Thursday, July 12, 2012

NEWS LINKS | July 12, 2012

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Clark President Bob Knight is "All Politics Is Local" Athlete of the Year

Admittedly, the meeting mavens watch more meetings than sporting events (except when it's football season) but we're going to go ahead and select Bob Knight, president of Clark College, as our first Athlete of the Year. Look how the leader of Penguin Nation hustles

The Columbian, June 24, 2012


New entrepreneurs get their power from Avista

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 and not so big business ideas with Avista’s help since 2007. … “Avista and Spokane Community College have really done all the legwork,” said NIC spokesman Mark Browning. “They’ll speed up our timeline and make us more efficient. Ideally, we’d like to have it going in January ‘13 because we really see the need for it.” … While SCC has created and refined a very workable model that the other colleges can adopt, Woodworth said the program’s framework contains some flexibility.

North Idaho Business Journal, June 26, 2012


Sequim Bay proposed for composites complex; plan hinges on $50 million federal grant

Port of Port Angeles, research and manufacturing representatives have proposed a composites manufacturing demonstration facility on about 20 acres south of the existing Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Sequim marine research operations on West Sequim Bay. … The proposal .. hinges primarily on a five-year $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, said Michael Fancher, senior program manager for the nonprofit National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. Fancher said Peninsula College in Port Angeles and Olympic College in Bremerton would join as education partners with several workforce training certificated programs.
Peninsula Daily News, June 26, 2012


Old mill, new miller: Cedar Creek Grist Mill is collecting money to employ, train an intern

By December, Charles Fallihee hopes to have acquired an ear for the mill. The 21-year-old student from Gresham, Ore., spent the last three weekends at the grist mill, learning its past and present. His instructor at Clark College's baking program suggested him for the internship, Fallihee said. The young man got his start in the culinary arts by helping out in Portland kitchens. He quickly realized his mentality was better suited to baking than cooking.  … At the same time, he's enamored of the low-tech fabrication of flour in the mill. "It's fascinating how they did everything without all the stuff we take for granted," he said. His college program includes an entire class on what kinds of flour to use in different products, "which is why it's really great that I get to see how it's made from the beginning," Fallihee said.

The Columbian, July 1, 2012


Ingenuity, optimism own the future

For this year's Annual Report, we decided to do something a little bit different. We asked leaders from various professions to think creatively about the future of the region and submit essays. Wenatchee Valley College President Jim Richardson makes a compelling case for the resilience of our communities in facing challenges …

The Wenatchee World, July 7, 2012


Jim Richardson: The future shines through WVC grads

The future is bright. At Wenatchee Valley College’s recent graduation it was a pleasure to see the excited graduates walk the stage and receive their diplomas. Each graduate has a story that is really just beginning, but which has been shaped by community, parents and families, WVC faculty and staff; but mostly by the graduate’s own determination to succeed.

The Wenatchee World Annual Report, July 7, 2012


Battle Ground man discovers he has important tales to tell kids

Casey Harrison didn't know what to do with his life after his 10-year career as a furniture mover suddenly ended. Harrison, 30, of Battle Ground, didn't finish high school and had no other work experience when a neck injury forced him to quit in 2008. … Last year, he wrote his first children's book, called "I'm an Ostrich," which was published in May. "The book is an extension of my life," Harrison said. "I wanted to let kids know it's OK to be different. Especially with bullying and those issues, and I've had problems with that. It's kind of a way to help others make a change for the better." Through writing, he also decided to go back to school and get his GED from Clark College. After that, he plans to finish a two-year associate's degree in arts or counseling. …"I'm an Ostrich" is available at, Barnes and Noble, Powell's and from other national retailers.

