Thursday, August 11, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Aug. 11, 2011

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




Citizen Disaster Training Coming to CBC

CBC qualified for the program after two staff members participated in Pierce College’s Center for Excellence for Homeland Security. Columbia Basin College is one of only 10 community colleges in the state, and the only one in Eastern Washington, selected to offer the training.  The College will offer the courses as part of the National Partnerships for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) grant.

KEPR TV, August 10, 2011


Observatory's rescue reason to be thankful

Battelle came through with a $250,000 donation to help take down the observatory and relocate it, and AASTA members went on the hunt for a new home. One was finally found on Braden Farm, which is owned by Whitman College in Walla Walla. Construction is starting and the observatory is expected to open in 2012. It should be better than ever. As the search was going on for a new location, Columbia Basin College took charge of the telescope and improved it with new mechanical, optical and electronic features.

Tri-City Herald, August 11, 2011


Head Start receives dental program grant

The Lower Columbia College Head Start program recently received a three-year $129,000 grant to continue its dental programs for young children in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.

The Daily News, August 11, 2011


P.C. Foundation receives anonymous $5K donation

Peninsula College students who are unable to make ends meet and need a little extra help to make their college dreams come true are in luck, thanks to an anonymous donor who has contributed $5,000 to the Peninsula College Foundation to be used specifically for student short-term emergency loans.   “This generous contribution will help students in need pay for necessary education costs and allow them to continue to pursue their educational goals while their financial aid forms are being processed,” said Mary Hunchberger, executive director of the Peninsula College Foundation.

Sequim Gazette, August 11, 2011


Everett builder low bidder for port project

Allied Construction Associates Inc. of Everett was awarded a $505,368 contract by the Port of Everett for work needed to house a marine science center on the waterfront. The contractor … will set up a science lab and classroom space for the ORCA program at Everett Community College.

The Herald, August 11, 2011


"Berkley" the Schnauzer needs a home
He was found as a stray running loose in the Highline Community College parking lot and has never been claimed by an owner. "Berkley" is a happy, playful, perky guy that also loves to cuddle. [Okay, so it’s not higher ed news exactly, but Berkley is adorable and should probably be renamed ThunderDog or T-dog after the Highline Thunderbirds/T-birds.]

Highline Times, August 11, 2011





If not college, then what?

Apprenticeships require skill development in a workplace over a number of years. The education, which might be supplemented by classroom training, leads to a credential -- maybe a title, certification or diploma -- that proves mastery of a skill. …  Lerman said about 468,000 people were in 27,000 apprenticeship programs …  about .3% of the workforce at the time. …  But in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, 50% to 70% of young people are trained through apprentice programs, according to "Training Tomorrow's Workforce."  Lerman suggests the United States follow the example of countries that developed apprenticeships in fields including health care, information technology, finance, advanced manufacturing and maritime occupations.  But that means getting through to politicians, educators, students and parents first. A Pew Research Center study published in May said 94% of parents who responded expected their kids to go to college., August 11, 2011


Ohio man says 'bypassing' college a mistake

[Todd] Sollar said an education was the key to expanding his horizons and opening new employment possibilities. Before graduation, he landed a job with Gosiger Automation in Dayton, where he now works full-time as an electronic mechanical technician. He's not making as much money as he once did with GM, but hopes that will change one day as he advances through his newly developed career. He said he couldn't have landed this position without attending Sinclair. "When I was in high school, I was told that I was not 'college material,'" he said. "Yet, I discovered later in life, that wasn't true.", August 10, 2011



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