Monday, February 4, 2013

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Centralia College to Receive Russ Mohney Recreation Resource Stewardship Award

Environmental Work: College Builds Wind-Powered Outdoor Learning Lab, Restores Salmon to China Creek and Expands Education with Nature Reserve …  Centralia College is earning accolades for opening a natural area in an urban center and strengthening the community's educational opportunities. The Lewis Economic Development Council and The Chronicle have chosen the college and its president, James Walton, to receive this year's Russ Mohney Recreation Resource Stewardship Award.

The Centralia Chronicle, January 24, 2013


Our Views: College Brings Nature Into the Heart of the City

Thanks to a major effort at Centralia College, nearly a full city block in the heart of Lewis County's biggest city has been transformed from asphalt and gravel into a network of grass-lined paths winding between granite stones and native trees, with plenty of chances to connect with a surprisingly elaborate stream bank. … The Russ Mohney Recreation Resource Stewardship Award is given to a person or group that helps make the wonder and delight of the natural world more available to everyday folks. … Centralia College and its president, James Walton, have carried on that tradition through creation of the Kiser Natural Outdoor Learning Lab, or KNOLL, and it's that spirit that has earned them the 2013 Russ Mohney Award.

The Centralia Chronicle, January 24, 2013


Work Under Way for Statue of Centralia College Founders  / $100,000 Project: Memorial Will Honor Pair Who Led Institution through the Great Depression and World War II

Centralia College is building a lasting remembrance for the two women who brought the school to life and preserved it through the Great Depression and World War II.  The Centralia College Foundation has raised nearly $100,000 for a historical statue of Margaret Corbet and Katharine Kemp — two faculty members instrumental   in keeping the state's longest continuously operating community college alive during its formative years. …  "Margaret Corbet stepped up during the war and led the college," said Julie Johnson, of the Centralia College Foundation. Corbet and Kemp together, Johnson said, would go to businesses on Tower Avenue and get money to keep the college going through tough economic times.  "They really got out where the rubber hits the road and made Centralia College what it is today," she said.

The Centralia Chronicle, January 29, 2013


Hundreds of community college students rally at the Capitol

More than 250 students from Washington's community and technical colleges rallied in Olympia on Friday with the message: "We are the future, don't cut the future." The 2013 Community Student Legislative Rally organized the event at the Capitol Rotunda to bring attention to rising costs of tuition, programs, class selections and textbook prices. … We're here today to ask our lawmakers to stop raising tuition and cutting our funding," said Kailene Sparrs, [Clover Park Technical College student and] president of the Washington State Community and Technical College Student Association. …  When you look at compounding costs for students, tuition has actually increased by approximately 100 percent over the last four years," said Highline Community College trustee Dan Altmayer. " …  Joshua Armstrong, a student from Edmonds Community College, said he may not be able to finish school because of the cost.

The Capitol Record, February 1, 2013


Students implore legislators to support community college funding

More than 250 students from community and technical colleges around Washington gathered Friday at the state Capitol to declare their support for increased higher education funding. … Their message to legislators was, "We are the solution; don't cut the solution." "We are the ones who will be the future of this state," said Alexandra Rose, a political science major from Tacoma Community College. … Schools represented at the demonstration also included Clover Park Technical College, Edmonds Community College, Lower Columbia College, North Seattle Community College, Peninsula College and Spokane Community College.
Kent Reporter, February 4, 2013





Colleges' Aid Eligibility Should Be Tied to Students' Backgrounds, Report Says

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 30, 2013


Questions on Debit Cards

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opens an inquiry into colleges' agreements with banks and providers of preloaded debit cards.

Inside Higher Ed, February 1, 2013


Finding More STEM Students

University of Connecticut and Texas A&M University have ambitious plans for enrolling and graduating many more science and technology students, but are there enough talented high school graduates to fill the growing programs?

Inside Higher Ed, February 1, 2013


Several Campuses Disrupted by Outage in Course-Management Systems
Course-management systems have become crucial to the operations of colleges so gradually that many users may not think about it much. That is, until the lights go out.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 1, 2013


The End Is Not Nigh for Colleges
Doomsayers are predicting that MOOCs, for-profit colleges, or other forces will soon put many colleges out of business. Here's why they're wrong.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 4, 2013




Should science/tech majors pay higher tuition?

Bill prohibiting differential tuition gets hearing in Olympia

The Columbian, January 31, 2013


2-year tuition freeze would erase GET hole, report says

The Seattle Times, January 31, 2013


Shifting gears, lawmakers voice support to keep GET

The Seattle Times, February 1, 2013


Licenses, college aid shape immigration debate

Kitsap Sun, February 2, 2013


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