Monday, November 8, 2010

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Big Bend prepares for budget cuts

"The state has to produce a balanced budget and so they somehow have to make expenditures match revenues," says Big Bend Community College president Bill Bonaudi. "Basically their approach so far to higher education has been to reduce their subsidy to state colleges."

Columbia Basin Herald, November 6, 2010


South County Chamber honors business leaders

Jack Oharah, president of Edmonds Community College, was named the Swedish [Medical Center] corporate executive of the year. … Oharah has worked hard to partner with a variety of organizations and groups involved in developing jobs. “He’s helped to pull the workforce development elements together …”

The Herald, November 6, 2010


Tri-Cities’ Hispanic heroes want all veterans to be honored
[Salvador Beltran Jr.] now serves as a Columbia Basin College trustee and on the citizen advisory board for the Pasco Police Department, and on St. Patrick's Catholic Church's facilities committee. … The Pasco man (Robert Garcia, Army National Guard, Iraq) was preparing to attend Columbia Basin College when his Army National Guard unit was deployed to Iraq.
Tri-City Herald, November 7, 2010


CBC tries to fill gap after loss of status
Columbia Basin College
, already coping with state budget cuts, also will lose some federal grants at the end of the school year because enrollment of Hispanic students has dropped below the level required for those grants.
Tri-City Herald, November 7, 2010


Washington's 2-year colleges out to beat high cost of textbooks

The open-source textbook drive is part of a larger state effort, called the Open Course Library, to assemble all curriculum materials — including the course syllabus, videos, lecture notes and exams — for the 81 most popular courses, said Cable Green, director of eLearning and open education for the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). The board is working with a consortium of international colleges and universities to find and assemble the materials …

Seattle Times, November 7, 2010 (Bellevue College)


Building seals Olympia-Tumwater bond / SPSCC: New shop sits on Olympia-Tumwater line

A bright-yellow line bisects the floor of the new automotive-technology shop at South Puget Sound Community College.

On one side it reads “Welcome to Olympia.” On the other side it says “Welcome to Tumwater.”

The Olympian, November 7, 2010


Grandview campus is a rising star for Yakima Valley CC

"We're attracting more and more students there because our campus is looking a lot more like a campus," said Linda Kaminski, Yakima Valley CC president. 

… Of the state's 34 community colleges and technical schools, 16 have branch campuses, some of them two or three: Skagit Valley College, Community Colleges of Spokane, Everett Community College, Wenatchee Valley Community College.

Yakima Herald, November 8, 2010





Among Benefits For Walmart Workers: A Degree

… 70 percent [of Walmart employees] liked the idea of taking college courses online, especially if it led to a four-year degree.  "… we kept hearing again and again, 'I've tried going back to school, and it's just very hard for me to make my schedule work with my family and work life,'" Brew says.

… "An adult population is actually considered high-risk," Boston explains. "You can have debt issues managing your budget and those problems in life can exacerbate someone's ability to complete an academic degree — and many times leads to students dropping out."

NPR, November 7, 2010


Learning in Dorm, Because Class Is on the Web

New York Times, November 5, 2010





In our view: Make the Lemonade / Election worsened state budget crisis; GOP lawmakers call for special session

… According to the Washington Policy Center, the committee met with the governor last Friday. The WPC’s Jason Mercier reports that [among] the best of the proposed solutions are:

·         More contracting out and easier state employee competitive bidding. …

·         Consider funding higher-education students “on a per-credit basis rather than funding institutions … pay for degree completions rather than student enrollment.”

The Columbian, November 8, 2010


Special session talk in the air

Republicans Call for Swift Budget-Cutting Session, and Governor Says She’s Thinking About It

Washington State Wire, November 5, 2010



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