News Links | January 31, 2023
System News | Opinion
Paul Francis, the new head of the state’s community college system, is worried too
many students have soured on the idea of going to college. He’s unsure the word is
getting out that they might qualify for Washington’s generous financial aid program.
And he’s still scratching his head over why two-year enrollment here has dropped so
precipitously, although he has some theories. [State Board for Community and Technical Colleges]
The Seattle Times, Jan. 30, 2023
Former Shoreline Community College (Shoreline) student Zubeir Abdi was one of the 31 community and technical college students honored
by the Washington State Association of Trustees (ACT) Monday night at the annual Transforming
Lives Awards ceremony, a highly prestigious state system-wide recognition.
Shoreline Area News, Jan. 26, 2023
Today’s young people are more entrepreneurial, less trusting in institutions and endowed
with greater confidence in their ability to succeed without a college degree than
their peers of 20 or more years ago. It is a trend that started before the pandemic,
said Peninsula College President Suzy Ames, but “COVID threw lighter fluid on this dynamic.”
Peninsula Daily News, Jan. 26, 2023
Every month until May, Spokane Falls Community College has partnered with Spokane Public Schools for “Fun to Future at the Falls” programs.
The programs are for 6-12th graders in an effort to get kids excited about college
with hands-on, interactive activities. On Jan. 23, they featured Fungi and Arthropods,
and in February they will feature Archaeology and Biological Anthropology. [Video]
KHQ, Jan. 25, 2023
Amid enrollment declines and a nationwide shortage of trades workers, James Lemerond
has taken the helm as president of Bellingham Technical College (BTC) as of Jan. 1. Lemerond brings more than two decades of experience working at technical
colleges in Wisconsin and said he is excited to immerse himself in BTC and in Whatcom
County with the ultimate goal of meeting the community’s needs for skilled labor.
Cascadia Daily News, Jan. 24, 2023
The Big Bend Community College Board of Trustees met with legislators at the capitol Tuesday to discuss legislative
priorities. ... The itinerary also addresses that Big Bend is asking local legislators
to support efforts to expand access to postsecondary credentials for students through
bills like HB 1013 and HB 1003.
Columbia Basin Herald, Jan. 24, 2023
Skagit Valley College recently established a clothing pantry on its Whidbey Island campus in Oak Harbor
that is named Niko’s Closet in honor of a student who died over winter break. Dusti
Basconcillo, adviser of the college’s Rainbow Alliance Club on the Whidbey Island
campus, said Niko was enthusiastic about a clothing swap held during the fall quarter.
Skagit Valley Herald, Jan. 24, 2023
Free English language and citizenship classes are available in Toppenish in a new
collaboration between Yakima Valley College and the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.
The partnership brings out the best in both organizations, said Dustin Wunderlich,
Yakima Valley College's director of community relations.
Yakima Herald-Republic, Jan. 23, 2023
In her first visit to the district since being sworn in to Congress, Marie Gluesenkamp
Perez, D-Washougal, visited Centralia College Friday morning to meet student government leaders and college faculty, learn about
ongoing programs and discuss federal priorities for the school.
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 23, 2023
... “Maintaining full CODA accreditation for our program ensures the students are
engaging in a program that has met the standards national in scope and represents
the minimum skills to become an integral part of a dental team,” said Dental Assisting
program instructor Teri Amundsen. [Bates Technical College]
Suburban Times, Jan. 22, 2023
In a few months, Eric Wood said he expects to earn his degree at Everett Community College. It’s not a journey he ever envisioned a few years back when he struggled with alcoholism
and lived on the streets, he told U.S. Sen. Patty Murray in an education roundtable
Thursday at the community college.
Everett Herald, Jan. 21, 2023
Kirkland police and Lake Washington Institute of Technology hosted their second Catalytic Converter Etching Event on Saturday. The purpose of
the event is to help reduce the number of thefts in the community, and to help victims
from facing an expensive bill. [Video]
Q13 Fox News, Jan. 21, 2023
The Yakima Valley College teaching winery, Yakima Valley Vintners, won several awards at the 2022 Great Northwest
Wine Platinum Competition ... The five award-winning wines were made by students during
classes in the Vineyard and Winery Technology Program, bringing the school’s running
total to 12 platinum honors.
NBC Right Now, Jan. 18, 2023
Trends | Horizons | Education
Some instructors seek to craft assignments that guide students in surpassing what
AI can do. Others see that as a fool’s errand—one that lends too much agency to the
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 31, 2023
... Access to employer-sponsored training played a role in where job switchers decided
to go, with two-thirds saying it was an important part of their current job, according
to the report. Sixty-four percent of Great Resigners noted their current employer
pays for online training or upskilling opportunities ...
Community College Daily, Jan. 25, 2023
Politics | Local, State, National
Key House Republications on Wednesday introduced a bill that would extend Pell Grant
eligibility to qualifying short-term workforce education programs. Among the eligibility
requirements is a formula to determine if programs “provide a positive return on investment.”
Community College Daily, Jan. 26, 2023
... Over all, 540 institutions, including community colleges, public and private colleges,
and university hospitals and medical centers, received more than $1.73 billion in
earmarks across more than 800 projects, according to the Inside Higher Ed analysis
of the database.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 23, 2023