Wednesday, December 2, 2009

NEWS LINKS | Dec. 2, 2009

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




Opinion: Centralia College’s Science Building Needs Support
…  Another need facing us is at our most excellent Centralia College. Its new science building is a bit lacking in new instruments and machines for some of its science classes. The college, experiencing budget difficulties during this recession, does not have the cash to purchase such items as a laser measuring device, or a gadget that measures the melting point of chemicals, for example.

The Centralia Chronicle, December 1, 2009


Annual Garrison night school kicks off

With about 15 years since it was established, the program continues to draw area residents looking to improve their language skills or earn a high school equivalent, or GED certificate. The program is coordinated through Walla Walla Public Schools and Walla Walla Community College, who partner to instruct the classes …

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, December 1, 2009


Blankets donated to resource center

The Big Bend Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society presented handmade baby blankets to the Moses Lake Crossroads Resource Center …

Othello Outlook, December 2, 2009


Sculpted elephant shows tradesman's artistic flair

James R. Shields III … found his heart by working with his hands. [He] hopes to graduate in the spring with degrees in welding and fabrication and advanced manufacturing. ... Welders are needed to build boats, high-rises, pots and pans, a kitchen table leg, attach a tongue on a trailer or fashion the body of a truck. Main and Shields both complimented the welding program at Everett Community College. Shields said he appreciates the work of instructors Dan Minzel and Dave Taylor. “Elly could not have happened if not for the awesome program,” Shields said.

The Herald, December 2, 2009





Invisible: 1.4 Percent Coverage for Education is Not Enough

Community colleges fare especially poorly in the constellation of news coverage. Of all the education reporting, only 2.9 percent is devoted to two-year institutions of higher learning, compared to 12.5 percent for colleges and 14.5 percent for universities (the rest goes to elementary and secondary schools). The lack of attention devoted to community colleges is noteworthy because even though they enroll 6.7 million students compared to 11.2 million for colleges and universities, two-year schools attract only one-tenth the news coverage of four-year institutions. From the standpoint of national media coverage, community colleges barely exist.

Brookings Education News West, December 2, 2009


Demise of Education Reporting

A report being released today by the Brookings Institution documents the national decline in coverage of education issues. During the first nine months of 2009, only 1.4 percent of national news coverage focused on education issues, the study found. And much of the coverage that did occur was focused on issues beyond education -- such as crime or H1N1. The study found that coverage of community colleges is "especially" poor.

Inside Higher Ed, December 2, 2009


The Business of Higher Education

Authors of three-volume series of essays on leadership, management and marketing discuss the tension that arises when those and other practices are applied to colleges and universities.

Inside Higher Ed, December 2, 2009


EOI releases "The State of Working Washington 2009"

Today the Economic Opportunity Institute is releasing its annual report, "The State of Working Washington." The 2009 edition focuses on economic security and the increasing difficulties that Washingtonians face to afford home ownership, health care, college tuition, and retirement savings.

Schmudget (Washington State Budget & Policy Center blog), Dec. 1, 2009


Wash. early learning plan presented to governor

Seattle PI, December 2, 2009


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