Thursday, November 12, 2009

NEWS LINKS | Nov. 12, 2009

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




Breaking Through: Community Colleges Receive $200,000 From the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Scale Up Successes

Tacoma Community College is one of five community colleges sharing $200,000 to scale up 'Breaking Through,' a national initiative designed to support the educational and workforce advancement of underserved and under‐skilled young adult students by helping them prepare for and succeed in occupational and technical degree programs.  With its grant, TCC will scale up its integration of I-BEST and Breaking Through practices. 

Jobs for the Future, October 28, 2009


Green-Collar People: Michael McCormick
He's gotten training in restoring historic buildings and completed an energy auditing class at Shoreline Community College. He hopes to become accredited to verify that "green" homes are being built to national standards.

The Daily Sightline, November 11, 2009


Veterans seeking education benefits up
CBC also has seen an increase veterans. The college has about 300 students who served in the military. To help those students feel more welcome, the college formed the Columbia Basin College Veterans Alliance, a group of staff and students, said Peggy Buchmiller, CBC assistant dean for student services.

Tri-City Herald, November 11, 2009


Chefs offer holiday recipes and preparation tips

This year The Seattle Times partnered with the pros at Seattle Culinary Academy at Seattle Central Community College … to offer ideas for your holiday gatherings.

Seattle Times, November 11, 2009


New GI Bill helps Whatcom County veterans head to college
At Whatcom Community College, the number of veterans on campus jumped from about 150 last school year to nearly 200 this fall.

Bellingham Herald, November 12, 2009


Actions of WSU, Congress clear away some of recession gloom
Earlier this spring, Washington State University decided it had to close down the learning program at Yakima Valley Community College's Deccio Higher Education Center due to severe state budget cuts. …  WSU … announced recently it would reverse its decision.

Yakima Herald-Republic, November 12, 2009





Column | Boost expectations to improve student performance

Did you know our state's low expectations for students require only two years of science and three years of math to graduate from high school? That is not enough to be adequately prepared for apprenticeships or two-year college — or eligible to even apply to a four-year college!

Seattle Times, November 12, 2009


Two-Year Colleges, Swamped, No Longer Welcome All

New York Times, November 12, 2009





CWU talks budget strife during Legislative Day

.. The biggest "mystery" to the representatives from CWU was the state's favored interest in two-year degrees. Gaudino said the state was ranked fifth in the country in terms of citizen participation in A.A. degree programs, and only ranked 48th in bachelor degree participation. "The Legislature is putting money in for arming community college funding," Gaudino said. The only problem, Gaudino said, is many jobs ask for more than just a technical degree. "You are telling me we are going away from that college degree?" Hinkle said referring to the two-year degrees.

The Ellensburg Daily Record


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