Friday, October 14, 2011

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Senators in West Seattle to announce job-training program

Both of our state’s U.S. Senators were at South Seattle Community College‘s main campus here in West Seattle to announce a $20 million federal grant that “will train 2,600 more workers with the skills needed by Washington state aerospace employers,” according to the official announcement. SSCC President Gary Oertli was among those with Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell for the announcement at one of the training facilities expected to benefit – the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit at SSCC.

West Seattle Blog, October 13, 2011


Skagit Valley College chooses a new president
Peninsula College President Thomas Keegan will take the reins at Skagit Valley College in January.  The college’s board of trustees Wednesday selected Keegan from among three finalists to replace outgoing President Gary Tollefson, who announced his retirement earlier this year ... Keegan attended Skagit Valley College from 1976 to 1978. He told participants at a forum Oct. 6 in Oak Harbor that it was in a classroom at Skagit Valley College that he decided to major in psychology...
Skagit Valley Herald, October 14, 2011


Foundation donates $50,000 to CBC for planetarium
Columbia Basin College today is $50,000 closer to building a planetarium on its Pasco campus.  The college today will announce the large donation for its latest building project. It is the first money paid out by the recently formed HAPO/Windermere Tri-Cities Community Enrichment Foundation.

Tri-City Herald, October 14, 2011


Toppenish girl's fake pregnancy story a made-for-TV movie
Last spring, Gaby Rodriguez made international headlines for faking a pregnancy as part of her senior project.   Today, the Toppenish High School graduate -- now a full-time student at Columbia Basin College in Pasco -- is traveling across the country to promote her new book and movie.
Yakima Herald-Republic, October 13, 2011





Op-Ed Columnist:  The University of Wherever
Can technology provide an elite education for the masses?

The New York Times, October 3, 2011


Editorial:  Fraud and Online Learning
Online courses are particularly vulnerable to student aid fraud, a growing problem that federal officials must move quickly to control.

The New York Times, October 6, 2011


Closing Time in California

With the state about to shutter its higher education coordinating board, education experts analyze a higher ed system that may be taking a nosedive

Inside Higher Ed, October 11, 2011


The Fund-Raiser is Your Friend

How the development office can help professors

Inside Higher Ed, October 12, 2011


With unemployment still high, WorkSource aims to increase help

Weekly Herald, October 12, 2011


Vocational tech grads buck the jobs trend

John McGlade, president and CEO of Air Products, says 4,000 of his 7,500 U.S. employees are skilled workers. His global company designs and builds high-tech hydrogen equipment and devices.  McGlade is "worried" he won't be able to find skilled workers in the future. He hires about 550 U.S. workers a year. Three-hundred-and-sixty are technically skilled positions that require two years of college or advanced certification. These positions can often go unfilled for 12 months. "You need people who are electronics experts, instrument technicians, mechanics," McGlade said.  This year funding for vocational education was cut by $140 million and President Obama is proposing a 20 percent cut next year. "Without support and continued development of a skilled workforce, we're not going to be able to fill the jobs," McGlade warned.

CBS Evening News, October 12, 2011


The big money of Washington's public universities

The Herald, October 14, 2011





State figures show cost of employee pay is lower

Total compensation fell from 20.5 percent of general-fund outlays in 2002 to 18.2 percent in the year ending in June. The decline was in total pay and benefits for both higher-education and general-government workers.

The Olympian, October 14, 2011


King County leaders' role model: Toyota

County Executive Dow Constantine and his deputy Fred Jarrett — an unlikely political pair — hope to save county government by running it more like a business. They've made some progress, but they still face long odds. [LEAN]

The Seattle Times, October 14, 2011





Writers, what's the term for a group of kittens?

No, not a kitten caboodle.  [And your droll coworkers? An exhalation of snarks.], October 6, 2011


Iconic sports cheer "the Wave" turns 30

CBS News, October 14, 2011



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