Thursday, June 14, 2012

NEWS LINKS | June 14, 2012

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Terrence Leas is new BBCC president

Terrence Leas will be the next president of Big Bend Community College, pending acceptance of a contract. …  Leas has been president at Riverland Community College [in Minnesota] since 2003. Previously he was dean of students, dean for institutional effectiveness, dean of basic skills and campus dean at Yakima Valley Community College.

Columbia Basin Herald, June 14, 2012


Riverland president departing

Riverland Community College President Terry Leas accepted a job as president of Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Wash. … Earlier this month, Riverland Vice President Ron Langrell was named the new president at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Wash.

Albert Lea (Minnesota) Tribune, June 14, 2012


Vancouver teen dazzles D.C. officials with work experience  / Internship at local Frito-Lay plant inspires him to attend college, pursue engineering career

Daniil Popov had the federal administrators in stitches. Sitting in a conference room in the shadow of the White House last month, the 19-year-old described his first day at Vancouver's Frito-Lay plant to comedic effect. … And he found motivation to go to college and pursue a career in engineering, which is why four dozen adults in the nation’s capital wanted to hear his story last month. … Popov went to Washington, D.C., with several representatives of a Vancouver program that seeks to encourage low-income high school students to go into science or engineering fields. He was one of four students from around the country who shared their career development experience with officials from the federal labor and education departments. [Rep. Tim Probst, D-Vancouver, was a driving force behind the Opportunity Internship Program, a statewide effort to get students started on in-demand careers program] … And Popov realized that given the proper education and training, he could be doing this kind of analytical work for the rest of his life instead of breaking his back for much less money. "I thought, 'If this is what college gives you, I should go,'" Popov said. Frito-Lay engineers encouraged him, too. "They said, 'You should go -- you'll be good at this,'" he said. He's now taking classes at Clark College and plans to study engineering at a four-year university after he gets his associate's degree.

The Columbian, June 12, 2012


Boeing's eyes are on global economy, US politics

"It all starts, for our business, with the economy," said Dave Gamrath, who works in market analysis at Boeing, speaking to about 40 local business leaders at an event hosted by Everett Community College and Economic Alliance Snohomish County.

The Herald, June 12, 2012


Got a college-bound grad? West Seattle author's book might help

It’s graduation season, which means hundreds more West Seattleites are headed for college. If there’s one in your house – you might consider packing them off with a copy of Gatewood resident Ellen Bremen‘s new book. It’s called “Say This, NOT That to Your Professor: 36 Talking Tips for College Success,” published by NorLights Press and released nationwide. Ellen is a professor herself – tenured Communication Studies faculty at Highline Community College – so she should know.
West Seattle Blog, June 12, 2012


Clark College board passes no-cuts budget

The Clark College board of trustees on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of a $132.8 million budget proposal for the coming school year. Next year's budget will be 1 percent larger than last year's, which was $131.5 million. Most significantly, for the first time in years this budget contains no program cuts or reductions in services for students. It does, however, include a tuition increase and a reduction in pay for employees, both of which are state-mandated and not decided at the local level.

The Columbian, June 13, 2012


Babes in Wineland: Cayuse Vineyards' Elizabeth Bourcier

Elizabeth Bourcier is but a mere babe in her 20's but in winemaking years, it could be said she's approaching middle age. At just 18 she enrolled in the first class of Walla Walla Community College's Center for Enology & Viticulture and has worked her way into an enviable position as assistant vigneronne at the most cult of "cult" wineries, Cayuse Vineyards. … Even in the program I was so much younger than everyone else - a lot of people in the program were starting second careers, so I was really lucky that Stan Clarke was my teacher. He became my mentor and like a second dad. I would not be here without him. He was an amazing person - one of those people you want to live your life like because he was there to help everyone. He kept me getting out and doing things and I was really lucky to have him. I think a lot of people wouldn't be where they are now without him. He really was an inspiration to so many of us.
Seattle Weekly, June 13, 2012


Billy Schumacher hydroplane will be unveiled for the public June, 14

Automotive Collision Repair students at the college have given the race boat a complete make-over, including stripping the old paint, and applying the new color and clear coat. Heavy Duty Diesel and Automotive Technology students have performed major maintenance on the truck that will tow the boat for the 2012 racing season. … The newly-painted and refinished boat will carry the South Seattle Community College name and logo on its side as it competes throughout the U.S. and in Qatar this season.
West Seattle Herald, June 13, 2012


Class of 2012: High achiever at Bainbridge plans to stay close to home

Carolyn Milander knows what she wants. And with a 4.0 grade-point average, more than 100 hours of volunteer service and as one of the valedictorians at Bainbridge High School — considered among the state's top schools — she has a wide range of futures from which to choose. People would ask her if she planned to be a doctor, if she planned to go to Harvard. … What Milander wants is to become a nurse. She wants to stay close to her family. She wants to stay in the community she loves. So this fall, she'll attend Olympic College. … When she researched colleges her freshman year, she went to an informational session about the University of Washington, where she learned that students could successfully go to community college then transfer. … And OC is sort of a family tradition. Her grandfather, Henry Milander, was president of the college in the 1970s and '80s. Her father attended OC for two years before going to a university. "What a great resource we have in our own backyard," she said.
Kitsap Sun, June 13, 2012


