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News Links | July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Skagit Valley College, College Success Foundation partner to serve foster, homeless youths

... The Passport to College program, started at Skagit Valley College in the past year, pairs foster and homeless youths with a person familiar with the struggles they may face, giving them a person to turn to for anything they need — be it support, advice, or help navigating higher education.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 13, 2021

Walla Walla Community College encourages vaccines with scholarships, clinics

Walla Walla Community College President Chad Hickox has been consistent about his school’s stance on vaccines while preparing for an increased return to in-person learning this fall. While students won’t be required to get vaccinated, they are encouraged do so.
Union Bulletin, July 13, 2021

LCC's Courtney Shah drew from teaching for 'Jeopardy!' win streak

Lower Columbia College history instructor Courtney Shah had the ultimate pop-quiz experience this year, and she aced it, taking home a seven-game winning streak on “Jeopardy!” Everything from the audition process to the gameplay was fun, Shah said, and right up her alley as a history buff and a trivia fan.
Daily News, July 12, 2021

Program at local college helps first-generation students get a 4-year business degree

... “Being a first-generation student — the confidence wasn’t always there on being able to achieve things like a college degree,” said Hamilton, 41. “It’s given me a lot more confidence in that subject. I feel a lot of relief.” Hamilton, who is a recent graduate of Pierce College, got his bachelor’s in applied science in business management last month.
News Tribune, July 8, 2021

SPSCC Nursing Program granted national accreditation

The South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Associate in Nursing degree program was recently granted initial accreditation through the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) Board of Commissioners.
Thurston Talk, July 7, 2021

Concert series to increase tourism in Wenatchee features Eagles cover band

The weekly Concerts on the Campus series is in full swing at Wenatchee Valley College. The latest group to play is Fastlane, a cover band of Eagles music. The goal of the shows is to increase tourist traffic in Wenatchee while raising money for the school through the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation.
News Radio 560 KPQ, July 9, 2021

Coming soon: EvCC crossing Broadway for new student building

It’s a move with an eye on the future, but Everett Community College’s big leap across Broadway will come with a nod to the past. Construction will start soon on the Cascade Learning Resource Center, a name chosen to reflect geography and campus history.
Everett Herald, July 9, 2021

Bellevue College announces vaccination scholarships

If you are a Bellevue College (BC) student, it’s your lucky day. BC has announced a new way to encourage students to get vaccinated before the fall of 2021: student scholarships. The Washington State COVID-19 Vaccination Program is joining forces with the Bellevue College Foundation to fund scholarships ranging from $250 to $400 for students who are vaccinated. 
425 Magazine, July 7, 2021

Pierce College at JBLM student hits her stride thanks to supportive advisors, professors

When Pierce College at JBLM student Darian Kosa first learned she had been accepted into Seattle University’s nursing school, she immediately burst into tears of happiness. It had been a long road for Kosa, 25, who struggled through three semesters of college before switching courses to join the Army at 19 years old.
Suburban Times, July 1, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Two dozen organizations launch #doublepell campaign

A coalition of 24 higher education associations, organizations and advocacy groups launched a national campaign today in support of doubling the maximum Pell Grant by the program's 50th anniversary, which will be next June.
Inside Higher Ed, July 13, 2021

Helping parents reengage with college

Increasing adult degree attainment is critical to building a skilled workforce and remaining economically competitive. Many efforts to do this, however, have overlooked how parenthood affects adults’ ability to reengage with and complete college, according to the authors of a new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR).
Community College Daily, July 13, 2021

Improving online learning beyond the pandemic

... In Washington State, for example, a study examining the performance gap between in-person and online classes found that males, students with lower GPAs, and Black students experienced the greatest declines in academic performance while online.
Community College Daily, July 13, 2021

Student persistence, retention rates decline

Of the 2.6 million students who entered college as first-time freshmen in fall 2019, 74% returned to college for their second year. This rate represents a one-year drop of 2 percentage points in this important early student success indicator ... And for community colleges, that decline was even steeper.
Community College Daily, July 9, 2021

Major student loan servicer leaving federal loan program

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency said Thursday that it would not be extending its federal student loan servicing contract with the Department of Education once it expires in December. It agreed to continue working with the Office of Federal Student Aid until all its borrowers are transitioned to a different servicer.
Inside Higher Ed, July 9, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Biden's higher ed budget moves ahead in House

The House Appropriations Committee is planning to mark up an initial draft of its funding bill for federal higher education programs on Thursday for fiscal year 2022. The bill largely aligns with President Biden’s budget and includes substantial increases to student financial aid and science research.
Inside Higher Ed, July 13, 2021

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