Friday, December 7, 2012

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Bellevue College to offer 2 new bachelor’s degrees

Bellevue College will begin offering two new bachelor’s degree programs in fall of 2013 — one in nursing, and the other in information systems and technology. The state community college received the go-ahead Thursday from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, which must approve new degree programs proposed by the state’s 34 community and technical colleges.

The Seattle Times, December 6, 2012

Bellevue Reporter, December 6, 2012


Bachelor’s degree program at Centralia College approved for federal student aid

In what college officials are calling a "major milestone," the new four-year Bachelor of Applied Science in Management program at Centralia College has been approved for federal financial aid. According to the college: Another major stamp of approval for the Centralia College Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree program came Dec. 4 from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). The ruling means that students pursuing the college’s bachelor degree may be considered for federal financial aid.

The Chronicle, December 6, 2012


Salmon in China Creek show progress in restoration efforts

Back in January, a single dead salmon seen along the banks of China Creek near Centralia College was cause for celebration. College and city officials said the discovery was indicative of a returning fish population in the urban waterway. These days, it’s live salmon that are bringing the optimism.

The Chronicle, December 4, 2012


New website matches aerospace, manufacturing employers with recent grads

Washington state aerospace and manufacturing companies have a new tool to find skilled workers faster – a list of recent program graduates on a new web-based tool created by the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing at The center, a one-stop resource center for education and industry, is located at Everett Community College in Everett.

Mukilteo Beacon, December 5, 2012




U.S. ranks second on college degrees but low on two-year ones

The United States ranks just second to Norway in the proportion of its citizens with bachelor's degrees, a new international analysis of higher education achievement shows. While 32 percent of the American population ages 25 to 64 has a four-year degree, add in two-year degrees, and the percent jumps to 42 percent—making the United States fifth, overall, in higher education completion.

Education Week, December 7, 2012

The Huffington Post, December 5, 2012

The Christian Science Monitor, December 5, 2012


Unfinished business: more adults go back to college

According to the report “Degrees of Opportunity”, roughly 38% of the 17.6 million undergraduates enrolled in higher education in 2011 were over the age of 25. There are many reasons adults, or so-called non-traditional students, seek a college degree or credential at a later stage in life. Some are just beginning their college journey as an undergraduate. Others are returning to continue what they started as an 18- or 20-year-old student. And some adult learners are heading back to college to pursue additional training as the demand for higher-skilled workers increases.

USA Today, December 5, 2012


University of Phoenix to roll out partnerships with community colleges

The University of Phoenix plans to roll out more than 100 new partnerships with community colleges in the coming year – a strategy that, if successful, will provide a much-needed financial and reputational boost to the nation’s largest for-profit school. Facing declining enrollment and regulatory scrutiny, the University of Phoenix has targeted community college students as a safe and profitable investment.

The Huffington Post, December 7, 2012


Seattle gains second-most construction jobs

The Seattle area gained more construction jobs than anywhere else in the country except Houston over the past year, according to a new Associated General Contractors of America report.

Seattle PI, December 5, 2012




Home grown STEMs

Republicans and Democrats agree that the country needs more science and engineering graduates--STEM geeks, if you will. They also agree that foreigners who are earning those degrees at U.S. universities should be able to stay here and fill the need for skilled workers.

National Journal, December 3, 2012


Presidential election cost $2 billion

The 2012 presidential election broke the $2 billion milestone in its final weeks, becoming the most expensive in American political history, according to final federal finance reports released Thursday.

The Everett Herald, December 6, 2012




David Axelrod shaves of 40-year old mustache for epilepsy

President Obama's senior strategist David Axelrod had to have a stiff upper lip to handle Republican criticism during the election. But now, for the first time, the world can actually see it. Settling a bet to raise more than $1 million for epilepsy research, Axelrod shaved off his signature gray mustache live on TODAY Friday.

NBC News, December 7, 2012


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