Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Kalani Rodrigues Memorial Scholarship run set

Rodrigues was a Clark College runner who tragically lost his life to brain cancer in 2004, at the age of 21. … K-Rod Run/Walk proceeds and donations to an endowment in Rodrigues' name have generated more than $70,000 in scholarship funds and provided scholarships to more than 20 Clark College students.

Camas-Washougal Post-Record, August 23, 2011     


HCC Foundation gets $10K donation for whale bones display

Highline Community College Foundation has received a $10,000 donation from KeyBank for the installation of gray whale bones at the college's Marine Science and Technology Center later this year.

Business Examiner, August 24, 2011


Edmonds Community College Teacher Wows Judges on National TV Show

A semifinalist on ABC's "Karaoke Battle USA," Sammy Vijarro must know a thing or two about singing. After all, he teaches voice lessons for the music department at Edmonds Community College.

Edmonds Patch, August 24, 2011


Editorial: KCR is a winner with weatherization

The $1.8 million in federal money spent in Kitsap County on weatherizing homes and investing in energy efficiency was a legitimate boost to our economy (at least 13 new jobs, not including training for others) and a help to low-income residents  … Not only were people hired to do the physical improvements and supplies bought with the federal help, but students at Olympic College were able to return to a course on energy auditing — and in at least one case a formerly unemployed student graduated to open a thriving small business.
Kitsap Sun, August 24, 2011


Bellevue College Student Returns to First Love

Cammy Davis, BC Interior Design student, is having a show of her paintings, after returning to school when the bottom dropped out of her career in  real estate escrow. Her daughter Page Dormier is also a Bellevue College student, in Running Start.

Issaquah Press, August 24, 2011


New principal finds his calling at last

[Tom Trexel] couldn't afford college, so after high school he joined the U.S. Air Force. …  A string of odd jobs followed: medical records file clerk, delivery driver, marketing assistant, network repairman. "I was haphazardly going with whoever hired me," Trexel said.  ... A friend asked him if that's what he wanted to be doing in 30 years. Trexel said no. "I decided to go back to school," he said. That was in 1994. Trexel enrolled at Bellevue Community College and took night classes while working full time at an engineering firm in Bellevue. Five years later, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from Pacific Lutheran University.

The Herald, August 25, 2011


Grants turn on new light bulbs in North Central Washington school districts

Just as students are getting energized to return to class, the energy levels at many of their schools could be the lowest in years — and that's a good thing. …  Grant-funded lighting upgrades at Wenatchee Valley College are expected to begin this week, Suzie Benson, vice president of administrative services, said Wednesday.

The Wenatchee World, August 25, 2011


Teen who lived in a tree finds new home

The teen who once spent two weeks living in a tree has a new home. George, 18, who found shelter in the branches of a tree in San Francisco in 2009, moved in with his grandparents in Washington state earlier this summer and plans to attend Whatcom Community College in the fall, the teen told "20/20" this week.

ABC News, August 25, 2011


Tough spot for a marmot

Here's another view of that marmot that summer intern Tim Kincaid helped out of that Spokane Valley Stormwater Utility drywell last week. Kincaid, a student in the Spokane Community College Water Resources Program, discovered the critter had fallen into the drywell.

Spokesman Review Blog, August 25, 2011


No Centralia college newspaper, journalism classes during fall quarter

For the first time in decades, students at Centralia College this fall quarter will not have access to a college news publication of their own.

Centralia Chronicle, August 25, 2011


Teens tell their story about growing up as children of farmworkers
The purpose of the project is threefold, John Fraire, [vice president for student affairs at WSU's main campus in Pullman] said. It helps WSU recruit students from schools it has a hard time reaching otherwise. It boosts Latino theater in the state. And it helps a group of young people grow. By their creating the play and acting in it, the students develop writing and public speaking skills, and raise their self-confidence, Fraire said. They will need all of that in college. … It seems to work -- half of the students who performed in the 2008 play went on to become leaders at Warden High, said Sandra Sheldon, the school district's superintendent. "The biggest benefit is the confidence," she said. "They were really proud when they came back, and they inspired their peers." One of the kids from that year -- Angel Gonzales -- became the assistant director of this year's performance. He is a student at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake and plans to study broadcast journalism at WSU.

The News Tribune, August 25, 2011


How technology is reshaping the way students learn /  Schools may build more labs, studios and bistros to give students room to create and collaborate

The "YouTube Cube" at Bates Technical College in Tacoma will have touchscreen panels that allow users to interact with student-generated content.

… A proposed Communications Technology Building for Bates Technical College in Tacoma is designed to help students gain new levels of media literacy and train the future technicians who will help enable it. The project provides media labs, recording studios, broadcast equipment training, a library, data center and a variety of informal learning areas to foster creative engagement.

The Daily Journal of Commerce, August 25, 2011





Mindset List, Class of 1915: What Boer War?

Each year, Beloit's "Mindset List" suggests that academics will struggle to understand technologically advanced but historically ignorant freshmen. Tim Morris prepares a list that suggests it has always been this way.

Inside Higher Ed, August 25, 2011


Party Ends at For-Profit Schools  

For-profit colleges are facing a tough test: getting new students to enroll. New-student enrollments have plunged—in some cases by more than 45%—in recent months, reflecting two factors: Companies have pulled back on aggressive recruiting practices amid criticism over their high student-loan default rates. And many would-be students are questioning the potential pay-off for degrees that can cost considerably more than what's available at local community colleges.

Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2011


New UW president has eye on the future

After assuming the presidency of the University of Washington in July, there are a few things Michael Young knows for sure. The university will continue to admit more in-state than out-of-state students. Tuition must be kept affordable, necessitating additional fundraising and financial aid resources. And the university must be given more freedom from the Legislature to manage its resources.

Yakima Herald, August 25, 2011


Conservative blogger launches site to reform 'deplorable' public education

Andrew Breitbart says will expose educator, union corruption in K-12 and higher education

eCampus News, August 23, 2011


Tuition squeezing average families

Asking another 14 percent for the 2011-12 academic year pushed the total ever higher, further out of the reach of many working-class families. … In the end, the college experience remains hugely valuable to anyone able to put in the time and effort and pay the bills. But it's one that will be made available to fewer and fewer students as the costs go up and up. As a society, we lose something in the process.

Enumclaw Courier Herald, August 23, 2011





Editorial: Employer input makes [Workforce Investment Act] program worthwhile

It's an irony in these challenging economic times that with so many people looking for work, jobs go begging because trained workers aren't available. It's called the skills gap. …  Businesses, who know their needs the best, drive the training direction of this program. Nationwide, more than 12,000 businesses serve on boards that oversee the program's services. As a result, more than half of the 8.5 million people enrolled nationwide in the program in the past two years have found jobs through the system.  …. They're not alone in backing the workforce act. On Tuesday, chambers of commerce and regional business groups claiming to represent 50,000 businesses nationwide sent a letter of support to Congress for reauthorization of the act. They addressed the letter to Democratic and Republican leadership of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Yakima Herald,  August 25, 2011


The Op-Ed by Rep. Chris Reykdal  The Olympian Won't Print

HDC Advance, August 24, 2011



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