Tuesday, May 10, 2011

NEWS LINKS | May 10, 2011

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




High School kids may have to pay some tuition for Running Start
A proposal passed by the Senate on Wednesday allows higher education institutions to charge Running Start students up to 10 percent of tuition. If the bill passes, it would affect roughly 600 high school students in the program who attend Columbia Basin College.  "It's going to block some students out . So we're worried about that.  Decreasing access to the college and  perhaps softening our own enrollment.," says CBC President Richard Cummins.
KNDU/KNDO TV, May 9, 2011
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House passed Higher Education Opportunity Act

Allows the state's five public universities and The Evergreen State College authority to set in-state undergraduate tuition for the next four years. Adds Running Start tuition.

TVW Capitol Record, May 9, 2011



CBC prepares for budget cuts

Washington State has less money to spend, which is forcing lawmakers to cut funding to colleges and universities. Now Columbia Basin College is facing many challenges including cuts to helpful programs and courses. Ultimately, it means expensive tuition. President Richard Cummins expects it to go up one-third in the next few years. … The cuts will affect instructional programs and even student services like counseling and financial aid and admissions. Cummins says he hopes to have the list of cuts finalized by next month, and the budget for the biennium completed by July first.

KNDO TV, May 9, 2011



TRAC in line for solar energy projects
Either solar project at TRAC could be used as a working lab for Columbia Basin College students in its new solar certification program, which focuses on installing solar hot water systems, said TRAC general manager Troy Woody. The hot water version would be installed on the pavilion and used to heat water for the ice rink's Zamboni and ventilation system, said Derek Brandes, CBC's dean for career and technical education.

Tri-City Herald, May 10, 2011


SUNY Canton Welcomes Schiffner as New Provost

Carli C. Schiffner, Ph.D., of Yakima, Washington, will begin her full-time appointment in July 2011. "Both Carli's prior work with our campus community as well as the leadership experience she's gained through her current position at Yakima Valley Community College will serve her well in this high-demand role," Kennedy said.

ReadMedia, May 10, 2011



Under construction

Almost two years after Gary Blazek was featured in the Columbia Basin Herald for creating a metal version of Big Bend Community College's Viking mascot, Blazek continues to learn more about welding. … Blazek isn't the only one taking advantage of the educational opportunities at Big Bend. … The number of students at Big Bend increased by 17 percent since 2007, according to Autumn Dietrich, the college's public information director. Enrollment in vocational programs increased by 27 percent from 2007 to 2010 and enrollment in academic/transfer programs jumped by 16 percent during the same time frame." Over the course of the last five years we have handled more students with fewer positions and reduced funding," she commented. "Most recently our enrollment has held fairly stable. In fact, we handled roughly the same number of students from 2008-2009 to 2009-2010." 

Columbia Basin Herald, May 10, 2011



Wave of the future / Idaho installer sees great promise in solar thermal

A ready workforce, however, is needed for both solar thermal and photovoltaic installation, and Kimball agrees with Simpson that local colleges are the place to start in creating such a workforce. Simpson said a multi-week solar thermal installation training course was recently conducted through Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash., and he would like to have the same opportunity provided to area students.

Argus Observer, May 10, 2011



EvCC powwow keeps tribal traditions alive

Once a year, various tribes gather in Everett to honor their ancestors, keeping the traditions alive and showing respect for the culture and heritage of past, present and future generations of American Indians. For more than 20 years, 1st Nations, a student club at Everett Community College, has been celebrating with the Hibulb Powwow.

The Herald, May 10, 2011






Report Touts Economic Benefits of Career Training for Adults

The report, by the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education and the McGraw-Hill Research Foundation, comes at a time when lawmakers are beginning work on a 2012 budget that could dramatically cut spending on adult and career education,

Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2011



Catch a clue from an EDU: Universities that get security right

In these days of consumer gadgets and mobile access, corporations can learn a lot from how universities deploy multiple layers of security.

Computer World, May 10, 2011



Scholars may lose state prize

Washington Scholars award for outstanding students likely to be certificate, not monetary

Spokesman Review, May 10, 2011



Interstate Protectionism

The Department of Education has passed a rule requiring colleges that offer online courses to be licensed in every state in which they operate, if they want students to be eligible for financial aid. This is one of those cases in which a twenty-first century technology gets cut off at the knees by a twentieth- (or eighteenth-) century political structure.

Inside Higher Ed, Confessions of a Community College Dean, May 10, 2011



Beyond Tweets and Blogs

Colleges need to remember that embracing social media is no substitute for a strategy, writes Kevin Tynan.

Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2011



UW students bring kids to classes, seek child-care help

It wasn't easy to keep a 9-month-old baby entertained while trying to absorb the intricacies of the state's Growth Management Act, but University of Washington student Joel McMillan did his best. …  At the UW Monday, dozens of UW student-parents brought their children to class to draw attention to the lack of child care near the UW's Seattle campus, and to ask the university for help in providing more family-friendly areas around the school. … Lack of adequate child care is the third-greatest barrier to completing a college degree, said Ben Henry, vice president of the GPSS and a parent himself. The GPSS has been working on child-care issues for several years, mostly through legislative proposals, and students are now asking the university administration for help.

Seattle Times, May 10, 2011





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