News Links | Sept. 13, 2022

Bob Mohrbacher commentary: Real solution to student debt is making college affordable
Student debt has been in the news a lot lately. … Centralia College does not participate in any federal student loan programs. We actively counsel students against taking out risky, high-interest private loans for their education.
Centralia Chronicle, Sept. 12, 2022

Funding roundup: Washington
Highline College will use a $1.38 million TRIO Talent Search grant to ensure low-income, first-generation students can enroll and succeed in college. …  Peninsula College secured a $201,278 Job Skills Program (JSP) grant to help McKinley Paper upskill entry-level employees at its Port Angeles mill. … More Spokane Community College (SCC) students will have access to emergency aid thanks to a $400,000 grant from the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.
Community College Daily, Sept. 12, 2022

Ribbon cutting ceremony held for new Early Learning Center playground
On September 6, Bellevue College celebrated the renovation of Bellevue’s Early Learning Center (ELC) playground with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The renovation was made possible through a decades-long partnership with Costco.
Bellevue Reporter, Sept. 9, 2022

Big Bend receives $1.16 million EOC grant
Big Bend Community College will make use of a $1.16 million grant to open a TRIO Educational Opportunity Center, according to a press release from the college. Funds from the EOC grant will pay for outreach personnel in communities within the BBCC service district …
Columbia-Basin Herald, Sept. 8, 2022

Edmonds College to offer certification in data analytics starting in October
Edmonds College launched an affordable data analytics certification program that will start in October. No programming experience is necessary, and students can complete the program in as little as nine months.
My Edmonds News, Sept. 8, 2022
Report reveals pandemic caused continued transfer drops
… All transfer pathways experienced declines, but transfers into two-year institutions were particularly affected. Lateral transfers (two-year to two-year) declined by over 21% and reverse transfers (four-year to two-year) declined by 18%.
Diverse Education, Sept. 8, 2022

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