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News Links | January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

A 'double whammy'

Tacoma Community College launched a marketing campaign in early December to inform local community members and potential students that more in-person instruction would be offered on campus during this year’s winter quarter. A full third of classes would have a face-to-face component—nearly two years after most U.S. colleges first shifted to remote education in response to the pandemic.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 12, 2022

Bill aims to help homeless and former foster care college students

... Participating institutions have experienced higher retention rates within their homeless and former foster care populations. South Puget Sound Community College, for example, had a 76% retention rate for students in its program, which gives students a fully furnished apartment. Austin Herrera, a student at South Puget Sound Community College and a former marine who is now disabled, spoke with emotion as he recounted his experience with homelessness.
Kitsap Daily News, Jan. 12, 2022

Confluence Health career fair in Wenatchee seeks job candidates

... Confluence Health has a new program which pays applicants a wage and their tuition to go through a certified nursing assistant fast track program at Wenatchee Valley College. The college program lasts about four weeks and then moves to a six-week residency at Confluence Health. So far, 21 people had enrolled in the program as of last Saturday, according to Brack.
Wenatchee World, Jan. 11, 2022

Yakima Valley College introduces Agricultural Sciences bachelor’s program

 With the region’s vast agricultural ties and rich farming land in mind, Yakima Valley College has introduced a new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Agricultural Sciences. Starting in the Fall of 2022, students will have an opportunity to build on various agricultural associate’s degree and certificate programs offered at Yakima Valley College by studying a concept that’s essential to their community.
YakTriNews, Jan. 10, 2022

Clark County business briefing

... The governor has also appointed Denise Gideon to the Clark College Board of Trustees. Gideon is a seasoned health care leader with an extensive record of service to communities. She is currently the system vice president of Operations & Program Integration at PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, where she also serves as the executive sponsor for the Black and Allies Network Group.
The Columbian, Jan. 9, 2022

Yakima college student is nominated for Transforming Lives Award

Meet Michael Schantz, the Yakima Valley College’s nominee for Washington state’s Transforming Lives Award. According to a press release from the YVCC, “the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) Awards Committee recognizes the accomplishments of nominees from each of the state’s community and technical colleges for the Transforming Lives Award. “
YakTriNews, Jan. 4, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

Hopeful sign among first-time enrollments

A new national report on college enrollments for this fall confirms the continued drop of students attending community college during the Covid pandemic, though at a much lower rate. It also supports a promising sign: Enrollment of first-time freshmen at public two-year colleges may be stabilizing. The data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center released today show overall enrollment at public two-year colleges is down -3.4% (161,800 students) for fall 2021, compared to -10.1% in fall 2020 and -1.4% in fall 2019 (pre-Covid). 
Community College Daily, Jan. 13, 2022

Perceptions of affordability

... “This new analysis reveals that students are more likely to enroll in college if they believe their family can afford to send them. A student’s belief in their ability to afford college may have important implications for how they search for information on paying for college while in high school or whether to apply.” The study also looked at the relationship between perceptions of affordability, parental education level and college enrollment.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 12, 2022

DataPoints: How manufacturers are addressing the skills shortage

Like many other industries, U.S. manufacturers are currently facing a shortage of qualified workers. About 85% of 389 manufacturers responding to a recent survey report having unfilled positions for which they were struggling to find qualified applicants. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, manufacturers had more than 1 million open jobs in October 2021.
Community College Daily, Jan. 12, 2022

Closing the gender gap in mechatronics

Men vastly outnumber women majoring in most STEM fields in college. Gender gaps are exceptionally and needlessly high in some of the fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs like mechatronics, robotics, cyber defense, math and health sciences. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project statistics, women represent only 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Community College Daily, Jan. 11, 2022

Why community colleges lost so many men

Hands-on technical programs typically dominated by male students and largely dependent on in-person coursework were hard hit by the pandemic and led to steep declines in male enrollment at community colleges across the country, according to a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 11, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

TAACCCT-ical assessment

... All these efforts are a result of the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, which provided nearly $2 billion over four years to help community colleges meet employers’ needs more effectively in response to the 2008 recession. As the pandemic continues to disrupt industries and create a demand for professional reskilling, Congress has considered reviving the TAACCCT program to address a new set of challenges.
Community College Daily, Jan. 9, 2022

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