Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Spokane college president tapped for NIC post
Joe Dunlap, president of Spokane Community College, will be the new president of North Idaho College.

The Spokesman Review, April 26,2012



NIC tabs SCC's Dunlap as new president

The North Idaho College Board of Trustees announced today the selection of Joe Dunlap as the new president of NIC. Dunlap is currently the president of Spokane Community College, a position he has held since 2008.

Coeur d'Alene Press, April 26, 2012


‘Mr. Anacortes’ turns 90
In a nearly 100-year-old train station filled with a lifetime of stunning photographs and admiring friends, legendary Anacortes resident Wallie Funk celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday, April 29 ... Hundreds of friends, family, former co-workers and beneficiaries of Funk’s many charity fundraisers came out to honor the longtime owner, editor and photographer for the Anacortes American and Whidbey News Times.   Among the festivities, Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell made a speech thanking the man many call “Mr. Anacortes” for his work in community building journalism and philanthropy, the most recent example of the latter being $101,000 Funk raised for the Marine Maintenance Tech scholarship at Skagit Valley College.  “I think he has made everybody feel like a part of this community,” Maxwell said in an interview. “He’s always interested in everybody else. I don’t think there’s anybody in Anacortes who doesn’t know who he is.” ...
Skagit Valley Herald, April 30, 2012

For retired veteran, best adventures are outside
It's all about passion for Rick Colombo. It's a word that pops up often when he talks about staying active in an outside setting.  "I hope I never lose my passion for the outdoors. Mother Nature is not in the house; it's outside.  "I always thought that I would be the guy, if I passed on, who would be doing something that I had a passion for," Colombo said.  It's hard to picture Colombo, 51, being anything but active. He saw a good deal of the world in his 30 years in the Navy, working in places as diverse as the Philippines, Denmark, Poland, Panama, Aruba and Guantanamo ... Activities are his stress relievers from a packed schedule. This year, he's carrying 15 credits in the park management program at Skagit Valley College, participating in church, volunteering at Deception Pass State Park and stepping back into the job market...
The Herald, April 29, 2012


Thumbs up, thumbs down
All-star giving:  To the Community Enrichment Foundation and everyone else involved in plans to build a planetarium at Columbia Basin College by fall. The foundation, a joint venture between HAPO Credit Union and Windermere Real Estate Tri-Cities/Kennewick, kicked off the fundraising drive with $50,000 last fall. It recently matched that with another $50,000 to complete the fundraising campaign. That generosity ensures that workers can break ground on the project in June and complete construction in October. The CBC Foundation deserves credit too. It raised $433,000 for the project. CBC's capital fund and a small loan will make up the rest of the $1.2 million needed for the project.

Tri-City Herald, April 23, 2012



CBC, WSU boards prepare for tuition talks

Tuition increases at Columbia Basin College and Washington State University could be decided in May. CBC and WSU students could face the tuition increase during the 2012-13 school year, depending on decisions made by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the WSU Board of Regents.

Tri-City Herald, April 21, 2012



Latino Station Highlights: Highlight on KSVR
KSVR-FM in Mount Vernon, Washington, is a Latino Public Radio Consortium constituent station, providing opportunities for students and community volunteers to produce radio programming designed to reach local populations served little by conventional media.  Operating since 1973, KSVR is a non-commercial student-owned and operated radio station licensed to the Board of Trustees of Skagit Valley College and committed to providing local news and information to the Skagit Community in both English and Spanish languages...
Latino Public Radio Consortium, April 25, 2012


Reed urges CBC students to get involved in causes

Sam Reed says a lot has changed in how people join political causes and campaigns compared to when he first started in politics more than three decades ago. The Washington secretary of state said that in the past it could be difficult for the average citizen to find the right contact person in a candidate's campaign to volunteer. That's not the case anymore. "They all have this button (on their websites) called 'volunteer!' " Reed told a public speaking class at Columbia Basin College in Pasco on Thursday morning.

