News Links | December 6, 2022

North Seattle College recently hosted U.S. Education Under Secretary James Kvaal (center) on the final stop of his Seattle visit, where he focused on the college’s Integrated Basic Education Skills and Training (I-BEST) and early childhood education programs. [Photo]
Community College Daily, Dec. 6, 2022

Shoreline Community College professor appointed to state commission
A tenure track faculty in the Shoreline Community College Department of Health Occupations and Nursing, Ajay Jamora, has been asked by the Governor to serve on the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission for Washington State.
Shoreline Area News, Dec. 3, 2022

Free community college: An idea whose time has come?
Vocational technical training. The jobs are hard to outsource. Demand for workers far outstrips supply. Wages are competitive and they are a gateway to entrepreneurship . … Bates Technical CollegeState Board for Community and Technical Colleges. [Video]
Northwest Now, Dec. 2, 2022

Cascadia dives deep into Indigenous Studies with new Tribal Liaison
Throughout his life, Dr. Victor Begay has been connected to Native American and Indigenous communities across the country. Begay recently joined Cascadia College as a pioneer of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) program.
Woodinville Weekly, Dec. 1, 2022

Very Short Play Festival set for Friday
Students in Peninsula College’s Intro to Theatre class will share their original 10-minute-or-less plays with the public when the “Very Short Play Festival” premiers on Friday. Students in Drama 101 became “content creators” from start to finish this quarter …
Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 1, 2022
DataPoints: Students’ college costs this year
Tuition and fees at community colleges this academic year average just above one-third (35%) that of in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions, according to the College Board’s annual report on trends in college pricing.
Community College Daily, Dec. 6, 2022

The economic value of community colleges
… A new report commissioned by the American Association of Community Colleges sheds some light on the return of those public investments. For instance, one of every 18 jobs in the U.S. is supported by the activities of former community college students.
Community College Daily, Dec. 4, 2022

News Links | November 29, 2022

Ten years of bachelor’s degrees at Centralia College
Ask someone who was there when Centralia College began offering four-year degrees 10 years ago and they often remember feeling a little like they were in uncharted territory. The state had only been allowing two-year colleges to offer bachelor’s degree programs for a few years, so they were largely building a program from the ground up. [State Board for Community and Technical Colleges]
Centralia Chronicle, Nov. 25, 2022

Spokane Community College to host Native American Heritage Celebration
Spokane Community College will hold a Native American Heritage Celebration on Tuesday, November 29. … The Center is led by the Native American Student Organization (NASO), whose goal is to bring attention to the Native American culture and create community.
KXLY, Nov. 23, 2022

Seattle Central MESA program connects students with STEM professionals
Last week, Seattle Central College’s Mesa (Math, Engineering, Science and Achievement) Program held its annual Mesa Engineering Night. … “I think it was really interesting to see the collaboration that went into the event,” says Shaun Armour, Director of SCC’s MESA Program.
Seattle Medium, Nov. 23, 2022

Leveraging MentorLinks to develop new STEM programs
While developing a bachelor’s of applied science (BAS) degree in computer science with MentorLinks assistance, the team at South Puget Sound Community College (Washington) is revising its related associate degrees to create more paths for more students to go further faster.
Community College Daily, Nov. 22, 2022

From the college president: New apartments coming in 2023 for Centralia College students
… The new apartments will be available exclusively to Centralia College students, many of whom will be athletes and international students. There will be 112 beds plus an on-site manager and business office.
Centralia Chronicle, Nov. 22, 2022

Growing leaders in agriculture
As a young boy growing up in the Cayman Islands, Jordan Wilson remembers the first time he planted a mango seed. The fascination he felt watching the seed grow was the beginning of a lifelong passion for agriculture that would eventually bring him to Yakima Valley College (YVC).
Community College Daily, Nov. 17, 2022
Opinion: Public institutions aren’t built to compete with each other
Last week, Sara Goldrick-Rab amplified a tweet from Ricky Shabazz that caught my eye. Apparently, the California State University Academic Senate recently passed a resolution imploring the state Legislature to block community colleges from offering bachelor’s degrees.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 28, 2022

Editorial: In Our View: Declining college enrollments a troubling omen
In 2019, the Washington Legislature passed the Workforce Education Investment Act, designed to inject nearly $1 billion into higher education over four years. But even that might not be enough to stem the perfect storm that is swamping American colleges.
The Columbian, Nov. 27, 2022

Media relations 101: Help them help you
… As a leader with an amazing story to tell, few things are more disheartening than a messenger who’s uninterested, unwilling or unavailable to spread the word. So what’s a president to do? Turn that frown upside down and create opportunities for success.
Community College Daily, Nov. 25, 2022

The influence of instructional designers
For many community colleges, instructional design and online faculty support consist of a small team of individuals who wear many hats. These individuals often have different titles from organization to organization, such as learning content designer, instructional technology specialist or course developer.
Community College Daily, Nov. 23, 2022

Can high schoolers save the community college?
… One bright spot was community colleges, which, after a nearly 10 percent enrollment decline during the pandemic, saw a slight increase for the 2021–22 academic year. Many experts attribute that largely to one factor: dual enrollment among high school students grew by 11 percent.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 22, 2022

