Friday, November 30, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Nov. 30, 2012

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Delegation from Spanish university visits Bellevue College

A delegation from the University of León visited Bellevue College this week to continue work on a formal partnership that will provide for a dual degree program and new opportunities for student exchanges between the two institutions.

Bellevue Reporter, November 29, 2012


New web tool helps aero companies find workers

Aerospace and manufacturing companies have an easier way to find skilled Washington workers: an online tool that matches training-program graduates with companies' needs. The Center of Excellence is based at Everett Community College and has the goal of being a one-stop resource center for the industry's education and training needs.

The Everett Herald, November 29, 2012


Gayton, Gregoire named trustees for Seattle Community Colleges

Governor Chris Gregoire has appointed two members to the Board of Trustees for the Seattle Community Colleges: Businesswoman Carmen Gayton and Attorney Courtney Gregoire.

The Seattle Medium, November 29, 2012


Editorial: Community Colleges of Spokane honors program could earn high marks

This fall the Community Colleges of Spokane added yet another option to the already impressive assortment of higher education choices available to students from Eastern Washington.

The Spokesman-Review, November 17, 2012




No more Mr. nice guy

A Missouri community college goes after nearby for-profits with TV ads that name names and compare tuition rates. Will other community colleges follow suit?
Inside Higher Ed, November 27, 2012

Can community colleges put Americans back to work?

Community colleges have long played a key role as an entryway to better career opportunities for adults in the workforce. But with the job market more competitive than ever and the unemployment rate stubbornly stuck near 8%, community colleges across the country are launching new initiatives that are more aggressive in helping unemployed Americans find jobs.
Time, November 28, 2012


Community colleges, budget cuts and jobs: the impact of community colleges on employment growth

A 2012 study published in the Sociology of Education examines the role of community colleges on local job growth. The researchers, from Washington State University, based their research on community colleges in 2,017 rural counties in 44 U.S. states between 1976 and 2004.

Journalist’s Resource, November 28, 2012


The root of real jobs: filling the STEM talent gap

Finding talent to fill science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs these days is rarely about anything as subtle as fit. It's a much more basic and troubling challenge. The talent -- and more critically, the skills -- are just not there to be had.

Huffington Post, November 28, 2012


As minority students’ completion rates lag, a new report asks why

College-completion rates for minority students tend to lag behind overall averages, and a report released on Wednesday by the American Council on Education examines why.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 28, 2012

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Controversial STEM Visa bill up for vote

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on the STEM Jobs Act, a Republican-backed bill that would create up to 55,000 new visas for foreign graduates of American universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The bill would also eliminate the diversity visa lottery, which allocates spots to immigrants from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
Inside Higher Ed, November 30, 2012

Living on the fiscal edge

Even if Congress and President Obama avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, a compromise may include cuts that could affect community colleges.

Community College Times, November 29, 2012


Gov.-elect Inslee names transition team

Democratic Gov.-elect Jay Inslee has announced the names of the 34 people who will help him fill key cabinet posts and construct a legislative agenda to undertake when he assumes power in January. The list includes Larry Brown, member, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

The Everett Herald, November 29, 2012


Mark Schoesler chosen as new leader for Washington Senate Republicans

Republicans have chosen Sen. Mark Schoesler as the party's leader in the Washington state Senate. The GOP announced its new Senate leadership team Wednesday evening. The party is looking to work with two Democrats to form a working majority and control more of the chamber's activities.

The Oregonian, November 28, 2012


Sen. Bob Morton announces retirement

State Sen. Bob Morton, R-Kettle Falls, says it’s time to hang up his boots and call it a career. Morton announced Wednesday afternoon that he will be resigning Jan. 1, 2013, triggering what promises to be one of the most complicated appointment processes since he landed in the Senate some 18 years ago.

Washington State Wire, November 28, 2012




Big Bird, Bert and Ernie and other ballot write-ins

Among the write-in names on election ballots in Cowlitz County this year were Big Bird and Dilbert’s Pointy Haired boss.

The Seattle Times, November 30, 2012


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