Thursday, March 24, 2011

NEWS LINKS | March 24, 2011

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




Peninsula College finalizes cuts

Through the departure of 17 faculty and staff members, the suspension of the massage therapy program and the elimination of the fisheries program, the college reduced its budget by the amount anticipated to be finalized by Washington state legislators in late April.  …  “We tried to structure these cuts so we would not see any reduction in quality. I think we are going to see some reductions in access,” said President Thomas Keegan. “The bottom line on all of this is we have to cut $1.7 million. We have no choice.”

The Sequim Gazette, March 24, 2011


Local attorney named Centralia College trustee

[Stuart Halsan] is being named to the Centralia College board of trustees. 

KELA AM, March 24, 2011


New loan program will help students get aerospace training

To be eligible for a loan, a student must be registered for a training program, be making satisfactory progress in the course and have a declared intention to work in the aerospace industry in Washington.

The Herald, March 24, 2011





UW Admissions defends out-of-state enrollment

KIRO Radio, March 23, 2011


Hispanic population expected to exceed 50 million

"Education attainment is the single best determinant for a whole variety of social outcomes," said Steven Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington. Analysts speculate that while population levels swell, comparable rises in education levels may take some time.  "In New York City, Italians once had a much higher high school dropout rate," Camarota said, noting an Italian immigration flux in the U.S. that spanned the years of 1890 to 1920. "It took them 60 to 70 years to lower those levels and close the socioeconomic gap."

CNN, March 24, 2011


Graduates Without Degrees

California community college district looks to retroactively award certificates and degrees to individuals who qualified for them but didn't claim them

Inside Higher Ed, March 24, 2011





Guest Column: Preserve crucial WorkSource funds

Unlike some states, we maximize the use of our workforce development funds; we don’t maintain large reserve accounts. So if Congress approves these budget cuts, local workforce councils will have to shut down and some offices will close, beginning this summer.  With one-third of a million jobless workers in our state, and historically high demand for WorkSource services, the value of the workforce development system has never been greater. It seems like an odd time to eliminate the primary source of funding.

The News Tribune, March 24, 2011



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