The Columbian, July 7, 2012


Education investment: College students face tough choices

In the Inland Northwest, the degree most frequently conferred by area colleges and universities is business, according to a recent analysis by The Spokesman-Review. Social science degrees rank second, followed by health-related degrees, liberal arts and engineering. The analysis looked at both bachelors and associates degrees awarded by Washington State University, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, Eastern Washington University, University of Idaho, North Idaho College, Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Community College. While that list roughly matches national figures, it doesn’t square with the expectation among workforce experts that the skills most in demand in coming years will be in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines, or STEM. Workforce demands are changing as America crawls out of a recession, baby boomers retire and there are advances in science and technology. By 2018, America will need 22 million new college degrees, “but will fall short of that number by at least 3 million post-secondary degrees, associates or better,” according to a study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Part of the problem is that not enough students graduate from college despite enrollment spikes.

The Spokesman Review, July 8, 2012


BBCC aviation maintenance program to expand: College receives $20 million grant

Demand is so strong that Big Bend Community College is expanding the program with the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The $20 million Air Washington grant will allow college administrators to add a third instructor and slots for 18 more students, said Rebecca Milligan, the grant administrator. The college is one of 11 community colleges and one apprenticeship program working as partners in the grant

The Columbia Basin Herald, July 9, 2012


Jill Biden gives thumbs up to South Seattle Community College's aviation program

Biden, an 18-year community-college teacher, flew to Seattle as part of the Community College to Career program spearheaded by the Obama administration. The federal initiative awarded South Seattle Community College and several other community colleges a $20 million grant to offer more classes in technical-education programs that had yearlong waiting lists. … Biden, an 18-year community-college teacher, flew to Seattle as part of the Community College to Career program spearheaded by the Obama administration. The federal initiative awarded SSCC and several other community colleges a $20 million grant to offer more classes in technical-education programs that had yearlong waiting lists.

The Seattle Times, July 9, 2012


Boeing suppliers to bring up to 175 jobs to county

Dassault Systèmes signed an agreement with the Washington Board for Community and Technical Colleges to provide its 3-D training software to the state’s community colleges at a deeply discounted price. Gregoire said the agreement furthers the state’s ability to train aerospace workers, which is key in keeping and attracting aerospace companies. The agreement will allow thousands more students to train on the cutting-edge software required by Boeing and other aerospace employers. Dassault has agreed to sell 1,200 educational-use licenses of the 3-D training software to the state board for $9,150, or $7.63 per license. Individual colleges have paid between $200 and $350 per license in the past. “Our community and technical colleges are knowledge-producers for the aerospace industry,” said Charlie Earl, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. “This agreement means more students can take what they learn in the classroom directly into the workplace, without the need for extensive, on-the-job training.”

The Herald, July 9, 2012


YVCC awarded $100,000

Yakima Valley Community College just landed a $100,000 grant. It’s only one of fifteen community colleges nationwide. Find out how the school plans to use the money to better help its students achieve their goals. YVCC is the only school on the west coast to receive the $100,000 Press for Completion grant for meeting high standards of performance and for being an active participant in The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network.

KIMA TV, July 10, 2012


Derrick Salberg’s catch makes ESPY Final Four

The 11-second YouTube video of Salberg leaping over the left-field bullpen at David Story Field — sealing a victory for the Lower Columbia College baseball team in the NWAACC Championships on May 25 — had nearly 2 million views.

The Daily News, July 10, 2012


Winthrop man creates outdoor art that’s ... out there

Rhys Court calls it his unfinished work. An ongoing project. An evolving outdoor gallery. Bright reds, blues and yellows beckon you into a world of shapes and angles and texture, of found and recycled objects. Arranged and reshaped, some spin or sway in the wind. Others shine at night with solar lights. … In the wind, it becomes an orchestra — a windmill screeches, a plastic pipe with holes topped by a glove toots out low, hollow notes. ….  In high school, he became interested in photography, and discovered his love of art at Wenatchee Valley College, where he was inspired by an art teacher there. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in fine art at Central Washington University …

Yakima Herald, July 11, 2012


Young winemaker pushing Jones of Washington to top

Then, in 2008, winemaker Victor Palencia arrived. … "I worked in vineyards," he said. "As a kid, that was my after-school job. In my teen years, I enjoyed the outdoors, so the vineyard was a good fit."  … After graduating from Prosser High School, he attended Walla Walla Community College -- and was the first in his family to earn a college degree … Now 27, Palencia is one of the hottest young winemakers in Washington. The wines he has released in the past three years have been some of the state's best, earning him Washington Winery of the Year from Wine Press Northwest magazine this spring.

