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News Links | April 21, 2022

April 21, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Good luck getting solar any time soon. Here’s how Bellingham, Whatcom colleges plan to help

... “If you are at all interested in becoming a licensed journey-level electrician, it is well worth your time,” said Laura Wurth, instructor of engineering technology and clean energy at Bellingham Technical College. “(The energy transition) has given them a huge job niche that likely will be sustained over time.”
Bellingham Herald, April 20, 2022

Walla Walla Community College opens free food pantry

Walla Walla Community College has opened their student food pantry. As inflation sky rockets, and food prices increase, the free pantry couldn’t come at a better time. Additionally, Feeding America found that college students aren’t immune to going hungry. They said college student demographics are changing as more part-time students are entering school.
YakTriNews, April 19, 2022

Green River College to celebrate the life of Dr. Mel Lindbloom

A celebration of life honoring Dr. Melvin (Mel) Lindbloom will be held next month at Green River College. ... After serving at the Assistant Superintendent in the Auburn School District, Mel became the Founding President of Green River College in 1964. He remained President until his retirement in 1980.
Auburn Examiner, April 18, 2022

Spokane council votes down zoning change tied to proposed homeless shelter

... Spokane Community College President Kevin Brockbank also voiced his opposition to the emergency ordinance, saying that the community college was never called or made aware of the shelter on East Trent.  "I think there are some major oversights here in placing it where it currently is and some things that have not been vetted very well," Brockbank said.
KREM 2, April 18, 2022

Who gets college cred for making wine? Find out, taste their work!

... [Yakima Valley College's] Yakima Valley Vintners produces 400-700 cases of wine annually and its student-crafted wines have earned more than 185 awards over the last 13 years, most recently winning six awards ranging from gold, double gold, to platinum at the 21st Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition.
News Talk KIT, April 7, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

Stress still driving students to consider stopping out

Three-fourths of students in bachelor’s degrees programs and two-thirds of adults seeking associate degrees who considered taking a break from college within the last six months cited emotional stress, according to a new Gallup-Lumina report.
Inside Higher Ed, April 21, 2022

Taking OER beyond just cost savings

The use of open education resources (OER) — freely available course materials that educators can use, adapt and redistribute online at little or no cost to students — can reduce the expenses of books and supplies for students. But a national organization focused on helping community colleges advance equity and improve student success is studying if OER also can help to boost students’ learning experiences and improve teaching approaches.
Community College Daily, April 20, 2022

Commentary: Four leadership strategies

... Individually and collectively, the future of higher education depends on our willingness and ability to support today’s students and truly make higher education learners first. Here are four leadership strategies that I have seen move the needle for today’s learners ...
Community College Daily, April 15, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

U.S. extends flexibility on online courses for foreign students

The U.S. government has extended through the 2022–23 academic year COVID-era guidance that allows international students enrolled at American colleges and universities to continue to take more online courses than federal law permitted before the pandemic.
Inside Higher Ed, April 19, 2022

Administration gives more student-loan borrowers a chance of debt cancellation

People who have been paying down their student loans for decades will get a better chance at debt cancellation, as the Biden administration temporarily relaxes the rules of certain repayment plans. On Tuesday, the Education Department said it will grant federal student loan borrowers additional credit toward loan forgiveness under what is known as income-driven repayment plans. 
The Seattle Times, April 19, 2022

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