Monday, March 12, 2012

NEWS LINKS | March 12, 2012

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Prepare for boom to end, Peninsula College finalist says

John R. Langrell is no stranger to the Washington higher education system and the Pacific Northwest. … He served as vice president of instruction and chief workforce officer and as instructional director of vocational-technical and continuing education for 17 years at Walla Walla Community College.

Peninsula Daily News, March 8, 2012


Chemeketa president in running for Seattle-area [Bellevue College] job

Chemeketa Community College President Cheryl Roberts confirmed today she's being considered for a similar position in Bellevue, Wash.

Statesman Journal, March 8, 2012


Editorial: Job stimulus legislation should be high priority

Among other business left undone is passage of a jobs bill, or bills, that would fund as much as $1.3 billion in construction projects around the state. In Spokane, the priority on everyone's list is $38.9 million to complete the Biomedical and Health and Sciences Center under construction at the Riverpoint Campus. … Money would also be available for other University District projects, expansion at Spokane Community College campuses and more home weatherization.

The Spokesman Review, March 9, 2012


Skills center may be near construction

The Walla Walla School District is one step closer to building a regional skills center to serve local high school students and those in surrounding districts. The district has been working toward establishing a local skills center the last few years, with much success. It has secured money from the state in phases, first for the pre-design, and then the architectural design of the project. The district plans to build the skills center at Walla Walla Community College. The college has been leasing the space to the district for a nominal fee.

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, March 8, 2012


Recent industry/education roundtable at Shoreline CC explores future of job training

A unique gathering of officials at Shoreline Community College recently explored how education and industry can work together to bridge the gap between today's reality and tomorrow's demands for training, certification and jobs.... The seminar was sponsored by NC3 and Snap-on Tools and hosted by Shoreline Community College. Shoreline was an early member of NC3 and President Lee Lambert is vice chairman of the board of directors. …The Feb. 29 roundtable included officials from Snap-on, Boeing, Royell Manufacturing and others as well as Miramar Community College (San Diego), Gateway Community College (Wisconsin), Francis Tuttle Technology Center (Oklahoma) and local colleges including Shoreline, Edmonds, Everett and Lake Washington [Institute of Technology].

Shoreline/Lake Forest Patch, March 9, 2012


Magazine says Olympic College is tops for veterans

Olympic College was ranked as the top two-year college on the west coast for military veterans by Military Times Edge magazine. More than 500 student veterans were surveyed in spring 2011 on what they consider the most important school services for vets.

North Kitsap Herald, March 9, 2012


New reality for nurses: Not easy to find a job

Nursing was pitched as a recession-proof job sector facing perennial shortages, but the Great Recession has left many recent nursing-school graduates and experienced nurses scrambling to find work. "We feel really bad because we as an industry promoted nursing as a great career," said Kim Giglio, director of recruiting at Tacoma-based MultiCare Health System. But she says young graduates shouldn't lose heart: "At some point we will go back into a shortage." …

That could happen by 2017 or sooner, a recent University of Washington study found, as baby-boomer nurses retire, the population ages, and broader federal insurance coverage begins in 2014. Barbara Hack, director of the nursing program at North Seattle Community College, said these days employers can insist on experience. "When there's a nursing shortage, they'll take someone who's breathing, and train them," Hack said. Now, "there's a lot of people with experience taking the spots that new graduates would have been taking if the economy hadn't changed." …

Students are still banging down the doors of nursing schools: Tacoma Community College reports up to 300 qualified applicants for 24 seats in each admission cycle. Experts say these nursing schools need more faculty and resources to fill the nursing shortage they think will reappear as the economy strengthens.

The Seattle Times, March 10, 2012


Moses Lake Steel Supply expands

When some businesses were scaling back because of the recession, Moses Lake Steel Supply added Columbia River Steel Supply in East Wenatchee. … Rimple said he is excited to be there and to build relationships with the community. … Rimple used a free local resource in writing his business plan, with guidance from Allan Peterson, of the Small Business Development Center at Big Bend Community College.

Columbia Basin Herald, March 10, 2012


Op-ed: Strengthening a key community asset

The Future of Flight is the biggest tourist attraction in Snohomish County, and one of the biggest attractions in Washington. ... Our expanded strategic plan will transform the visitor experience and intensify our emphasis on engaging youth in aviation, technology and innovation. Our new subtitle will be a "Center of Innovation and Technology." … Our county enjoys excellent community colleges in Everett and Edmonds and will soon have the presence of Washington State University.

The Herald, March 10, 2012


Editorial: Washington's new Student Achievement Council promising for higher ed

Legislation awaiting Gov. Chris Gregoire's signature replaces the citizens board with a stronger and more focused entity. The new Student Achievement Council promises more vocal and robust leadership to design a higher-education system closely aligned with work force and educational needs.

Seattle Times, March 12, 2012





Community colleges now in the spotlight

Community colleges, long the under-loved stepchildren of American higher education, still don't get the dollars of their four-year counterparts, but they're standing very much in the spotlight these days. … Why all the attention? One reason is that "middle skill" jobs — requiring more than high school but less than a full college degree — look like the most promising source of fuel for quickly revving up an economic recovery. Federal data show they account for roughly half of all jobs, and even when unemployment was over 10 percent nationally last year, a survey conducted by the Manufacturing Institute found that two-thirds of manufacturing companies reported moderate-to-severe shortages of qualified workers to hire. That kind of training is the sweet spot for the country's 1,167 community colleges. But the other big reason is speed and agility. Compared to more slow-to-respond sectors of higher education, community colleges have become more entrepreneurial, flexible and responsive.

Daily Record (NJ),March 11, 2012


Opinion: Pass the Books. Hold the Oil.

Education is a better economic driver than a country's natural resources. By Thomas L. Friedman.

The New York Times, March 11, 2012


Opinion: The Reproduction of Privilege

As college loses its postwar role as a social and economic equalizer, the political implications are profound. By Thomas B. Edsall

The New York Times, March 11, 2012


University president: 'Blended learning' could save money on remedial education

eCampus News, March 12, 2012


The (Aging) College President

Study shows sharp upturn in proportion of campus leaders older than 61 and those coming from outside higher ed -- and continued dominance of white men.

Inside Higher Ed, March 12, 2012


Opinion: Education for the 99%: how the top 1% is destroying public education

With the top 1% in full control of education policy and responsible for creating a financial crisis that is defunding our schools and eliminating essential programs such as Adult Education and Early Childhood Education, we must join together as the 99%. … With the onslaught of private career and technical colleges, the 1% would rather close down public Adult Schools to push adult students into predatory private schools, where they can make a profit.  By Jose Lara.

The South Los Angeles Report, March 12, 2012





Employee education savings accounts earn governor's signature

An education savings account program intended to help low-wage workers gain training and work skills earned the governor's signature of approval. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed Engrossed Senate Bill 6141 on Wednesday. The measure establishes the Lifelong Learning Program that allows workers to create and own education savings accounts. Employers who choose to participate in the program match, to a determined limit, what their employees invest. Workers can use the savings to fund educational or training programs

Auburn Reporter, March 10, 2012


Special session begins in Olympia, but with limited agenda

The News Tribune, March 12, 2012


State Sen. Hargrove won't run for Congress

State Sen. Jim Hargrove said in a late night press release on Sunday that he would not run for the Congressional seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks. The decision makes state Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, the only Democrat who is seeking the seat.

Aberdeen Daily World, March 12, 2012



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