Monday, April 25, 2011

NEWS LINKS | April 25, 2011

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




Editorial: Local bailout for our schools?

From community college to kindergarten, students on Whidbey Island will join their peers around the state in suffering from budget cuts ordered by the 2011 Legislature. … Skagit Valley College is cutting staff and eliminating class offerings in both Oak Harbor and South Whidbey.

Whidbey News Times, April 22, 2011


Big Bend hosts job fair

Big Bend Community College played matchmaker Thursday, helping potential employees find employers and vice-versa.

Columbia Basin Herald, April 22, 2011


President Obama should give Bridgeport High graduates a presidential send-off

THIS year's graduating class at tiny Bridgeport High School in north central Washington has a chance to be sent off into the big, wide world by none other than President Obama. But Bridgeport, one of six finalists nationwide for the honor, needs your vote to get into the final three — a challenge since the rural Douglas County school is up against schools from much larger cities, such as San Diego, Newark and Pittsburgh. … The district has partnered with Wenatchee Valley College, about two hours south on Highway 17, to offer college-credit classes. Teachers have been encouraged to earn master's degrees in fields of study, such as English, history, Spanish, language arts and soon biology and math, so the high school can offer college courses on campus. That is important because the nearest college campus is 35 miles away in Omak, making Running Start programs inconvenient.

Seattle Times, April 23, 2011


Innovative Calculus eBook … Honored as Finalist in 2011 Software & Information Industry Association CODiE Awards

The groundbreaking eBook is part of a new calculus program from authors William Briggs (University of Colorado, Denver), Lyle Cochran (Whitworth University), Bernard Gillett (University of Colorado at Boulder) and Eric Schulz (Walla Walla Community College). The program includes both printed text and digital text. … Schulz created the new eBook with the help of his co-authors.

Digital Journal, April 25, 2011


CBC music educator remembered for gentle humor

The death of Tri-City music man Don Paul has saddened many in town. … "Don was instrumental in numerous facets of out instructional programs at Columbia Basin College," Neth said. "He came to us from Kennewick High at a time when we had lost two-thirds of the music faculty and subsequently laid the foundation for what the department is today." For Hubbs, Paul's influence lingered long after he retired in 1993, and he continued to occasionally play with the concert band he started.

Tri-City Herald, April 24, 2011


With Centrum, college campuses, marine center and more, Fort Worden faces dilemma over state park entrance fees

Fort Worden State Park — home to businesses, a Peninsula College branch campus and other educational institutions, Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Centrum’s music festivals in and around McCurdy Pavilion — complicates the fee program intended to generate millions of dollars to keep state parks open.

Peninsula Daily News, April 24, 2011


Snohomish County appears closer to goal of hosting a university

If all goes well, WSU will move onto the campus of Everett Community College in 2014 and set roots from which a full-fledged university could grow. A bill in front of Gov. Chris Gregoire prescribes steps WSU must take within three years that would put it in charge of the existing University Center program now run by EvCC.

The Herald, April 24, 2011


120 Community Colleges Are Chosen to Compete for $1-Million Aspen Institute Prize

The community colleges, which represent 32 states, were selected from a national pool of nearly 1,200 colleges using available public data on student outcomes. The community colleges chosen have demonstrated high standards in learning and college completion and have established that they are training grounds for jobs that pay competitive wages. Washington nominees:  Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane Community College, Walla Walla Community College 

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 25, 2011




Opinion: Western Governors University-Washington broadens access

Seattle Times, April 23, 2011


Opinion: Sowing seeds for a well-educated, homegrown workforce [STEM]

…  The good news is that leaders from education, business, communities and government are beginning to realize that achieving fundamentally different results requires that we do fundamentally different things.  That's why we, along with other leading Washington businesses like Boeing, Microsoft and McKinstry Co. partnered with educators and community leaders to launch Washington STEM. Our role in improving our education system is critical for our company's ongoing success. We take seriously our responsibility to play a role in developing the future workforce. We also know that our education system is at its best when all stakeholders -- business, educators, parents and policy makers -- take responsibility for creating excellent learning opportunities for all students.

The Herald, April 24, 2011


New UW President no stranger to budget cuts

The University of Washington Board of Regents today announced that they've tapped Michael Young to fill the President's job. Young has served as President of the University of Utah since 2004.

KING 5, April 25, 2011



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