Monday, March 21, 2011

NEWS LINKS | March 21, 2011

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




Listening to the art -- Bob Fisher to receive Larson's Arts Award

As a teacher -- he came to Yakima Valley Community College as an instructor in 1983 -- Fisher delights in seeing his students arrive at that realization. When he started as an artist, Fisher didn't plan on becoming a teacher, but over the years he's found that helping students develop their own artistic vision is gratifying in a wholly separate way from the visceral thrill he gets while painting.

Yakima Herald, March 17, 2011


What college’s cuts mean for students, staff
The width of Skagit Valley College’s “open door” will tighten this year as classroom space shrinks due to a $5.5 million budget gap left by state cuts.
President Gary Tollefson said the school, by law, is considered an “open door” institution, meaning students may take tests to determine their level of course work, but there are no admission requirements.
Skagit Valley Herald, March 18, 2011


Three Highline schools win Washington Achievement Awards

Career Link is a partnership with South Seattle Community College that allows students to complete their high school diploma on the college campus.  … The awards come from Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. They celebrate the state's top-performing schools in a number of categories. 

The Highline Times, March 18, 2011


Local community colleges offer great hort programs!

It’s not just Edmonds, but Lake Washington Technical and South Seattle Community Colleges, just to name a few, have excellent programs that are nurturing the future leaders, managers, and skilled workers in the landscape industry.

Seattle PI Blog, March 19, 2011


Gardener Profile: Tina Caparas

She has a business degree from the UW, but decided that she didn’t want to be in a cut-throat, corporate environment nor did she want to really pursue her own business, but a love and respect for the environment shines through her lifestyle and her work ethic. She completed the hort program at South Seattle Community College and has been active with different organizations such as Seattle Tilth, Plant Amnesty, and other non-profits.

Seattle PI Blog, March 19, 2011


Engineering a new generation at MESA Day

Kids gather to show their scientific chops at Clark College

The Columbian, March 19, 2011


Editorial: College cutbacks brutal, damaging to our future
It was an emotionally wrenching week for administrators and staff at Skagit Valley College.  By Friday, 38 employees had been told by college President Gary Tollefson that, come June, their jobs will be gone. Many of the 34 community colleges throughout the state were going through the same agonizing process.
Skagit Valley Herald, March 20, 2011


Rich Cummins great choice for Crystal Apple
If we had to boil our editorial down to one paragraph, it would have to be this one: We think Cummins is a great choice. Go, Rich! Columbia Basin College has flourished under Cummins' management.
Tri-City Herald, March 20, 2011


More bodies, less money derails LCC students' plans

Jordan Brooks needs to complete one more class before he can transfer to Washington State University and pursue a degree in psychology. But when the 24-year-old Lower Columbia College student tried to sign up for abnormal psychology 220 two days after spring registration opened, the course was already full. … Classes are filling up faster than ever as laid-off workers seek retraining and high school graduates pursue their own degrees. Worried about further cuts in state support, the college hesitates to add extra sections of high-demand classes. Sympathetic instructors often admit waiting-list students into their classes, packing cramped classrooms and putting additional strain on themselves.

The Daily News, March 20, 2011


Higher ed proposals focus on rising tuition

The Olympian, March 20, 2011





Pell Grants Face Cuts, Possible Overhaul

Even supporters now talk of unsustainable cost

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 20, 2011

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Advice for College Web Sites

The Chronicle Blog, March 21, 2011


PNNL shows students need for crafts workers

 You don't need to be a rocket scientist to take part in cutting-edge research, and you don't need a Ph.D. to make a good living, as long as you learn a trade. That was the message for 24 students from the Tri-Tech Skills Center who visited Richland-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's biggest fabrication shop Friday. The students met crafts workers such as welders, pipefitters, machinists and electricians during PNNL's third annual Craft Career Day.

The Tri-City Herald, March 19, 2011


Bill would partner state with online university [Western Governors]

Seattle Times, March 20, 2011


A College Degree Is Still Worth It

Business Week, March 21, 2011





EDITORIAL: Undergrads in overtime: Move on or pay up

The News Tribune, March 21, 2011



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