Wednesday, July 1, 2009

NEWS LINKS | July 1, 2009

SBCTC NEWS LINKS | Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges




Young Seattle chef wins national cooking competition

Varin Keokitvon, 25, won the National Chaine des Rotisseurs Jeune Commis competition, which took place June 11-14 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  He advances to the international competition in New York City in the fall, where he'll represent the U.S.

"It feels good," said Keokitvon, a 2008 graduate of Seattle Central Community College's Culinary Academy. "What was important is that I made my instructors proud. That was the main thing for me." … He won the local and regional competitions, held earlier this year at Renton Technical College. …

Varin is a 2008 graduate of Seattle Culinary Academy’s Specialty Desserts and Breads program. He also studied culinary arts at North Seattle Community College, where he won a Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE), which recognizes and rewards students who excel in career and technical education.  … He cites instructors Gregg Shiosaki and Regis Bernard as his greatest influences.  … "I could have gone anywhere, but I chose Seattle Central's Culinary Academy, because my teacher Gregg Shiosaki had moved there. They have amazing instructors," said Keokitvon.

KING 5 TV, July 1, 2009


Community Colleges See Demand Spike, Funding Slip
At Tacoma Community College in Washington state, fall enrollment is 40 percent ahead of last year …

Washington Post, July 1, 2009


Transforming Community Colleges to Accelerate Postsecondary Success for Low-Income Young Adults

The Gates Foundation has funded the Community College Research Center for a variety of studies as part of the initiative, “Transforming Community Colleges to Accelerate Postsecondary Success for Low-Income Young Adults,” including two in Washington State: Evaluation of I-BEST and Structure of effective occupational programs. For more information visit:

Community College Research Center, June 30, 2009





Is Twitter the news outlet for the 21st century?

Seattle PI, July 1, 2009


Study: Social networking is hot for Gen Y, but Twitter has yet to catch on

Participatory Marketing Network, June 1, 2009


Raritan Valley Community College board of trustee members resigns  
Branchburg resident Shawn Clark, who had been charged with embezzling funds from Somerville-based Local 455 of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, has resigned from the Raritan Valley Community College board of trustees.

Somerset Reporter, June 29, 2009


EOCC aviation campus helping prime pump for economic growth
Dothan Eagle, June 30, 2009





Olympia press-corps loses another voice: Adam Wilson

Statehouse reporter Adam Wilson is headed over to the dark side later this month. He just got hired as Gov. Chris Gregoire's speechwriter, the latest in the Olympia press corps to quit the trade.

The Olympian, July 1, 2009


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