Friday, April 6, 2012

NEWS LINKS | April 6, 2012

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




Growing green jobs

Many local community colleges offer programs to prepare students for a career in the green sector. While the focus at Edmonds Community College is energy management, Shoreline Community College offers programs in passive solar, photovoltaic and sustainable building design as well as residential and commercial energy auditing. Cascadia Community College has an environmental technology program, and North Seattle Community College is offering the country’s first “Green Real Estate” certificate for developing, building and marketing sustainable real estate. …  At Edmonds Community College, the green jobs movement has even started to bring changes to how every department functions, from horticulture to business to culinary arts. By incorporating sustainability into its operations, the college recently reported a savings of more than $100,000 a year in energy costs.

Journal Newspapers, April 4, 2012


Green River Community College points the way for future workers in aerospace industry

Like many people today, 21-year-old Rachell Bechtle of Auburn wanted to upgrade her skills, get into a better trade, land a good job. … Bechtle's on her way again, thanks to Green River Community College's recent decision to became one of the first community and technical colleges in the nation, and one of 11 in the state, to flip the breaker on a new national program machined to put Americans back to work. … “It's about short-term training, to be very brief," said Bob Embrey, director of Corporate and Continuing Education at GRCC. "Industry still values very much the two- and four-year degrees and the certificates that we produce and teach. But there's a need for short-term training to get more people into the work force pipeline more immediately…”  Right Skills Now has gained national recognition as part of the efforts and recommendations endorsed by the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. All of the Washington colleges patterned their courses after a two-quarter machining certificate program developed by Shoreline Community College instructor Keith Smith. … "This is exactly the kind of response industry, students and taxpayers need from our community and technical colleges," said Mary Kaye Bredeson, director for the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing, based at Everett Community College.

Auburn Reporter, April 6, 2012


ACLU questions proposed protest rules at community colleges

The American Civil Liberties Union raised questions Wednesday about the constitutionality of proposed new rules that would regulate protests on Seattle Community College campuses. The Seattle Community College District held the second of two public hearings on the proposal Wednesday. It was preceded by a campus protest. According to the ACLU, the regulations impose prior restraint on people who wish to engage in free speech by requiring non-students to register with campus police 24 hours in advance.

Seattle Times, April 5, 2012


Military Times Edge ranks OC as one of the top colleges for veterans

Military Times Edge ranked Olympic College as the top two-year college on the west coast for military veterans

Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal


Columbia Basin College students to ask for seat on board of trustees

Columbia Basin College students want to be represented on the school's board of trustees. Yesenia Lazaro, president of Associated Students of CBC, and Vice President Michael Fuller plan to take their request to the board April 16. "Having a student on the board would make a difference," Lazaro said. "It would help the board take more into consideration what students do and who they are."

Tri-city Herald, April 6, 2012




Calif. College Hikes Tuition For In-Demand Classes

The state's community college system has asked that the controversial increase be put on hold

NPR Morning Edition, April 6, 2012


Presidents and Boards as Change Agents

Inside Higher Ed, April 6, 2012


Don't Touch My Textbook

A Texas community college district wants to save money for students by selecting common materials for each course. Faculty object, saying their teaching role is being diminished.

Inside Higher Ed, April 6, 2012



Downton Arby’s 

If you enjoyed Pizza Hut and Prejudice, or Sonic and Sensibility, you’ll love Downton Arby’s.


What Americans would give up for the internet




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