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News Links | January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Peninsula College Dream Week honors King Jr

Peninsula College and the Port Angeles Racial Justice Collective are presenting Dream Week events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. The Dream Week Art Contest begins Monday and will extend through Friday. Participants in “Joining Hands for Justice” are invited to “capture Dr. King’s legacy with art in any medium.”
Peninsula Daily News, Jan. 17, 2021

Annual Tri-Cities MLK event is moving online because of COVID

Columbia Basin College is taking it’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration virtual this year. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, CBC leaders are holding off on the normal bell ringing, speeches and award presentations for this year. Instead, a video celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be posted on the college’s Facebook, YouTube and website.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 16, 2021

The Gallery at TCC presents online Hartsfield Family Quilt exhibit

The Hartsfield Family Quilt Collection, dating from the time of slavery, will be on display in the virtual Gallery at Tacoma Community College January 14-February 5 Online in The Gallery at TCC. The 12 quilts that comprise the Hartsfield Collection were made by four different seamstresses from the Hartsfield family from the 1850s to the 1920s, starting with a woman named “Miss Molly,” who was born into slavery around 1840.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 15, 2021

'The honor is in the progress.' Pasco couple receives 2021 MLK Spirit Award

Daishaundra Loving-Hearne and Bryan Hearne are the winners of Columbia Basin College’s MLK Spirit Award for 2021. They were recognized for their community acitivism in Urban Poet’s Society and the Tri-Cities Black Lives Matter Coalition. [Video]
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 15, 2021

Letter: Centralia College committed to an environment that welcomes free expression of all voices, opinions

Centralia College is committed to student success, academic excellence and supporting our community in an inclusive and equitable learning environment. By that mission, Centralia College affirms its commitment to an environment that welcomes the free expression of all voices and all opinions, and the participation of all Lewis County and south Thurston County residents.
The Daily Chronicle, Jan. 15, 2021

Clark College administration eyes spring quarter to bring groups of students back to campus

Updated vaccine distribution timeline for college faculty and staff crucial to next steps, admin says ... In March of last year, Clark College faculty, staff and students set sail for what they thought would be a short, but rough ride. Nearing a year later, they’ve had to learn to roll with the punches, and adapt for the better.
Clark County Today, Jan. 14, 2021

Helen S. Smith Gallery presents ‘Art of the Quarantine’

The Helen S. Smith Gallery website at Green River College has partnered with a Vancouver, Washington, gallery to show works of art the latter had gathered during the spring and summer of 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Northwest. Now it wants to continue the Cave Gallery’s conversation by extending and building on its exhibition to support artists, to build community, to dive into a bigger academic conversation about the role of art and to support its mission during trying times.
Auburn Reporter, Jan. 14, 2021

A conversation with Marlon James

James is the first of this year’s Hagen Center Speakers Series presented by Community Colleges of Spokane. The topic this year is "Diversity Dialogues: Conversations About Race and Equity.”  ... Spokane Public Radio is the Speaker Series’ media partner and Marlon James joins me now to talk about his work and the event with Spokane Community Colleges. [Audio]
Spokane Public Radio, Jan. 14, 2021

John and Cathy Natt, Benefactors of the Year for LCC

... After years of giving generously to universities close to their hearts, “the more we learned about LCC, the more we came to realize that [Lower Columbia College] was doing a terrific job,” they are quoted in the press release. “Our gifts to LCC would certainly have a greater impact than those to our other universities and would, at the same time, help our hometown,” Natt said.
The Daily News, Jan. 14, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

‘It’s just too much’: Why some students are abandoning community colleges

... The decline in first-time enrollment at community colleges was a staggering 21 percent — with Black, Hispanic and Native American first-year students recording even steeper drops, between 28 and 29 percent. Many factors are behind the plummeting enrollment at two-year schools. The prospect of in-class learning raises the specter of Covid-19 infection. Remote instruction has worn out its welcome for many.
PBS News Hour, Jan. 19, 2021

SAT discontinues subject tests and optional essay

The College Board announced on Tuesday that it will discontinue the optional essay component of the SAT and that it will no longer offer subject tests in U.S. history, languages and math, among other topics. The organization, which administers the college entrance exam in addition to several other tests, including Advanced Placement exams, will instead focus efforts on a new digital version of the SAT.
NPR, Jan. 19, 2021

How much will your college receive in coronavirus stimulus funding, part 2?

The U.S. Department of Education last week released details on exactly how much money thousands of colleges and universities are receiving out of $21.2 billion in COVID-19 emergency funding signed into law at the end of December.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 18, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Billions in aid head to colleges

The U.S. Education Department on Thursday made available the $21.2 billion in help to higher education included in the coronavirus relief legislation Congress and President Trump approved in December, but undocumented students could be left out of getting help through emergency student grants again.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 15, 2021

Commentary: Washington Watch: ED releases ‘CARES 2.0’ funds

The U.S. Education Department (ED) on Thursday announced the availability of new stimulus dollars provided through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to help both institutions and students. The funds are for the main formula program that will provide $20.2 billion to nonprofit, undergraduate higher education institutions. 
Community College Daily, Jan. 14, 2021

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