Tuesday, July 5, 2011

NEWS LINKS | July 5, 2011


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White House partners with North Seattle CC for growth summit

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) is organizing an all-day summit in Seattle on Friday, July 8, with top Obama administration dignitaries and federal agency representatives to learn how federal programs and services can better serve Asian American and Pacific Islander business owners, entrepreneurs, and community members. 

Northwest Asian Weekly, July 1, 2011



Work continues on Bellingham Technical College's campus center

Bellingham Technical College's campus is one giant construction zone, with chain-link fences, trucks, rocks, debris and hard-hat-wearing crews all over the place. But by this time next year, all of that should be gone, and in its place will be a modernized center of campus. The school is in the midst of building a new campus center and expanding a couple other buildings in an effort to keep up with rising enrollment and end the use of four aging campus buildings that aren't suitable for current programs.

The Bellingham Herald, July 2, 2011



76 class offerings fall victim to budget ax at YVCC

Students at Yakima Valley Community College may find it even more difficult to get the classes they want this fall, due to a $2.5 million state budget cut. The budget reflects 76 fewer offerings -- from arts and sciences to Basic Skills and workforce education. President Linda Kaminski said low-enrolled courses had already been eliminated under previous budget cuts. For this go-round, the administration cut classes with multiple time slots and attempted to keep the breadth and depth of classes available for each major.

Yakima Herald, June 30, 2011



University of Washington drops graduate program in global trade, logistics

Budget pressures have forced the University of Washington to cut a graduate-level program that prepared students to work in the transportation and logistics industry, at a time when the president and governor are touting increased exports as a way out of economic doldrums. University officials closed the Global Trade, Transportation and Logistics Studies program at the end of June, at the same time ending employment for Managing Director Greg Shelton. Shelton now will move on to start a new version of the program at Lake Washington Technical College, in Kirkland, soon to be renamed Lake Washington Institute of Technology, to offer an “applied baccalaureate” degree for students there.

Puget Sound Business Journal, July 1, 2011



Western lauds local outstanding grads
Three local students were honored as outstanding graduates during the June 11 commencement at Western Washington University in Bellingham.  Faculty members select an Outstanding Graduate of the Year for each department. The honor is based on grades, search and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future ... Natalie Holmstrom, daughter of Mike and Sandy Holmstrom of Mount Vernon, was named the Decision Sciences Outstanding Graduate. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Operations Management and graduated magna cum laude.  Holmstrom is a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and Skagit Valley College ... She is also a recipient of the Karen Freeman Seattle Business Forum Scholarship and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business students ...
Skagit Valley Herald, July 3, 2011


Breadwinner carries on a family tradition in White Center

We always knew it would be a bakery,” Hop says of the family's venture in the restaurant business, “We just needed to save for the equipment.” Opening a small business as an immigrant was difficult, but Hop was a tenacious businesswoman. She and her husband, a former manager of two Seattle-area bakeries, established the shop in 2004 with no outside aid. “The money, taxes, payroll, everything I did on my own. At first it was hard.” But with a business management course from South Seattle Community College, Hop and her family were able to make the business thrive.

West Seattle Herald, July 1, 2011



UW Plans Largest Tuition Hike Ever; Here Are Eight Way Cheaper Other Local Schools

On Thursday, the University of Washington Board of Regents announced that they would raise tuition at UW by a whopping 20 percent for in-state undergrads--setting the price at $10,574 per year, not counting room, board, books, etc… But in terms of Washington state's cheapest four-year public universities, the list is as follows:
1. Seattle Community College, Central Campus, Seattle: $2,773 per year.
2. Olympic College, Bremerton: $2,823 per year.
3. Bellevue College, Bellevue: $2,868 per year.
4. Lake Washington Technical College, Kirkland: $2,922 per year.
5. Columbia Basin College, Pasco: $3,075 per year.
6. Peninsula College, Port Angeles: $3,108 per year.
7. Seattle Community College, South Campus, Seattle: $3,115 per year.
8. Northwest Indian College, Ferndale: $3,306 per year.
Blog: Seattle Weekly, July 1, 2011


Thousands flock to regatta as cardboard boats make a splash

The comical test of the floating abilities of cardboard —sponsored by The Daily News and Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging— kicked off Go 4th festivities at Lake Sacajawea. For those who appreciate science wit, there was a benzene-ring-shaped boat named the Tri-Nitro-Toluene — TNT —sponsored by the LCC Chemistry Club. The crew wore lab coats — and exhausted faces after coming in last in their heat… Armando Herbelin’s gigantic squirrel wheel didn’t look seaworthy— and it lived down to expectations. Regatta fans may recall Herbelin, a chemistry professor at Lower Columbia College, as the brains behind last year’s Shamrock Pirates, a pirate ship that took the Titanic Award for the Most Spectacular Sinking.

The Daily News, July 2, 2011






Blackboard Gets Bought

Blackboard, maker of the dominant online learning platform among nonprofit colleges, has been sold to Providence Equity Partners, the company announced on Friday. The announcement prompted hand-wringing from campus technology officials and reassurances from Blackboard that there are no significant changes in the offing.

Inside Higher Ed, July 5, 2011



As Costs of New Rule Are Felt, Colleges Rethink Online Course Offerings in Other States

Bismarck State College, a two-year institution located in the capital of North Dakota, offers something few colleges do: online degrees in power-plant technology. Utilities across the country send workers to the community college for specialized training in electric power, nuclear power, and other fields. Though other colleges offer similar programs on campus, "we deliver nationwide online," said Larry C. Skogen, the college's president, with students in all 50 states. That could change soon. Under federal rules that take effect on July 1, Bismarck State will have to seek approval to operate in every state where it enrolls students, or forgo those students' federal aid. With some states charging thousands of dollars per application, the college is weighing whether it can afford to remain in states where the cost of doing business outweighs the benefits, in tuition terms.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 1, 2011



No, I don’t have the summer off

…August is when things really get interesting. As a community college committed to the goal of educational access, we will still have students enrolling up until the very last minute. The lines get longer, the transcripts pile in, and the stress becomes palpable.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 1, 2011




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