Friday, December 30, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Dec. 30, 2011

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




College’s wind technology program fills good-paying jobs

Walla Walla Community College launched its wind technology program last year. The 18-month course prepares students to work in the fast-growing field, where graduates can expect starting wages of $15 to $20 per hour. “We need more wind technicians as we put more projects on the ground,” said Liz Salerno, director of the American Wind Energy Association’s industry data analysis team. She estimates that the U.S. wind industry employs about 4,000 technicians, responsible for keeping turbines operating.

Spokesman Review, December 12, 2011


Focus on high-tech education grows in county

Clark County’s biggest educational agencies are nourishing STEM starts, with the hope of seeing high-tech opportunities blossom. In education, STEM is shorthand for science, technology, engineering and math. Local K-12 school districts are working with Clark College, Washington State University Vancouver and Educational Service District 112 on a regional approach to high-tech education. … Clark College President Bob Knight said he will make a presentation at a February meeting of the Clark County High Tech and Community Council.

The Columbian, December 12, 2011


Richland woman works with CBC teachers to get dryer patented

A 64-year-old Richland woman whose idea for a foot-and-toes dryer has received a U.S. patent with hopes the device will help diabetics.  Guadalupe Olvera announced this week that a years-long effort to obtain the patent was possible because of help and encouragement from teachers at Pasco's Columbia Basin College, close friends and her faith in God.

Tri-City Herald, December 12, 2011


CBC popular with high school grads in Tri-Cities

Enrollment at Columbia Basin College dropped slightly last year compared with the two previous years, but the college still is the most popular destination by far for Tri-City high school graduates.  Numbers reported Monday to the college's Board of Trustees show CBC draws more Tri-City students than do all other Washington public colleges and universities combined. The report also showed how many students each high school sends and how many of them identify as Hispanic.

Tri-City Herald, December 13, 2011


Walla Walla Community College among top 5 in U.S.

Walla Walla Community College was named one of the top five community colleges in the nation Monday and received $100,000 in prize money at an event in the nation's capital. The school was one of four "finalists with distinction" for the inaugural Aspen Prize, created to highlight two-year colleges that do exceptional work in educating students and training them for good jobs.  … "I think what this does is really shine a spotlight on community colleges, as a game changer for really strengthening the economy," said Walla Walla President Steve VanAusdle, who flew to Washington, D.C., to accept the award.
Tri-City Herald, December 13, 2011


Washington college grant program favors vocational over liberal education

Last year, as Washington State faced a severe budget crisis, legislators embraced a novel way to fund student financial aid: a public-private partnership between the state and private corporations. Called the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, the fund attracts private donations and matches them with public money in order to support students in science, technology, and other “high demand” fields. [also Running Start, WGU-Washington]
Inside Higher Ed, December 20, 2011


Whatcom Community College gets grant for cyber security training

Bellingham Herald December 27, 2011


Ag awards to honor 5

Rich Cummins of Columbia Basin College will receive agriculture award on Jan. 26

Tri-City Herald, December 28, 2011


Shoreline Community College introduces mobile apps

Shoreline CC first community college in the state to launch full-featured apps for Apple and Android mobile devices

Shoreline Patch, December 28, 2011


Everett Community College trains people for aerospace jobs

Snohomish County Business Journal, December 29, 2011





The Non-Campaign Campaign: Beloit College skips traditional comprehensive fund-raising campaign in favor of a project-based approach.

The college is developing a plan, which administrators are referring to as a “modular” or “project-based” strategy, through which it will raise money one or two projects at a time over a shorter time frame than a traditional campaign. Administrators hope the approach will set them apart from other institutions, motivate faster giving, and excite donors who can see a quick turnaround on their investments. In total, administrators believe the new approach will raise as much money, if not more, for the college than a traditional model.
Inside Higher Ed, November 30, 2011


Essay on challenges for future presidents of community colleges

Inside Higher Ed, December 2, 2011


3 bills pass to shore up aerospace industry

Seattle Times, December 13, 2011


Boeing's Insitu plant will remain in state

The Herald, December 15, 2011


WWU fires admissions director of 21 years

Seattle Times, December 21, 2011


Governor names panel for [Opportunity] scholarship program

The Columbian, December 21, 2011

Let’s Play ... Spot the Contradiction!

Inside Higher Ed, December 22, 2011


Montgomery College follows remedial math revolution

Inside Higher Ed, December 23, 2011


Daytona State reins in its push toward e-textbooks

Inside Higher Ed, December 23, 2011


Technology is game-changer in lives of today’s boys

.. today’s boys [are] more averse to risk than previous generations. “You can’t do something risky and not expect it to be brought up (on social media),” Howe said. Parenting styles and rules-oriented schools also dampen impulses to take risks, he said. … Gen X, Americans born roughly between 1965 and 1979, commonly grew up as latchkey children fending for themselves while their parents worked. Their backlash against baby boomers’ nonchalant parenting style has ushered in one of “the greatest eras of child protection in history,” Howe said. A barrage of media reports about child abductions, sex abuse and other crimes against children also instill fear about what could happen to children if they’re unsupervised.

The Columbian, December 27, 2011


Instead of Work, Younger Women Head to School

… many of the workers on the sidelines are young people upgrading their skills, which could portend something like the postwar economic boom, when millions of World War II veterans went to college through the G.I. Bill instead of immediately entering, and overwhelming, the job market. Now, as was the case then, one sex is the primary beneficiary. Though young women in their late teens and early 20’s view today’s economic lull as an opportunity to upgrade their skills, their male counterparts are more likely to take whatever job they can find. The longer-term consequences, economists say, are that the next generation of women may have a significant advantage over their male counterparts, whose career options are already becoming constrained. … While these roles evolve, community colleges are reporting record enrollment.

The New York Times, December 29, 2011




Military spouses may get expedited state licensing

Sen. Derek Kilmer, a Democrat from Gig Harbor, said some spouses have difficulty getting licensed in the state when they arrive through military transfers. His proposal would give military spouses access to a temporary license if they were previously licensed in another state.

The Herald, December 15, 2011



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