Wednesday, May 18, 2011

NEWS LINKS | May 18, 2011

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




OC Poulsbo campus darkened by squirrel

A squirrel venturing too close to Puget Sound Energy equipment sparked a power outage that caused the cancellation of classes at Olympic College's Poulsbo campus Friday [the 13th] morning.

Kitsap Sun, May 13, 2011


Yakima Native's Story Turned into Will Ferrell Film

Carver attended Davis High School and Yakima Valley Community College in the 1950's before moving to Port Angeles. … YVCC instructor Herb Blisard teaches an entire course on Carver, and says the author had worldly appeal.

KAPP TV, May 12, 2011


Governor signs bill to bring WSU to Everett

Washington State University is coming to Everett with hopes of offering its first class in the fall of 2012. WSU President Elson Floyd made the pronouncement Thursday moments after Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a new law giving the research university a path to a permanent presence in the city.

 The Herald, May 13, 2011 (Everett CC)


Study shows value of Everett Community College to area

Everett Community College contributes $301.8 million to the local economy each year through added alumni earnings and operations, officials said.

Everett Herald, May 14, 2011


Job prospects better (a little) for college graduates 

New grads are still facing stiff competition from their own peers, last year's grads and grads from earlier classes," she said. "Entry-level hiring has not returned to pre-recession levels." The good news is that more jobs are being advertised and there is an increase in job recruitment, Johnson said, as evidenced by a career fair Wednesday at Yakima Valley Community College.

Yakima Herald, May 15, 2011


University plan will expand access to four-year degrees

Op-ed by Sens. Haugen and Harper. Senate Bill 5636, freshly signed into law by Gov. Gregoire, will make is possible for Washington State University to manage the University Center at Everett Community College and, at long last, open the door for the establishment of a four-year university presence in Snohomish County.

Everett Herald, May 15, 2011


Running Start students may have to pay percentage of tuition 

For the first time next fall, high school students in the Running Start program at Yakima Valley Community College [and others] may start paying up to 10 percent of their tuition. The state House passed a bill last week that allows for the charge. But before it's enacted, legislators and Gov. Chris Gregoire must reconcile their budgets, and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges must vote on whether and how much to charge the students.

Yakima Herald, May 15, 2011


Whatcom Community College to host pilot program for veterans this fall

Whatcom Community College is wanting to make sure military veterans feel welcome and have the resources available to them to succeed in the academic world. Starting this fall, the college will be one of two pilot sites in the country for the Edge4Vets Program, designed to help veterans transition from the military to civilian life by identifying their skills and strengths and providing social support.

Bellingham Herald, May 16, 2011


YVCC faculty, staff agree to pay cut to save jobs, programs

To save jobs and programs, the faculty and classified unions at Yakima Valley Community College have agreed to a two-year, 3 percent pay cut. YVCC is the only member of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to have reached such an agreement, said John Boesenberg, human resource director for the Olympia-based organization. The group represents 34 schools. "They are protecting educational options for our students," President Linda Kaminski said. "This is a very unselfish thing they did."

Yakima Herald, May 17, 2011


Kennewick woman follows father’s footsteps with auto repair shop
As a little girl Jennifer Bayless would listen to her dad and brother talk about cars, yearning to speak that special language that most girls don’t even care about.  Now, Bayless, 32, is fluent in car talk. When she graduated from Kamiakin High School in 1997, she broke the news to him that she wanted to start the automotive program at Columbia Basin College.
Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, May 2011


USA Funds Awards $2.5 Million in Higher Education Grants

USA Funds, a nonprofit organization that helps American families benefit from postsecondary education, has awarded the South Puget Sound Community College Foundation $31,500 in funding for scholarships for the All Washington Academic Team members. (Note: This is not new funding.  The Northwest Educational Loan Association, long-time All Washington Academic Team supporter, used a new, online grant application format this year.  This award is the channel through which NELA’s commitment has been renewed for the coming year.  USA Funds and NELA are parts of the same parent organization.)

