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News Links | April 20, 2023

April 20, 2023 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Rural community colleges: Rising to the challenge

College Cellars of Walla Walla at Walla Walla Community College’s Center for Enology and Viticulture is one of the first two-year teaching commercial wineries in the U.S. The college’s efforts to promote local wine tourism is featured in a new Aspen Institute report on how small, rural colleges can turn challenges into assets.
Inside Higher Ed, April 20, 2023

‘Meeting students where they are’

... “For us, being student-ready is captured with the phrase, ‘meeting students where they are,’” says Suzanne Johnson, president of Green River College in Auburn, Washington. ... “A college is made up of people — faculty, staff, administrators — and all of us have a role to play in creating an environment that is supportive, belonging and full of care for every single student that comes to us.”
Community College Daily, April 19, 2023

Olympic College to relocate, expand health care programs to help close gap in services

Olympic College aims to improve health equity and access in Kitsap via changes to the college’s health care education programs approved Tuesday. The college’s proposal, unanimously approved by the board of trustees, plans to move all Nursing and Allied Health Division programs to Olympic College's Poulsbo campus ...
Kitsap Sun, April 19, 2023

Meet SPSCC’s 2023 All-Washington Scholars

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced its two students being recognized as members of the 2023 All-Washington Academic Team: Kelsey Christensen-Abel and David Stanton. 
Thurston Talk, April 19, 2023

Families learn all about world of car repair at Automotive Trades Night

There are good paying jobs out there for young adults who are looking for other options than spending four years at a college. The automotive industry might just be the opportunity. At Spokane Falls Community College families were able to learn all about the world of car repair at the Automotive Trades Night. [Video]
KXLY, April 19, 2023

Community suggests cultural diversity, flexibility for WWCC

... Walla Walla Community College is in the middle of creating its new strategic plan, which is expected to be in place for the next four or five years. Recent planning sessions saw suggestions for the college to take flexibility, technological advancement and affordable housing into consideration.
Union-Bulletin, April 19, 2023

At gathering of DEI officers, fear, anger, joy, and solidarity

“For several states in particular, the fight over DEI is a matter of people’s livelihood,” said Sophia Agtarap, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 18, 2023

CBC Planetarium sees multiple upgrades

The planetarium at Columbia Basin College in Pasco gets an upgrade. ... The planetarium will feature 18 different shows. [Video]
NBC Right Now, April 18, 2023

Highline student Dustin Cole joins 2023 All-Washington Academic Team

A Highline College student has earned statewide recognition and scholarships for his educational achievements this past year. Dustin Cole will be honored as a member of the 2023 All-Washington Academic Team for his academic achievement, community service and involvement in college.
Waterland Blog, April 18, 2023

EC's Center for Families gets national accreditation

... "Our Edmonds College student parents navigated the most difficult years we have had due to the pandemic, and our services helped transform their lives by providing access to reliable and high-quality early learning and child care while attending college," said Lisa Neumann, the director of the Center for Families.
Edmonds Beacon, April 13, 2023

Trends | Horizons | Education

A closer look at community colleges

A recent article on the nation’s community colleges outlined some of the challenges facing the nation’s largest sector of higher education, calling them out as defensive underdogs and laying bare their less-than-perfect underbellies.
Community College Daily, April 18, 2023

Programs that train students in the trades are booming

... Mechanic and repair trade programs saw an enrollment increase of 11.5% from spring 2021 to 2022, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. Enrollment in construction trades courses increased 19.3%, and culinary program enrollment increased 12.7%.
The Seattle Times, April 17, 2023

Politics | Local, State, National

Labor secretary nominee touts apprenticeships

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Thursday held a nomination hearing for Julie Su, who is President Joe Biden’s pick to serve as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
Community College Daily, April 20, 2023

Skills-based hiring and higher education

Two key federal policy makers from different parties agreed that higher education needs to evolve to stay relevant as employers begin to emphasize skills over degrees in the hiring process.
Inside Higher Ed, April 20, 2023

Cardona grilled at House budget hearing

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona spent much of Tuesday’s nearly three-hour hearing about his budget proposal for fiscal year 2024 defending administration policies from student loans to protections for transgender athletes. 
Inside Higher Ed, April 19, 2023

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