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News Links | August 19, 2021

August 19, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Wahluke School District students back in class Aug. 30

Wahluke superintendent Andy Harlow said district officials have been working on changes for the 2021-22 school year, including working with Big Bend Community College to offer additional educational opportunities for students and adults. Wahluke and BBCC officials are working to provide CDL classes and add GED classes in Mattawa.
Columbia Basin Herald, Aug. 18, 2021

Friday event to celebrate Whistalks Way, local Women Warriors

Members of the local Indigenous community and Spokane leaders will celebrate Women Warriors at an event on Friday. Councilwoman Karen Stratton has collaborated with the Spokane Tribe, the Native American Alliance for Policy and Action and the Community Colleges of Spokane to celebrate Whistalks Way and honor Native and Indigenous women in the community. 
KXLY, Aug. 17, 2021

Hundreds of jobs available at businesses at Sea-Tac airport

The nonprofit Port Jobs also has career navigators and can provide help with resumes, interviews, and job applications. In partnership with Highline College and South Seattle College, Port Jobs also offers for-credit courses onsite at the airport that fit the needs of airport workers and employers.
KIRO 7, Aug. 16, 2021

Opinion: Investing in students supports economic recovery for all

With support from my College Success Foundation advisor, I am now finishing my first year at Olympic College, where I’m taking classes to prepare me either for nursing, or to become a Spanish teacher. As the first in my family to attend college, I am excited to earn my degree. I want a career that is rewarding and – should another situation like the pandemic arise – stable.
Kitsap Sun, Aug. 13, 2021

Wenatchee Valley College requires COVID-19 vaccinations for employees

Wenatchee Valley College made the call to require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees on Thursday. An online documentation tool will be made available August 16. “As we look at what is happening across the state and across the nation and the recommendations from health officials, we decided that it’s time to require vaccinations for both students and employees,” said President Jim Richardson.
News Radio 560 KPQ, Aug. 13, 2021

Student parents continue to face housing insecurity

Drayton Jackson couldn’t go to class one day because his son was sick. He and his wife had been swapping childcare duties as Jackson finished a two-year degree at Olympic College over four years. But when the father of eight woke up to an unwell child, no backup childcare, and a spouse who couldn’t miss work, he stayed home as caregiver.
Diverse Education, Aug. 12, 2021

YVC's teaching winery establishes Yakima foothold with new tasting room

One of the Yakima Valley's little-known gems may not be so little-known for long. Yakima Valley Vintners, the fully functional Yakima Valley College teaching winery that has been going for about a decade and a half on the YVC Grandview campus, just opened a tasting room in Yakima.
Yakima Herald, Aug. 9, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Education Department will erase $5.8 billion in loans for borrowers with disabilities

The U.S. Education Department announced Thursday that it is discharging the outstanding student loans of more than 323,000 borrowers who have significant, permanent disabilities, and will remove barriers for borrowers who qualify for this relief in the future.
NPR, Aug. 19, 2021

Growing like a weed

... Cannabis is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, and wages in the field range from $15 an hour to $150,000 a year depending on the position, according to a January report from Vangst, a cannabis industry professional recruiting firm. But there is “an education gap and workforce gap there,” said John Frost, program chair and faculty member for the new cannabis business program at Community College of Denver.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 17, 2021

Tools you can use: The Virtual Apprenticeship Network

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has developed the Virtual Apprenticeship Network (VAN) Toolkit to help expand registered apprenticeships through community colleges with their partners. 
Community College Daily, Aug. 17, 2021

Commentary: Distance learning after the pandemic: What now?

Campuses are busily preparing for the fall term and the hoped-for return to “normal.” The pandemic came upon us quite unexpectedly. In March 2020, many of us shifted to virtual learning overnight with the assumption we would be back to campus in a few weeks. 
Community College Daily, Aug. 17, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Higher ed, training opportunities for UI beneficiaries

The U.S. Education and Labor departments on Monday announced a renewed joint effort to help individuals using unemployment insurance (UI) — especially those displaced from their jobs due to Covid — to connect with postsecondary education and job training opportunities.
Community College Daily, Aug. 16, 2021

Collaborating to fix student loans

The Department of Education is planning to continue addressing reforms to the administration of the student loan program -- based partly on the input of two Democratic senators, according to a letter sent by Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona earlier this month.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 16, 2021

Commentary: Washington Watch: What’s next for the American Jobs and Families Plans?

Immediately prior to leaving for its annual August recess, the Senate passed bipartisan infrastructure legislation and an FY 2022 budget resolution that sets the stage for a much larger bill to enact parts of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan (AJP) and American Families Plan (AFP), including community college priorities such as tuition-free community college, campus infrastructure, workforce development funding, college success grants, tax treatment of Pell grants and more.
Community College Daily, Aug. 12, 2021

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