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News Links | January 20, 2022

January 20, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Wenatchee Valley College will be without its longtime leader

Wenatchee Valley College’s longtime president, Jim Richardson, will soon enter the retirement phase of his life. The esteemed administrator has spent the last 45 years of his career in higher education; 17 of them were spent as president of Wenatchee’s local college. Richardson announced his retirement at Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting. Richardson will retire on June 30, 2022.
iFiber One, Jan. 19, 2022

Matthew Thuney: UFO class at WCC

KGMI’s Joe Teehan talks to local writer Matthew Thuney about a new course at Whatcom Community College covering the history of UFO sightings. [Audio]
KGMI, Jan. 19, 2022

Pierce College Puyallup president picked to lead EvCC for now

Darrell Cain is the top choice for interim president by the Everett Community College Board of Trustees. On Tuesday, the board unanimously voted to hire him to lead over 18,000 students and about 300 employees at the college. Cain is president of Pierce College Puyallup, a wing of the Pierce College system with about 7,000 students.
Everett Herald, Jan. 18, 2021

Yelm High School to offer in-house associate degree program

... One of the barriers students may face with Running Start is the nearest institution offering the program is 20 miles from Yelm. The new program allows students to earn an associate’s degree from South Puget Sound Community College ostensibly without the student ever stepping foot on its campus.
Nisqually Valley News, Jan. 18, 2022

Edmonds College to host virtual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Jan. 20

... Dr. Amit B. Singh, Edmonds College president adds, “We proudly welcome Christian Paige to our college to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The poetry of Mr. Paige continues to reinforce Dr. King’s message of change. I remain hopeful that working together, listening and learning from each other will bring about the change we all want and need to continue building a community where everyone is welcome.”
My Edmonds News, Jan. 18, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

Commentary: Disruption and the future of higher education

Community colleges have been dominated by the coronavirus pandemic for the past two years. The pivot to virtual learning was driven by necessity, but community colleges were not strangers to online learning. Pre-pandemic, community colleges had growing online enrollments ...
Community College Daily, Jan. 20, 2022

New COVID guidance for colleges is stricter than CDC's

In updated guidance released Wednesday, the American College Health Association recommended that students who test positive for COVID-19 not leave isolation until they receive a negative rapid antigen test—a departure from the latest CDC guidelines, which lowered the recommended quarantine period from 10 to five days and do not require a negative antigen test to end isolation.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 20, 2022

Opinion: 'Skills builders': Mislabeled and misunderstood

The changing needs of the modern American workforce will require continuous training among current and future employees. With its open-door policy and cost-effective courses, the community college provides opportunities for those seeking to increase or learn new skills.
Diverse Education, Jan. 20, 2022

Trends among transfers this fall

New national data show declines in overall transfer enrollment among public two-year college students slowed this fall to -1.5%, but there are some points of hope. The decrease of 6,284 students transferring in the fall of 2021 adds to the more than 99,000 fewer transfers among community college students in fall 2020 — a two-year pandemic drop of -20.4%, according to research released Wednesday by the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center.
Community College Daily, Jan. 19, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington Watch: More funding for community colleges, students

The Biden administration on Thursday announced funding and other initiatives to support community colleges and their students, as well additional guidance on using previously awarded Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds. ... The announcement includes information about the forthcoming Supplemental Support under American Rescue Plan (SSARP) program, which will grant $198 million to colleges and universities with the greatest unmet need because of the pandemic. 
Community College Daily, Jan. 20, 2022


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