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News Links | December 2, 2021

December 02, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

WWCC Nursing student nominated for statewide Transforming Lives Award

Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) student Kody Rooper was selected as the college’s nomination for the statewide Transforming Lives Award during the November Board of Trustees meeting. Created in 2012, the Transforming Lives Awards program recognizes current and former students whose lives have been changed by pursuing higher education at a community or technical college.
Waitsburg Times, Dec. 2, 2021

Editorial: Planning to go to CBC or another WA college? Might as well get your COVID shot now

Tri-City high school seniors planning to go to college next year should take note: You must be vaccinated against COVID-19 if you want to attend class in-person at just about every college and university in Washington state.  ... And just recently Columbia Basin College has affirmed it will join the growing list of Washington colleges requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID.
Tri-City Herald, Dec. 2, 2021

South Puget Sound Community College offers first-of-its-kind craft brewing degree

The city of Tumwater is working toward boosting the local economy by becoming a center for craft brewing and distilling. On Tuesday, Governor Inslee visited students studying the industry at South Puget Sound Community College, which is the first place in the country to offer an associate degree in craft brewing and distilling.
MyNorthwest, Dec. 1, 2021

Medical assisting program at Peninsula College earns accreditation

The medical assisting program at Peninsula College has earned accreditation from the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The board voted in November to extend the program’s accreditation, first granted in 2017. In addition to maintaining national accreditation, the program’s graduates have a 100 percent pass rate on the national certification examination.
Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 1, 2021

Partnership puts laptops in hands of PC students

A desire to bridge a technology gap for students led the Peninsula College Foundation to a recent community collaboration, that created The Transitional Studies Laptop Access Program (TSLAP). Under the program, a laptop will be offered to students who are pursuing their High School Equivalency in the Peninsula College Transitional Studies Programs. 
Sequim Gazette, Dec. 1, 2021

New partnership makes college more attainable for graduates of Seattle Public Schools

... Seattle Promise is a college tuition and success program, launched by Seattle Colleges, Seattle Public Schools, and the City of Seattle, that provides free tuition at any of the Seattle Colleges: North Seattle College, Seattle Central College or South Seattle College for up to two years, 90 credits or a student’s first degree, whichever comes first.
Seattle Medium, Dec. 1, 2021

Registration open for 12th Annual Black and Brown Male Summit

More than 200 young men of color are expected to attend the 2021 Black and Brown Male Summit on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Highline College in Des Moines. Spaces will fill quickly for this annual event, which is held in-person this year for the first time since its 10th anniversary in 2019, according to a Highline College media release. 
Kent Reporter, Nov. 30, 2021

Mariachi program adds some culture to Skagit Valley College

Among those taking part in Skagit Valley College's new mariachi program is the head of the school's music department. Diane Johnson, who has taught at the college for 23 years, is learning to the play the vihuela — something of a cross between a guitar and a lute.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 30, 2021

Everett Community College pauses on changes to Early Learning Center after parents voice concern

Everett Community College's Early Learning Center is no run-of-the-mill daycare. Many of the teachers have college degrees. The children aren't just babysat, they're taught a curriculum -- often in a different language -- and the facility is affordable for mothers such as Tamara Heng, also a student at the college.
King 5, Nov. 30, 2021

From associate to B.A.: More people can finish a four-year degree at community colleges

... At Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington, changes prompted by the pandemic could make the bachelor’s degree programs more accessible in the future, said Sunaina Virendra, chair of the bachelor’s in applied management program.
The Hechinger Report, Nov. 29, 2021

WVC competing for $1 million in prize money

Wenatchee Valley College is one of 150 community colleges advancing to the second round of a competition for a portion of $1 million in prize money from the Aspen Institute. The initial selection process was in part based on retention and graduation rates. The Aspen Institute program aims to improve student outcomes, especially among low-income students and students of color.
Wenatchee World, Nov. 26, 2021

Skagit Valley College students continue tradition of preparing Thanksgiving meals

Carrying on a 26-year tradition, Skagit Valley College culinary arts students prepped Thanksgiving meals from scratch this week for 38 Skagit County families. The menu included roasted turkey, stuffing with homemade bratwurst, mashed potatoes, green bean salad, a vegetable platter, cranberry sauce, rolls, gravy and three kinds of pie — apple, pumpkin and pecan.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 24, 2021

Volunteers prepare Thanksgiving meals for hospice families in Clark, Cowlitz counties

... Members of the Local 452 branch of the International Association of Fire Fighters teamed with chef Earl Frederick, a Clark College cuisine instructor, and his students to prepare the Thanksgiving meals that will be boxed up today and delivered by firefighters to the families for Thanksgiving Day.
Columbian, Nov. 23

Trends | Horizons | Education

DataPoints: Enrollment by race/ethnicity

In fall 2020, more than half (52%) of both Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduates were enrolled in public two-year colleges, according to a College Board analysis of federal data. Between 35% and 44% of members from other racial/ethnic groups attended these colleges.
Community College Daily, Dec. 2, 2021

Community colleges to host Clinton Global Initiative University meeting

The nation’s community colleges will serve as the virtual host campuses for the 2022 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) annual meeting April 11-13, which will bring students from around the world together with global leaders to inspire action.
Community College Daily, Dec. 1, 2021

FSA’s Cordray concerned about declines in FAFSA completion

In his first address directly to student financial aid professionals, the Office of Federal Student Aid’s chief operating officer, Richard Cordray, said Tuesday that a continuing downward trend in completion rates for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and declining enrollment “is a serious problem for all of us.”
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 1, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Stakeholders assess the state of the free community college movement

Dr. Stephen Head, chancellor of Lone Star College in Houston, Texas, remembers joining discussions about free community college during the Obama administration. The conversation stalled, of course, and free community college never came to fruition.
Diverse Education, Dec. 1, 2021

Study: Politics outweighed COVID severity in reopening decisions

The political leaning of the county in which a college or university is located is the factor most closely associated with whether it offered in-person or remote instruction in fall 2020, research released Tuesday shows.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 1, 2021

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