Wednesday, June 15, 2011

NEWS LINKS | June 15, 2011

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'Freedom Eagle' spreads its wings at GRCC

Green River Community College honored armed service members with the Day of Dedication and the unveiling of the "Freedom Eagle" sculpture on campus last week. The metal sculpture of an eagle in flight honors the courage and sacrifice of those who have served and those who are serving in the military today, project leaders explained. Metal sculptor Greg Bartol and welding technology instructor Scott Schreiber designed and spearheaded the manufacturing of the sculpture, a project that was set in motion by the college's Veterans Council.

Auburn Reporter, June 8, 2011


Rick Larsen met with student veterans

The lack of financial benefits during school breaks and ever more stringent class reimbursement qualifications were among the topics discussed at a meeting with Congressman Rick Larsen and student veterans last week. … Larsen, a Second District Democrat, spent more than an hour with student veterans at Skagit Valley College in Oak Harbor last Wednesday in hope of learning what educational difficulties they might be facing.

KAPS Radio, June 14, 2011


Big Bend graduate transforms his life

Jeremiah Novak, 29, was given a second chance at life. He used it to better himself by taking welding classes at Big Bend Community College for two years. … He met Frank Lupinacci, a DOC correctional officer and work crew supervisor. Lupinacci called Novak "one of those motivated kids," even after experiencing adversity. … While serving his time on the work crew, Novak attended classes at Big Bend so he didn't have to sit in jail, he said. Novak said he realized he was going nowhere and thanked Lupinacci for that realization.

Columbia Basin Herald, June 15, 2011


Edmonds CC honors service-learning students, community partners

Edmonds Community College’s Center for Service-Learning recognized outstanding community partners, faculty and students at a celebration last week at the college. Last year, 525 service-learning students provided nearly 30,000 hours of service to 57 campus and community partners. The college has a nationally recognized service-learning program ….

Edmonds Beacon, June 15, 2011


Pair of Clark College grads illustrate student diversity

Debbie Hayford can calculate and time-manage with the best of them.  You’d expect that from a mother of seven, the last also headed to college. …

And she … pulled a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in the six years it took to obtain her Early Childhood Learning associate’s degree. She justified the vocational scholarship that covered all but her first six credits.

… Sarah McGrath had reason to pass up the Union High School graduation party last week: There was still cramming to do for final exams at Clark College. … Within hours, she’ll be en route to Provo, Utah, diving into summer courses at Brigham Young University that begin Monday. … earned a high school diploma and a general transfer associate degree from Clark. She racked up 22 college credit hours this spring term. Just as remarkable: The Running Start student completed all but one Clark class without setting foot on the main campus.

The Columbian, June 14, 2011


White Center Chamber luncheon covers creation of a business guide and more

Nhan Nguyen, neighborhood revitalization program manager for the White Center Community Development Association (CDA), used Dubsea Coffee as an example of tracking down non-profits to help with business. Dubsea recently received assistance to build a company website from Highline Community College’s StartZone …

West Seattle Herald, June 14, 2011


Peninsula College sees rise in all types of students, college president says

Peninsula College’s enrollment increased this year among all demographics from the last school year, Peninsula College President Tom Keegan told the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce this week.   In difficult economic times, an increase in enrollment is usually because more older students return to school for vocational programs, Keegan told about 40 people attending the Monday luncheon.  But younger students are bucking the trend by entering the college’s two-year university transfer program.  “More recent high school graduates are coming to Peninsula College,” he said. The college also is increasing its international program.

Peninsula Daily News, June 15, 2011


New Training Program Promotes Green Jobs

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined other Puget Sound business leaders to visit a class training in Building Material Reuse & Deconstruction (BMR&D) at South Seattle Community College’s Georgetown Campus. Cantwell, Chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee on energy, sat in on the class and talked with students to learn about the Deconstruction training, as well as the prospects for jobs in this promising new sector.

The Seattle Medium, June 15, 2011


Grays Harbor College feeling squeeze for state budget cuts

Chinook Observer, June 15, 2011


Peninsula College delays budget for funding news

Peninsula Daily News, June 15, 2011


CBC to cut jobs, programs to make up for funding loss

KVEW TV, June 14, 2011





Who the Students Are, Part 1

They’re onsite students who also take online classes. They use online classes to round out their schedules and reduce conflicts with work. In most cases, the majority of their coursework is onsite. The pure “online student” is very much the exception.

Inside Higher Ed, June 15, 2011


The New Perkins Loan

College presidents applaud Obama administration's commitment to the program, but worry about some proposed changes

Inside Higher Ed, June 15, 2011


Wisconsin Two-Year Colleges to Offer Four-Year Degree

Inside Higher Ed, June 15, 2011





Editorial: The road to unaffordability

If you set out to write a formula for societal failure, you'd be hard-pressed to do better than this: Let state support for public colleges and universities erode over more than a decade and then, when the economy tanks, cut university funding by another 50 percent. With no other options left to maintain quality, hike tuition to the point that middle-class families are priced out of a public university education. … Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna, the first announced candidate for governor, talked about it in his announcement last week. He said state colleges and universities should get 16 percent of the state budget, twice their current share.   …  We anxiously await details, from him and from U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, who is expected to enter the race as the Democratic front-runner after Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Monday that she won't seek a third term.

The Herald, June 15, 2011


Gregoire to sign operating budget, other key bills

News Tribune, June 15, 2011



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