Thursday, October 13, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Oct. 13, 2011

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




Keegan picked to lead Skagit Valley College

Sequim Gazette, October 13, 2011


Community college financial decision worries union

Seattle Post Intelligencer, October 13, 2011

The decision to declare a financial emergency at Washington state's community and technical colleges is drawing concern from the union that represents faculty at the schools. Last month's action by the State ...


Credit cap forces first group of Running Start students to pony up
Kitsap Sun
That hasn't stopped as many as 200 high school students enrolled at Olympic College from paying roughly $300 so that they can take a combined 18 credits of ...


College officials in Whatcom County brace for mid-year budget cuts
Bellingham Herald
... little is off the table, according to Whatcom County college officials. ... public information officer for Whatcom Community College, in response to ...

Is college next to go at port?
Chinook Observer
ILWACO — “The last thing we want to do is to shut down Columbia Education Center (CEC) in Ilwaco,” Grays Harbor College (GHC) president Dr. Edward Brewster said at a public forum at CEC Oct. 3. “CEC was the first capital project I was involved in as president and I want to see it succeed,” Brewster continued. “What we are facing at Grays Harbor College is a possible 23 percent reduction in funding over the next two years, which means a $1.7 million decrease of our $7.5 million overall budget.”

Class helps deaf Bhutanese refugees restart their lives
The Seattle Times
Nancy Allen, an American Sign Language (ASL) teacher at Highline Community College, goes through a stack of name cards, holding up each one and looking ...


Zuckerman: U.S. Heading Toward 'Worst Time' Without STEM Ed
U.S. News & World Report
One of which, Bates Technical College, is highly accredited in the state of Washington. Even kids fresh out of high school know that Microsoft employs guys ...


More opportunities for science students at Edmonds Community College
My Edmonds News
Edmonds Community College has a new program — Relationships in Science Education, or RISE — designed to encourage students to study math and science and ...


Clark College's Columbia Tech Center site certified gold for energy efficiency
The Columbian
Since opening two years ago, Clark College at Columbia Tech Center has recovered its investment in energy-efficient building practices. By Tom Vogt About 95 percent of the construction waste (232 tons) that was generated in the Clark College at ...


Faces of Cancer: Tri-City nurse a warrior in chemo ward, on wheels
It takes a special kind of person to be an oncology nurse, someone who can reassure and comfort those who are facing an immense and frightening challenge. Laila Ghan is on the front line of the war on cancer during the day -- and she laces up her skates to take on a more enjoyable battle in her spare time. Ghan, 32, studied nursing at Columbia Basin College.]

The News Tribune, October 12, 2011

Sex offenders can enroll in school  
A viewer e-mailed us with some questions after the recent arrest of a level three sex offender who was taking classes at a local community college.  We found out that state law does allow sex offenders, even the ones deemed most likely to re-offend, to enroll in classes at colleges and universities… The school [Columbia Basin College] does have a policy in place.  College departments, staff and students are notified through e-mail and flyers are posted on bulletin boards throughout campus.
KNDU, October 6, 2011

CBC students can get free transit bus passes
Ben Franklin Transit and Columbia Basin College have teamed up to provide bus passes for all students and staff.  The goal is to increase ridership and decrease the number of single occupancy vehicles parking on campus.
Tri-City Herald, October 7, 2011

Students gets hands-on look at jobs in natural resources
More than 100 high school students from the Tri-Cities get a hands on look at several career opportunities in agriculture and natural resources today. The students met with ten local, state and federal organizations at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.
KVEW TV, October 4, 2011

Local colleges offer safety seminars for students abroad

In light of Amanda Knox's experience in Italy, we decided to look into some colleges in our area and how they handle the safety of students studying abroad.  Administrators at both Columbia Basin College and WSU  Tri-Cities says the schools go over safety and possible dangers that people can face in another country.
KNDU TV, October 4, 2011


Free bus passes offered to all students and staff


A new partnership between Columbia Basin College and Ben Franklin Transit will let students and staffers ride the bus for free.