Tri-City Herald, April 27, 2012


Secretary of State visits CBC
Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed stopped by CBC [Columbia Basin College] this morning to speak to students about the upcoming election. The visit is part of a spring program currently in its seventh year, it urges the younger demographic to register, vote and let their voice be heard.
KNDU TV, April 26, 2012


CBC piles trash in hallway
Leaders at Columbia Basin College are raising awareness about recycling in an unusual way. Custodians piled 37 bags of plastic bottles and aluminum cans in the main hallway of the Gjerde Center Monday.

KNDU TV, April 23, 2012


All-State Academic Team
Skagit Valley College
students Cara Bonsen of Mount Vernon and Lauren Cribb of Oak Harbor were named to the All-Washington Academic Team and honored March 22 at the 17th annual Team ceremony at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia...
Skagit Valley Herald, April 21, 2012

Two Clark students named to the All-Washington Academic Team

Daily Insider, April 30, 2012



Cheers to Clark College's annual Career Days event

The Columbian [editorial], April 28, 2012



Clark College career days aim to help job seekers

KGW Newschannel 8, April 24, 2012

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Fulfilling her American dream
Workshop offers free legal help for citizenship applicants Veronica Castellano has lived in Mount Vernon since she was 5 years old. She moved here from Mexico with her family, attended Mount Vernon High School and has worked a few part-time jobs holding a resident’s (green) card.  Now 22 and with a daughter of her own, Castellano is finally on her way to becoming an American citizen.  “I want to do it to be able to vote, to have more opportunities, have an opinion,” she said... Castellano was one of nearly 100 legal immigrants who were helped with free legal advice and professional assistance in filling out citizenship applications at the Citizenship Day workshop, held on Saturday at Skagit Valley College...
Skagit Valley Herald, April 21, 2012


Electric/hybrid car race and show
Local high school students raced electric cars that they designed and made themselves on Saturday. It was part of the Electric/Hybrid Car Race and Show held at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. It's the tenth annual Electrathon Race. The purpose is to encourage kids to study engineering and promote community awareness of alternate energy vehicles.
KNDU TV, April 28, 2012


Renton Technical College named one of top two-year colleges in the nation

Renton Technical College has been named one of the nation's top 120 community colleges by the Aspen Institute. From more than 1,000 public two-year colleges across the country, the institute recognized 120 colleges for achieving excellent results for their students, based on retention and completion rates, student performance and equitable outcomes for minority and low-income students. … RTC shared the status with other Washington state schools, including Bellingham Technical College, Olympic College, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Walla Walla Community College and Whatcom Community College.
Renton Reporter, April 27, 2012



White House Event Encourages Girls in STEM

The White House hosted a panel on Tuesday highlighting women trailblazers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. … The panel included Jocelyn Goldfein, director of engineering at Facebook, Dr. Cady Coleman, a NASA astronaut and retired colonel in the US Air Force, Bianca Bailey, President of the Howard University chapter of Engineers without Borders, and Dr. Jean Hernandez, President of Edmonds Community College.
Ms. Magazine , April 27, 2012


Students concerned for outcome of student loan rate debate

Student loans are all the talk on the Spokane Community College campus. One person that's watching the national debate is Gerald Jordan, who has taken out $20000 in student loans.

KXLY Spokane, April 26, 2012



State funds mix of local projects

Projects in Spokane include $3.2 million for a pedestrian and bike bridge in the Riverpoint university district near downtown Spokane; $3.1 million for the [Institute for Extended Learning] at Spokane Community College

The Spokesman Review, April 24, 2012



Bonaudi gives last 'State of the College' address

The public is invited to Big Bend Community College President Bill Bonaudi's final "State of the College" address May 1. … Bonaudi, who retires in June during Big Bend's 50th anniversary year, will present the college's 17th "State of the College" address. He informs the audience of the developments, initiatives and challenges facing the college.

