Skip to content

News Links | May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Student, activist and healer: This Native veteran fights for mental health, social justice

... When he returned to the U.S., he attended Tacoma Community College and created a veteran student group, but providing for his family came first. “I worked a lot of overtime and took one to three classes a quarter. I chipped away at that degree forever and changed my major a few times. It took eight years to get a two-year degree,” Urquhart said.
Tri-City Herald, May 23, 2022

State program focuses on trades skills for Southwest Washington students

... Through the Lower Columbia College's career and technical education program, 18 high schools and districts — including Longview School District, Kelso High School, Rainier High School and the Vancouver School District — currently offer college credits for students.
Yakima Herald-Republic, May 22, 2022

Edmonds College to host 9th annual Memorial Day ceremony May 26

... “We are very proud to host our ceremony in person this year, as it will provide an opportunity for people to reconnect and take comfort in knowing our proud traditions are alive and well,” said Chris Szarek, Edmonds College executive director of facilities and U.S. Navy veteran.
My Edmonds News, May 22, 2022

Centralia College to break ground on new athletic field May 25

After over 20 years of planning and nine years of student fundraising, Centralia College will finally break ground on its new Multipurpose Athletic Field at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. The groundbreaking will take place in front of the Michael Smith Gymnasium at Centralia College’s campus in downtown Centralia.
Centralia Chronicle, May 20, 2022

5 reasons to consider community college

...  For example, Washington residents attending North Seattle College will pay a little more than $4,100 per year in tuition and fees (without financial aid). Those attending the University of Washington—Seattle, on the other hand, will pay just over $12,000 per year.
U.S. News & World Report, May 19, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

Aid office staff shortages reach ‘crisis,’ survey shows

Increasing staffing shortages at college financial aid offices have been a point of concern throughout the pandemic. According to a recent survey, reduced capacity, high turnover rates and difficulty hiring over the past two years have institutions worried about long-term impacts, including the ability to meet federally mandated staffing requirements.
Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2022

Q&A: Cultivating a diverse clean energy workforce

Supply challenges with traditional energy sources, climate change and new federal laws to improve the nation’s infrastructure have thrust clean energy into the spotlight again. But it’s not only about production. It’s also about developing skilled workers for those jobs. That’s where the National Clean Energy Workforce Alliance comes in. 
Community College Daily, May 24, 2022

Education Department to reform student loan servicing system

The Education Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid announced a new plan Thursday to reform the student loan servicing system that oversees the 35 million borrowers with federal student loans. The plan, called the Unified Servicing and Data Solution (USDS) ...
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2022

Q&A: Planning for the futures

How can community colleges better plan for the future (or, better yet, futures)? Developing your futures mindset is a good start. Parminder K. Jassal, founder/CEO of Unmudl Skills-to-Jobs Marketplace and of, has partnered with community and technical colleges in this work. 
Community College Daily, May 23, 2022

DataPoints: Perceptions of trade careers, STEM equity

A new report from international science-based manufacturer 3M highlights persistent gaps in Americans’ views on education and careers related to STEM and the skilled trades. The report observes that the skilled trades continue to have an image problem. 
Community College Daily, May 23, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

Calls for Biden to cancel the widespread financial burden of student debt grow louder

President Biden has indicated he will soon announce a decision on whether he will cancel $10,000 in student debt for college graduates. It’s a decision being widely anticipated but also much debated over its scope and merits. 
PBS News Hour, May 20, 2022

Last Modified: 5/24/22, 4:36 PM
starburst graphic