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April 18, 2024 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Bernal Baca appointed to state community and technical college board

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Dr. Bernal Baca of Tacoma as a member of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Baca serves as executive director of Mi Centro, a Tacoma-based nonprofit that provides social, cultural and educational services to the greater Pierce County Latino community.
Suburban Times, April 17, 2024

Bates Technical College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program earns maximum accreditation from national organization

During the month of April, Bates Technical College joins in celebrating Occupational Therapy (OT) Month, which honors a profession that makes a difference in the lives of those with health conditions, disabilities or other risk factors.
Suburban Times, April 17, 2024

WA’s incoming high school juniors will be allowed to enroll in college courses this summer

This summer, Washington’s high schoolers will be able to get an even earlier start on college courses. That’s because of a bill led by Sen. Brad Hawkins, R-Wenatchee, which expands the state’s popular Running Start program. [Wenatchee Valley College]
My Edmonds News, April 16, 2024

BBCC to host job fair Thursday

Job seekers will find a lot to choose from at the 31st annual Big Bend Community College Job and Career Fair on Thursday. ... “It is the largest employment event in Grant County that puts potential employees and employers in the same room together under one roof,” [BBCC spokesman Matt Killebrew] said.
Columbia Basin Herald, April 16, 2024

BBCC's Bortz, Wallace merited awards from Washington State Association of College Trustees

Two esteemed employees of Big Bend Community College (BBCC), Dr. Tyler Wallace and Ms. Jody Bortz, have been honored with awards by the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) for their exceptional contributions to education. 
Source One, April 16, 2024

CCS Automotive Technology Program uses $150,000 grant to purchase a Tesla Model 3

The Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) Automotive Technology Program used a $150,000 grant to purchase a Tesla Model 3. According to CCS, Spokane Community College Automotive Technology Instructor Paul Petretee and Dean of Technical Education Ashley Purdin set out to apply for grant funding two years ago. ... The program received $150,000 from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Workforce Development Fund Grant, which allowed it to purchase the Tesla Model 3.
KHQ, April 16, 2024

Federal Way student earns place on All-Washington Academic Team

A dedication to creating safe and supportive spaces at her high school and community is just one reason that Grace Thykkuttathil, 17, from Federal Way has been awarded a place on the All-Washington Academic Team. The award recognizes top scholars from among Washington state’s 34 community and technical colleges. [Highline College]
Federal Way Mirror, April 14, 2024

College’s automotive technology program gets a reboot

Peninsula College has rebooted its automotive technology program with a new instructor, new curriculum and a renewed focus on workforce readiness that includes a course on electric vehicle diagnostics and repair.
Peninsula Daily News, April 13, 2024

Defending cyberspace: Cyberattacks have become a cost of doing business in Clark County

About seven years ago, Clark College’s technology lab was hacked. Today, that’s where students in the college’s new cybersecurity bachelor’s degree program are learning how to fend off similar attacks.
Columbian, April 13, 2024

Yakima Valley College unveils Hopf Union Building's grand reopening with new amenities

Yakima Valley College held the official grand-reopening of one of their buildings, offering new activities and furniture for students to enjoy. The Hopf Union Building held the re-opening today with some changes made inside.
KIMA, April 12, 2024

Grays Harbor College announces local high school seniors offered direct admission to the college

Grays Harbor College has announced a “direct admissions initiative” with local high schools, allowing high school seniors to be directly admitted to the college. ... GHC acceptance letters will be distributed to high school seniors throughout Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.
KXRO News Radio, April 12, 2024

Higher Education and Politics

Education levels among Washington workforce falling short of labor market demand

Washington employers will need more educated workers over the next several years than the state is projected to have. That’s according to a new report from the Washington State Student Achievement Council, which estimates that 70% of jobs in 2023 and 72% in 2031 will require college degrees or other post-secondary credentials.
My Edmonds News, April 17, 2024

Republican appropriators criticize proposed apprenticeship regs

Several GOP members of the House panel that oversees funding for U.S. Department of Labor programs are taking issue with the department’s proposed rules to revamp the registered apprenticeship program, saying the rules would infringe on state autonomy.
Community College Daily, April 17, 2024

'Catastrophic success' threatens Army education benefits

Credential Assistance, one of the Army’s premier education benefit programs, has become a “catastrophic success” since its initiation as a pilot program in 2020, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill last week.
Inside Higher Ed, April 17, 2024

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