Tuesday, April 9, 2013

NEWS LINKS | April 9, 2013

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Rich Cummins CBC President on the new planetarium

Charter Local Edition Northwest host Dana Cowley talks with Rich Cummins, President of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash.

Charter Channel 3, March 26, 2013



Higher education integral to national prosperity [Columbia Basin College]

Tri-City Herald Progress 2013, March 31, 2013

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2013/03/31/2337429/progress-2013-e-edition.html#storylink=promo (page 20)


Bellevue College earns national recognition for sustainability

Bellevue College’s achievements in improving campus sustainability have earned it a spot in a group of just 20 colleges or universities nationwide that have been named finalists for the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards.  … In tandem with the awards, Bellevue College is vying for the top spot in a public video voting competition. Beginning April 1 and running through the end of the month, viewers will have the opportunity to vote for the most innovative and groundbreaking institution among the 20 finalists, based on video submissions. All videos, including one BC produced documenting its campus sustainability initiatives, can be viewed and voted online.
Bellevue Reporter, April 3, 2013


Computer recycling program gives back

You might have an old computer that ended up in the garbage because you knew it shouldn't go in the trash. Now, there's a new place to take it that could help local students. Tony Sako runs the recycling program and teaches the computer science class at CBC [Columbia Basin College].

KEPR TV, April 3, 2013



Debate takes students inside Coyote Ridge

Of the 26 college students who teamed up this semester to participate in Wednesday’s debate over the issue of gun control at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, only half boarded the bus at the end of the day to make the long drive back to Washington State University in Pullman. The remaining 13, enrolled on-site in programs offered through Walla Walla Community College, instead rejoined the inmate population of the all-male correctional facility. … Jill Hall, also a senior Criminal Justice student, said "My favorite part has been getting to know the prisoners and hear their stories. I really hope they keep the program going. We are all majoring in criminal justice and having an ability to interact with prisoners is what employers look for.”

WSU News, April 4, 2013



LCC students' vision of campus fitness center about to become reality
Lower Columbia College is getting ready to deep-six its old fitness center and bring its antiquated gymnasium up to code for disability access. The upgrade is the realization of a vision by LCC students, who eight years ago voted overwhelmingly to chip in the money to pay for it.

Longview Daily News, April 4, 2013



Ag training program celebrates 48th anniversary

The 63 students in the new class of the Japanese Agriculture Training Programs started classes last week, continuing a 48-year tradition in one of the most successful long-term international exchange programs in the nation. The program is operated through Big Bend Community College. The participants are enrolled as BBCC students, and mostly live on the BBCC campus for the first nine weeks of the 18-month course.  Program officials organize visits to local host families in town. "Many former trainees consider Moses Lake their second home town. Moses Lake is where trainees first stay with an American host family, take intensive English and are introduced to American culture," said Sandy Cheek, JATP director at the college.

Columbia Basin Herald, April 4, 2013


Renton student picked for state academic team

Hatha Dam of Renton, a Bellevue College engineering student, has been named to the 2013 All-Washington Academic Team in recognition of his high achievement in academics and dedication to community service.
Renton Reporter, April 4, 2013


Peninsula College Foundation donates van to student, mother of two
A donated van will help a single mother finish her education, the Forks woman said after receiving the keys to a refurbished 1990 Plymouth Voyager this week.  “This is such an amazing and unexpected blessing,” Kristina Sullivan, a Peninsula College student, said at Wednesday's ceremony at the college campus in Port Angeles … The vehicle donation is the second this year, noted Mary Hunchberger, executive director of the Peninsula College Foundation and College Advancement. … “The role of the college foundation is to help change student lives,” Hunchberger said. “Thanks to two very generous donors from our local community, this is the second vehicle we've been able to give to a student this year, and there are so many more that need one.”

Peninsula Daily, April 5, 2013



Everett CC living up to No. 1 ranking: The school has developed a powerhouse baseball program and the Trojans are finally getting some richly deserved recognition

Since becoming the head baseball coach at Everett Community College in 2002, Levi Lacey has helped take the program to new heights.
… But until this season there was one thing EvCC had never done -- reach No. 1 in the NWAACC's weekly rankings.
That changed a few weeks ago when the Trojans hit the top spot on the preseason poll for the league's 28 teams from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.

