Thursday, March 22, 2012

NEWS LINKS | March 22, 2012

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




BTC awarded engineering software valued at $455,000

Bellingham Technical College has been awarded state-of-the-art engineering design software from Autodesk Inc. that is valued at $455,000. The gift will allow BTC engineering students to learn skills required by industry piping and structural designers while using the newest technology. … Bellingham-based Anvil Corp. helped the college obtain the software.

The Bellingham Herald, March 20, 2012


Wine grape report shows both good news and bad

Price and volume information for the 2011 wine grape crop is out, and it does not paint a pretty picture for the 2011 crop. But there is a more encouraging slant to the data, as well as market news that should sooth the hurt for the recent crop to some extent. Trent Ball, Yakima Valley Community College agriculture department chair, chimes in with expert opinion.

Yakima Valley Business Times, March 2012


Workforce development group’s new leader emphasizes lifelong learning

Interview with Jeanne Bennett, new executive director of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council:  We already have strong partnerships with community colleges and Washington State University and with our K-12 (institutions). … What is true is that just because you have a high school degree does not mean that you will consistently be able to support yourself through time. You need to be a lifelong learner … learning doesn’t stop the day (students) walk out of high school. They have to be ready for retraining. Maybe they really need an associate’s degree down the road … we have been a provider of funds to Clark College because part of what we do is pay for training. We’ll (also) spend money at the college to pay for tuition.

The Columbian, March 20, 2012


Viticulture & Enology program keeps growing

The viticulture and enology program at Yakima Valley CC’s Grandview Campus is in its fourth year, and Ag Department Chair Trent Ball said it’s growing strong

Daily Sun News – Valley Farmer Spring Edition, March 20, 2012


[Renton] Mayor Law touts job growth but raises tax possibility in State of the City address

As part of that effort, the city is “working hard” in Olympia to obtain $2.5 million from the state Legislature to establish the Renton Aerospace Training Center at the Renton Municipal Airport, he said. “This will allow Renton Technical College to expand the capacity of its aerospace training and, through a 12-week course, provide workers with the skills they need to obtain jobs in the aerospace industry,” he said.

Renton Reporter, March 21, 2012


Changes under way in high-tech schooling / Clark College, two districts aim to better prepare their students

One aspect of this is a pilot program dubbed the Math Initiative. … Details are to be worked out, but the level of math students took in high school -- and what grade they received -- will determine if they can go straight into a college-level course at Clark College, said Bob Knight, the college’s president. There’s a debate around the country over whether tests like COMPASS accurately assess the skill level of students, Knight said. And so, Clark will try waiving the COMPASS for students who got good grades in difficult high school math classes.

The Columbian, March 22, 2012


In Our View: Head Start on High Tech / Partnerships between local schools and businesses will improve workforce

More students will be able to stay home to pursue higher education. And high-tech businesses will benefit from a more highly skilled workforce. Educators and business leaders are venturing beyond their respective silos, transcending lines that used to separate private and public sectors. Also, the gap between K-12 and Clark College, already narrowed by Running Start and other programs, is getting even smaller. …  Clark College and the Evergreen and Vancouver districts are broadening and accelerating STEM programs that focus on science, technology engineering and math. A pilot program called the Math Initiative, which is still in development, would allow the more ambitious math students coming out of high school to bypass the COMPASS test, a Clark College test that measures proficiency in math, reading and writing.

The Columbian, March 22, 2012


Peninsula College presidential choice eager to take helm

Peninsula College trustees' choice for president said he is looking forward to leading the community college. Luke P. Robins, chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College, hadn't had a lot of time to process the news that he had been chosen Tuesday to take the helm of the school when he spoke later that evening.

Peninsula Daily News, March 22, 2012


In brief: SFCC president search narrows

The search for Spokane Falls Community College president has been narrowed to five finalists, college officials announced Wednesday.

Spokesman Review, March 22, 2012


Balloch teenager aiming high as professional footballer in America

A Balloch, [Scotland] teenager is living the American dream after making it as a professional footballer in the States. Ross Leebody has just enjoyed a successful first season playing in Seattle with the Kitsap Pumas [soccer team] and hopes to progress further in the next campaign. … “I was offered a scholarship at Olympic College in Washington and studied there for two years.  “I had been applying for something like that and I got the chance to play in a game there to showcase my skills. … “Other colleges were interested but this was the one I accepted and I got taken on by Kitsap Pumas last season. I’ve loved every minute of it.

Lennox Herald, March 23, 2012




Student Borrowers With Highest Debt Loads Uninformed

Inside Higher Ed, March 22, 2012


Adjunct Nation

I came across an interesting article in The Economist the other day. According to this article, based on data from LinkedIn, “one of the fastest-growing job titles in America is ‘adjunct professor’ (an ill-paid, overworked species of academic).”

Inside Higher Ed, March 22, 2012



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