Tuesday, August 23, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Aug. 23, 2011

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




Bellevue College Interior Design student Cammy Davis Wins International Award

Cammy Davis  placed second in the Retail Design Institute (RDI) annual design competition from a field of 180 international entries. … Davis’ design instructor at Bellevue College is Mark Mappala, who earlier this year was named the nations’ most innovative design instructor. … Davis finished her 3-year associates degree in Interior Design in June, has completed BC’s one year program in Sustainable Design, and has been accepted into the BC Interior Design bachelor’s degree program which she will begin spring quarter 2012.

Bellevue Business Journal, August 19, 2011



Promotions, hires and recognitions in South Sound

Calvin Pearson has been re-appointed to the Board of Trustees of Bates Technical College.

Business Examiner, August 23, 2011



High school students get jump on careers with networking program [See next story below.]

Washington Network for Innovative Careers (WaNIC) … is a consortium of seven school districts that have been in partnership for 24 years, and share career and technical education (CTE) programs. … and just moved into new offices on the campus of Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland. Students take classes at various high schools, but with the new location, WaNIC will have nursing and dental assisting programs at their Kirkland facility in the fall of 2012. …

Courses available to WaNIC students include the areas of arts and communication; business and marketing management; business finance and operations; science and engineering; social and health services; technology and trades, and manufacturing. …

“All of our programs are articulated with our partner colleges for dual credit (with the high schools),” Pamela Darling said. She added that it makes the transition to college “seamless” for many of the students. She said around 150 students a year take part in their programs.

Munro said he is interested in aviation and is considering attending Green River Community College, which has a full menu of aviation courses, including air traffic control. However, the networking class may change his direction, he said. 

Mercer Island Reporter, August 23, 2011






High schools retool to train a new kind of workforce  [See story above.]

Many high schools have banished their old "vo-tech" programs for students not aiming for college. Now the education world is embracing the marriage of classrooms with partners in business and industry — both sides spurred by economic realities.

Seattle Times, August 23, 2011



Web older than  incoming college freshmen

Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of the world view of the incoming freshmen class. The list for the Class of 2015 …

Associated Press, August 23, 2011



One Chart to Rule Them All  [See next story below.]

Wow. If you haven’t seen this chart yet, go look. It shows the cumulative growth of student loan debt in the US since 1999, as compared to cumulative growth of household debt outside of student loans in the same time period. …  Their strategy of going with all student loans, all the time, is hitting its limits. The ones that hope to survive are, paradoxically enough, the best hopes for innovation. Nothing focuses the mind quite like a gun to the head; with institutional survival at stake, some of them may be able to break through internal inertia and actually make some necessary changes. The rest will die.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 23, 2011



8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance  [See story above.]

#1 Student Loan Debt …

Alternet, July 31, 2011



Improving Online Success
Our attempts to improve student success online need to focus on better preparing students to take online courses. … Every college that offers online courses should require students to pass an online orientation. I’m envisioning a one-credit course, taken online, that covers the technical requirements of online classes, familiarizes students with the pedagogical approaches they can expect, addresses candidly the time commitment and degree of responsibility and motivation required, and essentially teaches students how to take a course online.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 23, 2011



Parity in STEM Faculty

At community colleges, there is no gender gap among science and technology faculty. And study finds that women teaching in the sector are happy

Inside Higher Ed, August 23, 2011



Oregon loses $35 million a year to college student failure, says American Institutes for Research

About 40 percent of students who enter Oregon's colleges and universities drop out before earning a degree, and that failure costs the state about $35 million in lost income and taxes, according to a report released today by the American Institutes for Research.

The Oregonian, August 23, 2011





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