Tuesday, September 21, 2010

NEWS LINKS | Sept. 21, 2010

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Clark College cracks book on new year

The steady parade of students sporting jeans, cell phones and backpacks resumed Monday at Clark College, pretty much where it left off in June.

As did the ever-escalating cost of school for 16,000 full- and part-time students expected for the new fall quarter, another record enrollment.

The Columbian, September 20, 2010



More Students, Less Staff on First Day at Olympic College
Enrollment at the college’s three campuses was up by 500 to nearly 8,000 students as of Monday, and more students may enroll throughout the week. That 7 percent increase in enrollment is on top of an 8 percent increase the year before. … The increase comes despite recent budget cuts that last year forced the college to reduce its staff by 30, mostly through attrition and reorganization. A few people were laid off.

Kitsap Sun, September 21, 2010



Fewer Columbia Basin College classes on first day
CBC President Rich Cummins points out that figures for the 2009-10 school year show enrollment has soared to more than 6,000 full-time equivalent students. That's about 1,100 more full-time equivalent students than the previous school year. But over the same two-year period, the poor economy has forced the state to slash college funding -- and more cuts are coming. In the 2009-10 school year, CBC's budget took a $3.4 million hit. This year, the state took another $1.6 million bite from CBC's budget. And Cummins said last week that Gov. Chris Gregoire told the college to brace for losing up to another $1.26 million.

Tri City Herald, September 21, 2010


Marine trades scholarship available

In an effort to support students pursuing a career in the competitive marine trades industry, the Skagit Valley College Foundation recently established a new scholarship for the college’s marine maintenance technology program.

Whidbey Examiner, September 20, 2010



Gary Locke pushes for changes in export rules during EvCC visit

Within the next few months, the government will dramatically simplify the rules for doing business overseas in an effort to boost the nation's exports, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said Monday.
Speaking at a welding shop at Everett Community College, Locke responded to questions about the country's complicated rules for exports, mostly designed to keep technology from getting into the wrong hands.

The Herald, September 21, 2010



College seeks volunteers

Everett Community College's Adult Literacy Center seeks volunteers who can offer two or more hours per week to assist adults learning to read, write, speak English or do basic math. Tutoring times and locations are flexible. Training is free with a six month commitment. EvCC's "Lions for Literacy" program serves more than 500 adult students every year.
The Herald,
September 21, 2010



Mother/Daughter Team Open Up Blue Vanilla Bakery

If it wasn’t for the StartZone program, I don’t believe I’d have gotten this far,” Margie said, referring to the Highline Community College program that assists entrepreneurs and small businesses

Waterland Blog, September 21, 2010





OPINION: No substitute for successful higher education

Guest column by Don Bennett, executive director of the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board

Seattle Times, September 21, 2010




Contributing Columnist:  A Health Care Plan for Colleges
More federal support for Medicaid would keep states from putting the squeeze on higher education.

New York Times, September 19, 2010



Editorial:  Dream Time
The Dream Act is the best hope for legalizing a significant number of Americans-in-waiting. Congress should pass it.

New York Times, September 20, 2010



Illegal Voices: 4 Undocumented Students Describe Uncertain Futures

As another academic year gets under way, thousands of undocumented students are looking ahead to uncertain futures, grateful for the opportunity to attend college but wondering if anyone will hire them when they graduate.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 20, 2010


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Losing HOPE

Popular Georgia scholarship that spawned many other merit programs faces financial struggles, and policy makers concede some tough choices ahead.

Inside Higher Ed, September 21, 2010



Lumina Describes How Far States Have to Go to Meet College-Completion Goals

Chronicle of Higher Education, September 21, 2010



Education Pays, but How Much?

The latest College Board report showcases the financial and nonfinancial payoffs of earning a degree.

Chronicle of Higher Education, September 21, 2010


Students Spell Out Messages on Immigration
News of a vote on an immigrant student bill brought an outpouring from academic leaders.

New York Times, September 21, 2010





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