PRNewsWire, May 17, 2011


Bates celebrates graduates at commencement ceremony

The Suburban Times, May 17, 2011


CBC students, Pasco Wrecking fix veteran's car
Two students at Columbia Basin College's automotive program have spent a lot of time on a Chevrolet Caprice belonging to Sanchez, who's been deployed in Iraq. The soldier didn't know if he'd have a useable car on his return until a couple of weeks ago.
Tri-City Herald, May 17, 2011


Governor steers $3 million to train 500 in state for aerospace jobs  

Roughly $700,000 will go to the aerospace training and research centers in Everett, Renton and Spokane to be used for tuition and fees and labs. About 135 students will be trained with that $700,000. … "Our shared success depends on having skilled and talented people ready to step in and build not only the world's leading jetliners, but also a future that will make us all proud," [Boeing’s Ray] Conner said. "These investments will fund training opportunities and allow for better alignment between business, our community and technical colleges."

The Herald, May 18, 2011


TRAC's solar power plans a potential win for county
Franklin County is looking at two proposals, one that would provide solar-heated water and another that would generate electricity. A great partnership could be formed by using either project as a lab for students in the new solar certification program at Columbia Basin College. We've read about these students in action and, once again, CBC impresses us by continuing to provide diverse educational opportunities in tough economic times.
Tri-City Herald, May 18, 2011

Local View: Tuition burden for students steadily grows

CBC students, Pasco Wrecking fix veteran's car
Chelsea Schulz and Carlos Edwards, both first-year automotive technology students at Columbia Basin College, have volunteered to get the 1980's Chevrolet Caprice up and running again for Chris Sanchez of West Richland, an Army specialist who recently finished a deployment in Iraq. Sanchez bought the car, which ended having a lot of problems
Tri City Herald, May 17, 2011


Boeing to add 600 workers in Renton this year

Governor Chris Gregoire announced a new training initiative to put people to work and get Boeing more skilled workers as it expands. The governor is directing $3 million in discretionary federal job training funds that she has control over. Some of that is going to Renton Technical College for establishment of a training program for assemblers. Other colleges will also be getting some of that money, the focus being on the unemployed, low-income adults and returning veterans.

KING 5 News, May 17, 2011 (See video link with Steve Hanson, Renton TC president, and students)


Skagit Valley College students protest loss at Whidbey Campus

Various student government members and leaders banded together and approached the board with their concerns over the recent cut of the student activity adviser position in next year’s budget. With a budget gap projected at just over $5.5 million, the Whidbey Island campus is set to see the loss of 11 staff members and reduced time for others in the 2011-2012 school year.

Whidbey News Times, May 18, 2011





For-Profit Colleges: Targeting People Who Can’t Pay

NPR, May 12, 2011



College Presidents Are Too Complacent

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2011

Op-Ed Contributor:  Major Delusions
Why are college grads irrationally optimistic about the future

New York Times, May 15, 2011

Op-Ed Contributors:  Your So-Called Education
New research questions how much you really learn in college.

New York Times, May 15, 2011


Chronicle:  The Quiet Revolution in Open Learning
"Then, the Education and Labor Departments decided to do something highly uncharacteristic of large federal bureaucracies: They began to talk. To one another. Constructively. What they devised could change higher education for huge numbers of students, many of whom will never attend a community college at all.  … The concept is simple: Community colleges that compete for federal money to serve students online will be obliged to make those materials—videos, text, assessments, curricula, diagnostic tools, and more—available to everyone in the world, free, under a Creative Commons license. The materials will become, to use the common term, open educational resources, or OER's."

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2011


Older unemployed workers suffer acutely

The News Tribune, May 16, 2011


In the Market for Transfers

Dickinson hopes partnership with community colleges will attract applicants when number of high school graduates in region dips. First, the college has to make the newcomers feel welcome.

Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2011


Op-ed: Will Washington's public college students pay more tuition for less quality?

Guest columnist Brendan Williams reflects on the roots of the Washington Legislature's plan to let public colleges and universities set their own tuition rates. He says he's skeptical that this will be an opportunity for higher education improvement rather than an opportunity to pay more and get less.

Seattle Times, May 17, 2011





State preps for July shutdown as budget talks stall

Top officials in Washington state started preparing Monday for a potential government shutdown in July as lawmakers stalled in their bid to reach a budget compromise.

Seattle Times,  May 17, 2011


Bill eases training requirements for veterans

Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law Monday a bill that says military veterans who seek civilian employment will not have to repeat training in areas where they are already experienced. The law calls for developing a process to evaluate training for educational credit or professional licensing requirements for cosmetologists, barbers, manicurists, engineers, land surveyors, security guards and people in a wide range of health professions.

Kitsap Sun, May 17, 2011



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