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News Links | March 11, 2021

March 11, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Edmonds College student Ayesha Bodiat honored with Transforming Lives award

The Edmonds College Board of Trustees awarded Ayesha Bodiat with its 2021 Transforming Lives award. “The Board of Trustees is deeply committed to and inspired by the success of our students, many of whom overcome daunting obstacles to achieve their educational goals,” said EC Board Chair Carl Zapora. “Ayesha’s story is one of courage and grit, and we are thrilled to recognize her achievements with the Transforming Lives award.”
My Edmonds News, March 11, 2021

Washington state to get billions of dollars for schools, transit and cities as COVID-19 relief bill clears Congress

... Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges also will get a share — an important boost for a system whose student population is nearly half students of color and is the front line for laid-off workers seeking job retraining, said Jan Yoshiwara, executive director for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
The Seattle Times, March 10, 2021

Wenatchee Valley College machining program awarded Gene Haas grant

Wenatchee Valley College announced Tuesday that its machining program received a $10,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. Machining Faculty Micky Jennings said the grant allows students to be able to purchase quality tools, like a $100 pair of calipers instead of a cheap $10 pair.
560 KPQ, March 10, 2021

Phi Theta Kappa selects TCC president as 2021 Paragon President

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honors society for community and technical colleges, named Tacoma Community College (TCC) President Ivan L. Harrell, II, Ph.D., as a 2021 Paragon President. The award recognizes new college presidents for their outstanding support of student success. Harrell’s award letter referenced his efforts to support student leaders during the pandemic.
The Suburban Times, March 10, 2021

New plan earmarks millions of dollars for pre-K programs

... The remaining one-third of the $800,000 will be equally split three ways between Edmonds College, Everett Community College and Washington State University Everett. The colleges will be required to spend 10% of their share on early learning programs.
Everett Herald, March 10, 2021

BTC mass vaccination clinic starting

After conducting a successful pilot effort on Saturday, March 6, the Community Vaccination Center at Bellingham Technical College opens to the public this week and will be accepting appointments beginning Wednesday morning, March 10. ... The Community Vaccination Center will be staffed in part by BTC and Whatcom Community College nursing students.
Lynden Tribune, March 10, 2021

Big Bend offers virtual STEAM camp for kids

Big Bend Community College’s Center for Business and Industry Services is inviting kids, 7 to 14, to participate in the Virtual Vikings STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Camp. The online camp offers weekly classes led by instructors with focus on topics like coding, game design and eSports.
560 KPQ, March 9, 2021

Yakima Valley College helping students experiencing housing insecurity with new grant program

Yakima Valley College is helping students experiencing housing insecurity through their new grant program with Washington State Board For Community and Technical Colleges. ... SSEH Pilot is building support systems for students facing homelessness on six public campuses: ​Eastern Washington University, Edmonds College, South Puget Sound Community College, Walla Walla Community College, Western Washington University, and Yakima Valley College. 
NBC Right Now, March 8, 2021

CBC wants community input to shape future

Columbia Basin College has launched the process that will create its new Strategic Plan, the document that will set the College’s goals through the year 2024. Community members are encouraged to take part in the process through small-group feedback sessions, which will be offered remotely in the weeks ahead.
KEPR, March 7, 2021

NCWLIFE Evening News March 5th, 2021

... This month, the Arbor Day Foundation recognized Wenatchee Valley College as a Tree Campus Higher Education college for the second year in a row. Tree Campus Higher Education, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees, effective campus forest management and engaging students and staff in conservation goals.
NCW Life, March 5, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Commentary: How are women who work at community colleges faring during Covid?

Since Covid-19 abruptly changed how community college leaders live and work, the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) conducted a study that focused on the new and unique challenges of women working at community colleges during the pandemic. ... The participants responded to a 17-question online survey with open and closed-ended questions to capture quantitative and qualitative data.
Community College Daily, March 11, 2021

Report: Libraries contribute significantly to student success at community colleges

Libraries are pulling more weight than one would expect when it comes to student success at community colleges, according to a recent report by Ithaka S+R. The report, titled “Student Focused: Fostering Cross-Unit Collaboration to Meet the Changing Needs of Community College Students,” involved interviews with 37 chief academic officers (CAOs), chief student affairs officers (CSAOs), library directors, faculty and students from U.S. community colleges.
Diverse Education, March 11, 2021

Expanding outreach for expanded SNAP

More college students are now eligible to get help through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Making students aware of this should be a priority for states and colleges – and anyone in contact with students – according to panelists during a webinar Wednesday. Federal lawmakers in December temporarily expanded SNAP student eligibility rules during the Covid-19 health crisis.
Community College Daily, March 10, 2021

Keep students’ POV in mind when using student data

As colleges continue to use student data to better target student supports and make decisions, they should keep in mind that students hold their own views about the use of that data, according to a new study. Higher education institutions have over the years increasingly used student data for myriad purposes, from developing programs and services, to outreach and more.
Community College Daily, March 10, 2021

Commentary: Don’t forget about the lowly press release quite yet

Regardless of what marketers call it today – a press release, news release or media release – this sometimes neglected marketing tool can offer a simple opportunity to generate media interest in higher education. Because many colleges squeeze the most they can from limited marketing staff and budgets, marketers can’t handle the process like they did years ago and achieve the same success. 
Community College Daily, March 9, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

House joins Senate in approving $40B in aid for higher education

The House on Wednesday sent President Biden a massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, which includes an additional $40 billion in aid for the nation’s colleges and universities. Biden in a statement said he will sign the bill Friday. The money for higher education, also passed by the Senate Saturday, would surpass the $14 billion colleges and universities received in last March’s CARES Act and the $22.7 billion they received in December’s $900 billion relief package.
Inside Higher Ed, March 11, 2021

Biden begins process to undo Trump Administration's Title IX rules

A move by the Biden administration to change the way cases of sexual assault and harassment are handled by schools is drawing both cheers and fears. Acting on a campaign promise, President Biden has ordered education officials to start considering how to rollback Trump administration rules that bolster the rights of the accused and limit the cases schools have to handle.
NPR, March 10, 2021

States seek Education Department's help in regulating loan servicers

Officials from 11 states on Tuesday asked Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to reverse two Trump administration policies that they say keeps them from being able to regulate private servicers of student loans. ... “For years there have been instances of servicers providing inaccurate information or engaging in harmful misconduct, often resulting in increased costs and extended repayment periods for borrowers,” the regulators wrote.
Inside Higher Ed, March 10, 2021

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