Wednesday, July 11, 2012

NEWS LINKS | July 11, 2012 ~ catch-up edition

SBCTC NEWS LINKS | Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges

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Pierce College Puyallup gains interim president, June 26, 2012
Colette Pierce Burnette has been chosen as interim president of Pierce College Puyallup. Pierce College District Chancellor Michele Johnson made the announcement Tuesday. She will assume the interim presidency at Pierce College Puyallup on July 1. Pierce Burnette replaces Patrick Schmitt, who served as college president since ...


YVCC Wins $100k Grant
KAPP, June 27, 2012
The Yakima Valley Community College wins a $100k grant from the Walmart PRESS for Completion Grant.


Japanese trainees return to BBCC 46 years later
Columbia Basin Herald, June 27, 2012
Eighteen graduates of an exchange program that places Japanese students on American farms returned to Big Bend Community College to help the ...


JATP Program
Columbia Basin Herald, June 29, 2012
In 1968, 46 years ago, I came to Moses Lake along with 186 fellow Japanese Agricultural Trainees. I remember that feeling of excitement like it was yesterday This is the nostalgic smell of a warm welcome from citizens of Moses Lake and the people of Big Bend Community College. After three short months in Moses


Spokane Community College culinary school opens kitchens to public ...
The Spokesman Review,  June 27, 2012
Here's your chance: The Inland Northwest Culinary Academy at Spokane Community College is launching a new series of classes this summer that will give ...


Middle, high school girls learn about engineering at CBC

20 middle and high school girls from across our region are at Columbia Basin College this week to learn the ins and outs of engineering. The students are participating in the 2012 Girls Design Engineering Camp. Earlier this week, the students built several robots together. Today, they took their creations for test drives through obstacle courses.

KVEW TV, June 27, 2012


EvCC board OKs $48.5 million budget
Mukilteo Beacon,  June 27, 2012
EvCC is one of 34 community and technical colleges governed by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. The college is ...


NEW Washington tourism reps want funding restored
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, June 27, 2012
The Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations met at Walla Walla Community College's Center for Enology and Viticulture to ...


EvCC introduces evening engineering program
Mukilteo Beacon, June 27, 2012
Everett Community College is introducing an evening engineering transfer degree program starting this fall, the first at a north Puget Sound community ...


EvCC offers new aerospace composite technician certificate
Mukilteo Beacon, June 27, 2012
Everett Community College is offering a new aerospace composite technician certificate, with classes starting July 2. The 31-credit certificate was designed ...


Peninsula College students profit from their 'home' work
Peninsula Daily, June 28, 2012
Peninsula College students profit from their 'home' work.. Peninsula College student carpenters work on finishing the exterior of the mini-home they are building at the Port Angeles campus.


New entrepreneurs get power from Avista
Coeur d'Alene Press, June 28, 2012
The Avista Business Entrepreneurship Network is expanding from five-year anchor Spokane Community College to include NIC, Rogue Community College in Medford, Ore., and Walla Walla Community College-Clarkston. While SCC has been hatching big


Bechtel donates $100,000 to CBC planetarium
The proposed planetarium at Columbia Basin College should be open for students in October thanks to a $100,000 donation by Bechtel National Inc.
KVEW TV, June 29, 2012


YVCC gets a $100000 grant
KNDO/KNDU, June 30, 2012
Yakima Valley Community College was selected as one of 15 community colleges across the country to win a $100000 Walmart PRESS for Completion grant.


Old mill, new miller
The Columbian, June 30, 2012
Charles Fallihee, 21, right, is a Clark College baking student who's learning how to operate the 160-year-old milling apparatus behind him.


Community Helpers donations as of July 1, 2012, June 30, 2012
Clark College received $1.5 million from the Firstenburg Foundation for expansion of the dental hygiene program.


A Six Figure Library Book Saved in the Nick of Time
Americana Exchange, July 1, 2012
The librarians at Centralia College, a small community college in Washington State, may not have understood the value of one of their books, ...


Community Colleges meet growing need as costs rise
HeraldNet, July 1, 2012
On a warm Friday night a couple weeks ago, I handed out diplomas and certificates to hundreds of students who were completing their studies at Everett Community College. It's one of the best parts of my job to see the smiling faces of the students and


Local immigrants dare to dream
The Columbian, July 2, 2012
Washington colleges and universities have an open-access policy, said Felisciana Peralta, the multicultural retention manager at Clark College. Nobody is denied an education. And since the 2003 passage of House Bill 1079, undocumented students who


PC students test alternative energy
Peninsula Daily, July 2, 2012
Student carpenters in the Green Building Program at Peninsula College have designed and built a 96-square-foot shed that uses solar and wind power. They plan to put the shed on display soon, said instructor Patrick Nickerson, adding


Big Bend aviation program spreads its wings
The Wenatchee World Online, July 2, 2012
By Mike Irwin This Boeing 727, donated by FedEx, is used for aviation maintenance classes at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.


