Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Emergency WMD drill at South Seattle Community College a success

"Chemical hazard" located, area "decontaminated" & first aid applied in exercise. This realistic exercise is scenario-driven and focused on recognizing and demonstrating the ability to meet incident objectives when faced with a potential Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) threat.

West Seattle Herald, August 29, 2011


"Berkley" the Schnauzer finds a home!

A happy follow-up to Aug. 11 story.  Berkley was found as a stray at Highline Community College in Des Moines, but never claimed. [Ed. Note: And I still think he should be called ThunderDog in honor of Highline’s Thunderbird mascot.]

Highline Times, August 31, 2011


Radiation disaster drill held at Seattle Central Community College

Dozens of members of the Washington National Guard, the Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Radiation Health and the U.S. Army responded Thursday to a simulated dirty bomb incident on the roof of Seattle Central Community College.

Seattle PI, September 1, 2011


Flying’s all in a day’s work for Nancy Robertson

Her love affair with flying began in 1987 when she took Everett Community College’s aviation ground-school class, which ended with students taking the FAA’s ground-school test, the first step toward getting a pilot’s license.  “I took the class with my aunt, Nona Anderson. She didn’t go on to get her license but I did,” Robertson said.

Snohomish County Business Journal, September 1, 2011


EvCC to break ground on nursing building
Everett Community College will celebrate the start of construction on its new Nursing and Health Sciences building with a groundbreaking ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at 930 N. Broadway.  The three-story, $37.5 million facility will be home to the college's nursing, medical assisting and phlebotomy programs and other health sciences training. The building will also include room for the Providence Everett Healthcare Clinic.

Snohomish County Business Journal, September 1, 2011





ESL / Confessions of a Community College Dean

What’s the role of ESL at a community college? It isn’t obvious. ESL refers to English as a Second Language. In many states, responsibility for ESL classes falls on community colleges. It can be an awkward fit, since it isn’t obvious how to gauge success. … They sign up for ESL to pick up some English for everyday life, and then leave when they either decide they have what they need or decide that they aren’t finding it.  There’s a rationality to that, but it doesn’t fit the credit-bearing model. … Students who enroll with no intention of completion show up in our attrition numbers, for which we get punished. They also make assessing the success of the program difficult. Did the students leave because they got what they wanted or because they didn’t?

Inside Higher Ed, September 1, 2011


New program to aid community college students unprepared for math

Too many students arrive at Texas community and technical colleges -- about 38 percent in 2010 -- ill-prepared for math after high school, say higher education experts.  But a new Texas program, supported by a $1 million grant, aims to improve that percentage. … Texas was among 10 states to receive a $1 million Completion Innovation Grant, awarded by Complete College America and funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, August 31, 2011




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