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News Links | April 26, 2022

April 26, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Washington is offering more college aid than ever, plus new admission guarantees. Will students buy in?

... Niyomwungere is now studying computer science at North Seattle College and hopes to enroll in a bachelor’s program in the field the college is launching this fall. ... House Bill 1835, which Hansen sponsored, instructs the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to put outreach workers in high schools located in parts of the state with the lowest rates of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA. 
The Seattle Times, April 25, 2022

Enrollment plummets at Washington’s colleges, especially among men

... “The challenge around men is something that the entire higher education community is trying to figure out,” said Jan Yoshiwara, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. ... In the past few years, Lower Columbia [College] outreach workers have developed close relationships with high school counselors and regularly visit classes, focusing on “dual credit” courses allowing high school students free college credit. 
The Seattle Times, April 24, 2022

Peninsula College selects president

Suzanne Ames of Kirkland will be the next president of Peninsula College. Board of Trustees Chair Mike Glenn announced on Friday the hiring of the vice-president of instruction at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland. Ames will fill the position now held by Luke Robins, who has led Peninsula College since July 2012. 
Peninsula Daily News, April 23, 2022

‘It’s unconscionable’: Biden attacks drug prices at speech at Green River College

President Joe Biden focused on ever-rising health care and prescription drug costs as a driver of booming inflation during a speech in Auburn on Friday, calling for bolder action to limit drug prices. ... Biden spoke in the student union at Green River College, a community college with about 14,000 students about half an hour south of Seattle. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, Rep. Kim Schrier and Gov. Jay Inslee — all Democrats — spoke briefly before Biden.
The Seattle Times, April 22, 2022

Clover Park Technical College hosts scholarship fundraising events

The Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) Foundation office is busier than usual on this chilly spring day. Janet Holm, Executive Director, left a donor cultivation meeting to buy books for a student who is currently unhoused and living in a tent while working on their degree.
The Suburban Times, April 22, 2022

Wenatchee Valley College offering Journalism 101 course this spring

What does the term "journalist" actually mean? How do journalists go about writing a story? How can students learn to think critically about their news diet? A decade since Wenatchee Valley College last offered Journalism 101, the course has returned this spring in the hopes of answering some of those questions, among others.
The Wenatchee World, April 23, 2022

Skagit Valley College honors Champions of Diversity

Skagit Valley College held its 22nd annual Champions of Diversity awards ceremony April 14 at McIntyre Hall. The program honors young multicultural leaders from Skagit, Island and San Juan counties with scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $10,000, according to a news release from the college.
Skagit Valley Herald, April 22, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

5 strategies to prepare your online programs for the next crisis

Community colleges learned a great deal about the strengths as well as the needs of their online programs during the Covid pandemic. As we know, community colleges were much better prepared to pivot to fully online than universities. Since the inception of online learning in the 1990s, community colleges saw the potential of online instruction to greatly improve student access to higher education. 
Community College Daily, April 24, 2022

Opinion: Addressing STEM underrepresentation: The Community College Presidents’ Initiative

... The National Science Foundation (NSF) is supporting a strategy to address these issues through the newly funded Community College Presidents’ Initiative in STEM Education (CCPI-STEM). Community colleges, serving the most diverse student body in higher education, are a fertile ground for effective diversification of the STEM workforce.
Diverse Education, April 22, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

U.S. Department of Education expands Second Chance Pell

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) invited 73 more colleges and universities to join the third round of the Second Chance Pell Experiment, which grants Pell Grant access to incarcerated people in participating programs. This expansion means 200 schools can today take part in Second Chance Pell.
Diverse Education, April 26, 2022

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