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News Links | December 9, 2021

December 09, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

For many, fly fishing class just the first step

Wilson describes the class as “life changing,” while Johnson describes it as “a launching point to another world of fishing enjoyment for those who choose to pursue it.” About 30% of the club’s membership is made up of one-time students. Registration for Introduction to Fly Fishing, which is held in partnership with Skagit Valley College, is underway. 
Skagit Valley Herald, Dec. 8, 2021

On-site COVID-19 testing available now at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Thanks to a new partnership with public health service startup Curative, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom students, employees, and community members can access COVID-19 testing on campus at no out-of-pocket cost. Curative will offer up to 140 PCR COVID-19 tests per day. 
Suburban Times, Dec. 7, 2021

At EvCC, ‘The Wall’ teaches students how to thwart cyber crime

It’s called “The Wall” and it could help thwart cybersecurity attacks that threaten us all. Everett Community College’s newest tool is a 6-foot-tall, 15-foot-long $500,000 interactive machine that’s being used to train a new generation of students for jobs in cybersecurity.
Everett Herald, Dec. 5, 2021

Washington’s Opportunity Scholarship program celebrates 6,196 grads, and counting

The taxpayer-funded program gave her a pathway, the financial and academic support needed to enroll in college. “That scholarship allowed me to start imagining the careers I could have,” she said. Garcia, now a 21-year-old North Seattle College student, has a self-described “love-hate relationship” with math. 
The Seattle Times, Dec. 4, 2021

Apply by Dec. 8 for Guided Pathways IDEAL Fellowship and opportunity to earn $1,000

Pierce College students have an exciting opportunity to apply for the Initiative for Diversity, Equity, Antiracism and Leadership (IDEAL) Fellowship by Dec. 8. Students from Columbia Basin, Highline, and Tacoma Community College are also eligible to apply.
Suburban Times, Dec. 3, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Moody's forecasts a stable outlook for higher ed in 2022

After two challenging years for higher education, Moody’s Investors Service forecasts a stable outlook for the sector in 2022, the credit ratings agency announced Tuesday. Operating revenue is predicted to rise between 4 and 6 percent as students return to campus and auxiliary revenue streams—including room and board—rebound.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 9, 2021

Commentary: Lessons from the pandemic: The tech divide is real

As the pandemic spread across America in March 2020, community colleges and universities made a rapid and dramatic shift from the traditional to the virtual classroom. Already overworked distance learning programs now had the task of moving faculty that had resisted teaching online to go fully online. 
Community College Daily, Dec. 9, 2021

A call to overhaul youth policy, programs

As Congress prepares to take up legislation that would, in part, infuse billions of dollars into higher education and workforce development, a well-regarded research and policy institute is saying it’s also time to overhaul how to help youth and young adults attain a postsecondary education and work experience that will lead to good jobs.
Community College Daily, Dec. 7, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Commentary: Washington Watch: Pell’s public popularity

Amid an ongoing campaign to double the maximum Pell Grant, recent public opinion survey results show extremely strong support for the program. These results square with the programs’ longstanding bipartisan support in both the legislative and executive branches.
Community College Daily, Dec. 8, 2021

Annual higher ed funding delayed

Congress reached an agreement Thursday to temporarily fund the federal government, once again delaying the annual appropriations process and locking in the Trump administration’s higher education funding levels for at least the next two months.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 6, 2021

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