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News Links | May 4, 2021

May 04, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Infrastructure legislation would pave way for colleges’ programs

... The logistics program at Tacoma Community College prepares students to move beyond the warehouse floor and into the project management side in areas like importing and exporting, transportation and distribution, and security and other areas. 
Community College Daily, May 2, 2021

‘Jewel of the college’: Spokane Falls Community College ‘excited’ for new fine arts, photography facility

The building used by Spokane Falls Community College’s photography program dates back more than 90 years ago as the dispensary for Fort George Wright. The building was constructed in 1930 by the U.S. Army. More than 30 years later, the college’s Fine Arts Building was originally used as a music facility in 1965, according to the college, with an addition completed in 1991.
The Spokesman-Review, May 2, 2021

CBC planning unique two-day graduation

More than a year into the pandemic, Columbia Basin College is planning its most extensive, and lengthiest, commencement ceremony ever. The college will stretch the festivities over two days, Friday, June 18th, and Saturday, June 19th, with a slow-motion drive-through parade that allows graduates the time to exit their vehicle to walk across an outdoor stage and pose for a photo op with their family.
KEPR, May 2, 2021

Clark College alumnus receives Rising Star award

Corey Dobbs, 30, of Washougal, won a Rising Star award from the Council for Advancement and Support in District 8. Dobbs, a 2016 graduate of Clark College, is a development specialist in annual giving and alumni relations at the Clark College Foundation. The award acknowledges “professionals who demonstrate potential for leadership within institutional advancement,” according to a news release.
The Columbian, May 1, 2021

Partially blind pilot plans to fly around the world, after some guidance from a Bellevue College program

... Maeda eventually stumbled across a program at Bellevue College called the International Business Professions program that allows international students to design their own study and career path while also taking English courses. At the end of the program, students are set up with an internship in their field. “For me, that was perfect,” Maeda said. 
The Seattle Times, May 1, 2021

Marchers carry signs that read 'racism is a public health crisis' during anti-racism rally in Wenatchee

... According to our news partner, News Radio 560 KPQ, Wenatchee Valley College Student Body President Lina Mercado says this year’s theme is "racism is a public health issue." “It’s not where we want it to be obviously. We want to improve and keep improving until it’s no longer an issue. That’s why we’re here today. We want to make that stand and that people in the Wenatchee Valley realize that is an issue even in a small town,” Mercado said. 
iFiber One, April 30, 2021

Centralia College: COVID-19 vaccine ‘strongly encouraged’ but not currently required for students, staff

Centralia College says it won’t require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for its students and staff to return to campus, but it will continue to strongly encourage its population to get it. “We may alter our approach in the future if cases spike or we are mandated to require vaccinations. But, so far, we have been very proactive on our campus and we’ve been successful in enacting safety measures ...
The Chronicle, April 30, 2021

WVC’s Knights Hall in for big changes once the Wells Hall replacement is ready

While Wenatchee Valley College's Knights Hall is sporting some new murals, that does not mean the old building is due to be demolished much like Wells Hall. But once the new Wells Hall opens later this year, Knights Hall will be changing. When Wells Hall was torn down in June of last year, the programs and classrooms in the building were moved to other buildings on campus including Knights Hall.
Wenatchee Valley Business World, April 30, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Exploring the value of competency-based education

In their May 12 AACC Digital conference presentation about the need for and value of short-term courses, Amardeep Kahlon and Kerry Mix will focus on the distinctive attributes of competency-based education (CBE), its value to students beyond mere course condensation and its potential to boost enrollment and credential completion.
Community College Daily, May 4, 2021

Shifting focus from access to completion

Details surrounding President Biden’s proposed investment of $62 billion to support student completion and retention in higher education are scarce, but experts say there’s potential for the program to be the most transformative of the administration’s postsecondary proposals.
Inside Higher Ed, May 3, 2021

Leveraging work experiences for college credit

Donald Strange, a 54-year-old public works employee and then manager, has worked on many roads during his 34-year career, but says that there was one particular road that obsessed him. It was a road not taken: that of pursuing a higher education degree.
Community College Daily, April 29, 2021

Report: Provosts support more data collection about students' basic needs

A new report from Ithaka S+R has found that while community college provosts want to collect more data about students’ basic needs, factors such as limited resources and infrastructure restrict their ability to do so. The report, “Moving the Needle on College Student Basic Needs: National Community College Provost Perspectives,” is part of a larger Holistic Measures of Student Success project.
Diverse Education, May 4, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Going big

President Joe Biden’s American Families Plan is a game-changer for community colleges and minority-serving institutions, campus leaders say. The $1.8 trillion plan, proposed Wednesday, could bring a much-needed windfall to institutions serving students most hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2021

A big plan, but will Biden get the votes?

President Biden is calling on Congress to fund a $109 billion program for tuition-free community college, an initiative that has gained support in recent years but still isn’t a guaranteed legislative victory.
Inside Higher Ed, April 29, 2021

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