Monday, February 7, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 7, 2011

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Guest Column: Higher education demands assessment and rewards

… Evergreen students translate theory into practice and graduate with critical faculties for making positive contributions in a rapidly changing world.  Locally, Saint Martin’s University and South Puget Sound Community College also assess the intellectual growth of their students. … A critical role of higher education is to prepare our students to meet educational and career goals as well as to become engaged citizens. Despite recent emphasis on degree production, particularly among the public colleges, institutions are cognizant of the need to maintain the quality of their degrees.

The Olympian, February 3, 2011


Bellingham Technical College partners with Heath Tecna to train workers

Bellingham Technical College was awarded a $168,000 Job Skills Program grant to provide customized training for Heath Tecna employees. The grant funds were allocated by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical College. Heath Tecna is matching the grant with its own investment. It's the second customized training grant between the college and the company, which manufactures airline interiors.

Bellingham Herald, February 5, 2011


Why EvCC’s University Center model works 

Guest commentary by David Beyer, Everett Community College president. … The current administration of the University Center has been very successful in building cohesive partnerships with four-year colleges to offer quality four-year degrees to Snohomish County residents. Our success is due in large part to our ability to collaborate with our partners.

The Herald, February 6, 2011 (House Bill 1792 and Senate Bill 5636)


Lawmakers must take the long view  / Guest commentary re impending nursing shortage

Programs at private colleges, the UW, WSU and state community colleges prepare our nursing graduates to fill these critical positions. In recent years, every college in Washington has had to turn away student nurse applicants because the educational system hasn’t had the capacity to admit them. To add to the problem, budget cuts threaten the already struggling state educational programs

The Herald, February 6, 2011


CBC focused on students' success in math
"Open access" at Columbia Basin College means that we work with students from all levels of academic preparation. As a community college, we believe in work ethic and second chances.  As is typical for open access institutions, a huge majority of students, some 80 percent, need to take one or more math classes that are below college level when they first enter CBC.

Tri-City Herald, February 6, 2011


Gates/WSU child care program in doubt

But the future of Pathway [child development associate certificate offered by Columbia Basin College as part of the project], also known as Literacy and Education Pathways for Latino Child Care Providers, is uncertain as a $1 million grant from the Gates Foundation comes to an end. 

The News Tribune, February 7, 2011


YVCC hosts 18th annual [Dental] Sealant Day for children

Supplies are donated and local dentists and Yakima Valley CC students give free sealants, a dental exam, and fluoride treatment to patients.

KNDO/KNDU, February 7, 2011


Seattle Chinese Garden in West Seattle now welcoming visitors

Ready to tour the new Knowing the Spring Courtyard at the Seattle Chinese Garden on the campus of South Seattle Community College on Puget Ridge?

West Seattle Blog, February 7, 2011





$2 billion that could change online education

In a ‘historic step forward for open education,’ community colleges can apply for federal grants to create a library of web-based learning materials

eCampusNews, January 31, 2011

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Advocates For Higher Education Urge Legislature To Stop Cuts

Northwest Public Radio, February 3, 2011


Lawmakers debate proposed state partnership with online [Western Governors] university

State lawmakers are considering a plan that would expand a nonprofit online university in Washington as a way to increase access to higher education.

Seattle Times, February 7, 2011 





Senate budget: cut state-worker pay by 3% in April

The Olympian, February 3, 2011


Bill: Put tuition hikes toward aid /Measure encourages higher education for the middle class

New legislation co-sponsored by state Rep. Tim Probst, D-Vancouver, includes an attempt to relieve the oft-frustrated middle, and to improve higher education outcomes. Assigned to the House Higher Education Committee, House Bill 1795 would establish the “Higher Education Opportunity Act” … unveiled this week by Reps. Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, and Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, chairman and vice-chairman of the Higher Education committee.

The Columbian, February 5, 2011




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