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News Links | February 4, 2021

February 04, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Bates President Lin Zhou appointed to state aerospace machinist committee board

Bates Technical College President Lin Zhou was recently appointed to the Aerospace Machinist Joint Training Committee Board of Directors. The state-funded, non-profit organization supports the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) in developing and maintaining aerospace and advanced manufacturing apprenticeship programs across Washington state.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 3, 2021

Free college tuition? Columbia Basin College Running Start info nights explains how

Columbia Basin College is again offering a series of Running Start Parent Information Sessions, this time with virtual events targeting all area high schools. The Running Start program provides an opportunity for students to take college-level classes through CBC tuition-free.
NBC Right Now, Feb. 3, 2021

Edmonds College extends remote operations through at least June 25

Edmonds College said it will be extending its remote operations and continue serving students and the community remotely through at least June 25, pending further developments and with the exception of a few hands-on, on-campus classes.
My Edmonds News, Feb. 2, 2021

Wenatchee vaccination clinic targets Latinos

... Confluence Health collaborated with the Wenatchee Valley College Nursing program and Parque Padrinos to schedule around 40 Latinos for Saturday’s clinic at Central Washington Hospital, according to Teresa Bendito, Parque Padrinos cofounder.
Wenatchee World, Feb. 1, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Virtual panel explores findings from community college student engagement report

Sixty-nine percent of entering students work for pay, while almost one-third work more than 40 hours a week, found a Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) report, titled “The Intersection of Work and Learning: Findings From Entering Students in Community Colleges,” last October.
Diverse Education, Feb. 3, 2021

Legal win for foreign student work program

A U.S. District Court judge issued an opinion last week upholding a program important to many in higher education that allows international students to stay and work in the U.S. after they graduate in a field related to their area of study.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 2, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Biden's higher ed team takes shape

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced a slew of appointments to the Education Department, including well-known higher ed advocates, people who have worked on behalf of student loan borrowers, and several former aides to progressive Democratic senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Among those named was Michelle Asha Cooper, a longtime advocate for education equity. 
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 4, 2021

More coordination needed, Walsh says

Marty Walsh, President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. labor secretary, said at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday that he would seek closer ties with the U.S. Education Department (ED) and other federal agencies to better coordinate education and workforce development opportunities.
Community College Daily, Feb. 4, 2021

Biden officials considering action on student debt relief

The Biden administration is reviewing whether it can take steps to provide student debt relief through executive action, even as it continues to call on Congress to pass legislation to help borrowers and their families. A tweet by White House press secretary Jen Psaki appeared to go further than her comments at a briefing earlier Thursday, when she said President Joe Biden was looking to Congress to act next on student loan relief.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 3, 2021

Opposition to Republican COVID-19 plan

A top Democrat on education issues said the first proposal put out by some Republicans to find a bipartisan proposal to provide more coronavirus relief would not do enough for higher education. The comments by Representative Bobby Scott, the Virginia Democrat who chairs the House education committee, came as President Biden reportedly rejected a proposal by a group of 10 Republican senators as too small.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 3, 2021

Cardona: More CTE exploration at middle, high schools

... Miguel Cardona, a technical high school graduate who is currently Connecticut’s education commissioner, also noted the important role community colleges will play in the country’s economic recovery by providing access to an affordable, quality education that leads to good-paying careers. 
Community College Daily, Feb. 3, 2021

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