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News Links | September 16, 2021

September 16, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Wenatchee Valley College building dedicated to Gloria Atkins, Colville tribal elder also known as Mish ee twie

When the newest building at Wenatchee Valley College was officially dedicated Tuesday to Gloria Atkins, also known as Mish ee twie, her family was there, so proud and honored. The new building is named Mish ee twie in honor of Atkins, a higher education advocate, tribal elder and proponent of tribal fishing rights at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers.
Wenatchee World, Sept. 16, 2021

Mentorship program supporting Black male students at Seattle colleges to expand

A pilot program that aims to help increase the number of Black male students staying in school and graduating from Seattle Central College is getting ready to expand. The program is called Springboard8, which is a partnership between Central and consulting company Slalom. Slalom has made a three-year financial investment to the program and there is now work underway to include Springboard cohorts at Central’s sister colleges, North Seattle College and South Seattle College.
King 5, Sept. 14, 2021

A life of service: Remembering Paul Hirai

According to former Big Bend Community College President Terrence Leas, Paul Hirai epitomized the Rotary Club motto “Service above self.” “Paul was such an important contributor to making the community better,” Leas said of Hirai, who died on Aug. 31 at the age of 92. “I can only aspire to do as well with my life.” “We really lost a great one,” Leas added.
Columbia Basin Herald, Sept. 14, 2021

HomeStreet Bank provides $5K to support Edmonds College students facing homelessness

HomeStreet Bank recently donated $5,000 to Edmonds College’s Project Home Association (PHA), which provides rental and hotel assistance to students facing homelessness. The donation marks 12 years of support from HomeStreet Bank.
My Edmonds News, Sept. 10, 2021

Olympic College requires vaccination for students attending class in-person this fall

Olympic College will require students attending classes on all three of its campuses to be vaccinated for COVID-19 this fall, and those attending have until Sept. 24 to get their first dose.  Students attending class at the college's campuses in Bremerton, Shelton and Poulsbo are required to receive at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 24 and must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 5.
Kitsap Sun, Sept. 9, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Good at communicating during Covid

Overall, college students agree that their institutions have done a good job during the pandemic in communicating information about a range of issues, from courses and student aid, to emergency financial help, according to a new federal report. 
Community College Daily, Sept. 16, 2021

A breakdown on enrollment barriers

Everyone knows that cost is a major barrier to college enrollment. Now there’s more data to back that up. This summer, the Cengage Group surveyed 1,622 people – a mix of currently enrolled college students (40%), high school graduates (21%) and those who dropped out of college (39%) – about the obstacles they face enrolling in and completing college. 
Community College Daily, Sept. 15, 2021

Doubling Pell would cut future loan debt in half

Doubling the maximum Pell Grant to $13,000 would result in substantial reductions in future student loan debt, according to a new report from the Gender Equity Policy Institute. The analysis found that community college students receiving the maximum award would graduate debt-free ...
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2021

Amazon ups ante for employer-paid education and training

Amazon announced last week that it will spend $1.2 billion by 2025 to expand its Career Choice program, paying 100 percent of the cost of tuition, fees and books for all of its U.S. employees. The massive retailer has already funded education and training for about 50,000 of its employees ...
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 13, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Reporter's notebook

The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday capped nearly 40 hours of debate over four days with the passage of its fiscal year 2022 budget reconciliation proposal. The measure, approved by a vote of 24 to 19, includes several provisions that community college advocates had sought ...
Community College Daily, Sept. 16, 2021

Commentary: Washington Watch: Los colegios comunitarios celebran a los estudiantes Latinx

... Hispanics/Latinx have made great strides in their educational attainment. In 2020, the percent of Hispanics/Latinx ages 25 to 29 who have at least a high school degree reached 90%, increasing more than 20% since the prior decade. The percent earning an associate degree or higher almost doubled between 2010 and 2020 (20% to 37%).
Community College Daily, Sept. 15, 2021

House members want rollback of Title IX rules to begin soon

Fifty-nine members of the House sent a letter Monday to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Suzanne Goldberg, urging the Department of Education to issue proposed changes to the Trump administration's Title IX rules in October. 
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2021

Groups make final push for Kvaal confirmation

Over a dozen higher education associations and organizations sent a letter to members of Congress Friday, once again urging senators to vote in favor of James Kvaal to serve as under secretary of education ahead of the first vote on his nomination happening today. 
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 13, 2021

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