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News Links | March 3, 2022

March 03, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

In virtual reality of Second Life, users find a world of opportunities

... Renne Emiko Brock uses Second Life to teach at Peninsula College, where she coordinates the Multimedia Communications Program. She encourages students to explore other virtual spaces and share their creations, from stories to virtual clothing.
Union-Bulletin, March 2, 2022

Five EvCC Aviation Maintenance students earn Horizon Air stipends and post-graduation jobs

Five Everett Community College Aviation Maintenance students won’t need to job hunt after graduation. Horizon Air is offering them jobs and up to $12,300 in stipends through the company’s new maintenance development program. 
Everett Post, March 2, 2022

Community Colleges of Spokane to stop requiring masks after March 12

... “We couldn’t be happier to see everyone’s faces again,” said Spokane Community College President Brockbank. “This direction – backed by solid public health data and guidance – is a good indication that the worst of the pandemic is behind us.” Community Colleges of Spokane also plans to hold in-person college graduations this year at Spokane Arena on June 17. Spokane and Spokane Falls Community College invites graduates who had virtual graduations to walk in person with the 2022 graduates in June.
KXLY, March 2, 2022

New interim president starts at Everett Community College

Darrell Cain officially started Monday as interim president of Everett Community College. Earlier in February the EvCC Board of Trustees approved his contract that started Monday and ends Aug. 31, 2023. But the agreement needed adjustments for clarity and wording, board President Toraya Miller said. They were approved unanimously.
Everett Herald, March 1, 2022

Relief fund to help Peninsula College students

More than 1,600 Peninsula College students will have the possibility of benefiting from nearly $3 million in debt forgiveness and annual tuition coverage by the end of April, thanks to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, college representatives said.
Peninsula Daily News, Feb. 28, 2022

Restaurant remodel: South Seattle College overhauls café, and has more culinary improvements simmering for the future

Pandemic-related shutdowns had a bit of a silver lining for some businesses and institutions who were able to use the time to step back and reinvent. Among them, the culinary program at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), which has remodeled and reopened its coffee-and-more Alki Café ...
West Seattle Blog, Feb. 28, 2022

As inflation hits home in the Yakima Valley, YVC economics instructor says it can hit rural areas harder

While inflation is a complicated issue debated worldwide by economists, politicians and CEOs, its effects are being dealt with daily by Yakima Valley residents. In fact, it can be argued that inflation impacts residents of rural areas more than large-city dwellers, for several reasons, Yakima Valley College economics instructor Hector Saez-Nunez told the Yakima Herald-Republic.
Yakima Herald, Feb. 27, 2022

Formerly incarcerated people can seek higher education at Yakima Valley College through Corrections Education Grant

Yakima Valley College got $39,000 through the Corrections Education Grant to hire a navigator that will focus on reaching out to people about to finish their prison sentence in any of the 12 correctional facilities in Washington State. The navigator will help guide former prisoners in choosing their study paths and finding financial resources to continue their education.
NBC Right Now, Feb. 25, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

DataPoints: The community college baccalaureate landscape

Nearly half of all states (24) have authorized at least some community colleges to confer bachelor’s degrees, according to a recent analysis by New America. The heaviest concentration of those states are in the West, with 15 of the states located west of the Mississippi River. 
Community College Daily, March 1, 2022

How humanities play a vital role for community college students

...  Experts say that humanities, and their integration into workforce programs, helps higher education’s mission to create more employable, well-rounded citizens in American democracy and society.
Diverse Education, March 1, 2022

Opinion: It is time to make the FAFSA part of the 1040

This month six states announced that they are considering joining a small but growing group of states that make it mandatory for graduating high school students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Hill, Feb. 28, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington Watch: Apply for Strengthening Community College Training Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Wednesday announced a funding opportunity for a new round of Strengthening Community College Training Grants (SCCTG). This is the second annual SCCTG grant competition, which this year will award $45 million to expand and improve community college workforce education programs.
Community College Daily, March 2, 2022

Opinion: Tear down barriers to higher education and higher wages

Higher education opens doors to opportunity and good-paying jobs — for our children, our workers, and for our local businesses and hospitals as they face shortages in workers with the right skills and degrees. It is time to tear down some longstanding barriers to higher education for Washington students and families. 
The Seattle Times, Feb. 28, 2022

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