Monday, January 28, 2013

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Viewpoints: Community colleges are proven assets

By Dr. Jean Hernandez. president of Edmonds Community College. … It's no surprise then that when times got extra tough, community colleges showed up on the national stage. What is surprising is that, considering all of this, here in Washington, here at home in our progressive state, the legislature may be considering further funding cuts for community colleges (already down almost $175 million, or 23 percent, since 2009).  …  We're looking out for our state's future prosperity. Community and technical colleges in Washington offer programs in aerospace, alternative energy, business services, hospitality, health care, advanced manufacturing, and sustainable agriculture -- all critical areas of growth in Washington. … It's clear the state would be better off making an investment in our colleges. Instead, we're wondering what we'll do if we face further cuts. We appreciate your support and hope that the legislature at least maintains the current level of funding for our state's 34 community and technical colleges. In your community, Edmonds, Everett, Cascadia, and Shoreline community colleges and Lake Washington Institute of Technology are all working together to streamline services for students and be even better.

The Herald, January 27, 2013


Gifts from the Earth dinner raises nearly $185000 for SSCC
The tenth annual Gifts from the Earth benefit event at South Seattle Community College raised nearly $185000 according to the college. … "Each year this event just gets better and better," President Gary Oertli explained. "The funds raised tonight make an immeasurable difference for our students and future students. Words cannot express our gratitude to our generous supporters."

West Seattle Herald, January 27, 2013


Retired teacher helps students move past struggles with math, toward their goals

On these rainy winter afternoons in Forks, Scott Seaman helps people navigate fearsome waters.  … The journey is algebra: the kind you must master to get into college. While coping with a crippling illness, Seaman tutors and teaches students who, stymied by high school math, are giving themselves a second chance. Passing his Peninsula College algebra class means they will qualify for the next math course, which will help propel them toward a college degree. Seaman moved to the West End in 1980 to teach math. After 30 years of teaching [at Forks High School], he retired from paying work, but he still has plenty of students, … To the Peninsula College site — where it's possible to complete an associate degree without leaving Forks — pupils come ready to move toward their goals.  … "He is very dedicated," said Deborah Scannell, Peninsula College's West End coordinator. "He spends hours and hours with students, one on one and in small groups."

Peninsula Daily, January 26, 2013


College Goal Sunday Helps Families Find Financial Aid

High school students and their parents making the plunge into college applications, attended a program Sunday at Columbia Basin College in Pasco aimed at making the process a little easier.

KNDO/KNDU NBC, January 28, 2013


Olympic College students serve it up at Governor's Ball

Photo: Elle Keene, a culinary student at Olympic College's Bremerton campus, sets up hors d'oeuvres during the Governor's Ball. [See story below.]

The News Tribune, January 17, 2013


Culinary students attend inauguration and leave attendees wanting more

Students and faculty of the Olympic College Culinary Department prepared and served food at the Governor's Inaugural Ball in Olympia … Chef Chris Plemmons, Culinary Arts Faculty, and approximately 9 students prepared food and served it to guests at Gov. Jay Inslee's inauguration. OC and other post-secondary schools were asked to submit appetizers to the inauguration committee and the committee then decided which dishes would be served at the event.

The Olympian, January 25, 2013




New council looks at ways to get more kids into college

A new state council charged with getting more students to go to college has called for sweeping reforms in the state's higher-education system and will spend the next year figuring out the fixes.  The Student Achievement Council was created by the Legislature last year to replace the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB), which worked to increase Washington's college-going rate for high-school graduates.

The Seattle Times, January 25, 2013


Students Get Savvier About Textbook Buying, When They Buy at All
The Chronicle talked with students and found that having more choices in how to get books hasn't solved the main problem: cost.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 27, 2013


For Many Students, Print Is Still King
They still want real books, publishers and professors say, even as digital products proliferate.'

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 27, 2013


The College Grad/Employment Mismatch

Study argues that too many bachelor's degree-holders are in jobs that don't require them, raising questions about the campaign to send even more Americans to college.

Inside Higher Ed, January 28, 2013


Millions of Graduates Hold Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree, Report Says
Nearly half of American college graduates in 2010 were underemployed, holding relatively low-paying and low-skilled jobs, says the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 28, 2013


We Need More Than STEM

President Obama and other politicians shouldn't embrace science and technology by neglecting history and other fields, writes Kenneth Pomeranz.

Inside Higher Ed, January 28, 2013


A Different Game / Confessions of a Community College Dean

Are more expensive colleges better? Working at a community college, I'd have to say "not necessarily." They could be, and sometimes they are, but it depends on how they use that money. That's why this piece -- about a study of liberal arts colleges showing little relation between cost and value -- didn't especially surprise me.

Inside Higher Ed, January 28, 2013


Op-ed: Focus funding on the student in higher education

Much greater emphasis should be placed on improving the levels of financial aid provided directly to students, writes guest columnist George S. Bridges, president of Whitman College in Walla Walla.

The Seattle Times, January 28, 2013





Fight Brewing Over College Bound Scholarship

First it was Washington's guaranteed tuition program. Now the new majority leader of the state Senate has another college access program in his budget-cutting sights: College Bound. Democrat Rodney Tom says this higher ed scholarship program is an unfunded state liability.

Northwest Public Radio, January 25, 2013


A DREAM Within Reach?

President Obama is poised to propose immigration legislation, some of which has big implications for higher education.

Inside Higher Ed, January 28, 2013



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