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News Links | May 20, 2021

May 20, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Summer concert series back again after missing 2020 season

... The series at Wenatchee Valley College is scheduled to bring much of the same festivities as the garden series, except with a new, larger venue at the Mike Hollis Field on Fifth Street, on the west end of the campus.
Wenatchee World, May 20, 2021

Rescue bill: $80 million to northwest WA higher education

More than $80 million in emergency funding for students, colleges and universities in northwest Washington is contained in the American Rescue Plan, Second District Rep. Rick Larsen announced May 13. ... Everett Community College: $12,047,273, Edmonds College: $10,567,140, Skagit Valley College: $8,861,122, Whatcom Community College: $8,537,065, Bellingham Technical College: $6,428,903
Lynden Tribune, May 19, 2021

Nursing program keeps accreditation

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing has granted continuing accreditation to the Wenatchee Valley College associate nursing program. Accreditation means that a program has met high standards of quality, said a college announcement.
Omak Chronicle, May 18, 2021

Gary Locke reflects on his Asian roots, the importance of sharing his story

... Furukawa, now in her early 20s, spoke with Locke, the interim president of Bellevue College, about how being an Asian American has changed throughout the generations -- and why sharing stories matters.
KNKX, May 18, 2021

Edmonds College to host virtual Memorial Day ceremony May 28

Edmonds College will host its eighth annual Memorial Day ceremony — this year virtually with a live YouTube premiere of “Remember. Honor. Reflect.” ... “This ceremony reflects the depth and breadth of care for veterans on our campus,” said Chris Szarek, EC interim executive director of facilities and U.S. Navy veteran.
MLT News, May 17, 2021

Running Start classes available over summer

Dual credit education program Running Start is now available over the summer through a Skagit Valley College pilot program. Partnering with school districts in Skagit, Island and San Juan counties, the college will allow up to 250 high school juniors and seniors to enroll in summer college courses, which will begin in July.
South Whidbey Record, May 17, 2021

COVID aid for Peninsula education

The federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is lending a helping hand to higher education on the North Olympic Peninsula. Peninsula College — based in Port Angeles with branches in Port Townsend and Forks —will be allotted $4.02 million ...
Peninsula Daily News, May 16, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Washington’s public universities will no longer require the SAT or ACT. Will admissions become more equitable?

... Beginning in fall 2021, UW, Washington State University, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College and Western Washington University will become permanently “test-optional.” Students can submit scores, but they won’t be penalized during the admissions process if they don’t; admissions officers say a high score might benefit a student who wouldn’t otherwise be offered admission, but typically scores won’t be used. 
The Seattle Times, May 20, 2021

A stratified system

A new report points to significant and ongoing disparities in which students attend underresourced colleges versus wealthier, more selective universities. The report also identifies stubborn inequities in degree completion in the United States across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines and widening gaps in higher education attainment between states.
Inside Higher Ed, May 20, 2021

Commentary: AAPI Heritage Month: Dispelling stereotypes and supporting students

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Thirty-eight percent of all AAPI undergraduates in the U.S. attend community college, according to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). ... Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in May to honor the cultures, traditions and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. 
Community College Daily, May 19, 2021

Reluctant to return?

A new report by the Strada Education Network shows that many adults who planned to further their education have changed or dropped those plans over the course of the pandemic. To date, more than one-third of adults have had to change or cancel their education plans due to the pandemic, based on a survey Strada conducted from February to April.
Community College Daily, May 19, 2021

Restarting study abroad

Few sectors of higher ed have been hit as hard by the pandemic as study abroad. The rapid spread of COVID-19 in spring 2020 forced colleges and study abroad providers to suspend their in-person programs and embark on an unprecedented worldwide effort to bring students home.
Inside Higher Ed, May 19, 2021

San Antonio takes the prize

San Antonio College (SAC), which is one of five colleges in the Alamo Colleges District in Texas, is the winner of the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. ...  The other top 10 Aspen Prize finalists were: Borough of Manhattan Community College (New York), Pierce College (Washington), Tallahassee Community College (Florida), Pasadena City College (California) and Odessa College (Texas).
Community College Daily, May 18, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Commentary: Washington Watch: Recent federal STEM grant opportunities

To promote STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math), several federal agencies — including the U.S. Education Department — recently announced a few STEM-related funding opportunities. In April, ED released two notices for fiscal year 2021 awards: one was for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduates Program (GEAR UP) partnership grants and the other for the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) STEM and Articulation Program. 
Community College Daily, May 20, 2021

Some more details about using ARP funds

Two top-level U.S. Education Department (ED) officials on Monday provided some more insight on how the department will implement the $12 billion coming to community colleges through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. ... Over the next few weeks, the department will disburse the funds by adding each college’s allocation to the funds they received through the two previous recovery packages, Cooper said. Colleges that haven’t received funds through those relief plans will need to apply for ARP funding.
Community College Daily, May 17, 2021

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