Monday, February 28, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 28, 2011

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Dining at the Rainier Room

Clover Park Technical College’s Rainier Room was the destination. If you’ve never been there, consider adding it to a “must do” list. This secluded eatery, tucked in an out-of-the-way corner of the CPTC campus, is the training site for the college’s culinary arts program. Each menu item, from the well-laden crab bisque to a wide array of entrees … was indeed a “work of art.”

The Suburban Times, February 24, 2011


College Eyes Possible Program Cuts

Shortfall Could Worsen: Centralia College May Have to Trim Additional $500,000 from Supplemental Budget in 2012

Centralia College, February 25, 2011 [limited access]


Job fair held at Columbia Basin Secondary School

Jose Esparza, coordinator of student recruitment and outreach at Big Bend Community College, said the big questions from students involved tuition costs. "There's a lot of concern about 'how will I pay for school?'" he said.  Esparza told students the importance of applying for federal financial aid.  "Students think they can't qualify for scholarships," he commented. "A lot of scholarships are need-based." …Big Bend has an open-door admission policy, meaning anyone who applies is accepted, he explained.

Columbia Basin Herald, February 26, 2011


The megaloads question: If we ship it ... Will manufacturers come?

Valley Vision Executive Director Doug Mattoon said he is just getting up to speed on what the requirements for such an operation might be. He's also involved in initial steps toward that goal. He is backing welding programs at Lewis-Clark State College as well as classes at Walla Walla Community College that teach students how to be technicians on wind turbines.

The Lewiston Tribune, February 27, 2011


New Education Resource For Grays Harbor and Pacific County's Aspiring Teachers Comes Online 

City University of Seattle will offer aspiring teachers in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties a unique opportunity to study locally for their Bachelor of Arts in Education this summer. Students who have earned or are nearly finished with an associate degree may enroll now in program classes on the Grays Harbor College campus.

KBKW Radio, February 28, 2011


Legality of disclosing executive session information not always an easy call

Everett Community College recently ended up paying approximately $1 million more than planned when a potential land deal became public, Petersen said. "Competition went in and drove the price up."

The Herald, February 28, 2011


Cascadia students and staff help Ethiopian schools

Currently, the entire [Cascadia Community] college is involved in a project called SHELF-TO-SHELF. It’s a book drive designed to collect 2,000 new or used high school and college level textbooks for five new high schools located in remote parts of Ethiopia. The idea for the project originated with Panagiotis "Panos" Hatziandreas, a psychology professor at Cascadia and a member of the International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia or ILAE. …  To date, 600 books have been collected. "We’re going to meet our goal because of the efforts that we have done to include Lake Washington Technical College and Bellevue College," comments King. "They have decided to partner with us, so we have provided them with marketing material, which has been placed throughout their campuses."

Woodinville Weekly, February 28, 2011


Lower Tolerance for Higher Education Cuts

The latest cuts to higher education in Washington appear to be the last straw for students. At eight schools across the state on Tuesday, they are holding walkouts and rallies, making phone calls and writing letters to get lawmakers' attention. The supplemental budget cuts $25 million in State Need Grants, but asks schools to keep funding them using other sources of money, rather than taking grants away from students who have already received them.  The walkouts and rallies begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday on the various campuses.

Lake Stevens Journal, February 28, 2011




House votes to partner with nonprofit online university

“I thought it was worth the body hearing the range of views,” said Rep. Larry Seaquist. He said that the typical person this university would serve would be those with recent associate’s degrees that want to quickly get a BA but are busy with families and work. “I believe that as one of the elements of our overall system this makes sense.” “I’m not sure why we need to do this,” said Rep. Bill Hinkle who added that Washington already has lots of online opportunities both through state universities and private ones. He said that the system the state has now works but needs more money.

TVW Capitol Record, February 26, 2011


State Lawmakers Seek More Say Over Colleges

Bills on the table include limits on salaries, sabbaticals, unions

Chronicle of Higher Education, February 27, 2011

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IT college grads not 'ready to go'
Many companies and college IT departments are ready to hire as the economy thaws, but more than nine in 10 college graduates who majored in information technology (IT) aren't prepared for life in the workforce, according to a national survey. … IT know-how wasn’t the problem for many recent IT college graduates, according to the report and a SHARE official, but rather interpersonal skills that proved lacking. Problem solving was the most critical area of need for IT companies, with 77 percent of respondents saying new hires needed that skill.

eCampus News, February 28, 2011 (requires free registration)


Adjunct Alternative or Union Busting?

A community college's solution for reliance on adjuncts? New jobs that give job security for a year, a 7-7 course load, and no chance at tenure. Faculty unions split on the idea

Inside Higher Ed, February 28, 2011



‘Retire-rehire' targeted

The News Tribune, February 26, 2011



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