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News Links | March 16, 2021

March 16, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Now is the right time for college

... [Shoreline Community College] student Sunshine Cheng says taking asynchronous classes (that do not meet at a particular date or time) has allowed her to try out courses she would not have otherwise due to her work schedule. She adds, “because everything has been remote, I have also been able to take on new internships and jobs that I didn’t have time for before.”
Shoreline Area News, March 16, 2021

Edmonds art beat: A conversation with Ed Hartman, an award-winning, musical renaissance man

Hartman has been teaching music licensing through North Seattle College for the last decade. The classes are focused on getting original music into tv and film while building an understanding of writing and publishing, how to create a business around composing and learning about the gatekeepers of the industry. Through the years he has created his own scores for features, documentaries and short films.
My Edmonds News, March 15, 2021

CBC, YVC, say students ‘learning English’ class enrollments plummet

According to officials at Columbia Basin College in Pasco and Yakima Valley College, students are not taking what are called English Language Acquisition courses. Since last March, CBC has seen those numbers drop by at least 60%. The courses are designed to help various ethnic groups learn or sharpen their English skills to help them in school, jobs and society.
KFLD, March 14, 2021

Registration for Edmonds College Creative Retirement Institute spring term starts March 16

Days are getting longer, crocuses are appearing, the world is slowly opening after a year of COVID-imposed isolation — and the Creative Retirement Institute at Edmonds College is offering an array of courses for the upcoming spring term. The mission of the Creative Retirement Institute is to provide quality, lifelong learning opportunities for adults in a supportive environment.
My Edmonds News, March 14, 2021

Community Voices: Lower Columbia College, your college

Last year was filled with unprecedented challenges for Lower Columbia College and our students. As the president of LCC, I often hear from our students how LCC has changed their lives. Entire families are impacted by the power of education. Access to an affordable and accessible education is at-risk due to the rising costs of education and the impact the pandemic has had on students’ ability to pursue their educational goals.
The Daily News, March 14, 2021

'There is always help': Adelina Machuca Santiago overcomes barriers to help others succeed

Adelina Machuca Santiago always worked hard for her education. In her childhood she walked miles to get to school in Mexico, and at Lower Columbia College she persevered through domestic violence, language barriers and financial hardship that at times made graduation seem like a distant dream.
The Daily News, March 14, 2021

TCC earns 2021 REACH Rewards

Tacoma Community College’s Chi Gamma Chapter was one of the 1,081 chapters selected for the 2021 REACH Rewards Program due to outstanding growth. Each college’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter chooses its level of PTK involvement. TCC’s Chi Gamma Chapter has seen a dramatic rise to prominence within the organization over the last decade, growing from a one-star chapter to a five-star chapter ...
The Suburban Times, March 11, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

'Creating entrepreneurial community colleges'

... At its core, design thinking is a framework for innovation and a tool to help organizations transform in ways that will position them for success in a future characterized by rapid and constant change. Originally developed as a blueprint for designing new products, design thinking has in recent years been extended to the development of programs and services in industry, education and other public and social-sector organizations. 
Inside Higher Ed, March 16, 2021

‘No quick turnaround in sight’

The dramatic enrollment declines that community colleges experienced in the fall will likely continue this spring, especially among students of color and males, according to preliminary data collected by the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center. Six weeks into the spring semester, community colleges reported a -9.5% drop in enrollments compared to pre-pandemic spring 2020, the center said Thursday in an enrollment update.
Community College Daily, March 11, 2021

Commentary: Global connections: Why international students remain important for community colleges

... Over the past several years, the number of international students at community colleges has steadily declined — decreasing -2% in 2017-2018, -8.3% in 2018-2019 and another -8.3% in 2019-2020. Some attribute the decline — a sharp reversal in international enrollment trends — to changes in U.S. immigration laws, reduced visa availability in historically strong international student recruitment markets ...
Community College Daily, March 11, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

States maintain higher ed funding

With the help of nearly $2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funding, state funding allocations for higher education during the 2021 fiscal year remained roughly the same as last fiscal year, according to the latest Grapevine higher education funding report. Total state support for higher education edged up by 0.3 percent to $96.7 billion in the 2021 fiscal year, which began July 1, 2020, and will end on June 30, 2021. 
Inside Higher Ed, March 16, 2021

Washington watch: Biden signs $1.9T stimulus legislation

President Joe Biden on Thursday signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, which builds on both the CARES Act and CRRSAA and will provide even more financial assistance to community colleges and their students. From the institutional perspective, a primary benefit of ARP — which the House passed earlier this week — is that it closely tracks CRRSAA (the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act).
Community College Daily, March 11, 2021

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