Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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Students hail the savings WSUV offers over Pullman

This upcoming academic year, WSU undergraduate tuition for Washington residents sits at $11,386. This is a nearly 50 percent increase from rates in 2009, when tuition cost $7,600. But this isn't stopping students from attending — enrollment at the main WSU campus in Pullman has grown 9.5 percent in the past five years. However, head count at local colleges has grown far faster. In the same amount of time, Clark College enrollment has increased by 27.5 percent, and WSU Vancouver educates 23 percent more students. Tuition at Clark College is less than half of WSU's, but WSU Vancouver attendees pay the same in tuition as those at the main campus. However, WSUV students say the urban campus provides them with fewer extra fees, increased options to live with family members, and more employment opportunities.

The Columbian, July 30, 2012


Advanced composites take off /Local manufacturers expand, thanks to aerospace industry demand
Manufacturing parts as strong as steel but much lighter and machined to 1/3,000th of an inch, some Skagit County companies are building the next generation of aerospace, wind energy and marine equipment with the help of advanced composites...An anticipated massive future demand for skilled workers in aerospace manufacturing helped Washington acquire a $20 million federal Department of Labor grant to fund worker training programs at 12 state community and technical colleges.  Skagit Valley College’s Marine Technology Center was awarded $334,000 from the grant to implement a course catalogue in aerospace composite construction and repair...
Skagit Valley Herald, July 31, 2012


'Talk-a-phone' towers installed on SSCC campus will serve for emergencies

Four Talk-a-phone towers were recently installed on the South Seattle Community College campus grounds to enable communications in case of an emergency.

"We currently have a campus alert system that a minimal amount of students sign up for so we looked at ways to communicate with students, faculty, visitors, and staff while on the campus grounds in case of an emergency," said James Lewis head of SSCC security.

West Seattle Herald, July 31, 2012


In Our View: Empty Nests Postponed / WSUV, Clark College offer solutions for soaring tuition

… Attention, parents who for years have longed for the day your kids would fly away and leave you with that blissfully peaceful empty nest: For $11,804 a year, would you be willing to tolerate your pesky kids a little longer? … WSUV is not the only local school that's seeing a rise in enrollment despite an increase in tuition. Clark College, which offers tuition less than half of WSU's, has shown a 27.5 percent increase in enrollment in those same five years.  The value of both WSUV and Clark College to our community has never been higher. With the former, that value has been bolstered with new programs such as a bachelor's degree in neuroscience and a doctorate in nursing practice. With the latter, the value is bolstered with new job training opportunities and promising pathways to second careers during the lingering economic slump.

The Columbian, August 1, 2012


GED costs will double in October statewide

The Grays Harbor College says that the price of getting your GED is going to double starting in October. Jane Goldberg, Director of Public Relations for the college, says that the fees will increase from the current $75 to $150 for the certification. … The fee increase affects all GED test sites throughout the State of Washington, including Grays Harbor College.

KXRO News Radio, August 1, 2012


Food Lifeline and Shoreline CC Honored by King County for Waste Prevention

Shoreline-based Food Lifeline and Shoreline Community College were among organizations named as ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’ by King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Shoreline Patch, August 1, 2012





Officials tout new $20 million program for technical education

In the upcoming school year, high school juniors and seniors will be eligible for free tuition for state technical education courses under a new program touted by officials Thursday. Gov. Sam Brownback, employers and educators said the Career and Technology Act, which was approved by the Legislature in the last session, represents a new era in technical training in Kansas.

Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas), July 27, 2012


A Measured Change

As decreases in traditional sources of funds put pressure on colleges and universities to come up with new revenue streams, some of that responsibility is falling to university financial officers, a significant change for positions that traditionally consisted of balancing institutional budgets. Business officers are increasingly being called on to think strategically about new ways to derive tuition revenue and cut expenses, including which academic programs might or might not be necessary.
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2012


Professor: Algebra, geometry, calculus shouldn't be required

KIRO Radio, My, July 30, 2012


With tech schools, numbers fly in the face of stereotypes

… among other things, that Nebraska students who take career and technical education courses are less likely to drop out of high school, more likely to take honors or advanced placement courses and -- especially for those seniors who take three or more courses -- are significantly more likely to get diplomas. … The figures substantiate what a growing number of educators nationally are saying: that the goal of having all high school students graduate from a four-year college is too narrow a focus; and that jobs requiring middle-level skills -- in areas such as health care, construction, manufacturing and natural resources -- are exploding and can offer good, well-paying careers. …  A 2011 Harvard study called Pathways to Prosperities argues for broadening the avenues for students to earn post-secondary degrees. The study shows that only about 30 percent of young adults earn bachelor’s degrees by their mid-20s. And 27 percent of people with post-secondary licenses or certificates earn more than the average bachelor’s degree recipient.

Journal Star (Nebraska), July 30, 2012


California Skills Gap Spurs Community College 'Career Pathways' Job Training

Huffington Post, July 31, 2012



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