News Links | Sept. 29, 2022

Peninsula College president emphasizes community connections
Creating connections with businesses, developing a strong relationship with the community and addressing declines in enrollment highlighted new Peninsula College President Suzanne Ames’ presentation to the Port Angeles Business Association at its Tuesday morning meeting.
Peninsula Daily News, Sept. 28, 2022

CWU partners with Edmonds College to streamline public health degree
… [Edmonds College] has partnered with Central for decades and hosts the CWU-Lynnwood university center. The long-term relationship between the two institutions played a key role in the formation of the agreement, as constant communication between the two institutions was necessary to ensure the degree requirements lined up.
Lynnwood Times, Sept. 27, 2022

Pierce College celebrates grand opening of Glacier Building on Wednesday, Sept. 28
… “Glacier will provide outstanding learning spaces for our students who are working hard toward realizing their dreams of starting careers in dental hygiene and veterinary technology,” said Pierce College Fort Steilacoom President Julie White, Ph.D.
Suburban Times, Sept. 26, 2022

Walla Walla Community College hosts ribbon-cutting for new science wing
… The $11.8 million project was approved in 2016 and funded in 2019, according to the press release from [Walla Walla Community College]. It added 16,000 square feet to the south side of the Main Building, or the D Building. The college says it used the addition to update its science spaces into one dedicated space featuring “modern classrooms” and updated equipment.
NBC Right Now, Sept. 26, 2022

Columbia Basin College unveils new student recreation center
On Sept. 22, Columbia Basin College officially unveiled its new student recreation center. The brand new facility replaces a 65-year old building. It features nearly 80,000 sq. feet with three indoor court spaces, a two-story fitness center, office spaces for all of student recreation, an Esports complex and more.
NBC Right Now, Sept. 26, 2022

Clark County History: Hermine Decker
A 1960s Clark College student recalls his drama instructor, Hermine Decker (1908-1996), zipping around town in her red Opel Kadett. One can imagine a scarf billowing behind her. Decker was a playwright who produced and won awards for stage productions.
Columbian, Sept. 25, 2022
Pressures faced by faculty
It’s been a tough few years for college instructors, but, in general, faculty still largely enjoy their jobs and remain committed to helping students, according to a white paper by edtech provider Cengage. However, those who are not happy with their jobs are considering leaving.
Community College Daily, Sept. 28, 2022

Universities, community colleges partner to help transfer students earn degrees
… The community college transfer process is often a bumpy ride. Most students at a community college want to earn a bachelor’s degree, but very few do. According to the Community College Research Center, out of every 100 students who want to, only 31 will transfer to a four-year institution, and only 14 will complete a bachelor’s degree.
PBS News Hour, Sept. 27, 2022

The public’s growing doubts about college ‘value’
After decades of almost unquestioned public support as some of America’s most valued institutions, colleges and universities are facing growing questions—not about whether higher education remains important but whether it’s available, affordable and valuable enough.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 27, 2022

Title IX mandatory reporting expansion under fire
Professors, researchers and sexual assault prevention advocates want the U.S. Department of Education to rethink plans to expand mandatory reporting requirements to more college employees as part of its overhaul of the Title IX law. The department proposed requiring most campus employees to report cases of potential sex discrimination to Title IX in the regulations released earlier this summer.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 27, 2022

News Links | Sept. 27, 2022

Everett Community College receives $2.25 million federal grant to support low-income students
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a competitive $2.25 million Title III Part A Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant to Everett Community College. The college will receive $450,000 per year for the next five years.
Everett Post, Sept. 26, 2022

Fresh start as classes begin at Peninsula College
When fall quarter starts today at Peninsula College, which is based in Port Angeles and has branches in Forks and Port Townsend, students will return to a campus with in-person classes, no masking mandates and no COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
Peninsula Daily News, Sept. 26, 2022

Colleges in Washington receive funding to offer child care for parents in college
The Department of Education announced an additional $900,000 in funding across five colleges in Washington through its Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS), which increases access to child care for students that are also parents. Clover Park Technical College – $103,361, Washington State University – $250,000, Everett Community College – $212,692, Walla Walla Community College – $128,000, Clark College – $202,555
NBC Right Now, Sept. 24, 2022

WVC offering baseball umpire course to address shortage
Wenatchee Valley College has a new continuing education course this fall that teaches the basics of umpiring a youth baseball game. The course is instructed by 15-year veteran umpire Jeff Leavitt, who is hoping to address a shortage of umpires.
News Radio 560 KPQ, Sept. 23, 2022

Cascadia College begins American Indian and Indigenous Studies program
Cascadia College recently hired Dr. Victor Begay as its first American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) professor and Tribal Liaison. Begay is an educator and scholar from the Navajo Nation. … Cascadia is partnering with the University of Washington to provide the AIIS program.
Woodinville Weekly, Sept. 22, 2022

Peninsula College offers Vocal Masters Series
… “We took a chance and tried something unique during the pandemic that has turned out to be a real bonus for [Peninsula College] students who are serious about improving their vocal skills,” said Elaine Gardner-Morales, vocal jazz instructor.
Peninsula Daily News, Sept. 22, 2022

Yakima Valley College offers GED, diploma help to those off-track
Yakima Valley College has partnered with multiple regional school districts to offer a Step up to College Program to help people ages 16-20 who are not on a path to graduate still earn their diploma or GED.
NBC Right Now, Sept. 21, 2022

