Tuesday, September 28, 2010

NEWS LINKS | Sept. 27-28, 2010

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




Local schools take another hit as more state cuts take effect

Skagit Valley College’s waiting list was 1,600 for this fall’s term.

Skagit Valley Herald, September 17, 2010



Agencies practice disaster response at Skagit Valley College

Skagit Valley Herald, September 19, 2010



Skagit Valley College honored

Skagit Valley College ranked 19th on America’s 50 Best Community Colleges in Washington Monthly

Skagit Valley Herald, September 19, 2010



Shifting gears: Unemployed look to change careers

Nearly every day, [Shelly Birkby] drives to the state's WorkSource Yakima office hoping to find temporary work until she completes a truck driving course at Yakima Valley Community College.  … This year, the[WorkSource] office has been flooded with people seeking work, extended unemployment benefits and job training, said employment counselor Clint Hede.

Yakima Herald, September 25, 2010



Washington Receives $3 Million To Increase Business Exports

The awards from the newly created Washington Export Assistance Program coincide with the signing of a memorandum of agreement to strengthen the partnership between Washington state and the U.S. Department of Commerce … The City of Bellevue, Port of Clarkston, Highline Community College, University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University were approved by CERB to receive the first Washington Export Assistance program grants ranging from $100,000 to nearly $1.3 million.

Gov Monitor, September 23, 2010



Weeds no match for gulch crew on Green Tacoma Day
Over at Tacoma Community College, a handful of students and staff volunteers also cut away at the ubiquitous blackberry vines with large pruning loppers in the southeast corner of the campus, along South 19th Street by the KiaKaha Trail. It was the college’s second Green Day Tacoma event. Ruth Ann Mikels, a TCC biology instructor, said work to clear the corner began in 2006 with help from UW Tacoma students.

The News Tribune, September 26, 2010



Nonprofit that provides housing for single parents pursing degrees looks at Olympia expansion
Marie Harrison, 46, and her two children are among the first families to benefit from the free rent. Before Conchetta House, the family had been homeless for nearly four years. … Harrison, who is in the paralegal criminal justice program at Highline Community College.  … Once word started to get out about Conchetta House, people were “coming out of the woodwork” to apply for it, according to Deana Rader, director of Women’s Programs at Highline Community College.

The News Tribune, September 27, 2010


Major donation announcement Oct. 6

Tacoma Community College will announce the largest private gift in the 45-year history of the college Wed., Oct. 6. at noon, according to a statement released Monday.

Tacoma Daily Index, September 27, 2010





Lottery Proceeds To Pay For College Scholarships

Q13 Fox, September 26, 2010



Just Graduated? You Can Advise High-School Students About College

Nationwide, there is an average of one full-time guidance counselor per 315 public high-school students, according to a 2003 report by the National Center for Education Statistics. And those counselors don't necessarily spend much of their time helping students choose and apply to colleges. Their work also includes advising students on high-school course selection, counseling students with personal problems, handling discipline issues—and can even stretch to supervising the cafeteria at lunch.

Chronicle of Higher Education, September 26, 2010


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Gates Foundation focuses on college graduation 

The foundation says its long-term goal is to double the number of low-income adults who earn a college degree or credential that meets job-market demands by age 26.

KOMO 4 TV (ABC), September 27, 2010



The Everything Else Major

You major in criminal justice because you want to work in law enforcement. You major in Nursing because you want to be a nurse. You major in business because you think that’s how you get a job in business. You major in liberal arts because...?

Inside Higher Ed, Confessions of a Community College Dean, September  28, 2010



4,100 Students Prove 'Small Is Better' Rule Wrong
A turnaround at a large Massachusetts high school is drawing new attention.

New York Times, September 28, 2010




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