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News Links | August 26, 2021

August 26, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Focused on cybersecurity

The White House this week announced a series of initiatives to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity, including efforts to develop and train a larger and more diverse cybersecurity workforce. One of the initiatives includes the designation of the National Cybersecurity Training and Education Center at Washington’s Whatcom Community College as the National Science Foundation’s new Advanced Technological Education National Cybersecurity Center.
Community College Daily, Aug. 26, 2021

Clark College event promotes trades class for women

... “We know that, even in this day and age, women can be discouraged from pursuing careers in fields like automotive technology and welding,” said Armetta Burney, Clark College interim dean of Workforce Professional Technical Education and STEM. “And yet for years we’ve seen our female students succeed in these programs and enter the workforce. The college is holding this event in hopes of showing women the range of career opportunities available to them.”
The Columbian, Aug. 25, 2021

WVC policy update removes philosophical vaccine exemption for staff

Wenatchee Valley College employees can’t claim a philosophical exemption to getting a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a policy update announced Monday by WVC President Jim Richardson. Exemptions for medical and religious reasons still stand. The policy change was needed to bring the WVC’s previously announced vaccine rules into compliance with state mandates announced Aug. 18 by Gov. Jay Inslee. 
Wenatchee World, Aug. 24, 2021

24 hours: Kristi Grassman

... My first meeting is with South Seattle College and construction employers about the future of the Wood Technology Center. It’s my job to bring all 34 community and technical colleges and employers together to discuss the needs of the workforce to ensure the curriculum will produce the skill set needed on the job.
425 Business, Aug. 24, 2021

Out of war-ending chaos comes a wave of new Americans

... Van Dinh-Kuno, executive director of the Everett Community College-based Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest, said her organization has helped resettle over 20 Afghan families in Snohomish County in the past year. “We could receive more people in … short order,” she said, adding she had never heard of Afghan families coming to Snohomish County before 2020.
Everett Herald, Aug. 22, 2021

Two Walla Walla Valley wine professionals named to Wine Enthusiast’s 2021 40 Under 40 Tastemakers list

... Drury is the General Manager of North Slope Management and Vineyard Manager and Viticulturist for Seven Hills Vineyard in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Drury, a Walla Walla native, graduated from Walla Walla Community College’s Institute for Enology & Viticulture, and now oversees six vineyards accounting for 300 acres of grapes in the Walla Walla Valley AVA.
Walla Walla Wine, Aug. 19, 2021

VIDEO: Get a degree in Fire Science! New college program announced at Joint Training Facility in West Seattle

... Enrollment is under way for a program that’s the first of its kind in King County, an associate degree in Fire Science, offered through North Seattle College but with instruction mostly online, so geography won’t be a barrier for attendance.
West Seattle Blog, Aug. 9, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Pulling out all the stops

Community colleges are trying a host of strategies -- cash incentives, marketing campaigns, ice cream socials, free books, re-enrollment drives -- to attract students this fall after steep enrollment declines during the pandemic. Whether the expanding array of recruitment strategies will work remains unclear as community colleges continue to register students for the fall semester. 
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 26, 2021

Higher education is proven to help people in prison. New Pell grants aim to boost enrollment.

More incarcerated people in the United States may soon have the chance to take college courses, thanks to the expansion of an Obama-era program that makes higher education accessible in prison. The U.S. Department of Education announced last month it will expand the Second Chance Pell experiment to support up to 200 colleges and universities in offering prison education programs, up from the 131 institutions currently participating. 
PBS News Hour, Aug. 25, 2021

State looks at college enrollment goals for high school students

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) met Aug. 23 to discuss legislative proposals to meet the state’s goals of getting 70% of Washington to have some form of post-secondary education. The proposals are looking to address some of the barriers that inhibit Washingtonians from seeking higher education through a four-year, two-year or technical program.
Kent Reporter, Aug. 25, 2021

Department will not enforce Title IX provision struck down by court

The Department of Education said Tuesday that it will immediately cease enforcement of a part of the 2020 Title IX regulations that prohibits decision makers in sexual misconduct investigations from considering evidence by parties or witnesses if they don’t participate in cross-examination.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 25, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Removing barriers for students with disabilities

A bipartisan, bicameral bill introduced last month contains a proposal for a simple policy change that would make a considerable difference in how students with disabilities access postsecondary education. The Respond, Innovate, Succeed and Empower Act, or RISE Act, would allow students with a disability to use documentation from their secondary education as proof that they have a disability and need accommodations while attending a college or university.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 26, 2021

 

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