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News Links | February 9, 2021

February 09, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

WVC faculty rise to the challenge of online learning

“Sometimes you’re the only person I see each week.” Monique Hirschkorn, American Sign Language (ASL) instructor at Wenatchee Valley College, shared this quote from one of her students at a WVC board meeting last fall. She teaches ASL in a hybrid format, using a mix of online lessons and live Zoom videoconferencing.
Wenatchee World, Feb. 8, 2021

In Basket: Feb. 7, 2021: Education

Bertha Ortega has been appointed to Yakima Valley College’s board of trustees. Ortega was one of the founders of Heritage University and served as its vice president of academic affairs at the time of her retirement in 2013. Prior to helping establish Heritage, she worked as an instructor for health and human services at Seattle Central Community College ...
Yakima Herald, Feb. 7,  2021

Pierce College one of 10 chosen for national equity academy

Pierce College was recently selected to participate in a Racial Equality Leadership Academy through nonprofit Achieving the Dream and the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center. As one of 10 colleges selected to participate in the academy, Pierce College’s faculty and staff ultimately will utilize the skills learned to develop and enact a strategic racial equity plan with the goal of improving student retention and graduation rates.
South Sound Business, Feb. 5, 2021

Edmonds College instructor elected president of national digital forensics board

Edmonds College instructor Steve Hailey was elected as the 2021 president of the Digital Forensics Certification Board (DFCB), a professional organization that advances digital forensic science and provides a certification process for members of the profession. “Being elected is a great honor,” said Hailey. “I now have the opportunity to collaborate with many of the most respected and highly regarded digital forensics scientists the world over.”
My Edmonds News, Feb. 5, 2021

Clark College receives grant for vet services

Clark College’s Veterans Resource Center received a grant worth $449,460 from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success for the next three years. The center will provide support services that address academic, financial, physical and social needs for the college’s 600 student-veterans, the college announced.
The Columbian, Feb. 5, 2021

Editorial: Maintain investment in higher ed and its students

... “We really provide a community service and a community resource, and we give back to business and industry when our colleges are able to function at their highest level,” said Dr. Daria Willis, president of Everett Community College, which has built a close working relationship with its neighbor across the street at WSU-Everett.
Everett Herald, Feb. 5, 2021

Pierce College Puyallup remodel project to create welcoming space for students, staff

Pierce College Puyallup’s Gaspard Administration Building will soon receive improvements that will expand and accommodate staff and students’ needs, creating a welcoming space for all. Thanks to minor works funding – money that is set aside for improvement projects such as this ­– the Student Success Center will soon feature a welcome desk, flexible workspaces with enhanced privacy, new meeting spaces and more.
Suburban Times, Feb. 4, 2021

Creative Retirement Institute class to explore the sense of smell and fragrance

... For those unfamiliar with CRI, it is an organization affiliated with Edmonds College and located on the college’s campus. It is a member-driven, self-supporting organization whose mission is to provide affordable, quality, lifelong learning opportunities for adults in a supportive environment. 
MLT News, Feb. 4, 2021

CBC’s dental hygiene clinic provides low cost services for the community

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Columbia Basin College’s dental hygiene clinic in Richland continues to provide low cost dental services to the community with students learning first-hand. The dental hygiene school allows students to perform services on patients with oversight from faculty.
YakTriNews, Feb. 4, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

7 innovative approaches to course design

The pandemic-driven switch to remote learning alerted many faculty members to the importance of course design. In an online course, keeping students on track requires clarity and structure; it also demands that instructors think intentionally about how to motivate and engage students, prompt interaction, and assess student learning without the crutch of in-person proctoring.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 8, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

COVID-19 aid proposal would bring Democratic policy changes

The chairman of the House Education Committee, Representative Bobby Scott, proposed another $40 billion in coronavirus aid for colleges and universities, a slight increase from the $35 billion President Biden had proposed, but still less than half of what institutions had requested from Congress.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 9, 2021

Jill Biden pushes free access to community college, training

ill Biden is pushing free access to community college and training programs, saying the schools will be an important part of Biden administration efforts to rebuild the economy. A longtime community college professor and advocate, the first lady said people struggling to get by during the coronavirus-induced economic slump need access to these schools.
Associated Press, Feb. 8, 2021

House again passes apprenticeship bill

The House on Friday approved an apprenticeship bill, similar to the one it passed this fall, that would expand registered apprenticeships and strengthen pre-apprenticeship and youth apprenticeship programs. HR 447, the National Apprenticeships Act, passed 227 to 173, with all Democrats voting for the measure plus 27 Republicans.
Community College Daily, Feb. 7, 2021

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