Monday, October 4, 2010

NEWS LINKS | Oct. 4, 2010

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




State community colleges report record enrollment

KOMO News, October 1, 2010


62 mpg for new cars? It's the US target for 2025

The automotive support industry is beginning to prepare for a major transition. Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood is one of the first in the nation to offer a program aimed directly at repairing hybrid, all electric and other high mileage vehicles.

KING 5 TV News, October 1, 2010


[Washington State] budget woes

"Increased enrollments during times of economic downturn are not a new phenomenon for community and technical colleges," said Charlie Earl, head of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. "But the record budget cuts alongside record enrollments for two years running is unprecedented."

Business Week, October 1, 2010


Economy helps employers fill jobs

The recession improved employers' chances of finding skilled workers by 33 percent from three years ago. This year 17 percent of employers indicated difficulty in hiring new employees in the last 12 months, as compared to 50 percent of employers in 2007, according to the state's 2010 Employer Survey released recently. " …  Statewide, the skilled worker shortage was found in the areas of installation, maintenance and repair; accounting and bookkeeping, and nursing ... In Grant County, Big Bend Community College offers programs in all of the above areas, said Bob Mohrbacher, the college's vice president of instruction and student services.

The Columbia Basin Herald, October 2, 2010


WCC president recognized

Whatcom Community College President Kathi Hiyane-Brown was recognized Sept. 24 in Seattle at the Women of Color Empowered in Education luncheon.

Bellingham Herald, October 2, 2010


Highline Community College works to boost export opportunities

Highline Community College’s Center of Excellence for International Trade, Transportation and Logistics has been awarded nearly $400,000 from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) to help local businesses enter the export market. [Pierce College is also a partner.]

Auburn Reporter, October 4, 2010


Gates Foundation investing in [community] college completion

The Gates initiative, Completion By Design, will seek applications from groups of community colleges in nine target states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Washington. As many as five proposals will be funded.

Washington Post, October 4, 2010


Still waiting for college aid: High demand, fewer staff creates bottleneck

The financial aid office is swamped with a 6- to 8-week backlog. Applications for aid are up 40 percent from last year. The staff is down two people this year after two years of budget cuts and a statewide hiring freeze.

Wenatchee World, October 4, 2010


New Big Bend vice president starts school year

A former arts and humanities chair from Pierce College is starting a new job at Big Bend Community College. Bob Mohrbacher is now Big Bend’s vice president of instruction and student services.

Columbia Basin Herald, October 4, 2010





White House Plans Job Training Partnership

New York Times, October 4, 2010


The Community College Summit

There are many excellent community colleges in this country, but it would be unfortunate if the first instinct of poor and minority college-bound students were to attend institutions which spend far fewer resources on them than four-year colleges, and where only 10% of entering students end up receiving a bachelor’s degree.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 1, 2010


A Call for Open Textbooks

Student PIRGs, the activist group and gadfly of the textbook industry, has anointed a savior in its campaign against the high cost of course materials. … In a new report,  the group officially throws its weight behind “open textbooks” -- textbooks that are made freely available by their authors and can be chopped up and manipulated by professors who use them.

Inside Higher Ed, October 1, 2010


Fixing the Broken Financing Model

State colleges need a new approach to fund their operations. Public service corporations are one solution, Darryl Greer and Michael Klein argue.

Inside Higher Ed, October 4, 2010




More than 6,400 Budget-Cutting Ideas From State Employees – Stay Tuned for Some Eye-Openers

Washington State Wire, October 1, 2010



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