Monday, July 18, 2011

NEWS LINKS | July 18, 2011

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




The return of the Capitol Hill watch repairman: Q&A with Bill Wiesenbach

… There’s a watch making program at North Seattle Community College that happens to be one of the best in the world. I enrolled in that, and here I am, 26 years later. I was actually on their technical advisory board for a few years.

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, July 15, 2011


Poetry Northwest journal revived at Everett Community College

Kevin Craft, a poet and Everett Community College professor, engineered its return. "The idea of being involved in such a long literary tradition was irresistible," said Craft. …  chair of the English department at the community college, approached his dean about underwriting the magazine — the college agreed, providing it with an office space and making its editorship part of Craft's job. "The college thought it would be a natural fit," said Craft. For students with majors such as written arts, photography, graphic arts or fine arts working on the magazine is a "capstone experience," he said.

Seattle Times, July 16, 2011


Looking Back on the Shoreline-Boryeong Sister City Relationship

However, while many gifts and much goodwill has been exchanged through the visits between the two cities, the biggest benefit may have come from an agreement between Shoreline Community College and Ajou Motor College in Boryeong. During a 2006 trade visit to Korea, SCC President Lee Lambert met with Ajou President Soo-Hun Lee, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Academic Interchange, which promoted the exchange of students and faculty between the schools.

Shoreline Patch, July 18, 2011


Job 2.0: Dreams, financial need put seniors back in the hunt for jobs

Planning ahead for her life without kids at home, Kirkland began taking prerequisite classes at Whatcom Community College five years ago. On June 15, she was one of the graduates of Whatcom's two-year, registered nursing program. "People think that when you're over the age of 50 you can't accomplish anything, that you can't do anything new," Kirkland says. "I just don't believe that."

Bellingham Herald, July 18, 2011


Bellingham woman turned to WorkSource after layoff

Stillwell obtained a scholarship through WorkSource Whatcom and Whatcom Community College that covered her tuition and books for a year of classes in medical billing and coding. Stillwell aced her medical terminology and anatomy classes and graduated in late 2009, only to find she was competing against many younger and more-qualified applicants for a few scarce jobs
Bellingham Herald, July 18, 2011




Column: Higher ed, lower affordability

The Tuition Policy Report of the Higher Education Coordinating Board made some recommendations. Among them: Reject the “high tuition/high aid” model, which some states were trying; and keep control of tuition at the state level.  …  “This model is attractive on paper, but data show it is not successful in promoting access for under-served populations and that it adversely impacts middle-income families,” according to the report. “Increased financial aid proposed by this approach does not counter the sticker shock that hits a potential first-generation scholar, nor does it assure the required increases in financial aid. ‘High tuition, high financial aid’ models result in lower state support and higher levels of student debt.”

The Spokesman Review, July 16, 2011


Advice for Incoming Students

… some advice for students starting at a community college this fall.

Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2011


Governors talk education during gathering in Utah

Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire says that as more jobs demand degrees beyond high school diplomas, it is imperative that states invest in higher education and trade schools.

The Columbian, July 15, 2011


Governors' Group Offers Advice on Higher Education Productivity

Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2011


More Default Danger Ahead

With U.S. preparing shift to 3-year rate, student aid administrators discuss why students default on their loans -- and what can be done to stop them before the institutions suffer consequences, too

Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2011


Loans and the Deficit

In deficit-minded times, student aid has already proven to be a potential casualty. As interest rates go up but need-based aid stays level, expect more of the same, experts say

Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2011



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