Monday, March 26, 2012

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Renton Technical College to offer certificate program to support the aerospace industry

Renton Reporter, March 22, 2012


Gregoire appoints new Big Bend trustee

Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Anna C. Franz, of Lind, to the Big Bend Community College Board of Trustees effective March 15. … Franz graduated from Big Bend as a Running Start student from Lind High School. She earned a bachelor's degree and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Washington.

Columbia Basin Herald, March 23, 2012


Seattle on the cusp of making sustainability legal

In places with good transit service, the law will return to the way it was when the city was built: officials will no longer force private property owners to supply a minimum number of parking spaces.  That last one is particularly popular with institutions like Seattle Central Community College. Consider the absurdity of the current situation: the college is located just a few minutes' walk from downtown and it's served by multiple bus lines, as well as a forthcoming streetcar and light rail station. Not surprisingly, its existing parking facilities are under-subscribed. Yet it cannot expand its classroom space without also building costly new parking structures.

Sightline Daily, March 23, 2012


Future construction project being planned at YVCC

Yakima Valley Community College is getting ready for some major construction they hope to start in the next few years. It's a $20 million project that will demolish six buildings on campus and build a new state of the art, two story facility that will house several classrooms and faculty offices. … Funding could be an issue. The state will pay for the construction, but lawmakers have reduced the amount for projects at community colleges. [Teresa Holland, vice president for administration services at YVCC] says it could be three years before construction begins.

KNDO TV, March 23, 2012


Woman lands prestigious art residency in France
That passion of the young woman born in Montreal and raised in the Northwest led her to an art degree from Olympic College in Washington state, then to further study at The New School of Visual Concepts in Seattle. … The first week in April, Iglesias will start a month long stay as the artist in residence at the prestigious Atelier d'Artiste de Grande Vigne in Dinan, France. News Desk, March 24, 2012


Seattle community colleges may set rules for protests

The Seattle Community College District is considering rules that would curtail protests at the district's three campuses, requiring outside groups to notify the college 24 hours before a protest and even restricting the size of protest signs. … The proposed rules would govern protests at all three of the community-college-district campuses: North Seattle Community College, South Seattle Community College and Seattle Central Community College.

The Seattle Times, March 24, 2012


Seattle Community Colleges Plan More Restrictions on Protests

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 26, 2011


Peninsula hopes to make splash at composites trade show in Paris

Representatives of two North Olympic Peninsula companies and the Port of Port Angeles will showcase opportunities on the Peninsula at a global trade show for composite industries in Paris this week.  They join other Washington state companies in marketing the state as the "Silicon Valley" of the worldwide composites industry at the JEC Composites Show, the state Department of Commerce said in a statement. … The Olympic Composites Corridor is a public-private partnership focused on bringing composite companies to the Peninsula. Other partners in the Olympic Composites Corridor include Westport Shipyards, Platypus Marine, Peninsula College — which provides training for the composites industry — the Port of Bremerton, Olympic College, Kitsap Aerospace & Defense Alliance, the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Mervin Manufacturing, the Clallam County Economic Development Council and the Kitsap Economic Development Authority.

Peninsula Daily News, March 25, 2012


Community colleges put federal money to work on aerospace training

"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. …  Last year, a consortium of colleges won a $20 million federal grant for workforce training. The group, Air Washington, consists of 11 community and technical colleges across the state:  Columbia Basin, Everett, Green River, Olympic, 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.

… More than 80 percent of manufacturers report not finding people to fill skilled production jobs, according to recent study by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte. As a result, there are as many as 600,000 manufacturing jobs open now nationwide, the report says. The state's "analysis is a great homing device to make sure our training and resources are targeted exactly where students and employers need them," Charlie Earl, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, said when the study was released earlier this year. ...  The new [Everett Community College Aerospace Solutions Group] will connect regional aerospace and manufacturing companies with workforce development and training solutions provided by the college. "We will grow educational offerings to meet employer needs, develop more productive partnerships with industry and create seamless educational pathways that lead to employment for our students," David Beyer, president of the college.

The Herald, March 25, 2012


Job specialists say lots of help is available for veterans

When Trish Leonard left the Army National Guard last fall, she expected getting a job would be easy. But Leonard quickly learned she needed a pair of civilian certificates to qualify. As a result, she has enrolled in Spokane Community College in aerospace science and is anticipating months of class work. It's a program that gives preference to veterans.

…Pat O'Halloran, veteran transition coordinator for SCC's aviation program, said the federal government is spending $20 million over the next three years to increase training opportunities in aviation programs around the state, including Spokane's. That will provide class space statewide for an additional 2,100 students in what's known as the Air Washington consortium. Aerospace job prospects are good, O'Halloran said. Most students who earn machining certificates get hired, he added. And veterans get preferences for enrollment and hiring, O'Halloran recently told a pair of job seekers at Spokane's WorkSource office.

.. Employment experts say the job market is toughest for veterans like [Ethan] Edsall, who lack advanced job skills. They recommend career screening and counseling, available through WorkSource, colleges and other agencies. In many cases, veterans need to learn the basics, like how to write a résumé and techniques for getting a foot in the door for an interview.

