Wednesday, March 16, 2011

NEWS LINKS | March 16, 2011

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




21 Acres Center recipient of PSE Renewable-Energy Grant

The Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living at 21 Acres, under construction near Woodinville, plans to have a 25 kW solar array and electric vehicle charging station at their farm market and community building. The informational kiosk, monitoring software, educational materials and teacher training funded by PSE will benefit the Northshore School District and Cascadia Community College by providing their students with programmatic support and supplementary experiences.

Seattle PI, March 12, 2011


Quake, tsunami hit close to home for local residents

Thirteen of Clark College’s 70 international students are from Japan, said Susan Taylor, program adviser. Taylor e-mailed each of them early Friday to alert them to the disaster.

The Columbian, March 12, 2011


Senate bill would have some college students pay full tuition

SB 5868 would require students with a bachelor's degree who attend a community or technical college to bear the entire cost of instruction — the price of regular tuition plus the share that the state pays. … Representatives from various community colleges and universities raised concerns about whether the bill could discourage lifelong learners. For example, some students with a bachelor's degree might enroll in a civil-engineering program to learn new computer software that wasn't available when they were in college, said Dr. Gerald Pumphrey, president of South Puget Sound Community College.

Seattle Times, March 16, 2011


High school students to showcase math, science skills

Scores of middle and high school students will demonstrate their skills and host a day of learning, discovery, competitions and fun activities centered on science, technology, engineering and math Saturday at Clark College.

The Columbian, March 16, 2011


Reception to discuss WSU
Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd will host a reception Wednesday (tonight) to discuss efforts to expand the research university's presence in the city. A bill moving through the Legislature would put WSU in charge of the University Center of Puget Sound in 2014. Everett Community College now runs the 500-student program on its campus.

The Herald, March 16, 2011


Community college part-timers worry about losing more ground, March 16, 2011 (House Bill 1631)


Cuts at Skagit college likely to hit 60 jobs
The jobs of 60 people at Skagit Valley College could be either eliminated or reduced in hours by the end of June due to budget cuts being handed down by the state.  Some staff members have already been told they likely will be part of the cutbacks, and others will learn their fate this week, said Anne Ziomkowski, the co-president for the school’s faculty union, called the Skagit Valley College Federation of Teachers.
Skagit Valley Herald, March 16, 2011





Is Pell Too Big?

As deficit crunch threatens to squeeze bedrock student aid program, even some supporters say time has come to examine its efficiency.

Inside Higher Ed, March 15, 2011


Daunting assignment: Students lobby against cuts to higher education

Seattle Times, March 16, 2011





Town Hall meeting illustrates tough decisions in budget cuts

District 34 Representatives Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon along with Senator Sharon Nelson met with over 100 citizens at the High Point Community Center on March 13 to discuss tough budget cuts ahead for Washington State in the face of a $4.6 billion revenue shortfall for 2011-2013. …  “There will be some cuts to community colleges,” Sen. Nelson said. “We know that right now they are the ones helping folks get back to work but the reality is the cuts are going to be deep enough that we’re not going to be able to have any program untouched. I look as Seattle Community College as a perfect example of what a community college should do and a very successful program but cuts will occur there, I don’t know how deep they will be …”

West Seattle Herald, March 13, 2011




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