Thursday, May 19, 2011

NEWS LINKS | May 19, 2011

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




Community Youth Services receives $1.08 million grant

Tacoma Goodwill received a $1.1 million grant for a youth construction-skills program it runs through a partnership with Bates Technical College.

The Olympian, May 17, 2011


Dr. Yongsheng Sun Talks Global Education and the Open Course Library

During the … OpenCourseWare Consortium … We had a chance to speak with several industry leaders, including Yongsheng Sun, Columbia Basin College associate professor, one of the heads of Washington State's Open Course Library (OCL) project, which is revolutionizing how college students obtain course materials.

Education Portal, May 18, 2011


Pierce College Faculty Receive e-Learning Innovation and Leadership Awards

The eLearning Council of Washington’s State Board for Community and Technical Colleges presented David Lippman with the 2010-11 e-Learning Leadership and Innovation Award. Lippman, is leading Pierce College’s effort to develop resources to support math teaching in the state of Washington.  Lippman is the lead developer for the Washington State Gates Grant Open Course Library Project (OCL). Along with his colleague Melanie Rasmussen, he is developing open source resources for pre-calculus classes. Course materials from this project will support teaching math in an online, hybrid and in-person format.

AACC Instructional Technology Council Newsletter, May 18, 2011


YVCC Employees To Take Three-Percent Pay Cut

More than 260 faculty and employees at Yakima Valley Community College will give up three percent of their salaries to help the college deal with budget woes.

KAPP TV, May 18, 2011


Upward Bound students earn major national scholarships

Big Bend Community College’s Upward Bound students are receiving an almost staggering amount of scholarships in 2011 as they prepare to graduate from high school this spring.

Othello Outlook, May 18, 2011


Employer-focused training programs help economy of King County, state

The best worker-training jobs provide benefits for everyone, and the larger economy of the state. In recent years, the state’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board has worked with its many partners, including the state’s Department of Commerce, in selecting the Governor’s Best Practice Awards in Workforce and Economic Development. Below are three Governor’s Best Practice Award winners that break new ground in advancing Washington workers, businesses and our economy:  Walla Walla Community College Water & Environmental Center, Lower Columbia College Rural Outreach Nursing Education (RONE) , King County Jobs Initiative (KCJI).

CrossCut, May 19, 2011,-state-/


Why Shop Class Is Still Relevant

Woodshops like this one at Seattle Central Community College are quickly disappearing. Shop classes have all but disappeared from many American schools, and at first glance that might seem like a logical step. Why would today's wired kids need to know how to work with their hands? The answer is that they still need the inspiration and understanding that results from turning something digital into something real. … As the Wall Street Journal recently reported, manufacturing jobs paying upwards of $80,000 a year are going unfilled in an era when unemployment hovers around nine percent. Three factors are contributing to the shortfall in workers. Baby boomers with sophisticated machine skills are retiring in large numbers at the same time that parents and guidance counselors discourage kids from pursuing careers in manufacturing. Additionally, the U.S. education system isn't producing enough graduates with the math and science proficiency necessary to operate and repair computer-controlled factory equipment.

Huffington Post, May 19, 2011


State's job outlook brighter for college graduates

-          Joshua Green, an electrical-engineering major, has that rare prize among current college seniors — a job in his chosen field lined up after graduation. The 30-year-old Seattle Pacific University student, who entered college after working several years as a furniture salesman, plans to join the biomedical-research firm where he's interned for more than year.  … He …started taking classes at Seattle Central Community College, and fancied himself a budding lawyer. But all that changed after an assignment in an introductory circuits class. The Wyoming native earned his associate degree in three years and won a National Science Foundation scholarship that allowed him to attend Seattle Pacific.

-          Outlook grim for teens … The jobless rate among 16- to 19-year-old males who sought work went from 20 percent in 2007 to 46 percent in 2010. Females in the same age group saw their jobless rate increase from 15 to 24 percent.

Seattle Times, May 19, 2011


Builders’ bids on music center take WVC aback / Higher-than-expected estimates will send architects back to the table

Wenatchee Valley College may have to scale back its plans to build a $6.5 million Center for Music and Art this year. The lowest bidder offered $6.87 million Tuesday afternoon, more than $300,000 over the college’s original estimates

Wenatchee World, May 19, 2011





Education Nation:  For some, college debt just doesn’t add up

NBC Nightly News, May 17, 2011

Many With New College Degree Find the Job Market Humbling
Employment rates for new graduates have fallen sharply, as have starting salaries for those who can find work.

New York Times, May 19, 2011


Community College If You Can Pay

California considers letting campuses set much higher tuition rate for some programs. Would shift help wealthier students, make the colleges more competitive with for-profits, or both

Inside Higher Ed, May 19, 2011




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