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News Links | February 2, 2021

February 02, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Gene Sharratt and Sue Kane | Reskilling, upskilling programs boost careers in post-COVID-19 economy

... In Grant County for example, Big Bend Community College (BBCC), and the Grant County Industrial Alliance launched the Data Center Technician program last year with tremendous success. The collaboratively designed program meets the information technology needs for several large area employers, but the skills and competencies strategically embedded in the program design also lend a competitive edge to small, medium and enterprise businesses throughout the region.
Wenatchee Valley Business World, Feb. 1, 2021

CoronaCoaster local video series now live; volunteers welcome for new episodes

The first five episodes of CoronaCoaster — a community video project aimed at capturing local experiences of living through the ups and downs of the coronavirus pandemic — are now live for public viewing. ... Edmonds College international student Osas Airuoyo and Program Coordinator Janey McCaulley, who works for a professional association in downtown Seattle, discuss switching to virtual classes and online working.
My Edmonds News, Feb. 1, 2021

Walla Walla Community College asks for public input on college's future through online survey

Leadership at Walla Walla Community College is asking the public what they think the college does well, what it should start doing and what it could be doing better. Residents can provide feedback by participating in an online survey. The call for public opinion is part of the college’s efforts to develop a new strategic plan, WWCC President Chad Hickox said.
Union-Bulletin, Jan. 29, 2021

How the pandemic has reshaped clinical practices for Central Washington health care students across all fields

... Yakima Valley College’s two-year associates of nursing program usually offers students 575 clinical hours across the duration of the program — well above the state requirement of 500, according to director of nursing Wendy Baker. Of those, 510 would be in traditional clinical settings like hospitals or nursing homes.
Yakima Herald, Jan. 28, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

7 steps to manage a college’s social media presence

Social media in the modern world: It’s an ever-changing landscape. Moving too quickly – without the proper policies, processes, procedures and research – can open the door to a world of chaos. To avoid the most common issues, there are seven key pieces to managing a college’s social media puzzle.
Community College Daily, Jan. 31, 2021

Community colleges playing a larger role in bachelor's attainment

A recent survey from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics found that community college is playing a greater role in the educational trajectories of people with bachelor's degrees. Of employed graduates who received their first bachelor's degree before 2008, 48 percent previously attended a community college. 
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 20, 2021

Higher ed groups ask Biden's ED to give aid to undocumented students

Dozens of higher education groups, including associations representing the nation’s colleges and universities, urged the Education Department on Thursday to clarify that undocumented and international students are eligible for emergency student grants created in the COVID relief package Congress approved in December.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 29, 2021

How the pandemic is propelling demand for short-term college programs

t’s been a brutal academic year for higher education, with enrollment down in the fall more than 560,000 undergraduate students compared to 2019. But there has been at least one area of growth at many schools: short-term programs that help students gain new skills for the workforce quickly.
PBS News Hour, Jan. 26, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Women's rights organizations push for an Office of Gender Equity at the Education Department

Women’s rights organizations are making a renewed push for an Office of Gender Equity in the U.S. Department of Education under President Joe Biden. In a Jan. 8 letter to the Biden-Harris transition team, the idea garnered support from 117 organizations ...
Diverse Education, Jan. 29, 2021

Cardona to go before Senate this week

The Senate education committee will take up confirmation of President Biden’s pick for education secretary, Miguel Cardona, on Wednesday, the committee announced. Patty Murray, the Democratic chair on the committee, has already backed the nomination of Cardona, formerly Connecticut’s commissioner of education.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 1, 2021

Burr to be Senate's top Republican on education

Senator Richard Burr, from North Carolina, expects to be named Lamar Alexander’s successor as the Senate’s top Republican on the education committee, a source familiar with the senator’s thinking said Friday.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 1, 2021

What will Biden's anti-systemic racism executive order mean?

For years, researchers and higher education advocates have been frustrated by the lack of good Education Department data on how students of color and those with lower incomes are being let down by the nation’s higher education system.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 1, 2021

Biden appointee provokes mixed feelings

Supporters in the legal and LGBTQ communities are thrilled she will be acting assistant secretary of the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. Sexual assault survivors say she's the wrong person for the job.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 29, 2021

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