Columbia Basin Herald, April 26, 2012



Jobs package, lawmakers serve community well

This effort began several months ago with legislative leaders announcing their vision for putting people back to work. For the aerospace industry, this vision centered on re-investing in workforce training. Here are some of the notable highlights for aerospace: Investments in new aerospace training equipment at the Washington Aerospace Training and Research (WATR) Center, Funding to expand aerospace training facilities at the WATR Center and Renton Technical College, Investments in new aerospace training equipment for the community college system statewide.

Guest commentary by Linda Lanham, president and executive director of the Aerospace Futures Alliance.

The Herald, April 26, 2012



HEC Board approves bachelor's degree for Centralia College

The state Higher Education Coordinating Board has given its approval to Centralia College's efforts to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management Degree. The inaugural four-year degree now has full endorsement from the HEC Board and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Business Examiner, April 26, 2012



Community colleges help aerospace soar

Opinion by Mary Kaye Bredeson, Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing, Everett Community College. …  From Everett to Spokane and Bellingham to Vancouver, 22 community and technical colleges across the state train citizens for high-demand work in fields like aircraft mechanics, composites, computer-assisted design and precision machining. … Leading the way is Everett Community College's Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing, a one-stop hub for employers and educators to design curricula that's deployed systemwide.

The Herald, April 26, 2012



WA's Two-Year Colleges Juggle More Students, Less Money

The supplemental state budget signed this week by Gov. Chris Gregoire includes $39 million to build a new Health Career Center for Tacoma Community College, and some equipment upgrades for some technical courses. Jan Yoshiwara, deputy executive director for education at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, says it's a rare bright spot after another year of belt-tightening.

Public News Service, April 27, 2012



YVCC cuts wrestling teams

What Yakima Valley Community College wrestling officials avoided four years ago with creative planning will apparently not be sustained by creative budgeting. The college has run out of options, athletic director Ray Funk said, and the men’s and women’s programs have thus run out of time.

Yakima Herald-Republic, April 26, 2012



Saving education from cuts comes at a cost

Also, the law says if the two-year colleges have a gripe with the four-year universities, the council will arbitrate. The HEC board didn't have such power. Finally, with no vocal champion in Olympia, the HEC board often saw its work disrespected or ignored. The council shouldn't suffer such a fate because its makeup is politically designed.
University presidents get to name one member. So too does the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the state Board of Community and Technical Colleges. Granting each a vested interest ensures they will be giving, taking and fighting on the council and, if necessary, in front of lawmakers.

The Herald, April 26, 2012



TCC honoree identifies with students

When Dave Burmark entered Tacoma Community College in 1976, it was still possible for a kid from Tacoma’s Wilson High School to work his way through college. That’s what he did, eventually earning an associate’s degree from Tacoma Community College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound and a master’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University. Today, Burmark works with students in the Peninsula School District who are leaving high school for the world of college, work or military service. … His 23 years in high school counseling has earned him recognition as TCC’s 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. He’ll be honored at a dinner on the TCC campus May 23 for his positive impact on student lives.

The News Tribune, April 30, 2012



Gregoire signs $1B stimulus plan for Washington

Gregoire signed the measure Monday at Tacoma Community College. She talked about the importance of having a robust construction industry in the state and said she expects the measure will create thousands of jobs.

The Seattle Times, April 23, 2012



Renton Technical College In The Running For Million Dollar Aspen Institute Prize

Renton Technical College named one of top 120 community colleges in the country; eligible for $1 million Aspen Institute Prize Fund.

Renton Patch, April 25, 2012



The Next Generation of Girls in STEM

... Protection Agency and an engineer by training – who also delivered opening remarks – this panel included the following: Dr. Cady Coleman, NASA Astronaut, Colonel, US Air Force, retired Dr. Jean Hernandez, President of Edmonds Community College.

The White House (blog), April 25, 2012



More than cheers, girls in STEM fields need mentors and sponsors

The panel included Jackson along with astronaut Dr. Cady Coleman, Facebook Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein, Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez and Howard University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders President Bianca Bailey.

