Tuesday, January 5, 2010

NEWS LINKS | Jan. 5, 2010

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




A year of new beginnings

Highlights of significant events in Kitsap County for 2009, including the first graduates of Olympic College’s BSN program, and the college's evaluation by the University of Washington to offer more bachelors programs.

Bremerton Patriot, December 17, 2009



OC Poulsbo featured in book displaying Pacific Northwest style architecture

Olympic College-Poulsbo is featured in a book titled Miller/Hull Partnership: Public Works. Review cites “Their energy-conscious designs, love of local materials, and structural expressiveness helped define the essence of a new and exciting type of contemporary regionalism in American architecture—the Pacific Northwest style.  … challenges the notion that public buildings must be mundane in appearance or functionality.”

ArchDaily.com blog, December 23, 2009



Junki Yoshida: A Saucy Food Trendsetter

CEO and founder of Yoshida Group … Yoshida finally found traction at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash., where he was admitted. Now he could study English full force. With his improved language skills, he became a karate instructor at Highline.

Investors Daily, December 28, 2009



What's in a word?  Decade's spirit

Regional words of the decade include "Penguin Nation"

The Columbian, January 4, 2010 (Clark College)



KUOW: State college enrollment up after new H-1B visa law

… The bill granted in-state tuition to foreign professionals and their families. Many of these are H1–B visa holders who work at places like Microsoft and Amazon. Since the law passed, new enrollments among this group have shot up at the UW and at community colleges around the region. … But at the UW, enrollment of new H visa students has shot up 80 percent this fall, compared to last fall. New enrollments at the state's community colleges is also up more than 60 percent during that same period.

KUOW NPR, January 4, 2010



[Everett CC] plans expansion in Monroe

After 10 years of night classes in Monroe, Everett Community College plans to expand its east county presence to include day courses in a new home. The college hopes to double its enrollment at its Monroe campuses to about 400 students per quarter over the next five years.

The Herald, January 5, 2010



[Columbia Basin College] still seeing enrollment growth

"There are more people coming to us thinking this is a safe harbor and good time to invest in their education" because of the bleak economy and job market, said CBC President Rich Cummins. But that does create challenges for the college, which like other institutions in Washington is getting less money from the state because of deep budgets cuts and is facing the possibility of even more reductions …

Tri-City Herald, January 5, 2010






Community-College Chiefs Are Underpaid Relative to Their 4-Year Peers

Chronicle of Higher Education, January 3, 2010



Serving the Laptopless Student

With laptops prevalent on campuses, a handful of colleges are transforming their expensive public computer labs into places where students can sit in comfy chairs, sip coffee, and use their own computers. Some observers believe these examples foreshadow the death of computer labs on college campuses. …  But community colleges are different … far fewer community college students — 35 percent — own laptop computers than at other types of colleges, where the ownership rate averaged 70 percent.

Inside Higher Ed, January 5, 2010



Federal student financial aid application streamlined

Washington Post, January 5, 2010



Vocational education upgrade: Chicago schools roll out 7-year makeover

"The horrible irony of this recession is that even with these large unemployment numbers, there are key jobs in health care and manufacturing where businesses can't find people," said Rachel Unruh, associate director of The Workforce Alliance, whose group helped analyze economic trends. "We've put out this cultural message in this country that every job requires a college degree. So young kids don't look at these jobs as an option.”
Chicago Tribune, January 5, 2010






Q&A: Washington state tries to raise taxes

Statesman Journal (OR), January 5, 2010




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