Friday, February 4, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 3-4, 2011

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Lake Washington Technical College … Clearing the Path

New programs, partnerships, and facilities are all important to Lake Washington Technical College's plans to expand offerings for students. Dr. Sharon McGavick explains.

Education-Executive Magazine, Winter 2011


New Seattle Chinese Garden celebrates its opening Sunday

Ciscoe Morris, Seattle Times garden writer, talks about the new Seattle Chinese Garden that is opening at South Seattle Community College on Sunday.

Seattle Times, February 2, 2011


BTC receives a grant

Bellingham Technical College’s expertise in customized training was recognized recently with a $168,000 Job Skills Program grant allocated by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

KAPS Radio, February 2, 2011


Seattle Central Seeks Nominations For 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award
The Seattle Medium, February 2, 2011


Students raise money in honor of professor
Students fill up the lobby inside of Columbia Basin College to show what their teacher has taught them. Pay it forward. "To come together to do something like this is just completely overwhelming, it really is," explains Dr. David Lemak, professor of the bachelor of applied science in management course at the school.  Dr.  Lemak was surprised by his students with the news that they're starting an endowment in his name.
KNDU, February 3, 2011 professor honored&flvUri=&partnerclipid=

Renton Small Business Development Center providing helping hand for new businesses

The center at Renton Technical College is instrumental in advising start-up businesses in Renton and helping existing businesses with such things as business plans and training. It’s one of a number of such centers operated around the state by Washington State University.

Renton Reporter, February 4, 2011


Community College Uses Grant to Expand Online Course Options

Highline Community College in Washington State announced that it was recently awarded $40,000 to offer a new short-term online training program in business. … The Workforce Development grant was awarded by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
US News, February 4, 2011


BTC receives grant to create anaerobic digester technician certificate

Bellingham Herald, February 4, 2011


CBC expanding horizons with loaner laptop program
Once again, CBC [Columbia Basin College] has impressed us with the services it provides to its students, despite massive budget cuts in recent years. Where there's a will to educate students, CBC seems to find a way.
Tri-City Herald, February 4, 2011


TRAC may become solar power lab for CBC students

TRAC [Pasco events and convention center] might become a working classroom for Columbia Basin College students learning about solar power.

Tri-City Herald, February 4, 2011




Does everyone need a college degree? Maybe not, says Harvard study.

Whether students opt for college or not, they need a range of skills to be employable in the long term, so “college and career-ready skills are really no longer two separate tracks,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Wednesday in Washington at an event releasing the report, according to prepared remarks.  While not endorsing the particulars of the Harvard report, Secretary Duncan noted the importance of transforming career and technical programs, in which more than 15 million high school and postsecondary students are enrolled.  The United States can learn from other countries, particularly in northern Europe, Professor Schwartz says. In Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland, for instance, between 40 and 70 percent of high-schoolers opt for programs that combine classroom and workplace learning, many of them involving apprenticeships. These pathways result in a “qualification” that has real currency in the labor market.

Christian Science Monitor, February 2, 2011


Higher Ed to be 'flushed down the toilet'?

Seattle P-I blog, February 3, 2011


New College Promise Coalition protests cuts to higher ed

The News Tribune blog, February 3, 2011


Shelving Hunger

The difficult economy prompts students to create campus food banks for use by their peers

Inside Higher Ed, February 3, 2011


EDITORIAL: State colleges face application overflow

The Olympian, February 3, 2011


Court Upholds Closed Hearing by Western Washington U.

The Washington State Supreme Court upheld the right of Western Washington University to hold closed disciplinary hearings for a professor who maintained that his rights were violated by the lack of open hearings …

Inside Higher Ed, February 4, 2011


Mend It, Don't End It

U.S. panel gets earful about higher education accreditation's flaws and need for change -- but most say it's preferable to the alternatives.

Inside Higher Ed, February 4, 2011


Ready for the Transfer Wave?

Economic and social factors are reshaping the market for transfer students, and colleges must better understand who they are and what motivates them, writes Marc Cutright.

Inside Higher Ed, February 4, 2011




Bills should allay key fears

HB 1792 and SB 5636 would launch a formal planning process that, if completed successfully, would culminate with WSU taking management responsibility for the University Center of North Puget Sound, a consortium of colleges and universities, public and private, run by Everett Community College on its main campus.

The Herald, February 3, 2011


Sen. Maria Cantwell: FAA Reauthorization Is Critical to Growing WA’s Robust Trade Economy

In 2001, Cantwell also helped land initial funding to help grow a training program in advanced aviation materials started in the late 90s at Edmonds Community College. Since then, several other training programs at the state level have spun off from these initial programs and are currently helping to produce skilled aviation workers for the state and nation using state and federal funds.

The State Column, February 4, 2011




Feline game theory:  patty cake as praxis


Cheezburger School

Ben Huh, CEO of the Cheezburger Network, offers tips on how to write good captions for photos on the network's sites, such as and



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