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News Links | March 29, 2022

March 29, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Clark College receives $1.5 million to equip new Advanced Manufacturing Center

Clark College received a $1.5 million federal earmark to equip its new Advanced Manufacturing Center in Ridgefield. The earmark was contained in the $1.6 trillion omnibus spending bill Congress approved, according to Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell who announced the award.
Vancouver Business Journal, March 28, 2022

Commentary: In celebration of the Centralia College Running Start program

When spring rolls around, it’s time to celebrate Washington’s most successful education program — Running Start. Running Start orientations began this month at Centralia College (CC), and it’s time to get in on this amazing program. Running Start allows high school juniors and seniors to attend CC tuition-free, saving our young people thousands of dollars on job training and college classes. 
The Chronicle, March 25, 2022

Peninsula College names finalists for next president

Peninsula College officials have narrowed their list for the school’s next president to four. Trustees announced their selection of finalists for the presidency on Wednesday — three from the Interstate 5 corridor and a fourth from Austin, Texas.
Peninsula Daily News, March 25, 2022

Lower Columbia College announces Marc Silva as new board member

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Marc Silva, Columbia Bank branch manager, as the newest board of trustees member for the Lower Columbia College, the college said in a press release Thursday. Silva and his wife, Kristin Silva, moved to Longview 15 years ago.
The Daily News, March 25, 2022

‘Popular’ demand: How SFCC helped the touring ‘Wicked’ production fine-tune its shows

The touring Broadway production of “Wicked” got some mid-run tweaking during its stop in Spokane thanks to some behind-the-scenes magic at the Spokane Falls Community College recording studio. The production team behind the North American tour used the studio to rerecord several voiceovers due to cast changes.
Spokesman-Review, March 24, 2022

Letter: Students in Need has improved lives

The past two years have been filled with unprecedented challenges for Lower Columbia College, our students and this community. I hear countless stories from our students how LCC changed their lives. Entire families are impacted by the power of education. Access to an affordable and accessible education can seem out of reach for many.
The Daily News, March 23, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

Q&A: A closer look at credentials

“Credentials” is a long-established buzzword in workforce development, but it can mean a whole lot of different things in an ever-changing environment. Researchers Paul L. Gaston and Michelle Van Noy tackle the world of credentials — from promises and problems, to the differences among credentials and more ...
Community College Daily, March 29, 2022

Reporter’s notebook: Workforce development part of Commerce’s strategic plan

The U.S. Commerce Department this week released its five-year strategic plan that includes expanding employer-drive education and training experiences as well as fostering practices to help employers develop a diverse, skilled workforce. Part of that strategy includes the recently launched $500 million Good Jobs Challenge that will focus on developing quality career opportunities for historically underserved populations.
Community College Daily, March 29, 2022

Community college enrollment is down, but skilled-trades programs are booming

... Since the pandemic began, more than a million students have held off from going to college, opting to work instead. Two-year public schools have been among the hardest hit — they're down about three-quarters of a million students. Skilled-trades programs are the exception. Across the country, associate's degree programs in fields like HVAC and automotive repair have seen enrollment numbers swell.
NPR, March 28, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

Biden seeks big increase for Pell

... David Baime, senior vice president for government relations at the American Association of Community Colleges, said, “The Pell Grant increase represents a dramatic commitment to community college student success—one out of every three community college students receives a grant.” 
Inside Higher Ed, March 29, 2022

Supreme Court weighs in on ‘cancel culture’ with community college case

The Supreme Court weighed in Thursday on the long-simmering debate over “cancel culture,” unanimously rejecting a Texas community college board member’s claims that his colleagues’ decision to censure him violated his First Amendment rights.
Politico, March 24, 2022

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