Friday, June 10, 2011

NEWS LINKS | June 10, 2011

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Obama: America Must Strengthen Relationship Between Manufacturers, Community College

At the invitation of the White House, Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert attended Obama’s visit to Northern Virginia Community College. 

“As President Obama reinforced today, manufacturing is a key component of the economy, and key to manufacturing are well-educated and well-trained employees,” he said. Lambert said Shoreline is working to establish industry, government and education partnerships that can help students.

Shoreline Patch, June 8, 2011


Obama pushes job training programs

The effort, Skills for America's Future, links businesses with community colleges to help students gain the skills they will need in the emerging workplace. It also encourages workforce development strategies, job training programs and job placements.  Right now, there are people across America with talents just waiting to be tapped, sparks waiting to be lit. Our job is to light them. And there's no time to lose when we've got folks looking for work, when we've got companies that need to stay competitive in this 21st-century economy," [Obama] said. … Everett Community College operates the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing that works closely with Boeing and other aerospace workers. It collaborates with Shoreline and 20 other community and technical colleges. And Edmonds Community College operates the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center at Paine Field in Everett for the Aerospace Alliance to provide job skills and training.

The Herald, June 9, 2011


Bigfoot’s life more than cheerleading

        Routine day. Skulked in woods. Ate tourist.

        Snuck into class at Spokane Falls Community College. Aced zoology quiz.

        Never understood why so many humans encroach on territory every day. Then I saw sign that said “Centennial Trail” and light slowly dawned. Ate a bicyclist anyway.

        Learned to ride new bike on Centennial Trail. Love it! More efficient than lumbering or plodding.

        Attended game at SFCC. Turns out, I am mascot! Led cheer.

        Routine day. Skulked in woods. Wandered downtown at bar-closing time and ate some drunks.

        Wandered over to SFCC. Snuck into play at the Spartan Theatre. Verdict: A rollicking comedy riot! Two very large thumbs up.

[Editor’s note: Looks like ‘snuck’ has officially sneaked into the language.]

Spokesman Review, June 4, 2011


Bainbridge Island plans for wildfire protection partners work to identify hazard areas

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources , Peninsula College, and the Bainbridge Island Fire Department have completed a Community Wildfire Protection Plan for the entire island.

Fire Engineering, June 9, 2011


BSC completes agreement with Utah school

Students who complete an energy management program at Salt Lake Community College in Utah can enroll in the bachelor’s program at Bismarck State College under a new agreement. … Two other community colleges have similar agreements with BSC. They are Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Wash.; and Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham, Wash.

Bismarck (ND) Tribune, June 9, 2011


Mariners take local product in late rounds

Taylor Smith-Brennan's baseball dream won't be complete until he reaches the major leagues. But Wednesday brought Smith-Brennan … who was an infielder this year at Edmonds Community College, closer when the Seattle Mariners drafted him in the 34th round. He's one of three from the Edmonds CC program who was drafted this week. Right-handed pitcher David Reynolds … was selected in the 42nd round by the Orioles and third baseman Bobby LeCount … went in the 44th round to the Pirates.

Kitsap Sun, June 8, 2011


OC leader touts college's impact on community

Speaking to the President's Advisory Council Thursday morning, Olympic College President David Mitchell said the community sees a good return on its tax investment in the college. "There is a positive economic return," he said. … During Thursday's spring meeting, Mitchell told the group that taxpayers see $1.30 in return for every dollar spent at the school and that the area encompassing Kitsap and Mason counties sees about $35.6 million a year in income because of OC operations.

Kitsap Sun, June 10, 2011


YVCC struggles to find financial aid money

Yakima Valley Community College held its 82nd Commencement Ceremony, Thursday evening … But as school officials ready for another class to exit, continued budget cuts and falling financial aid funds have them concerned for the students they are teaching right now. "With the tuition increase and fewer financial aid dollars students may end up borrowing more loans or it might affect their enrollment," said Leslie Blackaby, Dean of Student Services at YVCC.

KNDO TV, June 9, 2011


Project gets $100,000 to help students graduate

Washington Campus Compact will receive $100,000 from the College Spark Washington Foundation in Seattle to partner with four colleges to assess a strategy to increase the percentage of low-income students completing degree programs. … Other colleges participating in the project are Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Northwest Indian College, Walla Walla Community College, and Whitworth University in Spokane
The News Tribune, June 9, 2011


Program gears up at-risk students for college

Starting in seventh grade, GEAR UP program steers students toward college … Destiny Alinder wants to attend Edmonds Community College and become a drug and alcohol counselor. Anna Pease plans to attend Everett Community College and hopes to transfer to get a degree in psychiatry. … One of the reasons 18-year-old Jose Perez … will be the first of his family to attend college when he goes to EvCC next fall. He plans to study biology at University of Washington in Bothell but ultimately wants to become a firefighter


Amici Pizzeria and Ristorante to Opens in Lakeshore Plaza

Meanwhile, a rising young chef named Chris Smith became available. His recent experiences at Salute and Seastar in Bellevue and The Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie have given him a range of cuisine know-how. … Smith is as local as chefs come, growing up in Kirkland and even doing his culinary training at Lake Washington Technical College.

Kirkland Patch, June 10, 2011


'So You Think You Can Dance' Top 20 Finalists Revealed

After thousands of auditions by some of the strongest dancers ever, the judges of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE tonight announced the 20 finalists who will compete to be named America's Favorite Dancer. …  Caitlynn Lawson will earn both her diploma from Moses Lake High School and her associates' degree from Big Bend Community College this June.
Broadway World, June 10, 2011


Grandview racks up another huge grant

Grandview recently completed a $5.1 million facelift to its downtown streetscape, while Yakima Valley Community College is working on a $4 million Grandview campus library that they will operate jointly with the city.

Yakima Herald, June 10, 2011


New additions to South Sound dining scene serve Italian with a twist
Dirty Oscar’s chef Kyle Wnuk has teamed with Jaime Kay and Jason Jones, co-owners of Top of Tacoma, to open Marrow on Sixth Avenue. … Wnuk is a Tacoma native and … graduated from the culinary program at Seattle Central Community College.
The News Tribune, June 10, 2011


Abundance of EvCC grads makes commencement a tough ticket

The Herald, June 10, 2011





MBA in Job-Hunting?

Wake Forest business school raises placement rate by hiring a slew of career coaches and creating a course in career planning.

Inside Higher Ed, June 10, 2011


Teaching Them How to Think

Assessment need not be a dirty word, an RPI prof tells faculty colleagues; when embraced, it can drive better teaching.

Inside Higher Ed, June 9, 2011

The ugly reality of college access in Washington

The News Tribune, June 8, 2011


Editorial: State must keep higher education attainable

The Spokesman Review, June 10, 2011


Improving Web Searches for Students

The problem with students using Google is not that the search giant is incapable of retrieving useful educational content. It’s that finding that content using simple search terms is a difficult art to master.  But a coalition of education-oriented companies and organizations aims to make it easier to find useful educational content amid the detritus of the Web.

Inside Higher Ed, June 8, 2011





Today NOW: Save Money By Taking A Vacation Entirely In Your Mind

Travel expert Cathy Barnette shows Jim and Tracy how to see the world without spending a dime or even leaving your home.,20678/


Struggling Americans Forced To Work Extra-Dimensional 4th Shift

According to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor, skyrocketing consumer prices coupled with stagnant wages have forced many Americans to work a fourth shift in another dimension in order to make ends meet.,2592/



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