Monday, June 27, 2011

NEWS LINKS | June 27, 2011

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Congress scrutinizes job training

After working as a receptionist for seven years, Teresa Sawyer knew how to use a typewriter and a copy machine when she was laid off in 2008, but she knew nothing about computers. Now, after receiving a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree from Tacoma Community College this month, she has no fears of landing a job: “None at all, not with the skill that I have. I never dreamed I would do this.”

News Tribune, June 27, 2011


Fighting for college financial aid rises
Students' biggest concern is whether the financial assistance they will receive in the fall will keep pace with tuition increases, said Madeline Jeffs, vice president for student services at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

The, June 27, 2011


Nine years at SVC – Tollefson’s contributions: Improved facilities, better teacher pay, skills center, good relationships
Skagit Valley College
President Gary Tollefson still keeps a yellow sheet of paper from a legal pad he used just after he was hired by the college nine years ago. Despite a few creases in the corners and some staple holes on the top, the lined paper is still intact. On the top, Tollefson wrote his initials and the word “emphasis.” Under that he scrawled in thick, black felt-pen ink 10 things he wanted to work on once he was hired.  “I checked it every year at the end of the year to see how relevant it continued to be and how well I thought we were doing on these things,” Tollefson, 62, said.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 25, 2011

Shoreline CC Trustees Approve Budget, Tuition to Go Up 12 Percent

Shoreline Community College will go into the next year with less money coming from the state, more money coming from students and fewer employees.

Shoreline-Lake Forest Patch, June 25, 2011


Tuition at Wenatchee Valley College going up 12 percent

The tuition bite at Wenatchee Valley College just got bigger…”With the state struggling with a financial crisis, it is shifting the burden of community college education onto the students,” said Jim Richardson, Wenatchee Valley College president. “This becomes scary because we will start pricing students out of community college education, if we haven’t already. For us, it’s a big concern.”

Wenatchee World, June 24, 2011


Teacher, student go full circle: Pair have gone from teacher and student to colleagues

In 1992, Kevin Brandenburg was in Pam Deck’s third-grade class at Pleasant Glade Elementary School in Lacey. Now, he works across the hallway from her – teaching a third-grade class of his own. Brandenburg – who is known by his students as “Mr. B” – is a 2002 graduate of North Thurston High School. He attended South Puget Sound Community College and Eastern Washington University, and substituted for two years before getting hired into a full-time teaching position last August.

The Olympian, June 27, 2011


FILM: Lascelles' gamble pays off with USC film school honor

Two years ago, Debora Lascelles was submitting what she considered long-shot applications to top film schools. Now, she's submitting a finished film to festivals around the country for possible screenings in the next year. The former Kitsap resident (and former Olympic College student) directed "Upon Relief" as her senior thesis at the University of Southern California's prestigious School of Cinematic Arts. "I wanted to go (to film school)," continued Lascelles, who had dabbled in film earlier, but fell in love with it when she took a video class at OC, where she was majoring in Journalism.

Kitsap Sun, June 27, 2011


Skagit Valley College honors students
Skagit Valley College’s
Whidbey Island Campus celebrated student achievement at its annual honors reception in May. During the evening, the SVC Foundation awarded 30 scholarships totaling $47,856 to help students continue their education.
Whidbey Examiner, June 23, 2011


Employers say they can't fill some jobs

Patty DeGroodt of Providence Regional Medical Center said her hospital can't hire enough nurses. And she noted that Everett Community College has a waiting list for slots in its nursing program.

Everett Herald, June 27, 2011


Tri-City Hispanic-owned businesses grow 33%

The community has Hanford-related jobs and access to education with Columbia Basin College and Washington State University Tri-Cities to help draw people to the area, Valadez said.

Tri-City Herald/News Tribune, June 27, 2011


Charting Clark County’s future

Consultants were clear that one of Clark County’s best hopes for a stronger economy was to build stronger links between the innovation-driven technology industry and two of its most critical government institutions, Washington State University Vancouver and Clark College.

The Columbian, June 27, 2011


Northwest celebrity chef Greg Atkinson bringing it home to Bainbridge Island: Top Northwest chef Greg Atkinson finally is going into business for himself.

…When he left seven years later, he'd transformed Canlis from a restaurant that had $2 million in annual sales to one with $5 million, he said. Atkinson went on to IslandWood, the environmental learning center on Bainbridge Island, where he launched a food service, and then to Seattle Central Community College, where he was a chef instructor at its Seattle Culinary Academy. A lot of his career has been about working for others including nonprofits, teaching and writing.

Kitsap Sun, June 26, 2011


In Person: Closing of Fremont's Lucca Statuary becomes new beginning for Miguel Hernandez

Miguel Hernandez could barely speak English when he moved from Denver to Seattle in 1999. Eleven years later, he's running his own business and reviving a local landmark in the garden-ornament trade. Before coming to Seattle, Hernandez said, there was no need to learn the language because of the large Spanish-speaking communities in the cities where he lived. Once he got here, Hernandez knew it was time to learn and took classes at North Seattle Community College.

Seattle Times, June 26, 2011





The Case for More College Grads

Anthony P. Carnevale and his Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce have released another report aimed at making the case that the United States needs 20 million more college-educated workers by 2025.

Inside Higher Ed, June 27, 2011



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