Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NEWS LINKS | Nov. 29-30, 2010

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




Auburn man has creative way to sculpt art from scrap

The 61-year-old Auburn man found his passionate niche teaching welding and art after a 30-year career in law enforcement. "There's an element of magic to the art,"[Greg] Bartol said from inside the spacious welding shop at Green River Community College, where he has taught students for seven years. "It's fantastic. I like the challenge of making something different, something you don't normally see in a gallery."

The Auburn Reporter, November 24, 2010



Hospice nurses give compassion to those in dying days
Death, like birth, can be a beautiful thing.  Kristi Szendre, a hospice nurse for the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy, chose that as the title of an essay about why she chose to be a hospice nurse. …[Szendre’s] work earned her the top prize in a contest sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Szendre earned her nursing degree in 1995 from Columbia Basin College and worked in nursing homes and hospitals before switching to hospice six years ago.

Tri-City Herald, November 25, 2010


Too many cooks in this kitchen?  No way, say those dishing up Thanksgiving for families in need
Skagit Valley College’s culinary arts students started baking the rolls and pies on Tuesday.  At 4:30 a.m., culinary arts teacher Gilbert Rodriguez shoved 24 turkeys into 18 ovens, all before preparing his own family’s Thanksgiving dinner.
Skagit Valley Herald, November 25, 2010


Comedian combines hypnosis, rock 'n' roll for Richland show

[Ron] Stubbs performs about 250 shows a year when he isn't teaching his craft at Everett Community College or seeing patients at his hypnosis clinic on Camano Island. He was voted entertainer of the year in 2009 by Hypnotic Edge Magazine, as well as funniest comedian in Washington in 2009 by King 5 TV's Evening Magazine.

Tri-City Herald, November 26, 2010



Immigrant nurse takes care [program partnership includes Clark College]

The Columbian, November 27, 2010 



Off Beat: Foreign-born nurses grateful for bounty, freedoms found in U.S.

The immigrant nurses — including some Clark County residents — were able to return to their careers through a partnership that includes Clackamas Community College, Clark College and Washington State University Vancouver.

The Columbian, November 29, 2010



Everett goes to people for Jackson Park plan

The city wants to know what you think about changes to Sen. Henry M. Jackson Park. ... Parks staff are going far beyond holding public hearings to find out what people want. ... They visited an Everett Community College class for people learning English. The staff had the students, all immigrants from Everett, translate park plans into seven different languages. They also had the students query their families about what they wanted at the park.

The Herald, November 30, 2010


Renton Technical ESL students knit for AIDs orphans in southern Africa

Students in a Renton Technical College English as a Second Language class are learning new skills and healing the world one knitted square at a time. Led by their instructor, Elizabeth Falconer, the class is participating in the KasCare program, which has people internationally knitting squares of cloth for blankets for AIDs orphans in southern Africa.

Renton Reporter, November 30, 2010



A collection of moving poems, bravely coping with Alzheimer's disease

Northwest poet  [and Edmonds Community College instructor] Holly Hughes, whose mother suffered from the disease, put out the call for poems about dealing with "the fracture."

CrossCut.com, November 30, 2010






Report Finds Low Graduation Rates at For-Profit College

New York Times, November 24, 2010



High School Students and Technology

I'm going to ask for 7 minutes and 45 seconds of your time (believe me, I know this is asking for a lot). Please check out this video from the NYT's "Fast Times at Woodside High: How Technology is Technology is Distracting Students"

Inside Higher Ed, November 30, 2010



OPINION: DREAM Act would let undocumented students give back

CrossCut.com, November 30, 2010



Doing Time, With a Degree to Show for It

Would we rather help those we incarcerate build constructive lives, or have them return to prison, as more than half of them do?

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 28, 2010





Gov. Gregoire requiring performance-based contracts

Nisqually Valley News, November 29, 2010



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