Monday, December 31, 2012

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Big Bend Community College receives grant for GED center

Big Bend Community College received a $3,500 grant from the Staples Foundation to pay some of the costs of updating its GED testing center. State rules will require GED testing centers to switch to computer-based testing during 2013, said LeAnne Parton, executive director of the BBCC Foundation.

Columbia Basin Herald, December 26, 2012


Big Bend Community College to help pilot job training program

Big Bend Community College will be among 10 schools participating in a pilot program to help people learning English improve their language skills and work skills at the same time. Big Bend was chosen to participate in the I-Dea program, paid for by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The college will receive $154,635 over three years, its share of the $3.5 million grant.

Columbia Basin Herald, December 26, 2012


Clark College programs return to campus

Clark College will welcome basic education students back to its main campus when the winter quarter begins on Jan. 7. "This move will give our students more access to college resources and new pathways to success," said Larry Ruddell, Clark College director of basic education.

The Columbian, December 31, 2012


Green River Community College bans tobacco

Students, faculty, staff and visitors will breathe easier as Green River Community College’s ban on tobacco goes into effect on New Year’s Day. “A tobacco-free campus creates a healthier environment for all of us and will hopefully help people who want to quit using tobacco,” said Green River President Eileen Ely.

The Enumclaw Courier-Herald, December 31, 2012


Lower Columbia College launches new digital forensics program

Beginning in winter quarter, Lower Columbia College will offer a new certificate program in digital forensics for law enforcement and security professionals, computer science students and working computer specialists who want to add this specialized training to their resumes.

The Daily News, December 25, 2012


Gerald Pumphrey enriched South Puget Sound Community College and the community

The community owes South Puget Sound Community College President Gerald Pumphrey a debt of gratitude for a job well done. Pumphrey is set to retire next month after six years at the helm. It seems like just the other day that this lanky, bespectacled college administrator with a Carolina drawl arrived on the scene from Bellingham where he had served five years as president of Bellingham Technical College.

The Bellingham Herald, December 23, 2012


Stokes accepts South Puget Sound Community College presidency

Accepting an offer extended just over a week ago, Dr. Timothy Stokes, Ph.D., has agreed to become South Puget Sound Community College's next president. Stokes will assume the post on Feb. 1, succeeding current president Gerald Pumphrey. Pumphrey is retiring after more than six years at the college. SPSCC Board of Trustees Chair Judy Blinn called Stokes the "perfect leader" for the school. "He is a strong, energetic leader who is committed to community engagement and is passionate about student success," she said. "The college is in a great position for a bright future in service to the community."

Business Examiner, December 26, 2012

The News Tribune, December 25, 2012

The Bellingham Herald, December 25, 2012




In the math of education, two years sometimes is worth more than four years

Want a solid, middle-class salary straight out of college? Skip the last two years. A site that analyzes state-level data of how much people earn a year after graduating college found some counterintuitive results: Certain students who earn associate’s degrees can get higher salaries than graduates of four-year programs — sometimes thousands of dollars more.

NBC News, December 30, 2012


Forget four more years: why community college could be your ticket to financial success

Does less classroom time equal a bigger bottom line? New research shows that when it comes to earning big bucks right after graduation, community college graduates have an edge over those with four-year degrees.

Forbes, December 31, 2012


10 top jobs for two-year graduates

The 10 top-paying jobs for associate degree graduates are led by air traffic controller (median pay of $108,040), construction manager ($83,860) and radiation therapist ($74,980), according to NerdWallet.

Community College Spotlight, December 28, 2012




Boeing reclaims no. 1 role with 2012 successes

The hiring boom at Boeing reflects a victory the company hasn't tasted for years: For the first time in a decade, it should end 2012 as the world's No.1 airplane maker, both selling and delivering more jets than Europe's Airbus.

The Seattle Times, December 27, 2012


State has work ahead to keep aerospace jobs

Keeping Washington's aerospace industry happy is a necessity for government officials in 2013, as the state swears in a new governor. "The challenge for the state of Washington is: How are they going to continue to grow the aerospace industry with the budget woes they've got?" said Scott Hamilton, an analyst with Issaquah-based Leeham Co.

The Everett Herald, December 31, 2012






Fiscal cliff threatens to set back higher education

If Congress fails to act on President Barack Obama’s plan, student aid experts predict middle- and low-income students will pay about $5,000 more per year for college, before rising tuition, fees and other costs are even taken into account.

The Chicago Sun-Times, December 28, 2012




University presidents not pleased with Gregoire’s higher-ed plan

Gov. Chris Gregoire's goal of not raising college tuition over the next two years is not sitting well with the leaders of Washington's universities, who say the proposal fails to recognize the budget problems they face.

The Seattle Times, December 30, 2012


Lawmakers, Inslee ignoring high court’s education mandate

Nearly one year after the Washington Supreme Court ruled that the state stands in violation of its constitutional duty to fully fund education, two things are becoming clear: 1. The court is serious about meeting the requirements of the constitution, 2. State legislators and the governor-elect are not.

The News Tribune, December 27, 2012


Washington state senators cross aisle and tilt ideological balance

From the governor-elect on down, through both chambers of the Legislature, a tincture of blue political monoculture drifts through Washington State politics like mist through the pines.

The New York Times, December 26, 2012


Editorial: lobbyists, political committees should fund transparency efforts

Proposed fees for lobbyists and political committees would ensure the public has enough information to better understand how money influences their government.

The Seattle Times, December 27, 2012


Wash. GOP lawmaker wants guns in schools

A freshman GOP lawmaker wants to allow teachers to carry guns in Washington schools. KATU-TV reports Rep. Liz Pike from Camas says she will file a bill to change state law and allow teachers carry concealed weapons in the classroom.

The Seattle PI, December 29, 2012


Economy framed Gov. Gregoire’s 8-year legacy

Gov. Chris Gregoire leaves office in two weeks, and most report cards on her eight-year leadership of the Evergreen State grade her on the deep curve of the economic collapse that dominated her second term and, in many ways, undid some of her earlier work.

The Olympian, December 29, 2012


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