The Herald, July 11, 2012


Veterans Retraining Assistance Program helps Clark College students

Darin Weldon knew his family had the money to pay the first two quarters' tuition; after that, he worried he would have to take out loans to cover the cost. But then he learned about a new, weeks-old Veterans Affairs tuition-support program for middle-aged and older veterans going back to school and seeking jobs in high-demand sectors. The program, called the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, provides a $1,473 monthly stipend to veterans to pay the cost of community college or technical school. Unemployed veterans between ages 35 and 60 who aren't participating in federal or state job-training programs are eligible.

The Oregonian, July 11, 2012


Harden named vice president for diversity at Bellevue College
Bellevue College has appointed Yoshiko Harden as the new vice president for diversity. In this role, she will lead efforts to promote equity and pluralism on campus by developing programs and providing guidance to campus leaders. … Harden has over a decade of experience as a student affairs practitioner at Highline Community College in Des Moines.

The Seattle Medium, July 11, 2012


U.S. education official calls on state to step up higher-ed help

Martha Kanter, undersecretary of the federal Department of Education and a key policymaker on higher-education issues in President Obama's administration, spoke during a town hall-style meeting at the University of Washington on Wednesday. … Also on Kanter's list: improving college remediation so that students are more quickly prepared to begin college-level classes; and programs that accelerate the time it takes a student to finish a degree — year-round schools and programs that offer bachelor's degrees in three years. Other participants in the town-hall meeting were UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce; State Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle; and Nancy Truitt Pierce, a former Everett Community College trustee. … Murray described how the Legislature undertook a "slow, consistent cutting of higher education" over 20 years, even before the economic downturn began in 2008. It was fueled by a "bipartisan populist feel that somehow, higher education was elitist," he said. When the recession began, the cuts turned sharply steeper. The state has sliced about 50 percent of higher-education funding in the past four years.

The Seattle Times, July 12, 2012


Community steps up for need at area food banks

The food banks also see a number of college students. He thinks this is because Columbia Basin College and Washington State University Tri-Cities don't have on-campus housing or cafeterias with meal plans like traditional campuses, and like the seniors, students are struggling to stretch their dollars to pay all of their living costs, plus books and tuition.

The News Tribune, July 12, 2012


When a little gas money goes a long way

Green River Community College (GRCC) in Washington state established its own emergency fund in 2009 to provide one-time grants of up to $500 to help students cover critical needs. The SAFE (Student Assistance for Emergencies) Fund is aimed at the student “who is trying to make a choice between paying a utility bill and dropping out, or staying in school and the family goes without power for a month,” says Josh Gerstman, development director at the GRCC Foundation.  The typical recipient is a single parent struggling to make ends meet.  “These aren’t students looking for a handout,” Gerstman says. GRCC also just launched a similar program for students who are veterans.

Community College Times, July 13, 2012





Venture capital funding for ed tech at ‘unprecedented’ levels, expected to rise / Investors are funding companies creating technologies for K-12 schools and colleges

A “prominent investor” not identified in the extensive CSV Advisors report said a surge of investment money can be expected in any sector perceived as in desperate need of repair. “I see more and more capital moving to the area and for two primary reasons: Any time large, broken industries exist, significant opportunities for start-ups are created,” the investor said. “Additionally, the millennial generation is learning in different ways, which has been driven by technology.”

eCampus News, July 10, 2012


How will the Affordable Care Act affect employment?

Reynolds Center, July 11, 2012


College Isn't Really Unaffordable

In white paper, economists say perception is "worse than reality" and that students and families should view higher education as long-term investment, not a good they consume. [Per usual, the story is in the Comments.]

Inside Higher Ed, July 12, 2012


Possible Pell Grant Cut for Distance Students

Inside Higher Ed, July 12, 2012


EDITORIAL: Universities and colleges must adapt to meet need

Spokesman-Review, July 12, 2012



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