Wednesday, February 22, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 22, 2012

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Middle class find it harder to pay for college

The rising price tag of college is pinching the middle class. “It seems like you have to be really rich or really poor” to afford college, Tiffany McCutcheon said last week. … She is a dental assistant. Because of her tax bracket, her family doesn’t qualify for as many grants, she said. “We don’t fall into the right areas, but we’re not rich either,” she said. McCutcheon is among hundreds of parents who came to a public information night at Everett Community College last week. … EvCC is getting an “exponentially” increasing number of financial aid requests each year. The pot of money available empties quicker now than ever before, said Andrea Wilson, EvCC director of financial aid and scholarships.

Snohomish County Tribune, February 22, 2012


New Green River classes give students an edge in aerospace and advanced manufacturing

Programs in Principles of Precision Machining, Machine Maintenance and Quality Assurance will begin March 19 at Green River Community College as part of a larger effort to keep manufacturing jobs in Washington state.

Enumclaw Patch, February 22, 2012


Budget plan buoys local educators

At Vancouver’s community college, the budget cuts and all was well-received. “If this comes to fruition it is great news for Clark College,” said Bob Knight, the college’s president. College staff had prepared for a 13 percent cut for months. This proposal would result in only a 3 percent reduction of its overall budget, Knight said.

The Columbian, February 22, 2012


UW-Tacoma students upgrade Covington-based food bank’s technology

Leslie Aal, a student at University of Washington-Tacoma … who lives just west of the Kent-Covington border, discovered a passion for computers while at Highline Community College. The stay-at-home mom who worked part-time for her dad’s law firm in Burien took the idea to her IT class after she spoke with Holland.

Maple Valley Reporter, February 21, 2012


Letter: College funding a higher priority

I am a college student, and I attend Everett Community College. I pay for every cent of my education, with no financial aid after being denied grant money. It really gets on my nerves to see that instead of helping kids in my situation, they are more concerned with keeping public art around.

The Herald, February 22, 2012


Murray offers listening ear at Columbia Basin College

Tri-City Herald, February 22, 2012


EvCC Gets Two Planes for Aviation Students

Aviation maintenance students at Everett Community College will get two planes to work on next year thanks to donations. An anonymous local business owner donated a twin engine Beechcraft Duke BE60 valued at $300,000, college officials said.

Aviation Pros, February 21, 2012


Latino students meet with Senator Patty Murray

Students at Columbia Basin College told the senator about new Latino programs that help students stay in school and graduate.
KNDU/KNDO, February 21, 2012


Popping pills to get "higher"... grades

A dangerous college trend is growing in the Tri-Cities. KEPR learned CBC [Columbia Basin College] is seeing more students turning to attention- deficit drugs like Adderall and Ritalin. Students say they are feeling the pressure to succeed and looking for an extra edge.
KEPR TV, February 21, 2012


Sisters' lives launched after living homeless in family's Ford Taurus

Ke'Andrea "Kiki" Ayers, 22, is now living in New York, trying her hand in production work as a freelancer for MTV and BET networks. … Her sister, Selena, 24, graduated in international relations from George Washington University, also in Washington, D.C. She earned a master's degree at England's University of Manchester and is now studying for a law degree at the University of Westminster in London. … Kiki began taking classes at Olympic College in the Running Start program. Selena eventually followed her there. [Kiki opted] for Howard University's broadcast journalism program in Washington, D.C.

Kitsap Sun, February 18, 2011


STEM magnet to be named 'iTech Preparatory'

Students will have the chance to earn up to one year of college-level credits while in high school. During the startup year, plans call for Vancouver iTech Preparatory to operate at two sites. The high school program will be in the Clark College building on the Washington State University Vancouver campus …

The Columbian, February 16, 2012


Leaders work to draw companies to West Plains

Local leaders are hoping to piece together two 1,000-acre parcels near the airport that would be ready for construction if Boeing decides to expand its 737 MAX manufacturing with a satellite plant here. … Boeing has said it needs skilled workers wherever it decides to locate a new facility. Spokane Community College’s Inland Northwest Aerospace Technology Center offers seven degrees in aviation trades.

The Spokesman Review, January 16, 2012


CAMPS to train 460 veterans for manufacturing jobs

Military veterans needing work, 460 of them, will be trained for manufacturing jobs in the region under a new program using federal and state dollars, the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS), a Kent-based organization that supports manufacturing in the region. This could be a benefit to Western Washington aerospace suppliers in particular, which have been losing skilled workers to Boeing Commercial Airplanes as the latter ramps up production to record levels. The program is a partnership among the Washington State National Guard Department of Transition Services, the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and Green River Community College.

Puget Sound Business Journal, January 11, 2012





A better approach to 'gainful employment'

Bipartisan federal legislation would give taxpayers and students data about college programs' labor market returns -- without imposing onerous regulations, writes Mark Schneider.

Inside Higher Ed, February 22, 2012


Opinion: Path to financial security is through education

Today’s and tomorrow’s good jobs demand post-secondary education geared to the technical demands of manufacturing, health care, emerging industries such as clean energy, construction and maintenance and service professions. The community college is the ideal education environment to provide such education and to help design programs to meet the specific needs of companies such as Volkswagen. As the economy improves and new jobs come online, workers will find that many of yesterday’s jobs are gone forever. To be employed or re-employed, they will need new skills and more education.

The Jackson (TN) Sun, February 22, 2012




House Democrats unveil construction budget

The money would go toward hundreds of projects around the state, including work at hatcheries, parks, community colleges and universities.

The Bellingham Herald, February 21 ,2012


Democrats’ budget avoids tax increase

But both education groups put out statements that drew attention to Democrats’ fresh cuts for higher education. The budget cuts $65 million from higher education institutions and $10 million more from state need grants – after a series of recent tuition hikes and hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts since 2009. Hunter’s plan does add money for some science and technology degree programs, leaving a net $51 million cut for institutions, according to his highlights paper.

The Olympian, February 22, 2012


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