Thursday, April 19, 2012

NEWS LINKS | April 19, 2012

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




Charlie Earl to retire as chief of state community-college system

Earl, 65, has been executive director of the state Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) for six years. Under his direction, the system has won national recognition for several programs that increased the number of students who finished their college degrees. Sharon Fairchild, board chairwoman, praised Earl as a visionary leader who has "led us through some very significant major initiatives." One such program is called I-BEST, for Integrated Basic Education Skills Training; it's been cited several times by President Obama in speeches about innovations in community colleges …. Earl also helped develop the Student Achievement Initiative, which rewards colleges with extra money when they improve on certain measures … During Earl's tenure, state-funded enrollment at the 34 colleges has grown from 250,000 to 330,000 students.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Dedicating a work of art
Swinomish carver Kevin Paul celebrates the dedication of a story pole to Skagit Valley College during a public ceremony at the college’s Mount Vernon campus. The Skagit Valley College Foundation commissioned Paul to carve the story pole, which took him several months to complete...
Skagit Valley Herald, April 17, 2012

$50,000 donated to CBC Planetarium Project
The Planetarium Project at Columbia Basin College got another large contribution this morning. The Community Enrichment Foundation donated $50,000 this morning, and last fall gave an additional $50,000 to the project. When complete, the planetarium will be one of the largest in the state.
KNDU/KNDO TV, April 18, 2012

WCC takes 3rd at cyber defense competition
The Whatcom Community College Cyberdefense Team is enjoying accolades following a regional competition involving ten other schools. WCC placed third in the Pacific Rim Cyber Defense Competition last weekend in Des Moines, Washington. … WCC was one of two community college teams in a field that included nine universities.

KGMI 790 AM, April 2, 2012 [audio file]


Olympic College might offer degrees in business, cybersecurity

College students wanting a bachelor's degree in business may have Olympic College as an option in the near future. The college is studying internally whether there is a demand, both from employers and students, to offer the degree, as well as a degree in cybersecurity and a two-year certificate in pharmacy tech, OC President David Mitchell said. "If indeed there turns out to be a demand, we'll have to prove there are jobs," Mitchell said. "It will be driven by the local workforce."

Kitsap Sun, April 19, 2012


Third Annual Community College Musical Competition
Three students from across the United States have been selected as winners in the third annual musical-score contest for community college students – the only national contest of its kind for two-year college students. … The first place winner is Calvin Hanson from Edmonds Community College in Washington

San Antonio Express-News, April 19, 2012



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