Thursday, February 14, 2013

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 14, 2013

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Innovative faculty training program at Pierce College gets national recognition

Pierce College is receiving national attention for its innovative approach to faculty training. The college’s “Master Teaching” program, which aims to improve instruction, is cited in a publication just released by The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. “Our Master Teaching program works because the faculty in our district decide what they want to improve in their instruction and assess whether it makes a difference in student learning,” said Denise Yochum, president of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. “We are so pleased the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has cited our district program as an example that may help other community colleges create a faculty culture of continuous improvement.”

The Suburban Times, February 11, 2013


Changing faculty culture leads to better student outcomes

Community colleges that are making progress in raising student success rates have developed a strong faculty culture in which instructors are committed to improving student learning, according to a new report from the Aspen Institute report. … The Fort Steilacoom Campus of Pierce College in Washington took a different path, using its union contract negotiation process to promote a master teaching program.  Faculty take part in a weeklong course where they present a project they developed to improve their teaching and receive feedback from their peers.

The Community College Times, February 11, 2013


STEM Saturday: Spring into science at Edmonds Community College

Edmonds Community College invites students, parents, and teachers from the community to spring into science at STEM Saturday …
South Everett Beacon, February 14, 2013


Nuclear industry exhibit being offered at CBC
Herald Columbia Basin College is sponsoring a "Powering the Future" exhibit about the nuclear industry through Wednesday at the campus, ...

Bellingham Herald, February 14, 2013


The first grads of Renton's Secondary Learning Center

The Secondary Learning Center, the Renton School District's non-traditional school, got its first class of graduates recently.  Fourteen students became the first class ever to graduate from the school that opened its doors this school year.  … Students … have plans to enroll at Renton Technical College, Bellevue College, four-year universities or continue working to eventually pay for higher education.

Renton Reporter, February 14, 2013


Inslee seeks millions for aero education, training

Inslee is seeking $5 million to add 500 slots in high-demand aerospace-related courses at community and technical colleges throughout Washington. He also wants to pump another $1 million into a revolving loan program for students in the state's three aerospace training centers, including the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center in Everett.
And the governor said he will ask lawmakers to provide $750,000 for Washington State University to launch an electrical engineering program at the University Center on the campus of Everett Community College.

The Herald, February 13, 2013


Renton Technical College grad takes the stage for Governor’s jobs plan

Ian Anderson, Renton Technical College graduate, opened for Gov. Inslee’s “Working Washington Agenda” news conference yesterday.

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Community Colleges Are Heeding the Call to Close the Skills Gap
Many advanced manufacturing jobs go unfilled for lack of skilled workers. Colleges, in partnerships with local industries, are working to change that.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 13, 2013

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Overprotective Parenting Makes for Depressed College Students, Study Finds

“ … To find parents so closely involved with their college lives, contacting their tutors and running their schedules, is something new and on the increase. It does not allow independence and the chance to learn from mistakes.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 13, 2013


Scorecard Guides Prospective Students With College Choices

Interview with Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Education senior writer about the Department of Education’s online scorecard.

NPR February 14, 2013





Inslee offers proposals for ‘a working Washington’

The governor is seeking tax breaks for particular industries, 500 new slots in aerospace-training programs, and wants colleges to graduate more students with math and science skills.

The Seattle Times, February 14, 2013


Governor’s Working Washington Agenda



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