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September 28, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Everett Community College clears student debt from pandemic

Everett Community College has cancelled student debt for more than 3,400 people. Using money from the American Rescue Plan Act, the college cleared any outstanding balance for students who took classes during the pandemic. ... Laura McDowell, a spokesperson for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, said colleges have a lot of flexibility in how they spend the money on students.
Everett Herald, Sept. 27, 2021

WCC gets national recognition for this program that could boost local economy

Being recognized nationally for its cybersecurity program and receiving a $7.5 million grant is not just a big deal for Whatcom Community College, but it could have a ripple effect across the county for years to come. Last month the community college received the grant from the National Science Foundation and WCC President Kathi Hiyane-Brown met with industry leaders, government officials and President Joe Biden ...
Bellingham Herald, Sept. 27, 2021

Editorial: Students, economy need boost of free college

Students at Everett Community College — 3,342 of them — received a welcomed email recently, informing them that their student debt, owed for tuition and fees during the covid-19 pandemic from spring quarter 2020 through summer quarter 2021, had been wiped clean.
Everett Herald, Sept. 24, 2021

President Kimberlee Messina of Spokane Falls Community College chosen for Aspen Institute's New Presidents Fellowship

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 announced that Kimberlee Messina, President of Spokane Falls Community College, is one of 25 leaders selected for the 2021-22 class of the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship.
Patch, Sept. 23, 2021

$1.3 million in federal grant funding awarded to Peninsula College

On-demand remote learning pathways, enhanced student supports, waived text book fees, and culturally responsive curriculum are just some of the benefits students will see as a result of a $1.3 million grant recently awarded to Peninsula College by the US Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).
Forks Forum, Sept. 23, 2021

New trustee joins board at Big Bend Community College

Big Bend Community College on Tuesday announced Amy Parris as a new trustee, replacing Stephen McFadden, who resigned after taking a job with the Port of Pasco in the Tri-Cities. Gov. Jay Inslee confirmed the appointment last week.
Columbia Basin Herald, Sept. 22, 2021

Three new light rail stations to open in North Seattle next month

... The 4.3-mile Northgate Link Extension will open on Oct. 2 with new stations in Northgate, the University District and Roosevelt. The U-District and Roosevelt stations are underground. The Northgate station is elevated and will act as a transit hub with frequent bus connections, a park-and-ride, and a bicycle and pedestrian bridge to North Seattle College.
KIRO 7, Sept. 22, 2021

Weekend with kids: Seattle Southside

For an overview of the Pacific Northwest’s species-rich marine habitat, the MaST Center Aquarium in coastal Des Moines has more than 15 tanks that collectively hold approximately 3,000 gallons of water, where more than 250 native Pacific Northwest marine species reside. The free center also happens to be the working lab for nearby Highline College.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 21, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Collaboration is key to thwart cyber threats

To thwart cyber threats, colleges need to partner with other institutions and work better internally among their departments, according to a panel of cyber experts in the higher education field. Cyber criminals are working in organized groups and recruiting talent ...
Community College Daily, Sept. 27, 2021

Commentary: Design for equity, enrollments will follow

There are two questions that probably every community college president in America has likely been asked by the local media in the past few months. “What’s the impact of Covid-19 on enrollment?” “What could be the impact of federal legislation that makes community colleges tuition free, raises the minimum Pell Grant and invests in student retention?”
Community College Daily, Sept. 27, 2021

What’s changing in the new FAFSA and what’s not

Big changes are coming to a notoriously complex form that students need to submit to qualify for college financial aid — but the changes will mostly appear gradually, over the next few years.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 25, 2021

Evolving on guided pathways

In 2015, the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University published a book that catalyzed the movement at community colleges in developing guide pathways, which were designed to help students focus more on potential career paths and required courses.
Community College Daily, Sept. 23, 2021

Reducing the risk of funding fraud

Colleges have received and distributed a lot of federal pandemic relief money in the last 18 months. And criminals are already trying to tap that money and other federal funding. Just as with fraud involving Pell grants and Title IV funds, the fraud can come from external and internal sources ...
Community College Daily, Sept. 22, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

What the debt ceiling debate means for higher ed

At the same time that Congress is trying to keep the federal government from shutting down at the end of this week, it’s also facing a deadline to keep the United States from defaulting on its loans -- a never-before-seen outcome that would impact higher education, and the economy over all, in disastrous but still mostly unknown ways.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 28, 2021

States will need to pony up for Biden's free college plan

America’s College Promise -- the Democratic-backed plan to provide tuition for all community college students -- could allow more than nine million students to pursue an associate degree for free. States, on the other hand, will have to open their wallets.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 28, 2021

Groups ask Senate to repeal Pell Grant taxability

Nineteen higher education organizations and associations are urging senators to preserve a provision in the Build Back Better Act that would repeal the taxability of Pell Grants once the upper chamber begins its work on the budget reconciliation bill.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 24, 2021

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