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SVC Foundation receives bequest
The Skagit Valley College Foundation has received a $500,000 bequest from the estate of Wade Schroeder, who died in April 2010, and his wife Frances, who died in October 1999. The bequest is the second largest in the history of the SVC Foundation and will fund a scholarship endowment arranged years ago by the donors...
Skagit Valley Herald, March 26, 2011


College hosts tech-prep conference
The Skagit Valley College Tech Prep Consortium will host a Career and Technical Education workforce conference titled “Connecting Earning & Learning” at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy’s Quall Center in Mount Vernon...
Whidbey Examiner, March 27, 2011


Centralia College Receives $250,000 Donation

Max and Thelma Baxter: Quiet Couple Who Retired in Centralia Give to College

Centralia Chronicle, March 29, 2011


Teen criminal, now teen counselor

If you lived near Brandon Stogsdill in Parkland in the 1990s, chances are good he owes you an apology. The nearly four years he served at McNeil Island Corrections Center in his late teens and early 20s don’t make up for all the mistakes in his life. … He wrote scholarship applications from McNeil Island, and won them. Within an hour of stepping off the ferry to freedom, he said he was sitting in a Pierce College classroom. … He made good on that commitment, got a job, earned his associate’s degree with honors, and won a full scholarship to the University of Washington in Seattle. While there he won award after award for his volunteer work, and graduated with a 3.0 grade point average.

The News Tribune, March 29, 2011


Men are at risk . . . really. Their specific problems are often overlooked

Bret Burkolder, a counselor at Pierce College in Puyallup, has developed tutoring programs for young men. He observed, “We (as educators) need to challenge and change the way we perceive men, reach them and teach them.
The News Tribune, March 29, 2011


Spring Quarter Brings More Students to Centralia College

Despite looming state budget cuts and an almost certain tuition hike, local students continue to flock to Centralia College to receive their education.

Centralia Chronicle, March 29, 2011


Nursing, library take biggest cuts at SVC
Skagit Valley College’s nursing program has shrunk back to the size it was two years ago as the college works to fill a $5.5 million budget deficit left by state cuts. The college released a list   of 57 positions affected by the cuts, which include reductions in hours, layoffs, retirements and vacancies. Forty positions were either layoffs or hour reductions...
Skagit Valley Herald, March 30, 2011

New era for food bank

Edmonds Community College and St. Thomas More church have pledged the bounty of their gardens to the food pantry.

The Herald, March 30, 2011


Eat Your Books at the Edible Book Festival at UPS

The judging panel includes Julie Coykendall, director of dining and conference services at Puget Sound; William Jolly, culinary arts instructor at Clover Park Technical College; and veteran judge Barbara Racine, manager of the Puget Sound bookstore.

The News Tribune, March 30, 2011


State budget cuts could mean higher tuition for Renton Technical College Students

Students at Renton Technical College could see a 10 percent increase in tuition and the elimination of a staff and faculty position as the college tries to balance its budget with fewer state dollars. The unemployed, people of color and immigrants are feeling the impact most of state budget cuts at the college.

Renton Reporter, March 31, 2011


Elwha ecosystem classroom project gets state grant
When students return to the classroom, they will design their own science experiments and ultimately build presentations for classmates and students at Peninsula College, the Qwest Foundation said.

Peninsula Daily, March 30, 2011


Wash bill would place solar projects at food banks

A bill moving through the state Senate would expand Washington's 6-year-old renewable energy cost incentive program to include food banks and Shoreline Community College near Seattle as possible host sites for community solar projects.

Kitsap Sun, March 31, 2011


Boise Paper donation revs up WWCC wind program

Amid tightening support from the state, Boise Paper has given a program at Walla Walla Community College a boost.  Hauled into the wind technology work space Wednesday on forklifts, the industrial electrical equipment came courtesy of Boise Inc.  to support the program in the face of tightening financial support for state programs

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, March 31, 2011

Student Teams Compete in UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

Student teams represented the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, Washington State University, Western Washington University, University of British Columbia, University of Utah, Shoreline Community College, and Lake Washington Technical College.

Seattle PI, April 1, 2011


Local dad beats the odds and wins Head Start’s National “Father of the Year”

James McBride, an LCC student and father from the Lower Columbia College Head Start program has been named Head Start’s National “Father of the Year.”

Valley Bugler (Longview), April 1, 2011


'It's who I am' :Farragut ranger Errin Bair named Park Ranger of the Year

She attended Spokane Community College and earned four two-year degrees in just three years: parks and recreation, natural resource management, soils and forestry.

Couer d’Alene Press, April 1, 2011




Virginia Tech fined $55,000 related to shooting
The U.S. Department of Education has fined Virginia Tech $55,000 for waiting too long to notify students during a 2007 shooting rampage. The amount was the maximum fine Tech faced for two violations of the federal Clery Act, which requires timely reporting of crimes on campus. In announcing the fine Tuesday, department officials said the violation warranted a fine “far in excess” of $55,000. Violations and fines are rare, with only a few dozen over the past two decades.

The Washington Post, March 29, 2011


'Triage' Funding for Community Colleges

State budget decisions in some states appear to give two-year institutions lighter cuts than their four-year counterparts, but choices may not set much precedent for future funding

Inside Higher Ed, March 31, 2011


CASE Launches Community College Fund Raising Center

Though CASE already has some community college members, it is primarily known as a fund-raising organization for four-year institutions. CASE's new center will compete more directly for the attention of two-year institutions with the Council for Resource Development, an affiliate organization of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Inside Higher Ed, April 1, 2011


An Alternative to Graduation Rates

Given widely acknowledged flaws in the federal rate, it's time for college and university leaders to propose a better way of measuring student success, John Bassett, president of Heritage University, in Yakima, argues.

Inside Higher Ed, April 1, 2011





5 real-life medical conditions that sound like hoaxes

MSNBC, April 1, 2011


April Fools' Day History: How April 1 Became Comedy's Christmas

Huffington Post, April 1, 2011



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