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News Links | March 30, 2021

March 30, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Disappearing debt

... Melanie Ruiz, director of financial aid and veteran Services at Bellevue College, said a student loan reimbursement could entice job-seekers. “I think the ability for an employer to offer assistance with student loan repayment can be a definite incentive if a job applicant is weighing multiple job offers,” Ruiz said in an email.
425 Business, March 29, 2021

More local college students now eligible for basic needs assistance

Washington state has expanded eligibility for the Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) grant ... Students at Yakima Valley College and Columbia Basin College can apply for BFET services at any time. The program is a partnership between local community colleges and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).
KEPR, March 27, 2021

Wenatchee Valley College students have opportunity for emergency relief funding

Wenatchee Valley College students will be able to apply for Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act funding in April. The college is receiving $1.2 million in funding to use toward emergency cash grants for students. The CRRSA Act funding is the second round for the federal Higher Education Relief Funds.
News Radio 560 KPQ, March 26, 2021

Educator at Renton Technical College sells homemade jewelry to support students

An educator at Renton Technical College spent her pandemic free-time crafting and selling jewelry to support students in need. Liz Falconer is the director of innovative teaching and learning at RTC, where she works to support students with help and resources as they navigate through their academic career.
Renton Reporter, March 25, 2021

Community announcements: Peninsula College Community Education offers spring courses online

Are online community education classes any fun? Yes! Peninsula College Community Education is earning an “A” average on exit surveys asking about overall satisfaction, instructor quality, and class value despite its remote format. PC’s Community Education program, which was on hiatus for a few years, has been giving people a social outlet during the pandemic.
Forks Forum, March 25, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Another uncertain admissions cycle for international students

Colleges are facing another admissions cycle marked by uncertainty about international student enrollments. It’s not just a matter of student interest; it’s also a matter of logistics. More than one year after the COVID-19 pandemic began in the United States, many U.S. embassies and consulates have not resumed regular visa processing.
Inside Higher Ed, March 30, 2021

IWPR report highlights challenges of student-parents

... Using first-hand experiences, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) released a new report to highlight the ongoing challenges faced by student-parents and provide recommendations for institutions to help address their needs. “We want to make sure that the voices of student-parents are at the forefront of our research and our work and part of the conversation to drive these policy solutions,”” said Susana Contreras-Mendez, research associate at IWPR and co-author of the report.
Diverse Education, March 30, 2021

Education Dept restores debt cancellation for some borrowers with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education says it will erase the federal student loan debts of tens of thousands of borrowers who can no longer work because they have significant disabilities. It's a small but important step toward improving a shambolic, bureaucratic process for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable borrowers who are legally entitled to debt relief, but haven't received it.
NPR, March 29, 2021

New federal student aid portal unveiled

The Education Department's Office of Federal Student Aid unveiled a new portal Sunday night to ease the administration of aid programs. The site will be used by colleges, guarantee agencies, federal loan servicers and third-party servicers.
Inside Higher Ed, March 29, 2021

'A hotly contested issue'

A Christian professor of philosophy who was reprimanded for refusing to refer to a trans student as a woman can pursue his lawsuit against Shawnee State University in Ohio, a federal appeals court said Friday. Shawnee State “punished a professor for his speech on a hotly contested issue,” the appeals court said. “And it did so despite the constitutional protections afforded by the First Amendment.”
Inside Higher Ed, March 29, 2021

Rutgers will require students to get vaccine

Rutgers University announced Thursday that it would require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before coming to campus next fall. The public institution in New Jersey may be the first or at least among the first universities to take the step of mandating students receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Inside Higher Ed, March 26, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Job training needs for Biden’s infrastructure plan

President Joe Biden’s anticipated $1.5 trillion infrastructure program would increase the number of jobs in the sector, and workforce training programs – especially short-term ones – would be crucial to help workers prepare for the bulk of those jobs, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Community College Daily, March 29, 2021

Commentary: Washington watch: JOBS Act gets the job done

Businesses need employees with the right skills. Meeting this goal is a constant challenge. Pre-Covid-19, 7 million job openings went unfilled, attributable in large part to a skills gap. The economy recovering from the pandemic has these and additional challenges. Many jobs are at risk of not returning, affecting disproportionately the economically disadvantaged, particularly people of color and women.
Community College Daily, March 25, 2021

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