Friday, January 18, 2013

NEWS LINKS | Jan. 18, 2013

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Officials, community college presidents attend 'Good Eggs' breakfast

Marty Brown, executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, joined King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer's monthly "Good Eggs" meeting Wednesday with South King County leaders to discuss the state of the region's community and technical colleges. Dr. Eileen Ely, president of Green River Community College; and Dr. Jack Bermingham, president of Highline Community College, participated of the gathering.

The Auburn Reporter, January 16, 2013


Everett Community College Names New Nursing Building After Local Mountain

Everett Community College has named its new nursing and health sciences building Liberty Hall after Liberty Mountain. Opening in April 2013, Liberty Hall will be home to the college's nursing, medical assisting and phlebotomy programs and other health sciences training. The building will also include room for the Providence Everett Healthcare Clinic, now located across the street. Construction began in September 2011 on the three-story, $37.5 million facility ….

My Evereet News, January 16, 2013


More students making the grade at iGrad

The iGrad academy is a district program funded by the state in partnership with the Kent School District and Green River Community College that offers students 16-21 years old the ability to earn credits toward one of three program tracks.
Kent Reporter, January 16, 2013


"My Kind Of Place" postcard show

Last year's postcard show at South Puget Sound Community College was a huge success so they're doing it again.

The Volcano, January 17, 2013


Strength in sculpture: Robert Graves Gallery welcomes provocative new show

If it sounds a little avant-garde for the Wenatchee Valley, that's exactly what the Robert Graves Gallery [inside Sexton Hall at Wenatchee Valley College] is going for. Created by New York artist and feminist Linda Stein, "Fluidity of Gender" is the gallery's biggest show of the season. … The student senate at Wenatchee Valley College also donated money to help bring the show to the gallery, Crew said. "I like very much going to small conservative towns because those are the places where I can be most provocative and most helpful to people that are struggling to make their way in the world," Stein said. "I want to be there, more than Manhattan or Los Angeles, where they may not hear my point of view as often."

Wenatchee World, January 17, 2013


At nearly 80, Clark College still growing, Knight says

Clark College President Bob Knight opened his annual State of the College address Thursday by contrasting the more robust economy during the college's 75th anniversary in 2008 to today, as it prepares to celebrate its 80th anniversary Oct. 1.
The Columbian, January 17, 2013


Life of a Running-Starter

Column by Jane Baek, student at Bothell High School and Cascadia Community College | …  Running Start allows students to immerse themselves in college level courses (regardless of the "community college" label) and best of all, it's free! We're talking about free college here and almost all credits are transferrable to four-year institutions in state and even some out-of-state. Especially now, parents and students alike are trying their best to pay for college as tuition costs are skyrocketing. If Running Start is a financially affordable way of receiving a post-secondary education, why doesn't everyone do it? There are a variety of factors that play a role in whether or not a student choses to partake in Running Start or not, and the greatest reason seems to be this: most students love high school too much to leave it.

Bothell/Kenmore Reporter, January 17, 2013


CRI marks 20 years of loving to learn

The Creative Retirement Institute, the lifelong learning program at Edmonds Community College, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. We've all heard stories of ideas that began with a sketch on a paper napkin or notes on the back of an envelope. … Pamela LeMay, then an administrator at Edmonds Community College, and Dr. John Terrey, then a faculty member at the University of Washington, were brainstorming at a local coffee shop.

Edmonds Beacon, January 18, 2013
The Creative Retirement Institute, the lifelong learning program at Edmonds Community College, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year


Clark College's Pathways Center moves onto main campus to help clients transition to college

The Pathways Center, which offers workshops, advice and information for prospective students and job seekers, opened in its new location on Jan. 7, in the space formerly occupied by the college's Corporate Education program. Open to both Clark College students and the general public, the Pathways Center serves many people who receive public assistance.

The Oregonian, January 18, 2013


Energy Forecasting: A New Approach to Managing Demand

Intelligent energy management systems company GridNavigator and energy management control systems contractor ATS Automation have installed a new service that provides day by day energy demand forecasts at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, near Seattle, Washington. That ability allows users to provide additional energy efficiency and reduce demand, meaning they can avoid spendy peak energy rates

AOL Energy, January 18, 2013



The Growing Adoption of Creative Commons Textbooks / Governments turn to the Creative Commons license to reform education programs

Cable Green doesn't have to look very far to find an example of an education system weighed down by what he considers a bloated and inefficient textbook industry. The director of global learning for Creative Commons simply points to his home state of Washington. "My state spends $130 million per year buying textbooks," he says. "We only have a million public school kids in the state, so we're spending $130 per kid per year." … And though the state of Washington has yet to adopt such a reform, several governments, both in the U.S. and across the globe, have passed and implemented similar policies as they've struggled to address the rising costs plaguing both lower and higher education systems. This movement, often referred to as open education resources (OER), threatens to upend what many reformers consider an anachronistic textbook industry, one that's ripe for disruption and change.

US News, January 17, 2013


Advanced Placement, Not Credit

Dartmouth is, of course, not the first institution to stop using AP exam scores to grant college credit, and the number of high school students taking AP courses has continued to rise significantly over the years. Each year, according to Packer, about 1.3 percent of the 3,300 colleges and universities that receive AP exam scores change their policies on course credit, with about half deciding to grant credit for AP tests and half deciding not to. But college credit, Packer notes, was not actually the original intent of the AP program..

Inside Higher Ed, January 18, 2013





Axing college savings plan: Jury is out

Rodney Tom would like to cut off families' option of saving for a child's tuition at a state college. Key leaders have yet to jump aboard in support.

Crosscut, January 18, 2013


Senators Murray and Tom trade barbs over GET

The Seattle Times, January 18, 2013



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