Thursday, December 6, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Dec. 6, 2012

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Economic reality marries age-old idea – apprenticeships with college (Bates Technical College, South Seattle Community College)

An age-old doorway into skilled trades and a middle-class life, the apprenticeship is making a comeback, rebounding after all but disappearing in recent decades in the face of a decline in union membership and dwindling demand for skilled labor. And as the economy changes, today’s apprenticeships combine the chance for workers not only to master skills while earning a paycheck but to get a college degree at the same time.

The Hechinger Report, December 6, 2012

NBC News, December 6, 2012


Starry eyes at private opening of Bechtel National Planetarium at Columbia Basin College

College officials, donors and other supporters -- including astronauts Charlie Duke, Story Musgrave and John Phillips -- got a sneak peek of the $1.3 million facility. Speakers, from CBC President Richard Cummins to Frank Russo, project director for Bechtel National at the Hanford site, noted the importance of the facility.

Tri-City Herald, December 5, 2012

KNDU TV, December 4, 2012

KVEW TV, December 4, 2012


Tri-City native's art to be featured at Super Bowl

It may not be the culmination of an already accomplished career, but Anthony Holand's artwork is going to the Super Bowl. The 32-year-old master metal sculptor and Columbia Basin College graduate owns one of America's premier weathervane makers.

Tri-City Herald, December 3, 2012


Local college students happy about increase in opportunity scholarships awards go from $1,000 to $5,000 (Lower Columbia College, Clark College)

For some college students, opportunity grew fivefold Wednesday. Southwest Washington recipients of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarships gathered at WSU Vancouver on Wednesday to hear the good news that the awards for college juniors and seniors will increase from $1,000 to $5,000 for the 2013-2014 school year. That $4,000 increase is significant in the tight budgets of college students.

The Columbian, December 5, 2012

The Seattle Times, December 4, 2012


Lower Columbia College wants to offer more four-year degrees

Lower Columbia College wants to expand its bachelor’s degree offerings, saying more four-year study opportunities are key to improving the economy and raising community educational standards.

The Daily News, December 3, 2012


New marijuana law takes effect Thursday

As of Thursday, it will no longer be against the law in the state of Washington to smoke marijuana. The Seattle Police Department is busy figuring out what all the intricacies of their policy will be, and there is a learning curve for marijuana users as well. Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, and so like the UW, no dope smoking at Seattle's North, South, and Central Community Colleges. "Since the federal law is in effect, we are going to adhere to the federal law," said Paul Kilpatrick, president of Seattle Central Community College.

KOMO News, December 4, 2012




A third-world dimension

A new manufacturing technique could help poor countries as well as rich ones. 3D printing is now taken seriously by manufacturers as an alternative to cutting, bending, and pressing. A new partnership will look for suitable local entrepreneurs in poor countries and will train them how to build, use and maintain the printers.

The Economist, November 3, 2012


High schools go high-tech, offer associate degrees to make sure students are job- and college-ready

Students at City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture and Technology in Brooklyn have the opportunity to earn not just a high school diploma but an associate degree in five years of study. It is one of many technical education high schools created in the last 10 years.

New York Daily News, Dec. 5, 2012


The role of completion in accreditation

Accrediting organizations, which play a critical role in keeping community colleges and other higher education institutions in business, don’t always agree on criteria for assessing the quality of colleges, but they do agree on one thing: Completion is growing in importance.

Community College Times, December 4, 2012


Educators, employers, and jobless graduates point fingers at roots of unemployment

Educators, employers, and young people are like "ships passing in the night," unable to connect the millions of unemployed college graduates with the companies struggling to fill vacancies, according to the lead author of a report released on Tuesday by McKinsey & Company.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 5, 2012

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Experts say more minority STEM programs are vital to national growth

The need to enhance minority targeted STEM programs is not just on the radar for education administrators, but also has been a priority for several government officials, especially members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, December 4, 2012


More cracks in the credit hour

The foundation that created the credit hour in 1906 now wants to rethink it, with a shift that might help competency-based higher education.

Inside Higher Ed, December 5, 2012


How to get a degree with free and ‘laundered’ credit

Richard Linder, determined not to take on any student debt, cobbled together an associate degree for $3,000 with academic credit transferred to Excelsior College from an array of unexpected sources.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 4, 2012


Scrambling to understand veterans

Most colleges are failing to track the performance of their students who are veterans or active-duty members of the military, according to the results of a new survey, and most do not understand what can trip them up on the way to graduation.

Inside Higher Ed, December 4, 2012


Education, business leaders to tackle skills gap at NY conference

The confounding problem of unfilled jobs amid high unemployment has New York education and business leaders brainstorming for solutions. New York is moving toward adopting two alternative high school diplomas, one focused on STEM, and the other on career and technology education.

The Republic, December 4, 2012




Republicans defer as Democrats offer school improvement plans

As education funding task force nears the end of a study on how to meet a court mandate for better schools, Democrats put forward four plans to cut state expenses and raise taxes. The GOP says it will release an all-cuts plan to shift money to schools, but much later.

Crosscut, December 6, 2012


Gregoire wants to see eventual cuts to college tuition

Gov. Chris Gregoire has a few misgivings about what state policy makers had to do as they worked through the Great Recession over the past four years, and tuition policy is one apparent regret.

The Olympian, December 4, 2012


Benton wins Senate race by 74 votes

Republican state Sen. Don Benton has won his bid for re-election by just 74 votes, according to the outcome of a hand recount performed Wednesday morning by the Clark County Elections Department.

The Columbian, December 5, 2012


Legislature’s Ed Murray wants to run for Seattle mayor

State Sen. Ed Murray is forming an exploratory committee for a possible challenge to Mayor Mike McGinn in the 2013 Seattle mayoral race.

The Seattle Times, December 5, 2012


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