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News Links | February 15, 2022

February 15, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Centralia College hit with ransomware attack

... Early this morning, Centralia College learned of a ransomware attack on its local servers. At this time, the servers are shut down and an investigation is underway. ... CC is working closely with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and leveraging all resources available to minimize the impact and duration of the outage.
The Chronicle, Feb. 14, 2022

Wenatchee Valley College cancels more than $350K in student debt

Wenatchee Valley College has canceled more than $350,000 in student tuition debt accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The college is using Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds to cancel debt for 556 students who attended classes spring quarter 2020 through summer quarter 2021. All 556 students have unpaid tuition or fees at the college, with an average amount of canceled tuition debt at $635.
iFiber One, Feb. 14, 2022

Unprecedented diversity among Clark College’s 5 trustees

... Recently, Clark College’s board has been working with Rashida Willard — vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at the college — to create an equity policy that incorporates inclusive language and practices into the board’s decision-making process. About 40 percent of Clark’s students identify as non-white.
The Columbian, Feb. 12, 2022

Commentary: Education Pays Off, For You and Your Community

For decades, there were higher-wage jobs in the trades that would take adults and recent high school grads without training. The “back in my day” crowd likes to tell of mill jobs that paid great wages, enough to support a family in Lewis County.  ... Bob Mohrbacher is president of Centralia College. 
The Chronicle, Feb. 9, 2022

Giant computer wall helps EVCC students to prevent worldwide cyber attacks

In an age of dangerous ransomware attacks, Everett Community College is leading the way against hackers in the form of a mega-machine called “The Wall.” Hot-headed hackers are in store for a harsh message: “The Wall” means you should be very, very worried. “We’re just trying to protect our way of life, pretty much,” said EVCC student Chris Von Reybyton. [Video]
KIRO 7, Feb. 9, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

Report: When college doesn't pay off

Most students who attend college earn more 10 years down the road than those who don’t. But at roughly one-third of institutions, a majority of students end up earning less than those with a high school diploma, according to a new analysis from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 15, 2022

Balancing student privacy and open access

... “I was raped several years ago, but I can still hear him whispering things in my ear,” a student at a community college in California recalled in devastating detail. “I can still feel his breath on my neck. I remember how most of my family defended him, and to this day I can’t look at them the same way.”
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 15, 2022

Making strides on pathways

... Pathways reforms began gaining steam in 2015 with the launch of the Pathways Project, led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) alongside national partners that included Achieving the Dream and the Center for Community College Engagement. Thirty colleges were involved in that initial iteration.
Community College Daily, Feb. 15, 2022

DataPoints: State and local funding

State funding is an important revenue stream for public institutions of higher education. However, the distribution between two-year and four-year colleges varies considerably by states. According to data recently released by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association ...
Community College Daily, Feb. 12, 2022

Demand for college peer counselors is booming. But training only goes so far

During the pandemic, a nationwide crisis of isolation and anxiety has fallen particularly hard on young people – and more and more, those young people are turning to each other for help. 
NPR, Feb. 12, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington Watch: DOL plans changes to white-collar FLSA exemptions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced its intent to update the salary level threshold for “white-collar” exemptions to parts of the Fair Labor Standards Act, a regulatory change that could significantly affect community colleges.
Community College Daily, Feb. 14, 2022

Washington Watch: ED extends institutional aid eligibility

The U.S. Education Department (ED) has extended the period in which institutions can apply to qualify for its MSI/SIP Eligibility Matrix. It is used to pre-certify institutional status for Title III, V and VII Higher Education Act (HEA) grants. 
Community College Daily, Feb. 11, 2022

39 members of Congress want education dept. to investigate anti-semitism

Thirty-nine members of Congress, led by Representative Ted W. Lieu, a California Democrat, sent the Education Department a letter urging it to do more to prevent anti-Semitism on campus. “This wave of antisemitism has had a detrimental impact at many American colleges and universities,” the letter said.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 10, 2022

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