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News Links | February 9, 2023

February 09, 2023 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Yakima Valley College receives funding to train Yakama Forest Products workers

Yakima Valley College has received a $90,012 Job Skills Program grant from the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges in order to improve employee skills in the community. The funding is focused toward improving industry-specific skills for Yakama Forest Products, according to a press release from YVC. [Video]
NBC Right Now, Feb. 8, 2023

‘Soul of an Octopus’ author is PC’s Writer in Residence

Peninsula College Writer in Residence for Spring 2023 is Sy Montgomery, an adventure writer and naturalist. Montgomery has written more than 30 books for adults and children and was a 2015 finalist for the National Book Award for nonfiction with her New York Times bestseller, “The Soul of an Octopus — A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness.”
Sequim Gazette, Feb. 8, 2023

Lower Columbia College plans for $42M trade skill building

Lower Columbia College is moving forward on its efforts to build a $42 million, multistory vocational skill center in the heart of its Longview campus. LCC President Chris Bailey said the idea for the project came up in 2014 as school leaders focused on newer facilities and amenities that could appeal to the student base.
Daily News, Feb. 6, 2023

‘It changed my life’: Microsoft vet creates mentoring program for tech-focused college students

... For Kevin Wang, there’s an obvious but often neglected solution to all three of these challenges: community colleges. These relatively affordable institutions of higher ed have been ramping up their computer science courses, offering multiple four-year degree options. [Green River College, North Seattle College, Bellevue College]
Geek Wire, Feb. 6, 2023

Two Peninsula College courses get spring resets

Two programs at Peninsula College are getting a reboot for spring quarter that starts April 4. An expanded commercial driver license (CDL) course and the return of the Buccaneer newspaper will provide more opportunities ... [State  Board for Community and Technical Colleges] 
Peninsula Daily News, Feb. 6, 2023

50 years of flying

... Swedburg, who has been flying for 52 years and has taught flying at Big Bend Community College since 1982, was presented the Federal Aviation Administration’s highest award for civilian pilots on Saturday — the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. 
Columbia Basin Herald, Feb. 6, 2023

Trends | Horizons | Education

Education Department hints at possible delay of FAFSA

Overhauling the federal financial system and simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a significant undertaking for the Education Department. Although the agency is making progress on the project, officials said this week the application might not be ready by Oct. 1. 
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 8, 2023

Politics | Local, State, National

Workforce Pell is a House committee priority 

Expanding Pell Grant eligibility to qualifying short-term workforce education programs is a priority this Congress for the House Education and the Workforce Committee. That statement by committee member Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pennsylvania) on Tuesday at the Community College National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., drew applause from the attendees at the early morning session. 
Community College Daily, Feb. 7, 2023

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