The Herald, April 5, 2013



Hyman, Daneshfarnia win in design contest

Yalda Daneshfarnia of Bellevue College won first place in the Student Design Category in the Commercial Category at the 14th Annual Northwest Design Awards Competition.

Bellevue Reporter, April 5, 2013


Green River Community College invited to join Achieving the Dream network

Green River Community College … was selected to join Achieving the Dream, a nationwide reform network dedicated to closing the achievement gap at colleges and increasing student success. Green River joins 17 other colleges in Washington state as an Achieving the Dream institution.
Maple Valley Reporter, April 5, 2013


Demand created before wine's time

When PBS NewsHour told the story of budding Walla Walla winemakers Jeremy Petty and Jody Middleton in a segment last September, the broadcast created one very happy ending. Almost immediately the two were flooded with requests from all over the country for wines from their J&J Vintners. But there was one hitch: The winery had not yet had its proper beginning. Petty and Middleton had been making wine since 2010, but they weren’t licensed to ship their product. They had little more than a rudimentary website, and a lot of work was yet to be done by the time PBS made them virtual poster children for Walla Walla Community College’s Enology & Viticulture program. It was, in a way, the best kind of problem.  “We were just kind of amazed at people coming and wanting it,” Petty said. “They didn’t know what it tasted like, looked like, smelled like — but they wanted a case of it.”

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 6, 2013


New building for EvCC nursing students
Nursing students at Everett Community College better be on their toes in their new Liberty Hall digs, a $37.5 million building that opened Monday. They get training on how to respond to patients having heart attacks, strokes and delivering a baby. The simulation mannequins the nursing students practice on, a man, pregnant woman and infant, cost a total of about $155,000. The mannequins have features so sophisticated that they can register how much oxygen is being administered, detect when the wrong drug or wrong dose of a drug has been given and simulate the health problems it would trigger.

The Herald, April 6, 2013



SMART Table donated to program
Skagit Valley College’s
Skagit/Islands Head Start program recently received a SMART Table 230i from SMART Technologies of Alberta, Canada, to help enhance educational programs. The SMART Table can be used by up to six children simultaneously and comes with a range of multi-touch learning applications, interactive lesson activities and educational games for young students.  The contribution was made through the Skagit Valley College Foundation. The SMART company also provided a half day of training to Head Start staff...
Skagit Valley Herald, April 7, 2013

A new YMCA?
Partnership could move facility to Skagit Valley College
Skagit Valley College
students could get childcare, and the county could get a brand new YMCA, from a newly developing partnership between the Skagit Valley Family YMCA and the college.  The process is in the early stages, said college President Thomas Keegan.  “The idea is the YMCA is looking to construct a new facility and the college has an interest in child-care services for students and that is part of the YMCA service that they provide for the community,” he said, adding that both college and county land is being considered, with the county part of preliminary talks...
Skagit Valley Herald, April 8, 2013


Better Alumni Outreach Could Help 2-Year Colleges

More resources and better data can pay off for two-year colleges, according to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. … As many as 350,000 students have passed through the halls of Highline Community College, in Des Moines, Wash. Yet, according to Lisa A. Skari, the college's vice president for institutional advancement, its alumni database contains just 700 contacts. One full-time employee, hired in September 2012, handles alumni relations, with an operating budget of $6,000 a year to do so. Until this year, the college had just one alumni donor on rec­ord.

Ms. Skari did research on community-college alumni giving for her dissertation, completed in 2011 at Washington State University. Surveying more than 7,000 alumni of two-year institutions, 15 percent of whom had donated to their community colleges, she found that many of the predictors of giving at four-year institutions—involvement in student government or honors societies, good relationships with faculty and staff members—were also predictors of two-year giving.

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 8, 2013


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BTC, WCC students on academic team

Four students from Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College were named to the 2013 All-Washington Academic Team on March 21 in Olympia at South Puget Sound Community College … BTC students Edward Bellew and Robert Alexander and WCC students Faline Jett and Troi (Kashia) Gale received medallions from Gov. Jay Inslee. KeyBank also awarded $500 to each honoree.

