Monday, October 29, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Oct. 29, 2012

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Two-year colleges: stimulus tool no. 1 for higher employment

According to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, more Washingtonians are finding jobs and drifting away from school. Marty Brown, executive director of the board, says that rising costs are likely scaring off would-be students. Two-year colleges adapt nimbly to employers’ needs by creating new certificate and degree programs. Bates Technical College, for example, launched a machinist-training program just last year in response to the emerging shortage of machinists.

The News Tribune, October 27, 2012


Bellevue College helps students with disabilities; holding Disability Fair Oct. 30

Bellevue College has invested in a variety of technologies, including voice recognition and text-to-speech software, to help students with disabilities succeed in their classes. And technology is also making BC’s campus much more accessible.

Bellevue Reporter, October 26, 2012


Bellevue Television wins national recognition

Bellevue Television, the city's government access channel, has won national recognition from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. Bellevue Television is operated under a joint franchise agreement of the City of Bellevue and Bellevue Community College.

Bellevue Patch, October 28, 2012


Returning vets fighting to find work (Clark College)

Jobless numbers of military veterans serving in the post-9/11 era have dipped in the past year — to just below 10 percent, compared to 11.7 percent in September 2011.

Those rates continue to be higher than what non-veterans face, even with politicians of all stripes voicing strong support for veteran re-entry programs.

The Kansas City Star, October 28, 2012


Columbia Basin College gives more than half a million in scholarships

The cost of college continues to climb across the state. During the 2012-2013 school year, tuition rose 12% for all community colleges and technical schools as mandated by the legislature. Columbia Basin College is making its best efforts to offset the costs to students. Friday, the CBC Foundation managed to give out a record $528,786 in 364 scholarships to 319 students at the Pasco Red Lion. 38 students in their second year of the school's nursing program all received $2,000.

KNDO TV, October 26, 2012

KVEW TV, October 26, 2012


High hopes: aerospace an industry hungry for workers

At a time when jobs are tough to come by, the one industry that keeps hiring is aerospace. The 11 community colleges in the Air Washington program aren't the only ones aiming to train the next wave of manufacturing workers. One-third of the students attending Lake Washington Institute of Technology's machine technology program in Kirkland are from Snohomish County, which already has several manufacturing and aerospace training options.

The Everett Herald, October 28, 2012


Shoreline Community College Inks Deal to Provide Training for Chinese Auto Technicians

Shoreline Community College, Chinese technical institute, and Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology are all working together to train automotive service technicians for the largest automobile market in the world: China.

Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch, October 28, 2012




Texas A&M launches far-reaching plan to raise retention and graduation rates

Texas A&M University will unveil an ambitious plan here on Monday to fix a leaky educational pipeline by monitoring students from the time they enter kindergarten until they graduate from college. The program, which it calls EmpowerU, is the result of a year-long brainstorming process among leaders of the sprawling system's 11 diverse campuses.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 29, 2012


Top-performing low-income students and college choice

Each cohort of high-school students includes some 35,000 who are high-achieving and low-income—their test scores are in the top 10 percent and their income is in the bottom quarter. But new research shows that many of them are not applying to the colleges where they would probably have the best outcomes.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 26, 2012


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