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News Links | September 7, 2021

September 07, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Looking for a good mechanic? Odds are your garage is, too. It’s Seattle’s other labor shortage.

... Yet increasingly, it’s also a job that demands high-level technical know-how and problem-solving skills, especially as cars have become more computerized. These days, a mechanic is “somebody who is able to analyze data and process that information,” says Amber Avery, a former mechanic who now teaches in Shoreline Community College’s automotive program.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 6, 2021

CBC says housing is full for first time

While community colleges across Washington State have seen enrollment decline in the past year, Columbia Basin College (CBC) reports its dorm is full for the first time. There is no vacancy at Sunhawk Hall, the modern residence hall located across the street from CBC's Pasco campus and next to Sun Willow's Golf Course.
KEPR, Sept. 5, 2021

Jean Hernandez: Hall great benefit to STEM, nursing students

For the months of July and August, Edmonds College President, Dr. Amit B. Singh, and the Edmonds College Foundation have hosted special tours of the college’s newest instructional building —Hazel Miller Hall — for donors who contributed to its “Launch – The Future. Powered by You” campaign, which raised $2 million.
Everett Herald, Sept. 4, 2021

WVC to receive $95,000 grant for agricultural technology

Wenatchee Valley College is set to receive a $95,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture as part of the new National Science Foundation AgAID Institute. According to a Thursday news release, the grant will help to fund numerous projects at the college and in the community.
Wenatchee World, Sept. 3, 2021

LC State signs co-admission, co-enrollment agreement with Walla Walla college

Lewis-Clark State College and Walla Walla Community College have entered into an agreement to allow students from the two institutions to enroll concurrently, the presidents from the two colleges announced on Thursday. In a special ceremony held at LC State’s campus on Thursday morning, LC State President Cynthia Pemberton and WWCC President Chad Hickox ...
Argus Observer, Sept. 3, 2021

State lauds Thurston’s Auditor for 2020 election work during emotional meeting

... Secretary of State Kim Wyman named Hall the 2020 Auditor of the Year in May during an online Washington Association of County Auditors annual meeting. However, Wyman took the opportunity Tuesday to credit Hall in front of county staff. Wyman praised Hall for turning South Puget Sound Community College into a drive-through voting center. She said the effort improved voter access and safety amid the pandemic.
The Olympian, Sept. 2, 2021

Whatcom College president attends cybersecurity summit

The president of Whatcom Community College represented the nation’s community and technical colleges at a White House summit on national cybersecurity. President Biden, members of his cabinet and national security team, and private sector and education leaders met on Thursday, Aug. 26 to discuss how to work collectively to fight malicious cyber activity.
Lynden Tribune, Sept. 2, 2021

Peninsula College rescinds vaccine requirement for online students

... “Following a meeting with state officials this morning, Peninsula College students who are enrolled in online or virtual classes with no on-campus requirements are automatically exempted from the governor’s vaccination mandate for fall quarter. The college’s expectation is that students who are 100% online will not receive in-person services on PC campuses.
Radio Pacific, Sept. 3, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

AI in admissions can reduce or reinforce biases

Admissions offices have been rolling out new technologies that use artificial intelligence (AI) to engage with or evaluate prospective students. But experts and enrollment professionals point out that AI holds the power to close equity gaps as much as augment them, depending on how these emerging tools are used.
Diverse Education, Sept. 2, 2021

The grass may be greener for women in industry

A new study finds the gender pay gap is wider -- 1.5 times wider -- in academic science than industry, despite academe’s progressive ideals and reputation. “Our study provides empirical evidence that it may be time to reassess the reasons why women disproportionately sort into academia in the first place,” the paper says.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 2, 2021

Going straight to good use

... Around the nation, dozens of community colleges and four-year institutions were astonished to find themselves recipients of no-strings-attached grants from Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Ten American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) members received notice of the gift in December, and an additional 19 AACC-member colleges learned the good news in June.
Community College Daily, Sept. 1, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Jill Biden is heading back to the classroom as a working First Lady

Jill Biden is going back to her whiteboard. After months of teaching writing and English to community college students in boxes on a computer screen, the first lady resumes teaching in person Tuesday from a classroom at Northern Virginia Community College, where she has worked since 2009.
NPR, Sept. 7, 2021

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