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News Links | March 10, 2022

March 10, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

‘It’s not impossible’: Yakima Valley College scholarships help ‘Dreamers’ pay for books

Yakima Valley College is offering scholarships to help pay for books and fees for students who may be ineligible for other financial assistance due to their citizenship status. “All undocumented students who are committed to attending YVC and who fully comprehend the challenges to come can make their educational dreams a reality,” Beyond Dreaming Scholarship Coordinator Marivy Vasquez said.
YakTriNews, March 9, 2022

Reporter’s notebook: Fulbright Scholars at community colleges

... “Recent events across the globe have demonstrated that the ideals of the Fulbright Program are as relevant today as they were in its founding,” said John Mosby, president of Washington’s Highline College, which received two Fulbright Scholars grants this year.
Community College Daily, March 8, 2022

Getting there: Now out of the North Spokane Corridor’s path, SCC’s clock tower is set for renovations

The Spokane Community College clock tower, which once appeared destined for the wrecking ball to make way for a new freeway, is not only sticking around, but may get a facelift. The 84-foot-tall clock tower was once thought to be in the path of the North Spokane Corridor, the 10.5-mile highway that is currently under construction from Hillyard to SCC.
The Spokesman-Review, March 7, 2022

People in business

Clark College President Karin Edwards was recently named a Paragon President by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The award recognizes college presidents who have shown support of student success initiatives leading to stronger pathways to completion, transfer and employment. They have taken an active interest in supporting students, including high-achieving students and developing student leaders on campus.
The Columbian, March 6, 2022

Local Amazon workers can attend community college for free

A great new opportunity has emerged for local Amazon workers. According to Community Colleges of Spokane, Amazon workers in Spokane will be able to go to community college for free. The two colleges selected to take part in this partnership are Spokane Community College (SCC) and Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC).
KREM, March 4, 2022

Centralia College continues recovering from ransomware attack

... “If the investigation continues to show that no personal information was stolen, and we are able to restore the data that has been encrypted, we will be able to emerge from this attack without significant lasting harm,” said President Bob Mohrbacher in an campuswide email on Thursday. ... Centralia College’s IT Department continues to work with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, along with several external experts who specialize in ransomware attacks, to investigate the Feb. 14 attack and restore campus services.
The Chronicle, March 4, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

Increasing opportunities for justice-impacted students

Although Congress recently lifted a nearly three-decade-long ban on incarcerated students receiving Pell Grants, many advocates say more policy reforms are needed to ensure formerly and currently incarcerated people can equitably take part in quality college programs. 
Diverse Education, March 8, 2022

A multipronged approach

Northern Essex Community College introduced a slew of new initiatives to enroll and retain Hispanic students after the pandemic led to a sharp enrollment decline. The college recovered the losses, and administrators learned lasting lessons about how to better serve these students.
Inside Higher Ed, March 8, 2022

Community college baccalaureate programs as an equity strategy: Student access and outcomes data

An increasing number of states are introducing and expanding the authority for community colleges to confer bachelor’s degrees in applied fields, with 25 states currently authorizing and a few more actively considering adoption. ... Two states, Washington and Florida, have authorized CCB programs for 17 and 21 years, respectively. CCB programs are now operating at almost all predominantly associate-granting public colleges in these states. 
New America, March 3, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington Watch: Congress releases FY 22 spending bill

Congress released on Wednesday an omnibus fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriations bill that will fund the entire federal government for the remainder of the current fiscal year, which began on October 1. As expected, the final bill contains smaller increases for education and workforce training programs than were contained in either the House or Senate bills advanced by Democrats last year.
Community College Daily, March 9, 2022

Washington Watch: Congress eyes biennial campus climate survey

As part of a sweeping update of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Congress is moving to require that institutions of higher education administer biennially a new survey designed to obtain information regarding postsecondary student experiences with domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking.
Community College Daily, March 5, 2022

Calling on USDA to clarify which college students are eligible for SNAP benefits

Several members of Congress, including Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, say changes need to be made to address food insecurity among certain groups of students. According to a release, lawmakers are urging U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to issue guidance clarifying college students’ eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
CBS 19 News, March 3, 2022

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