Wednesday, May 4, 2011

NEWS LINKS | May 4, 2011

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Reaching Out Program expands

Approximately 30 local residents have signed up to become new students through Reaching Out to East 542, a program offering college courses through Bellingham Technical College  at area locations. The program may expand next quarter and will offer additional spring courses for $25 per person. …  Reaching Out started last fall, and now includes 37 students – men and women, ages 19 to 65 – learning math, English and computer basics.  … According to Brandi Gist, Basic Skills Student Advisor, said BTC has wanted to create educational access sites in remote areas of the county for several years. “In June of 2010, we were awarded the College Spark Grant which enabled us to support this idea and pursue our goals…”

Foothills Gazette (Eastern Whatcom County), February 18, 2011


We have to remind people we're Queer

'It's not me meeting the governor, it's not me getting the medal - it's my work,' says Dante Obcena, winner of a prestigious All-Washington State Academic/Leadership Team award. …  After graduating at the top of his high school class, Obcena spent two years traveling. He has been back in Washington for a year and is now a nursing student at South Seattle Community College.

Seattle Gay News, April 1, 2011


Solving Cinco de Mayo: Clark College professor sets the record straight on the origin of Mexican holiday

The Columbian, May 2, 2011


A special day -- and prom -- for special students in Valley

That's when Danielle Porter entered the scene. She was a peer tutor in the life skills program before graduating a year ago. Now a freshman at Yakima Valley Community College, she volunteered to chair the prom with Holmes. She enlisted members of her fast pitch softball team to help. They arrived in the gym Monday night, decorating with a backdrop of island scenes, a wooden treasure chest filled with jewels and centerpieces for each table.

Yakima Valley Herald, May 3, 2011


SFCC Reveals New Music Building

Spokane Falls Community College held a dedication ceremony today for its new music building at 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive.  The newly renovated, 47, 571 square-foot building brings all the music programs under one LEED Silver-certified roof, creating an environment solely dedicated to music and the recording arts. 

KXLY Spokane, May 3, 2011


Drum roll, please

Spokane Falls World Drumming Ensemble members perform a pre-show for the dedication of Spokane Falls Community College’s renovated music building

Spokesman Review, May 4, 2011


How quick work saves life of heart attack victim

No one saw Al Johnson collapse when he was felled by a heart attack in January while working on the Peninsula College campus in Port Angeles.  The custodian at Peninsula College might not have survived if not for the “perfect storm” of rescuers who discovered him just in time --  students Andy Pierrot and Josh Pozgay, instructor Allan Steigerwald,  campus security officer Nate Thompson.  Campus Security Officer Nate Thompson phoned 9-1-1 and ran to another building for an automatic external defibrillator — or AED — which delivers a therapeutic dose of electrical current to change an irregular heart rhythm to a normal one.  

Peninsula Daily News, May 4, 2011


Tegrity Honors Champion Lecture Capture Users With Customer Appreciation Awards at Fifth Annual User Conference

Dr. Cable Green, Director of eLearning & Open Education for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) received the President Award for demonstrating exemplary vision and leadership through successful implementation of Tegrity across 32 regional campuses.

PR News Wire, May 4, 2011


Students raise money for Japan relief

Wenatchee Valley College students spent three days last week raising money for victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Wenatchee World, May 4, 2011


Guest Commentary: EvCC event could undermine clear understanding of Islam

As part of its yearlong "Islam in America" lecture series, Everett Community College has invited the controversial speaker and writer Raymond Ibrahim to give a lecture on Thursday. This series of events, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, gives a much-needed boost to the understanding of Islam, but I fear that this particular event will go a long way toward undermining that goal.

The Herald, May 4, 2011





Letter: Dropout bill good for working class

The recently passed high school dropout bill, reported April 26, “Probst’s dropout prevention bill passes,” is an excellent way to help working class citizens who are struggling in America’s current economic crisis. When a person drops out of school, they are usually forced to work minimum-wage jobs, such as fast food or retail.

The Columbian, May 2, 2011


Not as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Gender equity experts say counting athletes for Title IX compliance, specifically counting certain athletes more than once, is no longer a simple matter.

Inside Higher Ed, May 3, 2011


Poor, Rural School in Washington May Get Commencement Address from Obama

Jackson doesn't allow excuses, not for non-English backgrounds or a lack of finances. Obama and the general public have taken notice. Named a top-six semifinalist on April 8, Bridgeport survived a public vote via the White House website to make the final three … The ultimate decision rests with Obama, who could decide as early as Thursday or Friday as to which school wins his visit.
TIME magazine, May 4, 2011


As the Regulatory World Spins

But Education Department officials continue to send signals that they have no intention of backing away from the most controversial of the regulations -- the one that would require colleges that offer vocational programs to show that they are preparing students for “gainful employment.” … With the rules on program integrity not even in the rearview mirror yet, Education Department officials said Tuesday that they would contemplate drafting new regulations on teacher preparation and student loans and solicit ideas this month for steps the agency might take to improve college completion.

Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2011


Limited Education Behind Bars

Restricted Internet access and inadequate government funding hinder postsecondary programs in prisons and increase recidivism, report says.

Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2011




Kucinich weighs run for Congress in Washington state

With his Ohio seat in jeopardy due to redistricting, Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich is fanning rumors of a possible 2012 run in Washington state.

Seattle Times, May 4, 2011



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