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News Links | October 26, 2021

October 26, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Walla Walla Community College could see biggest loss of staff among Valley colleges over vaccine mandate

Walla Walla Community College has the potential to lose the highest number of employees — over a dozen — among higher-learning institutions in the Valley due to the state vaccine mandate, officials there said Thursday, Oct. 21. Whitman College reported few losses, and a Walla Walla University spokesperson stated no staff left as a result of the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
Union-Bulletin, Oct. 23, 2021

TCC welcomes the Islamic Center of Tacoma after devastating Oct. 11 fire

Starting this weekend, the members of the Islamic Center of Tacoma will worship at Tacoma Community College (TCC). On Oct. 11, the Islamic Center of Tacoma faced a devastating fire that had rendered the building unusable, due to smoke, fire and water damage. The Islamic Center, the only mosque in the immediate area, has more than 3,000 members, and hosts daily prayer services, weekly services and a weekend school for children.  
Suburban Times, Oct. 22, 2021

State Board to vote on 4 Bachelor of Applied Science degrees

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will meet for its regular business meeting Thursday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Board members are expected to vote on final approval of four Bachelor of Applied Science degrees: Clark College ... Highline College ... Pierce College ... Yakima Valley College ... The board will also hear a presentation on cybersecurity by Kathi Hiyane-Brown, president of Whatcom Community College
Suburban Times, Oct. 22,  2020

Everett Community College prepares for ctcLink technology upgrade

Everett Community College is preparing for a college-wide technology upgrade in November that will give students new mobile-friendly tools for class registration, financial aid and other services. "Switching to ctcLink is exciting for our college community, especially our students. Students, faculty and staff will have anywhere, anytime access to ctcLink for their college business," said Pat Sisneros, EvCC Vice President of College Services.
Patch, Oct. 21, 2021

Wenatchee Valley College hosting Arbor Day event Friday

Wenatchee Valley College is holding its Arbor Day Celebration Friday at 10:00 am on the WVC campus in Wenatchee. While Arbor Day is normally in late April (it was April 30th this year), WVC staff decided to hold their Arbor Day celebration in October. The reason being that the college benefits from being an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus and must hold at least one arbor celebration per year.
News Radio 560 KPQ, Oct. 21, 2021

LCC still seeing low enrollment, but numbers are stabilizing

Lower Columbia College still is seeing lower enrollment than pre-pandemic, President Chris Bailey told the board of trustees Wednesday evening. Last year, the college dropped 15.2% in full-time enrollment, and then fell another 3.4% last spring and 3.3% combined this year in the summer and fall quarters. That puts LCC in the “middle of the pack” of enrollment in other community and technical colleges across the state, he said.
Daily News, Oct. 21, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

DataPoints: Education, income and poverty

From 2019 to 2020, real median incomes among U.S. householders ages 25 and older dropped for all educational attainment groups, according to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau, whose collected information coincided with the Covid pandemic. Individuals with less education (who also earned the least) were hit particularly hard. 
Community College Daily, Oct. 26, 2021

Enrollments continue to slide this fall

Enrollments at community colleges continued to drop this fall by -5.6%, according to preliminary information from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center. Combined with the -9.0% decline two-year colleges experienced last fall, enrollments at community colleges have dropped -14.1% since fall 2019.
Community College Daily, Oct. 26, 2021

Addressing the mental health of LGBTQ+ students

LGBTQ+ college students face “sizable” mental health challenges compared to their heterosexual and cisgender peers, according to a new report by the Proud & Thriving Project. The study found that LGBTQ+ students experience a higher incidence of substance misuse, depression, suicidal ideation and academic and extracurricular disengagement than their non-LGBTQ+ peers.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 26, 2021

Commentary: DEI and distance learning: Emerging strategies for success

Over the past several years, many community colleges have engaged in training sessions to increase awareness and cultivate an affinity for improving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the campus instruction, curriculum and culture. Initial efforts have focused on the existence of both conscious and unconscious bias and, admittedly, most of the training has been staff-centered.
Community College Daily, Oct. 25, 2021

Survey: Many students are unaware of their college's COVID supports

When the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) at the University of Texas at Austin first polled students about their experiences during the pandemic in fall 2020, almost 60% of students said they didn’t know if there were COVID-related support services offered on their campus. So, six months later, CCCSE followed up with 120,833 students across 273 colleges.
Diverse Education, Oct. 21, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Reporter’s notebook: Eyeing the airline workforce

The pandemic has exacerbated concerns about workforce pipelines for jobs in the aviation industry, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The industry was already facing a potential shortage of various positions, from pilots to maintenance technicians, due to retirements, education and training costs, and difficulty finding qualified workers, the report says.
Community College Daily, Oct. 26, 2021

It's not over till it's over

President Biden told Democratic lawmakers last week that tuition-free community college would likely be scrapped from his social spending package, disappointing higher education advocates and dealing a blow to the administration’s college-affordability agenda.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 25, 2021

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