Friday, March 8, 2013

NEWS LINKS | March 8, 2013

SBCTC NEWS LINKS | Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges




Tri-City educators honored at Crystal Apple Awards

The foundation received the award along with the Pasco, Kennewick and Richland school districts, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Columbia Basin College and the staff and students of Delta High School, the Tri-Cities' STEM high school. It's the first time a team has received the annual award.

Tri-City Herald, March 7, 2013


Bill allowing underage college students to sample wine, beer passes Senate

A bill that will allow college students as young as 18 sample wine and beer as part of educational programs was approved by state senators this morning. …  Washington State University Tri-Cities and Walla Walla Community College both have viticulture and other related programs that have students sample alcoholic beverages as part of the curriculum.

Tri-City Herald, March 8, 2013


Clover Park Technical College Instructor Named FAA Flight Instructor of the Year

The Northwest Mountain Regional FAA recognized Bill Coyner, the chief flight instructor at Clover Park Technical College, after the staff at Seattle’s Flight Standards District Office nominated him

Lakewood-JBLM Patch, March 8, 2013





Seattle U. to review safety procedures after on-campus incident

A man in a trench coat stormed into a classroom and acted erratically. The professor pressed a panic button to alert campus security as students frantically walked out in fear.

While Seattle Police arrested the 38-year-old man, there are questions about why the campus wasn’t locked down. …  Nearby at Seattle Central Community College, campus security officials say the idea is act now, ask questions later. “If you pick up a campus phone and dial 911, we have a program set up through our district office that will automatically notify the computers in our office and the cell phones that my officers carry,” said Elman McClain, the campus safety/security director.

KING 5 News, March 7, 2013


Measuring the MOOC dropout rate

Are only 10 percent of students finishing courses? It depends on how you count.

Inside Higher Ed, March 8, 2013





Editorial: State should switch to contribution-based pensions

Washington state’s public agencies should move to defined-contribution pension plans.

The Seattle Times, March 7, 2013





Let’s not spring forward

Scientific American, March 7, 2013


Popular figure speaks out against Daylight Savings time



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