Monday, February 27, 2012

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Wash. senate budget rollout won’t be a bipartisan affair

News conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 might also include brief detail on Senate capital budget proposal.

February 27, 2012


Lawmakers need long-range strategy on improving education

Last week, the Higher Education Coordinating Board and the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges unveiled a report titled, “A Skilled and Educated Workforce.” It identified categories in which demand for workers will outstrip the state’s ability to supply those workers through at least 2019. These include engineering, computer science, architecture, manufacturing, repair and maintenance fields at the associate degree and certification levels, and the health and education professions

The Olympian, February 26, 2012


Skagit Valley College may make its campuses tobacco-free

Skagit Valley College is considering a proposal to make both its Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island campuses tobacco-free, as well as the college's vehicles and its learning centers in Friday Harbor and Clinton

The Seattle Times, February 26, 2012


From dropout to doctor-in-training
Mark Litton didn’t have high hopes for his life. A small-town high school dropout, he was content working a minimum-wage job selling paint and wallpaper. “If you’re a high school dropout, that’s the end of it,” Litton said. But life had more in mind for Litton, who at 41 is in the final stages of becoming a doctor. Through a series of serendipitous events — and a lot of hard work — Litton transformed his life into a success story and says he’s as shocked as anyone.  “I feel like I was the lucky one who happened to be in the right place and the right time,” he said...“He is one of the most memorable students I can recall in my 26 years here at Skagit Valley College,” said Shelley Lacey, who works in the financial aid office and assisted Litton in funding his education...One thing led to another. He received a full-ride McIntyre scholarship from Skagit Valley College to attend Western Washington University. He double majored in biology and anthropology and applied for medical school...
Skagit Valley Herald, February 26, 2012


The Bright Side: Young blind mother keeps options, optimism alive

Nicole Queckboerner, a young, single and blind mother, does everything from painting siding to running a blog. … A native of Longview and 2002 graduate of R.A. Long High School, Nicole was diagnosed as legally blind during childhood but didn’t know it for more than 10 years. …. In math at Lower Columbia College, for instance, her note-taking helper had no problem explaining geometry because Nicole can picture a hexagon. She completed a year of classes at LCC before taking a hiatus; she wants to go back and finish up studies in human development. She has two dreams: To get a job in social services and to write a book.

Longview Daily News , February 25, 2012


YVCC seminar helps engineer a better future

Employers in Washington need more engineers, which helps explain why things got so sticky Saturday at Yakima Valley Community College. From gallons of gooey cornstarch to a real slingshot version of Angry Birds video game, elementary and middle school kids had a field day at the fifth annual Engineering Day For Kids.

Yakima Herald-Republic, February 25, 2012


Weekly Oak Harbor club eases job hunting pains

The club has been going on for six months and was started because Whidbey Island had no job clubs. With the help of Skagit Valley College, Oak Harbor Library and Work Source, the program has expanded. “Resources are tight, so it makes sense for everyone to get together and share those resources,” Larrick said.

Whidbey News-Times, , February 25, 2012


Seattle's Cloudlift Cellars rises to new heights

Tom Stangeland used the art of cooking to work his way through the University of Washington, and he’s made his livelihood creating artisan furniture. Five years ago, he decided to put some of his creative juices toward another longtime fascination — winemaking. … He readily gives credit to his mentor, Peter Bos, instructor and winemaker at South Seattle Community College’s Northwest Wine Academy. He began attending the winemaking classes in 2005.

North Kitsap Herald, February 25, 2012


BBCC truck driving program earns state honor (Sunday Briefing, third story)

Big Bend Community College just keeps on trucking. The college received the one of the state’s top education awards Feb. 9 for its commercial truck driving program aimed at moving farmworkers from the field to behind the wheel of a big rig. College President Bill Bonaudi accepted the Governor’s 2011 Best Practices Award from Gov. Chris Gregoire at a ceremony in Olympia.

The Wenatchee World Online, February 25, 2012


Central Washington University to offer all community-college students chance for bachelor's degree

This spring, Central Washington University will offer all community-college students the opportunity to be admitted to CWU even before they finish their associate degree. … Central Washington University's dual-admissions program is great for our students," said Charlie Earl, executive director of the Community and Technical Colleges board. "It gives students more certainty as they transfer and, better yet, can save them substantial amounts of time and money."

