Friday, May 25, 2012

NEWS LINKS | May 25, 2012

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FedEx donates Boeing 727 for local aerospace training program

Shipping giant FedEx has donated a fully-functioning Boeing 727 to Spokane International Airport where it will be used for a variety of training programs. Spokane Community College offers courses in maintaining a plane's airframe as well as its engines and hydraulic systems and the 727 will serve as a laboratory for young plane mechanics.

KXLY Spokane, May 21, 2012


Maritime industries need trained workers, reasonable regulation

By Frank Foti, president and CEO of Vigor Industrial.  As a company with significant work force needs, Vigor is willing to make a substantial financial contribution toward the design of a training program that produces workers with the real-life industrial skills that employers like us need. As we have done in our Portland shipyard, we would welcome the support and partnership of community colleges and trade schools, but we cannot wait for extensive studies and commissions while opportunities and jobs go wanting because of a lack of skilled workers. … Finally, as the nation deals with declining budgets, the Puget Sound region as a whole needs an all-hands-on-deck effort to ensure that the strategic importance of the Pacific Northwest is fully recognized and supported by policy makers and that our key naval, Coast Guard, and other defense assets and bases are preserved and supported. Our congressional delegation has shown true leadership and initiative in this area but needs the support of the region at all levels of government and industry.

The News Tribune, May 22, 2012


FedEx donates practice plane to Spokane airport

Joe Dunlap, president of Spokane Community College, said aerospace students can make use of the many mechanical and electronic systems that are on board. “Believe me. It will be put to good use,” he said.

The Spokesman Review, May 24, 2012


Green River English division awarded College Spark grant

College Spark, a Seattle-based foundation that funds programs helping low-income students prepare for college, has announced that it would fund a Green River Community College startup program that would develop an English placement system for high school students. The College Spark grant, along with funds from the GRCC Foundation, totals more than $68,000 over a two-year period.

Auburn Reporter, May 24, 2012


Bates trustees select three presidential finalists

Bates Technical College Board of Trustees has announced a schedule of community forums for three presidential finalists that will take place May 29. Each finalist will visit the South and Downtown Tacoma campuses for a community forum. The public forums take place in the campus auditoriums.

The selected finalists are Dr. Tony Apostle, superintendent and chief executive officer for the Puyallup School District; Amy Goings, vice president for operations and college relations at Clover Park Technical College; and Dr. Ron Langrell, executive vice president, chief academic officer for Riverland Community College.

Business Examine, May 24, 2012


Tacoma Community College Instructor Going To Kosovo As Fulbright Scholar

Tacoma Community College business-transfer instructor Len Heritage has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar of “Applied or Theoretical Economics or Business Administration” for 2012-13. He will travel to Kosovo in August and spend 2 terms teaching and working on curriculum development at the American University of Kosovo, Pristina.

University Place Patch, May 25, 2012





Share of Students Receiving Federal Aid Climbs, Especially at For-Profit Colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 24, 2012


EDITORIAL: Fundraising critical for universities in lean times

The Spokesman-Review, May 24, 2012


Lessons from a Scandal

Colleges create child abuse policies after Penn State scandal

Inside Higher Ed, May 25, 2012


Restroom Choice

Jennifer Braly, a transgendered student who is a junior at U. of Arkansas-Fort Smith, is now allowed to use female restrooms. Advocates say colleges have been too slow to accommodate such students.

Inside Higher Ed, May 25, 2012





Retiring state Sen. Joe Zarelli reflects on 17 years in Legislature

The Daily News, May 25, 2012


10th Congressional District: Flemming has plans for jobs, retraining

The Olympian, May 24, 2012


Romney's Higher Ed Platform

The presumptive Republican nominee proposes loosening regulations on for-profit colleges, returning to bank-based student lending and consolidating federal grant programs

Inside Higher Ed, May 25, 2012




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