Wednesday, February 15, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 15, 2012

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




Two-year colleges on front lines of economic recovery

Tacoma Community College President Pamela Transue doesn’t mince words when she talks about how budget cuts are hurting her school and Washington’s other two-year institutions.

The News Tribune, February 15, 2012


CBC moves closer to naming forensic lab

Columbia Basin College's board of trustees moved closer to formally naming the college's criminal justice forensic lab after former criminal justice instructor Jim Ownby.

Tri-City Herald, February 15, 2012


Walla Walla incubator [model for other states] could guide city's wine ambitions
Walla Walla's incubator also includes a strong partnership with Walla Walla Community College, which Escondido could replicate with Cal State San Marcos, Phillips said. With the four-year university's new enology and viticulture programs just getting off the ground, creating an incubator similar to Walla Walla's in Escondido could help keep promising young winemakers in the region.
North County Times, February 11, 2012


Opinion: King County, cities announce plan to bolster aerospace jobs here

By Steve Isenhart, president of the Associated General Contractors of Washington, and Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

Plan calls for King County to meet with investors and university research departments to explore ways to promote innovation, and it will provide up to $2 million from federal grants to spur expansion. … Inside a small airplane hangar beside Boeing Field, South Seattle Community College student Mustapha Achir said he's aiming for a career in aerospace. Achir has been waiting tables in the Space Needle restaurant for five years. Upon graduation, he plans first to seek a job at Boeing, then later earn a bachelor's degree and work his way up.

Seattle Times, February 15, 2012


Clallam absolves Incubator of debt

. … Peninsula College would assume some of the functions of what the Incubator was intended to do in the first place: provide economic development resources. The Incubator facility would be run for at least one year by the Peninsula College Business and Community Development Center, which already operates out of the Lincoln Center and has a full-time director. …  College interim President Brinton Sprague told commissioners Monday that the school favors the new model. “We’re all grateful to the community college,” Doherty said Tuesday.
Peninsula Daily News, February 15, 2012


Wining, crying, and blending masterpieces with foundry vineyards' winemaker Ali Mayfield

I chose Walla Walla Community College because the program is very hands-on and I am a hands-on learner. The first year is all viticulture and the second year is all enology. You are out in the vineyards and you have your own rows that you prune and take care of. We even had a teaching winery - at the time it was the only college in the U.S. with an actual teaching winery.

The Seattle Weekly, February 15, 2012


Clark College could benefit from [high-growth industry training] program

The Columbian, February 14, 2012


Next chapter in the Arroyos whale’s tale, after almost 2 years

The skeleton is 40 feet long and weighs 1,400 pounds. It’s surrounded by a wooden structure mimicking the exact structural space and framing of its eventual home at Highline Community College’s MaST (Marine and Science Technology) Center in Des Moines

West Seattle Blog, February 11, 2012


Cheers: To 50 years of nursing education at Clark College

The program celebrated its anniversary this week with a “baby shower” for its newest high-tech mannequin …  baby, which cost $38,000 and was purchased with Clark College Foundation funds …

The Columbian, February 11, 2012


King County aerospace alliance announces actions to support WA aerospace industry

Renton Patch, February 15, 2012


Bellevue College adds a third bachelor's degree program

The new, four-year degree is in health-care technology and management at Bellevue College.

The Seattle Times, February 9, 2012


City partners in archeology program

College students will be excavating a site in Japanese Gulch this summer as practicing archeologists, recovering remnants of the Japanese community that called the gulch home in the early 1900s.  The city has partnered with Edmonds Community College and the Friends of Narbeck Wetland Sanctuary to create an anthropology and archeology field-training program.

Mukilteo Beacon, February 8, 2012


When Colleges Recruit Abroad

Green River Community College is not alone in seeking to forge a global identity. Even elite institutions like Dartmouth College are identity challenged — the term “college” means “high school” in many countries. Green River should be commended for establishing a global reputation as a quality institution.
New York Times letters, February 8, 2012


Pierce College protests against education cuts

About 250 students who represented 13 community and technical colleges in Washington state shouted to the rooftops of the Capitol Rotunda last week in Olympia. Their message: “No ifs, no buts, no fees, no cuts!”

The News Tribune, February 8, 2012


Simulated patients, real learning

Clark College nursing program marks its 50th year
The Columbian, February 7, 2012


Mural connects ESL students with education at Renton Technical College

Funded by a $250 small art project grant from the Renton Municipal Arts Commission awarded in September, ESL students in the Basic Studies program wasted no time in getting their ideas flowing.

Renton Patch, February 7, 2012


Cantwell on FAA Aviation Jobs Bill: 'A Win for Aviation Innovation in Washington'

Aviation Pros, February 7, 2012


College, business leaders collaborate to ID workforce development opportunities

During the fall of 2011, the Association of Washington Business partnered with the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges to sponsor business leader focus groups in five regions of the state … to gain a better understanding of Washington state's business and industry workforce needs and perceptions of Washington's community and technical colleges.

AWB Industry Insights, February 3, 2012


SVC goes mostly meatless on Mondays — Cafeteria offers array of vegetarian options as part of Meatless Monday initiative
Apple soup, an arugula salad and eggplant medallions with brussels sprouts were on the cafe menu for Skagit Valley College on Monday.  But some students wondered: Where’s the beef?  It’s still there, alongside the cafeteria’s new offerings of expanded vegetarian options, available now every Monday as part of the school’s new “Meatless Monday.” ...  Meatless Monday is a global nonprofit initiative aimed at encouraging people to cut meat out of their meals one day a week to improve personal and planetary health, according to the website. The school signed on to the initiative after a suggestion from the Humane Society, and the idea was considered by the faculty and staff ...
Skagit Valley Herald, January 31, 2012


Local economic development leaders to pursue Boeing suppliers

If Boeing increases production in Washington, its suppliers would want to be nearby, said Rick Goode, president and CEO of Vancouver-based Columbia Machine. … “One of the concerns would be whether we have the available workforce,” he said, adding that the area could use more vocational programs at area high schools and Clark College. “We are worried about a shortage.”

The Columbian, January 19, 2012


New UW Ethnic Cultural Center To Be Named In Honor of Dr. Samuel E. Kelly

Prior to his tenure at UW, Dr. Kelly served in the U.S. Army for 22 years (1944-1966), rising from the rank of private to colonel. He was the first African-American hired in the Washington State Community College System when he began teaching at Everett Community College in 1964. Dr. Kelly also taught and held administrative positions at Shoreline Community College (1967-1970).

The Seattle Medium, January 18, 2012


Bellingham Technical College Awarded $1.7M Grant

Bellingham Technical College has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help students in their efforts to complete their degree or certificate programs

January 16, 2012




President to seek $8-billion for job-training partnerships involving community colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 13, 2012


Open-door policies at 2-year colleges face threat, report says

The nation’s college-completion agenda may be threatening open-door admissions policies at two-year institutions …

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 7, 2012


Web developers unleash code in hopes that students will take on bookstores

‘Scraping’ for textbook information, while controversial, has become commonplace on alternative textbook websites

eCampus News, February 14, 2012


Ask the Administrator: Friending Students on Facebook

Inside Higher Ed, February 15, 2012





Letter:  Rep. Seaquist opinion piece on education innovation in Washington

Seattle Times letters, February 14, 2012


Higher-ed efficiency bill passes House

House Bill 2585 modifies the multiple state regulations, such as purchasing procedures and paycheck delivery, on higher education institutions.

Bellingham Herald, February 15, 2012



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