Friday, March 30, 2012

NEWS LINKS | March 30, 2012

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




Australian boat builder nears deal for Fairhaven site

Bringing the firm here has been a combined effort that involved the port, the city and Whatcom County, as well as Bellingham Technical College, the Bellingham-Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Washington Department of Commerce and the office of Gov. Christine Gregoire, as well as local legal and accounting firms that provided the Australians with expertise on doing business here.

The Bellingham Herald, March 30, 2012


'Unemployed Nation' Kicks Off Today at University of Washington

Khayah Brookes, a UW senior who plans to testify Friday, says her chronic underemployment has led her to drop out of school twice. A transfer student from Seattle Central Community College, up until this year Brookes says she struggled to secure enough money for school and living expenses. "I wouldn't have looked for my third job had I made enough money with my first two," she says. "And I wouldn't have looked for my fourth job had I made enough money with my first three."

Seattle Weekly, March 30, 2012


Ruth Esparza to run for Chelan County Superior Court Judge Position 3

Esparza graduated from Westside High School in Wenatchee and later attended Wenatchee Valley College, graduating in 2000. She continued her education at Gonzaga University first earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and then a law degree. Her intellectual success and hard work have earned her the prestigious West Side High School 2005 Alumni Award and Wenatchee Valley College 2011 Alumni Award. Esparza is also a graduate of the esteemed Washington State Bar Association’s Leadership Institute.

NCW (North Central Washington) TV, March 30, 2012


Y Combinator for high-school kids? It’s students only at this new startup incubator

If you think most teenagers and twenty-somethings would rather spend their time on the beach during the summer break, you’ve not met some of the serious entrepreneurs moving through StudentRND. In fact, Menezes says students actually make for perfect entrepreneurs (one of the reasons that Y Combinator tends to skew younger as well). “Students can try everything they want, and they still have a house to live in,” says Tyler Menezes, a 19-year-old at Bellevue College. “A lot of students have that opportunity to fail fast, and what if we just give them a little bit more resources to have more of a chance of success.”

Geekwire, March 29, 2012


Two Bellevue College Students Win State Academic Honors

Casey Pinckney, a math major at Bellevue College, and Anh Nguyen, a business major, have been named to the All-Washington Academic Team for their academic performance and community service. Pinckney also was given a national recognition and named a 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), a national honor society for community college students, and will appear in the April 23 issue of USA Today.

Bellevue Patch, March 29, 2012





Community College to Charge More for Top Courses

In a move that has raised questions about the obligations of community colleges, Santa Monica College has said it will raise the tuition for the classes that students most need to get into.

New York Times, March 30, 2012


Community Colleges as Fiction Fodder

Satirical fiction is targeting community colleges, which may be sign of the sector's deepening societal relevance.  / Forget campus appearances by President Obama and other politicians. A better sign that community colleges have arrived on the national scene may be their starring role in popular culture. A television show, a recent Hollywood movie and two novels are set at community colleges. Even better, they all include a healthy dollop of satire. So instead of just mocking the sector as an academic backwater of last resort – long a tactic of comedians – these satirical looks laugh along with community colleges, saying in essence: “we kid, because we love.”

Inside Higher Ed, March 30, 2012





Gregoire pushes for compromise on state budget

The Olympian, March 30, 2012


Gregoire to Throw in Towel, Begin Signing Bills

Washington State Wire, March 29, 2012





Communications Director answers every question with "Social Media"


Huge Lottery Jackpot Tempting All But The Most Rational,4349/


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Where are they now?



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