Friday, March 11, 2011

NEWS LINKS | March 11, 2011

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




Adirondack chairs are on display at Rosedale Gardens

The Gig Harbor Garden Tour benefits Tacoma Community College’s Adult Literacy Program.
The News Tribune, February 24, 2011


BLOG: University presidents detail budget-cut impacts for higher ed

The Olympian, March 9, 2011


Olympic College president warns of possible cuts

Olympic College President David Mitchell told the committee that the Bremerton-based school will have to trim some of its worker retraining programs under the predicted budget cuts.  … Jill Wakefield, chancellor of Seattle Community Colleges, estimated that about 12,000 people are on waiting lists at her schools.

The Kitsap Sun, March 10, 2011


Community and Technical Colleges talk cuts

Denise Graham with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges says they’ve seen big cuts in the past several years. “We are asking that you minimize cuts and keep tuition affordable: Tuition increases that would be sufficient to back fill the cuts totally would be just too onerous.” … “There’s a direct connection … between what we do and jobs, wages and standard of living,” said Steve Van Ausdle, president of Walla Walla Community College.

TVW Capitol Record, March 11, 2011


Peninsula College to keep dental program

Peninsula College will continue on with a dental hygiene program.  The decision to continue the cooperative program with Pierce College comes even as a clinic that hosted the lab outreach part of the program is shutting down.

KONP Radio, March 11, 2011


WSUV students, supporters detail pain of budget cuts [College Promise Coalition event]

… “It’s high time Washington residents and business leaders see that continuing to undercut higher ed harms the region’s economy and its most valuable resource — its current and future work force — [Bart Phillips … president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council] and others said. “I’m not sure the business community has drawn a straight line” to that link.

 … John White, vice president of BergerABAM and former Clark College trustee, led the panel. …  White has voted for recent Clark tuition increases, only to later tote up the impact: A 50 percent jump for four-year university students, from 2009 to 2013, should current proposals hold. … The higher ed model is “broken,” he said. “As a community, we have not applied enough brainpower … to how we unravel and rebuild this thing.”

… History shows Washington hasn’t really invested in higher ed when times improve, either — a mistake it can no longer afford, Phillips said. His takeaway message to students, urging them to support taxes that provide vital resources, once they get past today’s hardship: “Remember this.”

The Columbian, March 11, 2011




At a Senate Hearing, Tough Questions for a Fast-Growing For-Profit's Accreditor

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 10, 2011


Ending the Late Option

A Texas community college decides to risk losing some state funds by forcing students to register on time -- with goal of improving completion rates.

Inside Higher Ed, March 11, 2011





Now is not the time for Congress to make job-training cuts

Other programs, such as the Warehouse & Logistics training program – which assists people in Tacoma, Longview and Yakima through a partnership with Tacoma Community College and Goodwill – could be lost outright as a result of the proposed cuts
The News Tribune, March 11, 2011





Grown Adult Actually Expects To Be Happy

The baffling man has also reportedly read a newspaper before, interacted with coworkers, knows how economies and political systems work, and is undergoing the process of aging, yet has made no effort to revise his original assumption.

The Onion, March 10, 2011,19442/



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