Monday, December 17, 2012

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$3.5 million grant funds creation of CC BY resources for adult English learners

Just in time for Creative Commons’ 10th birthday celebration of its license suite, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) announced a 3.5 million dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a new program — Integrated Digital English Acceleration (I-DEA) — that will help adult English language learners improve their language skills while simultaneously providing career and college readiness training through technology-based tools and resources. The I-DEA program targets community college learners in the state’s lowest three levels of English as a Second Language courses, and aims to help learners achieve their language goals in tandem with career goals — with fewer hours of instruction than traditional programs that teach basic language skills separately from job-specific skills.  I-DEA derives its dual approach from the state’s I-BEST model (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training)

Creative Commons News, December 12, 2012


Fain, Sullivan discuss issues with community college presidents

Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn) and House Majority Leader Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-Covington) discussed their higher education budget issues for the 2013 legislative session with local community college presidents Jack Bermingham, Highline Community College, and Dr. Eileen Ely, Green River Community College, at the recent December "Good Eggs" breakfast

Auburn Reporter, December 14, 2012


'DC fast charger' electric vehicle recharger installed at Bellevue College

Bellevue College has installed a rare direct current (DC) fast charger for electric vehicles on its campus. Located near the I-90/I-405 interchange, the 'DC fast charger' is the Eastside’s first. ... It’s the first fast charger on any college or university campus in the entire western United States. “These chargers will go a long way toward encouraging people to consider getting an electric car. It makes a statement that Bellevue College is serious about doing everything we can to reduce vehicle emissions, which are a huge source of our carbon footprint,” said Deric Gruen, Bellevue College’s sustainability and resource conservation manager.

Mercer Island Reporter, December 14, 2012


Viera's Bakery in Pasco to reopen Monday

Viera's Bakery in Pasco will reopen Monday, and a grant program from Columbia Basin College will be recognized that day for helping the business. The grant, provided through CBC's Housing and Urban Development Hispanic-Serving Institute Assisting Communities, provided business assistance through its facade improvement program

Tri-City Herald, December 15, 2012


Renton Technical College students show off their holiday baking skills

This year Renton Technical College baking program students made 1,440 cookies for the Seattle Milk Fund’s CookieFest 2012. The charity event at the Macy’s downtown Seattle store last Saturday raised money for the organization’s efforts to increase economic stability for families and community through childcare and education grants. More than 20 Seattle bakeries and culinary schools participated.

Renton Reporter, December 15, 2012


Stokes Offered Presidency of South Puget Sound Community College
The Board of Trustees of South Puget Sound Community College voted to extend a job offer to Dr. Timothy Stokes to serve as the next president of the institution. … “Dr. Stokes has a tremendous history of academic, administrative and community involvement,” said Board of Trustees Chair Judy Blinn. “The Trustees are confident he would continue South Puget Sound Community College’s strong tradition of connection with the community.” Stokes currently serves as executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Tacoma Community College.

Thurston Talk, December 16, 2012


TCC leader headed to SPSCC

Board of Trustees of South Puget Sound Community College has voted to extend a job offer to Timothy Stokes, Ph.D., to serve as the next president of the Olympia institution. … He would succeed current college President Gerald Pumphrey, who will retire after more than 6 years at the college. Stokes currently serves as executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Tacoma Community College.

Business Examiner, December 17, 2012


Washington college instructors are 'flipping' the way they teach

In a trend called flipping the classroom, new technology tools and different approaches to learning are changing the way some college faculty teach their courses. That may mean turning a lecture into homework so more class time can be spent on practice and problem-solving. … Other colleges are using the new tech toolbox to save money while reaching more students — a necessity in these days of steep budget cuts to higher education. … A Thanksgiving snowstorm that paralyzed traffic two years ago prompted Guy Hamilton, who heads the biotechnology program at Shoreline Community College, to try new software that allowed him to record lectures and post them online. … "The students just loved it," he said, especially because they could watch lectures on difficult topics over and over. When Hamilton graded the final exams, he found his students had done 15 to 20 percent better than expected.

The Seattle Times, December 17, 2012


SCCC has plans for 6-story student housing on Broadway

CHS has learned of plans for Seattle Central Community College to put some of its Broadway property to work as student housing. ... In 2008, the Seattle Community College District acquired the building home to Atlas thrift store on Broadway and has since installed a mail center for Seattle Central there. … Though the school has seen a drop in enrollment the investment in student housing may prove profitable. During the last fiscal year the school saw a $1.7 million dollar increase coming from international students, the primary patrons of SCCC's student housing.

Capitol Hill Times, December 17, 2012


Tri-City high schoolers face crunch time for college

High school graduation is months away, but it's the 11th hour for seniors deciding what they'll do once they have that diploma in hand. For many Mid-Columbia students that means continuing education. …. … Wilson said it's not an easy process, even for a family with experience navigating it. It can be more daunting for families unfamiliar with higher education.  That's how it is for Jesus Rivera, a 17-year-old senior at Kiona-Benton City High School. He said he wants to enter law enforcement, but he's trying to determine the best path, which could include Columbia Basin College or Yakima Valley Community College. … At Connell, Koch and fellow counselor Esther Daza-Bailie said part of the battle is reminding students of details such as filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Bound Scholarship.

Tri City Herald, December 17, 2012





Who Can Still Afford State U ?

As public colleges spend more and get less from the states, tuition costs are shifting to parents and students—often putting higher education out of reach.

Wall Street Journal, December 14, 2012


For Whom Is College Being Reinvented?

'Disruptions' have the buzz but may put higher education out of reach for those students likely to benefit the most

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 17, 2012


Colleges' Concerted Campaign for Ignorance

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 17, 2012


Low-Cost Option for Working Adults

With support from big-city mayors in California, for-profit college offers working adults with employer-paid tuition aid a college option with no out-of-pocket costs.  / "Due to cutbacks in public higher education funding, earning a college degree is out of reach for many working adults," Kevin Johnson, Sacramento's mayor, said in a news release. "I am excited that UniversityNow can offer Sacramento City residents and workers access to its quality online degree programs, cutting-edge learning platform and committed faculty -- at no cost to the student."
Inside Higher Ed, December 17, 2012





Sen. Hargrove's mantra for 2013: ‘outcomes, outcomes, outcomes’

The Olympian, December 14, 2012



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