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News Links | October 7, 2021

October 07, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Bates Technical College awarded $2.25M grant

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded Bates Technical College a $2.25 million Title III grant to improve student retention, completion, and success. The five-year grant is the largest ever awarded to Bates and will support three areas. 
South Sound Business, Oct. 6, 2021

State may consider measures implemented on Olympic Peninsula

Gov. Jay Inslee visited the North Olympic Peninsula last week, holding a meeting on COVID-19 at the Peninsula College Longhouse, visiting the state-funded Lower Dungeness River floodplain project site and touring the Composite Recycling Technology Center in events that were closed to the public.
Sequim Gazette, Oct. 6, 2021

EC Art Gallery exhibit features alumnus Lorenzo Townsend

The Edmonds College Art Gallery's fall exhibit showcases the work of Lorenzo Townsend, a photographer, artist, and EC alumnus. The exhibit is titled "Divergent/Interpretations," and features a series of digitally edited photographs. "My hope in showing these works is to get people to look at the world in a new way, and to see art in all things," Lorenzo said.
Edmonds Beacon, Oct. 6, 2021

Bellevue College hosts Fifth Annual Japan Week

Bellevue College's (BC) fifth annual Japan Week is this week. Japan Week is an opportunity for BC students to explore Japanese history and culture throughout the week. Japan Week was launched in 2017 by BC’s student Japanese Culture Exchange Club to foster an appreciation of Japanese history, culture, and traditional and contemporary art forms. 
425 Magazine, Oct. 6, 2021

WVC receives grant to help support homeless students

Wenatchee Valley College has received a $226,000 grant to help homeless students over the next two years with access to everything from laundry facilities and showers to food and technology. The grant is one of eight awarded across the state through a pilot program, Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness, approved by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, according to a Tuesday news release.
Wenatchee World, Oct. 5, 2021

Anchor of 'Latino USA' to give public talk sponsored by WA community colleges

Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa will deliver a public talk Friday about the impact of Latino Americans. The talk is sponsored by Washington community colleges, including Yakima Valley College. Hinojosa is the anchor and executive producer of “Latino USA,” an award-winning public radio program that discusses the cultural and political experiences of Latinos in the United States.
Yakima Herald, Oct. 5, 2021

Coordinated Care donates $25,000 to EvCC healthcare students

Washington health plan Coordinated Care is donating $25,000 to the Everett Community College Foundation to train the next generation of healthcare students. Ten $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students in nursing, medical assisting, phlebotomy, pre-medicine or other healthcare programs.
Patch, Oct. 5, 2021

Wenatchee Valley College receives funding for mental health pilot program

Wenatchee Valley College was one of four colleges selected for grant funding to stand up a mental health counseling pilot program. WVC will receive $250,000 to apply to expand the college’s counseling staff and extend counseling services through the summer. ... The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is running the program as part of recently passed legislation.
560 KPQ News Radio, Oct. 4, 2021

Governor Inslee appoints Kelly Shepherd to EvCC's Board of Trustees

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Sequoia High School Principal Kelly Shepherd to Everett Community College's Board of Trustees. Shepherd, of Mukilteo, has worked in Everett Public Schools for almost 20 years. She's led Sequoia High School for 10 years and previously served as principal at North Middle School.
Patch, Oct. 5, 2021

National Endowment for the Humanities awards Covid relief grants

... Around 90 colleges and universities received funding to support their humanities programs and departments: Adjunct faculty at Seattle Central College will work with local tribal representatives to revise history and literature courses to incorporate Indigenous perspectives ...
The New York Times, Oct. 4, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

You don't need a bachelor's degree to land a high-paying job

It's common knowledge at this point that the more education you have, the more money you'll make. Studies have shown that, on average, someone with a bachelor's degree will earn more than someone with an associate degree or a yearlong certificate. But according to new research released on Thursday, there are also a lot of exceptions.
NPR, Oct. 7, 2021

Commentary: Why choose a community college for a nursing degree?

... Associate degree nursing programs have played an important role in the history of nurses. The first nursing education programs in the United States were termed nursing training programs and were run by hospital administrations. 
Community College Daily, Oct. 7, 2021

Change comes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness

A federal loan forgiveness program known for its ineffectiveness will undergo major reforms over the next year, the Department of Education announced Wednesday. The overhaul is intended to fulfill a “largely unmet” promise to wipe away the student debt of teachers, military service members and others working in the public sector.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 7, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Commentary: Washington Watch: Evolving guidance on federal vaccination mandate

Community college leaders across the country are striving to optimize the health and safety of their campuses related to Covid. While much is being done voluntarily or guided by local and state governments, the federal government is becoming increasingly involved as well. 
Community College Daily, Oct. 6, 2021

Is a tuition-free community college plan enough?

Congress is still debating the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, which includes a tuition-free community college plan called America’s College Promise (ACP). While this plan could be a game-changer in federal-state partnerships in higher education, one estimated to help millions of historically underserved students if all states participate, some experts and advocates warn ACP might not go far enough.
Diverse Education, Oct. 5, 2021

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