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News Links | April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Tri-Cities educator, leader appointed to WA state community college board

Martin Valadez was appointed to the state board that oversees community and technical colleges. Gov. Jay Inslee picked Valadez for the nine-member State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, which coordinates and directs the 34 community and technical colleges in the state.
Tri-City Herald, April 27, 2021

Renton Technical College president named college CEO of the year

The Washington State Association of College Trustees selected Renton Technical College President Dr. Kevin McCarthy for the 2021 Chief Executive Officer Award. The award recognizes exceptional leadership in furthering the mission of community and technical colleges.
Renton Reporter, April 29, 2021

Biden’s plan to make community college tuition free could help Northwest students, local administrators say

... “I am personally excited and appreciative of the president’s understanding of the value for community college and the critical role we play in the economy overall,” said Community Colleges of Spokane Chancellor Christine Johnson. “Particularly for lower-income students, for whom we really are the pathway to prosperity.”
The Spokesman-Review, April 29, 2021

Clark College announces plans for return to campus in fall

Last week Clark College published its 2021 fall class schedule, which includes 430 classes with on-campus components. This is a major step by the college — which has been in remote operations since March 2020 — to safely return to campus this fall. 
Clark County Today, April 28, 2021

Sen. Patty Murray invites Rainier conservation leader to virtually attend Biden's Wednesday address to Congress

U.S. Senator Patty Murray, left, tours Lower Columbia College's Early Learning Center to hear about the challenges people have affording high-quality child care in April 2018. Murray has been advocating for child care relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. [Photo]
The Daily News, April 28, 2021

State awards Lower Columbia College $3.2M to design new $30M vocational building

A new vocational building at Lower Columbia College got the first thumbs-up it needed after the state legislature funded the $3.2 million design process. Vice President of Administration Nolan Wheeler said the college was “very excited to start the design process once the new biennium begins.” ... Capital projects at community and technical colleges are funded from a state priority list. Colleges submit a proposal to the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The Daily News, April 27, 2021

Two Bates Technical College students named to All-Washington Academic Team

Two Bates Technical College students have recently been named to the prestigious All-Washington Academic Team, a program that recognizes two-year college students with high academic achievements and a dedication to community service. ... A virtual event honoring the state’s All-Washington Academic Team featured Governor Jay Inslee, and speakers from Phi Theta Kappa, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, scholarship sponsors KeyBank, WSECU, and more.
The Suburban Times, April 27, 2021

Watch: New student recreation center coming to CBC

You may have seen a big construction project as you drive along Columbia Basin College, Veronica Barriga takes inside the project and shows us what they community can expect.  Take a look. [Video]
NBC Right Now, April 26, 2021

Musical masterpiece: Spokane Symphony’s virtual series boasts innovation, collaboration and performance

... For Friday’s third episode, “Individualism,” Lowe interviewed Spokane Falls Community College philosophy professor Britni Weaver in between performances of solo-heavy music composed by Haydn and performed by the symphony.
The Spokesman-Review, April 25, 2021

Peninsula College names student council for 2021-2022

Kascia Muscutt, Tommylia Dunbar and Mackenzie Huotari will serve as student body president and vice presidents, respectively, as Peninsula College announced its’ student leadership team for the 2021-2022 academic year this week.
Sequim Gazette, April 24, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Enrollment continues its decline

Spring undergraduate enrollment is down 5.9% compared to the same time last year, according to the latest research by the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center. This is the steepest decline in undergraduate enrollment since the beginning of the pandemic.
Community College Daily, April 28, 2021

Seeking better data in hopes of better outcomes

Community college leaders want to collect more data about the basic needs of students in order to help them have better academic outcomes. The leaders also care about data that serve social justice imperatives, but many feel their campuses lack the resources to gather this information in a more holistic way.
Inside Higher Ed, April 28, 2021

A growing awareness of social justice, basic needs and data

Community college provosts are increasingly aware of the benefits of meeting students’ basic needs — such as food and housing security — and see meeting these needs as part of their institution’s responsibility, according to a new report by Ithaka S+R.
Community College Daily, April 28, 2021

State Department exempts international students from COVID travel bans

The State Department is making it somewhat easier for students in countries affected by COVID-19-related travel bans to come to the U.S. this fall. The department announced on Tuesday that students enrolled in academic programs starting Aug. 1 or later will be eligible for exemptions from all regional COVID-19 travel restrictions currently in place ...
Inside Higher Ed, April 28, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

The Biden plan for free community college has a big challenge

Coming up with a national policy for a college system that is decentralized is a lot tougher than it seems. As part of the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, the Biden administration plans to fund free community college, even as the administration steps back from a more ambitious campaign promise of making public four-year colleges tuition-free for most students.
The New York Times, April 28, 2021

American Families Plan calls for free community college

Free community college is a cornerstone of the Biden Administration’s $1.8 trillion American Families Plan (AFP), which was officially announced today. The plan is designed to grow the middle class, expand the benefits of economic growth to all Americans and make the country more competitive. 
Community College Daily, April 28, 2021

Washington Watch: America’s College Promise legislation introduced in House, Senate

... Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate HELP Committee, noted that, “As a former community college instructor in Washington State, I have personally seen the positive change that community colleges make in students’ lives. These institutions create pathways for students to pursue higher education and provide training for individuals to enter the workforce.”
Community College Daily, April 28, 2021

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