Thursday, October 27, 2011

NEWS LINKS | October 27, 2011

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Protesters not welcome to camp at SCCC

Officials with Seattle Central Community College have pulled up the welcome mat for Occupy Seattle activists. In an open letter to the movement on Wednesday, the college said protesters are not welcome to camp on its property. Seattle Central said it supports free speech, but said Occupy Seattle "will not be allowed to interfere" with any lease agreements it has for the campus property, including the Broadway Sunday Farmers Market and Halloween events sponsored by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce.

Seattle Times, October 27, 2011


SCCC's Open Letter to Occupy Seattle

The Stranger, October 26, 2011


Occupy Seattle plans to camp at Seattle Central Community College

Occupy Seattle is scheduled to start occupying at SCCC on October 29. The move will be marked with a march at 5 p.m. Saturday from Westlake Park to the school campus.

"We have not been formally invited to SCCC," a statement from the group reported. "There are indications that the SCCC administration will not welcome us there. However, we are confident that we have tremendous support from both students and faculty to counterbalance this."

Fox News, October 25, 2011,0,6612649.story


Clark College receives $1.68 million grant to support student success

Battle Ground Reflector, October 26, 2011


Clark College cooking instructor [George Akau] honored at Oregon’s Chef of the Year dinner

The Daily Insider October 26, 2011


Cascadia Joins Community Colleges Across the State In Celebrating Adult Literacy Week

Cascadia Community College, along with Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Edmonds, Everett, and Shoreline community colleges, is joining with students and area employers to celebrate Washington State’s Adult Literacy Week from October 17-21. The colleges are committed to educating adult learners so that they can master basic skills in order to move into better jobs and support the state’s efforts to build a strong workforce. Currently, one in six adults in Washington lacks the education and training necessary to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. For those individuals, adult basic education can open doors to self-sufficiency. People with high school diplomas or GEDs earn 24% more over their lifetimes than non-graduates, according to state statistics.

Woodinville Patch, October 17, 2011


KGRG brings new sounds with familiar format

Green River Community College's KGRG 89.9 FM radio station took a step backward Thursday with its newest on-air offering, "The Puget Sound Underground", hosted by Jeff Stark. Born in Texas, Stark found himself in Washington after a stint in the Navy. He originally enrolled in the communications program at Shoreline Community College, where he had the chance to intern for the KISW 99.9 FM "Mens Room" show.

Auburn Reporter, October 20, 2011


Record breaking number of scholarships awarded

Record breaking number of scholarships awarded. A record breaking number of scholarships were awarded Friday afternoon. Hundreds of people were at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco. They were there to watch the Columbia Basin College foundation hand out more than 322 scholarships. In total, $417,000 in scholarships were given out to student. It's the most the college has ever given away. It broke last year’s record of more than $360,000 in scholarship money that was donated. 

KNDU/KNDO, October 21, 2011


Community colleges declare state of financial emergency

The declaration would allow schools to fast-track program closures and teacher layoffs

Q-13 Fox News, October 19, 2011,0,7607332.story





Occupy colleges? How to shut down student debt

Reuters, October 14, 2011


Community-College Enrollments Slow After Years of Growth

Students flocked to the two-year colleges in the first few years of the recession, but some may now find it unaffordable to attend.

Chronicle of Higher Education, October 18, 2011

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Recap of the National 'Rebellion' Against High Textbook Prices

The Huffington Post, October 19, 2011


The Faculty-Staff Divide

A thoughtful correspondent wrote last week to express concern about what she perceived as a growing rift between faculty and professional staff on her campus. 

It’s one of those issues that waxes and wanes, but never really goes away….Although friction between faculty and administration gets most of the press, friction between faculty and staff can be quite real, and sometimes toxic. …  Even such basics as “how was your summer?” can be grating if you spent most of your summer in cubicle hell. …  Well-meaning “welcome back” messages can have the same effect on people who never left.
Inside Higher Ed, October 23, 2011


Whatcom County adults turning to online school established by state

After searching through all the "incredible programs," she found Western Governors University-Washington, the bachelor and masters' degree-granting online college established by the Legislature last spring. "The best thing is it's right there, it's online, it's at your fingertips and is truly available," said the 46-year-old. "I'm a lifelong learner ... but my family is so important to me, I wouldn't give them up. If I had to choose, I wouldn't have gone back to school."

Bellingham Herald, October 24, 2011


Advanced Degrees for Fire Chiefs

A fire chief without a college education sparks disagreement about growing value of degrees for firefighters.

Inside Higher Ed, October 27, 2011




Gregoire eyes worker benefits

The Olympian, October 27, 2011


Warning by States as Tax Revenues Fail to Rebound

Despite belt-tightening budgets, uncertainty still reigns in states like Washington, California, New York and New Jersey.

The New York Times, October 20, 2011



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