Monday, November 26, 2012

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Rep-elect Cyrus Habib draws on life experience to serve 48th district

Rep. Cyrus Habib of the 48th District, lost his eyesight to cancer at age eight. He’s never let it keep him from success. This November, Habib becomes the first Iranian American elected to the Legislature. Habib is a lawyer, but has always been involved with service work. He volunteers as a trustee of the Bellevue College Foundation and is a human services commissioner for the city of Bellevue.

Bellevue Reporter, November 21, 2012


Car Club buys tool kits for Big Bend Community College students

For the second year in a row, the Moses Lake Classic Car Club is providing performance tool kits for Big Bend Community College students. The tool kits will be purchased with a $1,500 donation from the club and given to every second-year student in the automotive technology program, according to college officials.

iFiber One News, November 19, 2012


Astronauts to attend opening of Columbia Basin College planetarium

Tri-City residents not only will see stars in the sky, but also stars of the United States space program during the Dec. 5 opening of the new planetarium at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. Astronauts Charlie Duke and Story Musgrave will be on hand for the dedication and also will meet with Mid-Columbia students during a two-day period.

Tri-City Herald, November 23, 2012


Redone Everett Community College training center almost ready

Everett Community College's popular roster of classes covering high tech, production management, career development and small-business acceleration will move into the newly renovated Corporate and Continuing Education Center near Paine Field in mid-December.

The Everett Herald, November 26, 2012


Medical clinic to open in new Everett Community College building

A $38 million building under construction at Everett Community College will be the new home for the campus' health sciences programs and a nonprofit medical clinic that will serve the general public. The new space will give students a chance to intern at the nonprofit clinic.

The Everett Herald, November 22, 2012


Highline College president stresses value of higher education

Washington state needs to realize the value of higher education. That was the overall tone Nov. 15 at the Des Moines City Council roundtable designed to begin conversations about the importance of higher education and getting constituents to realize it. “People need to be more outspoken in communities about the value added with higher education centers,” said Dr. Jack Bermingham, president of Highline Community College.

Highline Times, November 21, 2012


South Puget Sound Community College, Saint Martin’s to sign dual-admission agreement for nursing students

A signing ceremony is scheduled Monday to kick off a dual-admission agreement between South Puget Sound Community College and Saint Martin’s University nursing programs. The agreement will give SPSCC nursing students an opportunity to apply for dual admission to Saint Martin’s Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (known as RN-to-BSN) program.

The Olympian, November 21, 2012


At 40, parent-run preschool still strong

The Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool is still going strong, and parents at the school are inviting past families to join them in celebrating its 40th anniversary. The preschool serves about 20 students and is affiliated with South Puget Sound Community College’s early childhood education program.

The Olympian, November 26, 2012




Seattle’s science experiment: a STEM school for the early grades

Many jobs of the future will be in fields that go by the shorthand “STEM”: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But these are precisely the subjects where many American students are falling short. Educators are responding by creating STEM-focused schools, and in Seattle officials are breaking ground by pushing that emphasis back into younger classes, all the way to kindergarten.

KPLU, November 26, 2012


Not just math and English courses that pose obstacles to community college completion

Discussions of the barriers to completion in community colleges have largely focused on student success in introductory college-level math and English courses, and rightfully so, since these courses are typically required for degrees. However, there is a much broader range of courses that also serve as “gatekeepers” in the sense that they are obstacles to completion.

Community College Research Center, November 2012


Apprenticeships make a comeback in the United States

Inspired by Germany's model, states are encouraging community colleges and manufacturers to work together on training programs.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 26, 2012

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Getting poor students to college isn’t just about affordability, it’s about access

Students from low-income communities need the same mentoring, leadership opportunities, and support through the college application process as their higher-income peers. Strategic partnerships between K-12 schools and local colleges are a key part of this exposure.

The Christian Science Monitor, November 23, 2012




Op-ed: property-tax levy swap to fund education is the best bad idea we have

The state Supreme Court ruled in early January in the McCleary decision that the Legislature was not meeting its constitutional requirement to “make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders.” Meeting the requirement will cost a total of around $2 billion per year.

The Seattle Times, November 24, 2012


Dems say they’ll talk with Republicans about power-sharing

Democrats in the state Senate are signaling they’ll cooperate with Republicans if they have to. Without making specific promises, a letter from Senate Democratic leader Ed Murray appears to say his team won’t dig in its heels and fight to the death if there is no way it can actually win.

Washington State Wire, November 26, 2012


Fewer women, less diversity in Legislature

The Legislature that will gather in Olympia early next year will be the least diverse group of state lawmakers in a generation, mostly due to fewer women.

The Olympian, November 26, 2012

The Seattle Times, November 24, 2012


What Obama can do for community colleges

Getting America back to work is a top priority for President Obama. The nation's community colleges now offer proven solutions to high unemployment. But they all need additional help from Washington to educate young people, guide career-changers and train displaced workers.

The Huffington Post, November 21, 2012


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