Friday, April 22, 2011

NEWS LINKS | April 22, 2011

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




Highline College contributes nearly $250 million to economy, study reports

Highline Community College's alumni and operations contribute $248.4 million to King County's economy every year, according to an economic impact study commissioned by the college.

Federal Way News, April 21, 2011


Legislature OKs WSU on EvCC campus

On a 38-10 vote, the state Senate gave final approval to a bill enabling WSU to move onto the Everett Community College campus in order to run the University Center of North Puget Sound. Today, that collaborative is managed by EvCC.

The Herald, April 22, 2011


Next challenge: Build trust

The long quest to bring a major research university presence to Snohomish County cleared its highest hurdle so far on Thursday, when the state Senate gave final legislative approval to a process designed to put Washington State University in charge of the University Center of North Puget Sound. … The first [hurdle] is building trust between WSU and its new partners -- Everett Community College and the eight other colleges and universities with programs at University Center.

The Herald, April 22, 2011


Editorial: Lawmakers must find ways to help higher ed

In 2008, higher education officials charted a long-range plan to help fill the state’s high-demand jobs. A progress report released this week shows that this effort has been crushed by the Great Recession and the relentless budget cuts it triggered.  So the state is still not producing enough graduates for in-demand fields, such as health care, science and math instruction, engineering, business management and accounting. …  The challenge is daunting. First, it costs more to educate students in STEM-related fields, because of technology and laboratories. But steady budget cuts to higher education cut against efforts to open more slots. Tuition increases help close the funding gap, but they can also shut the door to many middle-class students who wish to attend one of the state’s colleges or universities.

The Spokesman-Review, April 22, 2011


Guest Column by Simple act of waving creates a sense of connection

I teach an Interpersonal Communications class at Olympic College in Poulsbo and in the first week of class, broached the subject of waving. For a first paper with many writing options, five of the students chose to replicate and/or adapt the practice of waving to strangers and write about it. … Further, they spoke of the rewards of exchanging a wave – an ensuing smile, sometimes shared, and warmth that issued from a brief encounter with someone they didn’t know and most likely would never see again. One writer spoke of “...finding community in a world of strangers” which for me is one of the goals of education: to broaden our connection to other cultures and other people, which includes members of our society, our neighbors.

Bainbridge Island Review, April 22, 2011


Seattle Central students unveil giant chocolate Easter egg

What’s more Easter than a 60-pound chocolate egg? That’s what the students at Seattle Central Community College’s Culinary Academy were thinking when they made the giant egg, which they’re showing off today before handing it over to Childhaven on Capitol Hill.

Capitol Hill News, April 22, 2011





Google Map Maker and Admissions

Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) professionals should be some of the most tech-savvy student affairs practitioners at your campus. With useful technologies being released seemingly on a daily basis, it is crucial that SEM directors, especially those who work in Admissions, be plugged in to new ways that technology can be used to market their campuses. One of the most popular posts on my personal blog is also one of the simplest -- "Campus maps and Google." The post is essentially a snapshot of how some schools use the Google Maps API to create a custom Google map for their campus. Numerous institutions use this option for their campus map.

Inside Higher Ed, April 22, 2011


Opinion:  Cuts tell online students they don't count

… alternative learning experience (ALE) programs may be the latest casualty, potentially decreasing options for students in our state. With proposed cuts of 10-20 percent per ALE student, the state is sending an unfortunate message to youth who need another educational option. The message to these students is that they just don't matter as much as students in traditional programs.

The Herald, April 22, 2011





Gregoire: Special session begins next week

The Seattle Times, April 22, 2011





Passover Goes Viral With Google Exodus video


The gooey origins of Easter peeps


How To Celebrate Ostara with the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit


Celebrating Easter or Passover? There's an app for that




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