Even unvaccinated OC students could return soon
The fall term is officially underway at Olympic College, and students who remain unvaccinated and want to attend in person may be able to do so starting in November. The headcount of those enrolled at the community college as of Sept. 19 sits at 5,288 students, a 0.2% increase from 2021.
Kitsap Daily News, Sept. 21, 2022
DataPoints: A look at Latino students
More than one-third (36%) of Latino postsecondary education students in fall 2020 were enrolled at a public two-year college, compared to 47% enrolled at a public four-year institution, according to an Excelencia in Education analysis of federal data.
Community College Daily, Sept. 26, 2022

Bye-bye, IRAPs
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Friday announced a final rule to rescind the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program, ending a fledgling effort to expand apprenticeships that was marred in politics from the start.
Community College Daily, Sept. 25, 2022

A need to succeed: What students want and get from internships
… Nearly two-thirds of students with experiential learning opportunities say they were very helpful in preparing them for a future job, which for community college students (n=366) jumps to 86 percent.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 23, 2022

News Links | Sept. 22, 2022

Learning by serving: Open-ended service at Seattle Central
Seattle Central College has taken an open-ended approach to service learning, providing individalized opportunities for students to connect their coursework with sustainable partnerships that impact their communities and plan the seeds of civic responsibility.
Community College Journal, September 2022

CAMP Program helps migrant working students attend college
… CAMP stands for College Assistance Migrant Program. It is a federally-funded program available at several community colleges and universities nationwide. Since the Yakima Valley is a large agricultural community full of migrant families, the programs at Yakima Valley College and Heritage University have helped many students.
NBC Right Now, Sept. 20, 2022

WSU Tri-Cities’ fall enrollment drops for 5th year. Is the pandemic still to blame?
… Columbia Basin College appears to be bucking the trend on enrollment. That’s according to a rough first-day tally the college released Monday morning, right as students were returning to campus. Elizabeth Burtner, CBC’s interim assistant vice president for communications and external relations, said first-day numbers are up 6.4% over last year’s.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 20, 2022

South Puget Sound Community College welcomes 20 full-time faculty members for 2022-23
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) this week kicked off its 2022-23 academic year, welcoming 20 new full-time tenure-track faculty members to the college.
Thurston Talk, Sept. 20, 2022

Yakima Valley College students and staff appreciate hybrid choices available this fall quarter
Longtime Yakima Valley College English instructor Dodie Forrest has a spring in her step these days whenever she thinks about the first day of fall classes. “I just really enjoy being present with students; I feel like there’s just really good energy and synergy there,” she said.
Yakima Herald-Republic, Sept. 20, 2022

Vintage Pacific NW: Chef Greg Atkinson told Julia Child he was self-taught — then actually taught
… Seattle Culinary Academy [at Seattle Central College] is the oldest culinary school west of the Mississippi. The program was launched in 1946, when Broadway High School became the Thomas Alva Edison Technical School to accommodate veterans who wanted to earn their degrees without returning to a traditional high-school setting.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 17, 2022
Education decisions during the Great Resignation
Individuals who left their jobs voluntarily since the start of the Covid pandemic were more likely to enroll in postsecondary education than those who lost their jobs, according to a new report from the Strada Education Network.
Community College Daily, Sept. 21, 2022

Black enrollment declines, gaps increase
While Black students disproportionately attend community colleges, their enrollment at these institutions has significantly dropped and gaps in their academic outcomes have more than doubled over time compared to their white peers …
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 21, 2022

Service-oriented culture at colleges with one-stop shops
Colleges whose leaders make the effort to combine service-oriented departments into one center tend to provide stronger service interactions across campus, as this infographic shows.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 21, 2022

Look into the community for a new president
As community colleges look into a historic level of turnover in their presidencies, the challenges are frightening. Yet, within those challenges opportunities abound to ensure long-term sustainability of these veritable American institutions of learning and of the communities that nurture them.
Community College Daily, Sept. 21, 2022

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

News Links | Sept. 8, 2022

3 EC students receive pharmacy technician scholarships
… “The pharmacy technician certification exam is one of the final hurdles for our students before they enter the workforce,” said Edmonds College Dean of Health and Human Services Karen Townsend.
Edmonds Beacon, Sept. 8, 2022

Highline College to develop talent search program at local schools
… The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded Highline College the 5-year grant, which will fund a director and two advisor positions, and the development of the Talent Search program.
Waterland Blog, Sept. 6, 2022

Facing uncertainty, WA woodworkers highlight legacy of Seattle’s Wood Technology Center
There aren’t many places where you find high schoolers and college students building a boat together. But at the Wood Technology Center at Seattle Central College, that sort of thing is pretty common.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 4, 2022

Boeing donates $25,000 to support Big Bend’s aviation programs
… “Big Bend Community College is very grateful for Boeing’s continued support of the Aviation Maintenance and Commercial Pilot programs,” stated college Dean of Workforce Education Daneen Berry-Guerin.
iFiber One, Sept. 2, 2022

Swinomish tribe, Skagit Valley College partner on new dental therapy program
… Already having a relationship with Skagit Valley College, the tribe asked the college to explore with it the potential of building a dental therapy program closer to home, said Darren Greeno, executive dean for instruction at Skagit Valley College.
Skagit Valley Herald, August 31, 2022
FEMA and other bureaucracies
Editor’s note: This article is an excerpt from the book Overcoming Disaster: What Colleges Learned from Catastrophe and Recovery (Rowman & Littlefield), which provides lessons learned from the experiences of three community colleges … that faced tragedies, including hurricanes and campus shootings.
Community College Daily, Sept. 8, 2022

The Mindset List
Marist College releases annual list of what freshmen know (and what they don’t know). … The list is designed to help those in academe adjust their perspective to that of the new freshmen.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 8, 2022
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