Monday, December 13, 2010

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Lawmakers approve budget cuts in special session

Roughly $51 million will be pared from higher education with half coming from four-year universities and half from the two-year community and technical colleges.

The Herald, December 11, 2010


Impact of Legislature's deep cuts on schools uncertain
Community colleges, such as Yakima Valley Community College, would lose a total of more than $26 million statewide. Those cuts hurt, said state Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima.

"Higher education, particularly, has taken the brunt of a lot of the cuts that have been made (previously)," he said. "I think they're running out of places to cut."

Yakima Herald-Republic, December 11, 2010


Legislators wrap session $700M slimmer

The Olympian, December 12, 2010





DREAM Act demise will hurt local cause

"I don't want to be pessimistic," said Tomas Ybarra, vice president of instruction and student services at Yakima Valley Community College. "I'm looking for hope it may be able to be done in our lifetime. But frankly, I'm hard-pressed." The DREAM Act -- formally the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act -- had engendered some support even among the anti-amnesty crowd because it would apply only to those brought here as children.

Yakima Herald Republic. December 9, 2010


PC President says college must be nimble to meet demand

[Peninsula College president] Dr. Tom Keegan says enrollment in the college has gone up more than 20 percent in the past three years.

KONP Radio, December 10, 2010


Online learning gaining traction in South Sound

Tacoma student Chelsea Ballenger tried both traditional and alternative high schools. She enrolled in Tacoma Community College’s Fresh Start high school completion program.

The News Tribune, December 10, 2010


Longtime staff member Jeff Johnson elected new president of Washington State Labor Council

Lynne Dodson, a professor at Seattle Central Community College, will replace Secretary-Treasurer Al Link, who also is retiring .

The News Tribune, December 10, 2010


Wells House fight is over: Center is on

Months of controversy ended on a happy note Thursday for Wenatchee Valley College administrators, when the City Council unanimously approved a plan to build a new music and art building on the college’s historic Wells House lawn.

The Wenatchee World, December 10, 2010


Jon Lane named as Big Bend trustee

Moses Lake Mayor Jon Lane joined the Big Bend Community College board of trustees. Lane is the newest member appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire …

Columbia Basin Herald, December 10, 2010


EvCC adds closures to help meet budget cuts

Everett Community College is scheduled to be closed four additional days this year around the holidays.

The Herald, December 11, 2010

Gangsters turned social workers: 'I was living a double life'

All of the other athletes were headed to college while his only plans were to find a job and fix his low rider. “I thought it was pretty pathetic I had nothing,” he said. Then a letter arrived from Yakima Valley Community College offering him a wrestling scholarship. He took it.  … He transferred to Wenatchee Valley College when his son was born and graduated in 2003. … He enrolled at Eastern Washington University … and earned a master’s degree in 2006 at Eastern.

The Wenatchee World, December 11, 2010 g-a-double-life/


LCC's remote nursing program graduates first class

The plan was to go to Spokane and live there during the week and come home on weekends," Hunter said. "It would not be a fun commute." Instead, Lower Columbia College brought the classes to her.  Answering a plea from rural hospitals across the state, LCC developed a nursing program that turned these hospitals into classrooms and allowed students from remote regions to earn their associate's degree without relocating.

Longview Daily News, December 11, 2010


WWCC Water & Environmental Center receives state award

The Walla Walla Community College Water & Environmental Center was one of two projects across the state recognized with the 2010 Workforce and Economic Development Best Practices Award.

Walla Walla Union Bulletin, December 11, 2010


Hundreds of hires despite freeze

The News Tribune, December 12, 2010 (Shoreline, Spokane Falls, Spokane community colleges)


Community colleges got MORE talent!  ‘Groove for Thought’ moves up in contest

Five attended Pierce College, one attends Tacoma Community College, one attended Edmonds Community College, and one teaches at Bellevue College.

The News Tribune, December 12, 2010


Groove for Thought appeared on NBC’S Sing-Off on NBC, December 8, 2010

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Treehouse offers a structure where foster kids can thrive

Leon Lewis, 23, was a foster kid for 12 years, and he was luckier than most, remaining with the same family throughout his childhood. But nonetheless, Treehouse provided critical assists he says helped get him where he is today. His certificate from South Seattle Community College hangs on the wall at the learning center at Treehouse, where, since middle school, Lewis worked with tutors to bring up his grades and hit the books. After earning an associate degree at South Seattle, he transferred to Seattle University to complete a four-year degree — on a full-ride scholarship.

Seattle Times, December 12, 2010



145K grant enhances education for Pierce County hospital workers

Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) and Tacoma Community College have received a $145,000 Hospital Employee Education and Training (HEET) grant from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to provide enhanced education for hospital workers in Pierce County.

Tacoma Daily Index, December 13, 2010


Educating A New Wave of Chefs in Sustainable Cuisine: Community Colleges Take the Lead

Today's menu features the 'Yin Yang Healing Menu'. … These healing dishes are served on site in the 'One World Dining Room' on the campus of Seattle Central Community College. The Seattle Culinary Academy is the first of its kind nationwide. Again chef and instructor Karyn Jurgenson: "We call it sustainable food system practices. I wanted the students to have an idea that they're responsible for the product that they get in the door, that there's implications in how they spend their dollars and that they have influence over the food system."

Seattle Post Intelligencer, December 13, 2010





Guest column: The new normal State public university students will bear bigger share of costs

Phyllis M. Wise, interim president of the University of Washington: I believe we are entering a period of a new “normal” for public universities that relies less on state support, more on students contributing a greater proportion of funding of their educations.

The News Tribune, December 12, 2010


National Higher Ed Policy Center to Close After 12 Years

Inside Higher Ed, December 13, 2010


A Lack of Leadership

Obama, governors and campus chiefs must do much more to achieve college completion goal and close educational gaps, 3 policy groups say.

Inside Higher Ed, December 13, 2010


Calling Gay Leaders

Michael Roggow shares expert advice on how gay administrators can become presidents and how search committees can be welcoming of their candidacies. more

Inside Higher Ed, December 13, 2010




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