Tuesday, January 3, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Jan. 3, 2012 - The Catch-Up Edition, part 1

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




Around the County

Chris Gregoire has appointed Snohomish pharmacy owner Janet Kusler to Everett Community College's Board of Trustees.

The Herald, November 28, 2011


Edmonds Community College professor wins state conservation award
Thomas Murphy, chairman of the anthropology department at Edmonds Community College, was selected for the Washington Association of Conservation Districts' Conservation Teacher of the Year Award.

The Herald, November 29, 2011



Big Bend starts new pilot program

Students in the helicopter pilot program will be enrolled as Big Bend students, said Big Bend Flight Instructor John Swedburg. "Inland Helicopters will recruit for us, and they have Veteran's Administration and federal financial aid funding options to help students," he said.

Columbia Basin Herald, November 29, 2011



Aerospace Report: Kitsap County part of regional strength

Kitsap County was mentioned in the report, produced by the consulting firm Accenture, as one of the regional strengths thanks to its available industrial zoning, a large contingent of retired military workforce, training programs at Olympic College and the shipyard, and its long history of manufacturing at the shipyard.
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, November 29, 2011


Battle Ground, Ridgefield vie for Clark College satellite campus

North Clark County branch would boost job growth, city leaders say

The Columbian, November 29, 2011


New accelerated adult ed program hopes to get students better jobs

More education is the key to a bigger paycheck. Fortunately, for those with only a GED or high school diploma, help is on the way. The Accelerating Opportunity program at eight community colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System will give qualifying adults a chance to earn college credits and skills that can lead to better-paying jobs. …  [Jay Box, chancellor at KCTCS] and KCTCS President Michael McCall attended a conference at the Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle about a year ago and learned of the new initiative, which is based on the successful I-BEST program that was launched in 2006 in community colleges in Washington state. Kentucky was one of 11 states to receive the initial planning grant in early spring and is in the running for a $1.6 million implementation grant to be given to five states over three years.
Lexington Herald Leader, November 29, 2011



New Helicopter Training Program Starts at Big Bend Community College  
A partnership between Big Bend Community College and Inland Helicopters of Spokane will provide opportunities for students to become helicopter pilots while earning an associate degree ... “This is another example of the type of public/private partnerships we must establish to create new programs in today’s economy,” said BBCC President Bill Bonaudi.

RotorPad, November 30, 2011



National award honors Providence for EvCC partnership

The Council for Resource Development is honoring Providence Regional Medical Center Everett as the Benefactor of the Year for Region 10 for the hospital’s exceptional support for Everett Community College and its students. … “The hospital’s generous annual financial and in-kind gifts, collaborative nursing education and residency programming and supportive community advocacy have established the hospital as a true partner in education,” said EvCC President David Beyer.
Mukilteo Beacon, November 30, 2011


Dr. David Woodall named Lake Washington Institute of Technology president

Kirkland Reporter, November 30, 2011


A Cleaner Weld: South Puget Sound CC's Lab Grabs LEED Gold

Construction Digital, November 30, 2011


Amateur winemakers offer their best to judges in Camarillo

Jennifer Swank of Thousand Oaks was a judge at the tasting. "I was in the wine program at South Seattle Community College," Swank said. "I was an analytical chemist by trade, and I used my science background to start making wine."
Ventura County Star November 30, 2011



Gov. Gregoire Appoints Frederick Mendoza As Highline College Trustee

Attorney and community leader Frederick Mendoza has been appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to serve on the Highline Community College Board of Trustees.
The Waterland Blog, December 1, 2011


Kitsap Aerospace Alliance... Gets Lift — Gains Altitude

Months of brainstorming gave birth to the Kitsap Aerospace Alliance (KAA) — an affiliation of business leaders and elected officials from throughout Kitsap County. Their efforts positioned Kitsap to participate in the Pegasus Project, and to develop strategies for our Port, businesses, K-12 schools, Olympic College, and our local workforce, to play a greater role in the future of our region’s world renowned aerospace industry ...
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal December 2, 2011


Opinion: Boeing, Machinists show how to get something done; are politicians next?

