Wednesday, May 30, 2012

NEWS LINKS | May 30, 2012

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Green River Community College 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 startup of a Green River Community College program that would develop an English placement system for high school students. The College Spark grant, along with funds from the Green River Community College Foundation, totals over $68,000 over a two-year period. … The College Spark grant is designed to help Green River English instructors Marcie Sims and Amanda Schaefer design a program that takes high school students' transcripts into account when placing students into college-level English courses. It will be modeled after a math placement program the college implemented in 2004.

Maple Valley Reporter, May 25, 2012


Walla Walla Community College's Wines Win Big

Students and faculty at Walla Walla Community College have reason to celebrate. Their student-made wines at College Cellars recently won nine awards at the Seattle Wine Awards and Northwest Wine Summit. The awards are the highest recognition that a winey can earn in the state. College Cellars won three Double Gold medals for its 2011 Ice Wine, 2009 Syrah, and 2008 Malbec.
KVEW, May 27, 2012


Local colleges aim to welcome veterans back home

Seattle Central Community College is among a growing number of Washington state colleges and universities that are pledging to do all they can to help military veterans returning to school to complete their education. … Last week, Seattle Central became the 23rd college in the state to sign a memorandum of understanding with the state Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies, pledging to do all it can to support vets returning to school. … Last year, Seattle Central President Paul Killpatrick suggested the vets do a "Stand Down" — a military term that's come to also mean an intervention program to help homeless veterans. Seattle Central held its Stand Down in September in conjunction with Seattle University, and helped about 300 homeless veterans get health care and counseling, and learn about disability benefits and other services. … Seattle Central veterans said Killpatrick has been especially supportive of their cause.

The Seattle Times, May 28, 2012


Wash. colleges pledge to help veterans

Seattle Central Community College has joined a growing number of colleges in Washington state that have pledged to support vets returning to school.

The News Tribune, May 28, 2012


Schmitt gets the call to be new West Valley-Mission chancellor

The West Valley-Mission Community College board of trustees has named Patrick Schmitt the district's new chancellor. Schmitt, currently president of Pierce College Puyallup in Washington state, will begin on July 1.

Mercury News [San Jose, CA], May 28, 2012


Returning veterans seek second mission

"Everybody likes to say military skills don't translate. Everything they did in the military world translates," [Kelly Snell, veterans employment representative for WorkSource Columbia Basin] said.  Often it's a matter of teaching veterans to talk about their military service in language civilian employers understand and focusing on broader-based skills rather than specific activities. … Geoff Smith, an Iraq War veteran, said his "second mission" has involved "paying it forward" by helping other veterans get connected to benefits. … He also earned an associate's degree in criminal justice from Columbia Basin College, and is working on transferring so he can earn his bachelor's. His ultimate goal is to get a master's in social work and possibly work counseling veterans.

The News Tribune, May 28, 2012


OC class shares love of opera with anyone willing to give it a shot

Standing upon a stage in the music building on the campus of Olympic College, the voices of students Aoife Lurlay and Ashley Knight intertwine and rise and reach in music and emotion as they portray the two lovers, Orpheus and Euridice, in a scene from Christoph Gluck's opera of the same name. …The works will be the latest in the music program's opera offerings and will be directed by instructor Susan Trainer, who was instrumental in creating the opera program at the college 20 years ago.

Bremerton Patriot, May 29, 2012


Bellevue College to start Healthcare IT bachelor's degree program
Bellevue College is accepting applications from prospective students for its newest bachelor's degree, Healthcare Information Technology.

Bellevue Reporter, May 29, 2012


Cybersecurity: Training Students

When President Obama spoke about the federal budget in a speech at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), he talked specifically about a mostly community college-based program called CyberWatch that trains students for computer network security jobs, an increasingly important field in a world where people do almost everything online. … In addition to Mt. San Antonio, its partners include California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, California State Universities at Dominguez Hills and San Bernardino, and Whatcom Community College
U.S. News & World Report, May 29, 2012


Highline invites community to join 50th anniversary celebration

"We wanted to end our year of 50th celebrations with an opportunity for the whole community and campus to come together," said Highline Community College President Dr. Jack Bermingham. "This is a chance to commemorate the accomplishments and memories of the last 50 years, and to look forward to the next 50."

Auburn Reporter, May 29, 2012


Peninsula College teachers receive national grants
Three Peninsula College professors have received National Endowment for the Humanities grants for summer study.  History professor Michael Cassella-Blackburn's award is for participation in a two-week workshop in Concord, Mass., on "Feminists, Utopians and Social Reform in the Age of Emerson and Thoreau." … English professors Matt Teorey and Kate Reavey have been selected to participate in "Advancing the Humanities at Community Colleges: An NEH Bridging Cultures Project" for their proposal, "Vision, Documentation, Practice: The Promise of Democracy and Our American Experience."