Washington Post (blog), April 23, 2012



Bellevue College Extends Term of Interim President

Bellevue College's Board of Trustees voted on Friday evening to extend the term of Interim President Laura Saunders while they continue their search for a new president

Bellevue Patch, April 21, 2012



Bellevue College employee honored for efforts to help students finish college

Barbara Brodsky, director of TRiO Student Support Services at Bellevue College, received the inaugural Distinguished Service Award at a recent meeting of the Washington State TRiO Association.

Bellevue Reporter, April 20, 2012



Lake Washington Institute of Technology students win scholarships

Two Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT) students, Julia Bell and Elizabeth Valdez ,  received scholarships at the All-Washington Academic Team competition in March, with Valdez receiving the prestigious Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar award.

Kirkland Reporter, April 20, 2012



Whatcom View: WCC maintains commitment to sustainable practices

Guest commentary by Kathi Hiyane-Brown, president of Whatcom Community College.  Whatcom Community College stated its commitment to sustainability in 2008 when we purposefully added "Model Sustainability" as one of the college's five guiding themes and objectives. We were mindful about our intent. We knew then - and we acknowledge now - sustainability isn't a one-time initiative, a goal to be checked off a list. Rather, it is a lens through which we view our choices. … WCC works with regional organizations that coordinate across sustainability topics for student projects, curriculum development, resource sharing and more. These groups include Sustainable Connections and the Northwest Higher Education Sustainability Consortium, which includes Bellingham Technical College, Northwest Indian College, Skagit Valley College and WWU.

Bellingham Herald, April 21, 2012






Class Dismissed

Half of new bachelor’s degree grads are either unemployed or underemployed, according to the Associated Press. The market isn’t ready to absorb them.  … The meme making the rounds last week was the announcement that outstanding student loan debt in America reached a trillion dollars. That’s not a function of community college tuition, obviously, but it indicates that what we’re preparing students for, and what the economy wants them for, don’t align. Although that’s presented as a failing of colleges, it mostly isn’t. … It’s mostly a failing of the larger economy, of our politics, and of our priorities. The “starve the beast” strategy has been so effective that it’s easy to forget that as recently as 2000, we were actually paying down the national debt. Austerity is a choice.

Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2012



Where Your Money Goes

New York Times, April 15, 2012



College Dreams Seattle's immigrant youth forge new pathways to higher education

The CLP, April 20, 2012



Online college helps adults take next step

It's not uncommon for working adults to lead double lives as college students. But ask McCoy or Colby where they studied, you might be puzzled by the answer. Their university has no football team or fight song. Ever heard of Western Governors University Washington? It's been a year since the online, nonprofit university was established by the Legislature.

Western Governors University

The Herald, April 20, 2012



Report: Technology not the answer to bolstering community college access

Funding, not online classes, will make higher education more available to low-income and minority students, according to report

eCampus News, April 20, 2012



As factory jobs return to US, the need for technical training grows

MSNBC Economy Watch, April 20, 2012



Placing Thousands of Students Quickly

Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2012



Time is of the essence at community colleges

… From accommodating many nontraditional students—who often work and raise families—to better gauging how well community college serve those students, two-year college leaders are continuously reminding stakeholders and policymakers how crucial time is. A new policy brief from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) examines the role of time, especially how it relates to policy issues.  The brief begins by looking at federal data collected on community college students, which sets a three-year window to determine completion rates. However, the calculation doesn’t factor events in community college students' lives that typically extend the amount of time they take to earn a credential. Just adding an additional year—making it a four-year window and acknowledging the transfer function of the community college—results in data showing the doubling of community college graduation rates.

April 24, 2012



Editorial: Subsidize Students Not Tax Cuts

The New York Times, April 25, 2012



8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses

1. Business is an ecosystem, not a battlefield. 2. A company is a community, not a machine. 3. Management is service, not control. 4. My employees are my peers, not my children.  5. Motivation comes from vision, not from fear. 6. Change equals growth, not pain. 7. Technology offers empowerment, not automation. 8. Work should be fun, not mere toil.

Inc. Magazine, April 23, 2012





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