We must strengthen our math and science programs at all levels of education and train or retrain workers at such important two-year colleges as Renton Technical College where necessary production skills are learned. Our four-year universities are wilting under Olympia’s failure to adequately fund education. We favor an increase in the sales tax to staunch that red ink.
Renton Reporter December 2, 2011


LCC professor reaches across international borders with webcam lectures
Sixty students on the opposite side of the world have a new understanding of American women as political activists — and in return, the students gave [Dr. Courtney Shah], a Lower Columbia College history instructor an international perspective on the subject.

Longview Daily News, December 1, 2011


University branch campuses are worth the cost

Here in the North Puget Sound, we have a great deal of evidence of how job-related and economic aspirations are tied to the expansion of higher education. As the home of Boeing, we understand the close link between education and prosperity, and realize the paramount importance of educating the future employees for aerospace and other high-tech industries.  So, as a WSU regent, I was doubly excited, both for this community and for my university, when the Legislature approved a bill to create a process by which WSU could take over management of the University Center at Everett Community College in 2014.
The Herald,  December 3, 2011


Education often touted as reason to close tax exemptions

Current budget cuts mean a Kitsap person wanting to become a firefighter or emergency medical technician will now have to travel somewhere else to get the right training, which is ending at Olympic College. The one-year EMS program used to have two groups of 24 going through it at any one time. Now, one group of 15 is finishing up, then the program will be shut down. The fire science situation is similar, with many students headed onto Kitsap departments. Also ending is the college's auto mechanics program

Kitsap Sun, December 3, 2011



Rotary Club hears about health care
All three administrators praised Big Bend Community College's nursing program, saying it has provided them with an adequate supply of nurses where hospitals in other areas have experienced a shortage. "We enjoy something here that most of the nation does not and that is we have an adequate number of nurses in this community," said Bair. "Most organizations are spending a tremendous amount of money in their recruiting. They have recruiting budgets. I don't have one." Big Bend's nursing program ensures he doesn't need a recruiting budget, he said.

Columbia Basin Herald, December 4, 2011



Five Pierce County colleges partner for workforce training

Five Pierce County community and technical colleges are partnering in a new venture to provide businesses a single source for workforce training. To introduce the new Invista Performance Solutions to the community, the schools are hosting a free luncheon Jan. 18  … Invista can call on the resources of five Pierce County post-secondary schools, Tacoma Community College, Bates Technical College, Clover Park Technical College and the two Pierce College campuses in Lakewood and Puyallup to provide training for workers. … The idea for Invista originated with the Legislature’s call for colleges to cut costs and improve services to the business community.
The News Tribune, December 6, 2011


Redmond Marshalls Store Honored by Bellevue College for Support of Working Student

Bellevue College has recognized managers at a Marshalls department store in Redmond for their support of an employee who is taking English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at the school. The college recently presented Marshalls with a Literacy Partners Award of Excellence for its efforts in helping employee Elena Semaykina create a work schedule that allows her to regularly attend ESL classes.

Redmond Patch,  December 6, 2011


Peninsula College chooses interim president

Brinton Sprague, a retired community college leader now living in Port Ludlow, will be Peninsula College’s interim president, taking over for outgoing President Tom Keegan on Feb. 6.
Peninsula Daily, December 7, 2011


Highline Community College launches export resource web portal
The Washington Export Resource Center is managed by Highline Community College and the Center of Excellence for Trade Transportation and Logistics, contributing to the State Export Initiative under the direction of the Department of Commerce through the Community and Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) grants awarded in 2010.

Highline Times, December 8, 2011



Salmon donation to feed Bellingham's hungry

The Bellingham Food Bank has a healthy entrée in store for its clients: 650 ... servings of salmon, raised by students at Bellingham Technical College.  The salmon donation was a coordinated effort among the college, Bornstein Seafoods and SeaShare, a national nonprofit that facilitates donations from the seafood industry to food banks.
The News Tribune, December 9, 2011



Budget cuts cause concerns over digital record preservation
Earlier this month, users of the state archives branch at Bellevue College learned that longtime archivist Greg Lange had his position cut. … The Bellevue College branch will still have talented researchers and the records will not be destroyed, but Handfield said the public will see more delays with less staff at all branches.

