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News Links | August 24, 2021

August 24, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Financial assistance available for Olympic College students this fall

Equipped with Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) received from the federal government earlier this year, Olympic College plans to disburse about $5.3 million in grant funds to students attending the school this fall and beyond.
Kitsap Daily News, Aug. 23, 2021

A long history in early childhood education

... The Early Learning Center at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, also has a long history, having opened during World War II, said Michele Volk, director of child and family studies. But it partnered with the college later, in 1999. 
Community College Daily, Aug. 22, 2021

CBC offers vaccination clinic with $50 gift cards

Columbia Basin College (CBC) is offering another free vaccination clinic. Those who show up will again walk away with more than a just shot in the arm. The college has been giving out $50 gift cards, and now a $10,000 donation from a community member will make sure those incentives continue.
KEPR, Aug. 22, 2021

After 100,000 lost jobs, aviation industry aims to roar back

... On Friday, [Elliott Black, director of U.S. Department of Transportation’s Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program] attended a roundtable discussion at Everett Community College, where he heard from union representatives, educators, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, and a half-dozen local company representatives ...
Everett Herald, Aug. 20, 2021

Seattle Central College taps acting president to step in for Sheila Edwards Lange

Yoshiko Harden, vice president for student services at Seattle Central College, has been named the school's acting president, SCC announced Wednesday. Starting Aug. 23, she'll step in for Sheila Edwards Lange, who will become chancellor at the University of Washington Tacoma starting Sept. 16.
Puget Sound Business Journal, Aug. 19, 2021

Registration for fall term 2021 at Edmonds College Creative Retirement Institute starts Sept. 1

Registration opens Sept. 1 for the fall session of the Creative Retirement Institute, the lifelong learning program at Edmonds College. The program, which has been around for almost 30 years, offers non-credit, college-level courses at a modest cost. There are no examinations or grades. Students come to classes for the enjoyment of learning. 
My Edmonds News, Aug. 18, 2021

Whatcom Community College offers $5.1 million in CARES funding

... “Paying for college can be a significant barrier that prevents people from seeing themselves at Whatcom Community College,” WCC president Kathi Hiyane-Brown said in a statement. “These funding opportunities help ensure the community has access to high quality, affordable education. Anyone interested in taking a class at WCC is encouraged to explore these funding opportunities and apply.”
Northern Light, Aug. 18, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Deconstructing a historical construct

Community colleges making the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) journey must recognize that one-size-fits-all support for “students of color” doesn’t get the job done. To make everyone feel welcome on campus, leaders of two-year colleges need to ensure that they, as well as their faculty, staff and students, shed their assumptions, get out of their comfort zones and build a culture that celebrates the differences among minority groups — and even within multi-identity, catch-all categories like Latinx or Asian American.
Community College Daily, Aug. 24, 2021

FDA paves way for college vaccine mandates

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Monday, opening the door for colleges and universities that have been hesitant to require vaccines for students to begin instituting mandates.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 24, 2021

Department waives loan interest for service members

Interest on student loans has been retroactively waived by the Office of Federal Student Aid at the Department of Education for more than 47,000 current and former active-duty service members. Service members deployed to areas where they’re subject to the threat of physical harm or imminent danger are eligible to have no interest accrue on certain federal loans, but they had to individually request the benefit, so only a small portion of those eligible were able to access it.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 23, 2021

Commentary: A strategy of optimism: Early college/dual enrollment and community colleges

Early college and dual enrollment have been a niche program for high schools and colleges for a few decades. With deep roots in urban community colleges, at their best early college and dual-enrollment programs give high school students ...
Community College Daily, Aug. 18, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Commentary: Washington Watch: Community colleges’ contribution to nursing and health

Looking ahead to 2020-2030, a new National Academy of Medicine report recognizes the contribution of community colleges to the nursing profession, describing them as an important workforce pipeline, more affordable than four-year public institutions and serving a high percentage of non-white individuals.
Community College Daily, Aug. 23, 2021

Congressman's final plea: Pass the College Transparency Act

Former U.S. representative Paul D. Mitchell, a Michigan Republican who was a driving force behind efforts to create a new system for tracking student outcomes through college and into the workforce, advocated for the legislation almost literally until his dying breath. Mitchell died of renal cancer on Aug. 15, at the age of 65.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 20, 2021

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