Tuesday, April 16, 2013

NEWS LINKS | April 16, 2013

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WIN Announces Conference Scholarship Winners

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) on Friday announced the recipients who have won scholarships to attend the 2013 WIN Educational Conference … [including] Zoe Gorow, student at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Wash. “Supporting young women that have chosen to enter the collision repair industry is really what WIN is all about,” said Beverly Rook-Twibell, member of WIN’s Scholarship Committee. “Giving them an opportunity to attend our conference is an educational opportunity and a way to meet other supportive and knowledgeable women in the industry.”

Fender Bender Collision Repair News, April 2013



High school chefs face off in cooking competition at Edmonds Community College

Loosely based on the popular “Iron Chef” television program, the event is an annual competition sponsored by the Edmonds School District. … “Our students will be doing some mentoring on the day of the event,” said chef instructor Charles Drabkin of the Edmonds CC Culinary Arts department. “It’s great for us to partner with high schools. Everyone benefits with the connections that are made.”
Edmonds Beacon, April 11, 2013


Centralia College Student Receives Phi Theta Kappa Recognition

The Centralia Chronicle, April 12, 2013



Meet the finalists for Pierce College Puyallup president

Pierce College District invites the public to meet the four finalists for president of the Puyallup campus this week.

·         Paula Boyum, Ph.D., vice president of economic and workforce development at Bellevue College in Bellevue.

·         Marty Cavalluzzi, Ph.D., executive vice president for instruction and chief academic officer at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood

·         Andrea Olson, J.D., special assistant to the president at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Redmond.

·         Bob Mohrbacher, vice president of instruction and student services at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.

Puyallup Patch, April 12, 2013



Finalists for the Lake Washington IT President's Job Announced

Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s Board of Trustees announced five finalists for the President position:

·         Dr. Jerrilee Mosier, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College (Indiana)

·         Dr. Richard Penny, Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations, University of Washington Bothell (formerly at South Seattle CC)

·         Amy Goings, Vice President of Operations and College Relations, Clover Park Technical College

·         Ivan Gorne, JD, Vice President for Students Services, Facilities and Operations, Bates Technical College

·         Randall Lawrence, Superintendent/President, College of the Siskiyous (California)

Kirkland Patch.com, April 12, 2013



Bellevue College Vies for Online Votes for Environmental Prize

Bellevue College is aiming for the top spot in a public video voting competition related to being recognized as one of the top colleges and universities in the country by the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards. Bellevue College is one of 20 colleges and universities nationwide to be a finalist for the awards.

Bellevue Patch, April 12, 2013



Turning Walla Walla sweet: Agenda 2013

"Many students were coming to college for retraining," says Walla Walla Community College President Steve VanAusdle. "Our question was, 'Retraining for what? Are we just training them to leave this area?'" The college's answer to that question, its repositioning itself for the economic needs of its region -- nursing, wineries and hospitality, alternative energy -- just helped it win a $400,000 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. One of two 2013 winners out of the nation's 1,200 community colleges, Walla Walla provides an impressive display of the power of higher education to help transform an economy. It's a story of a highly productive connection of town and gown. And because Walla Walla Community College draws largely, in both students and support, from northern Umatilla County -- including a partnership on water quality with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation -- it's also partly an Oregon story.

The Oregonian, April 12, 2013



Taxing International Student Tuition

Universities and community colleges in Washington State are objecting to a proposed bill that would increase tuition for international students by 20 percent at all public institutions. The bill, if passed, is expected to bring in $59.2 million in revenue over two years, but universities worry that they’re going to be priced – nay, taxed – out of the market. … The Association of International Educators estimates that international students brought more than $500 million into the state of Washington in 2011-12. “Washington is an international state,” said Marty Brown, the executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. “Trade is huge, Boeing is huge, Microsoft is huge, Amazon is huge; some of these students come over and end up going to work for those places.”  Washington enrolls about 7,900 international students across its 34 community colleges, with those students concentrated in the three Seattle Community College campuses and the suburban Green River Community College, which is the 10th most popular community college destination for international students in the U.S.
Inside Higher Ed, April 12, 2013


Dreams over difficulties

Ryan Sutherland's muscle disease only made him more determined to fulfill his dream of earning a college degree. The 22-year-old with Duchenne muscular dystrophy shared his story of perseverance to students at West Ridge Elementary in Post Falls on Friday. … He recently received a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in theology from Whitworth University in Spokane. His plans include motivational speaking and/or being a hospital chaplain. …With the help of his mom, Debbie, Ryan attended Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Wash., near his hometown before transferring to Whitworth.

