Monday, January 10, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Jan. 10, 2011

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




The sky's no limit
The end of the holidays usually means a return to a normal work or school schedule. For Seattle Central Community College student Ashley Allman, the start of 2011 presents an opportunity to pursue her dreams.  … Allman will begin an internship with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Allman, who received an Associate of Science transfer degree with an emphasis in engineering from Seattle Central last June, said she can’t wait for the experience.
Capitol Hill Times, January 5, 2011


Bates’ Technical College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration features award-winning documentary

The Suburban Times, January 5, 2011


It’s Penguin Awareness Day. Literally.

Clark College is the Penguin Nation, and January 20 is Penguin Awareness Day. So it’s fitting that January 20 is the day when Clark President Robert K. Knight will deliver the 2011 State of the College address.

Oregonian Oregon Live, January 7, 2011


Voices from the Walla Walla Valley

David Chase, 65, [student activities director of Walla Walla Community College] has one functioning artery in his heart. Since May of last year, Chase has been on the national heart transplant waiting list. His healthy diet and a lifetime of exercise, however, have an unintended consequence - he looks too healthy to receive a heart. But after a triple bypass surgery and a second operation to save his last artery, there is little else that can be done to his heart but wait for a new one.

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, January 8, 2011


Editorial: Panel’s ideas for funding higher ed have merit

The Spokesman-Review, January 9, 2011


State of Washington to Offer Online Materials as Texts

Calculating the savings, when students are paying up to $1,000 for books each year, was an exercise in simple math, says Cable Green, director of e-learning and open education at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. "We believe we can change the cost of attending higher education in this country and in the world," he says. "If we are all teaching the same 81 courses, why not?"  So with a $750,000 matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the board has started an ambitious program to develop low-cost, online instructional materials for its community and technical colleges. For the Open Course Library, as the materials are known, teams of community-college instructors, librarians, and Web designers from around the state are creating ready-to-use digital course modules for the 81 highest-enrolled courses.

Chronicle of Higher Education, January 9, 2011 (North Seattle CC, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup, Shoreline CC, Bellevue)


Bremerton High Graduate's Socks-Tights Combo to Get Oprah's Endorsement

Shelby Mason, an [Olympic College] graduate, started her own business, Bootights, which sells tights with socks sewn into the feet. Mason invented them after being embarrassed by having to wear a pair of sweat socks over tights so that her feet didn’t slip inside the boots. … Her product is set to be featured Jan. 13 on The Oprah Show as a part of a “must haves for 2011” segment. Mason gifted the tights to the audience at the taping, and she has already heard from a number of women who love the product.

Kitsap Sun, January 9, 2011


Sci-fi novel has ties to Clark County

Battle Ground native Kameron Hurley’s first book, “God’s War,” [is] a science fiction tale about an assassin named Nyx. Hurley … received an associate’s degree at Clark College. She went on to the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and graduate school in South Africa.

The Columbian, January 10, 2011


YVCC to offer online vineyard and winery courses

Yakima Valley Community College hopes to reach more Pacific Northwest students interested in vineyard and winery technology by realigning its curriculum for online courses. A grant awarded from the National Science Foundation last summer for more than $570,000 is making the online curriculum possible.

Good Fruit Grower, Web 2010 issue


At Skagit Valley College, the wait is on

High enrollment plus shrinking funds equals overcrowding...

Skagit Valley Herald, January 10, 2011 (Edmonds CC, SBCTC)





Legislature facing tough budget choices this session

Sammamish Review, January 9, 2011


State lawmakers brace for tough session

Political science professor Gary Bullert at Columbia Basin College describes the cuts Gregoire is proposing as "root canal work." "She's bitten the bullet, she's cutting programs," he said. "But she's going to get resistance from both sides."

Tri-City Herald, January 10, 2011


As state budgets, payrolls shrink, so do ambitions

Stateline, January 10, 2011


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