Monday, May 24, 2010

NEWS LINKS | May 24, 2010

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




Clark chapter of Phi Theta Kappa earns international honors, plans ceremony May 24

The Daily Insider [sixth story], May 21, 2010


Audit finds Whatcom Community College sending too much to landfills
If Whatcom Community College students and staff composted or recycled everything possible, less than 10 percent of waste produced on campus would end up in landfills, according to data from an Earth Day garbage audit.
Bellingham Herald, May 23, 2010


Sellen, University of Washington, vocation school team up on training

The state’s second-largest general contractor said it will offer training in green building techniques to other contractors and union workers through a new “green collar work force” training program created by Sellen, the Seattle Vocational Institute and the University of Washington under a federal grant.
Puget Sound Business Journal, May 21, 2010


Bellingham Technical College all-women welding team takes on competition
Bellingham Herald, May 21, 2010


Vocabulary class becomes a life lesson

What recently began as a vocabulary class for a group of developmentally disabled students at Spokane Falls Community College ended with lessons in life far more important for both student and teacher alike.

KXLY TV, May 21, 2010


LCC opens new parking lot

The Daily News, May 21, 2010


Longtime Lompoc resident honored by alma mater

In a tribute to her steadfast support for education, the prestigious Clark College Foundation Presidential Award for Excellence has been awarded to longtime Lompoc resident and Clark College alumna Elizabeth “Bess” Gedney Christensen, class of 1936.

Lompoc Record, May 22, 2010


EvCC’s Paul Marshall Wins State Teaching Award

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges selected Everett Community College’s Paul Marshall as the winner of the 2010 Anna Sue McNeill Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Award.

EverettWABlog, May 22, 2010


Snowboards like mini-787s

Instead, Edmonds Community College instructor Damian Cianci is teaching these Boeing workers how to make their own snowboards, using composite technology not so different from what Boeing uses with its 787. … Cianci sees the composite snowboard class as a feeder for other courses. The college offers aerospace and manufacturing courses, composites classes, and computer-aided design certification — all of which are the types of skills that Boeing has advocated for more training in the region.

The Herald, May 23, 2010


CBC nuclear program gets $120000 grant
The nuclear technology program at Columbia Basin College in Pasco has been awarded a $120,000 grant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to provide 23 scholarships.

Tri City Herald, May 23, 2010


Snohomish County teen, once homeless, now works to find his place in the sky

As soon as he turned 16, he got a job, first at a clothing store and later at a McDonald's. He started attending college classes at Everett Community College along with high school. His grades climbed back to A's and B's. He dreamed about college. More than anything he wanted to be a commercial airline pilot.

The Herald, May 23, 2010


Work pays off for EvCC students: Demand for aviation mechanics is already high and expected to increase

Everett Community College graduates 25 to 30 students like Wahl from its aviation maintenance program each year, said Bill Loomis, chairman of the department. The community college is one of 160 worldwide to offer such a program. Students come from all over the world to attend classes in Everett.

The Herald, May 23, 2010


Everett training center is a start

“We’re looking at offering certificate programs for the incumbent work force,” said Jerrilee Mosier, vice president of work-force development for Edmonds Community College. The college will oversee training efforts for the new center.

The Herald, May 23, 2010


Community Colleges Offer 4-Year Degrees

KPLU NPR, May 24, 2010 (South Seattle CC, Bellevue College)


South Sound students earn WAVE scholarships

The News Tribune, May 24, 2010 (Clover Park TC, Green River, Pierce, Tacoma)


Rotarians step up to aid state [WAVE] scholarship program
The News Tribune, May 24, 2010 (Walla Walla CC)


Apprentices help fill need for workers

Many aerospace companies also wrongly assume the apprenticeship program is just for organized shops, given that the Machinists union was the driving force behind starting the program. Hopkins’ other problem is finding enough companies in the same location to participate, allowing for coordination of course instruction from one of the community colleges. About 37 employers want to participate, but only Everett’s Aviation Technical Services has apprentices enrolled in the program.

The Herald, May 23, 2010




Wash. gets $17.3M from feds to track student data

Thanks to a $17.3 million grant from the federal government, Washington education officials will soon be able to track students from pre-school to college and their first job.

Seattle Times, May 21, 2010


Taking on 'Habits That Suck'

While one community college gets scrutiny for punishing swearing, another tries to tackle a range of civility issues without a focus on crime and punishment.

Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2010


Many in college lack basic skills / For Texas, it's a $200 million-a-year problem

“If we don't fix developmental education, the chances that low-income students will achieve higher education are very low,” said Diane Troyer, senior program officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has invested nearly $5 billion to double college graduation rates among low-income students by 2025.

Houston Chronicle, May 24, 2010


The Most Depressing Graduation Speech Ever

It might be easier than ever for this year’s college grads to “set the world on fire.”  Literally. Thanks to oil slicks and industrial solvents.



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