Thursday, December 16, 2010

NEWS LINKS | Dec. 16, 2010

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CBC students help make Christmas dreams come true

Angelina Sanchez and her four children were living out of their broken van during the recent cold spell. But with help from Columbia Basin College's automotive students and the Community Action Committee, their dreams came true.

KNDU TV, December 15, 2010


State budget plan released

Gregoire's proposal would allow colleges and universities to raise tuition for resident undergraduates at set amounts. For example, a student at a community college would see an increase of $280 in fiscal 2012, followed by a $305 increase in fiscal 2013. … The state's 34 community colleges agreed on a list of requests for new buildings, ranked by importance. The governor's proposal picked different items off the list without regard to the order in which the colleges put them, said Richard Cummins, president of Columbia Basin College. The money for a new social science and world languages building at CBC is cut in the proposal. The college already has spent money on the design and planned to break ground in 2012, Cummins said. And CBC has the students to fill it now. The proposal also cut $17 million in worker retraining from community college budgets. It's the worst time to cut these programs, Cummins said.

The News Tribune, December 16, 2010


'Unthinkable' cuts in Gregoire's budget proposal: Gregoire budget slashes health, social services, education

... Buried in the budget is a nugget of good news for Everett Community College: Gregoire is recommending the college receive $37.6 million to replace Index Hall. Built in 1968, Index Hall is home to the college's nursing and health sciences programs. With funding, construction on the new three-story building would begin next summer and open in 2013 for nursing and health science students.

The Herald, December 16, 2010 


Peninsula College awaiting official word of cuts, but tuition increases likely

Peninsula College administrators are awaiting word on exactly how much the midyear cuts approved by the state Legislature will affect the school.

Peninsula Daily, December 16, 2010


Proposed state cuts have far ranging impacts

Centralia College students would be facing a 10-percent tuition hike.

KELA AM, December 16, 2010


State budget cuts may mean closure of Yakima Valley School

… Tomás Ybarra, vice president for instruction and student services at Yakima Valley Community College, is concerned about a trend of students paying a greater share of their education, especially when community colleges commonly educate people who have the greatest financial need.

Yakima Herald-Republic, December 16, 2010


Washington state education leaders lament major budget cuts

Under Gregoire's budget, state aid to help lower-income students pay for college would be increased by $92 million. But even with the additional tuition dollars, colleges and universities will see more than $220 million in cuts.

Seattle Times, December 16, 2010


For Boeing's workers, there's a lot on the line

Since the beginning of October, the company has hired nearly 1,300 Machinists, according to the union. Boeing recently told the state it will need between 1,300 and 2,700 trained workers in the 2010 to 2011 time frame, said Joe Dunlap, president of Spokane Community College, at a recent meeting of the Washington Council on Aerospace.

The Herald, December 16, 2010


A new face in a new place: Darrell Mitsunaga

Darrell S. Mitsunaga of Bellevue has been appointed to the Lake Washington Technical College Board of Trustees by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Northwest Asian Weekly, December 16, 2010


CBC clubs help family with wheels for holiday

Students in Columbia Basin College's Automotive and Skills USA clubs had decided to donate car repairs to a family in need, and through CAC had chosen to help Sanchez, Nation and their children. "In a way it was just unbelievable," Sanchez said. "It was a miracle."

Tri-City Herald, December 16, 2010


Junior College football clings to live in Washington state

In the article, we explained that we had just received an e-mail from the Executive Director of the Northwest Community College Football League stating that the league was pulling the plug and calling it quits. Since that time, we have been in fairly constant contact with one of the NWCCFL coaches who reports that they are carrying on despite the resignation of the board. Not only that, but they are going ahead with plans to place a team in Everett this coming season. … Even though the NWCCFL and now the NWJCFL isn't directly connected to the community colleges that they represent, players are required to attend classes and meet a league standard grade point average

Dec. 16,, December 16, 2010





What Happened to High School?

Dual enrollment programs are growing in popularity, but they may hurt students -- and colleges -- as much as they help them, Glenn Sharfman argues

Inside Higher Ed, December 16, 2010





Senators Defeat Proposal to Kill Support for Aid Offices

Inside Higher Ed, December 16, 2010





How winter storms bring rain, ice and snow

Those of you who have to wake up at 3 or 4 a.m. to call a ‘snow day’ might enjoy this weather graphic with mouse-over animation.



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