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News Links | May 31, 2022

May 31, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Surviving Spokane 101: SCC’s English as a second language classes see enrollment spike with Ukrainian, Afghani refugees

Logan Amstadter and other English as a second language faculty at Spokane Community College knew going into this year that the college needed a class dedicated to teaching adults things they should know when living in America. 
The Spokesman-Review, May 21, 2022

WA preschools could expand, but they are struggling to find teachers

... “We have children who are showing up not potty trained yet,” said Ginger Williams, executive director of the Head Start program at Edmonds College. “We’re talking about 4-, 5-year-olds.” Williams added that more students are being referred to the district for language delays or other special needs services, too.
The Seattle Times, May 31, 2022

Community, technical college enrollment in WA plummets during pandemic [AUDIO]

... Jan Yoshiwara, executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, said factors such as fewer child care options, job loss or hours cut back at work have hit community and college students especially hard.
Auburn Examiner, May 31, 2022

Funding roundup: Washington

The Seattle Maritime Academy (SMA), run by the Seattle Colleges, will continue to operate thanks to a $1 million grant from the city. ... Through a $100,000 grant from the Johnson Controls Community College Partnership Program, North Seattle College will expand its associate degree and certificate programs in electronics. 
Community College Daily, May 26, 2022

News: Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College (WCC) was awarded $686,975 from the National Science Foundation to improve the academic preparation of entering engineering students and ultimately increase the number and diversity of engineering graduates. 
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, May 25, 2022

Check it Out | WVC acting class to showcase work

Students enrolled in a pair of acting classes at Wenatchee Valley College will hit the stage next week to perform scenes from comedies, dramas, tragedies and absurdia. ... Theater classes and shows are making a comeback at WVC, said theater department chair S. Henry Hattick in a press release.
The Wenatchee World, May 25, 2022

Ship Canal Bridge crash victim was on his way to work as an EMT when he was killed

... Skagit Valley College President, Dr. Tom Keegan, told KING 5, “I am heartbroken. Jordan was such a bright light and a shining personality. His energy was infectious. He inspired many of us at the college, including his fellow students, faculty, and staff. My thoughts and prayers are with Jordan’s family."
King 5 News, May 25, 2022

Two Kent students at Highline College earn statewide recognition

Two Highline College students who live in Kent have earned statewide recognition and scholarships for their educational achievements this past year. Sameer Koirala and Caitlyn (Cat) Jonson were honored as members of the 2022 All-Washington Academic Team ...
Kent Reporter, May 25, 2022

Centralia College TRIO to receive $297,601 as Sen. Murray announces $8M for Washington colleges, universities

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, announced in a statement she had secured over $8 million in grants for Washington state colleges and universities. Among the institutions that will be receiving funds is Centralia College, which will be receiving $297,601. 
Centralia Chronicle, May 25, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

Enrollment in prisons continued to climb, despite the pandemic

A new report from the Vera Institute of Justice ... has found that the enrollment of incarcerated students in Second Chance Pell higher education programs increased steadily for five years, even during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Diverse Education, May 31, 2022

Our online course practices have changed. Have our policies kept pace?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Latin, loosely translated as “Who guards the guardians?” Recently at a statewide joint meeting of online learning officers and academic officers, a question came up: Who reviews online courses on a regular basis to make sure faculty are utilizing good and current practice in their course design?
Community College Daily, May 26, 2022

Enrollment declines continued this spring

Community college enrollments continued a significant downward slide this spring, but an increase among their freshmen offers a sliver of hope for larger increases in the fall, based on a new report by the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center.
Community College Daily, May 26, 2022

Student debt's impact on perceived value of college

The Federal Reserve Bank does more than set the nation’s monetary policy ... the latest iteration of its closely watched household survey reaffirms the people’s belief in higher education but offers some significant warning signs for college leaders.
Inside Higher Ed, May 25, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

Debt relief has public support

The political debate over whether President Biden should move to cancel some or all of the $1.7 trillion in student loan debt currently owed to the federal government is largely focused on perceptions of the role the government should take in making higher education affordable and accessible.
Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2022

Reporter’s notebook: Student loan repayment, forgiveness debated at House hearing

Student loan repayment and forgiveness were the focus of much of the higher education discussion at Thursday’s House hearing regarding the U.S. Education Department’s budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. 
Community College Daily, May 26, 2022

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