Thursday, June 2, 2011

NEWS LINKS | June 2, 2011

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Big Bend students pledge to complete school

The Big Bend Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa held a "Pledge to Completion" event Wednesday at the BBCC Student Success Center, encouraging students to complete their college education. It also provided an opportunity for school administration and faculty to pledge their support to students.

Columbia Basin Herald, May 26, 2011


Aging with Gusto – Joyeanna Chaudiere

“I really believe in lifelong learning,” she said. “I’m always taking classes. I think I’ve taken every art class that Edmonds Community College has to offer.”  Ten years ago, at age 70, Joyeanna participated in the Edmonds Community College study abroad program.

The Edmonds Beacon, May 26, 2011


Funding cut for LCC health and science building, construction delayed two years

Lower Columbia College officials must wait at least two more years before they can break ground on a $37 million health and science building. At the 11th hour, lawmakers yanked funding for the project from the 2011-13 capital budget …  

Longview Daily News, May 27, 2011


Hood Canal Students Interview the Smartest Girl in Washington

Sixteen-year-old Union resident Kayla Heard – the youngest graduate of Washington State University – is fast becoming an academic celebrity, and now a role model for Hood Canal School students. … Heard’s SAT score was over 1,300. She continued her online education through Olympic College and at 14 was the youngest graduate of Edmonds Community College.

Kitsap Sun, May 27, 2011


EDITORIAL: Western Governors University makes good call with Floten

The choice of Bellevue College President Jean Floten to lead the Washington state arm of Western Governors University carries credibility and innovation.

Seattle Times, May 29, 2011


Yakima Valley CC grad bounces back after being laid off

A 44-year-old Yakima man graduates college after being laid off more than two years ago from his television job. In 2008, Larry Boss, married and a father of two children, was told he was being let go from KAPP-TV. He understood the decision of being laid off was due to the economy. …  Boss graduated in March at the top of his class, earning a degree as an IT Support Specialist. "As far as, you know, actual college work, I never did that before in my life, and I did it. And, I'm happy that I did. And, I wouldn't trade it for anything," Boss said. Boss found out he was offered a full-time job at a downtown computer store in Yakima, Tuesday morning.

KNDO TV, May 31, 2011


Green River Student Newspaper Garners Top Recognition

Green River Community College’s student newspaper, The Current, was named the top community college newspaper in the state at a recent awards luncheon.  Overall, The Current won 14 awards at the Washington Community College Journalism Association’s annual awards luncheon. It won first place in the General Excellence category as well as third place award in staff editorials.

Enumclaw, May 31, 2011


Bechtel chips in $30,000 for CBC welding program

The welding program at Columbia Basin College received a sizable donation from Bechtel National.

Wenatchee World, May 31, 2011


Financial aid doesn't stretch to help middle class college students

This year, as families wait to hear how much tuition is going up in the fall -- the Legislature approved increases of 16 percent and above for some Washington schools -- financial panic may be outpacing excitement for some.

The Herald, May 31, 2011


Claws come out as community college faculty, students protest budget cuts

We're not going to see a turn-around and a reinvestment," said Karen Strickland, a Seattle Central CC instructor and president of the faculty union, AFT Seattle. The college is considering cuts to a handful of programs besides apparel design, including film and video communications, interpreter training, parent education and the basic-skills program.

Seattle PI, June 1, 2011


Big Bend Community College Student Success Center opens

Columbia Basin Herald, June 1, 2011


The Open Course Library of the Washington State Colleges

Educational Technology Debate, June 2, 2011


Selah seniors are twin pillars of optimism

Morgan and Brooke both know they have more complications to come from cerebral palsy. At some point, Morgan likely will need hip and knee replacements. The pain in Brooke's arms and hands, which she likened to arthritis, will continue. She'll likely need a knee replacement as well.

But ask them about the future, and they find it pretty appealing. Morgan will graduate with a cumulative 3.8 or 3.9, depending on finals; Brooke is looking at about a 3.6, having taken a tougher course load. They're going to study at Yakima Valley Community College and then move on to Central Washington University. Morgan plans to teach elementary school. Brooke plans to teach high school English. They say the teachers they've had in Selah inspired those decisions.

Yakima Herald-Republic, June 1, 2011


Twitter Scandal Uproar Comes To Whatcom College Campus

KIRO Seattle, June 2, 2011


Op-ed: Might military skills help veterans conquer college?

