Thursday, January 7, 2010

NEWS LINKS | Jan. 7, 2010

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




In beating disabilities they show us the way

In this season of caring and hope, I would like to share the moving story of two young men [Bellevue College students] whose futures, far more than most of ours, depends on inner strength and a positive outlook.

Bellevue Reporter column by Jean Floten, December 24, 2009


College Facilities Make the Green Grade

As an example, Bellevue College in Washington state was recently awarded LEED Gold certification for its new three-story, 64,000-sq.-ft. science and technology building that houses five high-tech classrooms, 16 advanced laboratories and a science study center, reports Design Training.

Environmental Leader News, December 29, 2009


Street Bean Serves Coffee, Opportunities

“… My first pay check I framed because it was my first legal income. I really cried." … Knowing she'll have steady work for awhile has given Stephanie the stability to pursue her GED at Shoreline Community College.  "And after two years, I really honestly hope I'll be a brand new woman, because I have people who support me every day I come to my job.” She expects to have completed her GED by June. Then Stephanie says she wants a law degree.

KPLU FM NPR, January 3, 2010

Olympic College Lands a Grant to Train Home Energy Auditors
The money will go for a new project called Sound Energy Efficiency Development, or SEED. Partners include South Seattle Community College, Seattle Vocational Institute, Edmonds Community College, Renton Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Peninsula College, … Said OC President David Mitchell, “Olympic College is delighted to be part of this grant, providing education and training programs for our citizens to enter the green workforce.”

Kitsap Sun, January 7, 2010


Seattle Community Colleges' power and promise

The Seattle Community Colleges Foundation's fundraising drive surpassed its $25 million goal, raising $32 million for students in little more than three years. … Credit [Charles] Mitchell, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 8,000 individuals for recognizing the value of a strong community-college network.

Seattle Times, January 7, 2010


Gig Harbor's Kilmer Leading Job-Creation Efforts in Senate
Kilmer said other ideas he and his legislative colleagues will pursue include making it easier for out-of-work adults get into retraining programs, giving colleges and universities incentives to graduate more students and getting career college work recognized by other colleges in the state.

Kitsap Sun, January 7, 2010


Arts Education Promotes Emotional Intelligence

… What is being lost — and what, if anything, can be done about this trend — is addressed in two scholarly papers published in the new issue of the Arts Education Policy Review. … In "No Child Left Behind and Fine Arts Classes," Tina Beveridge of Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., details the obvious and subtle ways a test-centric approach to education devalues arts instruction.

Miller-McCune News Blog, January 7, 2010





Nursing Tug of War

To dismay of community college advocates, new study recommends all nurses have a baccalaureate degree before they are allowed to practice.

Inside Higher Ed, January 7, 2010


Surging Enrollments Put Community Colleges in a Good Credit Position

Chronicle of Higher Education, January 6, 2010




Treasurer warns state will go broke if lawmakers don't act

Washington state government is in danger of running out of money if the Legislature fails to act quickly, state Treasurer Jim McIntire says.

Seattle Times, January 7, 2010


State to consider job furloughs

Money Crunch: Senate leader suggests workers take day off a month

The Olympian, January 7, 2010


Legislative Preview: Let the tax battle begin

The Daily News, January 7, 2010


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