Tuesday, April 10, 2012

NEWS LINKS | April 10, 2012

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




Clark College career development professional honored

Clark College professor and counselor Carole Mackewich has received the 2012 Esther Matthews Award from the Oregon Career Development Association (OCDA).

The Reflector, April 4, 2012


Clark College to celebrate Arbor Day; second consecutive Tree Campus USA designation

The Reflector, April 4, 2012



Mental Health Mondays at Clark for all

The Columbian, April 5, 2012



Corporate citizenship & cultural awareness support caring communities
OpEd by Clark College President Robert K. Knight

Vancouver Business Journal, April 6, 2012



Dozens of employers to participate in Clark College career fair

Vancouver Business Journal,  April 6, 2012



Hispanic businesses now more prevalent, U.S. Hispanic Chamber president tells Pasco audience
The winners of this year's Leadership Awards were:   Latino Educator of the Year (Higher Education) -- Martin Valadez, Columbia Basin College vice president for diversity & outreach.
Tri-City Herald, April 7, 2012


Rare UW class unites honors students, felons

A University of Washington honors class brought undergraduate students and former prisoners together to teach about the criminal-justice system. … "I didn't think we would have any common ground," said Gina McConnell, 42, a class participant, student at Seattle Central Community College and former prisoner who has served time for drug-related offenses, identity theft and fraud.  "I thought they came from privileged lives, and we wouldn't really be able to connect," she said. "And I was wrong."

For their part, the honors students at first weren't sure what to think, either.

… Very quickly, the honors students and the former prison inmates found they had much in common, and in the end, they didn't want the class to be over. … The class [Claudia] Jensen designed was a one-time experiment for honors students, centered on a series of lectures by police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, state Department of Corrections officials and lawyers. Ten of the students enrolled were former prisoners pursuing community-college degrees, and eight were undergraduates in the honors program. … "I thought I was the one learning from them, and it was pretty much the other way around," said Felise Kaio Jr., 34, who has served time for manslaughter and first-degree assault, and is now pursuing his associate degree at Bellevue College in digital media arts and sciences. "They were intrigued by the stories, the struggle, the pain and suffering."

… Jensen, the instructor, said she came up with the idea for the class after serving on jury duty and then volunteering at the Post-Prison Education Program.

"I don't think anybody is asking anyone to feel sorry for these people — they have committed crimes, and they've acknowledged they committed these crimes," she said. "Now, they are trying their very best to make a contribution to society. They know what they need is education."

… For the honors students, one of the most striking issues is how few resources are available after prisoners are released. Studies show that people convicted of crimes have a much lower recidivism rate if they complete their education, but there are few programs to help them accomplish that goal

The Seattle Times, April 7, 2012



Competition for Boeing work isn't over yet

First and foremost must be increasing higher education opportunities to support the engineering, design and innovation demands of our region's technical aerospace workforce. Establishing a Washington State University presence in Snohomish County and fostering the growth of its engineering program is vital. So is building upon our network of community and technical colleges.
The Herald,  April 8, 2012


$1.1 billion in projects, jobs hanging in balance

But another major element is waiting in the wings, too: the supplemental capital budget.  … Among the highlights in the latest versions of Senate Bill 5127 (the new bonds bill) and Senate Bill 6074 (the traditional capital budget bill):  --$321.4 million for higher education including. Big outlays include $208 million for community colleges such as the $39.1 million earmarked for the health careers center at Tacoma Community College; plus $38.9 million for WSU’s Riverpoint biomedical and health sciences project and high-technology equipment; a new allocation for phase 3 of the University of Washington Bothell Campus.
Bellingham Herald, April 9, 2012


Adjunct Challenges College's Accreditation Over Alleged Failure to Stop Union Retaliation

The instructor says Olympic College is violating its accreditor's standards on academic freedom because the college didn't act on his complaints about union leaders.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 9, 2012


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Seattle Community Colleges back down from rules on protests
The Seattle Times, April 10, 2012


Nursing instructor inducted into Nurses Hall of Fame

Everett Community College nursing instructor Helen Behan has been inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame. 
South Everett Beacon, April 10, 2012


Des Moines honors Highline College's 50th anniversary
The value of HCC students’ education and the economic contribution to King County is valued at over $250 million annually, Birmingham reported. Highline Community College, the first community college in King County, is celebrating its golden anniversary during the 2011-2012 school year.

Highline Times, April 10, 2012


CBC's Hispanic-serving status helps all students

The recent news that Columbia Basin College will regain its designation as a Hispanic-serving institution is a huge relief. The renewed status is a benefit to all students who attend CBC, not just those who are of Hispanic heritage. With the designation comes the ability for school officials to apply for federal grants worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Tri-City Herald, April 10, 2012






Community college programs help fill skills gap in U.S.

USA Today, April 9, 2012



Student loan debt is not ‘good' debt

The Herald, April 8, 2012



Tuition Plan That Went Too Far

Santa Monica, amid growing opposition, agrees to indefinite delay in two-tiered pricing plan that was seen as antithetical to community college ideals.

Inside Higher Ed, April 9, 2012



For Student Success, Stop Debating and Start Improving
Commentary by Hilary Pennington. Colleges could be doing many things to close the degree-attainment gap between the haves and the have-nots, but they're not doing them.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 9, 2012



The Other Debt Crisis

With state lawmakers unwilling to fund capital projects at colleges and universities, public institutions increasingly turn to debt to finance construction and maintenance.

Inside Higher Ed, April 10, 2012



When There Aren’t Enough Classes to Go Around

Sandy Baum and Mike McPherson consider the alternatives for rationing when there aren’t enough goods and services—or enough seats in courses—to go around.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 9, 2012





In Our View: New Direction in Higher Ed

Legislature replaces HECB with Student Achievement Council

The Columbian, April 9, 2012



Day 30: Pension dispute coming to a head on Senate floor

Zarelli also has introduced a bill that would shield corrections and higher education from the full brunt of across the board spending cuts after January 2013, setting custody of offenders and higher ed apart to receive only a third of the percentage of cuts that would take effect for other areas.

The Olympian, April 10, 2012



Sen. Ron Wyden pushes bill that would show students costs and benefits of a college degree

The Oregonian, April 10, 2012




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