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News Links | April 1, 2021

April 01, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Seattle opens fourth COVID-19 vaccine site

Seattle opened its fourth vaccination site in the city, at North Seattle College Wednesday, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced. The Seattle Visiting Nurse Association will administer 1,170 doses per week — or about 390 each day of operation. At its size and staffing capacity, the nurses are capable of giving 6,400 vaccinations per week.
The Seattle Times, March 31, 2021

Tri-Cities helps pilot portal to link interns with prospective employers

... Rebekah Woods, president of Columbia Basin College, said the portal will expand opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds. “More than 40% of our students are first-generation college students. By using this portal to increase the visibility of local internships, we are opening doors of opportunity for them that they may otherwise not have,” Woods said.
Tri-Cities Journal of Business, March 31, 2021

Centralia College grants tenure to six faculty members

Following three years of rigorous evaluation by students and peers, six faculty members at Centralia College were awarded tenure at the March 11 meeting of the Centralia College Board of Trustees. ... “The college is so fortunate to have their expertise, ongoing contributions to the college community and dedication to helping students,” said Joyce Hammer, vice president of instruction, in a press release. 
Chronicle, March 31, 2021

WVC to host virtual graduation ceremonies, nurses pinnings in 2021

Wenatchee Valley College will hold its 2021 graduation ceremony and nurses pinnings virtually, for the second year in a row. The decision, announced Wednesday, was made in collaboration with college administrators, student services staff and student government.
Wenatchee World, March 31, 2021

'I don't think this is a serious issue:' State health experts weigh in about 'vaccine breakthrough' cases

... In the same parking lot getting the vaccine was Robert Hobbs. Reflecting on the past year as a professor at Bellevue College, Hobbs became emotional about his students. He hasn’t been able to teach in person and he says he cannot wait to get back inside the classroom. "I think it’s just the determination that I see in them," Hobbs said.
Q13 Fox, March 31, 2021

Growing skills through hands-on learning

... Both the floriculture and horticulture classes at the high school run as an articulated class credit through Spokane Community College’s horticulture program. This means the students can get college credit while taking this high school class. 
Deer Park Gazette, March 30, 2021

Gov. Inslee visits Anacortes to support climate bills

... After remarks, Inslee toured Skagit Valley College’s Marine Technology Center on R Avenue. The center is home to the college’s marine maintenance program, as well as other educational programs. Mike Beemer, chair of the marine maintenance technology department at Skagit Valley College, spoke to Inslee about the accomplishments the technology programs have had.
Skagit Valley Herald, March 30, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

IRS warns of scam targeting .edu email addresses

The Internal Revenue Service is warning about a tax refund scam from IRS impersonators who are targeting those who work at colleges and universities, as well as their students. People with email addresses ending in .edu have been reporting email phishing attempts in recent weeks. 
Inside Higher Ed, April 1, 2021

Big read-and-publish push arrives

More than 140 U.S. institutions have now signed open-access deals with Cambridge University Press, marking a significant shift in strategy for the nonprofit publisher. At the end of 2020, just 13 U.S. institutions had so-called read-and-publish deals with the Cambridge University Press.
Inside Higher Ed, April 1, 2021

Judge says students can sue Quinnipiac over shift to remote learning

A federal judge has ruled that students at Quinnipiac University can sue the institution for breach of contract and unjust enrichment over its decision last spring to abandon in-person instruction because of COVID-19. The decision by Judge Kira A. Dooley of the U.S. District Court in Connecticut came in one of the dozens of lawsuits students and families have filed since most colleges shuttered their campuses as the pandemic spread across the country in March 2020.
Inside Higher Ed, April 1, 2021

Community college enrollment is down 10%. Here's how schools hope to help students return

Enrollment at community colleges is down. The data is clear, says Dr. Martha Parham, senior vice president of public relations for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Data from the National Student Clearinghouse shows that enrollment in fall 2020 was down 10.6% from fall 2019 for full-time students and 9.9% for part-time students. 
Diverse Education, March 31, 2021

Supreme Court case could change the nature of college sports

A Supreme Court case being argued this week amid March Madness could erode the difference between elite college athletes and professional sports stars. If the former college athletes who brought the case win, colleges could end up competing for talented student athletes by offering over-the-top education benefits worth tens of thousands of dollars. And that could change the nature of college sports.
PBS News Hour, March 30, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Biden’s infrastructure plan includes billions for two-year colleges

President Joe Biden’s massive proposal to revamp the nation’s infrastructure – which includes roads, bridges, buildings, water systems, airports, electrical grids, green energy, broadband and more – will include $12 billion for infrastructure projects at community colleges and $100 billion for workforce development and job retraining.
Community College Daily, March 31, 2021

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