Bellingham Herald, April 8, 2013


 CBC student awarded North American nuclear scholarship

A freshman at Columbia Basic College is headed to Washington, D.C. after being awarded the North American Young Generation in Nuclear Scholarship. Racheal Calaway will represent the college at the 2013 Professional Development Workshop. The conference focuses on the future of nuclear technology. Calaway is one of four students, in all of North America, selected for the award. She is also the only community college recipient.

KNDU TV, April 8, 2013


KVEW TV, April 8, 2013



Opportunity finally knocks after teen finds nobody's home

A month after graduating from Clover Park High School, Brandon Hambrick had an internship with a Tacoma youth-outreach program and a scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina.  Then he walked home one evening and found no one there. “I asked a neighbor and all he could tell me was ‘They left today,’” Hambrick said. One of 12 children and the oldest of nine still at home, Hambrick was suddenly alone and — at 18 — homeless. His mother, father and eight siblings had moved. “The next time I heard from them was three weeks later, when I found my sister on Facebook,” Hambrick said. “They were in Illinois.”

… Hambrick’s high school grades, financial assistance and an Americorps school reward program were enough to get him into Clover Park Technical College. He starts there next fall. Among his interests are graphic design.

… Hambrick has even reconciled with his family. “I know from the outside what my parents did looks harsh,” he said. “In their faith … I had broken rules. I had friends who were gay, and that was an abomination. I’d spent time with girls, and they didn’t approve of even holding hands before marriage.

The News Tribune, April 8, 2013


Tower move increases reach of BC public radio station

With the successful relocation of the 91.3 KBCS broadcast tower to the summit of Cougar Mountain in Issaquah, radio listeners in the Puget Sound now have a new option on the dial. The project, which has been in the works for several years, ushers in a new era for the public radio station – a service of Bellevue College – that’s celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Bellevue Reporter, April 8, 2013


SPSCC's new president has cultural, economic goals

Meet Timothy Stokes, the new president of South Puget Sound Community College. After fewer than 70 days on the job, Stokes, 43, has proven to be a quick study, a community college leader who embraces the challenges of a two-year college adapting to changes in higher education and the economic and cultural growth of the community.

The Olympian, April 9, 2013





A Move to Merit Pay

A Michigan community college is set to transition to performance pay -- using a model its president says could lead the way for other institutions to follow.

Inside Higher Ed, April 5, 2013



Giving Up Tenure? Who Does That?
As it turns out, quite a few professors have been leaving academe for new careers.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 8, 2013



'Rethinking Pell Grants': Group Suggests Separate Pathways for Younger Students and Adult Learners

… It's well understood that so-called traditional students are no longer typical in American higher education. As for the Pell program, in the 1970s, its early days, about 60 percent of recipients were dependent students, meaning their eligibility for aid was based on their parents' financial strength. The rest of the recipients were independent students, whose parents' finances were not considered because either the students were 24 or older, or they met other criteria, such as being active-duty service members or military veterans.

Today those shares have flipped, with 60 percent of Pell Grant recipients now independent students.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 9, 2013



Fighting the Fear

Adjuncts and union leaders consider the challenge of organizing workers who have reason to worry that activism could cost them their positions.

Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2013



Self-Fulfilling Professorial Politics

Author discusses analysis that may frustrate some on the left and on the right in his new book Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care?

Inside Higher Ed, April 9, 2013



Gov. Jay Inslee to replace half of the Washington Student Achievement Council

The Seattle Times, April 9, 2013






Sen. Barbara Bailey: Denying the American Dream
Seattle Post Intelligencer, April 5, 2013


Families need help catching up to ever-expanding state college costs

The reason tuition is going up, of course, is because state support for higher education has been cut dramatically. … The process to create the next two-year budget for the state is not over yet. Hopefully legislators will find a way to at least freeze tuition rates for a year or two, and give families a chance to make some real headway down that hallway.

Issaquah Reporter, April 8, 2013



Senate Capital Budget released

Spokesman Review, April 9, 2013



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