Thursday, February 28, 2013

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 28, 2013

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Shoreline VP at National Conference on Internationalization
Internationalization is a key initiative at Shoreline Community College and James Jansen, the new Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, is fitting right in. Jansen was a presenter on Feb. 20, 2013, at the Association of International Education Administrators Annual Conference in New Orleans. … Jansen’s presentation focused on how faculty can help students develop meaningful cultural interactions across borders by building classes in which both faculty and students can communicate and interact with international partners at other colleges using digital means.

Shoreline-Lake Forest Patch, February 21, 2013


SCC receives accreditation reaffirmation

“I’m very pleased that commission has again acknowledged what a wonderful college Shoreline Community College is and the fine teaching and learning that occurs here,” President Lee Lambert said.

Shoreline-Lake Forest Patch, February 23, 2013


Matrix service company donates forklift

Bellingham's Matrix Service Company recently donated a forklift to Bellingham Technical College …. BTC's need for a forklift became urgent when one of its two existing forklifts became inoperable. Multiple programs require the use of a forklift, such as construction, HVAC, diesel, automotive, machining, electro mechanical technology, and electronics to move lab equipment and materials and the forklift certification course requires it for its classes. … "BTC's programs require high-tech, up-to-date expensive equipment. These types of gifts make a huge difference," said Patricia McKeown, BTC president. "Our industry partnerships and relationships are an integral part of our college's success - thank you Matrix."

Bellingham Herald, February 25, 2013


Career Transitions helps older adults catch up with technology

Confronted with the demands of our high-technology world, the students at Career Transitions have come for help. And they have come to the right place. Rick Mudd, a jovial technology instructor who guides his students from paralysis to confidence, is accustomed to the fear. “One lady literally spent the first week crying,” he recalled. “She didn’t think she could do it.”

All you need to do is show up, he told her. … Whether the student is the victim of a layoff, or a longtime homemaker flung into the workforce by a family crisis, “most haven’t been in school in 30 to 40 years,” Mudd says. “They’re dealing with shock and grief and fear and the anxiety of having to learn something new.” … Scott Morgan, acting president of Spokane Community College and CEO of the Institute for Extended Learning, which runs this program, underscores a point made by his instructors. To get back in the workforce, you don’t necessarily have to slog for years toward a traditional university degree, racking up a staggering student-loan debt.
The Spokesman Review, February 25, 2013


Kamiakin's Toure is a dreamer
Sira Toure dreams big. She wants to win a state title. She wants to play basketball in college. She wants to get her AA before she graduates from high school. She signed up for Running Start and attends Columbia Basin College full time, studying calculus and chemistry. She also juggles playing basketball for a state powerhouse. Not bad for a junior in high school.

Tri-City Herald, February 26, 2013


Battle Ground High School students take third place at annual welding competition

Opportunities like the LCC regional welding competition give students an opportunity to test their welding skills and gain exposure to future educational opportunities at Lower Columbia College,” said Thomas Fountain, Kelso High School instructor of agriculture and natural resources.
The Reflector, February  27, 2013


Explore housing options for international community college students

Check out homestay programs and nearby rentals because not all community colleges have dorms. … "Community colleges are starting to identify on-campus or close-by housing as an important marketing advantage for recruiting international students," says Ross Jennings, associate vice president of international programs for Green River Community College in Washington.
U.S. News & World Report, February 27, 2013


Green River Community College named Simon Award winner for excellence in integrating international education

Green River Community College was among eight schools to win the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA) Simon Award for excellence in integrating international education. … The Simon Award winners reflect a broad diversity of approaches present in campus internationalization today, both in terms of models and implementation. "Comprehensive internationalization" is the planned, strategic integration of international, intercultural, and global dimensions into the ethos and outcomes of higher education. To be fully successful, it must involve active and responsible engagement of the academic community in global networks and partnerships.

Kent Reporter, February 27, 2013


Edmonds Community College recognized for culture of wellness

For the third year in a row, the American Heart Association has named Edmonds Community College a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite for creating a culture of wellness in the workplace, which puts the college among an elite group of awardees for this initiative.

Edmonds CC was honored for recognizing the importance of a healthy workplace and for its support of employees.

Edmonds Beacon, February 28, 2013


WWU pledges to offset potential financial aids cuts from sequester

Throughout the state, 440 fewer low-income students might receive federal aid for college, and 180 fewer students might get work study if the sequester kicks in, according to a fact sheet released by the White House. At Whatcom Community College, the majority of financial aid comes through Washington State Need Grants, Pell Grants and federal Stafford loans, and administrators don't expect any cuts to those funds during this school year. The community college has been using reserve funds to offset earlier state funding cuts.

The Bellingham Herald, February 28, 2013


Lower Columbia College to offer online bachelor's program via EWU

Eastern Washington University will start offering a four-year degree program at Lower Columbia College this fall, LCC President Chris Bailey announced Wednesday. The first bachelor’s program will be a completely online liberal arts degree in interdisciplinary studies, a combination of courses ideal for students undecided on a major, said Ben Meredith, EWU executive director of E-learning and off-campus programs.

Longview Daily News, February 28, 2013




Better Higher Education Leads to a Better Regional Economy, Report Says

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 27, 2013


When Not to Share

A former University of Pennsylvania admissions officer used her Facebook page to ridicule prospective college students.

Inside Higher Ed, February 28, 2013





Opinion: Make dream of college possible for all students

By Rep. Bruce Chandler, 15th Legislative District,  and Rep. Charles Ross, 14th Legislative District.  | This year, we are joining with our Democratic colleagues to build upon what was started 10 years ago. House Bill 1817 would allow students who have qualified for federal deferred action as children to be eligible for the state need grant.

Yakima Herald, February 24, 2013


Pension proposal draws fire: Bill would move some state workers to 401(k)-style plans

The Olympian, February 26, 2013



State Supreme Court throws out two-thirds vote to raise taxes

The state Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a requirement for a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to increase taxes.

The Seattle Times, February 28, 2013



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