Tuesday, July 31, 2012

NEWS LINKS | July 31, 2012

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




Skagit Valley College students teach how to ‘Discover Local’
Oak Harbor is packed with local gems, and students from Skagit Valley College’s Phi Theta Kappa club plan to celebrate that with their Discover Local event July 28.  Every two years, the club does an Honors in Action project but this is the first time they will hold a community event. Lauren Cribb, who graduated from SVC in June, came up with the idea for showcasing everything Oak Harbor has to offer its citizens...
Whidbey News Times, July 24, 2012

Bellevue College employee honored for sustainable transportation programs

Deric Gruen, Bellevue College’s sustainability and conservation resource manager, has been recognized with a Diamond Award by Commuter Challenge for his successful efforts to reduce commute trips and encourage alternative means of transport. The effort has led to decreases in the college’s carbon emissions and traffic congestion…. “This is much-deserved recognition for Deric, who has done a tremendous job making our campus operations in general, and our transportation plan in particular, much more sustainable,” said Interim President Laura Saunders.

Bellevue Reporter, July 27, 2012



WWCC rushes ahead with wind program

An expansion of the wind energy program at Walla Walla Community College is under way this summer, with the goal of opening the new space this fall.

A 5,124-square-foot expansion is being built at the site of the college’s former health sciences building,

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 29, 2012



Seattle's low-wage workforce is barely getting by

Millions have been forced to rethink the way they live and spend in the fallout from the longest-running economic downturn since the Great Depression in the 1930s. … Andrew Smith-Moreland was coming along pretty well, attending Seattle Central Community College in physics and working in the school's computer lab to make his way. Then, last summer, his hours were cut, and he had to quit school.

Pacific Magazine, The Seattle Times, July 29, 2012



Dassault Systemes Partners with Washington State to Prepare the Next Generation of Aerospace Innovators

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."  "Now CATIA is going to be available to every community and technical college in Washington, including those that were previously unable to afford it," said Mary Kaye Bredeson, executive director of the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing at Everett Community College. "It's an important tool to prepare students for high-skill, high-wage jobs in aerospace."

MarketWatch, July 31, 2012






Is Algebra Necessary?

As American students wrestle with algebra, geometry and calculus - often losing that contest - the requirement of higher mathematics comes into question.
The New York Times, July 29, 2012



Senate Democratic report says for-profit colleges more interested in revenues than education

For-profit colleges were harshly criticized in a report publicly released yesterday by the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions.

Washington Post, July 30, 2012


Read the report:  http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=cdd6e130-5056-9502-5dd2-e4d005721cb2


Backing Off on State Authorization

In a reversal of one of the most sweeping and controversial portions of its program integrity rules, the Education Department said Friday that it will no longer enforce a requirement that distance education programs obtain permission to operate in every state in which they enroll at least one student.
Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2012



Meet the New Boss

With interest in college and university presidencies waning among chief academic officers, business officers might be the next pipeline for college presidents

Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2012






Democrats Warn of Harm to Education From Across-the-Board Budget Cuts

The subcommittee's chairman, Sen. Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, issued his own report at the hearing, a 180-page tally of the specific effects Congress can expect if it does not find an alternative to the sequestration cuts. Among a range of cuts in educational and health benefits for millions of children and young adults, sequestration would mean that 1.1 million fewer students would be served through the State Grants for Career and Technical Education program, 110,000 fewer low-income students would receive Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and nearly 52,000 fewer students would get Federal Work-Study money, Mr. Harkin said in his report.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 25, 2012




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