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SBCTC NEWS LINKS | Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges
Free digital-textbook project drives down cost of college
Washington’s community colleges have expanded a program that is creating low-cost digital textbooks and curricula for the state’s most popular courses.
The Seattle Times, May 1, 2013
Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2013
The News Tribune, May 1, 2013
Columbia Basin Herald, May 5, 2013
Grays Harbor College Foundation Announces Scholarships
The Grays Harbor College Foundation will award approximately 240 scholarships for the coming school year, totaling more than $450,000 donated by generous individuals and businesses connected to the Twin Harbors
Newstalk 1450 KBKW, May 2, 2013
Centralia College President to Retire Next Year
Centralia College President James Walton is retiring in June 2014, with the hope of passing down a more stable, post-recession academic institution.
The 66-year-old told the Board of Trustees he would stay for 10 years when he started at the college in 2002. Walton decided to see the state’s oldest continually operating community college through the economic recession so he could pass his leadership role on in a better situation.
Centralia Chronicle, May 2, 2013
Highline recognizes outstanding community partners
Highline Community College recently recognized Trise Moore, the Family and Community Partnership advocate for the Federal Way School District, and Nathan Phillips, the director of the South King Council of Human Services, as outstanding community partners that have made considerable contributions to the local community.
Auburn Reporter, May 2, 2013
Land here, learn here
Job searchers looking for jobs and employers looking for employees may sound like a match made in heaven, but there is often a gap between the skills needed versus those possessed by workers. Chris Bailey, president of Lower Columbia College (LCC) in Longview, said they have launched several key initiatives to try and increase Cowlitz and Wahkaiakum counties’ four-year degree rate (which is half the state average).
Vancouver Business Journal, May 3, 2013
Bellingham Technical College pairs with Western on transfer degree
Students learning about fish and the environment at Bellingham Technical College now have the option of getting a four year degree.
KGMI, May 3, 2013
The Yakima Valley's Ivy League gap
Schools up and down the Yakima Valley are working hard to emphasize the importance of college readiness, adding more one-on-one guidance to help students fulfill necessary requirements and meet deadlines.
Yakima Herald-Republic, May 5, 2013
Clark College upgrades adult basic education
Clark College is leading the way in a national push to upgrade adult basic education programs in order to eliminate current overlap in class content, shorten the length of the program and, hopefully, lower the nearly 50 percent annual dropout rate.
The Columbian, May 8, 2013
New 4-year program for nursing students
An innovative program between Everett Community College and the University of Washington Bothell aims to increase the number of nurses with four-year degrees in Washington.
South Everett Beacon, May 8, 2013
Castle Rock resident is the first student in new LCC-EWU partnership
Chance Stewart, 26, is the very first student at Lower Columbia College to enroll for online bachelor's degree courses through Eastern Washington University.
Longview Daily News, May 8, 2013
Amy Goings named LWIT President
Amy Goings most recently served as the Vice President of Operations and College Relations at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.
Kirkland Reporter, May 10, 2013
Dr. Marty Cavalluzzi named new president of Pierce College Puyallup
Pierce College has selected Dr. Marty Cavalluzzi to become the next president of the Puyallup campus beginning July 1. Cavalluzzi currently serves as executive vice president for instruction and chief academic officer at Edmonds Community College.
The News Tribune, May 9, 2013
New group enters Upward Bound program at Big Bend
Students from Royal City, Moses Lake, Othello, Warden and Lake Roosevelt high schools joined a program designed to help them prepare for college. The induction ceremony for the Upward bound program was held recently at Big Bend Community College. The 2013 class included 38 students from the five schools, mostly high school freshmen, said Doug Sly, the college's public information director.
Columbia Basin Herald, May 10, 2013
The Star of Grand Coulee, May 8, 2013
POLITICS | LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL
New law will make employee training through state's community colleges more affordable for small businesses
A bill signed into law May 2 by Gov. Jay Inslee will make employee training more affordable for Washington small businesses. SHB 1247, sponsored by state Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, makes it easier for small businesses to train employees in partnership with community and technical colleges by removing a dollar-for-dollar match formerly required under state law. “Small businesses are vital to the success of local communities and our entire state,” said Marty Brown, executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, May 3, 2013
UW student group suggests tuition increase to fund faculty raises
If the Legislature won’t give more money to higher education, University of Washington students are calling on the school to raise tuition by 3 percent, then put all of that money into faculty salaries.
The Seattle Times, May 9, 2013
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