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News Links | September 6, 2022

September 06, 2022 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Peninsula College vice president chosen for fellowship

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has selected Steven Thomas, Peninsula College’s vice president of instruction, for the 2022-23 class of Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship. Thomas is one of 31 selected nationwide for the fellowship, Peninsula College announced in a press release.
Peninsula Daily News, Sept. 5, 2022

Get a look inside CBC’s $35 million recreation center in Pasco. Students paid for it

For years [Columbia Basin College] students have been chipping in to help replace an aging, inadequate recreation center. Now after more than a year of delays, the $35 million facility is nearing completion — and lives up to the hype. The facility is modern in every sense of the word, setting students up to compete in everything from volleyball and indoor soccer to esports.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 5, 2022

Search for next WVC president moves forward

The search for Wenatchee Valley College’s next president is moving forward, with the deadline to apply less than four weeks away. The application window for the position closes on Sept. 28, with in-person semifinalist interviews planned for Oct. 17 and 18.
The Wenatchee World, Sept. 2, 2022

Edmonds College student started an education center for Afghan refugees in his garage

... He began taking English lessons from Edmonds College and got involved with Lynnwood’s growing Afghan refugee and immigrant population, which led him to the five families whose children became his first students. “They said, ‘We want to have our children with you, so they can learn something from you,’” Abid said.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 1, 2022

Washington state to add 500 seats in cybersecurity college programs in effort to bolster safeguards

... “Bank accounts, social security numbers, health information, the names and addresses of family and friends — all this data creates a treasure trove of information for cybercriminals looking to commit identify fraud themselves or sell the information to others,” said Paul Francis, executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. “With this investment, our colleges will train more people in cybersecurity at all levels,” Francis said by email. [12 colleges listed]
GeekWire, August 31, 2022

Dialed In: From the courtroom to community college

School is back in session for every grade level and higher education. Dr. Rebekah Woods has been at the helm of Columbia Basin College in Pasco for nearly five years now. Dr. Woods actually started her professional career practicing law but ended up working at her alma mater and staying in higher ed ever since. [Video]
NBC Right Now, August 30, 2022

Nursing assistants rush to complete certification testing after COVID waiver lifted

... Shoreline Community College dean of health occupations and nursing, Mary Burroughs, says it won’t be easy since it’s one-on-one testing.  They have to show that they are competent in skills like “hand-washing, personal care, transfers, bathing, clothing, feeding,” Burroughs says, “they have to demonstrate that to us individually, and they have to pass each of those skills.”
Northwest News Radio, August 29, 2022

Trends | Horizons | Education

Opinion: High school students can take a different path to high-paying jobs

As we look forward to the new school year, Washington’s students have incredible learning opportunities ahead. As educators our joy is seeing students finding their passions and helping them build the skills they need to pursue their dreams. This is why we are excited that Washington lawmakers have expanded grant opportunities for schools to access Core Plus programs. 
The Seattle Times, Sept. 6, 2022

First-of-its-kind report sheds light on experience of Indigenous students

... The report, National Study on College Affordability for Indigenous Students, is a collection of qualitative and quantitative data from 2,789 current and former NNSP scholarship recipients, representing 172 Tribal Nations, who enrolled at any postsecondary institution. NNSP leaders believe it is likely the largest data set on Indigenous students in existence.
Diverse Education, Sept. 2, 2022

Completion boost for 2-year students who take (some) online courses

Black, Hispanic and low-income community college students who take up to half their courses online increase their odds of completing degrees, a working paper finds. Fully online learners are less likely to earn a credential.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 1, 2022

Politics | Local, State, National

The legal dilemma on student debt relief

Conservative groups and Republican state attorneys general are exploring legal options that could throw a wrench in President Biden’s plan to cancel a third of the $1.7 trillion in federal student loan debt. They say the plan is an illegal use of executive authority, but proving that in court could be tricky, as groups scramble to search for a plaintiff with the legal standing to sue.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 6, 2022

Washington Watch: AACC comments on ED’s reg plan for Pell for prisoner ed

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has submitted formal regulatory comments on the Department of Education’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on new Pell Grant eligibility for prisoners, which takes effect next July 1. 
Community College Daily, August 31, 2022

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