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News Links | February 11, 2021

February 11, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Shoreline Community College President announces 2022 retirement

Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D. announced her 2022 retirement in an email to staff: After 41 rewarding years in higher education, 25 in community colleges, I am announcing my decision to retire. It is difficult to personalize an email, but I want to say how privileged I have felt to serve the students, Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and administrators at Shoreline Community College
Shoreline Area News, Feb. 10, 2021

Clark College to cut $25 fee for admissions application

Clark College is doing away with its $25 admissions application fee for most prospective students beginning spring 2021 term, the college announced Tuesday. The fee exception does not apply to international students, who use a separate admissions process to apply to the college.
The Columbian, Feb. 10, 2021

Then and Now: Spokane Community College

... According to the Community Colleges of Spokane website, [Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College] served more than 26,000 students in the 2019-20 school year. Approximately 16,000 of those were seeking some type of degree or career technical certification while the rest were getting their GED, learning English, in job-related classes or studying for personal enrichment.
Spokesman-Review, Feb. 8, 2021

Proposed new vocational building would be 'game changer' for LCC, community

Lower Columbia College is making plans for a new nearly 55,000-square-foot vocational building to replace three older buildings on campus, but needs more state money before it break ground. ... Capital projects at community and technical colleges are funded from a state priority list. Colleges submit a proposal to the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The project is then scored, ranked and sent to Olympia. The governor evaluates the list and decides how many of the projects to fund in his proposed capital budget.
Daily News, Feb. 8, 2021

New CBC student recreation center in the works

A completely new recreation facility is in the works at Columbia Basin College (CBC) in Pasco, sparking some excitement among students and athletes. CBC volleyball player Ciera Hadden said space is limited in the current facility. "It's just kind of small and the weight room is very small which is sad because we have a lot of athletes that love being here and working out here, so we just needed something new," Hadden said.
KEPR, Feb. 7, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Aid application data portend dip in low-income, minority students

Last spring, as college and university officials fretted about how the global pandemic and associated recession might affect enrollment in the fall, troubling news emerged in the form of data about declines in the number of current college students who had resubmitted their Free Application for Federal Student Aid. As of May, renewals were down by about 5 percent -- higher among minority student
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 11, 2021

Credential count approaches 1 million

The nonprofit Credential Engine has identified 967,734 unique credentials on offer in the U.S. as part of an ongoing effort to catalog degrees, certificates, badges, licenses and apprenticeships. More than half of the nearly one million credentials are offered by nonacademic institutions, according to data collected by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness and published by Credential Engine in a report Wednesday.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 11, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Cardona, Walsh move on to full Senate vote

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Thursday approved President Joe Biden’s nominees for secretaries of education and labor. The committee approved Miguel Cardona for U.S. education secretary by a 17-5 vote, and Marty Walsh for U.S. labor secretary in an 18-4 vote. Both were expected to easily pass the committee after their confirmation hearings last week. The full Senate is now expected to vote on both nominees very soon.
Community College Daily, Feb. 11, 2021

House committee moves ahead with additional aid

The Democratic majority on the House education committee early Wednesday approved, along party lines, a coronavirus relief package that would include another $40 billion in aid to colleges and universities. The package sets the education and labor pieces of the $1.9 trillion proposal House Democrats are assembling to send to the Senate.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 11, 2021

Another White House community college summit

It’s been more than a decade, but the White House may soon host another community college summit. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on Tuesday hinted at another White House summit on community colleges. The White House held its first community college summit in 2010 during the Obama administration. It was convened by Biden, who was second lady.
Community College Daily, Feb. 9, 2021

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