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College welding students enlisted to try to stop copper thefts in Auburn
A rash of copper thefts is costing the city of Auburn thousands of dollars. Green River Community College welding student Devin Wheeler and his classmates are welding the city’s 3,200 junction boxes shut, to prevent people from prying open the lid and stealing the copper wiring inside.
Q13 Fox News, October 29, 2012
Colleges enhance the economy
Community colleges provide economic and educational enhancements that benefit all communities, according to information presented to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce on Monday. “Community colleges contribute to our economy and our whole democratic process all across the United States,” said Peninsula College President Luke Robins.
Peninsula Daily News, October 30, 2012
A love of fitness and the community
Kira Gates is a runner, it’s something she has loved since she was a girl. But now it is more than just a hobby. Gates put her interest in exercise in the forefront of her life when she accepted the position of certified personal trainer at the new Island Body and Fitness. “It’s just one of those things where I wanted to do something I was passionate about and the way it all worked out … it has been amazing,” she said. Gates went to high school on Lopez and started working at Holly B’s when she was a teenager, baking and running the front counter. But as her two daughters grew older and she had more time on her hands, she began to wonder what else she could do for a living. She enrolled in classes at Skagit Valley Community College and decided on a Health and Fitness Certification.
Island Weekly, October 25, 2012
Vet techs put heart in pet projects (Yakima Valley Community College)
Veterinary technicians are "in demand" to give follow-through care for pets.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, October 10, 2012
TRENDS| HORIZONS | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | EDUCATION
Editorial: higher ed needs dedicated funding source
But bravo to officials at state universities for providing a temporary funding fix to boost in-state enrollment.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, October 28, 2012
Bridging the skills gap: higher ed and businesses aim for collaboration
Instead of viewing unemployment from the “there are no jobs” paradigm, it is potentially the other way around: People entering the workforce, specifically students with some form of higher education degree, do not have enough skills and education to take on the jobs that are available.
USA Today, October 30, 2012
Colleges must help prepare students for higher education
If colleges want more of their students to be ready for the academic challenges of higher education, then those institutions have to take a more direct role in elementary and secondary education, recommends a new report from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 30, 2012
Some college, no degree, no Pell
In the continuing push to increase the proportion of Americans with college degrees, one group has been singled out as key to reach: those who have attended college and have some credits, but never earned a degree. A recent change to eligibility for the Pell Grant, though, has made it harder for some of those students to complete their studies and earn a degree.
Inside Higher Ed, October 31, 2012
Community colleges and STEM education
There is growing recognition of the importance of community colleges in the STEM education pathway.
Community College Week, October 29, 2012
POLITICS | LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL
New governor needs to be the nation’s first STEM education governor
The next governor of Washington will have a unique opportunity to remake our state’s education system, and with it, the futures of generations of young Washingtonians. Whether Republican Rob McKenna or Democrat Jay Inslee wins next month, the new governor must lead the way in preparing our students for bright futures and good jobs by focusing on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Washington ranks No. 1 in the concentration of STEM jobs in the U.S.
The Olympian, October 30, 2012
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