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News Links | September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Prepare your business for the effects of COVID-19

The Tombolo Institute at Bellevue College is excited to introduce a new program, Innovation Lab. The intensive, seven-week program is designed to help businesses acquire relevant business knowledge and adapt to the changing economic environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with Startup425, the institute will offer this program with no tuition or fees charged to participating businesses.
NW News Weekly, Sept. 23, 2020

$101,628 to WCC will help toward new software degree

Whatcom Community College has been named a Career Connect Washington Intermediary and awarded $101,628 from the Washington Employment Security Agency to develop a new associate degree in software development. ... From 2020 to 2025, the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges and Washington Student Achievement Council project that there will be more than 2,000 annual job openings for computer scientists with associate degrees. To meet employer demand, WCC is striving to prepare more graduates for this field.
Lynden Tribune, Sept. 23, 2020

Big Bend Community College employee tests positive for COVID-19

On Wednesday, Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake notified its staff and students about an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. In an internal email, Kyle Foreman, Director of Campus Safety and Security, stated that the school’s human resources department was notified that a staff member had contracted the virus.
iFiber One Sept. 23, 2020

Food truck offers students a new look at culinary arts

Last week's menu included roasted corn quesadillas, roasted tomato soup and fresh-cut french fries — with cookies for dessert. This week at the Skagit Valley College Mobile Food Lab, it'll likely be a very different menu. For the culinary arts students who work at the food truck under the watchful eye of instructor Joshua Young, variety is just one of the lessons the experience offers.
Skagit Valley Herald, Sept. 22, 2020

Ask: Gary Locke

Gary Locke had been on the job as interim president of Bellevue College for about a month when we caught up with him via telephone in July. We wanted to hear how the job was going, the challenges of running the college during a pandemic, what he’s discovered during his initial weeks, plans he might deploy during his yearlong contract, whether the college will ever build on its land in Issaquah, plus ask some questions tapping his perspective from former roles under President Barack Obama and as Washington state governor.
425 Business, Sept. 21, 2020

Helping heroes: BBCC employee and alums support firefighters on the front lines

Undeterred by the severity of this year’s wildfire season, Big Bend Community College employees knew that, maybe more than ever, firefighters needed their help during the onslaught brought on by fires across the state his month. The two BBCC employees who moonlight as contracted firefighting support staff are Jess Munter and Sarah Schutt.
iFiber One, Sept. 21, 2020

Clark College continues remote learning

Summer is over for Clark College students, but the campus was nearly deserted Monday as the community college continued its third quarter of remote learning. Clark College was early in its decision to keep classes virtual through the fall, announcing its plan to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in April.
The Columbian, Sept. 21, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Big enrollment drops this fall, so far

Community college enrollments have dropped by an alarming average of 7.5 percent so far this fall, far more than the 2.5 percent national average decrease for undergraduates at all higher education institutions, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center.
Community College Daily, Sept. 24, 2020

Can colleges rely on the CDC?

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, college leaders have looked to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for guidance and have pointed to their adherence to CDC recommendations to assure students and employees they are reopening responsibly. But reports of political interference in the public health agency’s scientific processes over the past month are raising discomforting questions of whether and to what degree colleges can trust the CDC.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 23, 2020

New report addresses mental health of students of color

The Steve Fund, a national advocacy organization focused on the mental health of young people of color, recently published a report with recommendations for college leaders to better support those students who are currently facing unprecedented mental health challenges.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 22, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington Watch: House committee passes apprenticeship bill

The House Committee on Education and Labor on Thursday approved the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020 (H.R. 8294) by a vote along partisan lines. The bill would reauthorize the National Apprenticeship Act, which established the registered apprenticeship system, for the first time since its inception in 1937.
Community College Daily, Sept. 24, 2020

Report: Gen Z students plan to vote in 2020

A significant majority of college students in Generation Z said they are registered to vote or are planning to register, according to a Barnes & Noble Education Inc. report released Wednesday. Of these students who are already or soon to be registered, 94 percent said that they intend to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 24, 2020

Community colleges: Front and center in Biden’s plan

Dr. Jill Biden returned to the virtual campaign trail on Tuesday to champion her husband’s proposal to make community colleges a central component of his education, workforce and economic plans, if he is elected president. Joe Biden’s plan for postsecondary education, which his campaign released almost a year ago, includes tuition-free community college for two years, help with wraparound services for two-year college students and $50 billion for high-quality training programs.
Community College Daily, Sept. 22, 2020

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