Tuesday, June 7, 2011

NEWS LINKS | June 7, 2011

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




East Valley student gets Running Start on life

Sam Johnson is considering a career as an investment banker, right in line with his aptitude for math. In a way, the Yakima Valley Community College student, who also received his high school diploma this year, was already used to handling big money.. … For now, he's focused on making college a success. He said the Running Start classes have helped prepare him. Some older students questioned why he was in the same classes, but he learned to get past that. He said the experience will be useful in case he encounters some of the same feedback from university students.

Yakima Herald-Republic, June 7, 2011



Predicted Decline in Culinary School Enrollment Not a Concern for Many Restaurant Pros

Lyle Hildahl, executive director of the Washington Restaurant Association's Education Foundation, isn't a foe of formal kitchen training. But he fears the current glamorization of professional cooking, advanced by the Food Network and glossy food magazines, has inspired young college students and frustrated mid-career workers to seek overnight stardom by signing up for culinary school. "It's great for the schools," Hildahl says. "They've been filling up all over the place. But one of the challenges that students have when they get out is they still have to start at the bottom. You're not going to run a kitchen." …

Locally , students interested in studying culinary arts at South Seattle Community College are forced to add their names to waiting lists. But recent legislative decisions are likely to make culinary school less accessible and attractive to aspiring chefs. The Washington state legislature last month slashed $84 million from budgets for the state's technical and community colleges, many of which will adapt to the cuts by offering fewer classes.

Seattle Weekly, June 7, 2011



WGU Partners With Community Colleges in Washington State to Offer Transfer Opportunities

Schools such as Western Governors University (WGU) in Washington state specialize in serving working adults, military members and those who have personal responsibilities. As such, the online university recently announced a partnership with the state's 34 community and technical colleges

US News, June 7, 2011



Student vintners win awards

Yakima Valley Vintners, Yakima Valley Community College’s teaching winery, recently received two awards at the 2011 Seattle Wine Competition. Its 2008 Graduates Last Hyrah Syrah and 2009 Primitivo both won gold medals.

Yakima Herald, June 7, 2011



Wash. governor signs bill to raise college tuition

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, which oversees the state's 34 community and technical colleges, is considering proposed tuition increases at a meeting June 23.

The Seattle Times, June 7, 2011



Financial aid may not keep pace with rising tuition

Boeing and Microsoft each kicked in $25 million to begin the scholarship and endowment program, which also is receiving $5 million from the state. The program has a goal of raising $1 billion by the end of the decade, and will help middle-class students as well.

"I would say students definitely lost, in a lot of ways" during this legislative session, said Mike Bogatay, executive director of the Washington Student Association. …

• The State Work Study program, which this year helped about 7,600 undergraduate and graduate students work their way through school in jobs related to their field of study. There's only enough money to help about 2,500 students next year.

• The Washington Scholars program, which rewards high-school students in the top 1 percent of their class with merit scholarships if they go to a Washington public or private college or university. This year's winners received a letter of congratulations but no money.

• The Washington Award for Vocational Excellence, which gives two-year merit scholarships for outstanding vocational students. It also lost funding.

Seattle Times, June 7, 2011



Ripple effect from state college tuition hikes?

KING TV, June 7, 2011



BLOG: Big tuition hikes a ‘cold,’ ‘ugly reality’ in Wash.

Seattle P-I, June 6, 2011






Thank You for the Scholarship

At some colleges, students must write a note to the donor before getting their funds released

Inside Higher Ed, June 7, 2011



Just Showing Up: Educators Focus on Attendance to Help Students Succeed

The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 5, 2011


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Afternoon Jolt: Payout or Payoff?

Call Jolt cynical for criticizing $5 million a year in contributions from the company coffers, but Microsoft ($14.5 billion in profits in 2010) and Boeing ($1.3 billion) helped fund the campaign against Initiative 1098, a high-earners’ income tax that would have raised $3 billion annually for education, including higher ed.

Publicola, June 6, 2011





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