Monday, October 11, 2010

NEWS LINKS | Oct. 11, 2010

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SCC receives grant to help veterans

Shoreline Community College recently received a $370,000 grant from The U.S. Department of Education to support military veterans returning to school.  The three year grant will help create a Center of Excellence for Veterans Student Success, October 7, 2010


Washington's top Influential women named

Each year the Business Journal honors women who are leaders in their companies, their industries and their community, and who mentor others. Among them:  Jill Wakefield, chancellor, Seattle Community Colleges.
Puget Sound Business Journal, October 8, 2010


South Seattle Community College faces more cuts, seeks grants

SSCC had to cut its budget by 7-percent in the 2008-2009 academic year, then another 7 –percent in 2009-2010, and this year the governor announced more cuts, resulting in an additional 6.2- percent at South Seattle Community College, or $1.2 million. “There is some discussion on Olympia that maybe tuition should be increased again,”  [college president Gary Oertli] said. “The challenge with that is with our open door policy. The door starts to close because students can’t afford to come back to college.”

West Seattle Herald, October 8, 2010


West Seattle man's cars, and heart, run on batteries

Craig Vinton, an active member of SEVA, or Seattle Electric Vehicle Association, … attended South Seattle Community College, which, he said, has excellent courses on electric car conversion.

West Seattle Herald, October 8, 2010


VA runs late - students wait nearly month for pay

Jason Elliot started his third semester at Tacoma Community College with the same part-time job that helped him pay his bills last year - as an employment counselor for veterans at a state-run office on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The Olympian, October 9, 2010


South Seattle Community College now has a Peace Garden

West Seattle Blog, October 9, 2010


Port Orchard Homeless Advocate Wins Birkenfeld Humanitarian Award, $25,000
Sally Santana, tireless independent advocate for the downtrodden, has received the 2010 C. Keith Birkenfeld Humanitarian Award. The Port Orchard resident will be given $25,000 with the award, all of which she will immediately turn over to a group at Olympic College in Bremerton that helps students in need.

Kitsap Sun, October 10, 2010


CG man: RAL grad makes a career of computer graphics

Growing up west of Longview, "it was isolated, so I spent a lot of time drawing," he said.  …  Quentin Robbins., who taught art at Lower Columbia College where Baldwin was in the Running Start program [was a big influence on him].  Robbins "was incredibly encouraging," Baldwin said. "That made a big difference."

The Daily News, October 10, 2010


Tri-City colleges bracing for budget ax
After two years of watching enrollment skyrocket while budgets were slashed, administrators, instructors and students at the Tri-Cities' two higher education institutes all are wondering when the breaking point will come…  Columbia Basin College in Pasco has taken about a $5 million hit to a budget that was $23 million at the start of the 2009 biennium.
Tri-City Herald, October 10, 2010


[Clover Park Technical College] Histology instructor wins the 2010 ‘Teacher of the Year’ award

The Suburban Times, October 10, 2010


Olympic College Adopts Policy Restricting Non-Student Protesters

In response to students’ concerns, the college gathered a group to review its First Amendment policy. Recommended changes were reviewed by the college’s legal counsel and approved by its board of trustees this summer, said Barbara Martin, Olympic College’s vice president of administrative services. “You have to make sure that your classes aren’t disrupted and so that people can walk through campus safely,” Martin said.

Kitsap Sun, October 11, 2010


Community Colleges chancellor brings rural perspective

Christine Johnson, the new chancellor of Community Colleges of Spokane, appreciated [Obama’s] national shout-out. Johnson, 57, and her husband, Carl Griffin, a retired IBM executive and avid outdoorsman, moved here this summer from the University of Colorado in Denver, where Johnson was special assistant to the provost. In a recent interview, Johnson talked about the role community colleges will play in the future, and how she’s adjusting to Spokane.

Spokesman Review, October 11, 2010


Paying twice for education: We’re spending a lot of money to help college students catch up
Students are often surprised by how unprepared they are for college. The state should report by high school the percent of its graduates needing remedial classes. In addition, it should report the relationship between high school classes taken and the need for remedial classes.
The News Tribune, October 11, 2010 (Tacoma CC, Pierce College)





Misplaced From the Start

Community college placement tests are a big deal. They determine whether someone can enroll in credit-bearing courses or is in need of serious remediation. But, according to a new report, many students simply don’t understand the high-stakes nature of these tests and are, more often than not, completely unprepared to take them. … The report’s authors offer a set of recommendations to remedy this situation. For instance, they suggest that “diagnostic assessment for college courses begin in high school,” ideally by the junior year, so that students have the chance to do the work necessary to avoid remediation.

Inside Higher Ed, October 11, 2010


Better work-life balance is a key to improving early learning, new commentary argues

Seattle Post-Globe, October 8, 2010


Will Technology Kill the Academic Calendar?

A community college's online program lets students start class when they want and finish at their own speed. One side effect: no vacation for the professor.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 10, 2010


Gates Foundation's New Program

The influential fund will invest $20 million over two years to "scale and refine" technology tools that improve college completion.

Inside Higher Ed, October 11, 2010





I-1082 will hurt higher education, local government / Initiative 1082, which would allow private insurance carriers to cover workers' compensation in our state, would actually hurt many businesses, higher education and local government, write Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, and Rep. Steve Conway, D-Tacoma.

… Even the proponents of I-1082 say this change will cost small businesses $315 million. It comes at a uniquely bad time, and with our state just now beginning to make some headway after a horrible recession. Higher education and local governments would suffer as well. The University of Washington can expect to pay about $2 million in added workers' compensation costs if I-1082 is approved. Washington State University would be hit by $505,000. The impacts are marbled across the state: Columbia Basin College, Grays Harbor College, Lake Washington Technical College and every other community and technical college would pay more under I-1082.

Seattle Times, October 11, 2010


Race For Washington's 3rd District Heats Up

Denny Heck .. visited wind power widget makers, credit unions, apparel shops, and this Clark College culinary class. … Heck peppers the college staff with questions about funding, and where its graduates will work.

Oregon Public Broadcasting, October 8, 2010



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