Thursday, April 12, 2012

NEWS LINKS | April 12, 2012

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CBC recognized for Arbor Day
Columbia Basin College has been recognized as a tree campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. In honor of receiving this award for the third consecutive year trees were planted by students, staff and the community at the Center for Career and Technical Education at CBC.
KNDU/KNDO TV, April 11, 2012


College students participate in "One Day without Shoes"

More than 200 students spent the day barefoot at Walla Walla Community College. "One Day without Shoes," is a global initiative Tom's Shoes created to help raise awareness around the world for those who go every day without shoes.

KLEW TV, April 11, 2012


Kitsap Public Utility District gets a little less from capital budget
Kitsap projects that were funded in the supplemental capital projects budget include: …  $3.624 million for design work to build a three-story, 48,000-square-foot instructional center at Olympic College's Bremerton campus. Construction money for the $50 million project could show up in the 2013-2017 time frame.

Kitsap Sun, April 11, 2012


Cancer sets survivor on career path

Christina Jensen wanted to be a nurse since she was in sixth grade. Losing her leg to bone cancer a few years ago failed to end that dream, and instead informed her decision to become a nurse practitioner. …As soon as Jensen recovered from the effects of chemotherapy, she entered Clark College in spring 2006. While she was chipping away at the classes required to get into the nursing program — biology, anatomy and the like — her ankle kept breaking, as her body rejected the bone. … Jensen plans to attend Washington State University Vancouver starting this fall to get her bachelor’s degree in nursing. Then she’ll get her master’s degree to become a nurse practitioner. When Jensen started her path to nursing, she wasn’t sure what her specialty would be. But the many days and nights spent at Seattle Children’s Hospital brought those plans into focus.

The Columbian, April 12, 2012





Chicago colleges train veterans for utility work

Returning veterans may find jobs as utility workers, through a new Chicago community college training program aimed at certifying them to work in the natural gas industry. About 100 veterans per year will go through the seven-month program designed to help them transition to steady civilian jobs.

State officials on Wednesday announced the new $3.5 million collaboration between state agencies, community colleges and the gas utility sector.

Business Week, April 11, 2012


New Comparison Tool for Financial Aid

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is working to create greater awareness among borrowers about student debt, has launched an early version of a financial aid comparison tool that lets students compare the cost of a certificate, associate degree or bachelor's degree at up to three institutions
Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed, April 12, 2012


Workforce Development Council Names New Head

Cheryl B. Fambles, currently the executive director of the Washington Workforce Association, a professional association of the 12 Workforce Development Directors in Washington State, has been named the new chief executive officer for the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, headquartered at the Satsop Business Park in Elma. She worked in higher education at The Evergreen State College and South Puget Sound Community College.

KBKW News,  April 12, 2012


Wealth or Waste? Rethinking the Value of a Business Major

Undergraduate business majors are a dime a dozen on many college campuses. But according to some, they may be worth even less. More than 20% of U.S. undergraduates are business majors, nearly double the next most common major, social sciences and history. … The biggest complaint: The undergraduate degrees focus too much on the nuts and bolts of finance and accounting and don't develop enough critical thinking and problem-solving skills through long essays, in-class debates and other hallmarks of liberal-arts courses. Companies say they need flexible thinkers with innovative ideas and a broad knowledge base derived from exposure to multiple disciplines. … Such changes should appease recruiters, who have been seeking well-rounded candidates from other disciplines, such as English, economics and engineering.

Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2011


College-Bound Cast Wider Net: Falling Acceptance Rates Drive Students to Apply to More Schools, Fueling Cycle

It got so crazy at times, I'd forget which schools I'd finished my applications for, and which ones I didn't," said Genevieve Carrillo, a 17-year-old senior at Highline High School in Burien, Wash. She applied to 10 schools so she could compare financial-aid packages, and to ensure at least a few acceptances. … "I was just afraid that I wouldn't be qualified enough for college, that I didn't do enough, that I didn't do well enough," said Ms. Carrillo, the Washington state student who has a grade point average around 3.5, "decent" standardized test scores and leadership positions with several student clubs. She was accepted to seven schools and picked Western Washington University, saying the choice was based "110%" on cost.

Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2011





Supplemental Budget: Worst of Cuts Avoided, Challenges Remain

Schmudget Blog, April 11, 2012


Rep. Springer’s higher-ed efficiency reforms signed into law

A package of efficiency reforms that will enable colleges and universities to cut administrative costs and redirect savings to serving students was signed into law March 30 by Gov. Chris Gregoire. “This is regulatory relief for college students that will cut bureaucratic costs and generate savings at every two- and four-year college in the state,” said state Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland), who sponsored the bill and led its passage through the Legislature.

Kirkland Reporter, April 12, 2012



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