Friday, September 30, 2011

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Budget cuts makes for full classrooms at CBC
The first day of school kicked off at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. Budget cuts there have directly affected students and staff. Almost 100 teacher cut-backs, including all part-time and adjunct teachers are leaving classrooms especially full this year.
KEPR TV, September 19, 2011


Community Colleges Receive $500-Million for Job-Training Programs

More than 200 community colleges applied for the grants, which range from about $2.7-million to $25-million, but only 49 have been chosen to receive the money so far, officials from the U.S. Departments of Labor and of Education said in announcing the awards. … Community colleges in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Washington State each received $20-million for career-development programs, including a Spokane Community College program that has worked with aerospace companies and aircraft makers to create goals for the curriculum.

Chronicle of Higher Education, September 26, 2011


SCC lands share of aerospace grant / College, consortium to split $20 million

Spokane Community College’s Air Washington Program – a consortium of 14 colleges, two aerospace companies and an apprenticeship committee – will be awarded a $20 million grant, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday. … The grant will go toward curriculum development and deliver training for the aerospace industry, Dunlap said. There are about 600 aerospace companies in Washington, and the program will provide training for those businesses.  In addition, SCC is exploring a partnership with Green River Community College to offer an air traffic controller program. [For consortium members, see Inside Higher Ed story, next.]

Spokesman Review, September 27, 2011


Winners and Losers

Community colleges are finally getting more than praise from the Obama Administration, with the announcement Monday of $500 million for job training grants from the Department of Labor. The grants, which range from $24 million to $2.5 million, will go to 49 community colleges, some of which are sharing the money for projects across consortiums.

·         Spokane Community College Consortium  Total Consortium Award Amount: $20,000,000
Big Bend Community College; Skagit Valley College; Clover Park Technical College; South Seattle Community College; Edmonds Community College/Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center; Wenatchee Valley College; Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee; Everett Community College; Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing; North Seattle Community College; Olympic College; Peninsula College; Inland Northwest Aerospace Technology; Renton Technical College Center

·         Collin College Consortium Total Consortium Award Amount: $19,998,974
Members: Bunker Hill Community College, Moraine Valley Community College, Del Mar College, Salt Lake Community College, Bellevue College, Rio Salado College

·         Anne Arundel Community College Consortium Total Consortium Award Amount: $19,730,281
Members: Northwest Arkansas Community College; Florida State College at Jacksonville; College of Lake County in Illinois; Ivy Tech Community Colleges — Lafayette, North Central, Northeast, Northwest in Indiana; Macomb Community College in Michigan; Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio; Roane State Community College in Tennessee; Clover Park Technical College in Washington; and South Seattle Community College

Inside Higher Ed, September 27, 2011


Editorial: Grant gives region boost in aerospace prospects

Boeing’s delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner to All Nippon Airways on Monday was a milestone for Washington’s aerospace industry. So was the federal government’s announcement that Spokane Community College will receive $20 million over the next three years to expand training programs the industry will need to flourish.

Although only one-third of the money will stay in Spokane – the rest will be distributed to other community colleges and workforce training councils around the state – the funds will give a tremendous boost not just to potential workers but to the 80-odd aerospace companies in the Spokane region. … SCC President Joe Dunlap, Cox and other Washington college and workforce training officials worked for many months to put together a program only slightly less complicated than an airframe. Assembly of Air Washington, as the effort was dubbed, began shortly after the U.S. Department of Labor announced the grant program a year ago. SCC will be, in effect, the contract manager, a credit to the college’s leadership role. Well executed, Air Washington might help the area’s stalled economy achieve a smooth landing

Spokesman Review, September 28, 2011


Awards announced today under the Trade Adjustment Act to benefit South Seattle Community College

The Department of Labor announced awards today under the Trade Adjustment Act – Community College Career Training Program (CCCTP). The competition was an unprecedented investment in community colleges, the largest since the GI Bill. South Seattle Community College was a part of four proposals, two local and two national consortiums. Two of the four projects were funded for a total of $2.4 million headed our way over the next 3 years for our aerospace program and our STEM initiatives with composites. Only 32 grants were given out across the nation. South received two!

West Seattle Herald, September 26, 2011


GLAM 2011: Girls Learning About Manufacturing

About 90 students, from area high schools, and about 40 adult mentors, from local businesses, participate in the Girls Learning About Manufacturing (GLAM) educational program at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

KNDU TV, September 27, 2011 Results&activePane=info&rnd=4341985


Nearly 15,000 enroll as Clark College opens

The Columbian, September 27, 2011


Maier Hall opens

Close to 100 people attended a grand opening celebration for Peninsula College’s new three-story, 61,750-square-foot Maier Hall on Sept. 23.   The $36 million building … will house the math, fine arts and liberal arts departments. It features geothermal energy, a moss roof to filter rain runoff, a 131-seat performance hall, art studios, rehearsal rooms, faculty offices and computer labs.

Sequim Gazette, September 28, 2011


Despite cuts, enrollment up at Peninsula College

As students return to the campus of Peninsula College this week they’ll find fewer courses and more crowded classes among the changes made to address a $2 million budget cut. With nearly 20 percent of the college’s operating budget gone due to cuts by the state Legislature, more had to be done with less this year.  Deborah Frazier, vice president for administrative services, said 17 positions were eliminated, 11 through attrition and six through layoffs.  “We knew we’d have budget cuts so as people left on their own accord we typically didn’t replace those positions knowing we’d have to cut,” President Tom Keegan said.

