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News Links | June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

MacKenzie Scott gives $2.7 billion to 286 recipients, including NW education and arts groups

Renton Technical College, Oregon Arts and Culture Recovery Program and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience are among the 286 organizations that received funds in billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott’s latest round of donations. 
The Seattle Times, June 15, 2021

The Arts Scene: No shortage of brilliance in this show

The art students at Yakima Valley College have been learning online over the past year and have been able to create an abundance of work. Since the 2020 Student Faculty Exhibition was canceled, students who normally would have exhibited their work were invited back for this year’s exhibition.
Yakima Herald, June 14, 2021

YVC Foundation awards $770,000 in scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year

The Yakima Valley College Foundation is excited to award 220 Yakima Valley College students with scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. The average scholarship award per student is $3,500.
NBC Right Now, June 14, 2021

Seattle’s new Northgate station bridge installation underway

Drivers traveling northbound along Interstate 5 near Northgate can now see one portion of the new pedestrian and bicycle bridge that crews put in place early Sunday morning.  ... The 1,900-foot-long structure will connect a Sound Transit light rail stop to North Seattle College, as well as neighborhoods between Aurora Avenue North and Northgate.
The Seattle Times, June 14, 2021

Student Voices: My STEM education won’t matter if it’s not inclusive

... My school, North Seattle College, has done a phenomenal job in defining equity, diversity and inclusion as a campus-wide, community-oriented priority. But despite our shared efforts, the number of BIPOC faculty members in the math and sciences division is abysmal. 
The Seattle Times, June 13, 2021

Leslie Fountain Williams named as new VP of Finance and Administration at Centralia College

Dr. Leslie Fountain Williams, who served most recently as the college president’s chief of staff and board of trustees liaison at Helene Fuld College of Nursing in New York City, was recently named as the Centralia College’s new vice president of finance and administration. Fountain Williams replaces Steve Ward, who’s retiring on July 15 after 28 years at the college. 
Centralia Chronicle, June 11, 2021

Two weeks, two diplomas

Graduating from Clarkston High School last Saturday was an important milestone for Macy Green, but the two-year college degree she picks up today gets her even closer to her dream. Green, 18, is one of four high school seniors who earned an associate degree at Walla Walla Community College’s Clarkston campus this year, through the state’s Running Start program.
Lewiston Tribune, June 11, 2021

CBC honors first grads of new career readiness program

The first group of students who have completed a new career readiness program at Columbia Basin College will be honored Friday in a drive-thru completion ceremony. The college considers the launch of their Hawk Career Readiness program to be a big success, and they expect up to 95 students to take part in the ceremony.
NBC Right Now, June 10, 2021

“Invisible” course at Bellevue College highlights AAPI advocacy

One day in April, Nan Ma, a senior associate professor at Bellevue College (BC), found that the course she usually teaches, Introduction to Asian American Studies, was not listed for next year. ... Last week, BC President Gary Locke said the delay in listing the course was based on a misunderstanding—it would be offered in the spring. 
Northwest Asian Weekly, June 10, 2021

SPSCC brings live theater back to campus for ‘I am nobody’s lunch’

The South Puget Sound Community College Theatre Collective’s “I am nobody’s lunch” is a play/cabaret whose premise — that finding truth is complicated when everyone seems to be lying — could have been pulled from recent news reports.
The Olympian, June 10, 2021

LCC to offer Summer Bridge Program

Lower Columbia College (LCC) has announced the lineup for the 2021 Summer Bridge Program, occurring on campus on June 29. This event is open to everyone who is thinking about attending college, and family members are welcome.
Wahkiakum County Eagle, June 10, 2021

Shoreline Community College’s newspaper, The Ebbtide, wins awards in Pacific northwest college journalism competition

Shoreline Community College’s newspaper, The Ebbtide, has garnered four awards and one honorable mention at the 2021 Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators (PNAJE) contest. This year, the organization received 262 submissions from two-year and four-year schools across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Montana.
Shoreline Area News, June 10, 2021

Rep. Kilmer Virtually Visits GHC

Representative Derek Kilmer virtually visited Grays Harbor College this week to see how the local college has been handling remote learning and learn about challenges they are facing. In a statement from the college, they say that the Congressman had the virtual visit on Monday.
KXRO, June 9, 2021

Governor Inslee tours Snohomish County

... Inslee continued his Snohomish County tour meeting with faculty and students at Edmonds College’s Hazel Miller Hall, a new STEM and nursing building name after local philanthropist Hazel Miller. Dr. Rachel Wade, Physics Department head at the college, shared the progress on developing a Quantum Optics Lab for students to explore the quantum properties of light.
Lynwood Times, June 9, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Department of Education releases updated student aid data

The Office of Federal Student Aid at the Department of Education has updated two of its quarterly portfolio reports with new figures on student loans, showing that the federal student aid portfolio has increased by $49 billion since this time last year.
Inside Higher Ed, June 15, 2021

FAFSA simplification delayed by 1 year

The Department of Education announced it will be making changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in phases, with full simplification of the form occurring a year later than Congress intended.
Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2021

Humanities are shrinking, except at community colleges

Before the pandemic, the humanities were experiencing a period of substantial growth at community colleges but shrinkage everywhere else. And that extends to the entire world. That is the finding of a new study, released today, by the Humanities Indicators Project of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2021

A virtual culture of care

The Caring Campus Initiative launched as a national effort to coach community college faculty and staff members on how to better connect with students. The pandemic forced participating campuses to foster a sense of belonging for students online.
Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Groups set to release joint statement opposing critical race theory bans

The American Association of University Professors, the American Historical Association, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and PEN America are set to release a joint statement opposing widespread legislative proposals to ban the teaching of critical race theory and other “divisive concepts.”
Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2021

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