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News Links | October 12, 2021

October 12, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

YVC to offer more in-person classes in winter quarter

Yakima Valley College will expand its in-person offerings in the 2022 winter quarter, the college announced Monday. The college hopes to make one-third of its classes either fully in-person or hybrid, YVC President Linda Kaminski said in a news release. 
Yakima Herald-Republic, Oct. 11, 2021

Community partnership expands radiologic technologist program

Tacoma Community College (TCC), MultiCare Health System and the TRA Medical Imaging Foundation have formed a partnership to provide funding for a two-year pilot program to increase capacity and opportunity for TCC’s radiology program. 
Suburban Times, Oct. 10, 2021

The Dirt: Premera Blue Cross building new campus in Kendall Yards

... Spokane Community College is remodeling a building that houses its two-year diesel heavy equipment program, according to a permit application filed with the city. SCC will renovate two areas in Building 19 on its campus at 1810 N. Greene St. to create four classrooms, three offices and modifications to allow movement of shop equipment.
Spokesman-Review, Oct. 10, 2021

Big Bend Community College students must be fully vaccinated to attend in-person winter classes

Students who will be physically accessing the Big Bend Community College campus or instructional sites will be required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption for winter quarter. In a statement, President Dr. Sara Thompson Tweedy said, “Exposure to COVID-10 results in unsafe working, learning, and living conditions that negatively impact students’ learning experiences.”
560 KPQ News Radio, Oct. 10, 2021

From hydropower to candied confections | State chamber’s cross-state bus tour promotes manufacturing jobs

Rocky Reach Dam, Wenatchee Valley College and Cashmere’s Liberty Orchards (home of Aplets & Cotlets) all received attention Wednesday from the Association of Washington Business as part of its cross-state bus tour in support of the manufacturing industry and the jobs that go with it. 
Wenatchee World, Oct. 9, 2021

Aspen Institute names Everett Community College president Daria Willis a 2021 Ascend Fellow

Today, the Aspen Institute announced its 2021 Ascend Fellows, including Everett Community College President Daria Willis. This vanguard of 19 changemakers are committed to reinventing systems, unlocking potential and breaking barriers, so children and their families can thrive.
Patch, Oct. 8, 2021

Ferry worker shortages have been building since before Washington's COVID-19 vaccine mandate

... “And what happens then, is you have a huge sucking of the more junior people who haven’t been in the industry very long necessarily, up through the ranks, which then creates this huge vacuum at the bottom,” said Dale Bateman, dean of the Seattle Maritime Academy, which is part of [Seattle Colleges].
King 5, Oct. 8, 2021

LCC instructor Lucas Myers wins national award

The pandemic had made for a long and often trying 18 months for teachers, so when Lower Columbia College biology instructor Lucas Myers received an email telling him he was named Instructure North American Educator of the Year, he said the appreciation “is definitely an honor for me.”
Daily News, Oct. 8, 2021

AWB bus tour highlights Spokane’s variety of manufacturing companies

... The tour started with a stop at Community Colleges of Spokane to look at programs designed to train employees to work for some of the many Spokane employers. Business leaders also have worked with other local colleges, including Eastern Washington University. 
Spokesman-Review, Oct. 7, 2021

With light rail as fuel, Seattle's Northgate is ready to grow

... North Seattle College is across the freeway from the new light rail station. A pedestrian bridge connects the two. College President Dr. Chemene Crawford says her campus was kind of isolated before the light rail arrived. 
KUOW, Oct. 6, 2021

Centralia College: Enrollment and Running Start numbers down for the fall quarter

Student enrollment for the fall quarter at Centralia College is down 30% from the same quarter in 2019, college administration reported this week. With the Oct. 1 deadline to drop classes came Centralia College’s official count of students enrolled in classes for the quarter, which runs Sept. 20 through Dec. 10.
Chronicle, Oct. 6, 2021

Gov. Inslee tours Walla Walla Community College’s career programs Wednesday

Three Walla Walla Community College programs took the spotlight Wednesday, Oct. 6, as Gov. Jay Inslee was on campus to meet students and faculty in recognition of the colleges efforts to provide career preparation programs.
Union-Bulletin, Oct. 6, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Department to establish student aid enforcement office

The Department of Education is restoring an Office of Enforcement within the Office of Federal Student Aid to strengthen oversight of and enforcement actions against institutions participating in Title IV programs, according to a Friday announcement.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 11, 2021

Student loan reforms stand on horizon

This week, the U.S. Department of Education launched its first round of negotiations to regulate some of the biggest student loan problems that could impact millions. The agenda items under debate include strengthening the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program as well as discharging student debt for people defrauded by institutions.
Diverse Education, Oct. 6, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Lhamon nomination for OCR will get Senate vote

The U.S. Senate voted 50 to 49 Thursday to discharge Catherine Lhamon’s nomination for assistant secretary of civil rights at the Department of Education from committee. Lhamon’s nomination stalled in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in early August following a tie vote.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 8, 2021

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