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The state of Washington plans to open two community Covid testing sites in Spokane, but not immediately.
Spokane Interim Health Officer Francisco Velazquez says a private company called Discovery Health, based in the Puget Sound area, will operate them. The new drive-through venues will be located at Spokane and Spokane Falls Community Colleges.

Today, Chris Maccini welcomes the next SCC Hagen Center “Diversity Dialogues” speaker, Luis Rodrigues. Two of Verne Windham’s recent From the Studio guests, Sandpoint Conservatory director Karin Wedemeyer and the Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe offer their observations and strategies for dealing with the current state of pandemic affairs through engagement with music. A particularly sublime moment from a young pianist and some Spokane Symphony sounds complete the aural picture on this edition of NWAR

Tracy K. Smith's poetry collection, Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry and from 2017 to 2019, she served as Poet Laureate of the United States. She has also published a memoir, Ordinary Light, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her newest collection of poetry is Wade in the Water, published in 2018. Public Radio listeners may also recognize her voice as the host of The Slowdown, a radio program and podcast which invited listeners to see the world in a different way, through poetry. 

Smith is a professor at Princeton University and on Wednesday, March 10th, she'll be hosting a virtual event with Spokane Community College’s Hagan Center for the Humanities speakers series “Diversity Dialogues, Conversations About Race and Equity."

On this week's Northwest Arts Review, Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe checks in from Scotland and Chris Maccini introduces us to Seattle-based historian and author Dr. Daudi Abe, one of this year’s speakers at Spokane Community College’s “Diversity Dialogues” series. Dan Webster weighs in on a new Netflix romance novel adaptation, and we’ll enjoy a bit of music form the Spokane Piston and Rotary Cl

ub, too.

Labor Unions, Colleges Promote Apprenticeships This Week

Nov 11, 2020
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Colleges and labor unions are working to promote apprenticeships as a way to fill gaps in industries that have a shortage of qualified workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor has designated this week as National Apprenticeship Week.

Spokane Community College has one of the largest apprenticeship programs in Washington.

The State of Washington has sponsored an official poet laureate since 2007, but for the current poet laureate, Claudia Castro Luna, the past year has been unlike any other in state history. 

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The Spokane Transit Authority announced Tuesday the agency is receiving a $53 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration for the proposed Central City Line.

The line would provide rapid all-electric bus service between Browne's Addition, through downtown, the University District and the Logan neighborhood to Spokane Community College.

Photo by Steve Jackson

Students in the aviation program at Spokane Community College are the beneficiaries of a huge gift from the Boeing Company.

Boeing has donated a 12-foot tall, 17,000-pound 787 jet engine to the SCC Aviation Maintenance program.

Spokane Transit

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for the Spokane Community College Transit Center.

Transit officials say the center will allow for better connection to Spokane, Spokane Valley and Millwood.

CEO Susan Meyer says the center will be a real benefit for SCC students.

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Thursday on the Inland Journal podcast, prison time isn’t always down time for inmates. At the Washington state prison in Airway Heights, hundreds of inmates are studying for their GEDs and a handful will soon collect associate’s degrees through the Community Colleges of Spokane. We’ll go to the prison and talk with the man in charge of the program that helps inmates build skills that will earn them jobs after their terms end.