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NEWS LINKS | June 20-21, 2011

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




SFCC building gets abstract art project send off

Construction crews will return to Spokane Falls Community College this summer as the school continues to upgrade its facility.  Some students got a little creative in saying their goodbyes. They call it 'No Vacancy'.  It is one of the biggest art projects SFCC has ever seen.  It started when building 4 was slated for demolition.  It was once home to the college's business program.  When word got out it would sit empty this past spring, art instructors approached administrators with an idea to transform the structure.

Northwest Cable News, June 17, 2011



Commencement to honor Sugiyama
Alan Sugiyama will be honored Saturday as the first recipient of Seattle Central Community College's Distinguished Alumni Award during the school's commencement at Benaroya Hall.

The Seattle Times, June 18, 2011



College to end training interpreters for the deaf

When the ax fell at Seattle Central Community College this week, one of the programs chosen for elimination was the school's interpreter-training program, which trains people to translate for the deaf.   Across the state, community colleges are trimming programs to save a combined total of $84 million over the next two years.  … Seattle Central's program is only one of two such programs in the state; the other, at Spokane Falls Community College, focuses on training interpreters to work in the K-12 system … Some other programs being shuttered include a carpentry program at Walla Walla Community College, graphics production and print media at Highline Community College and a paralegal program at Skagit Valley College, said Earl, of the SBCTC. But, he said, not all closures are due to the state cutbacks; community and technical colleges turn over about 10 percent of their programs a year to respond to changing community needs, he said.

Seattle Times, June 18, 2011



It's tassel time for Columbia Basin College graduates

The Tri-City Herald, June 18, 2011



Offering new horizons for our region

We are fortunate to be able to build on the solid foundation provided by the area's community colleges and the University Center. Had the leadership of Everett Community College and its four-year partners not revived the University Center and seen it flourish, advanced degree prospects for the region would have suffered. Gratefully, the current foundation is strong.

The Herald, June 18, 2011



Embrace change, Port Townsend mayor tells Peninsula College graduates
Peninsula Daily, June 19, 2011



Wanted: funeral directors, embalmers; complex skills required

Lake Washington Technical College graduated its first class from the Funeral Service Education program, the first such program in Washington state.

Seattle Times, June 20, 2011



Standout Grads: Heidi Hookano

Heidi Hookano admits she was nervous about delivering a speech Thursday at a ceremony honoring GED graduates at Lower Columbia College. But addressing 1,000 people was no big deal compared to the talk the 26-year-old gave her two daughters a year ago.

The Daily News, June 19, 2011



Mannequins improve training for Whatcom nursing students

Head to the nursing labs at Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College and you'll see incredibly high-tech equipment that is training nursing students in a way older nurses could only dream about. …  Having the high-tech mannequins is especially vital in Bellingham, because there aren't many opportunities here for nursing students to get hands-on practice. There's only one hospital in Whatcom County - St. Joseph - for students from WCC, BTC and Skagit Valley College to gain experience. With enrollment at all three programs maxed out, finding hospital time for the students poses a challenge.

"It's a real issue," Flanders said. "That's probably the most limiting factor in terms of growing our programs any more. We are really at the limit."

Bellingham Herald Whatcom Magazine, June 20, 2011



KBTC wins Emmy award

For the fourth consecutive year, KBTC television has won an Emmy Award for an episode in the documentary series "Full Focus." … KBTC, owned and operated by Bates Technical College in Tacoma, has won eight Emmy Awards and has garnered 23 Emmy nominations since 2007
The News Tribune, June 20,  2011



Boeing site advisor visits Moses Lake

Rep. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, is a member of the Washington Council on Aerospace, and also attended the meeting. "I'm optimistic and pleased they're looking at Moses Lake," she said. "We have a lot to offer, with the runway, the workforce and Big Bend Community College."

Columbia Basin Herald, June 21, 2011



Olympic College tuition to increase 24 percent - Two-year plan coincides with rising tuition at state universities

The Bremerton Patriot, June 21, 2011



Promoting Sustainable Agriculture / Students learn about urban farming practices

The concept of urban agriculture may conjure up images of rooftop, backyard or community gardens scattered among downtown city streets and surrounding neighborhoods.  But in the Seattle area, and within and beyond the Puget Sound region, it means a great deal more.

“Urban agriculture doesn’t necessarily equate to production that occurs only in a metropolitan urban area,’’ says Jason Niebler, who directs the Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAgE) Initiative at Seattle Central Community College.

US News & World Report, June 21, 2011



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