Monday, November 30, 2009

NEWS LINKS | Nov. 30, 2009

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




State gives $500,000 boost to water center

The Washington state Department of Commerce has awarded $500,000 to the Walla Walla Innovation Partnership Zone for the expansion of the William A. Grant Water & Environmental Center at [Walla Walla Community College].

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, November 25, 2009


Charlie Albright's Piano Interpretations and Improvisations Continue to Impress

Centralia College graduate Charlie Albright's international profile as a piano performer continues to grow. … Despite exhaustion from a nasty case of swine flu, Centralia native Charlie Albright dazzled a panel of judges in New York on Saturday, earning one of four top spots at the annual Young Concert Artists audition and further cementing his reputation as a rising piano virtuoso.

Centralia Chronicle, November 25, 2009


Students learn sports medicine is more than taping ankles

For all of their work, sports medicine students not only get high school credit, but also college credit from either Bellevue College or Lake Washington Technical College.

SnoValley Star, November 25, 2009


Community Colleges Contending With Financial Aid Backlogs

... The Daily Herald in Everett, Washington, reports that many area colleges have seen similar spikes in requests for financial aid. At Everett Community College, 7,400 financial aid applications were received, and about 1,000 still need to be processed; last year, 4,600 applications were received.

City Town Info Education Channel, November  27, 2009


Whoville the Latest Gingerbread Masterpiece at Harrison Hospital

Williams got her first taste of gingerbread-making in a culinary arts program at Olympic College.
Kitsap Sun, November 27, 2009


People and Their Wheels: Rick Townsend's 1982 Chevrolet short-wide-box truck

He took auto body classes at Lower Columbia College and has been working on cars since he bought his first at age 15.

The Daily News,  November 28, 2009


Program helps define new skills for success

Life has given Larry Miller a second chance. And he’s decided to run with it. … He scraped by on unemployment for five months. Then the Washington state Department of Employment Security contacted Miller and told him he was a good candidate to start his own business. The state offered to pay for part of an Avista-sponsored entrepreneur program through Spokane Community College.

Spokesman Review, November 29, 2009


Extended lack of work takes its toll on Snohomish County families

His wife, Joyce, wasn't so lucky. She was cut from an administrative job at Safeco Insurance two years ago. She's been through several unemployment extensions since then, and headed back to school at Everett Community College for administrative training in the health-care industry.

The Herald, November 29, 2009


EvCC veterans are honored with plaque

Everett Community College recently dedicated a plaque honoring past, present and future veterans from each branch of the armed forces.

The Herald, November 30, 2009


Enrollments Up, Budgets Down at WA Two-Year Colleges

This week, teachers at Shoreline Community College north of Seattle, received word the new year may bring another round of layoffs. After losing 15 full-time teachers already, classes are full and instructors are swamped, according to Gary Parks, writing instructor and president of Local 1950.

Lake Stevens Journal, November 30, 2009


Edmonds Community College monument welcomes veterans

The Herald, November 30, 2009


State awards county aerospace training center $250000
Edmonds Community College, which will operate the center through the AFA, is expected to begin offering classes in February once renovation of a 33,000-square-foot building owned by Snohomish County is completed.

Lake Stevens Journal, November 30, 2009




Battle of degrees heats up: Universities, community colleges spar over four-year programs

Crain’s Detroit Business, November 29, 2009


For-profit colleges haul in gov't aid

Seattle PI, November 29, 2009


Access to What?

Nevada chancellor mulls whether community colleges, strained by recession and budget crises, should limit enrollments to ensure success for more students.

Inside Higher Ed, November 30, 2009


The best and brightest take a detour / Recession-wary honor students are using community college as door to elite schools

Over the past two decades, community college honors programs have found a niche among students who were turned down by increasingly selective state universities and didn't want to pay private-college tuition. Enrollment grew steadily until the recession. Then, it exploded.

Washington Post, November 30, 2009


Community College, With a Laugh Track

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 30, 2009


Harsh Economy Drives New Brand of Communication From the Top

College presidents share their philosophies on keeping their campuses in the loop during tough times.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 4, 2009

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