News Links | December 2, 2021
System News | Opinion
Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) student Kody Rooper was selected as the college’s nomination for the statewide Transforming
Lives Award during the November Board of Trustees meeting. Created in 2012, the Transforming
Lives Awards program recognizes current and former students whose lives have been
changed by pursuing higher education at a community or technical college.
Waitsburg Times, Dec. 2, 2021
Tri-City high school seniors planning to go to college next year should take note:
You must be vaccinated against COVID-19 if you want to attend class in-person at just
about every college and university in Washington state. ... And just recently Columbia Basin College has affirmed it will join the growing list of Washington colleges requiring students
to be vaccinated against COVID.
Tri-City Herald, Dec. 2, 2021
The city of Tumwater is working toward boosting the local economy by becoming a center
for craft brewing and distilling. On Tuesday, Governor Inslee visited students studying
the industry at South Puget Sound Community College, which is the first place in the country to offer an associate degree in craft brewing
MyNorthwest, Dec. 1, 2021
The medical assisting program at Peninsula College has earned accreditation from the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
The board voted in November to extend the program’s accreditation, first granted in
2017. In addition to maintaining national accreditation, the program’s graduates have
a 100 percent pass rate on the national certification examination.
Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 1, 2021
A desire to bridge a technology gap for students led the Peninsula College Foundation to a recent community collaboration, that created The Transitional Studies
Laptop Access Program (TSLAP). Under the program, a laptop will be offered to students
who are pursuing their High School Equivalency in the Peninsula College Transitional
Sequim Gazette, Dec. 1, 2021
... Seattle Promise is a college tuition and success program, launched by Seattle Colleges, Seattle Public Schools, and the City of Seattle, that provides free tuition at any
of the Seattle Colleges: North Seattle College, Seattle Central College or South Seattle College for up to two years, 90 credits or a student’s first degree, whichever comes first.
Seattle Medium, Dec. 1, 2021
More than 200 young men of color are expected to attend the 2021 Black and Brown Male
Summit on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Highline College in Des Moines. Spaces will fill quickly for this annual event, which is held in-person
this year for the first time since its 10th anniversary in 2019, according to a Highline
College media release.
Kent Reporter, Nov. 30, 2021
Among those taking part in Skagit Valley College's new mariachi program is the head of the school's music department. Diane Johnson,
who has taught at the college for 23 years, is learning to the play the vihuela —
something of a cross between a guitar and a lute.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 30, 2021
Everett Community College's Early Learning Center is no run-of-the-mill daycare. Many of the teachers have college
degrees. The children aren't just babysat, they're taught a curriculum -- often in
a different language -- and the facility is affordable for mothers such as Tamara
Heng, also a student at the college.
King 5, Nov. 30, 2021
... At Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington, changes prompted by the pandemic could make the bachelor’s
degree programs more accessible in the future, said Sunaina Virendra, chair of the
bachelor’s in applied management program.
The Hechinger Report, Nov. 29, 2021
Wenatchee Valley College is one of 150 community colleges advancing to the second round of a competition for
a portion of $1 million in prize money from the Aspen Institute. The initial selection
process was in part based on retention and graduation rates. The Aspen Institute program
aims to improve student outcomes, especially among low-income students and students
Wenatchee World, Nov. 26, 2021
Carrying on a 26-year tradition, Skagit Valley College culinary arts students prepped Thanksgiving meals from scratch this week for 38 Skagit
County families. The menu included roasted turkey, stuffing with homemade bratwurst,
mashed potatoes, green bean salad, a vegetable platter, cranberry sauce, rolls, gravy
and three kinds of pie — apple, pumpkin and pecan.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 24, 2021
... Members of the Local 452 branch of the International Association of Fire Fighters
teamed with chef Earl Frederick, a Clark College cuisine instructor, and his students to prepare the Thanksgiving meals that will
be boxed up today and delivered by firefighters to the families for Thanksgiving Day.
Columbian, Nov. 23
Trends | Horizons | Education
In fall 2020, more than half (52%) of both Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native
undergraduates were enrolled in public two-year colleges, according to a College Board
analysis of federal data. Between 35% and 44% of members from other racial/ethnic
groups attended these colleges.
Community College Daily, Dec. 2, 2021
The nation’s community colleges will serve as the virtual host campuses for the 2022
Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) annual meeting April 11-13, which will
bring students from around the world together with global leaders to inspire action.
Community College Daily, Dec. 1, 2021
In his first address directly to student financial aid professionals, the Office of
Federal Student Aid’s chief operating officer, Richard Cordray, said Tuesday that
a continuing downward trend in completion rates for the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid and declining enrollment “is a serious problem for all of us.”
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 1, 2021
Politics | Local, State, National
Dr. Stephen Head, chancellor of Lone Star College in Houston, Texas, remembers joining
discussions about free community college during the Obama administration. The conversation
stalled, of course, and free community college never came to fruition.
Diverse Education, Dec. 1, 2021
The political leaning of the county in which a college or university is located is
the factor most closely associated with whether it offered in-person or remote instruction
in fall 2020, research released Tuesday shows.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 1, 2021