Monday, October 17, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Oct. 17, 2011

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Panel: Businesses, colleges must work together to help train workers

Investing in public higher education and encouraging collaboration between public colleges and private companies is the best way for the state to have a skilled workforce.

That was the main message regional college and high-tech industry representatives shared with members of the State House Higher Education Committee during a day-long work session at Skagit Valley College.  … Tony Kuphaldt, instrumentation and control technology instructor at Bellingham Technical College, said the BP Cherry Point Refinery regularly offers internships to students and donates to the program, providing benefits for both the school and the company. ... At Whatcom Community College, the number of students taking online or hybrid programs has increased from the equivalent of about 11,700 full-time students in fall 2006 to about 24,000 in fall 2010.

The Bellingham Herald, October 17, 2011


Faculty Fears in Washington

A declaration of financial emergency in Washington State means two-year colleges can more easily lay off full-time professors. Union leaders call policy a power grab.  

Inside Higher Ed, October 17, 2011


Air Washington grant

A 20-million dollar aerospace training grant will help thousands of workers in Washington state and it has a local tie. The grant was awarded to air Washington which is led by Spokane Community College. Almost three thousand aviation workers in the state will benefit from the money. Senator Maria Cantwell was in town Saturday … to introduce the grant. (Maria Cantwell 31:51 -- "with this kind of program, we will be able to re-school and retool many new employees to take advantage of the new job openings that are now there in aerospace") Spokane Community College. will get more than five million dollars in grant money. SCC officials say this will help them more than double their program over the next few years.

KXLY-ABC (Spokane), Good Morning NW, October 17, 2011


Tri-City area colleges help laid off Hanford workers

Tri-City college campuses are offering help for workers who were laid off at Hanford.  Columbia Basin College in Pasco ramped up its worker retraining program with special orientations for former Hanford employees. And Washington State University Tri-Cities is creating a new program to turn workers from the site into teachers.  The changes come in response to announcements that about 2,000 Hanford workers have lost their jobs this spring and another 1,000 could be cut next year.

Tri-City Herald, October 16, 2011


CBC planetarium takes giant leap towards reality
PASCO – CBC [Columbia Basin College] just received a $50,000 dollar donation that's helping it turn its eyes to the skies. The money will go toward an all-new planetarium. It came from the Community Enrichment Foundation between HAPO Credit Union and Windermere Realty. The school says the project totals around 1-point-2 million, and the new donation puts them just a couple hundred-thousand dollars away from getting construction started, and bringing a major addition to all of the Tri-Cities.

KEPR TV, October 15, 2011


Aerospace training in state gets $20 million boost from federal grant

Washingtonians interested in a career in aerospace will have more opportunities for training, thanks to a $20 million federal grant. The U.S. Department of Labor grant was first announced Sept. 30. On Friday, representatives of the 14 community colleges, technical schools and training organizations involved met Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, both D-Wash., in Seattle to provide a general overview of how the $20 million will be used. "This program is about putting Washingtonians back to work," Cantwell said.

The Herald, October 15, 2011


Donation to help students reach for the stars

HAPO Credit Union and Windermere Real Estate Tri-Cities have donated $50,000 to Columbia Basin College's Planetarium Project.  The planetarium will be built near the campus observatory.  The auditorium will project 3D images of the constellation. It will also have the capability to show IMAX movies.

KNDU, October 14, 2011


Grant beefs up science, engineering classes

The Snohomish School District will offer even more science and engineering training for students in the coming years. Everett Community College has partnered with the local school district to win a three-year $879,725 grant from the National Science Foundation. The NSF grant aims to prepare students for advanced manufacturing and engineering jobs by bringing higher levels of math and science into the classroom, in the form of both equipment and instruction.
The grant will create the Snohomish County Advanced Manufacturing Project (SnoCAMP).
SnoCAMP will help strengthen the high schools’ curriculum toward meeting the manufacturing industry’s need for more skilled workers.
There are thousands of good-paying positions open locally that no one is qualified to take, said Heather Bennett, EvCC executive director of resource development.

“We’re trying to do what we can to get our local students trained to be able to take those high skilled family-wage jobs and really improve the quality of life for everyone in our community,” Bennett said.

The Snohomish County Tribune, October  12, 2011


"Best friends learn business with their Arlington clothing line,"

Two men taking business classes at Everett Community College could probably teach their classmates a thing or two about entrepreneurship. Craig Davis, 20, and Conner Cave, 19, own Vitalire in Arlington. It's a line of clothing aimed at outdoorsy types or anyone who loves the Evergreen state. They are doing well enough to quit their pizza delivery jobs. They aren't looking for investors and they've never borrowed money to finance Vitalire.

The Herald, October 12, 2011





Opinion: Invest in youngest citizens to reduce burgeoning crime costs

Research shows investment in young children, especially those at risk, can reduce society's criminal-justice costs down the road. Seattle Police Chief John Diaz and King County Sheriff Sue Rahr urge the federal deficit-reduction committee not to cut funding for early education and quality care.

Seattle Times, October 17, 2011

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