Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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




11 community, technical colleges to offer aerospace-related certificate

Two-quarter certificate in computer controlled machining is designed to make students readily employable in the state's burgeoning airplane industry. … The initiative is part of a new national program, Right Skills Now, designed to respond to the talent crisis facing manufacturing industries. Patterned on a course developed by Shoreline Community College instructor Keith Smith, the program includes internships with local companies to help students make the transition from training to applying the skills. The 11 Washington colleges are: Columbia Basin, Everett, Green River, Olympic, Shoreline, South Puget Sound and Yakima Valley community colleges along with Bates Technical College, Bellingham Technical College, Renton Technical College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

The Seattle Times, March 14, 2012


Lake Washington Institute of Technology among 11 schools to ramp up machining programs for aerospace industry
Redmond Reporter, March 14, 2012

Don't balance budget by raiding art collection, artists urge

A proposal to sell off some of the state's art collection to balance the budget isn't getting rave reviews among artists or lawmakers.  ...  The bill was introduced by Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent. Her idea is to auction off works from the state art collection every two years. The bill directs the Washington State Arts Commission to choose among the more than 4,000 pieces in the collection to sell, with a goal of raising a minimum of $5 million each time. One of the works would include "Bloom,'' a large piece made of eco resin, LED lights and stainless steel that was installed in 2009 at Everett Community College

The Herald, March 14, 2012 


Public prep school in Lakewood earns IB designation

In January, Harrison Prep became certified as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School – the culmination of a three-year process. It is Clover Park’s first IB school, known for rigorous academics and a global focus. Harrison Prep is currently housed in the former Lake City Elementary School, but plans are in the works for a new campus that will share facilities and resources with Clover Park Technical College.
The News Tribune, March 14, 2012




Editorial:  Help for Student Borrowers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is right to take on the poorly regulated, private student lending industry.

The New York Times, March 14, 2012


Students Lobby to Stop Interest Rate Increase

Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2012


District seeks to bridge language barriers

The Edmonds School District is increasing efforts to reach out to parents who don’t speak English at home in order to help their children succeed in school. With a growing population of students and families whose primary language isn’t English, keeping parents involved and connected can be a challenge. … When a situation can be predicted or prepared for, such as an information night or meeting, the district arranges for interpreters from Refugee Forum, a nonprofit from Everett Community College, and uses electronic interpreting devices.

The Weekly Herald, March 14, 2012


The Complications of Counseling

Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2012





Budget impasse continues at special session

The Herald, March 14, 2012





Pi Day: five fun facts about 3.14

Christian Science Monitor, March 14, 2012


Pi Day: 3.14 ways you can celebrate

Washington Post, March 14, 2012


Beware the ‘morrow:  the Ides of March.


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