News Links | September 14, 2021
System News | Opinion
Wenatchee Valley College will celebrate the construction and naming of the new Wells Hall replacement on Tuesday,
Sept. 14th. ... The new building will be named “Mish ee twie” in honor of higher education
advocate, respected tribal elder and Wenatchi Advisory Board founding member Mish
ee twie (Gloria L. Atkins).
560 KPQ, Sept. 12, 2021
Some of the best-attended local vaccine distribution events have been held at Columbia Basin College. CBC will once again be offering a cost-free vaccination clinic tomorrow located
on their Pasco campus. The clinic is open to everyone ages 12 and older and will offer
doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
KEPR, Sept. 12, 2021
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced that Trustee Rozanne Garman was reappointed to its Board of Trustees
by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee beginning Oct. 1, 2021, for a term ending
Sept. 30, 2026. Trustee Garman has served on the Board since her appointment in Jan.
2020, and currently serves as Vice Chair.
Thurston Talk, Sept. 10, 2021
Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed Rebecca Chan and Kim Wells to the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees. “Rebecca Chan and Kim Wells each bring significant financial and
organizational management experience to the Board of Trustees, and the College is
pleased to welcome them into the campus community,” said Acting President Phillip
Shoreline Area News, Sept. 10, 2021
Centralia College will require its instructors, staff and all of its on-campus students to be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, Oct. 18, the college recently announced. The
requirement is part of an updated mandate ordered by Gov. Jay Inslee on Aug. 27 that
requires all staff, faculty, contractors and volunteers at higher education institutes
to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus by the deadline.
Centralia Chronicle, Sept. 10, 2021
What started as just a job after college has transformed into a personal mission for
Guillermo Espinosa to provide students at Spokane Community College a path through their college education and into a career. Espinosa, 30, who was appointed
director of student success, diversity, and equity at the Center for Inclusion and
Diversity at SCC in March, has found his calling in education and characterizes himself
as a passionate and encouraging advocate.
Spokane Business Journal, Sept. 9, 2021
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) celebrated 15 Dental Assisting program graduates at a pinning ceremony at Priest
Point Park on Aug. 25. “This cohort of students didn’t have an opportunity to be all
together during their time in the program,” said Laura Moe-Genther, Director of Dental
Assisting. “This ceremony was the first time, and we know they’ve created bonds that
will last a long time.”
Thurston Talk, Sept. 9, 2021
... Lower Columbia College in Longview offers bachelor degrees, associate degrees and technical certificates.
President Chris Bailey said associate degree graduates earn an average of $8,000 more
a year than high school graduates. Obtaining a degree also adds job security. “The
more education you have, the less likely you are to be out of work,” he said.
The Daily News, Sept. 8, 2021
Centralia College’s on-campus students, professors and staff will have until Monday, Oct. 18, to be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19 or continue their business remotely, the college recently
announced. This requirement is part of an updated mandate ordered by Gov. Jay Inslee
Centralia Chronicle, Sept. 8, 2021
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray visited Skagit Valley College on Tuesday to talk about the push to make community colleges free nationwide. “This
is something I have hoped and dreamed about for a long time,” said Murray, the chair
of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “To me, this is absolutely
Skagit Valley College, Sept. 7, 2021
Trends | Horizons | Education
The concept of diversity at any institution of higher education must encompass the
acceptance, inclusiveness, engagement and mutual respect among students, faculty,
staff, administrators and members of the broader community. It is a powerful mission
and something to strive for, but how do you and your institution get there?
Community College Daily, Sept. 14, 2021
Preliminary data released by the federal government today reaffirmed that colleges
and universities lost hundreds of thousands of students last year as the COVID-19
pandemic wreaked havoc on fall 2020 enrollments, particularly at community colleges.
The new data, which also break down enrollment by state, shed light on some of the
other ramifications of the pandemic, including changes in student retention rates,
number of employees and institutional revenue.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2021
Community college libraries play an important role in advancing student success. Library
leaders see increasing student learning, developing community and providing technological
resources as their most influential contributions to the college. But those contributions
aren’t always understood by others at the college, according to a new report from
Community College Daily, Sept. 9, 2021
... More women appear to be entering line work, construction, manufacturing and other
skilled trade fields in recent years, but men continue to dominate these trades and
the training programs that are a pipeline to jobs. Data from the U.S. Department of
Labor show women made up just 11.6 percent of people who completed apprenticeship
programs in the 2020 fiscal year -- 4,204 women compared to 32,191 men.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 8, 2021
Politics | Local, State, National
The House Education and Labor Committee on Friday approved its $761 billion component
of a House reconciliation bill that would expand federal Pell grants and establish
free community college tuition in participating states. The legislation comprises
the committee’s portion of the Build Back Better Act, a massive $3.5 trillion bill
that Congressional Democrats are attempting to pass through a process called budget
Community College Daily, Sept. 12, 2021
Lawmakers and advocates are urging the federal government to do more to address hunger
on college campuses, with some appearing frustrated about the lack of action during
a roundtable discussion held by a House committee Wednesday.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 10, 2021
Democrats, following the lead of President Joe Biden, are planning to include free
community college in a massive spending plan that party leaders are hoping to pass
by the end of the month -- and such a major federal investment could provide a much-needed
jolt to the nation's two-year colleges after they saw a huge drop in enrollment due
to the pandemic.
CNN, Sept. 7, 2021