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News Links | January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Bellevue College votes to extend Gary Locke’s contract as interim president

Former Gov. Gary Locke will remain as Bellevue College’s interim president when his current contract expires in June, a year after he was named the Eastside school’s temporary leader. The college’s Board of Trustees voted to extend Locke’s interim president contract through June 2023 in a meeting Wednesday to decide whether to keep Locke or begin the search now for a permanent president. (Note: Bellevue College has clarified the contract was extended for up to two additional years, up to June 2023.)
The Seattle Times, Jan. 14, 2021

King, Pierce County schools hit with data breach targeting personal information

... "It doesn't matter if you're Joe's Body Shop or King County School District, it doesn't matter," said Tim Mason, a cybersecurity faculty member at Green River College in Auburn. "If I can get your Social Security Number, your address, information like that, maybe I can open up an account at a bank someplace and get a mortgage on a home."
Q13 Fox, Jan. 13, 2021

‘Dark spots’ are behind her

... “I wanted to do something where I could care for others because that’s one of my passions,” Mimier said. “I always wanted to be able to take care of other people and once I could take care of myself, I knew I needed to move forward with that.” The [Walla Walla Community College] Board of Trustees recently selected Mimier to be a recipient of the Transforming Lives Award, which is given annually by the Washington State Association of College Trustees.
Lewiston Tribune, Jan. 12, 2021

GHC bachelor programs accepting applications

Grays Harbor College is currently accepting applications to its three Bachelor of Applied Science programs. The college tells KXRO that the programs include teacher education, organizational management, and forestry resource management. These Bachelor of Applied Science programs are designed for students who have completed an associate degree and wish to pursue a bachelor degree.
KXRO News Radio, Jan. 12, 2021

Yakima Valley College workforce programs receive nearly $200,000 in CARES Act funding

Workforce-related programs at Yakima Valley College have received nearly $200,000 in federal CARES Act funding to support their recovery from disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding, which come from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds provided by the CARES Act, will support YVC’s Education, Dental Hygiene and Veterinary Technology programs.
NBC Right Now, Jan. 11, 2021

Edmonds College welcomes Dave Earling to its Board of Trustees 

Edmonds College announced that Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Dave Earling to the college’s Board of Trustees. “I’m honored to welcome our newest trustee. Mr. Earling brings a wealth of knowledge to the board from his extensive work at local and regional levels,” said EC President Dr. Amit B. Singh.
My Edmonds News, Jan. 11, 2021

United Way helping CBC students working in restaurants

The United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties has donated 27 gift cards totaling $300 each to students at Columbia Basin College. The money is earmarked for students who are facing financial hardship because of lost wages from jobs in restaurants and bars. CBC Foundation CEO Erin Fishburn says the help will go a long way.
KEPR, Jan. 10, 2021

COVID-19 changed college applications process, but local schools here to help

... While there are some changes at Lower Columbia College due to the pandemic, Outreach Manager Nicole Faber said the enrollment team continues to “strive to maintain flexibility and adaptability and mirror what’s happening in K-12 and in the community.” “So many of our students already have a lot of their plate and a lot of responsibilities to begin with,” she said.
The Daily News, Jan. 9, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Where did all the students go?

Last spring, as states across the country put restrictions in place to help combat the spread of COVID-19, many college and university leaders were left wondering what impact the pandemic would have on student enrollment. 
New America, Jan. 14, 2021

Ed dept. adds loan repayment information to College Scorecard

The Education Department added long called-for information to its College Scorecard that shows how well students at institutions, including for-profits, are able to repay student loans. "Today, we continue to build on the updates we've made to College Scorecard over the last several years by delivering even more transparency around student loan repayment," Acting Education Secretary Mitchell Zais said in a press release Tuesday. 
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 13, 2021

Finalists for ED’s pre-apprenticeship competition

The U.S. Education Department (ED) on Wednesday announced 95 finalists — which include 36 public two-year colleges — for its Rethink Adult Ed Challenge, a $750,000 competition to advance pre-apprenticeships. The program aims to share innovative learning and training opportunities to help adult learners prepare for apprenticeship opportunities, the department said.
Community College Daily, Jan. 13, 2021

Students cover most noncredit workforce education costs

Students paying out of pocket cover a large chunk (42%) of the cost of noncredit workforce development programs offered at community colleges, according to preliminary findings from an ongoing survey by Opportunity America and Lumina Foundation. 
Community College Daily, Jan. 13, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Senators ask GAO to examine if colleges are doing enough for disabled students

A bipartisan group of three senators on Wednesday asked the Government Accountability Office to examine whether colleges and universities are doing enough to make sure disabled students have the same access to learning during the coronavirus pandemic as others.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 14, 2021

 

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