Friday, January 21, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Jan. 21, 2011

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




Tossing out the textbooks

States from California to Rhode Island are struggling with budget deficits and making cuts in their higher education programs. The State of Washington is launching a new program to get rid of textbooks in favor of low cost, online instructional materials for their community college system.

FOX News (Providence, RI), January 18, 2011


President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

Theresa M. Pouley, Member, Indian Law and Order Commission …  She continues to teach Indian law at Edmonds Community College, and previously taught at Northwest Indian College. 

Whitehouse Press Office, January 18, 2011


Waiting for the ax to fall

Big changes could come to Peninsula College under Gov. Christine Gregoire’s proposed operating budget.  Peninsula College President Tom Keegan said the budget proposes a 17-percent reduction in operating expenses for the college and a 10-percent increase in tuition for the 2011-2012 and the 2012-2013 school years.

Sequim Gazette, January 19, 2011


Public-sector workers aren’t the problem

My neighbor down the street is a firefighter. Another is a school librarian. A third is a professor at Shoreline Community College. The husband and wife team across from us are public school teachers. …  These friends and neighbors are all public servants — that is, public employees. It is easy to join the chorus in denouncing faceless public employees. But they are not faceless. They are our friends and neighbors and family. They are us. … How about full-time professors at Everett Community College, the people in charge of job re-training for adults who have been tossed out of their jobs in the Great Recession?

The Herald, January 19, 2011


Local solutions can work

As programs that help the state's poor shrink or vanish amid the budget crisis in Olympia, Gov. Chris Gregoire has said it will be “up to us as a community” to fill the void left by the state. … Property Works, in which participants combine internships with college credits at Everett Community College to earn a certificate in property management. A grant from the Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County will allow the program, launched last year, to expand in 2011.

The Herald, January 19, 2011


Art on Fire / While some potters control their art in firing, these leave it to fate

The raku process can create delicate spiderweb textures in the glaze, smoky shadows or iridescent colors. It’s what Spokane Falls Community College’s Lee Ayars and Wenatchee Valley College’s Ruth Allan are willing to risk fingertips and eyebrows for: the smoke-licked surfaces and textured earth tones indicative of the atmospheric firing process.

Inlander, January 19, 2011


Olympic College invites comments on on-campus speech policy

Kitsap Sun, January 19, 2011


Clark College President Bob Knight celebrates accomplishments, warns of continuing hard times

The Oregonian, January 20, 2011


Will WSU plant its flag in Everett?

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson announced he's struck a deal with Washington State University that could lead to the opening of a satellite campus in the city in 2013 … In a speech to business leaders, [he] laid out his plan to have WSU take over the University Center of Puget Sound in July 2013. The center is a consortium housed on the campus of Everett Community College. Today, it's where about 500 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses offered by eight public and private colleges -- including Washington State University

The Herald, January 20, 2011


Carbon-composite manufacturing plant could bring 200 jobs to Bremerton

Profile Composites, Inc., developer and maker of lightweight composite products, is expanding to Bremerton, potentially creating 200 jobs in the next five years, many of them for disabled veterans. … WorkSource of Kitsap County, Skookum Industries and Olympic College will help.

Kitsap Sun, January 21, 2011


Memories recounted at CBC induction

Tri-City Herald, January 21, 2011

MLK another way
As I wrote before, seeing the same annual events from different perspectives can be a challenge. Columbia Basin College's Martin Luther King Bell-Ringing Ceremony is probably the best example. … but the bell-ringing was my first assignment as a full-time staffer on Jan. 21, 2008, and I've covered it every year since then.
Tri-City Herald, January 21, 2011

Slice of Yakima: This opera singer is on his game

Opera singer Jim Cornelison has been chosen to sing before the Chicago Bears play the Green Bay Packers in the National Football Conference Championship Game at Chicago's Soldier Field. It's one of two conference championship games leading to the Super Bowl. Cornelison, who attended Yakima Valley Community College in the early 1980s, is excited.

Yakima Herald, January 21, 2011


WSU branch will be tough sell

Stephanson and Floyd want the Legislature to transfer control of the University Center of Puget Sound from Everett Community College to WSU in July 2013. …  Also Thursday, the state Board for Community and Technical Colleges publicly opposed wresting control of the University Center from EvCC.

Everett Herald, January 21, 2011





Arizona Governor Proposes Cutting Community-College Funds in Half

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 20, 2011


Massage Therapists or R.N.s

New report argues for-profit sector is not producing the kinds of health care professionals that are really needed

Inside Higher Ed, January 21, 2011


Spontaneous Speeches

“The President can’t make it. Can you step in for him? It starts in ten minutes.” Uh, sure.

Inside Higher Ed, January 21, 2011





15 of the Most Bizarre College Mascots

Spokane Community College Mascot: Sasquatch



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