Monday, May 9, 2011

NEWS LINKS | May 9, 2011

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Solar technician training
Mike Durst is the director of the astronomy observatory at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington. So what is a guy that spends his evenings teaching people about the night sky doing talking about solar energy?, May 5, 2011


How Running Start funding works

Bellingham Herald, May 6, 2011


Learn History With a Drive Around Town

Historical Markers dot Lakewood's landscape. The first stop on this road tour is on the grounds of Clover Park Technical College’s Building 5. It is known to historians as Mueller Harkins Hangar that was located in the center loop of what was the Tacoma Speedway. The airport opened in 1924 and the hangar came five years later

Lakewood Patch, May 7, 2011

Tri-City students fight jobless for summer work
The 23-year-old Kennewick resident realized that he needed to go back to school and enrolled at Columbia Basin College. And now, as a second-quarter accounting student at the Pasco college, Barajas still is competing for open jobs, but with a better chance thanks to his additional training and an improving job market.
Tri-City Herald, May 8, 2011

Green jobs have been slow to grow

Everyone thought there would be a boom for energy auditors, said Mel Oyler, who created Cascadia's two-year energy audit specialist program. But a lot of the government funding that started the auditor buzz never materialized. … Alison Pugh, who developed Edmonds Community College's two-year energy management program, points to missed opportunities that, if seized, would have created jobs.

The Herald, May 8, 2011


Eight Important Questions for Eleven Community College Leaders: An Exploration of Community College Issues, Trends & Strategies

Featuring interviews with: … Lee Lambert, president of Shoreline Community College  … Mark Milliron, deputy director for postsecondary improvement for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation … Terry O'Banion, president emeritus and senior League fellow of the League for Innovation in the Community College …

SOURCE on Community College Issues, Trends & Strategies, May 8, 2011


Broadway Farmers Market opens new season on the Hill

The Broadway Farmers Market kicked off the first weekend of its new season this Sunday on the campus of Seattle Central Community College.

KOMO Community News, May 9, 2011

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Model of the Moment

Some states see the online, competency-based Western Governors U. as a way to boost college completion rates without increasing higher ed spending; some professors see it as a parasite, not a panacea. …  More likely, WGU Washington will attract community college students looking to upgrade to a baccalaureate program, who might have otherwise enrolled at a for-profit institution like University of Phoenix or Kaplan University, says Cable Green, the former director of e-learning for the Washington System of Community and Technical Colleges.

Inside Higher Ed, May 9, 2011

CSI experts train 22 to be forensic digital examiners

To combat the growing rate of cyber-crimes worldwide, a five-day long training program was held for 22 employees from various departments in the UAE.  ….Course attendees will have the opportunity to receive five college credits from Edmonds Community College in Washington, USA, for successfully completing the course.

The Gulf Today (United Arab Emirates), May 9, 2011





Recruiting and Admitting First-Generation Students
In an interview with Academic Impressions this week, Mary Ontiveros (Colorado State University) suggested four key steps to boosting the enrollment of lower-income, first-generation students in ways that not only admit them to your institution but also help set them up for success after they arrive

Academic Impressions, May 5, 2011





Proposed budget cuts would lower quality of higher education

Schmudget, Washington State Budget and Policy Center Blog, May 6, 2011


Another Shot at 'Making It In America'

Updated House bill will support job creation by encouraging businesses to make products and innovate in the U.S.  Earlier this week, House Democratic leaders unveiled the latest version of their "Make It In America."  The new bill, which includes more than 30 pieces of legislation, was championed by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). … Hoyer also introduced the Job Opportunities Between our Shores Act to "build stronger job-training partnerships for advanced manufacturing, linking growing manufacturers with community and technical colleges."

Industry Week, May 6, 2011


Lawmakers agree to let universities set tuition rates

Lawmakers say they've come to an agreement in principle on a higher-education bill that would give the state's five public universities and The Evergreen State College authority to set in-state undergraduate tuition for the next four years.

Seattle Times, May 7, 2011


Taxpayer-funded lobbying has got to go

Guest columnists Matt Shea and Amber Gunn call for restrictions on government agencies using taxpayer money to lobby other government agencies.

Seattle Times,  May 7, 2011


Workers lose furlough battle

The Olympian, May 8, 2011



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