News Links | Nov. 17, 2022

GHC nomination announced for Transforming Lives Award
… Dr. Cal Erwin-Svoboda, GHC Vice President of Student Services, stated “I cannot think of a better candidate to represent Grays Harbor College and the community and technical college system.”
KXRO, Nov. 16, 2022

Midnight Cruizers car club presents tool kit to GHC’s automotive program
From left, Mike Myers, president of the Midnight Cruizers car club, presented a tool kit containing $600 worth of specialty tools to Jesse Kangas-Hanes, instructor in Grays Harbor College’s automotive technology program.
Daily World, Nov. 16, 2022

Less traditional college degrees jump in WA during pandemic
Valerie Sundby, director of transfer education at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, explained the connection to jobs is key. “Those really strong ties directly to employment is what we think is driving that enrollment to remain consistent,” Sundby pointed out.
Public News Service, Nov. 14, 2022

CBC Agriculture Program receives nearly half of a million dollars for equipment
Columbia Basin College received more than $470,000 for its agriculture programs. The programs have received more than $1.5 million since starting up. This grant, from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), is going towards a precision needle seeder, a multi-crop berry harvester and a rough terrain forklift.
YakTriNews, Nov. 14, 2022

Newsmakers: New CEO
Julie A. Manley White will become the next chancellor and CEO of the Pierce College District in Washington, effective January 1. She has served as president of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom since 2019.
Community College Daily, Nov. 11, 2022

Dual enrollment, multiple benefits
On Spanish radio stations near Wenatchee, Wash., advertisements air for Wenatchee Valley College (WVC). Brochures, fliers, and information sessions are bilingual, and intentional connections built with area Latinx community groups …
Diverse Education, Nov. 11, 2022

Big Bend has big plans with new bachelors program
Big Bend Community College now offers a bachelor’s degree, with its first cohort of students set to graduate this coming spring. “I have nothing bad to say about this program,” said BBCC student Devin Elvin.
Columbia Basin Herald, Nov. 9, 2022
DataPoints: Enrollment by race/ethnicity
Between fall 2010 and 2020, the shares of public two-year college students who were Hispanic and Asian increased, while the shares of students who were White and Black declined, according to a College Board analysis.
Community College Daily, Nov. 15, 2022

International student enrollment at two-years continues to drop
International student enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities has largely rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, but community colleges haven’t shared in that uptick …
Community College Daily, Nov. 14, 2022

Moving forward on FAFSA simplification
Colleges and universities have to update their cost of attendance calculations now that the Education Department has said it is carrying out that change and others for the 2023–24 academic year.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 11, 2022

News Links | Nov. 8, 2022

Wenatchee Valley College announces next president
The Wenatchee Valley College Board of Trustees announced Monday afternoon that Faimous Harrison will be the college’s next president. Harrison visited both the Wenatchee and Omak campuses and took part in two public forums Thursday.
Wenatchee World, Nov. 7, 2022

Clark College students help tend Hazel Dell garden
… “We are very, very pleased to have Clark College students back in the garden after COVID restrictions,” Nordstrom said. “They make an incredible difference in the garden; it’s almost like magic, the difference their hard work makes possible!”
Columbian, Nov. 5, 2022

Meet 3 women who are guiding the future of Washington’s wine industry
… Some women have taken their degrees in enology and viticulture programs at Washington State University or Walla Walla Community College and applied that knowledge to produce wines of international acclaim.
Seatttle Times, Nov. 4, 2022

Clark College Dreamcatcher Scholarship opens doors for Native student
… Johnson, a 51-year-old Navy veteran and member of the Colville and Lakes Tribes, is one of two recipients of the 2022-2023 Dreamcatcher Scholarship at Clark College.
Columbian, Nov. 4, 2022

Larsen visit to Edmonds College highlights efforts to improve veterans’ access to higher education
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen met with Edmonds College administrators Thursday to discuss ways to improve access to higher education for U.S. military veterans.
My Edmonds News, Nov. 4, 2022

Theatre veteran brings real life love story to Centralia College stage
Centralia College Theatre Director Emmy Kreilkamp said even she was surprised by parts of their love story when she read Centralia College’s fall play, “Leaving 50 Wimpole Street.”
Centralia Chronicle, Nov. 4, 2022

College theater reimagines Peanuts characters
A new production on the campus of Grays Harbor College will bring back the characters from the popular comic strip Peanuts — but not like most audiences have seen them before.
Daily World, Nov. 3, 2022

SFCC reopens planetarium with interactive campus solar system
When the planetarium at Spokane Falls Community College puts on its first public show since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic this weekend, attendees …
Spokesman-Review, Nov. 2, 2022
Pell Grant rules out but more guidance needed
More than half a million people could benefit from the reinstatement of the Pell Grant for incarcerated students in July, and efforts are underway to start college-in-prison programs for this group.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 8, 2022

Pushing their peers to the polls
… Politicians, it seems, are taking notice of students’ growing electoral influence and doing their best to keep them coming to the polls. President Biden even made a tour of college campuses as he traveled the country supporting candidates in recent days …
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 8, 2022

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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