Wednesday, June 1, 2011

NEWS LINKS | May 31 - June 1, 2011

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




Bigfoot spotted in Spokane?
The video was allegedly filmed in Riverside State Park, just off of the Spokane River and near the Spokane Community College campus. [As in … Spokane Community College– home of the Bigfoot. Coincidence?], May 30, 2011

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Libyan family finds peace in Poulsbo
These days, the two spend time studying English at Olympic College twice a week. Fonaas a computer engineer, and Sonousi, an Islamic studies teacher, want to learn English and build a new life for their young family. "Everyone I've meet has been so kind and generous. Everywhere I go, I get treated with respect," Fonaas said."I don't know how to thank America enough."

Kitsap Sun, May 30, 2011


‘Plus 50’ Completion Strategy Aims To Help Baby Boomers Attain College Degrees and Certificates

The colleges participating in the education effort of the Baby Boomers include Clover Park Technical College (Lakewood, Wash.); … Clark College (Vancouver, Wash.); and Community Colleges of Spokane ...

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, May 31, 2011


Acting without pause, firefighters save dog from Manette kitchen fire
Tacoma Community College paramedic student Katie Heinz, who is interning with the Bremerton Fire Department, gives oxygen to Barkley the dog … Barkley made a full recovery.

Kitsap Sun, May 30, 2011


Students in Washington State Face Steep College Tuition Hikes, Fewer Openings

State lawmakers have cut spending because of the more than $5 billion shortfall. Those cuts, though, will have consequences. The state’s 34 community and  technical colleges, including Bellevue College, are losing nearly 13 percent of their state funding over the next two years and won’t be able to serve as many students, said Charlie Earl, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, which administers the system. …, May 31, 2011

Same story localized: (Bellevue) (Tacoma, Pierce) (Cascadia)  (Green River) (Edmonds) (Shoreline)


Online university opens virtual doors

WGU is a particularly good deal for students who have finished their nursing training at a community college, said Curt Freed, Columbia Basin College's vice president for instruction.

The News Tribune, May 31, 2011

New Middle East' takes spotlight
A panel discussion titled, "A New Middle East," at Columbia Basin College brought together local academics, religious leaders and professionals, most of them born in Arab countries. Description:$d9d945e2-8c6a-11e0-8a92-27740119c295,st$1306945137042768,v$1.0))&t=blank&al=(as$11rflboq7,aid$OXqgcES0quo-,ct$25,at$0)The program began with a presentation by Omar Bourouh, a professor of sociology at CBC, who was born in Algeria. Bourouh briefly traced the historic arc from tribal societies to colonialism to the dictators deposed by popular uprisings this spring.
The Bellingham Herald, June 1, 2011

The Dress Code: Apparel Design Program on Budget Chopping Block

Seattle Central Community College is charged with the grim task of cutting $4 million dollars in programs, administration and services by July 1st, per the recently set 2012 Washington State Budget. The school’s administration is analyzing the nine most expensive departments and crunching numbers to decide which programs will make the cut. Last week the SCCC’s internationally renowned Apparel Design Program learned it was one of the departments up for elimination.

Seattlest, June 1, 2011


Community College Cuts

In the new state budget, state community colleges are losing $85 million in the next two years. Seattle community colleges are making some tough decisions about how to deal with large budget cuts. It is possible that at some schools entire programs will be eliminated.   Phone interview with Laura Mansfield, Seattle Central Community College communications director, in the first segment.

The Conversation, KUOW, June 2, 2011



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