Seattle Post Intelligencer, December 10, 2011


Local view: Clark College needs help to avoid more cuts

Cuts in federal and state funding have impacted services and programs — including those at public colleges and universities. Clark College is no exception. As recently as the 2008-2009 academic year, the state of Washington provided 61.6 percent of our total operating budget. One year later, state funding had declined to 52.5 percent of our total operating budget. It’s now 41.5 percent and will likely drop below 40 percent by the end of this academic year. Instead of being state-supported, Clark College is now state-assisted.
The Columbian, December 11, 2011



More Americans put retirement on hold

The reasons people work past 65 are varied: Some love their work. Some hesitate to walk away from the security of a paycheck or health coverage. And some stay because the troubled economy of the past few years pulled the rug out from under them. … Joy LaJeret, 68, of Redmond, is currently taking classes at Bellevue College, with the help of a federal program to retrain older workers, in order to gain certification to teach online courses. She works 16 hours each week at the student help desk, and also has an internship developing a curriculum for a criminal justice class.

The Seattle Times, December 31, 2011



Community-college pioneer George Corcoran mentored leaders

George Corcoran [Seattle Community College District president from 1974 to 1977] mentored a generation of Seattle leaders and championed the cause of community colleges. And he was known for sending out hundreds of handwritten letters every year — long, thoughtful notes that inspired and motivated the people who received them.

The Seattle Times, December 31, 2011


Illinois receives $1.6 million grant from Jobs for the Future's Accelerating Opportunity Initiative [I-BEST]

Helping adults in Illinois earn the credentials and skills they need to get and succeed in family-sustaining jobs are keys to fueling the economy and boosting employment. …

… The Accelerating Opportunity program seeks to enhance the way adult basic education is delivered by putting adult students on track to earn a postsecondary credential so they can seize the opportunity to earn family-sustaining wages and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. … For program and implementation expertise, Jobs for the Future (JFF) has engaged the National Council on Workforce Education, National College Transition Network and the Washington State Board of Community & Technical Colleges as partners

Aledo Times Record, December 15, 2011


Patricia McKeown shines in first year as BTC president

Her first year on the job was a busy one, with increased enrollment and shrinking financial support from the state. [Bellingham Technical College] lost 38 percent of its state funding over the past three years and may have to endure another 13 percent cut this year. … “I stay positive by thinking about our faculty and the amazing students who go through these programs,” she said. “We’re really making a difference in their lives.” With the drop in state funding, McKeown has focused on bringing in grants to make up the difference. … “We used to get just a few state grants. Now we aggressively look for grants,” she said. “But you have to be careful with grants because they come with a lot of strings attached. So you have to make sure they line up with your mission.”

The Bellingham Business Journal, January 2, 2011



Wenatchee Valley College professor makes literary history

Wenatchee Valley College professor Stephen Berard has written and published "Capti," a modern novel, entirely in Latin, which he hopes will help reawaken interest in the language.

KING-5 News, January 2, 2012


Video: http://www.kgw.com/video?id=136597558&sec=547787


Immigrants Hope To Resume Health Care Work In US

The Welcome Back Center [at Highline Community College] is part of a nationwide effort to help immigrants like Nishino who were trained in the health care profession in their home country. … The Welcome Back Center is trying to fill a need in health care. Industry observers had been projecting large numbers of doctors, nurses and other health care providers to retire.

KUOW News, January 3, 2012





Economic alliance pushes multiple aerospace goals

Apprenticeship programs need to be created and expanded, including ones in Snohomish County, he said, so that such things as lean manufacturing techniques, composites development and other programs can be taught in high school and college. Preparing for an expanded aerospace-trained workforce, he said, means reaching out to areas such as research and development, engineering, intellectual properties, computer sciences and the environment.

Snohomish County Business, November 30, 2011



Duncan Calls for Urgency in Lowering College Costs
New York Times, November 29, 2011



Community Colleges Take Major Step in Defining Role, Effectiveness

Following 18 months of intensive research, analysis and pilot testing, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and its partners today launch the first-ever custom framework to measure how 2-year colleges perform in serving their more than 13 million students
PR Newswire, December 1, 2011



The New Community College Leader
Inside Higher Ed, December 2, 2011



Introverts and extroverts have different effects on your workplace

The Herald, December 5, 2011



Study: Labor shortage looms in South Dakota
State labor officials say increasing the workforce involves more than just creating additional college graduates. While there have been great strides in technical school, community college and online programs, education has to become even more portable

Sioux Falls Argus Leader, December 23, 2011



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