Friday, January 7, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Jan. 6-7, 2011

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




WWU awards merit scholarships to high school seniors
Western Washington University awarded merit scholarships to five Skagit County seniors at last month’s Champions of Diversity Awards Ceremony at Skagit Valley College.
Argus, January 4, 2011


YVCC retention rates lauded

Yakima Valley Community College has been recognized by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit organization, for its success in improving student retention rates. YVCC increased the percentage of students who stay in school from fall to winter to 81 percent from 75 percent.

Yakima Herald-Republic, January 6, 2011


Offenders earn degree

The completely grant-funded Associates of Arts Transfer Degree Program is the same curriculum at Walla Walla Community College.  Offenders do need to take a test to get into the program.  Currently, 170 students are enrolled. Studies show education reduces an offender's chance of getting rearrested by 50%. 

KNDO TV, January 6, 2011


Everett Community College set to unveil new arena
After several years of playing in an antiquated gymnasium, and another year of traveling to a temporary gym in Marysville, the Everett Community College men's and women's basketball teams finally have a new home. And what a home it is. On Saturday night, Everett CC will debut its new Student Fitness Center with men's and women's games against Olympic College.  "I loved the old gym, but this is awesome," said Larry Walker, Everett CC's athletic director and men's basketball coach, looking around with wonderment. "This is just really something."

The Herald, January  6,  2011


Gregoire plan brings all education under her umbrella

Charlie Earl, who directs the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, said he would need more specific information about the proposal before he was able to say whether he thought it was a good idea.  “Our initial thought is: so what really are the implications for students?” Earl said. “We know that as this unfolds, as we learn more about the proposals, the primary concern is going to be how to serve tremendous student demand with fewer resources.”  Lyle Quasim, president of Bates Technical College in Tacoma said consolidating the state’s educational governance in a seamless system could be an improvement. “If the focus is on students – and not on defending territory – then this is a good proposal,” Quasim said. “If the question is success, the best thing that could happen is that all those folks (from K-12, two-year and four-year colleges) are at the same table.”
The News Tribune, January 6, 2011


In Our View: Pre-K to Ph.D.?

Governor wants to reform education, but is consolidation a good idea?

The Columbian, January 7, 2011


Bates Technical College selects Ameresco Quantum to perform a $5 million energy efficiency upgrade project

College to benefit from efficiency measures designed to improve the learning environment, reduce energy costs, save money, and shrink college’s carbon footprint

Business Wire, January 7, 2011





Higher ed could go semi-public

Wenatchee World, January 5, 2011


Editorial: Higher education heading down a road with pitfalls

Daily Record, January 5, 2011


How Will Students Communicate?

College technologists and e-mail providers say that, in the campus context, reports of the death of e-mail have been greatly exaggerated

Inside Higher Ed, January 6, 2010





Bassett Hound and owl strike up unusual friendship

Nothing very funny happened this week, but here’s something sweet.

Telegraph UK, January 2009



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