Wednesday, October 31, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Oct. 31, 2012

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





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, 2012,0,4797876.story


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




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




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


Compiled by the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

1300 Quince St SE | PO Box 42495 | Olympia, Washington 98504 | 


Distributed via email to State Board members, SBCTC staff, CTC presidents, PIOs, Trustees and NEWS LINKS subscribers.


Email subscription:  NEWS LINKS | SBCTC News Links blog: |RSS feed subscription: NEWS LINKS BLOG 


Links are time-sensitive and may expire after the date of publication. The SBCTC does not control or endorse the content of the links and websites.

All articles are copyrighted by the newspaper or website in which they appear. Please do not use these articles without following the permission process of the newspaper.

Some sites require free registration. SBCTC does not link to articles or news sites where a fee or paid subscription is required for viewing/access.



Alison Grazzini Smith | Legislative & Communications Associate

Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

1300 Quince St SE, Olympia WA 98504

p: 360-704-4394 | e: |