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News Links | November 2, 2021

November 02, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Navy contract reignites shipbuilding at port

... Training will be overseen by Invista Performance Solutions in Lakewood, a collaboration of four Pierce County community and technical colleges that will fund and deliver the training: Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup, and Tacoma Community College.
Tacoma Weekly, Oct. 31, 2021

Wenatchee Valley College to host annual catapult contest for students

... “Building a catapult isn’t really that tricky to the average physics student but I restrict them to use only natural materials,” said Dr. Bruce Unger, [Wenatchee Valley College] Physics faculty. “I’m not sure how many participants this year, because it’s a revival (from last year’s cancellation), but I’m hoping it will go well.”
News Radio 560 KPQ, Oct. 31, 2021

Clark College Foundation head Lisa Gibert to step down

After 16 years as the chief executive officer of the Clark College Foundation, Lisa Gibert is stepping down. The philanthropic organization, which supports Clark College and its students, will search for new leadership.
Columbian, Oct. 30, 2021

Microsoft launches community college campaign to address cybersecurity workforce shortage

Microsoft launched a training program for community college students on Thursday in an effort to fill 250,000 cybersecurity jobs by 2025. ... It will also train faculty at 150 community colleges through a grant and partnership with the National Cybersecurity Training and Education Center at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 28, 2021

Gary Locke keynotes anti-hate summit

“The strength of America is our diversity of people, ethnicities, cultures, languages, religions—this is the secret sauce of our dynamism and resilience,” said former Gov. Gary Locke in a speech last week. ... Locke is currently serving as the interim president of Bellevue College.
Northwest Asian Weekly, Oct. 28, 2021

First-generation college students celebrated at YVC next month

Next month colleges around the country will be recognizing first-generation students. November 8 is the day when Yakima Valley College will join colleges across the United States in participating in the National First-Generation College Celebration.
News Talk 1280 AM KIT, Oct. 28, 2021

Community invited to help find new Peninsula College president

... “The entire Peninsula College community is invited and encouraged to participate in a discussion about the qualities, characteristics, and qualifications that PC is seeking in its president, and the opportunities and challenges facing Peninsula College in the years to come,” college representatives said last week.
Sequim Gazette, Oct. 27, 2021

Weekly Wisdom | Everett Community College President Daria Willis

Enjoy this inspiring conversation with Everett Community College President Daria Willis, Bridget Burns from University Innovation Alliance and Doug Lederman from Inside Higher Ed which aired live on Monday, October 25, 2021. [Video]
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 25, 2021

Community Colleges of Spokane breaking the stigma: How one SFCC employee is making sure students never go hungry

[Spokane Falls Community College] Food Pantry Director Sarah Knowles remembers the stigma. Of food banks, the type of people who use them and the variety of food offered. Of the lines, the processes and unfounded assumptions. She remembers the rationalization: I need it, sure, but not enough.
Patch, Oct. 25, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

4 things to know about possible changes to your student loan debt

Student borrowers, take note. In testimony before a House subcommittee, the head of the office of Federal Student Aid told lawmakers that his agency is preparing for federal student loan repayments to resume early next year.
NPR, Oct. 28, 2021

Food pantries merge to fight campus hunger

... Additionally, since 2015 roughly 60 percent of community college students in 42 states have suffered basic needs insecurity, with one in seven experiencing homelessness, according to a new report from the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice. 
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 28, 2021

Tuition increases remain at a historic low

College tuition increased at historically low rates for the second year in a row, a new report from the College Board shows. In fact, after adjusting for inflation, average college tuition actually decreased during the 2021-22 academic year as colleges scrambled to attract and retain students amid steep enrollment declines.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 27, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Getting students of color to vote at the same rate as whites

Student voting soared to an all-time high of 66 percent in the 2020 presidential election, the latest study from the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education found. However, turnout rates for students of color were lower than those of their white counterparts.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 2, 2021

Commentary: Washington Watch: Big gains at stake

Much is at stake for community colleges as Democratic leaders maneuver this week to pass the revised Build Back Better (BBB) plan. Even without America’s College Promise, the legislation contains a bevy of provisions that would dramatically and positively impact campuses.
Community College Daily, Oct. 31, 2021

Commentary: Washington Watch: HEERF update and survey request

Although the attention of federal higher education policymakers has shifted to other issues, waiting in the wings for vigorous public scrutiny is an accounting of how higher education institutions have used Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF). 
Community College Daily, Oct. 27, 2021

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