Monday, March 7, 2011

NEWS LINKS | March 7, 2011

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




Cartoonists from YMCA program at Madison School hit Comicon convention

"I hope to use drawing in my career," said Katrina Varney of Gatewood, a senior at Chief Sealth and Running Start at South Seattle Community College, who was sketching at the booth. "We need help with fundraising because our class got a big budget cut. This class has been such an influence, a huge impact on all the graduates' lives. We want other kids to have that."

West Seattle Herald, March 5, 2011


LCC student named Head Start's National Father of the Year

James McBride knows exactly what he and his sons would be doing without the Lower Columbia College Head Start Program: Struggling. … Instead, McBride is the Head Start's National Father of the Year. His boys are thriving and McBride said he's discovered new self-confidence and purpose in life.

The Daily News, March 6, 2011


Norpac honored by Head Start

Lower Columbia College Head Start officials can describe Norpac with one word: Heroes. They say the local newsprint producer's employees have been wonderful supporters of the Head Start program. And national Head Start officials agree: The company was named the 2011 Head Start National Corporate Award winner. "The support we receive from Norpac here in Longview is priceless," Head Start director Sandy Junker wrote in the company's nomination. "They have taken this relationship to heart."

The Daily News, March 6, 2011


Voices from the Walla Walla Valley: Tim Dewald

Dewald is a second-year student at Walla Walla Community College. He plans to earn his master’s degree in social work at Walla Walla University, after which he hopes to work with homeless outreach at the Walla Walla VA.

Walla Walla Union Bulletin, March 5, 2011



Worker retraining programs run dry at community colleges

John Huber, director of workforce education services at Highline Community College, says even though his office has run out retraining funding, a lot of unemployed workers are still pouring in with the hopes of going to school. … He estimates nearly 100 students will be out of luck this spring at Highline alone. Community colleges from Tacoma to Skagit Valley are facing similar situations. Photo: David Puki, a laid-off Boeing worker, is studying to be an auto mechanic at  South Seattle Community College.

KPLU, March 7, 2011


Green Acre Radio: Training for work in an alternative-energy future

Alternative fuels, green vehicles, efficiency and renewables have emerged as having the greatest potential for job creation. They're also the  greatest workforce development opportunity for community colleges on the horizon. Hybrid auto technician training at Shoreline Community College is no exception., March 5, 2011


Edmonds CC literacy program is helping 67-year-old Lynnwood woman fulfill her goal to read, learn

Some of Burton's kids and grandkids never finished high school. She has always felt responsible for that and decided to lead them the only way she knew how: by example. Her relatives now notice a difference in the way she speaks. "If I get them all to go back to school before I die, I will die a happy woman," she said. "That will be my legacy." It's already working. One of her granddaughters recently came from Illinois and enrolled in a community college. She jokes that Burton put her to shame. A couple of years earlier, a grandson who dismayed Burton by dropping out of high school in his last year went back to finish and gave his diploma to Burton for her birthday.

The Herald, March 6, 2011


House OKs WSU’s EvCC campus

The legislation calls for WSU to replace Everett Community College as operator of the University Center of North Puget Sound in 2014.

The Herald, March 6, 2011





Knocking schools: Do critics, big foundations have tunnel vision?

Laying all blame for student failure (or credit for achievement) on schools, without looking at social context, strikes me as too simple an answer. … Do wealthy philanthropists and these private charitable foundations, which do have enormous influence on public education today, have a vested interest in overlooking larger social and economic questions and conditions? Do they have a vested interest in “reforms” that only look at one part of the equation? Are they likely to overlook evidence that, as Barken concludes, “The problem is not public schools; it is poverty."

Crosscut, March 5, 2011


Guest commentary: We shouldn't have to import engineers

The best option is having a WSU Everett here that offers degrees in high-level engineering and aeronautical engineering, say Rep. Hans Dunshee (D-Snohomish). Rep. Mike Hope (R-Lake Stevens).

The Herald, March 5, 2011


EDITORIAL: State must continue to support higher education

Bellingham Herald, March 6, 2011


More Than Money

Scholars of collective bargaining in higher ed say wage gains from unions are minimal at four-year institutions, but significant at community colleges -- and that in both sectors, impact goes beyond pay

Inside Higher Ed, March 7, 2011


Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates on Education

… Jobs urged a broader focus for education -- and specifically praised the liberal arts. "It's in Apple's DNA that technology alone is not enough -- it's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing …

Inside Higher Ed, March 7, 2011





WA Whiteboard: Unemployment and Education

Rep. Larry Seaquist takes a moment to connect unemployment rates to work he's doing in the Higher Education Committee and urges you to contact your legislator. The state’s unemployment rates vary by educational attainment: 18% with no high school diploma, 12% HS diploma, 8% some college, 5% college degree.

The HDC Advance, March 4, 2011


Bill aimed at dropout reduction passes Wash. House

The bill introduced by Rep. Tim Probst, D-Vancouver, is nicknamed PASS for "Pay for Actual Student Success." … He said his bill is based on a successful program in the state's community colleges [Student Achievement Initiative] that "paid for results rather than seat time." He said the program increased student retention by 10 percent each year in the first two years of its existence. "When I saw that successful model, I said, let's apply that to our high schools and increase our completion rate," he said.

Tri-City Herald, March 4, 2011


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