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Larry Seaquist Wants College Students To Submit Videos, Photos Of Their Debt Struggles
Hey students - if you are struggling with student debt, then state Rep. Larry Seaquist wants to see and hear from you. Literally. The Gig Harbor Democrat says college education and easing the burden of student debt are two of his top legislative priorities. His office is asking students to submit videos and photos of their struggle two ways …
Gig Harbor Patch, January 22, 2013
Potential high school merger could lead to sale of MM campus
Lower Columbia College and Mark Morris High School share a common birthplace and have had a cooperative relationship since MM opened in 1957. Now, as the Longview School District considers merging high schools and LCC is running out of expansion room, the natural question is: Why not sell Mark Morris to the college? … LCC President Chris Bailey is interested in the Mark Morris campus but is waiting to see what the district decides before taking any steps. "Whether to consolidate those two schools is really a district decision and a community decision," Bailey said Friday. "We're not weighing in on that. But if it does turn out that the property is available, we would be interested in exploring whether we could acquire all or part of the property." He said there's a lot LCC wants to do: establish a university center for expanded four-year offerings, build a new vocational building within the next decade, find a new location for its high school retrieval program and create more parking.
The Daily News, January 23, 2013
Biz Bits: Good deeds
Economic Alliance Snohomish County submitted a letter of support to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges on behalf of Everett Community College, which recently received funding from the board to expand its composites program. The $362,000 award will be used to purchase equipment to develop a new composites lab at Paine Field, hire additional faculty and develop a curriculum.
The Herald, January 22, 2013
EvCC building named Liberty Hall
Everett Community College has named its new $37.5 million nursing and health sciences building Liberty Hall after Liberty Mountain, following a campus tradition of naming its buildings after peaks in the Cascade and Olympic mountains. Liberty Hall, located on North Broadway next to the college's Fitness Center, is expected to open in April. It will be home to the college's nursing, medical assisting and phlebotomy programs and other health sciences training … The college chose the name Liberty Hall after seeking suggestions from the campus and the community. The college's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the name at its Jan. 15 meeting.
The Herald, January 23, 2013
Seattle Times announces more local news partners
In an effort to provide readers with the most comprehensive and up-to-date news from throughout the region, The Seattle Times has forged partnerships with a number of local news Web sites. The Seattle Times is expanding its community partnerships with the addition of two new websites today. … [including] The New City Collegian: an independent-volunteer run news blog covering the Seattle Community College District and surrounding communities from a student perspective.
The Seattle Times, January 23, 2013
TRENDS| HORIZONS | EDUCATION
Congressman asks Higher One for information on student debit-card fees
U.S. Rep. George Miller, the California lawmaker who is the top Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, on Tuesday sent a letter to Higher One Holdings Inc., asking the company to provide information about students' ability to use ATMs the company maintains free of charge. Mr. Miller wrote that he is "deeply concerned" that students who use Higher One debit cards to access their financial-aid money will not be able to do so without incurring the company's fees, which have previously come under scrutiny.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 22, 2013
Online Marketplace Offers an Alternative to Student Loans
A startup called Pave connects people seeking money for education or career assistance with investors who will back them, in exchange for a share of future earnings. … Unlike other crowdfunding sites, Pave is not limited to a specific project, and unlike loan services, prospects have no obligation to repay the specific amount of money given to them.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 22, 2013
MOOCs for Credit
Two announcements this week suggest that MOOCs -- massive open online courses -- will increasingly include a route for students to receive academic credit. … Georgia State will evaluate courses much like it reviews other work done by students before they enroll. Academic Partnerships, which helps universities put degree programs online, will work with institutions to make first course in each degree a MOOC.
Inside Higher Ed, January 23, 2013
POLITICS | LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL
Higher-Education Reform: a Legacy for Obama?
In the new rule book that the Obama administration ought to write, students would be able to pay for MOOCs with Pell Grants. … The state of state higher-education policy is, in many parts of the country, deplorable. State lawmakers have learned all the wrong lessons from the recession: Slash funding to the bone, let colleges make up the difference with tuition hikes and service cuts, and—look!—the colleges and universities are still there, seemingly no worse for wear. The deep human cost of state disinvestment is all below the surface and in the future, in the form of depleted savings, defaulted loans, diminished scholarship, and debased academic standards.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 21, 2013
A new try to expand tuition opportunities
While Senate leader Rodney Tom wants to yank families' ability to buy tuition in advance, Sen. Bob Hasegawa wants to encourage more students to go onto higher education.
Crosscut, January 22, 2013
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