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News Links | April 14, 2022

April 14, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Edmonds College student wins Governor’s Student Civic Leadership Award

Edmonds College student Ahmad Hilal Abid will be honored at the 2022 Student Civic Leadership Awards as one of three recipients of the Governor’s Student Civic Leadership Award. ... Abid advanced for consideration for the Governor’s Student Civic Leadership Award after being selected as Edmonds College’s Presidential Student Civic Leadership Award recipient.
My Edmonds News, April 14, 2022

New program addresses state’s shortage of nurses

With a grant from Premera Blue Cross, Green River College and three other colleges in Washington will launch a program to address the shortage of nurses. The new academic program at Green River College will offer licensed practical nurses (LPN) a chance to earn their bachelor of science in nursing ...
Auburn Reporter, April 13, 2022

Bates Technical College celebrates grand opening and ribbon cutting for new Center for Allied Health Education

Bates Technical College President Lin Zhou said, “The Center for Allied Health Education is more than just a new building. It represents a commitment to the South Sound health care community. With this leading-edge facility, we continue to offer practical, hands-on, and industry-specific education ..."
Suburban Times, April 13, 2022

Columbia Basin College plans to give away 100 bikes at Bike Bonanza

Columbia Basin College is partnering with the Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop for a Bike Bonanza on April 23, where they will give away 100 bicycles. Members of the public donated bicycles in a variety of conditions to be given to students, staff and family at CBC.
NBC Right Now, April 13, 2022

Changing employers’ expectations

 ... Corrinne Sande, director of computer sciences and information systems at Whatcom Community College in Washington, said the biggest challenge community colleges face in bridging the cybersecurity workforce gap boils down to one word: branding. 
Community College Daily, April 12, 2022

Washington State Ferries partnering with Seattle Maritime Academy to address worker shortage

... Students at Seattle Central College’s Seattle Maritime Academy train in classrooms, aboard vessels and in state-of-the art engine room and Captain’s bridge simulators. About one-in-four of WSF’s current engine room employees graduated from the maritime academy. [Video]
KIRO 7, April 11 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

Colleges will face economic challenges this fall: Moody's

... Now that jobs are plentiful and inflation is high, students who might otherwise attend college will be more inclined to enter or remain in the workforce instead. Higher prices for food, housing, gas and transportation leave them with less income for education. The trend disproportionately hurts community colleges, where enrollment dropped by 30 percent between 2012 and 2021 and 13 percent between 2019 and 2021, the report notes.
Inside Higher Ed, April 14, 2022

Growth of credentials presents implications, opportunities

There are nearly 1 million unique credentials in the marketplace, with nearly half originating from non-academic providers, according to data from Credential Engine. The wide availability of credentials should be good news for credential-seekers. But the credential marketplace is confusing, and individuals can easily get lost trying to navigate it. 
Community College Daily, April 14, 2022

Courseware designed to close equity gaps

The gaps remain stark: first-year students of color and learners from low-income backgrounds wash out of entry-level “gateway” courses at significantly higher rates than their white peers. Those early setbacks contribute significantly to the higher dropout rates that Black, Latino, Indigenous and Pell Grant–eligible students experience between their first and second year of college ...
Inside Higher Ed, April 13, 2022

DataPoints: Positive views of blue-collar jobs

Nearly three-fourths (74%) of blue-collar workers in the U.S. say there is a good career path in their line of work, and a similar proportion (73%) believe more young adults should pursue careers in their field, according to a recent survey commissioned by staffing company Express Employment International.
Community College Daily, April 13, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington Watch: DOL to hold regional listening sessions on FLSA regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will host a series of public listening sessions for employers throughout May and early June to seek feedback on potential changes to the salary level threshold for “white-collar” exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The regulatory change could have a significant impact on community colleges.
Community College Daily, April 14, 2022

Senators call for probe into student loan program after NPR unearthed major problems

Lawmakers have called for an investigation into a troubled student loan cancellation program two weeks after an NPR report revealed the program — designed to help low-income borrowers, and eventually offer them debt cancellation — wasn't living up to its promise. 
NPR, April 14, 2022

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