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News Links | April 22, 2021

April 22, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Lynnwood mural celebrates the Earth and those who care for it

A new mural of caring arms at South Lynnwood Park kicks off $2.5 million in park renovations. ... Abbot asked Edmonds College students to research the plants and animals that were important to the tribes so she could highlight them in the mural.
Everett Herald, April 22, 2021

While you’re in: Celebrate ‘Vaccination Day,’ see a fresh ‘Romeo,’ get some laughs

The drive-through mass vaccination site at South Puget Sound Community College has been gathering accolades for its efficiency, skilled nurses and masses of enthusiastic volunteers. Now the site even offers entertainment while you wait via a curated YouTube playlist called “Best Pandemic Funny Videos.”
The Olympian, April 22, 2021

BMX season begins Thursday with rebuilt track

... The track also has a new aluminum finish gate, funded by a grant from the Port of Port Angeles and put together with the help of a welding class at Peninsula College. The class put together more than 900 feet of welds on the finish gate.
Peninsula Daily News, April 22, 2021

Wenatchee Valley College presenting two authors in annual Earth Day celebration

In celebration of Earth Day, Wenatchee Valley College will be hosting two celebrated Earth writers, Ross Gay and Scott Russell Sanders from 1-2 p.m., Thursday, April 22.  ... The event will feature a poetry reading and conversation with Derek Sheffield, Dr. Joan Qazi, and other members of WVC’s Sustainability Committee. They will explore our connections with nature and practicing sustainability in our lives.
560 KPQ News Radio, April 21, 2021

New South Kitsap COVID-19 vaccination site opening this week, OC offers weekend clinic

... The Olympic College nursing program, with support from the Kitsap Public Health District, will hold a clinic on Saturday and Sunday at the college's Bremerton campus and are able to administer about 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine to all members of the community who are over 18 years of age.
Kitsap Sun, April 21, 2021

Sharp receives academic honors

Skagit Valley College student Sydney Sharp of Anacortes was recently named to the 2021 All-Washington Academic Team for academic achievements and community involvement. ... She is also one of two legislative interns for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges for the 2021 legislative session. 
Skagit Valley Herald, April 20, 2021

Let Clover Park Technical College do the cooking on May 14

You’ve never been to a drive-through like this! Gourmet ingredients and careful preparation come together to make your Friday night special, with proceeds supporting Clover Park Technical College students.
The Suburban Times, April 20, 2021

Snohomish County reacts: 'Justice served' by guilty verdict

Daria Willis, president of Everett Community College: “The trauma of the past year on communities of color has been overwhelming. Today’s verdict brings a sense of closure to Mr. Floyd’s family as justice in this case was served, but ..."
Everett Herald, April 20, 2021

These BTC students’ efforts ‘will have a cascading effect on future generations’ of salmon

... But that could change soon as 1 million chum and 500,000 chinook fry are being released this year into the creek, thanks to Lummi Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife and a unique Bellingham Technical College program that gives its students hands-on experience in fisheries management. 
Bellingham Herald, April 19, 2021

Meet the Washington students writing about education equity for Education Lab’s Student Voices project

... For this fifth year of our Student Voices program, we invited students from Washington public high schools and colleges to work with staff from Education Lab, a community-funded initiative of The Times, to write about issues of educational equity. ... Jules Shusterman: Jules received his associate degree from Highline College, and will be transferring to Rowan University’s Leadership & Social Innovation program. ... Charlotte “Charlie” Nunes: Charlie is a junior at Woodinville High School and is enrolled in the Running Start program at Cascadia College. ... Leah Scott: Leah is a dual enrolled senior at Roosevelt High School and North Seattle College, and serves as the college’s student body president. ... Sarah Fenton: Sarah is in her last year at North Seattle College and hopes to study biochemistry in the future. 
The Seattle Times, April 17, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Charting a new normal

... Now that plan -- a return to majority in-person classes -- has become the norm among four-year institutions. But many community colleges have been planning for something different. Some have announced that classes will be largely remote this fall, rejecting some of the optimism of their peers.
Inside Higher Ed, April 22, 2021

Majority of emergency student aid went to public colleges

Students who were eligible for emergency student aid from the Department of Education received an average of $830 to help cover costs for housing, technology and course materials once colleges closed their campuses due to the coronavirus pandemic. The majority of the emergency financial student aid grants -- $4.4 billion of the $6.19 billion distributed -- in the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund went to public institutions, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.
Inside Higher Ed, April 22, 2021

Report tallies reciprocity agreement savings for colleges

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements is saving colleges millions of dollars annually, a new report from the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems estimated. NC-SARA is a membership organization that sets national shared standards for postsecondary distance education courses and programs that are offered across state lines.
Inside Higher Ed, April 22, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Biden’s mammoth education agenda would expand the federal role from cradle to college

The federal government has long been a bit player in education. Under an expansive vision being rolled out this spring by President Biden, that would change. Biden has proposed — or is expected to propose — a half dozen education programs that would constitute the largest federal investment in education in at least a half century.
The Washington Post, April 21, 2021

Sen. Bernie Sanders introduces bill to make college free and have Wall Street pay for it

Free college could soon be a reality for many Americans. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., on Wednesday introduced the College for All Plan, legislation that would make a college education free for millions and lend extra support to those from working-class families attending minority institutions.
CNBC, April 21, 2021

Investing in skills training for economic security

More than a year into the pandemic, unemployment rates remain high, particularly among women, communities of color and people with disabilities. “This is not a problem that’s going to fix itself,” Sen. Patty Murray said Tuesday during Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.
Community College Daily, April 20, 2021

Addressing the challenges — and opportunities

House appropriators on Tuesday heard about the vast challenges community colleges and their students have faced during the pandemic, and lawmakers expressed they are keenly aware that two-year colleges will serve as a lynchpin to the country’s economic recovery.
Community College Daily, April 20, 2021

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