… Tacey Kimble, a 25-year-old Tulalip resident who's midway through her associate degree at Everett Community College, signed up for the dual-admission program earlier this year. She wants to get her four-year degree in business administration, and plans to finish her degree at CWU's Lynnwood location, at Edmonds Community College.… "I'm 25 — living at the college is not for me," she said. "I'm not fresh out of high school ... and all of my friends are here." … At Yakima Valley Community College, Alex Diaz has been dual admitted to CWU, and is ready to transfer when he finishes his associate degree. He plans a double-major in psychology and law and justice. … He has a 2-year-old daughter, and "I just can't pick up my stuff and leave," he said.

The Seattle Times, February 25, 2012


Arroyo Beach gray whale skeleton to go on display

When a gray whale died on a beach in far southwest Seattle in 2010 it made headlines. It was discovered that the large mammal had a belly partly filled with plastic bags, surgical gloves, fishing line, towels, a legs from a pair of sweat pants and a golf ball. … The skeleton of that much discussed gray whale is scheduled to go on display on March 3 at Highline Community College’s Marine Science and Technology Center in Des Moines. The skeleton will be the centerpiece of an exhibit that will include the contents of the stomach, blubber from the whale, a smell station and the whale’s preserved baleen.

Seattle PI, February 24, 2012


Recipe for successful business prepared with popular cookware

While in Port Orchard, she began attending culinary school at Seattle Central Community College. With the time-consuming ferry commute becoming problematic, she relocated to Seattle where she finished her two-year degree and worked at both Mrs. Cooks — a cooking utensil store in University Village — and Casper’s, a restaurant in lower Queen Anne Hill. Despite her educational background and work experience, Clark had no desire to open her own restaurant.

Kitsap Sun, February 24, 2012

While in Port Orchard, she began attending culinary school at Seattle Central Community College. With the time-consuming ferry commute becoming problematic, ...


South Sound military veterans vouch for job programs

For more than two years, Cassandra Miklavcic couldn’t figure out how to open the social safety net for out-of-work Army veterans. She’d visit program after program and find she didn’t qualify. … The DuPont resident finally has some momentum. She’s enrolled in two job-training programs, one to help her learn accounting and another at Clover Park Technical College to steer her toward a manufacturing career with growing Puget Sound aerospace suppliers. On Thursday in Tacoma, she joined a panel of business representatives and former service members who urged U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., to sustain funding for veterans job-training programs., February 24, 2012


Clark College narrows sites in north county

Ridgefield appears to have taken the lead in a race to house Clark College’s proposed north Clark County campus, thanks in part to support from a medical goliath that arrived in the county last year. PeaceHealth, the $1 billion hospital medical chain that merged with Southwest Washington Medical Center and moved its headquarters from Bellevue to Vancouver, has spelled out a detailed proposal to establish a 90-acre Clark College campus. The site would train nurses that PeaceHealth could later hire, and would be part of a larger development of doctors’ offices, stores and restaurants.

The Columbian , February 24, 2012


Student veterans & experts grapple with "invisible wounds" of PTSD

Moderating were Dorsol Plants, South Seattle Community College student and Veterans Corps employee, and Dr. Peter Schmidt, Project Director, Veterans Training Support Center, Edmonds Community College. … A lot of this transition is taking place on campuses just like this one," added Plants, who acknowledged he has PTSD. … [David] Diltz, 26, … [said he] finds campus life cathartic while crediting his professors and Dolores Taylor [Veterans coordinator and financial aid specialist] for helping him adjust.

Highline Times, February 24, 2012


Green River Community College awarded National Science Foundation grant

Green River Community College, in collaboration with the University of Washington, was awarded earlier this month a nearly $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to provide undergraduate students with interactive laboratory research experiences. … Research shows that students with undergraduate research opportunities are more likely to remain in those programs and complete undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Tukwila Reporter, February 22, 2012





Mid-State Technical College plans gerontology associate degree program

A planned new degree program at Mid-State Technical College would help those in the human services industry cater to an aging population in central Wisconsin, program organizers say. … The potential student needs to know it has a human service focus rather than health care," Smith said, noting examples of gerontological jobs include working for aging resource centers, housing complexes designed for older adults and advocacy organizations for retirees.

Wausau Daily Herald, February 26, 2012


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