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News Links | May 6, 2021

May 06, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Drinks with Daniels: Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

... Gary Locke really needs very little introduction as Washington state's former governor, and the first Chinese-American governor in U.S. history. He later went on to become secretary of commerce and the U.S. Ambassador to China. We talk about his history making a political run, attacks on the Asian community, and his role now as the interim president at Bellevue College, while drinking a freshly brewed pot of coffee in his backyard on the Eastside. 
King 5, May 6, 2021

Walla Walla Community College expands criminal justice program

Walla Walla Community College is expanding its criminal justice program to offer a new four-year bachelor of applied science degree. While college degrees are not typically required to become a police officer, WWCC criminal justice professor and department lead Wesley Maier said higher education in criminal justice will help students advance their careers and on the job.
Union-Bulletin, May 5, 2021

Watterson family named Centralia College's 2021 Distinguished Alumni

The Centralia College Foundation on Tuesday named the Watterson family as the recipient of its 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award for their individual commitment to hard work, service to their communities and education. This is the first time the foundation has awarded the honorary distinction to a group or family, according to a college news release.
The Chronicle, May 5, 2021

Nurses Week, from May 6-12, honors the nation’s caregivers

For hundreds of nursing students at Edmonds College, Everett Community College and the University of Washington Bothell, the pandemic altered everything — from in-person labs and skills tests to their job conditions — most juggle college classes and work. At the same time, nursing faculty at the three institutions scrambled to craft a fully online curriculum and improvise ways to teach hands-on skills remotely. Kyra McCoy, director of nursing at Edmonds College, was among those on the academic frontline.
The Everett Herald, May 5, 2021

Wenatchee Valley College Nursing Program granted continued accreditation

Wenatchee Valley College is announcing that the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing has granted continuing accreditation to the WVC’s associate nursing program. According to a press release, programs are regularly evaluated to ensure standards are met and accreditation means that a program has met high standards of quality. WVC’s nursing program will next be evaluated in the fall of 2028.
News Radio 560 KPQ, May 4, 2021

Creative Retirement Institute offering classes at Edmonds College during spring term

Although there are only six more weeks remaining in the spring term at Edmonds College, there are a dozen classes for you to enjoy with the Creative Retirement Institute (CRI). Partnering with Edmonds College, CRI’s mission is to provide quality, lifelong learning opportunities for adults in a supportive environment.
My Edmonds News, May 4, 2021

TCC to offer mostly online classes for fall quarter 2021

Tacoma Community College (TCC) will continue to offer mostly online classes for fall quarter 2021. The decision is part of a plan to gradually re-open the college, achieving full re-opening by spring quarter 2022. This plan takes into account a number of factors, including: TCC’s first priority is the health and safety of our community. Covid-19 cases are not currently declining in Pierce County, which has recently regressed to Phase 2 of the state’s Healthy Washington Re-Opening Plan.   
The Suburban Times, May 3, 2021

'The technology is here' | WVC ag instructors track industry evolution

Leo Garcia and Francisco Sarmiento have watched orchards evolve with more than a passing interest going on three decades. As Wenatchee Valley College agriculture instructors, they want to know the latest innovations. “For me to get a new piece of information is good,” Garcia said. “You can keep up, you add one more thing to your repertoire that you think might benefit your students.”
Wenatchee Valley Business World, May 1, 2021

Microbiology is the next big thing in ag innovation

Drones, sensors, optical scanners and robots already are part of the tree fruit industry, helping boost yields, assure quality and streamline costs. The dirt, though, is where even bigger innovations will happen in the next 20 years, predicts Wenatchee Valley College agriculture instructor Leo Garcia. “The biggest thing coming is how to get your soil to produce a crop cheaper and with less inputs,” Garcia said.
Wenatchee Valley Business World, May 1, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Courts skeptical on COVID-19 tuition lawsuits

In the year since COVID-19 forced most colleges and universities to shut their physical campuses, lawyers have filed more than 300 cases on behalf of students and parents demanding refunds of tuition for educations they deemed to be either substandard or not what they were promised.
Inside Higher Ed, May 6, 2021

Cardona: Don’t forget adult learners

The U.S. education secretary would like to see more innovative collaborations between K-12 and community colleges to serve students, including adult learners. For example, high schools with labs and other hands-on learning spaces could allow community colleges to use their facilities after school hours to reach more adult learners ...
Community College Daily, May 5, 2021

Cardona: Connecting the education and workforce systems

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona this week emphasized that one of his priorities is to make sure pre-K-12 is connected to higher education and workforce needs, too. “We need to make sure we are providing better pathways for our learners,” said Cardona, who spoke Monday at the Education Writers Association’s (EWA) annual National Seminar held online.
Community College Daily, May 4, 2021

Cordray named COO of Federal Student Aid

The Education Department announced Monday that Richard Cordray will serve as the next chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid. Cordray was the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and served in the role for six years. Prior to that, he was Ohio's attorney general.
Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Promoting financial transparency for students

Four bipartisan bills were introduced in Congress last week that all aim to increase the transparency of information that students receive about the cost of and payment for college throughout their postsecondary education -- a change that experts and advocates say would be helpful but still wouldn’t solve the student debt crisis.
Inside Higher Ed, May 6, 2021

Commentary: Washington Watch: AACC perspectives on using HEERF funding

In response to numerous inquiries from member colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has produced a document to outline some of the options available to colleges in using the major formula grants of the three Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF). 
Community College Daily, May 5, 2021

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