Thursday, April 21, 2011

NEWS LINKS | April 21, 2011

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




Clark College welcomes tomorrow's students [State Science Olympiad]

KGW Newschannel 8, April 16, 2011


Peninsula College nursing program reaccredited

“Our Nursing faculty are to be commended for this outstanding achievement,” says Peninsula College President Dr. Tom Keegan.

KONP AM, April 18, 2011


Clark College at Columbia Tech Center receives LEED® gold certification

Clark College at Columbia Tech Center achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as for incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.

The Daily Insider , April 20, 2011


Shoreline Community College partners with City University of Seattle to offer bachelor’s degree

“We’re very happy to announce this expansion of access to quality education, especially in these times of cuts and reductions,” Lee Lambert, president of Shoreline Community College, said in a statement.

Puget Sound Business Journal, April 20, 2011


Connelly: Unkind cuts to community colleges mean fewer programs

The Great Recession has thousands of people turning to higher education -- especially community colleges -- to get back into the work force. Budget cuts threaten the programs they need. "The cruel irony is that at the very time that workers are seeking to further their education and obtain retraining, state support is decreasing," says a new, perceptive report being prepared by the Washington Budget and Policy Center.    … By paring options, you inhibit peoples' ability to train for a new career," said Kim Justice, who is writing the Washington Budget and Policy Center report.  Justice is particularly worried about a program called Adult Basic Education (ABE).  It opens doors to self-sufficiency and greater income for individuals who lack basic education skills.  Adult Basic Education is particularly vulnerable as colleges depend more on students' tuition. "The impacts to that program are particularly troubling," said Justice.  "The (tuition) shift will result in more low-skilled, unemployable persons."

Seattle PI, April 20, 2011


100 mpg ultra-efficient car to be top exhibit at Boeing  event

WIKISPEED, the Seattle-based team developing ultra-efficient road vehicles, announced that the company will publicly demonstrate the Alibre-designed SGT01, a vehicle that can deliver more than 100 miles per gallon, at the Earth Day celebration at Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour. Additionally, Irish Car Hire, South Seattle Community College, and the University of Washington have contributed parts or time.

Insurance News Net, April 20, 2011


Safe in the Sound? That obligatory article that's going to scare the bejesus out of you about the possibility of an earthquake in the South Sound

"It would be like a freakishly monstrous catapult that hurls 75,000 square miles of rock, the margin of a continent, as much as 65 feet," says Patrick Pringle, associate professor of Earth Sciences at Centralia College, national author and overall geo-enthusiast. In Olympia, the Capitol building would sway, shake and essentially sink into the soft ground that holds the Capitol campus.

The Weekly Volcano, April 20, 2011


Ex-foster children ‘rise above’ to enroll in college, aid others

Justin Vinge, Josephine Davis and Mariah Hottell have a lot in common. They’re bright, articulate and successful college students. They’ve also been called disposable, unwanted and told they’d never succeed. These Spokane Falls Community College students are former foster youth who are proving their detractors wrong. Recently, the three shared their stories at a College Success Foundation storytelling workshop in Issaquah, Wash. The foundation funds and administrates several scholarship programs like Passport to College Promise, which makes it possible for foster care youth to attend college.

Spokesman Review, April 21, 2011





National survey reveals great divide between skills workers have and skills employers require

.. "Community colleges and business leaders need to make a quantum leap in aligning associate's degrees and career credentials with the workforce skills employers demand.  After all, the ultimate goal of a postsecondary education for students is landing a job in their chosen field and a shot at the American Dream." …  The focus on "college" too often excludes the demand for those who hold two-year associate's degrees and trade-specific credentials.  Most business leaders (98 percent) believe the term "college" means a four-year degree.  Just 13 percent of business leaders also think of a two-year associate's degree, and only 10 percent say "college" includes a career or technical credential.  By the end of this decade, however, about an equal percentage of jobs will require a bachelor's degree or better (33 percent) as some college or a two-year associate's degree (30 percent).

Yahoo News, March 29, 2011


Editorial: A slow burn for worthy state students snubbed by the University of Washington

Seattle Times, April 21, 2011


Remediation at the Crossroads

Will efforts to improve basic skills instruction lead to more of the same, or to a rich and robust education for students?

Inside Higher Ed, April 21, 2011


Numbers That Bedazzle, Numbers That Benumb

Pressure on accreditors and college officials to emphasize data over professional expertise in gauging higher education quality is misplaced …

Inside Higher Ed, April 21, 2011


Who Decides on Transfer Credit?

CUNY plan would make it easier for community college students to earn bachelor's degrees at four-year institutions, but many faculty members at senior colleges say changes infringe on their curricular role.

Inside Higher Ed, April 21, 2011





Launch Year program signed into law

The bill directs high schools and colleges to identify and publicize a list of dual-credit courses that students can take in high school., April 18, 2011


Treasurer urges less debt

Spending: Legislators making progress but need to do more, McIntire says

The Olympian, April 21, 2011



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