As many as 25 percent of the 300,000-plus veterans being discharged this year will be in school within two years, studies say. This comes on top of the 200 percent spike in veteran enrollments that many schools, including Whatcom Community College, have experienced since 2009 - and most schools are not geared up to meet their special needs. …  Give veterans resiliency training during orientation to help them turn their strengths of military service into tools for social and academic success. Then follow that up with peer support sessions during their first semester to help them apply the action plans they develop in the resiliency workshops. … "Edge4Vets" program draws upon four key resiliency principles - adaptability, engagement, optimism and proaction - to provide workshops where veterans learn how to identify their "transitional" strengths in the four areas.

Bellingham Herald, June 1, 2011


Lynne Varner Column: Thinking beyond 'college for all

There must also be efforts to ensure many of the new degrees and certifications are in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational tent known as STEM. We need to train the next Boeing machinist and the next technology innovator.  There is a proper nexus between college-prep and quality vocational education. Learning can't be divorced from the real world. The Puget Sound region has a powerful technological ecosystem. If there's a will, this region will find the way.

Seattle Times, June 1, 2011


Reduction in Work Study

KEPR is continuing to look closer at the state budget deal -- and all those cuts to education.  We noticed the work study program was cut by 30-million dollars. This could hurt both local students and employers. Kamara Brooks helps coordinate the work study program at Columbia Basin College. Last year the school placed 250 students. This fall that will drop to just 70...on a first come, first served basis.
KEPR TV, June 1, 2011


LCC picks Centralia College VP as its next president

The Lower Columbia College Board of Trustees on Wednesday selected Chris Bailey, a vice president at the Lewis County community college, to take over when president Jim McLaughlin retires in September.

The Daily News, June 2, 2011


Cuts hit classes that lead to jobs

“The employment needs are there; the jobs are going to be there," said Steve Hanson, president of Renton Technical College. "That's what's so frustrating." The Renton college's nursing program is so popular that students already are admitted by lottery, so some don't get in. …  At South Seattle Community College, the aviation program is full for the fall quarter. The school's popular culinary and wine programs have waitlists for the summer quarter. There are even waiting lists for online classes. … Seattle Central Community College has proposed eliminating nine programs, including apparel design, interpreter training and opticianry. Some are the only programs of their kind in the state.  In a news conference and rally Wednesday at Seattle Central, Strickland urged students and faculty to call their legislators and tell them how the schools are being affected. "They need to hear what pain this budget is causing," Strickland said.

Seattle Times, June 2, 2011





For-Profit Colleges Win Major Concessions in Final 'Gainful Employment' Rule

For-profit colleges, which have spent millions fighting the Education Department's proposed "gainful employment" regulations, have won some major concessions in the final rule, due out today.  [NOTE:  This law also impacts community and technical colleges.]

The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2, 2011


Concessions or a Cave-In?

In softening rules requiring for-profit and vocational programs to prepare students for "gainful employment," Education Dept. disappoints supporters and fails to mollify critics.

Inside Higher Ed, June 2, 2011


Opinion: It's Not About You

America needs to adjust its message to college graduates

The New York Times, May 31, 2011


Follow the F Grades

A community college examines courses with the highest failure rates, and changes a series of policies.

Inside Higher Ed, June 1, 2011


No Room for the Needy?

Education Trust analysis asserts that only five colleges succeed at making quality higher education affordable for low-income students -- a finding challenged as overstated

Inside Higher Ed, June 2, 2011


A Giant Step in Connecticut's Race to the Bottom...

The Malloy Administration is implementing a change in policy that would take us from a state in which every person has a right to expand their skills and advance their education to one in which ]we] must focus resources on those who have a real chance of benefiting from taking courses.

New Haven Advocate, May 26, 2011,0,7658653.story





Bigfoot statue stolen from downtown antique shop

Archer says she doesn’t know who might have taken Biggie, but her only guesses are Spokane Community College students (the school’s mascot is a Bigfoot) or late-night drunks downtown.

The Pacific Northwest Inlander, June 1, 2011


THIS JUST IN: Missing Bigfoot found

We have just learned Biggie the Sasquatch was found at a high school just west of Spokane. Spokane CC students are in the clear.

The Pacific Northwest Inlander, June 1, 2011


and not to be outdone ….


Bear captured near Clark College

We're talking about a real, sharp-toothed, hungry bear found up a tree near Clark College — almost certainly the same bear that just days earlier showed up in the backyard of a Fisher's Landing home. [Just hope he doesn’t eat penguins.]

The Columbian, June 1, 2011



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