Tuesday, January 15, 2013

NEWS LINKS | January 15, 2013

SBCTC NEWS LINKS | Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges




Op-ed: Help businesses fill jobs by investing in community and technical colleges

Clearly, our state must continually upgrade its workforce and technology or risk becoming to high tech what Detroit became to the auto industry, writes guest columnist Richard Cummins, Columbia Basin College president. … Employers need graduates from every level of higher education — from short-term job certificates to associate degrees and bachelor's degrees — and two-year colleges can meet their needs. Our students gain skills to enter STEM jobs directly or they transfer to a four-year college.  Thirty-five percent of engineering majors in four-year public colleges and universities transferred from a community or technical college with at least 40 college credits or a degree. Most had a science degree or heavy concentrations of science and math credits. Several community and technical colleges now offer applied baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields.

The Seattle Times, January 15, 2013



Highline College Teacher Michael Girvin Wins Prestigious Microsoft Award

Highline Community College announced Monday that faculty member Michael Girvin has been named as a "2013 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional" (MVP). This award is presented annually to recognize "outstanding technology community leaders from around the world" that share their respective expertise with Microsoft. "Michael Girvin is a great example of the kind of talent, energy and new ideas that our faculty bring to their work," said Jeff Wagnitz, Highline's vice president for academic affairs.

The Waterland Blog, January 14, 2013






Shared Crisis

With more institutions citing budget woes as they eliminate academic programs, AAUP offers new recommendations for faculty involvement in such decisions and just what constitutes financial exigency.

Inside Higher Ed, January 15, 2013



There's Planning, and There's Planning / Confessions of a Community College Dean

I read somewhere that the mark of an educated mind is the ability to hold two contradictory thoughts at the same time. If that's true, then I'm feeling particularly educated of late.

Inside Higher Ed, January 15, 2013






Seattle City Council member Harrell announces run for mayor

Harrell said he planned to establish a $20 million endowment fund for the "College For Everyone" program, which would allow all graduates of Seattle Public High Schools to attend South Seattle Community College for free. The proposal expands on an existing program that guarantees free tuition at the community college for graduates of two Seattle schools.

KOMO News, January 15, 2013




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