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Gregoire to meet with budget writers on Thursday

Senate Republicans scheduled a news conference for Thursday morning [at 10 a.m.] to discuss negotiations and the possibility of a new Senate coalition budget proposal. Hewitt wouldn't offer specifics on Wednesday night, but said he believed Democrats would support some of their ideas.

Seattle PI, March 14, 2012


Sen. Keiser wants to raise money by selling state artwork

A state Senator says she's found a way to continue offering scholarships to needy students without raising taxes, but not everyone is sold on her unusual idea.

Keiser's idea is to auction off $5 million worth of artwork every two years and use some of that money to fund college scholarships. The dean of arts at Everett College, Jeanne Leader, said that's not a good idea.

KOMO TV News, March 14, 2012


Shoreline CC Leads State, Nation With Jobs Program

Shoreline Community College and 10 other community and technical colleges in Washington state are among the first in the nation to implement a new national program touted by President Obama as key to getting Americans back to work. Working together, the 11 colleges are offering a two-quarter certificate in computer-numeric controlled machining. The course is designed specifically to meet the needs of the aerospace industry and move well-trained workers into well-paying jobs.
“This is exactly the kind of response industry, students and taxpayers need from our community and technical colleges,” said Mary Kaye Bredeson, Director for the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing based at Everett Community College. The Center is a one-stop resource center for education and industry in Washington. The 11 Washington colleges are: Bellingham, Columbia Basin, Everett, Green River, Olympic, Shoreline, South Puget Sound and Yakima Valley community colleges along with Bates and Renton Technical College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch, March 15, 2012 


LWIT Joins National Skills Program in Offering Aerospace Machining Course

Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s constantly evolving course offerings now include a computer-controlled machining class designed in part by the local aerospace industry as part of a national program to get Americans back to work in skilled manufacturing jobs.

Kirkland Patch, March 15, 2012


Renton Technical College Leads State, Nation With Jobs Program

Eleven colleges are offering a two-quarter certificate in computer-numeric controlled machining

Renton Patch, March 15, 2012


Clear Creek Trail: An adventure even for the regulars

Other projects to the trail include a new bridge near the Hop Jack’s restaurant and adding a picnic pavilion on the old Markwick property, said Lewis. The Olympic College Engineering Club is helping with the research and construction of the bridge and Lewis hopes to gather volunteers for a few work parties in the summer to help with the picnic pavilion project.

Central Kitsap Reporter, March 14, 2012


Long-haul trucking helps him keep his family rolling

Rodriguez set his sights on bettering his life for himself and his family. He attended CDL truck driving classes at Big Bend Community College so he could obtain a license to drive tractor-trailer rigs. It turned out to be a life-changing decision for him.

Wenatchee World, March 15, 2012





Express Lanes Redux / Confessions of a Community College Dean

Santa Monica College in California is proposing setting up new, premium sections of popular courses at higher cost for students who are shut out of subsidized sections. The cost difference is dramatic: rather than the $36 per credit they’d pay in subsidized classes, students would have to pay about $200 per credit. The idea is to allow the college to run the extra sections on a break-even basis.

Inside Higher Ed, March 15, 2012


Tablet Ownership Triples Among College Students

One-fourth of the college students surveyed said they owned a tablet, compared with just 7 percent last year. Sixty-three percent of college students believe tablets will replace textbooks in the next five years—a 15 percent increase over last year’s survey. More than a third said they intended to buy a tablet sometime in the next six months.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 14, 2012


8 Qualities of Remarkable Employees

Inc., March 15, 2012





Diverse newcomers seek 48th District House seat

Political newcomers Santiago Ramos of Kirkland, and Cyrus Habib, of Bellevue, are running for Rep. Deb Eddy's 48th District House seat, Pos. 2. Both Democrats, the candidates have similar platforms. … Ramos added that education is in jeopardy with all the state budget cuts and he wants to change that. He said the Legislature needs to also ensure adequate college funding and he will prioritize stopping the cuts to Washington’s four-year universities. … “I do believe that the public school system in this country is the single-greatest asset we have to remain competitive, to ensure equity and to provide a life of dignity and opportunity for every student,” said Habib, who is a Bellevue College Foundation [board member], which raises scholarship funds to help economically disadvantaged students.

Kirkland Reporter, March 14, 2012





Beware the Ides of March?

The Washington Post, March 15, 2012



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