Friday, December 9, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Dec. 9, 2011

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

Just a small dose of News Links. Catch-up edition next week. Promise.




Getting Help in Becoming an American / Citizenship Day at Centralia College

The Centralia Chronicle, November 22, 2011


College students to rally against budget cuts in Olympia

College students will descend on Olympia today as the legislature kicks off a special session to tackle the state’s budget shortfall. Nearly a dozen schools have banded together to send busloads of students to the capitol.  [Seattle Central CC, Shoreline CC]

KPLU NPR, November 28, 2011


Homelessness was a side trip on an amazing journey

Having worked with adult GED and ESL students getting ready for college over many years, I realized Bill had the goods. However, to Bill, this was an alien notion, something that wasn’t remotely part of how he viewed himself or his abilities. However, Bill did go on to Tacoma Community College. It wasn’t easy at first. His writing skills were not at college level, and there were large gaps in his education. Still, he is a determined man. He took courses to fill in those deficiencies and eventually started to do well in college-level courses. As he was already working with people in Alcoholics Anonymous groups, he gravitated towards a major in human services. Bill not only managed college, he thrived. … But Bill was not done yet. After graduating with honors from TCC, he continued his education at the Tacoma campus of The Evergreen State College.

The News Tribune, November 28, 2011


CBC students continue to transfer to achieve higher education

Students are no longer satisfied with just their associates degree, and are moving on to earn their Bachelor's.  "After getting my GED diploma I plan to keep studying for nursing and well get a better life for me and my daughter", says Elena Martinez.  Elena Martinez attends Columbia Basin College with the goal of transferring to a four year institution.  And CBC is finding stories like Elena's are becoming more of the norm: It’s even adjusted its math program with these students in mind.
KEPR TV, November 25, 2011


Community College Trustees Support Governor's Call for New Revenue for Higher Education

Insurance News Net, November 25, 2011


First Independent announces $15,000 in scholarships and grants

[Includes grant to Clark College Teaching & Learning Center]

Vancouver Business Journal - Nov. 25, 2011


Clark College department earns honors

Battle Ground Reflector - Nov. 23, 2011


Clark appeals to students from abroad

The Columbian - Nov. 21, 2011





State Of Young America: Indebted And Dubious Of Attaining American Dream

The Huffington Post, November 9, 2011


In Tenn., A Possible Model For Higher Education

But part-timers and commuter students are much less likely to finish — most part-time students are still without a degree or a certificate after eight years. Higher education is desperately looking for strategies that improve those numbers. …. Many higher-ed institutions brag about all the choices they offer: lots of courses and majors to choose from, pick your own schedule. But for some students, choice can be the enemy, says James King, vice chancellor of the Tennessee Technology Centers, a state-supported career-training program with 27 locations strung across the state.

NPR Weekend Edition, November 27, 2011


Editorial:  Reporting Abuse

College administrators need to contact law enforcement authorities immediately when they receive allegations of criminal conduct.

New York Times, November 29, 2011


Leading the "Lazy" Generation

… I work with a team of mostly young people. They are not lazy. They are different than my friends and I were when we entered the workforce 30 or so years ago.

I’ve noticed that young people entering the workforce are more empowered and technologically savvy than any other generation I’m aware of. They’ve been taught since they were small children not to accept everything they’re told simply because it comes from someone in authority and they don’t want to spend time doing mindless things that appear to them to be a waste of time.

Forbes Magazine, December 7, 2011


Completion Conundrum

The state funding outlook for community colleges is too bleak for the completion agenda to succeed, according to a national survey of statewide leaders of two-year institutions.

Inside Higher Ed, December 8, 2011




Colleges must give industry what it needs, Kitsap legislator says

… A third education priority for Seaquist will be a push to create a new board overseeing all aspects of education from pre-kindergarten through graduate schools. It would include the current Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board and others. He and state Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, will meet with the governor on Wednesday to propose the idea "to try to make sure that our whole education system was working effectively."

Kitsap Sun, November 25, 2011




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