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News Links | March 2, 2021

March 02, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Skagit Valley College graduate receives honor

When she was born, doctors thought it unlikely Jessica Lonergan would ever walk, let alone graduate from college. In June, the 21-year-old — born with a variety of challenges including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism — defied the odds, and graduated from Skagit Valley College. “She was so proud to be there and to be a student at Skagit Valley College,” said Lonergan’s mother, Joy Caldwell, who is almost done with her own studies at the college.
Skagit Valley Herald, March 1, 2021

Kris Johnson | New web portal helps equip young people for a post-pandemic future

... Rebekah Woods, president of Columbia Basin College, said the portal will expand opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds. “More than 40% of our students are first-generation college students. By using this portal to increase the visibility of local internships, we are opening doors of opportunity for them that they may otherwise not have,” Woods said.
Wenatchee Valley Business World, March 1, 2021

Edmonds College receives First-gen Forward designation, national honor for commitment to first-generation student success

The Center for First-generation Student Success has selected Edmonds College as a member of the 2021-22 First-gen Forward cohort, in recognition of the college’s support of first-generation students. First-gen Forward is the nation’s first recognition program acknowledging higher education institutions for their commitments to first-generation student success. 
Lynnwood Today, March 1, 2021

Peninsula College exhibit, lecture focuses on Manzanar

Photographer Brian Goodman will talk about his work documenting the remains of Manzanar, a Japanese concentration camp used in WW II, on Thursday. The Studium lecture at 12:30 p.m. via Zoom complements the Peninsula College PUB Gallery’s digital exhibition of his work, “Manzanar: Their Footsteps Remain — 40 Years of Photography.”
Peninsula Daily News, Feb. 28, 2021

Spokane, North Idaho community colleges contend with plunging enrollment during COVID-19 pandemic

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, enrollments at nationwide community colleges dropped 10% from fall 2019 to fall 2020, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. ... A total of 8,400 students attended Spokane Community College this past fall, down nearly 4,100 – or approximately 33% – from the previous year. Likewise, the number of students (4,260) that attended Spokane Falls Community College in fall 2020 was down nearly 1,100 from the previous year, or 20%.
The Spokesman-Review, Feb. 28, 2021

Edmonds College Foundation to hold annual fundraising gala virtually April 21-24

... “The Edmonds College Foundation has continued to adapt and innovate throughout the pandemic to meet the needs of our students,” said EC President Dr. Amit B. Singh. “The second virtual gala comes at a time of great need, as students struggle to continue their education while navigating the many impacts of COVID-19.”
My Edmonds News, Feb. 28, 2021

What are your local Federal Way leaders reading?

President of Highline College Dr. John Mosby. Current read: “Black Educational Leadership,” by Rachelle Rogers-Ard and Christopher B. Knaus because of my work as an Black male, educator and college president. I’m always looking for opportunities to learn and grow as a person. Recommendation: “The College Dropout Scandal,” by David Kirp. Sad and sobering look at our students and their many challenges to achieve an education. 
Federal Way Mirror, Feb. 26, 2021

Exciting construction projects underway at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Construction is well underway on Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s newest academic building, which will provide 36,000 square feet of state-of-the-art learning spaces for our Veterinary Technology and Dental Hygiene programs. The project also includes a 20,000-square-foot renovation of our Emergency Medical Services program space, located on the first floor of the Cascade Building.
Suburban Times, Feb. 25, 2021

“Good things come in small packages” at March 19 One Minute Film Festival

... “Some people might find it impossible to capture an entire world and a story to tell in just one minute, but these students chose to challenge that way of thinking and not only tackle the obstacle, but do so with flying colors and unimaginable creativity,” said Dr. Lara Starcevich who taught the course [at Peninsula College].
Forks Forum, Feb. 26, 2021

Clark College students get free C-Tran passes

Clark College announced Thursday that it has reached a new agreement with C-Tran to provide students with access to free bus transportation. Starting March 1, students will no longer have to pay for C-Tran “BackPASS” bus passes. All enrolled students are eligible for the free passes, according to a press release from the college. 
The Columbian, Feb. 26, 2021

UW professor uses hairstyles, beauty to discuss race, gender bias

University of Washington professor Anu Taranath will explore cultural perceptions and the role of hairstyles and beauty in a discussion of race and gender bias at Spokane Community College’s Hagan Center. ... “I hope that participants find it interesting that our definitions of hair – what is good hair, whose hair is better, where we should or shouldn’t have hair – are often tied to our beliefs about beauty, bias and belonging,” Taranath said.
The Spokesman-Review, Feb. 25, 2021

Up to 5,000 people a week could get COVID-19 vaccine at this Bellingham site starting in March

... “The [Bellingham Technical College] Nursing Program is excited to partner with this team and participate in a substantial way in the COVID-19 recovery plan for our community. Nursing students stand ready to assist the community vaccination effort and look forward to serving our community,” said Julie Samms, BTC’s dean of Nursing and Allied Health, in the release.
Bellingham Herald, Feb. 18, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

7 ways colleges can help support students in speaking up

Do students feel heard by professors in the classroom and by administrators at their college or university? Inside Higher Ed's inaugural Student Voice survey explored the issues students want a voice in and offered insights into how campus officials might listen and respond better.
Inside Higher Ed, March 2, 2021

Tackling racism in textbook publishing

... The guidelines identify several key challenges to address. These include the underrepresentation of minority ethnic groups in text, images and references; descriptions of people of color that exaggerate negative associations and stereotypes; missing stories of the achievements of people of color ...
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 26, 2021

The jobs the pandemic may devastate

Projecting how many people will work in hundreds of detailed occupations in 2029 is a bold exercise — even without the uncertainty of the pandemic. But labor experts within the U.S. government try to do just that. And their latest assessment of which jobs will grow over the next decade has alarming implications for jobs requiring less education — while also forecasting a boom for epidemiologists and other health-science jobs.
The New York Times, Feb. 22, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Senate approves Cardona to head ED

The Senate on Monday confirmed Miguel Cardona, Connecticut’s education commissioner, as secretary of the U.S. Education Department (ED) by a vote of 64 to 33. Walter Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, will meet with Cardona this week.
Community College Daily, March 1, 2021

Washington Watch: Policies for changing workforce needs

Even before Covid, globalization and technological advances permanently changed the U.S. workforce. The pandemic turbocharged these changes. In 1970, one in four jobs were in manufacturing; today, it’s one in 10. As automation takes different forms – robotics, 3-D printing, machine learning, nano technology and artificial intelligence – a greater array of jobs is susceptible to automation.
Community College Daily, Feb. 26, 2021

Jill Biden says she's pushing for free community college

First Lady Jill Biden said in her first one-on-one interview since the inauguration that she is continuing to fight to make it free to go to two-year institutions. ... President Biden has also proposed eliminating tuition for all students at community colleges and for students at public four-year institutions whose families have incomes of less than $125,000.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 26, 2021

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