Thursday, March 8, 2012

NEWS LINKS | March 8, 2011

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KGRG-FM joins national ranks

The reach of Auburn's own 89.9 KGRG-FM radio has just increased with the inclusion of the Green River Community College station in Clear Channel's iHeartRadio free online digital radio service. One of only two college radio stations chosen west of the Rockies, KGRG-FM joins Stanford University's KZSU on the iHeartRadio roster, which already boasts 800 commercial radio stations.

Auburn Reporter, March 1, 2012


Tears flow as CBC wins NWAACC title (w/gallery)

Columbia Basin College and Yakima Valley Community College fought it out during the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship game Tuesday night at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. CBC won the contest 60-59 to claim the title.

Tri-City Herald, March 7, 2012


OC Is Military Friendly School

Olympic College was ranked as the top two-year college on the west coast for military veterans by Military Times Edge. Over 500 student veterans were surveyed in spring 2011 on what they consider the most important school services for vets.

Olympic College, March 8, 2012


Two Bates students named to All-Washington Academic Team

Bates Technical College students Shannara Phillips and Dayna Willingham were selected as members of this year’s All-Washington Academic Team for their academic achievement and community service. Phillips and Willingham are both enrolled in the Legal Assistant program, and share a common vision: to become lawyers and help disadvantaged children and youth.

The Suburban Times, March 7, 2012


YVCC nursing student named to state academic team

Yakima Valley Community College student Fran Hull has been named to the 2012 All-Washington Academic Team. Hull has excelled at YVCC, where she has a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of two-year community college national honor society Phi Theta Kappa.

Yakima Herald, March 8, 2012


Boomer U. – Older Adults Go Back to School

After the economy tanked, “the community colleges saw plus-50 students coming back to [school] for workforce training/retraining,” says Mary Sue Vicker, the director of the American Association of Community Colleges Plus 50 Initiative, a program created in 2008 to assist older students. To stay competitive in the labor market, those who are older need both new skills and skill updating, particularly with computers, says Vicker.

… Sharon Freeman, coordinator of the Clover Park Technical College Plus 50 Program near Tacoma, Wash., recalls a 55-year-old student who came in after being laid off from a six-figure job as manager of an electronic store. With a sick wife at home, he needed a new career to support his family. He enrolled in a two-and-a-half-month nurse’s assistant program at Clover Park, but did so well that he extended it to a one-year program to become a licensed nurse practitioner.

The Fiscal Times, March 8, 2012


Governor signs lifelong learning account bill
Washington became the first state to formally recognize a permanent Lifelong Learning Account program as an optional benefit for employees.  The legislation (SB 6141) may make it possible for the program to become more widely available.

In the case of Erin Batchelor, an employee with Hanner Enterprises which operates McDonalds restaurants in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties, her Lifelong Learning Account is helping her complete an associate's degree at Grays Harbor College with the ultimate goal of earning a business.

… The pilot LiLA program began with funding from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Lumina Foundation for Education. Additional support has come from the following program partners: Washington's Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, the Association of Washington Business, the State Labor Council, the Higher Education Coordinating Board, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Financial Institutions, and the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council.

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, March 7, 2012

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In quest to create jobs, some states get creative

To fund infrastructure projects in Washington state, lawmakers are trying to raise money by selling off future income from the state lottery and other, more obscure sources of revenue. The state has largely maxed out its bond capacity, and there's no momentum for new taxes.

The Bellingham Herald, March 7, 2012




Democratic plan may avoid special session

A special session may be needed if an "end-zone" plan by Democrats to plug the deficit doesn't succeed by midnight.

The Herald, March 8, 2012


WA Lege: The final day or final daze?

The Spokesman Review, March 8, 2012


Democratic State Rep. Deb Eddy to retire

State Representative Deb Eddy, a Democrat from Kirkland, won't seek re-election in November.

The Bellingham Herald, March 8, 2012



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