SBCTC Legislative News | March 10, 2023

The ninth edition of Legislative News for the 2023 session is posted: Hearings resume as session passes major cutoff deadline

The House and Senate passed a critical deadline Wednesday as bills — unless necessary for the budget — had to be voted out of their originating chamber to continue in the legislative process. Moving this week were bills on student basic needs, dual credit, data sharing, nursing and corrections education.

Baydaa Alshatee has this week’s interns’ update: Never stop learning

I have worked in higher education as a student leader since 2020. I have learned a lot. I have also learned I have more to improve upon. Part of my interest during my State Board for Community and Technical Colleges legislative internship is diversity and inclusion in the higher education landscape. The question to start my research is: What does professional development in equity, diversity and inclusion look like in higher education?

Katie Rose

Communications and Marketing Associate

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges • o: 360-704-4367 • f: 360-704-4415 • Twitter: @SBCTCWashington • Facebook: @WASBCTC

State Board set to hear 7 bachelor’s degree statements of need

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges at its regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 2 will hear bachelor’s degree program statements of need from seven colleges. The programs are:

Also on the agenda is an update on the 2023 legislative session, including an overview of bills that would impact the community and technical college system.

Rep. Vandana Slatter, chair of the House Postsecondary Education and Workforce Committee, is scheduled to speak with the board at its Wednesday study session. Members will also hear from Mike Meotti, executive director of the Washington Student Achievement Council, on FAFSA and WASFA outreach and completion initiatives.

The regular meeting is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday. The study session will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The meetings are open to the public and will be held at the State Board office, 1300 Quince St. SE in Olympia. The meeting agenda and background materials are posted on the State Board’s website.

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
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