Monday, October 19, 2009

NEWS LINKS | Oct. 19, 2009

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




Virtual simulation in classroom

… Another pioneer in virtual education, John Miller, a nursing instructor at the Tacoma Community College in Washington state in the US also runs a nursing training simulation on Second Life for his students.

University World News, October 18, 2009


BTC receives grant to increase hospital employee education and training

Bellingham Technical College, in conjunction with partners Skagit Valley College, Whatcom Community College, Northwest Workforce Council and employee union SEIU Healthcare, will use the $360,000 grant to expand training and support programs at five hospitals in northwest Washington…

Bellingham Herald, October 19, 2009


CBC program helps parents, babies learn

Tri-City Herald, October 19, 2009


Social networking security concerns top of mind for businesses

Social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn enhance collaboration and help your company connect with customers, but they also make it easier than ever for your employees to share customer data and company secrets with outsiders. … Guy Pace, security administrator with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, says his organization takes many of the precautions described above. But he agrees … the true battleground is one of office culture, not technology.

ITBusiness, October 19, 2009


Windows 7 for cheap [If colleges see increase in one-credit students, this could be why]

Tuition for a single credit at Seattle Central Community College is $81, plus a $2 enrollment fee, by the way.

Seattle Times, October 19, 2009




Hispanics need better broadband access, forum speaker says

Yakima Herald, October 17, 2009


Love of Teaching Draws Adjuncts to the Classroom Despite Low Pay

A 'Chronicle' survey of part-timers in Chicago provides insight into their motivations and concerns

Chronicle of Higher Education, October 18, 2009


A Board Out of Control

Special accrediting panel finds Maricopa trustees in violation of numerous standards and to be lacking in civility or knowledge of their roles.

Inside Higher Ed, October 19, 2009


Colleges See Rise In Mental Health Issues

Audio story notes impact of decreasing budgets vs increased need for counselors/therapists; community college mention.

National Public Radio, October 19, 2009


It’s like a full-time gig

Navigating the unemployment system is no easy task ... for people seeking jobs, hiring, or even those advising the applicants. CrossCut, October 19, 2009 (WorkSource)





I-1033 could hit higher ed especially hard

Seattle Times, October 19, 2009


NO: I-1033 would make tough times even worse

The Herald, October 18, 2009


Take a quiz to find your political label

If you're not sure, politically speaking, we have a little test for you. It's a strictly private test, between you and your computer …

Yakima Herald, October 19, 2009



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