Wednesday, July 13, 2011

NEWS LINKS | July 13, 2011


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Clover Park Medical Program Gets a Shot in the Arm

Despite the recent and projected massive tuition hikes, students may be receiving their medical education in a new facility located next to the McGavick Student Center in Lakewood.

Lakewood Patch, July 11, 2011


Success counted in women’s lives

You could define success as Stephanie Genton does: She got help finding an important job, and she’s thriving in it. Or like Jessica Pease, you could see success as a work in progress: She received help finding her way on a student path toward a hoped-for high-tech career. These women are among 15,000 who have gone through training since 1982 with Washington Women’s Employment & Education. Those alumnae passed a five-week computer course, honed interviewing techniques and built professional wardrobes…Pease believed her future was boundless, earned her GED and enrolled at Bates Technical College. “I’ve conquered the audio program and have a 3.86 cumulative GPA in broadcasting and video production,” she said.

Tacoma News Tribune, July 12, 2011


Ukrainian workers enjoy better life in Moses Lake

It has been more than 10 years since Mariya Radchishina and Lyubov Konovalchuk arrived in Grant County from Ukraine. The women didn't know each other back home. They lived about 500 miles apart on opposite ends of the Eastern European country…They later met at Big Bend Community College's Learning Center in Moses Lake, where they work together today…

Columbia Basin Herald, July 12, 2011


A story of opportunity in a chance meeting

It was too nice a day to be inside getting a haircut. That's how I spent part of Sunday, though. That's how I met Omar Willis…

That's when Willis said he'd been a commencement speaker at his recent graduation from Edmonds Community College. He said he'd soon be going to a four-year university, but planned to keep working at the salon. He said he hoped to study communications and drama. On the EdCC website I looked up his graduation speech. In it, he shared personal history. "In a way, my journey began in the 1960s," he told fellow graduates June 17 at Everett's Comcast Arena…

Everett Herald, July 13, 2011


Sequim resident wins top Peninsula College essay award

Gwuinifer Carradine of Sequim has been selected by the Peninsula College English department as the winner of the Outstanding English Essay Award for 2011. After being notified that she had won the award, Carradine said, “As a working mother and nontraditional student, I’ve found the availability of online classes (such as Lucas’ ENGL 245) to be a huge convenience; I would not have been able to return to college without them.  

Sequim Gazette, July 13, 2011


Ferndale teen with muscle disease wants to develop technology to help others

A rare congenital muscle disease prevents Garrett Lathrop from standing up for more than a few minutes, but not from standing tall for a week at a program in Seattle for scholars with disabilities. Lathrop, who will be a senior at Ferndale High School, will return to the University of Washington on Saturday, July 16, to learn about career opportunities and to mentor newcomers in the DO-IT Program. He was among a select group of newcomers selected last summer for his first participation in DO-IT, which stands for Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology… Garrett: I get A's and B's and I'll be full-time at Whatcom Community College next year in the Running Start program. I especially love math. ...

Bellingham Herald, July 12, 2011


Five Firefighters Promoted to Captain

Thad Hovis, assigned to Hilltop Fire Station 22 east of Lynnwood… He earned his associate’s degree in fire science from Bellevue Community College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health and safety from the National Labor College. Don Welch, assigned to Mariner Fire Station 11 south of Everett. He began his career with the Lake Stevens Fire Department and was hired by Fire District 1 in 1998. The 1991 graduate of Lake Stevens High School is also an instructor for the Everett Community College firefighting program and the Washington State Fire Training Academy. David Wells, assigned to Lake Serene Fire Station 23 north of Lynnwood…He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at Gordon College in Massachusetts and completed his paramedic training at Tacoma Community College. Wells is also a rescue technician.

Edmonds Patch, July 13, 2011


New Pub and Grill Opens Doors at LakeLand Village

Longtime LakeLand Village resident Ryan Lowe, the new owner, has recruited neighbor and chef Tina Nys to run the kitchen as he manages the front end of the house… Lowe and Nys, who’s a grad of the Olympic College’s culinary arts program, developed the menu in collaboration.  Nys has been a chef for five years, including three at Trophy Lake Golf. For the past two years, she has been working as the catering coordinator at Olympic College, where she was coordinating events for 200-500 people.

Kitsap Sun, July 10, 2011




A Community College Reaches From Peoria to Beijing

It's early morning, and a vanload of students from Peoria, Ill., is on the expressway, en route to a Caterpillar factory. This is not surprising, considering that Caterpillar is headquartered in Peoria. Except that this Cat factory is in Tianjin, a Chinese city near Beijing, and these are community-college students, most of whom have seldom been out of Illinois, let alone the United States.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 12, 2011


Learning Assessment at Community Colleges Is Growing but Fragile, Report Says

Community colleges are putting increasing amounts of energy into measuring their students' knowledge and skills, but those learning-assessment projects are still fragile, according to a report being released on Wednesday by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

Chronicle of Higher Education, July 13, 2011


Collaboration on Retiree Health Benefits

TIAA-CREF and Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions have apparently decided that they're stronger collaborating than they are in competition.Two years ago, TIAA-CREF, the pension and investment giant, announced that it would create a new division to help colleges help their employees save for health care coverage after they retire. The Retirement Healthcare Savings Plan was designed to give colleges (and TIAA-CREF's other nonprofit clients) ways to shrink the unfunded liability that many of them have in their defined-benefit retiree health plans while still providing post-retirement health care coverage to their employees.

Inside Higher Education, July 12, 2011



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