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May 16, 2024 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

IMUA! (Hawaiian rallying cry to move forward)

… One of NAPIC’s founding members and leaders, Kathi Hiyane-Brown, president of Whatcom Community College (Washington), was recently interviewed by Stephanie J. Fujii, NAPIC’s current president and president Colorado’s Arapahoe Community College, of about NAPIC’s evolution and what’s next.
Community College Daily, May 16, 2024

Peninsula College sees enrollment surge

Peninsula College has experienced a remarkable surge in enrollment throughout this academic year. According to President Suzy Ames, enrollment figures comparing this year with last year soared by 10.5% for the fall quarter.
My Clallam County, May 16, 2024

Computer science worker shortage pushes Tri-Cities college to develop new degree

Columbia Basin College has requested approval to develop a new program in hopes of graduating more IT and computer science professionals in the Tri-Cities. The Pasco-based college’s “statement of need” to develop a bachelor’s degree in computer science ...
Tri-City Herald, May 16, 2024

Centralia College graduate shares her story of becoming an RN at the age of 62

In June 2023, Christy Nelson graduated from Centralia College with a registered nurse (RN) certificate at the age of 62. “As I’ve worked this last year, I cannot count the times that people have stated, ‘Wow, so I’m not too old to go back to school?’” Nelson said.
Centralia Chronicle, May 15, 2024

EvCC celebrates ‘a sense of belonging’ at first Desi Dazzle event

... Dozens of people gathered at the Henry M. Jackson Conference Center on a sunny afternoon to watch performances, design henna tattoos and devour cuisine from the Desi cultures of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. [Everett Community College]
Everett Herald, May 15, 2024

Peninsula College to showcase Honors Program students

... “We are immensely proud of the accomplishments of our Honors Program students,” said Peninsula College instructors John Anderson and Barbara Blackie. “The symposium is a celebration of their hard work, creativity, and intellectual curiosity.”
Sequim Gazette, May 15, 2024

Amazon’s Project Kuiper satellite network sets up logistics site and training program

... “Industry partnerships like this collaboration with Amazon’s Project Kuiper are what makes our students so successful,” said Amy Morrison, president of Lake Washington Institute of Technology. “Together, we are providing real-world training for satellite technicians to work in the rapidly growing space industry.”
GeekWire, May 14, 2024

Billy Frank Jr. statue sculptor “honored” to work on project

... While working on the statue at South Puget Sound Community College, where the public can observe his work, he often spent several minutes at a time studying the most minute details including Frank’s shirt sleeves and the folds of his hand that grasped the log upon which he sat. 
Centralia Chronicle, May 14, 2024

Bates Technical College approved to offer first bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration

Bates Technical College is pleased to announce that the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has unanimously approved the college to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Public Safety Administration.
Suburban Times, May 13, 2024

From Vegas to Waitsburg, classroom a new stage for former showgirl

The lifelong quest for learning is engrained in the Walla Walla-area community, said Annaliese Baker, the manager for continuing and community education at [Walla Walla Community College]. “Being older in our society here, it's a marginalized group,” Baker said. “You should get to have a second act, or a third act, or a fourth act, or a fifth act.”
Oregon Public Broadcasting, May 12, 2024

CVSD to offer AA degree at high schools

... CCS Chancellor Kevin Brockbank says the partnership benefits everybody while removing possible transportation hurdles for students. “It gives students choices and removes barriers for high school students who may not be able to navigate transportation challenges to easily attend community college classes at our campuses,” Brockbank says. [Community Colleges of Spokane]
Spokane Journal of Business, May 9, 2024

Higher Education and Politics

Washington Watch: Cost estimates on House ‘risk-sharing’ HEA bill

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) last week issued its formal, 10-year cost estimate on the College Cost Reduction Act (CCRA). H.R. 6951, which would make major changes to the Higher Education Act (HEA), was approved by the House Education and the Workforce Committee  ...
Community College Daily, May 16, 2024

A last-minute sprint to the FAFSA finish line

The U.S. Education Department is doling out $50 million to help students complete the troubled federal aid form. Access advocates say it’s not too late to make an impact—but time is of the essence.
Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2024

Current students left behind in FAFSA change conversation

A new Student Voice survey by Inside Higher Ed and Generation Lab found one in five college students are unaware of the changes to the FAFSA form and the ensuing challenges.
Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2024

Community college baccalaureate programs continue to grow

States permitting community colleges to confer bachelor’s degrees hasn’t grown since 2021. Still, the number of colleges in the 24 states that do permit them has jumped significantly, according to a new biennial report on the programs.
Community College Daily, May 13, 2024

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