Monday, March 8, 2010

NEWS LINKS | March 8, 2010

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




Clark College grows to meet high demand

The Columbian [Portrait: Clark County 2010], February 28, 2010


Bank lends a hand for art

First Independent honors 3 Clark College students for their poster designs

The Columbian, March 4, 2010


How are you feeling? / Stress can affect workers and businesses just as much as the recession, experts say

Article includes interviews with Clark College faculty, Judy VanPatten and Dr. Tim Cook

Vancouver Business Journal, March 5, 2010


Clark College Orchestra to play with the [Boston Symphony’s] Barron

The Columbian, March 5, 2010


CPTC program conducts 'waste audit'

Environmental Science students at Clover Park Technical College, in conjunction with Pierce County Solid Waste and LeMay Enterprises, conducted a "waste audit" yesterday at the Lakewood Campus.

Business Examiner, March 5, 2010


Olympic College Receives Accreditation to Offer 4-Year Degrees
Kitsap Sun, March 6, 2010


Delta High students shine at history contest

The school is focused on the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math, and it's the only one of its kind in the Tri-Cities and state. … The school was started by the Richland, Pasco and Kennewick school districts, Battelle, Washington State University Tri-Cities and Columbia Basin College.

The News Tribune, March 7, 2010


Science workshops teach girls real-life applications  / Teens learn about careers they might one day consider

Expanding Your Horizons workshop series at Wenatchee Valley College Saturday afternoon for middle school-aged girls with classes ranging from electrical engineering to wildlife biology, with an emphasis on how the skills are used in real jobs in the Wenatchee Valley.

Wenatchee World, March 8, 2010


Local small businesses venturing into world of government contracts

“It’s really starting to buck up and I’m sure that’s due to the poor economy,” said Tom Westerlund, Procurement Technical Assistance Center counselor at Bates Technical College. “We will walk them through it. We will assist them through the bid process (and) we will also assist them with their registration.”

Business Examiner, March 8, 2010


Columbia Gorge wind program taking off

To prevent a glut of wind farm training programs, the state designated Walla Walla as the lead community college for wind technology. …  Eventually, students may enroll in the wind farm program through distance learning at Yakima Valley Community College, Wenatchee Valley Community College and Columbia Basin College in Pasco. … The college is seeking grants from wind farm companies and elsewhere to pay for instructors and equipment. Steering the growth is the Center of Excellence for Energy Production, a consortium of colleges and industry leaders based at Centralia College.

The Daily News, March 8, 2010





How state workers' pay really stacks up

Seattle Times, March 6, 2010


Students in race for state's college financial aid funds

'INCREDIBLE DEMAND' | Surge of student applicants means state funds could run out sooner than ever

Because of the experience last year and the state's bigger budget deficit this year, the word is out that forms need to be filed early, said Andy Davis, executive director of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission … Private  schools, which get the largest chunk of MAP dollars among four-year schools, are making sure their current students apply for aid early ..

Chicago Sun Times, March 8, 2010,CST-NWS-aid08.article





Extended Session Coming?

The Stranger, March 5, 2010


State House passes budget; talks await on solving deficit

The state House passed its version of a tuned-up state spending plan late Friday night, a prelude to final negotiations over how to bridge a $2.8 billion budget shortfall.

Seattle Times, March 6, 2010


Local View: State must retain tuition role / Setting authority needs to remain there until a viable solution is found

By Peter Sterr, Washington State University Vancouver student and director of legislative affairs for Washington Student Association.

The Columbian, March 7, 2010


Wash. Senate passes $890 million tax package

After two days of contentious debate, the state Senate on Sunday approved a tax package that would raise $890 million over the next 16 months and is centered on a temporary three-tenths-of-a-cent sales tax increase.

Seattle Times, March 8, 2010



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