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News Links | Jan. 11, 2024

January 11, 2024 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Wenatchee Valley College gets major USDA grant to advance agriculture education

In a significant boost for agricultural education, Wenatchee Valley College's (WVC) Agriculture Department has been awarded a substantial grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Source One, Jan. 8, 2024

Pierce College international student turns her dreams into reality

... Drawn in by the vibrant international student community, Hensen said as she learned more about how Pierce College’s mission and values aligned with her own, she soon realized Pierce would be the place she was meant to be.
Suburban Times, Jan. 8, 2024

Yakima Valley College will conduct workshops for students to help them access financial aid

Yakima Valley College is kicking off the new year by launching new workshops to help students access financial aid and prepare for changes to FAFSA. The Federal Student Aid Application is facing some changes this year.
KIMA, Jan. 4, 2024

Human Elements: Can butterflies adapt to survive climate change?

Can butterflies evolve to adapt to climate change? Dr. Gwen Shlichta, a biology professor at Edmonds College and researcher for a University of Washington study, is returning to her research 25 years later to answer this question.
Crosscut, January 2024

Higher Education and Politics

FAFSA now open full-time after rocky launch

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is officially open for business as usual, the Department of Education announced Monday afternoon, hopefully marking the end of a confusing, error-ridden and much-delayed launch process. 
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 10, 2024

Community colleges primed for, but struggling with, tech adoption

With working students desperate for flexibility and employers seeking tech skills, online learning is in high demand. So why are community colleges struggling to provide it?
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 10, 2024

Washington Watch: ED begins new round of ‘neg reg’

Negotiators convene today for the first of three sessions held by the U.S. Education Department (ED) to develop new regulations on institutional quality and program integrity. Topics under consideration include accreditation, distance education, state authorization and “Return of Title IV Funds”. 
Community College Daily, Jan. 8, 2024

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