Wednesday, March 9, 2011

NEWS LINKS | March 9, 2011

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




Luckily for [Clark College basketball player Derek] Owens, you can mend broken heart

Owens, 19, was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, meaning that one of the valves in his heart had two leaflets instead of the typical three. … He matriculated to Clark, where he leads the Penguins in minutes played and assists as they head to next week’s NWAACC playoffs.

The Columbian, March 1, 2011


Everett Students Panhandling for Charity

Saw two kids panhandling on the corner of Casino and Evergreen Way in South Everett yesterday and just had to stop and check out what they were doing. They were well dressed, their sign was way too neat and they were smiling and waving more than most panhandlers I've come across on the streets of Everett. It turns out, Brent Thompson and Xamara Cortez, two students at Everett Community College, are working on a project for their Small Group Communications Course. So why panhandle as a fund raiser? Xamara says she always wanted to see what panhandling was like, they were aware of the need for transitional housing in the community and that the YWCA was helping to address this problem and could put any funds raised to good use.

My Everett News Blog, scroll to first item for March 8, 2011


For them, for her: Emotional YVCC wins NWAACC title

“We not only wanted to play this way for Hannah,” said Hammick, who also had five assists and five steals, “we felt like we owed it to her. We had to.”

Yakima Herald, March 8, 2011


Yakima Valley Wins NWAACC Tournament for Cordova Family

The Yaks were playing for more than just a championship Tuesday, they were playing for Hannah Cordova, a hardworking and caring teammate that they lost in a tragic car accident last Monday. The Cordova family was at the tournament, following the team all four days on their rise to the title. “… I think she is going to be remembered for a very long time. YVCC hasn't won a championship for like 20 years, and she was a huge part of it," said head coach Cody Butler.

KNDO/KNDU, March 9, 2011

Women making strides in education

[Karena] Hooks, 33, quit listening to that discouraging inner voice. Instead, after completing an associate of arts degree from Everett Community College, the woman who was first in her family to go to college went on at age 24 to the prestigious New York University. With an NYU bachelor's degree under her belt, Hooks then earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Washington. Hooks is interim director of outreach and diversity in EvCC's Diversity and Equity Center, which combines the college's Multicultural Student Success Center and Women's Programs and Services. She is now in a position to share with others how she went beyond "dreaming small."

The Herald, March 9, 2011


Higher education leaders offer ominous vision of possible future cuts

No one knows how much money will be appropriated in the upcoming biennium for the state's six four-year universities and 34 community and technical colleges, including Olympic College …  In a Feb. 28 letter to the legislative leaders, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges said the governor's proposal would drop the funding for two-year institutions to $608 million in fiscal year 2012 and to $580 million in fiscal 2013. In 2009, the state spent $750 million on its 34 community and technical colleges. The governor's cuts would require tuition increases of 18 percent each in 2012 and 2013, the letter said. The letter said the two-year colleges want to limit tuition increases to 13 percent in 2012 and 10 percent in 2013.

Kitsap Sun, March 8, 2011


Editorial: Speak up for local community colleges

It is one of the terrible ironies of the current slash-and-burn motif of state budgets around the U.S. that community colleges have to lay off personnel and cut programs at a time of historically high demand for their services. In our area, students rely both upon Grays Harbor College in Ilwaco and Raymond …. From a societal standpoint, the tax money we spend on community colleges repays itself in the form of lifetimes of higher income potential. Every person is worthwhile and we can’t afford to waste any aspect of their lives. Washington and Oregon legislators — and state taxpayers — should try harder to find ways to fully support community colleges and our state university systems.

Chinook Observer, March 8, 2011


Downtown Dirt seeks to help ease Tacoma's asphalt jungle

Alexander and her mother also are interested in sowing gardening knowledge. Customers can borrow a selection from the store’s lending library of more than 100 gardening and home improvement books. The women know what they’re talking about when it comes to plants. They studied together in the horticultural program at South Seattle Community College, then started a landscape design business in Tacoma that they still operate.

The News Tribune, March 9, 2011





Opinion by Paul Krugman: Degrees and Dollars
The hollow promise of good jobs for highly educated workers.

The New York Times,  March 7, 2011


UW president: Cuts will be painful

Seattle P-I, March 8, 2011


State Budgets, in Context

Inside Higher Education, March 9, 2011



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