Friday, February 25, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 23-25, 2011

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




Bioenergy Basics: Colleges and universities need to prepare students for employment in the renewable energy industry

Rob Costello, the dean for trades and technology at Bellingham Technical College, spoke about a new sustainable energy certificate offered to all students. … The school has partnered with Washington State University on a project aimed at anaerobic digester operational and maintenance skills.

BioMass Magazine, February 22, 2011


Clark College's $2M in proposed cuts may be just the start

Clark College leaders on Tuesday took a moment, however brief, to pat themselves on the back for a job only partially done: They’ve identified $2 million of campus spending reductions for 2011-13. Trouble is, they may need to prune another $2 million or more, once state legislators settle on a final, deficit-busting budget plan — and if employee collective bargaining falls short of expectations.

The Columbian, February 22, 2011


Northwest Flower & Garden Show offers 1,200 square feet of spring

By design, there is an air of casual ease and maturity that surrounds these gardens. But the journey there includes months of planning, sweat and more than a few crossed fingers. Olympia garden designer Suzy Dingle and landscaper Victor Higgins know that road well. … For Higgins, who also designs gardens and is a landscape management instructor at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood …
The News Tribune, February 23, 2011


EdCC students help at garden show

With the assistance of Edmonds Community College Horticulture students Jill and Jan Nunemaker, Innovative Landscape Technologies, of south Everett, is presenting a display garden at this year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

The Herald, February 23, 2011


Sequim students get a ‘Running Start’

Today, 80 or more Sequim high juniors and seniors are spending at least part of their day studying at Peninsula College.

Sequim Gazette, February 23, 2011


Summer quarter later this year at WVC

Summer classes at Wenatchee Valley College will start later this year because of a change in federal financial aid. … By changing the start date to July 5, summer quarter will be the beginning of the financial aid year and WVC students will need to fill out only one form for the 2011-12 academic year, said WVC Financial Aid Director Kevin Berg.

Wenatchee World, February 23, 2011


School District agrees to land swap

Wenatchee Valley College and the WVC Foundation plan to trade the former Eagles Lodge on Ninth Street, valued at $2.9 million, for the school district’s $1.1 million WestSide property. … WVC’s art and music programs would move from the former Eagles Lodge into a new $9 million building, located on the historic Wells estate.

Wenatchee World, February 23, 2011


Shifting population changes face of South King County

James Peyton, economic-development-programs coordinator at Highline Community College in Des Moines, said the diversity presents challenges and opportunities. "The cost issues are real," he said. "The challenges to the school districts are real. Once you get beyond that you have to figure out how to let constituents and the broader (Puget Sound) community know that this diversity is an asset, not just about cost."

Seattle Times, February 24, 2011


EdCC top scholars receive award

Amadou Barrow and Alexei Sterhov, representing Edmonds CC, are among 63 of the state’s top scholars, who will receive recognition as members of the All-Washington Academic Team.

Edmonds Beacon, February 24, 2011


Federal cuts would slam state students, job seekers

The campus of Everett Community College is probably as good a place as any to glimpse the dueling visions of fiscal responsibility being offered by Democrats and Republicans.  … Everett's in-state tuition is as little as $950 a quarter. Yet 2,300 low-income students, or 14 percent of the student body, rely on federal Pell grants to help pay for their schooling. … On Saturday, the U.S. House approved the single largest slash to federal discretionary spending in history. It lopped $61 billion from a budget that was already frozen at 2010 levels.

The Seattle Times, February 24, 2011


Living Without A Net: Into The Frying Pan

What do you do when the job you have worked for, trained for and gone to school for suddenly evaporates? That's the dilemma facing many people who were once connected with the building industry. In Washington state, more than 63,000 construction–related jobs have disappeared in the last three years, about one–third of the total employment in that sector. Architects and engineers have also been hard hit.  …  [Christian] Guerrero started out at [South Seattle] community college, then transferred to Seattle University. In 2007, he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, the first and so far only person in his family to graduate from college.

KUOW, February 24, 2011


Prosser restaurant Picazo 717 moving to Kennewick

Picazo 717, a Prosser restaurant that has been embraced by the Washington wine industry and relies on Yakima Valley farmers, is relocating this spring to Kennewick. …  Frank Magaña grew up in Tacoma and studied at South Seattle Community College's vaunted culinary arts program.
Tri-City Herald, February 25, 2011





The Inevitable Happens in Ohio

The chancellor of Ohio's recently established university system, Eric Fingerhut, announced his resignation Tuesday, a year before his five-year term was to expire and four months after his political ally, former Governor Ted Strickland, lost his re-election bid. … Experts on higher education governance, however, cited the situation as a cautionary tale about the dangers of creating a structure for public postsecondary education that links state higher education leaders too closely to the governor, as proposals now under consideration in Washington and, to a lesser degree, Oregon would do.

Inside Higher Ed, February 23, 2011

State university presidents paint grim picture on budget cuts

Seattle Time, February 25, 2011





Here is a list of (very likely) dead state Senate bills

The Bellingham Herald, February 23, 2011


Who Needs a Well Educated Workforce, As Long As They Don't Raise Our Taxes?

The Stranger, February 24, 2011





Chilly weekend craft project

Perhaps you’ve seen these classics:  “FAILURE: When your best just isn't good enough.” or “PROCRASTINATION: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.”  Now, you can make your very own deMOTIVATIONAL posters. You’re welcome.



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