Sequim Gazette, September 28, 2011


Education Is a Viable Solution to the Jobs Crisis

While these strategies are sound, they are only "quick fixes." If we truly want to experience long-term job and economic growth, we must first recognize that our problems are complex and require both immediate action as well as durable approaches. A strong, viable solution -- that responds to both the short- and long-term needs -- can be found in the increased educational attainment of more Americans. … Colleges and universities must also be proactive in creating hubs for economic development like was done in the founding of the research triangle in North Carolina and Silicon Valley. Today, community colleges like Columbia Gorge Community College (Oregon) and South Seattle Community College (Washington) have recognized the need to train workers for their state's emergent industries.  South Seattle Community College offers certificate and degree programs that train students for stable careers at competitive salaries in demand industries, such as aerospace and allied health.

Huffington Post, September 28, 2011


Ablemark owners’ business thrives on quality

But what’s helped them the most lately, they said, has been Everett Community College’s Small Business Acceleration Program. “It was so good, so awesome and worth every penny. We even signed up for a second nine-month session in September,” Carmen Brown said. “We learned how to analyze and pick apart our business, get important feedback from customers, totally know our system process and customer needs and how to build an awareness of our system process.”

Snohomish County Business Journal, September 29, 2011


Big Bend receives $4.4 million grant

Big Bend Community College was awarded a $4.4 million federal grant focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  The grant provides $900,000 per year for five years toward STEM curriculum, facilities, equipment, career advising and professional development at the college. … Corporations such as REC Silicon, Microsoft, SGL/BMW, Genie, Takata, Yahoo!, Dell and Intuit are creating demand for STEM professionals in the community, said Big Bend Community College President Bill Bonaudi.

Columbia Basin Herald, September 29, 2011



Anne Arundel CC will use federal grant to develop job training program

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) competed with more than 400 schools to receive a $19.7 million federal grant to provide training for high-demand jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. AACC will lead the National STEM Consortium (NSC) of 10 colleges in nine states. The consortium will develop one-year certificate programs in five industries:  Composite materials technology, Electric vehicle technology, Environmental technology, Mechatronics (a multidisciplinary field of engineering ranging from electronic engineering to computer and software engineering), Cyber technology. …   Other participating NSC colleges are Clover Park Technical College in Washington; College of Lake County in Illinois; Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio; Florida State College at Jacksonville; Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana; Macomb Community College in Michigan; Northwest Arkansas Community College; Roane State Community College in Tennessee; and South Seattle Community College in Washington.

Broadneck Patch, September 29, 2011


Early Peninsula College students recall school days from 50 years ago

Bill Ellis displays a news clipping about how women were discouraged from wearing slacks at Peninsula College in 1962. He gave a computer presentation of images that showed what life was like during Peninsula College’s earliest days.

Peninsula Daily News, September 30, 2011


Shoreline CC is One Step Closer to Offering Housing to Students

Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert has signed a memorandum of understanding that may result in a 400-bed student housing facility built on or near the campus. While excited about the potential, Lambert cautioned that the agreement is just a first step with many details to be clarified.  “This allows us to begin working on those details in a more meaningful way,” Lambert said. “What we do have is a willing partner who has agreed in principle to provide this valuable resource to the college and our students at no cost to the college.” … If built, the project would also be of significant help in recruiting more international students. About 600 students from 34 countries attend Shoreline, a number that has bounced around by about 10 percent over recent years.

Shoreline Patch, September 30, 2011


Grants, over-enrollment mark school year — Workforce education funds come to Olympic College amid broader crunch

Olympic College is entering the 2011 school year with two new aerospace workforce grants and nearly 27 percent more students than forecast, college officials said Tuesday. This year’s headcount puts the college at 1,200 students more than official projections, said college President Dr. David Mitchell. Surpassing the projections is significant because the state allots funds each year based on those projections. When actual enrollment surpasses projections, it also surpasses the state funding, Mitchell said.

Bremerton Patriot, September 30, 2011


Group Names 23 New 'Leader Colleges' Among Two-Year Institutions

Achieving the Dream added 23 community colleges — among them, Highline Community College, Renton Technical College, Tacoma Community College— to its list of 52 "leader colleges." Colleges get the nod for improved graduation rates, closed achievement gaps and "changing lives," according to the nonprofit group, which works with 160 institutions on "evidence-based, student-centered" reforms in the community college sector.

Inside Higher Ed, September 27, 2011





Clashes of Money and Values: A Survey of Admissions Directors

Recruiting more "full-pay" students -- those who don't need financial aid -- is seen as a key goal in public higher education, a sector traditionally known for its commitment to access. … At community colleges, a focus on serving students who don't have money remains central, with 66 percent of admissions directors citing that as a key strategy -- more than cited any other strategy. But even in that sector, a notable minority (34 percent) said that an important strategy for the institution was attracting more full-pay students.

Inside Higher Ed, September 21, 2011


A More Complete Completion Picture

National group includes part-time and other students typically omitted from college success -- and the numbers are not pretty.

Inside Higher Ed, September 27, 2011


The Leadership Gap to Come

Richard A. Skinner offers advice to college and university board members on how they need to prepare

Inside Higher Ed, September 28, 2011


Celebrating Frugality

Several new presidents have decided to forgo traditional, expensive inaugurations in favor of pared-down events more appropriate for lean times. [Too broke for brioche.]

Inside Higher Ed, September 30, 2011





The Oxford English Dictionary welcomes 'kewl' / No longer a teenage expression, 'kewl' is officially a word

“Kewl” has now joined the ranks of “LOL,” “OMG” and other terms born out of pop culture that have since been included in the dictionary.  [Thanks, Mary Harnetiaux.], September 28, 2011


A personality assessment for these times

Arm yourself with your Machiavellian score; share only with your most powerful allies.



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