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News Links | April 11, 2023

April 11, 2023 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Academic coaches help students finish community college

... In Washington, some of the state’s 34 community and technical colleges offer some form of support, according to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. [Shoreline Community College, Bellevue College, Spokane Falls Community College, Yakima Valley College]
The Seattle Times, April 10, 2023

As community colleges struggle nationally, Spokane community colleges don't have similar struggle

Spokane Community College president says both community colleges saw an increase in enrollment every year and expect to admit more students this year. [Video] [Spokane Falls Community College]
KREM 2, April 9, 2023

Looking at colleges: Skagit Valley College seeing a boost in enrollment up from last spring, looks to continue trend

Though as a group community colleges in the country are struggling, Skagit Valley College is finding success. Although the college’s enrollment dropped steeply during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is up 24% compared to last spring. [State Board for Community and Technical Colleges]
Skagit Valley Herald, April 8, 2023

Spokane Falls student and ‘big dreamer’ from Madagascar taught himself English to pursue American education

... “He’s probably one of the most outstanding international students I’ve seen, just from where he’s come from to where he is now. I can’t believe the fortitude and his ability to get this far.” [Community Colleges of Spokane, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane Community College]
The Spokesman-Review, April 8, 2023

Community colleges: Breaking down barriers, serving students

The article by The Hechinger Report about community and technical colleges missed the mark here in Washington. The article used non-Washington examples that drew unfounded correlations to our state’s community and technical colleges. [State Board for Community and Technical Colleges]
The Seattle Times, April 7, 2023

Walla Walla Community College begins strategic planning process

Walla Walla Community College has begun creating its next strategic plan, which is expected to be in place for the next four to five years. WWCC President Chad Hickox said the strategic plan affects all aspects of decision-making at the college and will act as a guide during the next few years.
Union-Bulletin, April 7, 2023

Pierce College announces selection of new presidents

After a nationwide search, Pierce College is pleased to announce the selection of two new Presidents for our Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses. Dr. Matthew Campbell will become the President of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom effective May 1, and Dr. Chio Flores will be the President of Pierce College Puyallup effective June 1.  
Suburban Times, April 7, 2023

Yakima Valley College invites public to join in annual Black Box Poetry Slam

Yakima Valley College is partnering with Tieton-based poetry workshop LiTFUSE to host the 23rd annual Black Box Poetry Slam on Thursday, a night of poetry performances and competition that's open to the public — just in time for National Poetry Month.
YakTriNews, April 5, 2023

Opinion: Fully fund WA community colleges to solve worker shortages

... Industry relies on community colleges to develop and train our workforce in critical areas. The colleges in turn depend on the legislature to approve funding that meets the demands of the industries that keep our state’s economy moving.  [Seattle Central College, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Seattle Colleges]
The Seattle Times, April 4, 2023

Trends | Horizons | Education

Is gun violence scaring off international students?

... The U.S. has long been the top destination for international students in the world, and it remains solidly so; nearly a million international students were enrolled at U.S. institutions in 2022, according to the IIE report.
Inside Higher Ed, April 10, 2023

‘Matchmaking’ community colleges and Head Start

Community colleges serve high numbers of parenting students, but too few institutions have campus childcare centers, or sufficient spots to meet demand, to help these students persist and graduate. At the same time, Head Start, a federally funded program offering free early childhood education to low-income families, is suffering from enrollment declines and staffing shortages.
Inside Higher Ed, April 5, 2023

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington Watch: ED proposes rule on transgender participation in sports

The U.S. Education Department (ED) has unofficially released a proposed rule that details how Title IX applies to transgender athletes’ participation in school athletics. This is the proposed rule that ED indicated was forthcoming when it proposed broader Title IX regulations last year.
Community College Daily, April 10, 2023

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