Friday, June 24, 2011

NEWS LINKS | June 24, 2011

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Pasco:  CBC summer numbers up

You'd probably get a clue when you drive by the campus but go inside CBC [Columbia Basin College] and you'll see the place is hopping. Action News has learned more students than ever are registering for summer school.

KEPR TV, June 23, 2011


International attention – Mexican education officials tour marine tech center
The Northwest Career and Technical Academy's marine technology center has captured the attention of education officials in Jalisco, Mexico.  Ten government officials from Jalisco — a Mexican state with a population of about 7 million — toured the center in Anacortes Wednesday to gather information about how to establish a similar program in Puerta Vallarta.  It was the last stop in a tour of Washington for Jalisco Secretary of Education José Antonio Gloria Morales. He visited Microsoft, the University of Washington, Bellevue College and Boeing to strengthen relationships between Jalisco's Department of Education, and businesses and schools in Washington...Gloria Morales came to Skagit to expand teacher and student exchanges with Skagit Valley College.  For the past four years, Skagit Valley College instructors have flown to Jalisco to teach English to instructors there.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 23, 2011


CBC stats students shed light on new soil sampling method
Early in 2011, I emailed just about every college instructor in the Tri-Cities area who taught a class that might be remotely related to Hanford. One of the replies came from Linda Rogers, a statistics teacher at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. She had two statistics classes in the spring and very much wanted to work with us. The feeling was mutual.

ECOconnect, June 23, 2011


2-year college faculty resist layoff measure

The News Tribune, June 23, 2011


2-year colleges' faculty unions lobby in Olympia‎

The Olympian, June 22, 2011


Community college layoffs: Board punts on emergency decision

The News Tribune, June 23, 2011

Community college tuition going up 12 percent

The News Tribune, June 23, 2011


State approves tuition hikes for community, technical colleges ‎

To Yakima Valley CC President Linda Kaminski, the increase means some students will take on added debt to continue their education -- a challenge compounded by cuts in state and federal financial aid. Or, they may enroll in fewer classes and postpone their graduation plans, she said.

Yakima Herald-Republic, June 23, 2011


College board won't extend layoff authority

A "financial emergency" declared by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges expires June 30. The emergency declaration makes it easier for the schools to lay off tenured faculty. Board members had been considering extending it another two years. But on Thursday the board tabled the issue, deferring it indefinitely. The vote was 5-0, with two members absent. … [Pierce College Chancellor Michele] Johnson understands the objections; at Pierce College, she said, "it feels very personal. It has felt very personal for all of our staff who know that they have lost their colleagues, that their workloads are increasing and that these are real people who will be missed." She said Pierce College doesn't need the emergency authority – at least not yet.

The News Tribune, June 24, 2011


Board approves tuition increases for state's community colleges

‎Kitsap Sun, June 23, 2011 (Olympic College)


Tuition for community colleges going up 12 percent

KPLU FM, June 24, 2011 (Seattle Central CC in photo)


Centralia College students face tuition hike

KELA AM, June 24, 2011


John Deere dealer opening this summer on Viking; Hern confident of more business moves on former Auto Row

Washington Tractor, a company formed from the merger of four John Deere dealerships in Washington state, will open a parts/sales/service store later this summer at the former site of Courtesy Used Cars on Viking Way. … Through Washington Tractor, local high school graduates can apply for John Deere TECH at Walla Walla Community College. Prospective employees can earn AA degrees leading to careers in the company in such fields as engine diagnosis and repair, harvesting and planting equipment, hydraulics, and precision farming.

North Kitsap Herald, June 24, 2011





Engaging Students' Interest, Not Just Offering Advanced Classes, Best Promotes Interest in STEM Careers

A new study published in the journal Science Education finds that sparking students' interest in science at an early age is more effective at steering them toward eventual careers in the "STEM" fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – than pushing high school students into more advanced courses.  … Maltese, who earned his Ph.D. from Curry in 2007, said the finding provides a strong message for policymakers who are simply encouraging more students to enroll in more STEM-oriented classes.

NewsWise, June 23, 2011


'Now You See It'

Are our brains cut out for the Internet age? Author of new book says yes -- if classroom and workplace are totally overhauled.

Inside Higher Ed, June 24, 2011


The web is not print - stop making magazines that flip

My first thought when I read Michael Fienen's excellent blog post on "flipbooks" was that the leadership of every single student affairs association should read it. And then they should read it again ...

Inside Higher Ed, June 24, 2011




Today Now! Interviews The 5-Year-Old Screenwriter Of "Fast Five"

Jim and Tracy welcome Chris Morgan, the kindergartener who wrote the latest action-packed "Fast And The Furious" sequel.,20188/



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