Wednesday, November 28, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Nov. 28, 2012

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




Columbia Basin College High School Academy, last chance for dropouts

The High School Academy, a new program at Columbia Basin College, started with two full-time teachers and just 18 students serving Richland and Kennewick school districts. Now, part-time instructors from the college help out and serve as many as 50 students.

KEPRTV, November 26, 2012


Columbia Basin College students to get laptops from Fluor

Fifty students at Columbia Basin College will get an early Christmas present Monday. The community college will give 50 used laptop computers provided by Fluor Federal Services to selected students during a special event at noon in the Gjerde Center.

Tri-City Herald, November 22, 2012

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KEPR TV, November 26, 2012


Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland adds engineering technology degree

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT) has added a new Associate of Applied Science Engineering Technology degree designed for students who like the practical application of engineering, and who would benefit from a hands-on, rather than a more theoretically-inclined, program. It can lead to employment in as little as two years, or can provide to a solid foundation for further studies in engineering and technology.

Kirkland Reporter, November 26, 2012


Higher ed will get its due attention in Olympia, say legislators

Higher education took a seat at the table Monday night, even though Washington legislators will be playing funding catch-up on K-12 education for at least the next six years in Olympia. Two re-elected state representatives and one newly elected legislator spoke to an Olympic College audience of about 45 focused primarily on higher education, particularly community colleges.
Kitsap Sun, November 26, 2012


A new world-class vision for Renton’s aerospace center

One of the City of Renton's top priorities in the 2013 state legislative session is obtaining $10 million in state money to build an aerospace training center at the city's airport. That money would go toward building a world-class facility in Renton to train the next generations of aerospace workers. Aerospace training at the center would be offered by Renton Technical College. RTC would offer Aerospace Manufacturing Assembly Mechanic certificate training, which it started in 2011 to train assembly mechanics, among other possible programs.

Renton Reporter, November 27, 2012


Skagit Valley College teacher receives excellence award
Skagit Valley College
instructor Roxanne Hulet was recently honored with a 2012 Teacher of Excellence Award from The Evergreen State College. The award honors teachers who have made a difference in the lives of their students.
Skagit Valley Herald, November, 25, 2012

Fiscal cliff looms for Head Start program
A mix of automatic cuts and tax increases set to go in effect Dec. 31 could mean deep reductions to a program that has supported a local single mother raising her children and has allowed her to give back in a job she loves. Allen works as an Early Head Start Infant Toddler Specialist in Oak Harbor for Skagit/Islands Head Start, a free child development program for low-income families, plus homeless and foster children. Reductions are nothing new to the program, which is supported by Skagit Valley College and federal dollars.

Skagit Valley Herald, November 26, 2012


South Puget Sound Community College President Candidate Forums

The first of five candidates for president of South Puget Sound Community College will visit the campus and community Tuesday, Dec. 4. Dr. Larry Galizio, president of Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, will tour the campus and community, meet faculty and staff, visit with the Board of Trustees, and take part in an open forum for the community and campus.

Thurston Talk, November 27, 2012


Want a better idea of college costs? Schools, Congress are trying to help

College is one of the biggest investments most people make, but it can be hard to estimate in advance just how big. Congress stepped in a few years ago with a law requiring that colleges and universities offer an online tool to help families get a handle on it. For the past year, schools have had to post “net price calculators” on their websites for prospective students to determine the full cost of attending, minus scholarships and grants. Tacoma Community College put the calculator on its student consumer information page, reached by clicking the “About TCC” tab on the home page.

The State, November 27, 2012




Op-ed: regents call for renewed commitment to higher education funding

With the elections over, attention in Olympia is returning to the business of governing as the January legislative session approaches. This is a budget writing year for the governor and our legislators, and the fiscal challenges of the past four years will be with us once again.

The Bellingham Herald, November 28, 2012


11 states to work toward improving student success at community colleges

Achieving the Dream, Inc., a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for community college student success and completion, today announced the participation of five states in the Postsecondary State Policy Network – Connecticut, Hawai’i, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Virginia.

Jobs for the Future, November 27, 2012


Those college PSAs may help

Do the late-night public service announcements and other promotional campaigns have any effect at all? A new study suggests that they do. The paper, conducted by two Canadian researchers and released this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research, sought to gauge the impact that exposure to information about the value of postsecondary education had on the interests and inclinations of economically disadvantaged students.

Inside Higher Ed, November 27, 2012

Young Americans earning four-year degrees, graduating from high school in record numbers, says new report

More young adults than ever are graduating from high school, attending college and obtaining bachelor’s degrees, says the Pew Research Center. According to recent Pew data, more than a third of young Americans -- ages 25 to 29 -- have obtained at least undergraduate degrees, while almost two-thirds have completed at least some college courses. An estimated 90 percent of the nation’s young adults have completed high school, representing a 12 percent increase since 1978.

Youth Today, November 26, 2012


Apprenticeships make a comeback in the United States

Common in Europe, partnerships with employers get graduates into jobs fast.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 26, 2012

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Why college grads are heading back…to community college

College grads are heading back to school, but not grad school. In some cases, associate's degrees offer more economic bang for their buck than bachelor's degrees.

CNN, November 20, 2012


New Department of Labor initiative focuses on workforce development

The U.S. Department of Labor, in conjunction with the Department of Education, has recently awarded 54 grants to 297 schools across the U.S., District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to increase workplace development programs in community colleges around the country.

Diverse Education, November 19, 2012




Democrats pick nominees for key seats, say GOP is included

Senate Democrats chose nominees Tuesday for two powerful committee chairmanships, calling for longtime Sen. Jim Hargrove to lead the writing of the state’s operating budget and Tracey Eide, who represents South King County and a sliver of Pierce County, to lead on the transportation budget.

The Olympian, November 27, 2012


Recount will be coming to county

Benton-Probst, Stonier-Olson races to be tallied by hand.

The Columbian, November 27, 2012


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