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News Links | March 18, 2021

March 18, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

'Food & Families' presentation for WVC Omak campus

The Associated Students of Wenatchee Valley College at Omak and student club, Red Road Association, are hosting a “Foods and Families” virtual presentation Friday from 1-2 p.m. Dan Nanamkin, who is from the Syilx tribe and lives on the Colville Indian Reservation, will lead the presentation.
Newsradio 560 KPQ, March 17, 2021

Clark College trustees approve 2021 tenured faculty

Twelve educators are the newest members of the tenured faculty at Clark College.  ... Tenure is awarded by the college’s Board of Trustees based on professional excellence and outstanding abilities in their disciplines.
Clark County Today, March 17, 2021

CBC Open Doors program is giving Tri-Cities high schoolers a second chance

... Open Doors is a re-engagement program for students between the ages of 16 and 21. Local school districts and Columbia Basin College collaborate to identify the best pathway for referred students to complete their high school diploma or equivalency and transition to their next goal, whether that is employment or further education. 
NBC Right Now, March 17, 2021

Tidepools Magazine announces 2021 winners

Tidepools Magazine, Peninsula College’s annual literary art magazine, has announced the winners of its 2021 art and writing contest. The annual magazine promotes original fine art, digital art, photography, poetry, short prose and music created by residents of the North Olympic Peninsula for more than 50 years.
Peninsula Daily News, March 16, 2021

As PenCol's automotive program sputters, industry pledges help

A significant drop in enrollment in recent years in the automotive program at Peninsula College had administrators seriously considering dropping the program altogether. For now, according to President Dr. Luke Robins, automotive classes are on hold until further notice.
My Clallam County, March 16, 2021

Lower Columbia College to host second virtual-only graduation due to state restrictions

The 2021 graduating class of Lower Columbia College will have a virtual ceremony due to current state guidelines, the college announced this week. “When we planned our first virtual Commencement in 2020, we assumed it was a one-time thing,” LCC President Chris Bailey wrote in a letter to LCC staff and students.
The Daily News, March 15, 2021

Yakima Valley College receives $320,000 to aid undocumented students

Yakima Valley College is one of many Washington state institutions to receive federal aid through the state’s Emergency Relief Grant program signed into effect in February. According to a release issued by the school, Yakima Valley College will redistribute $321,850 in grants to assist undocumented Washington residents as they pursue higher education in the Spring 2021 quarter.
YakTriNews, March 15, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

FBI warns of increased ransomware attacks targeting colleges

A group of cybercriminals is increasingly targeting colleges, schools and seminaries and attempting to extort them, the FBI’s Cyber Division has warned. In an advisory to cybersecurity professionals and system administrators published Tuesday, the FBI said that criminals are leveraging software called PYSA ransomware to access IT networks, block access to vital information and systems through encryption, and demand payment to restore access.
Inside Higher Ed, March 18, 2021

Awareness of open educational resources grows, but adoption doesn't

The disruption wrought by COVID-19 seems like it should have created fertile ground for the spread of the freely available, openly licensed course materials known as open educational resources, or OER. With students physically dispersed and under greater-than-ever financial strain, faculty members were likelier than ever before to use e-textbooks and other digital materials to keep students connected. 
Inside Higher Ed, March 18, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington state to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, allow indoor visits to long-term care facilities

An additional 2 million Washingtonians will become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 31, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday, including restaurant workers and people between 60 and 64 years old. The governor Thursday also announced that the state will allow the resumption of indoors, in-person visits to long-term care facilities, and, that Washington’s temporary moratorium on evictions would be extended through June 30.
The Seattle Times, March 18, 2021

‘Consensus’ on Pell for short-term programs?

The chair of the House Education and Labor Committee on Wednesday reiterated his support to allow Pell grants to cover qualifying short-term training programs, noting that community colleges would play a key role in such an effort. The issue of expanding Pell eligibility to short-term programs was among the wide range of issues discussed Wednesday at a House Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee hearing on what higher education will look like post-Covid. 
Community College Daily, March 17, 2021

Biden likely to change policies on transgender athletes

Little noticed in October, about three weeks before the presidential election, was that the Education Department targeted Franklin Pierce University in the raging national debate over transgender athletes. The department, still under the Trump administration, said it was concerned that the small private institution in New Hampshire was violating the rights of athletes assigned female at birth by letting certain male-to-female transgender people compete against them.
Inside Higher Ed, March 17, 2021


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