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News Links | January 25, 2022

January 25, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Washington Watch: Critical negotiated rulemaking sessions start

... Community colleges are represented by primary negotiator Anne Kress, president of Northern Virginia Community College and a member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) board of directors, and Will Durden, director of basic education for adults at Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Community College Daily, Jan. 24, 2022

Flying field: Aviation maintenance technology offers high opportunity

Christine Kelly said she was looking for training opportunities when she found some online information about the aviation maintenance technology program at Big Bend Community College. Kelly, from Bellevue, said she knew she wanted a job where she could work with her hands.
Columbia Basin Herald, Jan. 24, 2022

Newly minted Olympic College nurses enter the profession at pandemic's height

... But as nurses here are leaving their posts as a result of burnout or for more lucrative travel positions, [Olympic College's] recent graduates say they are happy to be bringing the skills and care to their community during the historic pandemic.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 22, 2022

Walla Walla Community College sets COVID-19 testing requirement, moves online

Walla Walla Community College officials said the school has returned to some virtual learning situations and students attending in-person classes must test for COVID-19 weekly for now. The move came on Wednesday, Jan. 19, in response to an unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases ...
Union-Bulletin, Jan. 21, 2022

Edmonds College receives state recognition for its new construction pre-apprenticeship program

The Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council, and Labor and Industries has issued a formal recognition to the Construction pre-Apprenticeship Program at Edmonds College. ... This recognition, which is good for three years, will allow the college to work closer with labor unions to articulate the curriculum for direct or preferred entry into paid apprenticeships.
My Edmonds News, Jan. 21, 2021

WCC cybersecurity program partnering with U.S. Cyber Command

Whatcom Community College’s cybersecurity program is gaining more national attention. On Thursday, January 20th, the college’s National Security Training and Education Center announced that they will be partnering with the U.S. Cyber Command Academic Engagement Network, or AEN.
KGMI, Jan. 21, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

Students embrace peer mental health counseling

A new survey finds increased interest in peer mental health counseling. Experts say it can help alleviate overburdened campus services, but they stress the importance of proper training. ... Nearly half of all students reported that disruptions caused by the pandemic make them more likely to seek out peer counseling, including 20 percent who say they are “much more likely.” 
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 24, 2022

Opinion: Continuing education can unlock family-wage careers

Although Washington state has one of the most dynamic job markets in the country, nearly all available career pathway jobs remain out of reach for many of our high school graduates. Opportunities in our state for landing a family-wage career are plentiful. 
The Seattle Times, Jan. 23, 2022

Transfer enrollments stabilize for some, worsen for others

This year’s transfer and mobility report from the National Student Clearinghouse contains good news and troubling news. While young students and four-year colleges saw an increase in transfers and transfer stability in fall 2021, the numbers for community colleges, returning students, and female students took a hit.
Diverse Education, Jan. 21, 2022

S&P announces stable outlook after 4 years

After four years of negative outlooks, S&P Global has revised its outlook for global nonprofit higher education to stable, the ratings agency announced Thursday. “Most colleges and universities have successfully responded to the pandemic, with significant help from federal emergency funding and record investment gains in fiscal 2021,” the S&P outlook report states.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 21, 2022

‘Resigners’ take to short, online training programs

Individuals who recently resigned from their jobs and don’t plan to return to the workforce for a few months aren’t just sitting around: A good proportion of them are taking short-term online courses to prepare for their next career move.
Community College Daily, Jan. 20, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

Commentary: Developing the future workforce

Community colleges are getting a larger share of the higher education spotlight these days. For those of us who have spent many years working to advance the nation’s community colleges, we welcome the coverage and the amplification of the mission and impact of these amazing institutions.
Community College Daily, Jan. 24, 2022

Why Biden’s pledges of free college, waiving student debt remain unfulfilled

One year into President Joe Biden's tenure, we take stock of the status of some of his key campaign promises surrounding education, including the promise to reopen K-12 schools during the pandemic and provide two years of free community college. 
PBS News Hour, Jan. 21, 2022

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