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News Links | April 28, 2022

April 28, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Aspen Prize semi-finalists

The Aspen Institute on Wednesday announced its list of 25 community colleges that are semi-finalists for the $1 million Aspen Prize. It will announce the 10 finalists in early June. ... States that have two colleges on the list include California, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. The 25 colleges are: ... Pierce College District (Washington) and South Puget Sound Community College (Washington).
Community College Daily, April 27, 2022

Seattle Central College’s culinary school could be permanently shut down

The landmark culinary school at Seattle Central College has landed on the budget chopping block and could close permanently as soon as a year from now, according to Aimee Lepage, interim dean of the program. Seattle Central’s Seattle Culinary Academy has been in operation for 81 years, training thousands of chefs over the decades ...
The Seattle Times, April 27, 2022

CHAS medical apprenticeship gets accreditation

Applications are currently open for CHAS’s next cohort of medical assistant apprentices, with curriculum approved by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The apprenticeship includes on-the-job training and full-time employment with benefits, according to the news release. 
Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 27, 2022

Youth transit free in summer: Peninsula College students included

... “We are implementing this policy early, but also on our own extending the zero-fare to Peninsula College students who are actively enrolled in the college and have a pass,” Clallam Transit General Manager Kevin Gallacci said.
Peninsula Daily News, April 27, 2022

Peninsula College announces Associated Student Council leadership

The Peninsula College Associated Student Council leadership has been selected for 2022-2023. “We had 20 total candidates interview for 11 positions, and they were all so good, we decided to bring on 12 of them,” said Rick Ross, associate dean for Athletics & Student Life. 
Peninsula Daily News, April 26, 2022

SPSCC students should get ready to ‘go live’ with long-awaited tech upgrade in May

South Puget Sound Community College is almost ready to launch ctcLink, a college-wide technology upgrade that will make it easier for students to register for classes, pay tuition, and more. SPSCC will “go-live” with ctcLink on May 9, according to a news release from the community college.
The Olympian, April 26, 2022

Wenatchee Valley College to hold ‘Stand Against Racism’ marches this week

Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) will hold two Stand Against Racism events this week that will both end in participants taking to the streets. Diversity and Equity Coordinator Marichuy Alvizar said the 7th-annual Stand Against Racism event is a way to bring awareness to both the campus and community.
News Radio 560 KPQ, April 25, 2022

NCWLIFE evening news April 25th, 2022: WVC donation

Wenatchee resident Ford Barrett has donated $30,000 to Speaking and Listening Skills courses at Wenatchee Valley College. Barrett made the donation in memory of his wife Marlys (Mar-Lees) a former English educator at the college who died in 2021. [Video]
NCW Life, April 25, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

DataPoints: Student supports in recruiting, enrolling and retaining

Increasing enrollment (87%) and retention rates (78%) remain top-tier concerns for community college leaders, according to a new report based on a fall 2021 survey of two-year college officials. Increasing graduation rates (59%) was third, followed by reducing equity gaps (57%) and re-engaging lapsed students (52%).
Community College Daily, April 27, 2022

Opinion: Declining college enrollments are a troublesome trend

In another month or two, the stories and pictures will be everywhere again. The excited high school graduate who’s going on to become the first in her family to get into college. The fresh-faced young man in a robe and tassel, holding up his bachelor’s degree triumphantly while his mom and dad beam. For generations, going to college has been a universal value.
Yakima Herald, April 27, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

CTE on House appropriators’ minds

A House appropriations hearing Thursday on the president’s budget proposal for the U.S. Education Department focused mainly on K-12 issues, but a few lawmakers noted that they would like to see more of a spotlight on trade career opportunities as an option to four-year degrees.
Community College Daily, April 28, 2022

Biden taking ‘hard look’ at student loan forgiveness

President Joe Biden said Thursday that he’s “taking a hard look” at canceling additional federal student loan debt and will reach a decision within a month. “I am considering dealing with some debt reduction,” Biden told reporters in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. The comments came days after Biden had a private meeting with Democratic lawmakers who pressed him on the issue.
The Seattle Times, April 28, 2022

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