Thursday, April 5, 2012

NEWS LINKS | April 5, 2012

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Clover Park Technical College lets go of past

Dark, smelly and old. That's how Stephen Kearns remembers Building 18 when he studied the machine trades at Clover Park Vocational Technical Institute [now Clover Park Technical College] in the late 1970s. … More than three decades after using G.I. Bill benefits to pay for his machinist's training, and after a career with Boeing that ended in 2007, he has returned seeking an associate's degree in human services. …  Clover Park officials say they decided to tear down the old Navy building because it was decaying and repairs would have been costly. President John Walstrum said the college tried to be sensitive to its past.… This year, CPTC is celebrating 70 years of learning on the site. "We're a different institution than we were even 20 years ago," Walstrum said. Kearns said he won't miss the old Building 18 where he learned his trade. But he will treasure recollections of his student days there.

The News Tribune, April 5, 2012


LCC students test drive remodeled student center

Lower Columbia College students got their first look at the remodeled second floor of the student center this week, and most gave the new space a thumbs-up. "There's a lot more seating, and the seating is more comfortable," said Ethan Winters, 19, as he sat at a table playing Magic with fellow students Rex Renfro, 20, and Kyle Ebbers, 18. … Running Start student Kate Robbins, 17, of Longview, who was reading nearby, described the space as "warm, inviting, comfortable. You don't feel the need to be quiet like you would in the library. It definitely opens up more space for people on campus." The $223,000 remodel, which began last fall, was funded by the Associated Students of LCC out of capital reserves, said Sue Groth, director of college relations and marketing.

The Daily News, April 5, 2012


Re-investing in Kitsap's future... Together

Five years ago community leaders from across Kitsap came together to create a 20/20 Vision and commit to an Action Plan to advance sustainable economic opportunity throughout Kitsap County for generations to come. Via this visioning initiative, the Kitsap Economic Development Council (est. 1983) was re-energized, recapitalized, and rebranded as the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA). …Because competitive economic development is a team sport, KEDA deploys its private-public capital in collaboration with an array of strategic community partners. … Our local strategic partners include: Olympic College; KRCC, WorkSource and the Kitsap County Workforce Development Board; Olympic Finance Development Authority; WSTA; local Chambers of Commerce; NCMS; …

Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, April 4, 2012





Going Digital ≠ Lower Textbook Prices

The price of content is too often overshadowed by the mode of delivery in the discussion about how to drive down the cost of educational materials, writes Caroline Vanderlip.

Inside Higher Ed, April 5, 2012


OER Textbook Startup Sued By Publishers For Copyright Infringement

OER textbook startup Boundless Learning is being sued for copyright infringement by Pearson, Cengage, and Macmillan.  While the startup says that it's using openly licensed content to build its free textbooks, the publishers contend that the startup is copying topics, sub-topics, layouts and the like.

Inside Higher Ed, April 5, 2012


Public job cuts damage education, safety

The Herald, April 5, 2012


Study: Voters Value Education

Inside Higher Ed, April 5, 2012


Avoid generational betrayal: Reinvest in community colleges

Minnesota Post, April 5, 2012


The Great Training Wreck: Job Skills Deficits and Corporate-Backed Tech Schools

In These Times, April 5, 2012


Chancellor Asks Community College to Hold Off on Tuition Plan

The chancellor of the California community college system has requested that Santa Monica College hold off on its plan to offer popular courses with higher tuition this summer, saying that the legality of the program is still in question.  The request came a day after a student protest at the college ended with a campus police officer spraying dozens of people with pepper spray, several of whom suffered minor injuries. Many students and faculty members have criticized the plan saying it violates the long tradition of community colleges as havens for those without the means to afford four-year colleges.

The New York Times, April 6, 2012





As end of special session nears, parties continue to butt heads over compromise

The Olympian, April 5, 2012


Another special session may be needed to pass budget

The Herald, April 5, 2012



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