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May 13, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Bellevue College student wins prestigious national scholarship

Bellevue College (BC) student and aspiring rocket scientist Kiseuk “Ki” Ahn was recently awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which will provide him with up to $40,000 a year to complete his bachelor’s degree at Stanford University.
425 Business, May 12, 2021

Local undocumented students eligible for federal pandemic assistance, Biden administration rules

... “We will be using the same application process for students to request funds and those requests are all evaluated on an individual basis based on need created by the COVID pandemic,” said Kevin Brockbank, president of Spokane Community College, and Kimberlee Messina, president of Spokane Falls Community College, in a joint statement.
The Spokesman-Review, May 12, 2021

Grays Harbor College plans ‘hybrid’ graduation ceremony June 25

... “We invite the community to join us for the virtual portion of this unique hybrid ceremony as we honor the achievements of our class of 2021, a class who weathered the storm of this last year and achieved something truly remarkable,” said [Grays Harbor College] Interim President Ed Brewster.
The Daily World, May 11, 2021

'Fauci Effect' fueling a rise in medical school applications

... "The 'Fauci Effect' is definitely happening," said Dr. Suzanne Ames, vice president of instruction at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology. The institute recently reported a 30-40% increase in the number of applicants for a variety of programs.
King 5, May 11, 2021

Wenatchee Valley College rec center collaborates with local Riverfront Rock Gym

Wenatchee Valley College’s Jack and Edna Maguire Student Recreation Center and Wenatchee based Riverfront Rock Gym partnered for free day passes for students. “Unfortunately, the Student Recreation Center is closed at this time, but we are coming up with creative ways for students to still be engaged in physical fitness,” said Danny Zavala, Student Rec Center manager.
News Radio 560 KPQ, May 10, 2021

Editorial: From the newsroom: Passionate about a new generation

... we are preparing for our third annual Dee Anne Finken endowed summer internship, in partnership with Clark College’s journalism program and the Clark College Foundation. We’ll choose a student to work alongside our reporters and editors for the summer. You’ll be seeing the intern’s byline regularly, I suspect.
The Columbian, May 8, 2021

Columbia Basin College won't require COVID-19 vaccinations

This fall, Columbia Basin College won't be requiring students to be vaccinated to return to campus, for now. At this point, Spokesperson Jay Frank says students returning in the fall don’t have to get a vaccine, but are strongly encouraged to. A spokeswoman for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges says their colleges, including CBC, haven’t had any major spreader events caused by college activities.
KEPR TV, May 7, 2021

Centralia College's new bachelor's degree program gets OK from the State Board

Centralia College’s newly-proposed baccalaureate program in behavioral health care received approval from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges this week. If implemented, this new program would be the college’s fifth offering a bachelor’s of applied science degree (BAS).
The Chronicle, May 7, 2021

Lower Columbia College to offer second bachelor's degree to meet demand for managers

Lower Columbia College announced Thursday it will offer a second bachelor’s degree program designed to train workers for management positions. The announcement came about two years after the college began its first bachelor’s degree. The new Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership and Technical Management will ...
The Daily News, May 6, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Commentary: Mitigating stereotype threat

Instructors everywhere need to be aware of stereotype threat and ways to mitigate it. These simple strategies cost nothing to implement, yet positively impact students’ engagement, confidence and sense of belonging. 
Community College Daily, May 13, 2021

Redefining 'value' in higher education

... The report -- written by the Institute for Higher Education Policy and the Gates Foundation -- makes its case with a series of tables. For instance, this table on enrollment shows that Black and Latinx students are far more likely to enroll in public than private (nonprofit or for-profit) institutions. 
Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2021

Community college goes viral on TikTok

... The 13-second video on Cape Fear Community College’s TikTok account has over 95,000 views, 6,000 likes and 130 comments. It’s been shared 82 times. And that’s not even the college's most-watched post. One video on community college stigma garnered over a million views in September 2020, two months after the college started its TikTok account.
Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2021

The community college bachelor's degree continues to grow. Where will it lead?

This week Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law Senate Bill 1453, which will allow Arizona’s community colleges to offer four-year college degrees. When the new law takes effect this fall, Arizona will become the 24th state where community colleges can grant baccalaureate degrees with certain conditions.
Forbes, May 9, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Inslee: Washington to lift COVID-19 restrictions by June 30, sooner if vaccination goal reached

Washington is set to lift the state’s broad COVID-19 restrictions by June 30, and possibly sooner if enough people get vaccinated before then, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday. That full reopening would come sooner if 70% or more of state residents over the age of 16 have gotten at least their first shot before then. 
The Seattle Times, May 13, 2021

Commentary: Washington Watch: A new round of relief funds, plus updated ED guidance

The U.S. Education Department (ED) on Tuesday released most of the third installment of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provided through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. Community colleges will receive more than one-third ($12.68 billion, or 34%) of the $36 billion in formula grants. 
Community College Daily, May 11, 2021

Warren, Sanders call for expanding food aid to college students

Democrats in the House and Senate are introducing legislation Tuesday that would make pandemic-related food benefits for college students permanent. The push is being led by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent. 
NPR, May 11, 2021

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