class you would love. We try new techniques in art and learn just enough of the science to accurately render invertebrates, plants, extinct creatures and evolutionary relationships.
The Wenatchee World, Sept. 10, 2020

Kim O'Neill named 2020 LCC Alumna of the Year

Lower Columbia College (LCC) and the Lower Columbia College Foundation (LCCF) have announced the selection of Kim O'Neill as the 2020 LCC Alumna of the Year. The annual LCCF award was created to acknowledge LCC alumni who have made significant contributions to the community, and whose accomplishments, relationships and careers have exemplified the legacy of excellence at LCC. 
Wahkiakum County Eagle, Sept. 10, 2020

Spokane community colleges get extra $4.3 million boost from CARES Act

Another $4.3 million in federal coronavirus assistance is going to the Community Colleges of Spokane to help offset increased operating costs and a 13% drop in enrollment that drastically reduced tuition revenue. The district, which includes Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College, announced Tuesday it is slated to receive the money from a fund allocated to the state from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act that Congress passed in March. ... CCS said the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, which oversaw the new round of CARES Act disbursements, has directed schools to spend the money on regular operations as well as reducing inequities and supporting students of color impacted by the pandemic.
The Spokesman-Review, Sept. 10, 2020

$500,000 in CARES Act funds still available to SPSCC students

As the Fall Quarter approaches, South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) wants students to know the College has $500,000 in CARES Act funds still available for student need. These funds can help students pay for technology, tuition, food, housing, health care, child care, and other basic needs. The $500,000 is the remainder of funds from the nearly $2.6 million that was awarded to SPSCC in April 2020 as part of the $2 trillion CARES Act.
Thurston Talk, Sept. 9, 2020

WWCC's program for active older learners heads online

Quest, Walla Walla Community College’s educational membership program for active learners ages 50 and older will be available this fall through Zoom. The easily accessible online program creates a virtual classroom for stress-free learning in a friendly setting free of tests, grades and credits. Among topics available this fall are health and fitness, gardening, art, literature, history, writing, cooking, boosting your immune system and installing or improving a drip irrigation system.
Union-Bulletin, Sept. 9, 2020

Choir video offers taste of upcoming virtual arts offerings

... Kari Hasbrouck is director of both the Grays Harbor Community Choir and the Grays Harbor College Jazz Choir, which combined their voices for this virtual performance. After practicing for months via Zoom, and knowing they couldn’t sing in front of an audience at the Bishop Center, she and the singers decided to do something new and different for their annual spring project: create an elaborate music video with a purpose.
The Daily World, Sept. 9, 2020

Innovation Lab recruiting businesses

The City of Kirkland and Startup425 are looking to recruit businesses to participate in Innovation Lab, a collaborative program with Bellevue College and its Tombolo Institute. ... Innovation Lab will be taught by Professor Leslie Lum, who has over 20 years of experience at Bellevue College and is the co-author of Multicultural Marketing and Business Consulting.
425 Business, Sept. 9, 2020

WVC extends new student registration and tuition deadline to Sept. 18

New Wenatchee Valley College students now have until Sept. 18 to register and pay tuition for the upcoming fall quarter. The original deadline was Sept. 4. College officials extended the deadline because students were needing extra time, especially in an online environment, said WVC spokeswoman Libby Siebens. “It’s harder to navigate the process online,” she said. Students also need time to get their financial aid squared away, leaving time to set up a tuition payment plan if that is desired.
The Wenatchee World, Sept. 8, 2020

Northwest Wine: Raise a toast to Hispanic Heritage Month

The recent rise of the Hispanic winemaker in the Pacific Northwest provides appropriate depth to the circle which begins in the vineyard and ends with wines that earn acclaim and promote tourism to our region. ... Another thing that several of these winemakers have in common is their alma mater — Walla Walla Community College and its highly decorated Institute of Enology & Viticulture program. 
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 8, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Education Department finalizes religious freedom rule

The Department of Education on Wednesday finalized its new rule requiring among other things that public universities uphold the First Amendment, including freedom of speech and academic freedom. Private colleges and universities are required to follow their own policies on freedom of expression. Initially proposed in January, the final version of the Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities rule also prohibits institutions from denying faith-based student groups "any of the rights, benefits, or privileges that other student groups enjoy."
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 10, 2020

How community colleges are serving the most vulnerable

... Community colleges tend to serve the most vulnerable student populations, such as low-income or first-generation students. They also serve more students of color, particularly Latinx students. People of color -- in particular Black and Latinx people -- are more likely to contract the coronavirus and more likely to die from it, studies show, leaving these students more vulnerable than ever.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 10, 2020

Who leads colleges after COVID-19?

... Time will tell whether a chaotic fall shakes families’ conviction that the path to a better life winds through college campuses. But conditions already dictate that the pandemic has exacerbated financial pressures, looming student demographic changes and budding technological capabilities that will reshape the American higher education landscape.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 9, 2020

Springer Nature deepens partnership with ResearchGate

Academic journal publisher Springer Nature and scholarly networking website ResearchGate have agreed to a long-term content syndication partnership. ... Springer Nature will make more journal articles available through ResearchGate, including articles published in Springer journals in the past five years, and articles in all Nature-branded research journals from the past three years.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 9, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Republican coronavirus proposal not enough, associations say

As Congress continues to be gridlocked over another coronavirus relief package, Senator Lamar Alexander on Wednesday urged Democrats to support the limited proposal being pushed by Senate Republicans, saying it would include $105 billion in aid for education. But associations representing the nation’s colleges and universities said the proposal, which includes $29 billion for higher education, is not enough.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 10, 2020

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