System Pushes Marine with PTSD to the Edge - Can We Save One this ...
Columbia Basin College in Washington - Where Nick was successfully taking classes until the VA had a lull in issuing payments. The school allowed him to ...


In Control of Their High School Experiences
Eighth-graders from three different school districts arrived by the hundreds to Clover Park Technical College's McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood for ...


Jobless gain skills to be their own bosses
The Columbian
In Clark County, participants also attend business-related classes at Clark College. Monthly progress reports are part of the deal. And, if all goes as planned, participants walk away with a strong business plan in hand, ready to successfully operate


Students gets hands-on look at jobs in natural resources
The students met with ten local, state and federal organizations at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. Volunteers spoke with the students about the importance ...

Vet enrollment booms at Olympic College
PNW Local News
Veteran enrollment is up for the second straight year at Olympic College, and more vets than ever are putting the school's new Veterans and ...


Public blog roundup: National award for Clark College professor; charitable ...

Donald Appert, professor of music at Clark College and music director/conductor of the Oregon Sinfonietta, is the 2011 winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Programming. ...


Numbers of long-term unemployed rising in Yakima County
Yakima Herald-Republic
Neither does Yakima Valley Community College. But both say the economy is a factor for why many are attending. Last fall, enrollment grew by about 9 percent ...


Program aims to change course of US math education
The Columbian
Paul Casillas, a Clark College math professor and former head of Clark's math department, sees the problem of inadequate education in the number of students ...


Dollar Dash helps Big Bend students
Columbia Basin Herald
Mary Shannon, a Big Bend Community College employee, crosses the finish line ... After finishing the 5K route in front of Big Bend Community College's ATEC ...


Green River among community colleges awarded grant for aerospace ...
Auburn Reporter
The grants are designed to assist community and technical colleges throughout the state develop new training in aerospace industry-identified areas. ...


Bates, Clover Park tech colleges awarded aerospace training grants
Tacoma Daily News
In response to the governor's direction of the discretionary WIA funds and the grant request for proposals, community and technical colleges in Washington ...


What's in a name? Maybe some money; maybe some laughs
Middle East North Africa Financial Network
A few examples: - Whatcom Community College's Syre Student Center was named for the Syre family, David and Kay, who donated or helped the college acquire ...


Two-year colleges get $1.58 M for aerospace training
Business Examiner
Community and technical colleges in Washington collaboratively formed the Aerospace Consortium for Employment. The consortium's mission is to meet urgent ...


Record attendance at Olympic College's largest annual fundraiser
Kitsap Sun
A record-setting number of attendees showed their Olympic College support and dug into their wallets at the college's largest ...


YVCC accreditation up for review
Yakima Valley Community College's accreditation is up for review. They hosted evaluators from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and ...


$3.3 million in grants help OC expand offerings
Kitsap Sun
Olympic College soon will build on its newest manufacturing program, offer a new program and launch an effort to help students ...


Students help a lot for a lower cost
The Tacoma Community College student brings his own chair to his favorite spot, a corner of the lobby with a bright view of the North End neighborhood near ...


Numbers of long-term unemployed rising in Yakima County
Yakima Herald-Republic
Neither does Yakima Valley Community College. But both say the economy is a factor for why many are attending. Last fall, enrollment grew by about 9 percent ...


New financial aid rules mean students now stumbling over past mistakes
Longview Daily News
After spending a half-year on the President's List, the distracted Lower Columbia College student suddenly failed three of his four summer classes — even beginning fencing. He was placed on academic probation, and his financial aid was temporarily ...





Graduates often unprepared for college
The News-Press
Colleges are seeing more freshmen arrive on campus without a solid academic ... of the 40-member National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges. ...


State gets poor marks in tracking students' progress after graduation
KIRO Seattle
... only provides information for high school grads attending in-state community and technical colleges, and the only data collected is college enrollment. ...



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