Thursday, June 16, 2011

NEWS LINKS | June 16, 2011

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




Kennewick student wins national culinary award

Kristin Swaggart of Kennewick, a culinary arts student at Walla Walla Community College, has been named the winner of the 2011 Be Like "Mike" contest. She will shadow Michael Ty, president of the American Culinary Federation, during the group's national convention in July in Dallas.

Tri-City Herald, June 15, 2011
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Analysis targets Clark County economic growth

Clark County has opportunities in information technology and software, health care, and in professional and financial services sectors, the consultants said. Washington State University Vancouver and Clark College also provide opportunities for training and education programs that could fuel economic growth, they said. But the county suffers from chronic high unemployment, an aging inventory of office buildings, and a relatively small share of college graduates.

The Columbian, June 16, 2011


SKHS grads don't let recession spoil their day

“The economy sucks,” said Becker, who plans to attend Olympic College. “Everything is more competitive. I have to keep going — don’t give up.”

South counselor Susan Mosby has noticed a “smidge” more students who are bypassing a four-year university to attend a community college. She said that relates to recent news that the state’s universities each would raise tuition from 11 to 20 percent. “It’s so new in the news that they weren’t able to plan for it as much,” Mosby said. “I think it’s going to be a little harder when they see the bills come through.”

She said counselors and others are working with students on possibilities to reduce those expenses. For those who are not interested in alternatives, such as community college, Mosby advises that they contact the financial-aid office of the university they plan to attend. She said scholarships sometimes are forfeited late when students decide not to enroll.

Port Orchard Independent, June 16, 2011


Study shows great return on investment at Edmonds Community College

For every dollar students invest in Edmonds CC education, they receive a cumulative of $6.70 in higher future income over their working careers. The payback is 6.7 years.  The Snohomish County economy annually receives roughly $54.1 million in income due to Edmonds CC operations. 

The Edmonds Beacon, June 16, 2011


Congratulations Graduates!

This year, Edmonds Community College will be awarding 2,022 degrees, and as a result, the ceremony was moved to Comcast Arena to accommodate all the graduates, their friends and family.

Edmonds Patch, June 16, 2011


Gregoire signs budget while bemoaning deep education cuts

Gregoire said she was particularly panged by the impacts on education, which bore the brunt of the reductions. …Higher education will also endure a large share of the cuts. To offset the spending reductions, Gregoire and lawmakers approved double-digit tuition hikes in each of the next two years. … The budget also includes a 3 percent reduction in pay for state employees - something enforced through unpaid leave
The News Tribune, June 16, 2011





State's job data send confusing signals about recovery

Seattle Times, June 16, 2011


Commentary: Why Washington can't pull itself out of the unemployment ditch

It may be that we epitomize the great divide in the American economy. People with high technological and creative skills in market demand are doing well. This is particularly true of those who didn't lose their jobs to begin with. Others, with lesser skills or whose specialties are no longer in demand, face tremendous competition in a slow-growth economy. Both tracks are on display in this state.

Seattle Times, June 16, 2011





Economists predict state's cash cushion isn't big enough

In a discouraging revenue prediction, economists said they anticipate that the state's $738 million in budgeted reserves will be whittled down to $163 million in the next two-year budget cycle. Forecasters also warned that there's a one-in-five chance that risk factors could trigger additional revenue reductions of more than $2 billion.

The Olympian, June 16, 2011


Forecast takes $570 million bite out of state reserves

KPLU FM, June 16, 2011


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