Peninsula Daily, May 30, 2012


Kennewick woman uses new program to graduate high school
Thanks to Columbia Basin College's new High School Academy and teachers and counselors, Shaniece Bryan will earn a diploma from Legacy High School, Kennewick's alternative high school. The development of new educational opportunities for dropouts, and discovering the value of an education, is leading to more young adults finishing their high school coursework.

Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald, May 30, 2012


Community and technical colleges: anxious students, invisible faculty

Part-time college faculty members continue to lag woefully behind full-time professors in their pay as the demand for higher education continues to increase, write guest columnists Keith Hoeller and Jack Longmate.

The Seattle Times, May 30, 2012


Lower Columbia College Red Devils game-winning catch goes viral:


'Catch' buzz shines national spotlight on LCC's Salberg

Derrick Salberg went from Lower Columbia College freshman to Internet sensation Friday night — but Saturday afternoon he still didn't know quite what to make of it. "It's just so surreal," he said Saturday at the NWAACC Baseball Championships … The reason for all the attention, in case you haven't been online in the past 24 hours, was "The Catch." Salberg's game-saving leap over the fence that keep the Red Devils in the winners bracket for the semifinals.
Longview Daily News, May 27, 2012

Video: College player makes unbelievable game-saving catch

USA Today, May 28, 2012


Best Outfield Catch Ever?

‎SB Nation (blog), May 29, 2012


Catch of the year
The Virginian-Pilot, May 29, 2012





Opinion: Time to renew a commitment to high-quality, accessible higher education

By William S. Ayer, chairman of Alaska Airlines, Board of Regents at the University of Washington, and Theodor P. Baseler, president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Board of Regents at Washington State University.

The Seattle Times, May 29, 2012


For-profit schools jump to enroll military spouses

The Spokesman Review, May 29, 2012


Gates's New Postsecondary Leader

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has selected an architect of the University of California's online learning strategy to lead its efforts in postsecondary education. Daniel Greenstein, vice provost for academic planning, programs and coordination at the UC system, will become director of the postsecondary success strategy at Gates, the foundation announced Tuesday. Greenstein will replace Hilary Pennington, who left the job in April after five years.
Inside Higher Ed Inside Higher Ed, May 30, 2012


Texas Shake-Up

Founder of UT-Austin's community college leadership program, the field's big fish, is moving to a for-profit, fueling worries about the future of the program's affiliates, NISOD and CCCSE.  John E. Roueche, the founder of the most established graduate program for aspiring community college leaders, located here at the University of Texas at Austin, is moving in July to National American University, a for-profit institution, where he will attempt to create a similar operation. ….

Inside Higher Ed, May 30, 2012


Colleges' bank deals saddle students with big fees

KING 5, May 30, 2012


Cuts take scholarships from state scholars

The Washington Scholars, these top students from each state legislative district, also were given four-year scholarships nearly equal to tuition at in-state colleges and universities.  The class of 2012, along with the class of 2011 before them, still has its Washington Scholars, but none of the seniors will receive the money. It's all part of the cutbacks to education funding in the state, said Gary Larson, a spokesman for the Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The Herald, May 30, 2012


Business roundtable solicits input

"I've been told by Olympia that we don't represent ourselves well," McClellan said. "Compared to Spokane or Vancouver, we're not easy to say yes to. If you look at Spokane now, it's gotten everything that it wanted 15 years ago, and that's because there wasn't any infighting between its municipalities." … Derick Balsa of AMT in Arlington agreed … explaining that his company has created its own internship training program, while acknowledging that certain types of training are beyond their capability. "We're behind the curve," Balsa said. "As our business keeps growing, our need for trained workers grows exponentially."

The Arlington Times, May 30, 2012


To always be prepared, Boy Scouts start welding

More than 140,000 new welders will be needed by 2019 to replace retirees and meet rising demand from natural gas drillers, steel producers, automakers and more, according to the American Welding Society (AWS). The group helped the Boy Scouts of America award its first welding merit badge in March, hoping to offset waning interest in welding due to a cultural focus on four-year liberal arts degrees at the expense of community colleges and trade schools, industry experts say

MSNBC Business, May 30, 2012


Heavy Debt, but No Degree

The New York Times, May 30, 2012





Joe Zarelli leaving the Legislature on Thursday

The top Republican budget writer in the state Senate is resigning his seat this week. Earlier this month, Sen. Joe Zarelli, of Ridgefield, announced he wouldn't run for re-election, but it was assumed he would finish out his term. On Tuesday, Zarelli announced that Thursday would be his last day.

The Seattle Times, May 30, 2012



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