Friday, September 3, 2010

NEWS LINKS | Sept. 3, 2010

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




Pierce College's military program ranks in top-tier upper echelon of the nation

G.I. Jobs distinguished Pierce College Puyallup and the Pierce College Military Program in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that serve military personnel, veterans and families included in its 2011 Military Friendly Schools list. The school also garnered 14th place out of the top 50 most popular colleges in the June/July issue of the Military Times Edge magazine.

The News Tribune, September 1, 2010


Winemakers putting northern Idaho on the map
At Wawawai Canyon Winery, outside Pullman, the winery's artistic flair comes from Ben Moffett's wife and co-vintner Christine Havens, a bronze sculptor. The two met while attending the School of Viticulture and Enology at Walla Walla Community College. … Basalt Cellars, Clarkston offers visitors a seat at one of the tables in its comfortable tasting room near the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers.  Co-owners Rick Wasem and Lynn DeVleming … met and were motivated to start wineries in the valley in 2004 after attending the Lewis and Clark Regional Grape Symposium at the Clarkston branch of Walla Walla Community College.

Capital Press, September 2, 2010


Training funds benefit 200 in county [focus includes programs at Clark College]

The Columbian, September 3, 2010


'Achieving the Dream' at YVCC

The changes Yakima Valley CC is making are part of its ongoing mission to develop its research function, engage entering students and revise developmental math courses -- all to bolster student achievement. For its efforts, YVCC … was recently named one of seven new Leader Colleges in the nation by the nonprofit group Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count. … Besides its research center, YVCC has done more to engage entering students. It developed a mandatory orientation for new students, hosted a campus-wide assembly to discuss barriers to success and created a community resource guide for advisers.

Yakima Herald, September 2, 2010


Medical center donates $100,000 to college campaign

Wenatchee Valley Medical Center has contributed $100,000 to the Wenatchee Valley College Center for Music and Art fundraising campaign.

This is the second-largest gift to the campaign, according to campaign chairman Dan Jackson.

Wenatchee World, September 3, 2010


Partnership with Vermont college may lead to full degrees for Jefferson County students

This expansion of local educational options would eliminate the need for local students to leave the area to get a complete education, and help Peninsula College satisfy a broader mission, [Tom Keegan]  said. … Keegan said the competition for students at brick-and-motor schools among Peninsula College and neighboring schools such as Olympic College -- which operates in Poulsbo and Bremerton -- is a thing of the past.

Peninsula Daily News, September 3, 2010





Searching for STEM Success

Researchers find that some kinds of community colleges are achieving more gains than others in diversifying the science and engineering student body.

During the two-decade period from 1985-1986 to 2005-2006, rural community colleges increased the number of women and minority STEM graduates by more than 42 percent. By contrast, urban community colleges boosted these underrepresented groups by just under 24 percent and suburban community colleges by about 10 percent.

Inside Higher Ed, September 3, 2010


Did Drake's Ad Campaign Give Itself a Near-Failing Grade?

[Want to attend a D+ school, anyone?]

Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2, 2010


Youn overcomes shyness, is UW student regent

Northwest Asian Weekly, September 3, 2010





Stephen Colbert University

Stephen proudly introduces his for-profit college, and Andrew Hacker says online universities are rip-offs.

Video Wednesday

A carillonneur at Iowa State offers a ringing rendition of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance."

The Chronicle/Tweed, August 31, 2010


Go to Class or Stay in Bed? A Web Site Decides for You

[My results:  “Hmmm... it might be OK just this once, but I wouldn't say you are Ferris Bueller safe.”]

Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2, 2010


Heroic Computer Dies To Save World From Master's Thesis

A courageous young notebook computer committed a fatal, self-inflicted execution error late Sunday night, selflessly giving its own life so that professors, academic advisors, classmates, and even future generations of college students would never have to read Jill Samoskevich's 227-page master's thesis, … a sprawling, 38,000-word dissertation, titled “A Hermeneutical Exploration Of Onomatopoeia In The Works Of William Carlos Williams As It May Or May Not Relate To Post-Agrarian Appalachia."

The Onion, ISSUE 42-20,1963/


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