Monday, December 20, 2010

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Lake Washington Technical College Board appoints interim president

Lake Washington Technical College’s Board of Trustees has appointed David Woodall, Ph.D., PE, interim president, effective Jan. 1. He replaces President Sharon McGavick, Ph.D., who announced  her intention to retire on Sept. 16.

Kirkland Reporter, December 15, 2010


Bellingham Technical College appoints new president

Bellingham Technical College's board of trustees appointed longtime college employee Patricia McKeown as its new president Thursday morning, Dec. 16.

McKeown, who has been at BTC for more than 25 years, has been interim president of the college since Sept. 1.

Bellingham Herald, December 16, 2010


School officials brace for effects of state budget cuts

For community colleges like Lower Columbia College, tuition would increase by $280 in 2012 and $305 in 2013, according to the governor's proposed budget. ...

Longview Daily News,. December 17, 2010


Jim Lowery named to Centralia College Board of Trustees

Lowery is a long time area resident, business owner, and former Lewis County commissioner  … appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire.

KELA AM, December 17, 2010


EDITORIAL: Budgets cut, and tuition flies high

Community colleges will see a 9 percent hike. Tuition hikes are now referred to as “backfill” by budget writers. With your backfill, higher education budgets will drop another 4.2 percent under the governor’s proposal. Excluding the backfill, the cut in state support for universities is drastic. At WSU, for instance, the governor’s budget makes a 23.8 percent cut in state support, or about $98 million. This follows a cut of 25.8 percent in the current biennium. “I am deeply troubled by the continued reliance on increases in tuition to fill the budget gap,” said WSU President Elson Floyd in a statement Thursday. “This clearly is not a model that is sustainable.”

Wenatchee World, December 17, 2010


Gregoire's budget ax is a start

Tuition could go up almost 10 percent per year at Central Washington University and a little less than that at Yakima Valley Community College.

Yakima Herald-Republic, December 17, 2010


Just too many people for Christmas toy giveaway in Tacoma

They minded tables of toys while students from Tacoma Business Academy helped parents choose one gift for each child. A low-key alternative high school, Tacoma Business Academy at Bates Technical College’s Yakima Avenue campus gives students … the chance to get back into school. This was a good way to introduce some of them to volunteering, said Lori Ann Reeder, TBA’s Communities in Schools site coordinator.

The News Tribune, December 18, 2010


Artist profile: Maluhia Vander Griend

I was actively involved with the arts in high school, was in numerous musicals and in chamber and concert choir. I continued on to Oklahoma City University with a scholarship toward a musical theater degree. I studied there for a while but then came back to Bellingham to pursue early childhood education at Whatcom Community College. This was a pivotal discovery time for my identity and my passions.

Bellingham Herald, December 18, 2010


Bill Burton has built his vision for a safe place to play and learn

SON OF A steelworker and nurse, Burton, 61, grew up in the old Rainier Vista, long before the barracks-style project was bulldozed by the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) and turned into new, brightly colored mixed-income town houses and apartments. He lettered in football and baseball at Garfield High School and went on to play at Yakima Valley College (where he met Ron Sims, the former King County executive, in 1971; one of many relationships that would prove fruitful). He transferred to the UW and concentrated just on school, becoming the first in his family to get a college degree, a bachelor's in recreation planning and administration

Seattle Times, December 19, 2010


How to Change the World

Retraining .. can jump-start a second career as well as benefit others. "Green," of course, is hot. Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood, Wash., offers a number of environmental-sustainability programs, which include classroom study and hands-on field work. The programs last 12 weeks to two years, depending on an individual's goals. Pam Kirchhofer, 49, enrolled there in a 15-month sustainable-building program after she was laid off as a personal-finance counselor.

Wall Street Journal, December 20, 2010





Editorial: College, Jobs and Inequality

A college education does correlate with higher pay and better job prospects, but it isn't a cure-all for joblessness and income inequality.

New York Times, December 14, 2010


To Meet Renewable Energy Standards, Start Educating Now

As proposed, RE-ENERGYSE was a $74 million for energy-related programs at universities, community and technical colleges, and K-12 schools. The goal was to … Develop between 3,000 and 6,000 scientists, engineers and other professionals who would enter the clean energy field by 2016 …  Develop approximately 75 community college and other training programs to equip thousands of technically skilled workers for clean energy jobs by 2016 …

The Huffington Post, December 17, 2010


Unease Grows About Future of Financing for Pell Grants

There is growing uncertainty about the future of Pell grants, the nation's most significant financial-aid program for college students.

New York Times, December 18, 2010


Mental Health Needs Seen Growing at Colleges

Counseling centers are seeing higher rates of students suffering from serious mental illness.

New York Times, December 20, 2010





Murray No. 5 in earmarks; Cantwell is No. 50

Among Cantwell's earmark recipients are the Army Corps of Engineers, Edmonds Community College ($750000 for aerospace worker training) …

Seattle Times, December 17, 2010


DREAM Act Dies in Senate

Republicans block final vote on bill to help undocumented students nationwide; Nebraska judge upholds law letting them qualify for in-state tuition rates.

Inside Higher Ed, December 20, 2010




Abstract City: Let It Dough!

An artist's attempt to create a universe of cookies for the holidays.

The New Yorker, December 16, 2010


Santa Leaks

An analysis of more than a hundred thousand documents recently leaked by a disgruntled elf has revealed several surprising facts about the North Pole’s most famous citizen.

The New Yorker, December 20, 2010


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