Monday, November 23, 2009

NEWS LINKS | Nov. 23, 2009

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




Physics students show off their artillery
The Wenatchee Valley College campus contains no castles to defend nor barbarian hoards to quell. But its central courtyard filled with downsized ancient artillery Friday, as the college's physics students put their 11 homemade catapults to the test.

The Wenatchee World Online, November 21, 2009


Delta experiments with new developmental learning community
… One of the first colleges in the country to apply this program was Skagit Valley College in Washington state. As part of Delta's program, several instructors from the school visited Skagit and were mentored by the instructors there on how to properly carry it out. "I think the whole opportunity to be mentored by the people at Skagit Valley College has been awesome," said Delta English Professor Mary Beth Looby. … Delta based its program on the successful model created by Skagit.

Midland (Mich.) Daily News, November 21, 2009


Dinosaurs invade county's annual Fantasy Lights displays
Clover Park and Bates Technical College students built the dinosaurs this year.

The News, November 22, 2009


Education despite adversity

Schools across the nation have seen a surge in homeless students, of whom there were more than a million last spring, according to the most current national data. And the numbers continue to climb. … "They've provided everything I can think of," Bell said – a calculator for school, fees for the Running Start program he attends at Spokane Community College, and even the cost of his graduation cap and gown. … "It's hard for me to admit I need emotional help. It's not hard for me to ask for financial help because we've been poor my whole life," said Bell, who hopes to attend college and become a lawyer.

The Spokesman Review, November 22, 2009


Salmon Center Embraces New Belfair Farm Home
Salmon studies remain a primary goal, and staff have been working with the North Mason School District, Olympic College, the University of Washington … .

Kitsap Sun, November 22, 2009


CBC women, WWCC reach soccer final

The News Tribune, November 22, 2009


Army helps vets with 'invisible wounds' find jobs

The Bellingham Herald, November 23, 2009 (Whatcom CC)


SSCC offers classes on transportation

South Seattle Community College is offering a new transportation, logistics and supply chain management program.

Daily Journal of Commerce, November 23, 2009 (preview only)





Gregoire budget coming out early - about Dec. 7-8

The Olympian, November 20, 2009


Gregoire's budget crisis PowerPoint

Crosscut, November 23, 2009





Surviving the Game of Chicken

… As administration officials and, last week, Congressional Democrats sent letters to college presidents essentially telling them that they'd be irresponsible not to get their institutions at least ready to switch to direct lending, many financial aid officers have increasingly bristled about being told to significantly alter their operations in response to a set of requirements in a law that might, eventually, pass Congress.

… In its place -- particularly at colleges that are leery of the switch because they have home-grown technology systems that may require major overhauls or because they have few employees -- is concern about what it means to be "direct loan ready" and how many steps in that direction they can take, or put off until there is no alternative, without putting their students' loans at risk.

"I've got a big folder on my desk that says 'DL transition,' but for most of us with small staffs -- we've got three people -- there's no good time in the short term to make a move like this," says Dave Cecil, director of financial aid at Kentucky's Transylvania University. "We're going to have to get help from IT and other people on our campus, and a lot of schools like us don't want to go down that road until we absolutely have to."

Inside Higher Ed, November 23, 2009


WSU seeks funds for system update

Washington State University will seek $15 million from the Legislature for an overhaul of its student information systems despite the state's $2 billion-plus budget deficit.

Spokesman Review, November 22, 2009



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