Monday, April 16, 2012

NEWS LINKS | April 16, 2012

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YVCC Vineyard & Winery Technology program: offering students a perfect blend

Since the Vineyard & Winery Technology program began in 2007, it has captured the imagination of students from 19 to 70 years of age, said Trent Ball, Yakima Valley CC agriculture program chair and viticulture and enology instructor. Currently, about 30 full- and part-time students are enrolled, taking one year of classes at the Yakima or Grandview campuses and spending the second year of the program “on the job” with hands-on learning in YVCC’s Yakima Valley Vintners Teaching Winery in Grandview. Students have gone on to start their own wineries (Wind Rose Cellars in Sequim and Dumb Blonde Winery in Prosser) or work at both large and small vineyards and wineries in Washington and Oregon.

Yakima Magazine, April 13, 2012


Washington Legislature: College officials relieved to escape budget negotiations without further cuts

The larger Clark College, with about 15,000 students, has a $60 million budget for the second year of the biennium. Barbara Kerr, the college's executive director of communications and marketing, said the college has worked with the community since November to prepare for a cut. Students still carry the burden of paying higher tuition each year, Kerr said, but at least this time there are no funding reductions.  "We're very gratified that there are no additional cuts in the budget next year," Kerr said. "We think that reflects the importance of our role, and the role of all of the state's community and technical colleges, in supporting Washington's economic recovery."

The Oregonian, April 13, 2012


Cantwell pushes for more aerospace workers in visit to Kitsap
Washington state must grow its aerospace workforce by 20,000 people in a decade if it has a prayer of staying competitive. That was the sobering message U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., delivered to educators and others during a local stop Friday. The educators reminded her that funding for more college instruction in aerospace could solve the shortfall.  … Meeting at Olympic College, Cantwell agreed. … Cantwell is chairwoman of the Senate Aviation Operations, Safety and Security Committee, and came to Bremerton to see progress on $2.2 million she secured last fall for OC to boost aerospace training. … The funds already are being used to provide aerospace training for 374 students, according to OC President David Mitchell, in three areas — composites manufacturing; manufacturing technology and precision machining; and electronics. … This coming fall, WSU will start a four-year, mechanical-engineering degree program at Everett Community College based on a model started two years ago at OC.
Kitsap Sun, April 14, 2012


We need your help to plan our future / Guest commentary by David Beyer, Everett Community College President

Everett Community College is asking important questions about the college's future, and we want to hear from you. … This is the first time in the college's history that EvCC has sought community participation on this scale to prepare for the college's challenging future.  These conversations are happening at a crucial time for higher education. EvCC's enrollment grew 13 percent in 2010-11, providing vital education and training to prepare students to transfer to four-year schools, get their first jobs, retrain for a new job or learn new skills for their current workplace.

The Herald, April 14, 2012


Hotel [and Wenatchee Valley College] adds electric-car chargers

They can recharge an electric car battery pack in about four hours … Level 2 stations are also available in the parking lots of the Wenatchee Convention Center, Wenatchee Valley College, Stevens Pass ski area and Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort in Leavenworth.

Wenatchee World, April 14, 2012


Kimberly-Clark paper mill shuts down

[Josh] Estes, who is married with a 3-year-old daughter, is now studying energy management at Edmonds Community College. “It’s hopefully some new steps and new stages to move forward with a new career path,” he said.

KING 5 News, April 16, 2012





Unlocking student data could lead to 'app economy' for colleges

Colleges are pressured to open up student data. Start-up companies want to pry the information loose from campus servers in order to offer personalized services that could transform the student experience.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15, 2012


Screening Out the Introverts

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15, 2012


For Women to Think Mathematically, Colleges Should Think Creatively

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15, 2012





Sunday Spin: Some phrases to retire

At the end of the day, a transparent, sustainable bipartisan budget will bend the curve and not kick the can down the road.

Spokesman Review, April 16, 2012



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