NEW Clarkston man appointed to WWCC Board
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 2, 2012
Donald R. McQuary of Clarkston has been named to the Walla Walla Community College Board of Trustees. McQuary was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to take the place of outgoing trustee Jerry Hendrickson


Hanford contractor honored for CBC work
The Washington Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges presented Washington River Protection Solutions with its community partner award earlier this month for its work with Columbia Basin College. The Hanford contractor donated $625,000 to the Pasco college during a five-year period to start and maintain CBC's nuclear technology program. Washington River Protection Solutions also provided data to CBC regarding workplace and skills needed at Hanford and helped craft curriculum.

Tri-City Herald, July 2, 2012


Training Center expanding
HeraldNet, July 2, 2012
Jobs, jobs and more jobs," said Jean Hernandez, president of Edmonds Community College, which oversees the center's training program. Demand for trained aerospace workers isn't likely to stop soon with the Boeing Co. and suppliers speeding up jet


Letters: Old-school governing
Longview Daily News, July 3, 2012
Boeing told Lower Columbia College it needed machinists with certain abilities. LCC trained them and Boeing is happy with them. Longview Fibre only needs to work with LCC. That will keep a lot of employment right here in our community


Next generation of agricultural workers choosing college
KNDO/KNDU, July 3, 2012
Angelica says she's grateful for the help, and will be starting Columbia Basin College in the Fall. "Without the foundation, I would have been taking just one class each quarter. there's no way I could afford the tuition," says Hernandez.


Clover Park Technical College President Takes Leadership Role In National Organization, July 5, 2012
Clover Park Technical College President Takes Leadership Role In National Organization. Dr. John Walstrum joins the American Association of Community Colleges' Commission on Economic and Workforce Development.


Community college starts renovation of stadium, field
Spokane Journal of Business, July 5, 2012
Renovation work totaling more than $2 million is getting under way at the Spokane Falls Community College stadium and sports field.


CBC gets $2.1 million grant to help farm workers
Columbia Basin College received a $2.1 million grant renewal from federal education officials to help migrant farm workers and their children get a college education. CBC, based in Pasco, has received funding from the College Assistance Migrant Program, or CAMP, since 2002. The program is under the U.S. Department of Education.

Tri-City Herald, July 5, 2012


Wastewater treatment plant offers internship program
Blaine Northern Light, July 5, 2012
Kimberley Rose, left, the first intern for college credit through Bellingham Technical College, spends her fifth day on the job at the Lighthouse Point ...


New Peninsula College president on the job
Peninsula Daily, July 6, 2012
Robins is Peninsula College's sixth president in its 50-year-old history. He replaced Tom Keegan, who left in February to be Skagit Valley College's new ...


Construction on Tacoma Community College's Harned Center For Health Careers, July 6, 2012
Construction of Tacoma Community College's new Harned Center for Health Careers is scheduled to begin Monday


In Our View: Proper Reward for Veterans
The Columbian, July 6, 2012
Fortunately, that old need is being met by a new program, the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), which has shown rapid growth nationally and is available locally through Clark College's veterans affairs office.


IGrad school reaches out to former Kent students
Maple Valley Reporter, July 6, 2012
The Kent School District is partnering with Green River Community College to help students who have not completed high school


GRCC hosts South Asian students as part of US State Department Women's ...
Auburn Reporter, July 6, 2012
Green River Community College is once again hosting 19 young women students from Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, India and Pakistan as part of the Study of the U.S. Institute on Women's Leadership, an annual program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.


Taking the July heat by (snow) storm

Just when you thought summer had finally arrived, the Columbia Basin College drama department decides to make it snow. OK, so maybe the Pasco college will use faux snow when presenting its summer showcase production of White Christmas, which opens July 13 in the auditorium at Chiawana High School in Pasco.

Atomictown, July 6, 2012


Thumbs up, thumbs down
To the Community Enrichment Foundation, which is a joint venture between Windermere Tri-Cities and Hapo Credit Union, for its generous contribution to the new planetarium at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

Tri-City Herald, July 9, 2012





Filling the Skills Gap

New York Times, July 2, 2012

A man named Gerald Chertavian came by my office not long ago, and, by the time he left, I was filled with renewed appreciation for the potential of community colleges to help stem the decline of the middle class. There are few more urgent tasks.


Try Finding a Job Without a G.E.D.

New York Times, June 24, 2012

New York State and New York City will have to do more to prepare people for an exam that could help them get a leg up in the job market.


Fixing College

New York Times, June 24, 2012

Colleges and universities must mitigate a decade's worth of unsustainable growth by looking for ways to lower costs, embrace technology and improve education.



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