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News Links | March 17, 2022

March 17, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Next Skagit Valley College president announced

The Skagit Valley College Board of Trustees on Tuesday night selected the college’s next president. The board chose Christopher Villa in a unanimous vote, according to a news release from the college. ... “He brings a wealth of experience and commitment to the community college mission,” Board of Trustees Chair Flora Perez-Lucatero said in the release. “We are looking forward to his leadership in continuing the vision for the college.”
Skagit Valley Herald, March 16, 2022

Pierce College students selected for 2022 All-Washington Academic Team

In recognition of their high academic achievements, five Pierce College students were recently named to the All-Washington Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, introduced the All-USA Academic Team to honor students for their scholastic achievement and community and college service. 
Suburban Times, March 16, 2022

Omak resident joins Wenatchee Valley College board of trustees

Wenatchee Valley College has a new member on its board of trustees. She’s Phylicia Hancock Lewis of Omak, appointed to a five-year term last month by Gov. Jay Inslee. The Omak native was a nurse practitioner with Confluence Health for 25 years until her retirement last December, and remains on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Nursing.
NCW Life, March 16, 2022

County and EvCC have deal to keep preschool open next year

After months of uncertainty, Everett Community College confirmed an award-winning preschool will stay open next year. The college and Snohomish County announced Tuesday they have an agreement to fund the Early Learning Center through next year. The preschool has served families with low incomes for decades.
Everett Herald, March 15, 2022

TCC to host on-campus commencement June 11

Tacoma Community College (TCC) will return to an in-person, on-campus Commencement celebration this June. The college will host two in-person Commencement ceremonies in the Building 20 Gym. ... As in previous years, which ceremony a student attends will be based on the program they complete.
Suburban Times, March 14, 2022

TCC: Masks encouraged for spring quarter, effective March 28

Tacoma Community College (TCC) President Ivan L. Harrell II, Ph.D., announced today in an email to the campus community that masks will be encouraged, but not required, in most TCC spaces for spring quarter. Masks are currently required indoors on campus. That requirement will be lifted for the first day of spring quarter, March 28.
Suburban Times, March 13, 2022

Centralia College Nursing program earns accreditation from the National League of Nursing

Centralia College’s Nursing program has received full accreditation from the National League of Nursing’s Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA). CNEA accreditation demonstrates that Centralia College (CC)’s program has successfully passed a rigorous external quality review process ...
The Chronicle, March 11, 2022

Three South Puget Sound Community College faculty awarded tenure

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) and the Board of Trustees awarded tenure to three faculty members at the Board of Trustees meeting on March 8, 2022. Congratulations to the three faculty members on their accomplishments and dedication to SPSCC students and the community.
Thurston Talk, March 9, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

Student financial wellness across the campus

When a student’s worries about money are impacting the ability to keep up with coursework or other commitments, and perhaps dropping out seems like the only way out of the financial mess, that student might confide in just about anyone on campus.
Inside Higher Ed, March 17, 2022

Moving forward on OER

Accustomed to budgeting hundreds of dollars for textbooks each semester, Ana Andrade found a nice surprise in her inbox after registering for fall 2020 classes. The simple message from her instructor: No need to purchase the official textbook because a free online resource is offered.
Community College Daily, March 14, 2022

Public's impression of higher education improves (somewhat)

Public confidence in higher education ebbed badly in the latter half of the last decade, to judge by the steady stream of opinion polls from 2017 through 2019 that showed Americans (especially Republicans) increasingly convinced that colleges and universities were heading in the wrong direction, failing to prepare graduates for work and favoring liberal views over conservative ones.
Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

Biden urged to extend freeze on loan payments

U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington State, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, said, “That’s why I’m pleased to see signs the Biden administration is considering extending the student loan payment pause ... 
Inside Higher Ed, March 17, 2022

Washington Watch: Community college earmarks

The federal government is set to give a total of more than $95 million to community colleges across the country for technology upgrades, improved student services, new academic programs and dozens of other projects as a part of the final fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriations package passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden on Tuesday.
Community College Daily, March 16, 2022

U.S. Secretary of Education applauds Pell Grant increase

U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona praised the recent passage of President Joe Biden's fiscal year 2022 budget. The package includes a $400 increase in the Pell Grant maximum to help low-income college students.
Diverse Education, March 14, 2022

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