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News Links | February 23, 2021

February 23, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Films tell tales in one minute each

... “Some people might find it impossible to capture an entire world and a story to tell in just one minute,” college instructor Lara Starcevich said. “These students chose to challenge that way of thinking and not only tackle the obstacle, but do so with flying colors and unimaginable creativity.” The project is a collaboration between the Drama 101 and Film 120 classes at Peninsula College.
Peninsula Daily News, Feb. 21, 2021

Bates: Spotlight on students: Cybersecurity student says staff help them find their voice, increase campus involvement

... One thing I love about Bates Technical College is how inclusive they are.  My first week at Bates I felt so welcomed by the Campus dean, staff and students. Going into the 1st few weeks I had already connected with my classmates & made a group chat where we are able to work together through class problems ask each other for help and feedback regarding projects.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 20, 2021

CWU Transfer Symposium draws record numbers

... The morning session featured speakers from the Aspen Institute (Washington, D.C.) and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, who provided a national and statewide perspective about recent developments in the transfer process. “This really was a statewide effort,” Medrano said, adding that the initial symposium was made possible by Yakima Valley College’s Title V ¡FINISH! Grant.
Daily Record, Feb. 20, 2021

Yakima Valley College launches four-quarter Practical Nurse program

A new four-quarter Practical Nursing program launched at Yakima Valley College this winter term, taking on 10 students in its first cohort to contribute to the high-demand profession. “PNs provide direct hands-on patient care including monitoring patients’ health, measuring blood pressure and other vitals, administering basic patient care, providing for the basic comfort of patients, discussing the patients’ care, documenting patient concerns, and charting patient care service,” the college said in a statement Friday.
Yakima Herald, Feb. 19, 2021

Health Department announces large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic

The Whatcom County Health Department announced that Bellingham Technical College has agreed to host a community vaccination site that will start in March. The goal is to vaccinate up to 5,000 people per week at the site, depending on vaccine availability. ... Nursing students from Whatcom Community College will also be ready to help out.
KGMI, Feb. 19, 2021

Restaurant news: Edmonds College culinary students learn to pivot, more food truck fun — and snow what?

I recently reviewed food from the Triton Taste, the food truck that is an integral part of the culinary program at our local Edmonds College. I had a chance to have an email conversation — and have a few quick chats while waiting for food — with Chef Instructor Stacey Schwartz.
My Edmonds News, Feb. 18, 2021

LCC budget stable even with enrollment drop

While Lower Columbia College's enrollment rates are still down, the college does not anticipate needing to make any midyear cuts because of earlier decisions to cut staff and programs, college officials said Wednesday. At the Board of Trustee’s meeting Feb. 17, Vice President of Administration Nolan Wheeler said the college was “well suited to not take midyear cuts because we were proactive enough.”
The Daily News, Feb. 18, 2021

Local organizations partner with CBC and WSU Tri-Cities to connect students with internships

The Association of Washington Business, in partnership with the Tri‐City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Washington State University Tri‐Cities, and Columbia Basin College, has launched a new online portal connecting employers and students for internship opportunities. CBC President Rebekah Woods says the free portal provides students with valuable workplace opportunities that can, in many cases, also provide college credit.
NBC Right Now, Feb. 17, 2021

EC STEM building earns Gold LEED certification

Washington State Department of Enterprise Services oversaw $54 million in campus updates for Edmonds College that included the construction of a new Science, Engineering & Technology building. The work was completed in August 2020. The building has now earned Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. 
Mukilteo Beacon, Feb. 17, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Would canceling student debt promote racial equity?

Ashley Harrington is among the many people who see canceling student debt as an issue of racial justice. For many Black Americans, centuries of discrimination have led to white people having much more wealth than Black people, she and others say. So when it comes time for students to go to college, Black families are much less likely than white families to have the money to help pay for their children's education.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 23, 2021

Commentary: Why traumatized students can’t learn and what community colleges can do about it

... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 61% of Americans experienced a traumatic event in childhood, and that poverty increases the likelihood of trauma. Community college students are more likely than students at four-year schools to qualify as low-income and, at least in theory, are more likely to experience trauma.
Community College Daily, Feb. 22, 2021

Enrollment at U.S. community colleges plummets amid pandemic

Nationwide, enrollment at community colleges – which offer two-year degrees and vocational training and often attract older students looking to learn new skills – dropped 10% from fall 2019 to fall 2020, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. They were hit the hardest amid all colleges and four-year universities experienced only slight declines, beating many predictions that the outcome would be worse.
The Spokesman-Review, Feb. 20, 2021

Online learning era neglects blind students' needs

The shift to remote learning has been extremely challenging for blind students, with some still facing unresolved accessibility issues. The National Federation of the Blind and other organizations have warned for months that colleges are failing to provide blind students with the timely accommodations and support to which they are legally entitled.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 19, 2021

A college program for disadvantaged teens could shake up elite admissions

... An analysis of the most recent federal civil rights data by the Community College Research Center, part of Columbia University’s Teachers College, shows white students enroll in traditional dual-enrollment courses at twice the rate of Black students. And Black and Native American students had the lowest participation rates in Advanced Placement courses, the most widely used proxy for college readiness.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 18, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Kvaal nominated for ED under secretary

President Joe Biden has nominated James Kvaal as under secretary at the U.S. Education Department (ED). The position oversees higher education policies, procedures and programs at the department. Kvaal is president of the Institute for College Access & Success and previously taught at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy.
Community College Daily, Feb. 21, 2021

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