Spokesman Review, March 25, 2012


Robins oversaw growth at Louisiana Delta Community College

Louisiana Delta Community College Chancellor Luke Robins will leave behind a legacy of extensive growth, institutional accreditation, increased visibility in the community and expanded program offerings when he leaves at the end of the school year [to assume presidency at Peninsula College].

Monroe News Star, March 26, 2012


Bellevue College Coffee Sales To Help Students In Need

Bellevue College hopes to convert hot coffee into hot meals, as they raise money for the "Soup and Tutor" Program. The program provides hot meals and additional help with their studies for students who are short on money ... "Some of our students can't afford to get enough to eat every day. This is a simple way for folks to have a healthy lunch and receive help with their studies in a safe, friendly and supportive environment," said Faisal Jaswal, assistant dean of student programs, in a prepared statement.

Bellevue Patch, March 26, 2012


Airport University Student from Ethiopia Gains Computer Skills to Make a Better Life for his Family

Airport University, a program of Port Jobs, is a partnership with Highline Community College and South Seattle Community College, and is funded, in part, by the Port of Seattle. Airport University's classes are offered at no cost to income-eligible airport employees, and provide students with college credits as well as valuable workplace skills. … Mary Turla and Highline Community College instructor Susan Taylor were thrilled to see 20 students earn Business Technology credits this quarter.

Digital Journal, March 26, 2012


OC ahead of the class in veteran support as legislation fails to catch up

… Last September, [Jon] Voelker began taking classes at Olympic College because his body can no longer take the wear-and-tear of construction work. He is studying project management in addition to working toward a certificate in architectural design. The feel of college for the aging Vietnam veteran is much different this time. "It's basically more help than I have ever received," Voelker said .... He was studying for finals at the Veteran and Military Service Center on campus, … a place for veteran and military students that provides resources as well as Internet-ready computers for checking email or completing coursework. It's also a place for students of similar backgrounds or experiences to come together and just hang out, or have alone time. … David Sieman, a retired Navy electrician, is studying electronics at OC and said he doesn't let other students' behavior [texting during class or arriving late] bother him, adding that it can be "shocking." Although Sieman spent 23 years working on the extremely complicated electronics on submarines in the Navy followed by eight years as an electronics installer at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, he was told over and over by potential employers that he needs a degree in order to be hired.

Kitsap Navy News, March 26, 2012





Evolution Unbound: Blackboard embraces open source

Blackboard just bought MoodleRoom, one of the architects of Sakai, and has announced it will not discontinue ANGEL until further notice.

Ray Henderson Blog, March 26, 2012


The Tech Savvy Presidency: What College Presidents Need to Know About Technology

What do college and university leaders need to know about technology as disruptive forces converge on higher education? …  An important attribute … for campus CEOs is not so much an understanding of technology as the ability to identify and recruit strategic leadership in that area. … In other words, presidents may not need to know the ins and outs of hardware, software, and cloud computing, but they need to be able to accelerate how available technology contributes to achieving strategic goals. …Kenneth C. Green of The Campus Computing Project and one of the authors of the survey, says that he would recast what search committees and boards should be seeking in college and university presidents. He suggests that committees and boards ask presidents not how familiar they are with technology but, instead, how they plan to ensure that technology is effectively supporting research, instruction, operations and management including the generation and analysis of data, and online education.

Inside Higher Ed, March 23, 2012


EDITORIAL: Student loan crisis calls for mortgage-style flexibility

Bankruptcy attorneys from across the country . . . report that what they are seeing at the ground level feels too much like what they saw before the foreclosure crisis crashed onto the national scene: more consumers seeking their help with unmanageable student loan debt, and with no relief available." That line, from a February report commissioned by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, echoes a growing concern among economists. … And just as there were irresponsible homebuyers who bought far more house than they could afford, there are irresponsible students who gave little thought to how they were going to repay their loans. For example, someone who racks up a $40,000 balance studying French literature with no practical plans for a job to finance the payments.

The News Tribune, March 25, 2012


State steps up its efforts to produce more engineers

Thousands of engineers are approaching retirement age. And too few Washington college students are graduating with engineering degrees. …  Next fall, Washington State University intends to offer a mechanical engineering course through the University Center collaborative at Everett Community College, said Bob Olsen, WSU associate dean for undergraduate programs.

The Herald, March 26, 2012


College Kicks Out Man Who Killed Trayvon Martin

Seminole State [Community] College has expelled George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin ... College officials released a statement saying: "Due to the highly charged and high-profile controversy involving this student, Seminole State has taken the unusual but necessary step this week to withdraw Mr. Zimmerman from enrollment. This decision is based solely on our responsibility to provide for the safety of our students on campus as well as for Mr. Zimmerman."
Inside Higher Ed, March 26, 2012


Class Problem

A viral video of a student losing it while an instructor tried to lecture raises the question of how professors should deal with disruptions.

Inside Higher Ed, March 26, 2012


Gates Foundation Names Interim Successor for Pennington

Allan Golston, president of U.S. programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be the interim successor to Hilary Pennington, the foundation's director of education, postsecondary success, and special initiatives …
Inside Higher Ed, March 26, 2012




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