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News Links | April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Olympic College student's eco-friendly buoy system wins environmental award

Olympic College student Dylan Diefendorf led a team to victory at the University of Washington’s Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge for a more environmentally friendly crab-pot and buoy system, which could save the lives of many whales.
Kitsap Sun, April 26, 2021

More colleges are requiring students to get COVID-19 vaccines. Here’s where local schools stand

... Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College also “have no plans” at this time to require the vaccine for the fall, spokeswoman Carolyn Casey said. “We are pleased to have the CHAS vaccination and drive-through testing site on our SCC campus and we plan to provide additional vaccine educational opportunities for our students and employees,” she said in a statement.
The Spokesman-Review, April 25, 2021

Ghost shrimp, humpbacks, tiny plankton: See Puget Sound surge with springtime life

... Ardi Kveven was at the helm of the research vessel Phocoena just offshore of Everett on a recent spring morning. She had the vessel built with funding from the National Science Foundation for the Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) she directs at Everett Community College. The program instructs kids in the science, wonder and history of Puget Sound through a curriculum centered on getting students out on the water.
The Seattle Times, April 25, 2021

Peninsula College’s annual Native American Culture Fair set for April 29

The Peninsula College seventh annual Native American Culture Fair will be offered virtually this year, starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 29. All are invited to this free cultural event spotlighting youth voices and Native American history, languages and traditions.
Sequim Gazette, April 25, 2021

Legislature passes $6.3 billion capital budget with funding for Eastern Washington universities, community projects

A $6.3 billion capital budget unanimously passed the Legislature with money for projects at colleges in Eastern Washington, Spokane’s fish hatchery, a statewide expansion of broadband access and new housing projects. ... Spokane Falls Community College will get $19.3 million for a new fine and applied arts building that would combine the fine arts and photography buildings.
The Spokesman-Review, April 25, 2021

GHC offers racial and cultural awareness workshop to the public

Grays Harbor College is inviting the community to a free workshop on racial and culture awareness titled “Exploring the Dynamics of Difference.” ... Participants will be invited to examine their experiences with difference as it relates to their own values, attitudes, bias, beliefs, privileges, stereotypes, and other important areas associated with self-awareness.
The Daily News, April 24, 2021

Local economic groups offer $25 basic business workshops at Lower Columbia College

... Lower Columbia College Director of Instructional Operations Natalie Richie said students’ direct involvement in classes will allow them to leave with skills they immediately can apply to their businesses. “These trainings will be hands on, so it won’t … just be lectures,” she said.
The Daily News, April 22, 2021

Pierce College announces 2021 All-Washington Academic Team members

In recognition of their high academic achievements, four outstanding Pierce College students were recently named to the 2021 All-Washington Academic Team. ... Pierce College Fort Steilacoom has selected Justin Tran and Terrance Williams. Pierce College Puyallup has selected Constanza Macarena Valencia Lopez and Slava Peshkilev.
The Suburban Times, April 22, 2021

South Puget Sound Community College says fall instruction will remain mostly online

South Puget Sound Community College has announced to students that fall quarter instruction will remain mostly online because of social distancing requirements under COVID-19, an official said. SPSCC expects the 6-foot distancing rule to remain in place for colleges, and if that’s the case, the college simply does not have enough classroom space to meet the requirement, spokeswoman Kelly Green said.
The Olympian, April 22, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

No change in guidance on foreign students and online learning

The federal Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced Monday that is extending its current guidance on online learning and international students for the 2021-22 academic year. 
Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2021

Finding your way to a (high paying) trade job

Figuring out what to do with your life is a challenge for anyone. Students are often told to get their bachelor's degree and find their passion and they'll eventually be rewarded by landing their dream job. For most people, it's not that simple. 
NPR, April 26, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

College database bill raises concerns about student privacy

The reintroduced College Transparency Act is receiving broad support across the political spectrum and from professional organizations, but opponents of the bill in higher education are concerned about how students’ information would be shared with the federal government.
Inside Higher Ed, April 26, 2021

Starting on WIOA reauthorization

House Education and Labor Committee leaders this week discussed reauthorizing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Committee Chair Bobby Scott (D-Virginia) and Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina) said in a statement that they have started a bipartisan effort to rework WIOA, which is the nation’s main federal workforce development legislation. 
Community College Daily, April 22, 2021

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