Coeur d’Alene Press, April 13, 2013



For mill workers, a year shaped by loss
For Ruth-Anne Huston, life revolves around classes, homework and hours in the library.  At 58, the Arlington woman is an Everett Community College student. Like other former Kimberly-Clark workers, she took advantage of education money provided through the federal Trade Act.. … Huston picked accounting. "I always liked numbers, and I've done well," she said. She is now in her fifth quarter, on track to graduate in December with an associate's degree in accounting. … Her dream now is an accounting job with a city, county, or for the Boeing Co. … After high school, she took one college course. "It wasn't for me. Now I have almost all A's," said Huston, whose classes this quarter include one in business taxation.

The Herald, April 14, 2013



SVC student named to academic team
Skagit Valley College
student Norma Domingo of Oak Harbor was recognized and honored March 21 as a member of the 18th annual All-Washington Academic Team during a ceremony at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.  Domingo, 23, is a U.S. Navy veteran and is enrolled at Skagit Valley College’s Whidbey Island Campus ...
Skagit Valley Herald, April 14, 2013

Mid-Columbia high schoolers off to a Running Start

Josue Cuevas says he couldn't handle being in a high school classroom anymore. The former Wahluke High School student has attended classes through the Running Start program at Columbia Basin College for the past two years. When he had to attend a high school class recently, the difference from his college-level courses was palpable. “It feels like so much time is wasted," Josue, 17, said of the pace. More students each year are applying for the Running Start program, CBC officials said. The program has more than 680 students enrolled this spring and is one of the fastest growing groups of students at the college's Pasco campus.

Tri-City Herald, April 15, 2013



Columbia Basin College looks for artist to design veterans monument

Tri-City Herald, April 15, 2013



Mountains of possibility: Parks program graduates headed to protect green spaces
After swearing an oath to uphold the Constitution, the community and the agency they will serve, 30 Skagit Valley College Parks Law Enforcement Academy graduates left the McIntyre Hall stage Monday to start their journeys protecting national parks, forests and other green spaces across the country.  Cadets from 17 states came to the college’s program, one of nine nationally accredited programs of the kind in the country...
Skagit Valley Herald, April 16, 2013


Local orgs win Bear Paw of Approval Award

Four local businesses … are the first annual winners of the Polar Bear Paw of Approval Award. The award program is presented jointly by Metro Parks Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the City of Tacoma Sustainability Commission and the Arctic Action Team that promotes awareness of the plight of polar bears. Among the winners: Tacoma Community College, which takes a multifaceted approach to reducing its carbon footprint and involves students in the process

Business Examiner, April 16, 2013


Bornstein Seafood gives $100K to BTC’s new fishery building

“Naming the hatchery of this building for Bornstein Seafoods honors the Bornstein family and specifically Jay’s significant contributions to Bellingham’s waterfront and fishing industry, and to the national seafood business,” Patricia McKeown, Bellingham Technical College president, said in a press release.  “BTC is very appreciative of the Bornstein’s generous gift and proud to have a permanent reflection of the Bornstein’s involvement with our college and programs at the Perry Center.”
The Bellingham Business Journal, April 16, 2013




The Light is Better Over Here / Confessions of a Community College Dean

We all know the old joke about the drunk who’s looking for his keys outside the bar at night.  He’s looking near the streetlamp, even though he dropped them half a block away, because the light is better there.  If we look where it’s easy, instead of where it’s likely, it’s easy to predict the results.

Inside Higher Ed, April 11, 2013



Inslee surprises higher-ed community with council shake-up
Gov. Jay Inslee has decided to replace half of the Washington Student Achievement Council, surprising state lawmakers and raising questions about the direction of a newly formed board charged with writing a road map for higher education

The Seattle Times, April 12, 2013



Why STEM Should Care About the Humanities

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 12, 2013



Math test may keep thousands from diplomas

8,000 in this year’s class have not yet passed state-required math examination

The Olympian, April 15, 2013


Why Not a 2-Tier System?
It's time to blow up the old faculty career track and put something else in its place.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15, 2013



'I Fully Expect to Die With This Debt'
Student-loan debt is growing more quickly among people age 60 and older than in any other age group.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15, 2013


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In Olympia, a mixed message on aerospace

Lawmakers here are sending mixed messages about support of the aerospace industry, with one chamber proposing to fund the governor's Office of Aerospace and the other chamber ignoring it. ... For instance, both the House and Senate budgets retain money for a loan program for students to attend short-term aerospace training at Everett's Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center. A measure to create a similar center in Renton could also get funding, though not as much as Lanham had requested. Both sides also support the idea of increasing engineering slots at state universities.

The Herald, April 12, 2013




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