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September 14, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Ceremony to name Mish ee twie building in honor of Gloria Atkins

Wenatchee Valley College will celebrate the construction and naming of the new Wells Hall replacement on Tuesday, Sept. 14th. ... The new building will be named “Mish ee twie” in honor of higher education advocate, respected tribal elder and Wenatchi Advisory Board founding member Mish ee twie (Gloria L. Atkins).
560 KPQ, Sept. 12, 2021

CBC offering another vaccination clinic

Some of the best-attended local vaccine distribution events have been held at Columbia Basin College. CBC will once again be offering a cost-free vaccination clinic tomorrow located on their Pasco campus. The clinic is open to everyone ages 12 and older and will offer doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 
KEPR, Sept. 12, 2021

South Puget Sound Community College Trustee Rozanne Garman reappointed to board

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced that Trustee Rozanne Garman was reappointed to its Board of Trustees by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee beginning Oct. 1, 2021, for a term ending Sept. 30, 2026. Trustee Garman has served on the Board since her appointment in Jan. 2020, and currently serves as Vice Chair.
Thurston Talk, Sept. 10, 2021

Rebecca Chan and Kim Wells appointed to Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees

Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed Rebecca Chan and Kim Wells to the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees. “Rebecca Chan and Kim Wells each bring significant financial and organizational management experience to the Board of Trustees, and the College is pleased to welcome them into the campus community,” said Acting President Phillip King.
Shoreline Area News, Sept. 10, 2021

Vaccinations required on campus at Centralia College; Early fall enrollment numbers low

Centralia College will require its instructors, staff and all of its on-campus students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, Oct. 18, the college recently announced. The requirement is part of an updated mandate ordered by Gov. Jay Inslee on Aug. 27 that requires all staff, faculty, contractors and volunteers at higher education institutes to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus by the deadline.
Centralia Chronicle, Sept. 10, 2021

2021 Rising Stars: Spokane Community College’s Guillermo Espinosa

What started as just a job after college has transformed into a personal mission for Guillermo Espinosa to provide students at Spokane Community College a path through their college education and into a career. Espinosa, 30, who was appointed director of student success, diversity, and equity at the Center for Inclusion and Diversity at SCC in March, has found his calling in education and characterizes himself as a passionate and encouraging advocate.
Spokane Business Journal, Sept. 9, 2021

Dental Assisting graduates celebrate at August pinning ceremony

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) celebrated 15 Dental Assisting program graduates at a pinning ceremony at Priest Point Park on Aug. 25. “This cohort of students didn’t have an opportunity to be all together during their time in the program,” said Laura Moe-Genther, Director of Dental Assisting. “This ceremony was the first time, and we know they’ve created bonds that will last a long time.”
Thurston Talk, Sept. 9, 2021

Federal unemployment benefits expire, strongly affecting filers with high school diploma or less

... Lower Columbia College in Longview offers bachelor degrees, associate degrees and technical certificates. President Chris Bailey said associate degree graduates earn an average of $8,000 more a year than high school graduates. Obtaining a degree also adds job security. “The more education you have, the less likely you are to be out of work,” he said.
The Daily News, Sept. 8, 2021

Centralia College to require COVID-19 vaccinations by Oct. 18 due to state requirement

Centralia College’s on-campus students, professors and staff will have until Monday, Oct. 18, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or continue their business remotely, the college recently announced. This requirement is part of an updated mandate ordered by Gov. Jay Inslee ...
Centralia Chronicle, Sept. 8, 2021

Sen. Patty Murray has goal of making community college free

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray visited Skagit Valley College on Tuesday to talk about the push to make community colleges free nationwide. “This is something I have hoped and dreamed about for a long time,” said Murray, the chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “To me, this is absolutely critical.”
Skagit Valley College, Sept. 7, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Commentary: How colleges can back their diversity efforts

The concept of diversity at any institution of higher education must encompass the acceptance, inclusiveness, engagement and mutual respect among students, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the broader community. It is a powerful mission and something to strive for, but how do you and your institution get there? 
Community College Daily, Sept. 14, 2021

Not coming, not staying

Preliminary data released by the federal government today reaffirmed that colleges and universities lost hundreds of thousands of students last year as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on fall 2020 enrollments, particularly at community colleges. The new data, which also break down enrollment by state, shed light on some of the other ramifications of the pandemic, including changes in student retention rates, number of employees and institutional revenue.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2021

Recognizing the value of community college libraries

Community college libraries play an important role in advancing student success. Library leaders see increasing student learning, developing community and providing technological resources as their most influential contributions to the college. But those contributions aren’t always understood by others at the college, according to a new report from Ithaka S+R.
Community College Daily, Sept. 9, 2021

A long-standing push

... More women appear to be entering line work, construction, manufacturing and other skilled trade fields in recent years, but men continue to dominate these trades and the training programs that are a pipeline to jobs. Data from the U.S. Department of Labor show women made up just 11.6 percent of people who completed apprenticeship programs in the 2020 fiscal year -- 4,204 women compared to 32,191 men. 
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 8, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

House ed committee passes funding legislation

The House Education and Labor Committee on Friday approved its $761 billion component of a House reconciliation bill that would expand federal Pell grants and establish free community college tuition in participating states. The legislation comprises the committee’s portion of the Build Back Better Act, a massive $3.5 trillion bill that Congressional Democrats are attempting to pass through a process called budget reconciliation.
Community College Daily, Sept. 12, 2021

An 'extremely solvable' problem

Lawmakers and advocates are urging the federal government to do more to address hunger on college campuses, with some appearing frustrated about the lack of action during a roundtable discussion held by a House committee Wednesday.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 10, 2021

Democrats' free tuition plan could save community colleges at a critical time

Democrats, following the lead of President Joe Biden, are planning to include free community college in a massive spending plan that party leaders are hoping to pass by the end of the month -- and such a major federal investment could provide a much-needed jolt to the nation's two-year colleges after they saw a huge drop in enrollment due to the pandemic. 
CNN, Sept. 7, 2021

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