Groundbreaking celebration for SVC’s new Charles Lewis Hall draws crowd

A crowd gathered atop the future home of the new Charles Lewis Hall at Skagit Valley College on Tuesday to celebrate the building’s groundbreaking and its namesake, Charles Lewis, the college’s first dean from 1928 to 1956.  Many members of the Lewis family attended the ceremony, including Charles Lewis’ daughter, 92-year-old Dorcas Lewis Corbin, an alumna of the college’s class of 1938.  She had a shovel of her own to break ground in a patch of dirt on the site, marked with the spray painted blueprints of the future 70,000-square-foot building...

Skagit Valley Herald, June 13, 2012


EdCC student speakers offer perspectives on success

Be persistent and find a career you're passionate about. Take advantage of the opportunities you see. These are the messages this year's student speakers hope their peers take away from their speeches during Edmonds Community College's graduation ceremony. …This year's student speakers are Matvey “Matthew” Sineev, 18, of Lynnwood, and Kristina Madden, 22, who lives in Mill Creek. They are both transferring to the University of Washington.  … Sineev is a Running Start student and a senior at Meadowdale High School in the Edmonds School District. “I started Running Start for financial reasons but I always wanted to be ahead of the game,” he said. …Madden will graduate with an associate's degree in pre-nursing. She started at EdCC as a Running Start student during her junior year at Cascade High School in the Everett School District. This fall, Madden will enroll in the UW's School of Nursing, a step toward her goal of a doctor of nursing practice in neonatology and maternal child health.

The Weekly Herald, June 13, 2012


Tahoma High graduate Zackery Lystedt continues to raise awareness about the concussion safety law which bears his name

Little more than a year ago Zackery Lystedt took five or six halting steps, a spotter at his side, across the stage at White River Amphitheater to accept his Tahoma High School diploma. It brought everyone there to a momentary standstill. … Now he can walk from one end of the house — or coast to coast as his father, Victor, said the family calls it — with a cane. “I am walking a lot more,” Zack said. “I want to do more public speaking, raise more awareness about my law. I’m just trying to do more speaking about that.” So far, he has taken one class each quarter at Bellevue College this school year. “I took a geography class the first quarter, I took an English class the second quarter,” he said. “I got As in both of those by the way. I have an A in sociology (this quarter). It’s probably the hardest class I’ve taken yet, but, it’s also the most interesting to me.”

Maple Valley Reporter, June 14, 2012


No 'dis' in his ability

It would be easy for Steve Ferreira to just sit in his chair. The 23-year-old Renton native and Bellevue College student has lived in a wheelchair for his entire life after being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as an infant. … Thornton Perry, an instructor who has spent the past 41 years at BC in one capacity or another and coached Ferreira for the past three years, said he has never met anyone who combines purpose and positivity like Steve. “I’ve never been around someone so positive in my entire life,” Perry said. He first met Ferreira at a freshman orientation and the two immediately connected, talking about adaptations for wheelchair athletes and the minimal coaching he had received up to that point. Other than helping a former student prepare for the Special Olympics, Perry had virtually no experience working with developmentally disabled adults. A few years around Ferreira has taught him all he needs to know.

Bellevue Reporter, June 14, 2012


A graduate's journey from rural Tibet to Ingraham High School

You might say the Dalai Lama was his guidance counselor. … Thundrup grew up on a subsistence farm in Chinese-controlled Tibet. At age 14, he decided to leave behind poverty and political subjugation to go see the Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India. ... The spiritual leader counseled that the two most important things in achieving one's goals are education and self-confidence. Choega took that advice to heart, and set about getting an education. He came to the United States, was granted refugee status and eventually made his way to Seattle. Teachers and caregivers say he worked doggedly to learn English and master concepts – like American history – completely foreign to someone growing up in the Tibetan countryside. He’ll be graduating from Ingraham High School this week, and he plans to go to North Seattle Community College in the fall.

KPLU, June 14, 2012




Op-Ed: The College Graduate as Collateral

Investors could finance students' education with equity, not debt. In exchange, investors would receive a fraction of students' future income.

The New York Times, June 14, 2012


College Affordability and Transparency Lists Released

AACC Bulletin, June 14, 2012


'Hall of Shame,' Year Two

Education Department releases its second annual compilation of most expensive colleges by sticker and net price, but this year, officials focus on the role state budget cuts have played in recent increases.

Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2012





Legislature can't just bail out state's universities

Part of the answer to providing higher education has to come from within the UW and other state colleges. Better management is required.

CrossCut, June 13, 2012



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