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News Links | October 14, 2021

October 14, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

GHC receives $1.1 million grant for Educational Opportunity Center; $250,000 for mental health services pilot

Grays Harbor College was awarded a $1.1 million federal grant to open a TRiO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC). According to the school, the five-year project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s TRiO division with the goal of increasing the number of participants from Grays Harbor County who enroll in post-secondary education.
KXRO, Oct. 11, 2021

Giant erratic boulder near Lake Lawrence is an Ice Age remnant

... “Realize that something had to transport it to this location,” notes Michelle Harris, associate professor of geosciences at Centralia College. “It’s out of place and doesn’t belong. The only thing that could have brought it here is a large amount of ice. Its presence allows geologists to reconstruct how the last ice age helped to shape our region.”
Thurston Talk, Oct. 10, 2021

STCU donation surprises 10 first-year CBC students

Local credit union STCU has given a big surprise to ten fortunate first-year students at Columbia Basin College. As a reward for attending First Year Introduction, also known as FYI, these students were chosen at random to receive $1,000 scholarships. The money can be used towards tuition, books, and supplies.
KEPR, Oct. 10, 2021

Film about disappearing island to be screened

Three screenings of “Island Road,” a film about an indigenous community confronted with the disappearance of their home, are scheduled next week through Peninsula College. The film “confronts the reality of the global climate emergency with powerful and personal stories” ...
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 9, 2021

3/4 of new Head Start building in place at Friday Harbor Elementary School

The third section of the new Head Start building for Friday Harbor children arrived on the 10:30 a.m. ferry on October 6. The fourth and final piece will be transported from the Anacortes ferry terminal to San Juan Island on Thursday, October 7. ... Instrumental in making the project happen were the Head Start Director Mary Ellen Lykins and Skagit Valley College San Juan Center Director Sara Werling. 
San Juan Islander, Oct. 6, 2021

Halloween-inspired continuing education at Shoreline Community College

Create a Halloween-inspired piece of art in Embroidery for Beginners, explore your favorite scary movies in Terror on the Screen: The History of Horror Films, or learn about the basics of crime scene investigation in Fingerprints and Forensics: Understanding the Basics of Crime Scene Investigation through Shoreline Community College's Continuing Education this month.
Shoreline Area News, Oct. 6, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Departments call attention to students' mental health rights

The Departments of Education and Justice released a fact sheet Wednesday on how postsecondary institutions should respond to the mental health needs of their students, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 14, 2021

Study: A nudge goes a long way in delivering basic needs support

Research shows personalized emails have decisive impact on community college students accessing basic needs resources: A new report from The Hope Center titled, “Supporting the Whole Community College Student: The Impact of Nudging for Basic Needs Security,” points out ...
Diverse Education, Oct. 14, 2021

How the pandemic spurred American students to pursue health care careers

The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare many vulnerabilities in America’s healthcare system, including a worsening shortage of nurses and physicians. But recent data indicates a new surge of interest in nursing, medical and other health-related career programs.
PBS News Hour, Oct. 14, 2021

DataPoints: More education, more earnings, but….

In general, the higher the degree earned, the higher the earnings. For example, an associate degree increases lifetime earnings over a high school diploma by 25%, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Community College Daily, Oct. 13, 2021

Commentary: Providing a second chance

Many people in this country look at their circumstances and can’t imagine that there’s a different and better life for them. Approximately 10.6 million people go to jail each year in the United States with nearly 1.4 million of them incarcerated in state and federal prisons. 
Community College Daily, Oct. 13, 2021

Half of all college students take online courses

An analysis of newly available federal data shows that a far larger proportion of college students take at least one fully online course than was previously understood. ... 51.8 percent of students took at least one online course in 2019-20.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 13, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Commentary: Defining our future

I recently read something that inspired me to carefully reflect on community colleges. In a passage about the history of the sector, it noted that “great challenges faced the United States … including global economic competition. National and local leaders realized that a more skilled workforce was key to the country’s continued economic strength ...
Community College Daily, Oct. 14, 2021

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