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News Links | June 24, 2021

June 24, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

GHC graduation honors college and Running Start graduates

This Friday, as Grays Harbor College holds their virtual and drive-thru graduation events, local high school students will also be celebrated. On June 25th , 2021, GHC will graduate 95 high-school seniors from Grays Harbor and Pacific County schools with a total of 103 Associate degrees.
KXRO, June 23, 2021

To fix inequities, community colleges should quit requiring remedial classes, South King County report says

... Researchers from the Community Center for Education Results (nonprofit organization behind the Road Map Project), Highline College and the Puget Sound College and & Career Network cross referenced the high school transcripts of students, the courses they took in community college and various criteria for placement into remedial courses at seven community colleges, including Bellevue, Green River,Seattle Colleges and Highline. ... The findings aren’t new to those who lead community colleges, said Bill Moore, director of K-12 partnerships at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The Seattle Times, June 23, 2021

Neighbors rally to save native oak trees threatened by Lakewood warehouse proposal

... They also play a unique role in the Puget prairie ecosystem, said Derek Faust, environmental sciences and technology instructor at Clover Park Technical College. ... “Everything kind of focuses around them,” said Michele LaFontaine, adjunct professor and lab technician for Earth science courses at Pierce College.
News Tribune, June 22, 2021

Jim Lowery receives honorary bachelor's degree from Centralia College

Centralia College on Friday conferred an honorary bachelor's degree to Jim Lowery at its commencement ceremony. The honorary bachelor's degree in applied management is in recognition of his service to the college. “Jim has been a strong advocate for Centralia College offering bachelor’s degrees, so it’s very fitting for him to be receiving an honorary bachelor’s degree himself,” said Dr. Bob Mohrbacher, Centralia College president.
The Chronicle, June 21, 2021

CPTC to host drive-through commencement for Class of 2021 graduates on June 22

On Tuesday, June 22, Clover Park Technical College will celebrate the achievements of its Class of 2021 at the Celebration of Graduates. The 2021 commencement event honors CPTC students and invites their families to join in the festivities. “The completion of studies is always a time for both celebration and reflection, now more so than ever,” said Dr. Joyce Loveday, president of Clover Park Technical College.
The Suburban Times, June 21, 2021

Peninsula College graduation held Saturday

Peninsula College graduate Mackenzie Jay of Sequim looks at her cellphone in Pirate Square prior to the beginning of Saturday’s ceremony to award associate of arts degrees on the Port Angeles campus. 
Peninsula Daily News, June 20, 2021

Seattle Central College celebrates students with in-person graduation

Seattle Central College celebrated the class of 2021 with one of the few in-person graduation ceremonies offered in the western Washington region. Seattle Central College was the last of the trio of Seattle Colleges to hold commencement on Saturday, with North Seattle College holding theirs earlier that day and South Seattle College having its commencement June 18.
King 5, June 19, 2021

WWCC announces COVID-19 vaccination policy

Walla Walla Community College won’t require COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of enrollment or employment this fall, although it strongly recommends the practice. WWCC President Chad Hickox announced the decision Friday in a letter to faculty, staff and students.
Lewiston Tribune, June 19, 2021

Shoreline Community College Dental Clinic relocates to University of Washington Health Sciences Center - but low cost services are still available for local residents

A new option for comprehensive, affordable oral care from two well-regarded dental education providers is now available in Seattle, thanks to a partnership between Shoreline Community College’s Dental Hygiene program and the University of Washington (UW) School of Dentistry.
Shoreline Area News, June 19, 2021

Graduation: Congratulations, South Seattle College Class of 2021!

On wheels and/or on foot, Class of 2021 graduates got to celebrate tonight at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge. School faculty and photo-op stops lined the southwest corner of campus.
West Seattle Blog, June 18, 2021

Lower Columbia College passes $27M operating budget for 2022

Lower Columbia College’s $27 million operating budget for 2022 will allow the college to fill some positions left vacant due to COVID-19 cuts. The Board of Trustees passed the budget at Wednesday’s meeting.
The Daily News, June 18, 2021

Auburn student soars toward aviation career

... He is close to earning his associate’s degree in aviation technology with plans to continue to a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science at Green River College. He hopes to make a career for himself in aviation, and from thousands of feet in the air, it is hard to see a ceiling.
Auburn Reporter, June 17, 2021

Doug Baldwin Jr. to speak at BC commencement

Doug Baldwin Jr., former Seattle Seahawk player and professional bowler, will be the keynote speaker for Bellevue College’s virtual commencement ceremonies that will be streamed online Friday, June 25.
425 Magazine, June 17, 2021

3 Vancouver sisters to graduate together from Clark College

No matter the activity, there’s a high probability the Foster sisters of Vancouver are together. “We come in threes pretty much anywhere we go,” Carrigan Foster said. “Everyone knows we’ve done everything together.” That includes graduating from Clark College.
The Columbian, June 17, 2021

Edmonds College has drive-thru commencement celebration

Edmonds College will host an on-campus, drive-through commencement celebration 2-5 p.m. Friday, June 18. Faculty and staff will cheer on graduates as they drive or walk through the celebration route. Strict COVID-19 safety guidelines will be maintained and attendance will be limited.
Edmonds Beacon, June 17, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

A jump for summer?

Spring enrollment for undergraduates this year was down nearly 5 percent from last year, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. That is roughly 10 times the decline experienced from spring 2019 to spring 2020. Community colleges were the hardest hit, losing more than 9 percent of their students.
Inside Higher Ed, June 24, 2021

Proposed Title IX rule changes expected May 2022

The Department of Education is planning to amend the regulations for Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 put into place under the Trump administration and intends to release its proposed rule next May.
Inside Higher Ed, June 24, 2021

Report suggests gaps in support for at-risk students

A new report from Blackboard suggests that students at risk of not continuing their education expressed less satisfaction with support services at their institutions. 
Inside Higher Ed, June 24, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Warren holding up Kvaal confirmation in Senate

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, is the senator preventing a full vote to confirm James Kvaal as under secretary at the Department of Education, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Inside Higher Ed, June 23, 2021

Reviving TAACCCT

House Ways and Means Committee Democrats have introduced a bill that would revive a well-regarded job training program created during the Great Recession that used consortia — led by community colleges — to drive regional workforce and economic development.
Community College Daily, June 21, 2021

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