Tuesday, October 18, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Oct. 18, 2011

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




YVCC honors local law office as "Literacy Champion"

In recognition of Adult Literacy Week, Yakima Valley Community College has named Talbott, Simpson and Davis, P.S. law offices in Yakima as this year’s Literacy Champion. The firm was chosen because of its support for I-BEST student Maria Lopez-Rodriguez, who enrolled in YVCC’s Business Technology Program in January 2010. She excelled in her classes and earned Business Technology Office Skills certificates. … The Literacy Champion is an honor bestowed by the YVCC Basic Skills Division, which recognizes businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals for their support of adult literacy.

Yakima Herald, October 18, 2011



BBCC enrollment drops

As Big Bend Community College reduces class offerings, its enrollment numbers have dropped from last year's record enrollment. The college reported full-time equivalent enrollment dropped 9.6 percent from 2010 enrollment.

Columbia Basin Herald, October 15, 2011






Shutting Down Open Resources

A budget proposal for 2012 would block federal money for producing free learning materials if comparable programs already exist. … The move is a boon to publishers, who have feared that government support for the freely available, modifiable course materials, known as “open educational resources,” or OERs, would eat into their profits and give the free programs an unfair advantage. If effective programs are already for sale, they argue, the federal government shouldn’t spend extra money to reinvent the wheel. Advocates for community colleges and online education argued that the provision, if enacted, would stifle innovation and restrict colleges to the publishers’ more expensive programs.

Inside Higher Ed, October 18, 2011



Income Benefits of Vocational Education Fade with Age

Inside Higher Ed, October 18, 2011



New Commission to Study College Attainment

Inside Higher Ed, October 18, 2011



Invest in Communities to Advance Capitalism

Column by Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO. Quite simply, the time has come for corporations to extend their time, their products, their expertise, and their values in innovative ways. … How can companies reinvent capitalism? By reimagining the ways in which we engage with communities. There is no time to waste. None of us can wait for governments to create jobs, improve healthcare and strengthen any of the other safety nets our societies have come to expect and need. … This is not charity. It's imperative. Let's get to work.

Harvard Business Review blog, October 17, 2011






New Policy Brief: Economic security is key to recovery

Schmudget, Washington State Budget & Policy Center Blog, October 17, 2011



Solve state budget crisis by fueling job creation

Guest opinion by Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis.  The Washington Legislature will convene Nov. 28 to try to fill a $2 billion shortfall. The ranking House minority leader, Rep. Richard DeBolt, says the House Republican caucus will not support tax increases and proposes a series of measures to fuel job growth.

Seattle Times, October 18, 2011



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