News Links | Nov. 1, 2022

Editorial: More power to WA community colleges helping fill K-12 teacher shortage
Washington’s community colleges are rising to the challenge of a nationwide teacher shortage by providing a rigorous but affordable path to the classroom for aspiring educators. The Legislature and local officials should monitor the effort closely and look for opportunities to collaborate. [Centralia CollegeGrays Harbor College]
Seattle Times, Oct. 31, 2022

YVC nursing program to benefit from $427K grant for simulation equipment
A nearly half-million-dollar grant will allow Yakima Valley College’s nursing program to upgrade its simulation equipment, which students use to experience medical symptoms and situations. The $427,000 grant from the Legislature’s supplemental budget funds will go toward purchasing a long list of resources …
Yakima Herald-Republic, Oct. 29, 2022

Grays Harbor College going vertical
With plans of opening in fall of 2023, the new Student Services & Instructional Building (SSIB) at Grays Harbor College construction is now underway. The SSIB will provide a welcoming gateway to the college’s campus and will serve as a connecting point between the college and the community.
Daily World, Oct. 29, 2022

TCC Board of Trustees names Michele Hart “Transforming Lives Award” nominee for 2022
… At the October Board Meeting, the Tacoma Community College Board of Trustees voted to name Allied Health student Michele Hart [Tacoma Community College’s] Transforming Lives Award Nominee for 2022.
Suburban Times, Oct. 28, 2022

Local briefs: Pullman mayor reappointed to community college board
Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson has been reappointed to a second term on the Community Colleges of Spokane’s board of trustees by Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee. Johnson first joined the board in February 2018 and his new appointment ends Sept. 30, 2027.
Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Oct. 28, 2022

WVC announces four finalists in presidential search
The field of candidates to be the next Wenatchee Valley College president has been whittled to four, each of whom will appear on campus next week for public events. None of the four finalists are current WVC employees, and two are currently presidents at other colleges.
Wenatchee World, Oct. 27, 2022
‘Carpe diem’ for community colleges on semiconductor workforce development front
STEM educators and industry partners are poised to benefit from the CHIPS and Science Act that will funnel $280 billion into the semiconductor industry while a new bill seeks to direct $1.4 billion to community colleges to educate the cybersecurity workforce.
Community College Daily, Nov. 1, 2022

Fewer affordable options for Pell grant students
… For the 2019–20 academic year, California, Georgia, Texas and Washington had the highest number of affordable institutions, while four states—Hawaii, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Utah—had no affordable institutions, according to the report.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 31, 2022

Final regs on Pell grants for prison ed
The U.S. Education Department (ED) on Thursday released final regulations that will usher the reinstatement of Pell Grant eligibility for individuals in prison that is set to begin next summer.
Community College Daily, Oct. 27, 2022

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