Tuesday, April 20, 2010

NEWS LINKS | April 20, 2010

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




CBC students honored

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, April 2010



CBC Leadership Fellows Program trains a clan of better leaders

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, April 2010



Highline College student creates clothing company that will benefit homeless
A 17-year-old high school senior and Running Start student at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Snyder has started his own business. Called "Overcast Clothing Co.," the company designs and sells Northwest specific t-shirts, hoodies, and more.

Highline Times, April 15, 2010


State Department programme pairs foreign students with Community Colleges

The Community College Summit Initiative Programme … also underscores the view that community colleges, with their expertise in workforce education, may often be the best places for future leaders in developing economies to get training. … At Highline Community College, outside Seattle, international-education staff members sing the praises of Sanderson Sousa, a gangly 19-year-old from Brazil, who sends out weekly e-mail updates with photos of his field trips and volunteer activities.

The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), April 18, 2010



STEM is still a masculine branch of endeavor

Clark College has huddled with local districts to improve and align curriculum when it opens its proposed $30 million STEM classroom building in mid-decade. But … Despite ever-rising numbers of female high school students thriving in STEM programs who then pursue a college STEM track, a disappointing minority emerge from the training pipeline and stick with a related career.

The Columbian, April 18, 2010



On Many Campuses, the Humanities Are Holding Their Own
Given the severity of state budget problems, booming enrollments alone are not enough to ensure that humanities positions will be retained. Enrollment at Highline Community College, in Des Moines, Wash., is about 20 percent above what was predicted and authorized by the state, thanks largely to budget-conscious students. … But when a full-time drama instructor retired recently, the college chose to use adjunct teachers rather than replace the instructor.

Chronicle for Higher Education, April 18, 2010


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Nice Grant if You Can Get It

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers grants worth up to $1-million to colleges looking to expand their humanities programs. But at a time when many two-year institutions, including Highline Community College, in Des Moines, Wash., are furiously pursuing grants to retrain laid-off workers, the endowment's challenge-grants competition often is not on their radar screens.   … The endowment is so concerned about the discrepancy that it will soon announce its first challenge-grants competition exclusively for community colleges.

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 18, 2010

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Garbage in stomach of whale found in Seattle
Moving the animal to the remote examination site was coordinated by NOAA Fisheries with the help of Highline Community College, which hopes to preserve the whale's skeleton.

Seattle Times, April 20, 2010



Gray whale deaths not unusual, experts say

Leaving them where they wash ashore is rarely an option, said Rus Higley, manager of Highline Community College’s Marine Science and Technology Center in Redondo. … The skeleton of the gray whale found in West Seattle on April 14 has been promised to Highline Community College.

The News Tribune, April 20, 2010



Layoffs coming at Tacoma's Bates Technical College

The News Tribune, April 20, 2010



Local news

A special tree will be planted Thursday at Cascadia Community College to commemorate Earth Day.

The Herald, April 20, 2010






Washington helps some foster youth with an educational pipeline

Seattle Times, April 16, 2010



Universities looking to federal gov't for funds

Public university presidents from across the nation are meeting this month to talk about replacing dwindling state support for their campuses with more dollars from the federal government.

Seattle Times, April 16, 2010



Vietnam ranks 2nd in U.S. Community College International enrollment

The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), April 18, 2010



WWU facing $3 million more in cuts, including some furloughs

Bellingham Herald, April 18, 2010



WSU Pullman stops accepting freshman applications

Tri-City Herald, April 19, 2010



The Completion Agenda

Diane Troyer, a senior program officer at the [Bill and Melinda Gates] foundation, was frank before a packed session Sunday that the foundation wanted to help propel more of a national movement for change at community colleges, which are historically local and state-oriented institutions.

Inside Higher Ed, April 19, 2010



How to Judge Community Colleges

First details released on plans for national accountability system. At meeting of 2-year college leaders, most support idea, but some worry that metrics could become too influential.

Inside Higher Ed, April 20, 2010



Reversing Bush on Title IX

Education Department withdraws 2005 policy allowing colleges and schools to use survey alone to show they have met students' athletics interests and abilities.

Inside Higher Ed, April 20, 2010






Is outsourcing "anti-government?"

Washington Policy Blog, April 16, 2010



Job retraining bill legislative success story / Probst legislation focuses on high-demand industries

Opportunity Express is revenue-neutral because the money to fund it was transferred from the state construction budget. Training funds will be distributed through the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, possibly beginning this fall.

The Columbian, April 17, 2010



Union has little fondness for Senate Democrats

Voting: State workers group chooses to rebuke in early endorsements

The Olympian, April 20, 2010



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