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News Links | February 1, 2022

February 01, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

U.S. Rep. Larsen visits Edmonds College Construction pre-Apprenticeship Program

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen visited the Edmonds College Advanced Manufacturing Skills Center at Paine Field last week to see firsthand the second cohort of the Construction pre-Apprenticeship Program (CAP) completed their third week of the 10-week program.
My Edmonds News, Jan. 31, 2022

Seattle Colleges and Amazon create new opportunity for computer science degrees

The pressing need for more computer science graduates combined with tech companies’ pledges to build more racially and ethnically diverse workforces are teeing up a new solution: Empower two-year colleges to offer computer science bachelor’s degrees. ... “It’s important for us to demonstrate that community college can be a solution,” said Shouan Pan, chancellor of Seattle Colleges, which is comprised of North Seattle, Seattle Central and South Seattle colleges. ... The Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, which oversees the state’s 34 community and technical colleges, will use the money to help develop the four-year degree program. ... In 2016, Bellevue College received permission to become the first community college in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
Geek Wire, Jan. 29, 2022

Pierce College recognized for excellence in military education

In recognition of Pierce College’s dedication and service to the military community, the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) has named the college the recipient of the 2022 Institution Award. The CCME Institution Award is presented to a higher education institution in recognition of its significant contributions to the cause of military education.
Suburban Times, Jan. 28, 2022

Clarkston High School and WWCC partner for electrical classes

The Clarkston School District and Walla Walla Community College are partnering on instruction for high school students in Energy Systems 131, principles of electrical theory. The announcement was made in a Tuesday news release from the community college. Students will be eligible for dual credits, which can apply for high school credits and the energy system program at WWCC.
Lewiston Tribune, Jan. 28, 2022

Spokane Falls Community College drama wins big at 2021 Broadway World regional drama awards

Competing against regional productions, touring shows and more – in a field of more than 100 participating cities across the country – Spokane Falls Community College’s Spartan Theatre and Bigfoot Drama Club productions won in every category possible at the 2021 Broadway World regional drama awards, the largest theater audience awards in the country.
Spokesman-Review, Jan. 28, 2022

Higher education facility opens doors in Federal Way

... The for-credit coursework is through Highline College and professional development courses are through the UW Tacoma Professional Development Center with instructors from the respective institutions. In the future, the campus plans to offer short-term certificate classes in early childhood education, healthcare and computer science.
Federal Way Mirror, Jan. 28, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

Pearson acquires credentialing firm Credly in $200M deal

Pearson announced Monday that it had acquired Credly, the market leader in digital workforce credentialing. Pearson, which already had a nearly 20 percent stake in Credly, said the acquisition will expand its presence in the workforce skills sector and add a strong credentialing service to its existing workforce analysis and learning portfolio.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 1, 2022

Shining a light on rural colleges

Two new mapping projects aim to expand understanding of rural colleges and the challenges they face. One focuses on where rural college are located, the other on colleges serving rural populations.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 1, 2022

‘Few core staff left’: Droves of nurses take high-paying travel jobs

... Travel nursing is a field that has boomed in the past two years, with demand up for short-term positions, and those who fill them enjoying significantly higher wages. More nurses are making the same choice. Hoglund estimated her Providence unit was about 80% travel nurses when she left this month.
Everett Herald, Jan. 31, 2022

Concerns about online cheating decline

... “We don’t have a definitive answer, but we believe it’s likely that as instructors have acquired vastly more experience with online learning in recent months, their concerns about academic integrity have lessened,” Jordan said. “It may also be that instructors now have more experience with mitigating techniques than they did in 2020.”
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 28, 2022

A new initiative to grow AI workforce

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has launched a program to expand and support community colleges in offering skills training that would lead to jobs in artificial intelligence (AI). AACC will lead the network with support from leading technology companies Intel and Dell Technologies.
Community College Daily, Jan. 27, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

State higher ed funding tops $100B in fiscal 2022

Without accounting for inflation, state funding levels increased by 6.5 percent year over year in fiscal 2022. This jump is due in part to ongoing federal support, recovering state revenues and reversals of state funding cuts from earlier in the pandemic.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 1, 2022

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