Wednesday, February 20, 2013

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 20, 2013

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Whatcom County student athletes succeed in the classroom

The grades of Whatcom Community College's athletes are doing a lot to dispel stereotypes. "Dumb jocks" need not apply for positions on WCC's five athletic teams. These men and women are busy putting the "student" in student-athlete. Not only do all five squads have current team grade-point averages above 3.0, but 31 of the college's 80 athletes carry GPAs of 3.5 or better, including six athletes at 4.0 (straight A's). … [Kris Baier, in his fourth year as WCC's Director for Student Life] says there isn't enough room in this story to name the administrators and faculty members who support student-athletes. … "Winning is great, but our philosophy is to invest in the student and the student will invest in the program," Baier said. "We gather all the student-athletes together at the beginning of the school year and we have an 'eligibility day' where we communicate the philosophy of the program. We talk about our four C's -- character, classroom, competition and community."

The Bellingham Herald, February 18, 2013


Bellevue College to host regional science fair March 9

More than 150 of King and Snohomish counties’ brightest and most inventive high school students will compete March 9 in Bellevue College’s 4th annual Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair.  The participants have spent months conducting independent research, either individually or in teams, in one of 17 science, math and engineering categories. …Students involved in the top two projects will win all-expense-paid trips to represent the central Puget Sound region at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz., May 13-17, which draws over 1,500 high school students from 40 countries.

Bellevue Reporter, February 19, 2013
More than 150 of King and Snohomish counties' brightest and most inventive high school students will compete March 9 in Bellevue College's 4th annual ...


Wells Fargo donates to Tacoma Goodwill for program

Wells Fargo recently awarded the Tacoma Goodwill Heritage Foundation a $25,000 grant to support staffing in Longview and Yakima for Goodwill’s Warehouse & Logistics job training program. Launched in 2009 in partnership with Tacoma Community College, this free, seven-week course provides classes in the transportation/warehouse/logistics field to job seekers and provides case management support to help each person succeed in class, in finding work, in career advancement, or in further education

Business Examiner, February 19, 2013


Japanese-American Day of Remembrance at SSCC

Today, South Seattle Community College hosted a series of events dedicated to that historic day that is known as Japanese-American Day of Remembrance. In addition … South Seattle’s library will feature a collection of photos from the National Archives through the end of the month that captures life in the internment camps during World War II.

West Seattle Blog, February 19, 2013


Effects of slavery persist, says author speaking at EvCC

In her work, based on social science research, [Joy] DeGruy has developed a theory linking the troubles many black Americans experience today to multigenerational traumas resulting from slavery. Symptoms she believes date back to slavery and the institutional racism that followed abolition 150 years ago include depression and self-destructive behaviors, anger and violence, and what she calls internalized racism. …  Nigel Lindsey, 20, is president of Everett Community College's Black Student Union. He hopes DeGruy's talks today raise awareness of black history and help people see that racism still exists.  …  Now living in Everett, Lindsey feels welcome on the EvCC campus. He said about a dozen people regularly attend Black Student Union meetings. "It's a place for open-minded students. We like to have African Americans there, but it's open to people of all colors to come together," he said. The group is a comfortable place to talk about "touchy topics," Lindsey said.

The Herald, February 20, 2013


Three SPSCC students vie for prize and cooking class teaching opportunity

Three culinary students from South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) will compete for the title of top chef and teaching their own culinary class at Bayview School of Cooking … Bayview School of Cooking Director Leanne Willard said she wanted to work with SPSCC because it’s the only culinary school in the area and the students and the program are well thought of.
Thurston Talk, February 20, 2013


[Wenatchee] puts effort into community development

To put greater emphasis on attracting and keeping businesses and bolstering the local economy, the city [of Wenatchee] has created a new Department of Community and Economic Development. … [Steve King] also sees himself working with tourism organizations to expand opportunities for visitors and working closely with Wenatchee Valley College and businesses to see if more job training is needed. King said he recently attended a workshop at the college with several regional businesses to talk about the need for more skilled machinists.

Wenatchee World, February 20, 2013





Gates Foundation Offers Ways to Simplify Student Aid

As the last of 16 reports on remaking the federal student-financial-aid system trickle out, consensus appears to be building around a few key ideas.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 18, 2013

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Millennials Come of Age as America's Most Stressed Generation

The Huffington Post, February 19, 2013


Tax-Based Aid Should Be Redirected to Low-Income Students, Report Says

Tax breaks and performance measures can be used to improve the design and delivery of aid, say advocates.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 20, 2013

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It Takes a B.A. to Find a Job as a File Clerk

The New York Times, February 20, 2013


Biting the Bullet on Completion

A community college tries to boost its completion rate, but takes a 20 percent enrollment hit in the process.

Inside Higher Ed, February 20, 2013





Students seek more state tuition help

The Spokesman Review, February 19, 2013


Proposed Law Would Require Wash. Schools To Enroll Students In AP Classes

High school Advanced Placement (AP) classes have traditionally been the domain of academically strong students who want an extra challenge. Now Washington state lawmakers are considering legislation based on a policy in the Federal Way school district that puts all kids who meet basic standards into AP and other advanced classes. The goal is to make more low-income kids of color ready for college.

KUOW NPR, February 20, 2013


In Our View: Changing Diploma Rules

Stonier's bill recognizes realities of life after high school

The Columbian, February 20, 2013



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