Monday, April 2, 2012

NEWS LINKS | April 2, 2012

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




Is the lottery sending Mega Millions to local education?
Until 2010, lottery money went specifically to school construction projects. Now, it goes towards state grants, scholarships, work study and pre-k education.
Action News spoke with a [Yakima Valley Community] college student who says he wouldn't be able to afford school without state [need] grants and work study. … between 2009 and 2011, the state spent more than 25.5 billion dollars on education. The state lottery contributed about $335 million to it, which is only 1.3% of the total education budget. Certainly not a lifesaver for schools, but administrators say everything helps. "The federal aid doesn't cover the total costs. So many students need that state need grant in order to buy their books, to have transportation, child-care," said YVCC President Linda Kaminski.

KIMA CBS 29, March 30, 2012


Students ready to take off with new careers in aerospace manufacturing

[Greg] Lane is one of 12 students in an inaugural aerospace manufacturing assembly program, which offers training to displaced workers, low-income residents and veterans for jobs in the high-demand industry. … Tuition for the local program is funded with $57,600 in federal Workforce Investment Act funds secured by the South Central Workforce Council, a government agency that administers federal and state funds for education, training and employment. The council has partnered with Yakima Valley Community College and YV-Tech, using a curriculum created by the Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center in Everett.

Yakima Herald, March 31, 2012


Columbia Basin College in Pasco regains Hispanic-serving institution status
Federal education authorities designated Columbia Basin College as a Hispanic-serving institution this week, allowing school officials to apply for grants worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Tri-City Herald, April 1, 2012


Port of Quincy's infrastructure attracts major new company to Quincy, Washington

Amway plans to begin development of a $31.8 million facility at the Port of Quincy later this year, which will create approximately 30 manufacturing and quality assurance jobs, as well as 100 or more temporary construction jobs. Operations are expected to begin in 2014 …  [The site selection is] a result of a culmination of efforts over several months by a coalition of partners including the Washington State Department of Commerce, Grant County Public Utility District, Grant County Economic Development Council, Big Bend Community College, the City of Quincy and other local entities) working together with the Port of Quincy and Amway to bring this site selection process to a successful conclusion

Wall  Street Journal Market Watch, April 2, 2012


CBC students named All-USA Academic All Stars

Pivotal moments have directed the educations of Saleh Jaber and Madison Belmont. For Jaber, 19, it came during a hospital visit in his native Palestine. Inspiration for Belmont, 18, emerged while reading about the challenges women in India face. Their classroom excellence at Columbia Basin College in Pasco led to both being chosen earlier this month as All-USA Academic All Stars and visiting with Gov. Chris Gregoire in Olympia.

Tri-City Herald, April 2, 2012


Once a Hanford engineer, now Washington's poet laureate

An interview with Washington state poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken, who once worked at the Hanford nuclear facility as an engineer. … Growing up in Richland around scientists and engineers, she read widely, but the poetic impulse was unleashed after she left engineering to care for her children (she has three). She took night classes at the University of Washington Experimental College under poet Mike Hickey. (Hickey, a creative-writing teacher at South Seattle Community College, currently serves as Seattle's poet populist.) She moved on to a poetry workshop, then private tutoring by a well-known poet, then completion of the Masters in Fine Art writing program at Pacific Lutheran University.

The Seattle Times, April 2, 2012





Completion at What Price?

A new faculty think tank says the completion agenda and its workforce fixation harm student access while largely ignoring government disinvestment in higher education.

Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2012


Car Dealerships and Higher Ed

Remember when we all thought that the Internet would cause the car dealership to disappear? We'd all buy our cars online. We'd tell our grandchildren about the days when buying a car meant going to a "car dealership" and spending time with a "car salesperson". Life would be so sweet when car buying became a virtual, friction free experience.

Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2012


Ohio expands online tutoring for college, university students

More of Ohio's public and private universities have been invited to join eTutoring -- a statewide collaborative that allows college students to get free help from online tutors provided by participating schools. The Ohio Board of Regents is expanding the program to all two- and four-year universities with a goal of making it available to more than 600,000 students.

Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 1, 2012





Members of the House called back to Olympia

The Herald, April 1, 2012


Surgery set Monday for senator

The top Republican in the state Senate will undergo surgery to remove a tumor in his abdomen, saying in a statement Friday that he is optimistic the procedure will be a success.

Walla Walla Sen. Mike Hewitt said the thymoma tumor was only recently discovered. He is to undergo surgery Monday.

The Olympian, March 31, 2012



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