Thursday, March 7, 2013

NEWS LINKS | March 7, 2013

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McGinn, Banda, Young, and Wakefield urge middle school students to apply for College Bound Scholarship

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda, University of Washington president Michael Young, and Seattle Community Colleges chancellor Jill Wakefield are urging 7th and 8th Grade students to sign up for the College Bound Scholarship. The College Bound Scholarship promises tuition at public institution rates and a small book allowance for income-eligible students residing in Washington State. … Program partners include:  the Mayor’s office, Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Seattle Public Schools, University of Washington, Seattle Community Colleges, the Alliance for Education, and the Washington Student Achievement Council.

West Seattle Herald, March 6, 2013


West Seattle restaurants: Harry's Chicken Joint to semi-debut

Harry’s Chicken Joint is a “culmination of a dream” for Bruce, who says he formerly worked as an advertising executive and surgical coordinator at Harborview, and recently graduated from South Seattle Community College with degrees in Restaurant Food Service Production and Catering Services. He’s been developing his recipes for months and recently had a “soft opening” where he tested his recipes on friends and family. He says he’s been extremely pleased with the positive reactions and adds that his goal is to have people say, “This is the best fried chicken I’ve ever had.”
West Seattle Blog, March 6, 2013


Large turnout for college credit night at Tahoma Senior High

Approximately 400 parents and students in grades 8-11 attended College Credit in the High School Night … at Tahoma Senior High. Focusing on the various ways in which students can earn college credit while still in high school, attendees attended three mini-sessions covering Running Start, Advanced Placement (AP), University of Washington in the High School (UWHS), and “How to Get into a Competitive College.” … Green River Community College’s Colleen Bassham and Alicia Schnell represented Running Start, a program in which high school students attend community college, concurrently earning high school and college credit …  Parents commented via a survey form that they greatly enjoyed hearing the student presenters’ views and the opportunity to compare college-credit opportunities in order to help their children “choose their path.” Several commented that they were unaware of these programs prior to the evening’s presentations and that the sessions were especially helpful for a “first time high school mom.”
Voice of the Valley, March 6, 2013


Honors for the honor students at Grays Harbor College
Last weekend Grays Harbor College’s Phi Theta Kappa, "Beta Iota" members attended the spring Conference at Tacoma Community College. The local chapter was recognized regionally, taking first place honors in Action Distinguished Theme 1 for their "Message of Hope" project …

NewsTalk 1450 KBKW, March 7, 2013





Career technical education linked to boys' high school survival

Making the case for career technical education, researcher James Stone III presented findings today that show enrollment in CTE is a strong predictor of staying in high school—especially for boys. … The results were "stunning," said Stone, a professor and director of the National Research Center of Career and Technical Education at the University of Louisville, at the National Policy Seminar of the Association of Career and Technical Education in Crystal City, Va., today.   "We have a boy problem. Boys are less likely to finish high school, go to college, finish college, go to graduate school, or finish grad school," said Stone, noting that 75 percent of D's and F's are given to male students. "We are driving them out. We are not giving them things that engage them."

Education Week, March 4, 2013


Dire cash crunch for community colleges?

Since he took office in 2009, Obama has lavished attention on two-year schools; last year he visited 10 community college campuses. … The attention hasn't translated into more financial support.  … According to the American Institutes for Research, the average annual community-college tuition rose by 41 percent, to $3,269, from 2000 to 2010. The average subsidy per student received by community colleges fell by 24 percent during that period, to $6,223 per year. Public funding for four-year public colleges has ebbed as well, but the trend has been most pronounced at the community-college level, the nonprofit group found.

… Businesses that consider community colleges to be an essential source of skilled workers view the trend with alarm. "We need to continue to have government funding for these vocational schools," Natalie Schilling, vice president of human resources at aluminum giant Alcoa Inc, said during a recent panel discussion in Washington. Like other manufacturers, Alcoa relies on community colleges to replace its aging work force and produce students who can operate the computer-controlled machines that are increasingly common in U.S. factories. "We can't do it alone - it's got to be a shared responsibility among the public and private sector," Schilling said.

… Still, 25 percent of students who drop out of Harper do so for financial reasons, said Maria Moten, the school's enrollment dean. Student leaders say they're worried that further tuition hikes will squeeze out more students. "Most people at community colleges are working full-time jobs and coming to school. They're paying rent; some are paying for children," said Scott Leitzow, a member of the school's student senate. "When is this going to stop? I don't think it ever will."

The Fiscal Times, March 5, 2013


Poor scholars hit by money squeeze from wealthy colleges

Scholarship programs funded by some of the nation’s biggest donors including Gates, Coca-Cola Co. and Michael Dell, are taking aim at practices used by wealthy colleges … They say the schools hurt poor and minority students by rescinding aid once they find out they have awards from outside sources or by banning use of the funds to cover some student contributions. Donors complain that, in some cases, their gifts are boosting a school’s bottom line rather than the students they seek to help.

Bloomberg News, March 7, 2013


Getting Down to the Reality of a $10,000 Bachelor's Degree

With a YouTube comment and a governor's challenge, the idea has grown into a kind of Rorschach test for how Americans view higher education. …

Like a lot of things that get passed around on the Internet, Mr. Gates' comments became obscured by the interpretation. What he went on to say was that college costs would diminish because place-based higher education would become "five times less important" in five years.

But in the rush to answer the subsequent gubernatorial challenges, the proposals that have emerged in Florida and Texas, in particular, have relied largely on shifting some costs of the traditional college model from the state to some other entity, such as businesses, community colleges, secondary schools, and even the student.

In other words, the $10,000 degree will still cost more than $10,000.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 7, 2013

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The End of Community Colleges

Column by Bruce Leslie, Alamo Colleges chancellor.  … In this high-performance age, the demand for learning will increase. Thus, community colleges have great opportunity. But we must stop functioning like mini-universities and fulfill the founding promise of a student centered, market responsive, academically innovative organization. As tax supported institutions, we have a moral imperative to earn the public's trust by focusing on success of all students, high performance/efficient operations and programs that increase our communities' economic strength. … To prevent the "End of the Community College," its leaders must redesign our mini-university model and become the assertively responsive, transformative, and community-engaged design that is our very own so that we are leading, engaging and accelerating actions necessary to competitively flourish.

The Huffington Post, March 7, 2013




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