Monday, May 2, 2011

NEWS LINKS | May 2, 2011

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




A conversation with Edmond CC's new president

Jean Hernandez has two missions as she settles into her new job as Edmonds Community College president: honoring diversity and fostering leadership.

The Herald, April 30, 2011


Seattle's Fleet Foxes poised to sprint with new album

… Like many creative suburban youths, [Robin Pecknold] opted out of Lake Washington High School for the Running Start program and attended what was then called Bellevue Community College.

Seattle Times, April 30, 2011


Peninsula College sundial memorial a gift

The sundial  was donated by the late Honey Davis of Port Angeles in honor of her son, Ben Davis, who died in 2008.  Because of Ben Davis' interest in sundials, his mother decided to donate one to the college in his honor, the college said.  “Honey Davis' very generous gift to Peninsula College is deeply appreciated,” said Peninsula College President Tom Keegan.
“It's fitting that it be placed by our Science and Technology Building so that Ben's amazing engineering skills serve as an inspiration to our students and encourage them to stop and look and study his sundial.”

Peninsula Daily News, May 1, 2011


Guest Commentary by Elson Floyd: With spirit of collaboration, WSU will deliver for region
... This milestone represents a new beginning in the North Puget Sound region and I pledge to you that through collaboration with existing University Center partners, Washington State University will deliver the higher education opportunities that this region needs. ... But we will not do it alone and it will not be for the first time. In an era of unprecedented budgetary shortfalls, we must find ways to create new opportunities using existing resources. We envision our operation in Everett mirroring the model we've used at the Riverpoint campus in Spokane. … And the engineering program we'll develop in Everett will be modeled on the one we pioneered with Olympic College in Bremerton.

The Herald, May 1, 2011


Elana Pidgeon, off to a Running Start

Profile of outstanding Everett Community College student.

The Herald, May 2, 2011


Cable Green joins Creative Commons as Director of Global Learning

Most recently, Green was the Director of eLearning & Open Education for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, where he provided leadership on strategic technology planning, openly licensing and sharing digital content, growing and improving online and hybrid learning, and implementing enterprise learning technologies and student support services.

Creative Commons, May 2, 2011




Little school, big dreams: Obama as speaker

Students and teachers at Bridgeport High in Eastern Washington dream of hosting President Obama. [Mauro] Mosqueda's dad does orchard work; his mom works at a packing house. He has been accepted to Wenatchee Valley College and eventually wants to become a crime-scene investigator.

Seattle Times, May 1, 2011


Three Flavors of Dual Enrollment

If the starting point of the argument is the pointlessness of the junior and senior years of high school, then the obvious remedy is to improve the junior and senior years of high school. Based on what we’ve seen at the cc level nationally, I can attest that one issue we absolutely do not have is a surfeit of hyper-prepared students. … Community colleges are colleges. I understand the temptation to try to be everything to everyone, but at the end of the day, they serve the community best by being colleges. If the high schools need fixing, then the high schools need fixing.

Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2011


State labor council steps up its game - Launches sophisticated news website

Washington State Wire, May 2, 2011–_launches_sophisticated_news_website.htm


What a reform agenda at UW might look like

Crosscut, May 2, 2011





Amendment to limit state debt tangled in budget talks

A bipartisan group in the state Senate wants to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that, if approved, would gradually reduce spending on debt to around 5 percent of state spending. But labor groups oppose the idea, as does House Capital Budget Committee Chairman Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish. Dunshee says the proposal would tie the Legislature's hands and reduce spending on construction at a time when builders could use the work. ... Supporters dispute the notion, arguing that reducing spending on debt would free up money for state services, which also provides jobs. They also contend the constitutional amendment would still allow for a healthy construction budget in the future.

Seattle Times, May 2, 2011



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