Wednesday, April 18, 2012

NEWS LINKS | April 18, 2012

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Shoreline CC President Lambert offers details on jobs programs to S.S. senate subcommittee

Lambert spoke before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion at a hearing titled “Promoting American Competitiveness: Filling Jobs Today and Training Workers for Tomorrow.” Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is a member of the subcommittee that is chaired by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. … “Shoreline Community College has been at the forefront of implementing the Manufacturing Skills Certification System endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. Today, we’re leading the way to implement the Right Skills Now program recently touted by President Obama. Our campus is also one of two national innovation centers connected to National Coalition of Certification Centers. “ Partnerships, Lambert told the senators, are the key to Shoreline’s success.

Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch, April 17, 2012


 Donation clears way for building planetarium at CBC

The Tri-Cities should have a planetarium by fall, after Columbia Basin College completes its fundraising campaign today. CBC will announce today that the Community Enrichment Foundation has made the final donation needed to break ground on the project in June and complete construction in October. The planetarium on CBC's Pasco campus will be the third leg of its astronomy program, complementing the Moore Observatory, also on the Pasco campus, and the Pacific Northwest Regional Observatory that is being developed near Wallula Gap. But it also is seen as a way to hook much younger students on science.

Tri-City Herald, April 18, 2012


The Most Remarkable People on Social Media Today:  Ellen Bremen, Highline Community College

My own social media hall of fame, so to speak. I did not take into account the number of followers or the number of retweets, but selected my list purely based on how much these people changed my beliefs or motivated my actions. I believe we should highlight people who are doing remarkable work in the social universe and not only those who are just social celebrities. … Ellen Bremen is an award-winning educator at Highline Community College [near] Seattle, WA. She stops at nothing to help students strengthen their communication skills: peanut butter and jelly to illustrate problematic messages, pipe cleaners to teach communication models, and Post-It notes to reduce speaking anxiety. Ellen is always taking care that our kids will stay geniuses. I say “thank you Ellen” for making changes every day in one of the most difficult industries that exist in the world.

Business 2 Community, April 18, 2012


[Four-year] College isn’t a go for everyone

Scriber Lake High School is a small, alternative high school where students follow nontraditional paths even before graduation, said Scriber career specialist Liza Behrendt. … Behrendt refers to the website, which shows offerings at community and technical colleges and their programs across the state. … A good number of students gain career experience through Workforce Development, Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center and Running Start through Edmonds Community College to take advantage of gaining job skills and earning college credits. … “We need people to choose different pathways if we want to live in a productive, dynamic society,” she said.

The Herald, April 18, 2012


Editorial: Fighting for adult education [Jefferson Education Center]

In the earliest months of the 2012 Legislature, a group involved in supporting higher education in this county recognized that one very modest gain achieved through a decade of earlier work was at risk. This modest gain is called the Jefferson Education Center, and a modest ex-military hospital administrator named Matt Lyons from Port Ludlow has been its sole staff person for its entire life. … Lyons has helped hundreds of Jefferson County residents find college or vocational programs that help them take the next steps in their educational lives. … This one of only two counties in Washington state without a significant college center. Except for the programs offered at Peninsula College’s extension at Fort Worden State Park or the growing low-residency programs of Goddard College, our college-interested students leave or find an online education. …  Its previous sponsor, the Higher Education Coordinating Board, slipped it over to the state Board for Community and Technical Colleges, but the state board had no institutional knowledge of the JEC’s years of success and little stake in sustaining it. Besides, lawmakers were gathering up in pursuit of more than $4 billion in state budget cuts. … Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, took the lead from his position as House Majority Whip. Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-Sequim, supported it. In the Senate, Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, had to hold tight despite the fact that the Senate’s budget process was snatched away from Democrats …

Port Townsend Leader, April 18, 2012


EvCC helped Indians' Cunningham get to majors

Sitting in the visitors’ clubhouse at Safeco Field Tuesday afternoon, Aaron Cunningham reflected on his time at Everett Community College and had to laugh at himself. Cunningham, now an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians, went to EvCC seven years ago as a guy who hit well at South Kitsap High School, but was anything but a polished player. Sure Cunningham could hit, but the way he remembers it, he didn't do a whole lot else well, and at the time, playing at EvCC seemed more like a way to keep playing baseball than a means to professional career.  "It's crazy," said Cunningham, who came into Tuesday's Cleveland-Mariners' game as a defensive replacement and singled in his only at bat. 

The Herald, April 18, 2012





Senate Bill Would Bar Colleges From Using Federal Student Aid for Marketing

Colleges and universities would be banned from using revenue from federal student aid for their advertising and marketing expenses, under a bill introduced on Wednesday by two Senate Democrats. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, would prohibit institutions from using federal aid such as Pell Grants and Post-9/11 GI Bill funds for advertising, marketing, and recruitment. … The committee's analysis of for-profit colleges' revenue statements found that Bridgepoint Education spent more than $2,000 per student on recruiting in 2009, but only $700 per student on instruction. The Apollo Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, spent 22.5 percent of its revenue, or more than $1-billion, on sales and marketing in the 2011 fiscal year … While marketing budgets in the for-profit sector can approach 40 percent of revenues, nonprofit institutions spend an average of 0.5 percent of their revenues on marketing, the committee's analysis found.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 18, 2012


From Silicon Valley, A New Approach To Education

Four major universities are joining forces with Coursera, a Silicon Valley startup, to offer free online classes in more than three-dozen subjects

NPR, April 18, 2012


Bleak Economy Has Had Far-Reaching Effects on Higher Education, Panelists Say

Faculty members will face a more "harried future," warn speakers at an educational research meeting. … The disconnect between the [Horatio] Alger myth and reality is particularly stark for those with Ph.D.'s in sought-after fields like the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or the STEM disciplines ... "We're telling our students, 'Get an education. The world is your oyster if you get an education in STEM,' but we have a work force that is without health care and is low-paid," he said, pointing to several institutions at which postdoctoral researchers in those fields earn about $35,000. The irony befalling scholars in the STEM disciplines is especially bitter because policy makers have been emphasizing the importance of science and technology in reviving the economy, he said.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 16, 2012

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