Thursday, June 7, 2012

NEWS LINKS | June 7, 2012

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Students earn SkillsUSA awards

The SkillsUSA Washington secondary and post-secondary skills contests were held in April at Renton Technical College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology. … SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

The Herald, June 4, 2012


Former E.B. Foote Owner Sherrill Miller Selected as Distinguished Highline Alum

Highline Community College this week named Sherrill Miller – former winemaker and owner of Burien’s now-closed E.B. Foote Winery – its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award winner for her success in the wine industry and her philanthropic efforts.

The Waterland Blog, June 5, 2012


Community college student journalists find sweet backer to get back into newspaper biz

Thanks to a generous boost from an unlikely backer, Seattle Central Community College's independent student publication the New City Collegian will return to print with a special edition 1,000-issue run.. … Cupcake Royale has stepped forward to support the venture.
CHS Capitol Hill Seattle, June 5, 2012


New Bates Technical College president chosen

John Ronald (Ron) Langrell will be the new president of Bates Technical College, the college announced Wednesday. Langrell succeeds Lyle Quasim, who is retiring after a two-year tenure as president and more than 40 years in government leadership. … Langrell brings more than 30 years of higher education experience to Bates. He is currently the executive vice president at Riverland Community College in Austin, Minn. Prior to his work in Minnesota, Langrell held academic leadership positions at Walla Walla Community College, where he was vice president of instruction -chief workforce officer, and instructional director of vocational-technical and continuing education.

The News Tribune, June 6, 2012


Gender neutral bathroom week at Green River Community College
Interview with Dani Chang, director of student life, and Shaan Wade, student leader.

Q-13 Fox, June 6, 2012


Cerebral palsy sharpens YVCC writer's wit, insight

Poised to graduate from Yakima Valley Community College on Thursday, 20-year-old Vanessa Archer has long loved writing and reading, and credits a handful of teachers with inspiring her to pursue that passion. She often draws on her own life and her faith for characters and story ideas. … Eventually, Archer wants to be a professional writer. For now, she wants to find work and live on her own. After graduation, she hopes to become a paralegal. She expects to finish YVCC with a 3.5 GPA. "YVCC is an excellent, convenient institution to get practical training for the work world, which in turn will help me support myself," she said.

Yakima Herald-Republic, June 6, 2012


YVCC to honor notables during graduation

A few notable personalities will be spotlighted during Yakima Valley Community College's graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday at Parker Field. Former YVCC student and retired professional baseball player Mel Stottlemyre will be the commencement's keynote speaker. Stottlemyre pitched for 11 seasons with the New York Yankees before an injury ended his career in 1974.

Yakima Herald-Republic, June 6, 2012


Thrift-store hobby generates couple's business idea

But a work injury forced him to think about another career shift. The couple knew that they wanted to start a business together but they weren't sure where to begin. That was when they both signed up for the business program at Everett Community College. The Hoyts have nothing but good things to say about EvCC and the Business Administration course that ended with associate in technical arts degrees. The financial advisers and administration were extremely supportive, the Hoyts said, allowing them to take all of the same classes and be study partners.
The Herald, June 6, 2012


Retiring LCC instructor Zimmerman introduced new way of teaching

If Jerry Zimmerman hadn't failed his bar exam, Lower Columbia College would be much different. Before Zimmerman joined the faculty in 1976, instructors taught independently. Teachers gave lectures. Except in English courses, students rarely wrote papers. Zimmerman, 67, whose last day of teaching is Friday, changed not only the way his own courses were taught, but influenced the way other faculty members taught, his colleagues said. His idea of using themes in his classes led to "integrated" courses taught jointly by faculty members from different departments, such as mixing sciences with liberal arts.

Longview Daily News, June 7, 2012


Seafair-bound hydroplane gets a makeover from South Seattle Community College automotive students

Walk through the Automotive Technology area on the north side of South Seattle Community College on Puget Ridge, and you’ll see students like those, hard at work – painting, fixing, building, inspecting, and more. But in the paint bay today, you won’t find a car – you’ll find a hydroplane! … And, as Automotive Collision Repair instructor Steve Ford was quick to point out during our visit, it’s no museum hydro – it’s the U-37 hydro that Schumacher Racing - owned by driving legend Billy Schumacher, who won 17 races in the ’60s and’70s – will bring to Seafair and other races this season.
West Seattle Blog, June 7, 2012


Artist Trust honors Leavenworth poet

The Artist Trust recently awarded one of its 16 fellowships to Derek Sheffield, a Leavenworth poet and English faculty at Wenatchee Valley College. … A few weeks ago, Sheffield’s full-length manuscript was the runner-up for the 2012 Emily Dickinson First Book Award, considered one of the biggest awards in the poetry world, he said. The prize is $10,000 and a publishing contract. He said the news sparked interest at other publishing houses. He hopes to sign a book deal soon for a collection of poems yet untitled.

The Wenatchee World, June 7, 2012





Cuts to Higher Education Lead to Increases in Tuition

Schmudget, June 6, 2012


“Need”: Confessions of a Community College Dean

In response to yesterday’s post about what college should cost, several people answered by saying something like “just add up what you need to provide a good education and divide by the number of students.” Which sounds reasonable enough, until you reflect on the word “need.”

Inside Higher Ed, June 7, 2012


One-Stop Shop

The new GED will assess college readiness, and in the process the testing service hopes to bump ACCUPLACER, a popular test for remedial needs.

Inside Higher Ed, June 7, 2012


Economic Engines: At What Cost?

Elizabeth Popp Berman considers the negative consequences of portraying the value of higher education primarily in terms of boosting the economy.

Inside Higher Ed, June 7, 2012




Opinion: Tax-vote ruling boosts democracy

Average elementary and secondary class sizes in Washington are among the 10 largest in the nation, while per-pupil spending is in the bottom five of all states. Tuition increases have also put higher education further out of reach -- attending Everett Community College full-time now costs $4,000 a year. Bottlenecks are getting tighter and tighter for important programs: the University of Washington is turning away students from its computer science program, while local employers are begging for software engineers. … It's happening because of Tim Eyman's Initiative 1053. By requiring a two-thirds supermajority vote in the Legislature to close tax loopholes or otherwise increase revenue, the measures effectively give veto power to just 17 of the state's 49 senators. … The doors of economic opportunity may yet reopen. The Washington Education Association and the League of Education Voters, as well as several legislators including Rep. Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline, and Mike Sells, D-Everett, sued the state to challenge the constitutionality of I-1053. Last week King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Heller ruled in their favor, throwing out I-1053, and declaring the supermajority requirement unconstitutional.
The Herald, June 6, 2012



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