Thursday, April 18, 2013

NEWS LINKS | April 18, 2013

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




New LCC building on the rise
The third-floor walls were going up Tuesday on the future Health and Science building at Lower Columbia College. … The 70,000-square foot, three-story brick and stucco building will hold all the college’s health and science programs under one roof. The $38.5 million project is scheduled for completion early next year.

Longview Daily News, April 16, 2013


Two local students named to All-Washington Academic Team
Arlington residents and Everett Community College students Olivia Wallace and April Ketchum were honored of the 2013 All-Washington Academic Team.

Arlington Times, April 17, 2013


Big Bend Community College set to showcase new buildings on May 3

Big Bend Community College is showcasing its two newest facilities during a grand opening for the Student Success Center and STEM Center on May 3. … The 10,700-square-foot STEM Center reflects Big Bend’s receipt of a $4.4 million federal Title III STEM grant in 2011. … Big Bend officials say they applied for the STEM grant in response to the need by local industries for STEM professionals. The goal is to prepare more engineering students to transfer to partner universities with the help of BBCC pre-engineering courses, and then return to local industry partners to help meet demand for STEM professionals. The 1,500-square-foot addition to the Student Success Center cost $400,000 and includes areas for supplemental instruction, group study, service learning projects, mentoring, and college transfer events. … BBCC received the federal grants due to its designation as a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI), meaning more than 25 percent of students enrolled in college-level classes are of Hispanic heritage. ...  BBCC President Terry Leas said without the college’s HSI designation, the gaps between programs and needs would be wider. "In light of state budget cuts to higher education, federal funding is critical to ensuring Big Bend can continue to meet the needs of its students," he stated

iFIBER One News, April 17, 2013


Highline offers free online career tool to community

Highline Community College – in partnership with Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) – announced the release of Career Coach, a free online tool that allows students and the community to explore career and educational opportunities in the region. … “Career Coach offers both our campus and surrounding communities a powerful tool for career and educational exploration that is easy to use and best of all free," said Dr. Lisa Skari, Highline's vice president for institutional advancement. "It is an especially valuable resource because of the local data and job postings it provides. Our hope is that it connects users to the jobs and educational training necessary to obtain their ideal career

Auburn Reporter, April 17, 2013

High school diversity leaders awarded with scholarships

Diversity in education was the focus of the night on March 28, as the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation awarded scholarships to nine high school students from Western Washington as part of the organization’s Diversity Makes a Difference Scholarship program. Over 60 students in total were honored at the event, which took place at the New Hong Kong Restaurant and featured Bellevue College Trustee Paul Chiles as keynote speaker and South Seattle Community College Vice President of Student Services Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap as emcee.
Northwest Asian Weekly, April 18, 2013


Event today celebrates cherry blossoms, friendship

Cherry blossoms and a long-standing friendship between Vancouver and Japan will be celebrated at Clark College today. … Atsushi "John" Kageyama, the first president of Matsushita Kotobuki Electronics Industries in Vancouver, visits the 100 Shirofugen cherry trees he donated to Clark College and Vancouver in 1990 Wednesday.
The Columbian, April 18, 2013





Text Messages Can Increase Enrollment of Low-Income Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 12, 2013


Controversial Valencia College trustee ousted

Orlando Sentinel, April 15, 2013


Education Dept. to Renew Efforts at Gainful-Employment and State-Authorization Rules
The administration is not giving up on efforts to hold colleges accountable for their students' employability and to force states to step up oversight of distance education.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 16, 2013


How Should Colleges Ask About Students' Sexual Orientation?
Some colleges have started to ask their applicants whether they identify as LGBT. In a guest post, one admissions director shares what colleges should consider as they decide whether and how to ask.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 17, 2013


Competency-Based Education Advances With U.S. Approval of Program
Southern New Hampshire University may now receive federal financial aid for students in a self-paced online program, the first such authorization of its kind.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 18, 2013


The Second Internet Wave Comes to Higher Education
At a conference this week in Arizona, Steve Case, the AOL founder, offered colleges three key lessons from the changes sweeping the sector, writes Jeff Selingo.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 17, 2013


College and High-School Educators Still Disagree Over Students' Preparedness

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 17, 2013

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Creating an Environment That Helps Adult Students Succeed

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 17, 2013


Online-Learning Portal Allows Educators to Create Adaptive Content

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 17, 2013




The Realities of Reauthorization
Two worn but never weary travelers on the higher-education-reform road offer some perspective on policy and politics.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15, 2013


House Budget Invests in Closing the Opportunity Gap

Schmudget Blog, April 16, 2013


An Easy Choice: Invest in Education and Economic Growth For All, Or Continue Preferential Tax Rates For The Few?

Schmudget Blog, April 16, 2013


Immigration Bill Would Ease Path to Citizenship and to Jobs for Immigrant Students
Under a bipartisan plan, students who are in the country illegally could become citizens in five years, and some foreign students could stay to work after earning graduate degrees.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 17, 2013

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Encouraging high-schoolers to study computer science

HDC Advance, April 18, 2013


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