Thursday, February 6, 2014

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 6, 2014

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




Kirkland college hosts nine cooking students from Korea

Kirkland Reporter, February 5, 2014

Students and chefs from the Lake Washington Institute of Technology had such a great time studying, cooking and eating in Korea last year that they ...


Students can save time, money in Issaquah tech prep program

Issaquah Press, February 5, 2014

The Issaquah School District is pushing awareness of a program that allows students to earn dual high school and college credits, saving time and money. Tech Prep allows students to earn credits through Bellevue College, Cascadia Community College, the Lake Washington Institute of Technology and Shoreline Community College.


LCC expands Running Start program, allowing students to take college courses online

Longview Daily News, February 4, 2014

Earning early college credit has often meant long commutes and missed extracurricular opportunities for high-performing "Running Start" students, especially those who live in rural school districts. A new online outreach program offered by Lower Columbia College aims to pry students out of that dilemma.


Walla Walla Community College seeks funding from state for campus improvements

KLEW TV, February 4, 2014

Walla Walla Community College is gaining the support of the community to replace a group of older buildings on the Clarkston campus.


Walla Walla Community College has role in North Africa jobs creation trip

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, February 4, 2014

A Walla Walla Community College administrator will be traveling to North Africa this week as part of a delegation to promote vocational training in the troubled region.


Big Bend Community College enrollment bucks state trend

Tri City Herald, February 3, 2014

Big Bend is running against the community college enrollment trend statewide, Sly said. Enrollment statewide is down about 4 percent. President Terry Leas said it was a sign of the college's strong support of students.


Edmonds Community College celebrates opening of Veterans Resource Center

My Edmonds News, February 2, 2014

On Friday, Edmonds Community College staff and the community came together to celebrate the opening of the center on the second floor of Lynnwood Hall and the progress already made in the Edmonds Community College Foundation's Boots to Books and Beyond campaign to support veterans.


Economic Development in Edmonds – Collaboration and Partnerships

Edmonds Beacon, January 31, 2014

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Business Expo in 2013. Sponsored in part by the City, Edmonds Community College Conference Center and Port of Edmonds, the Expo provides an opportunity for service businesses and the public to connect in person, network, and discuss service offerings in the area. 


Hispanic Orchard Employee Education Program, January 30, 2014

Wenatchee Valley College has made the Hispanic Orchard Employee Education Program an I-BEST program.


LCC partnership offers online bachelor's program for registered nurses

Longview Daily News, January 30, 2014

Lower Columbia College and Washington State University/Vancouver are accepting applications for a program through which registered nurses can earn full bachelor's degrees online in nursing.


Community colleges bridge job skills gap in Wash.

KING 5 TV, January 29, 2014

Green River Community College is seeing more students like Suzanne going back to school. The school offers 26 different trade programs from auto body to carpentry to welding. Administrators are seeing long waiting lists for these particular trade courses.


Bellevue College grad gets award

Bellevue Reporter, January 29, 2014

Recent Bellevue College graduate, Alain Patience Mizero received a $500 "Transforming Lives" award from the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges ...


Strong family foundations yield better child outcomes

Bellevue Reporter, January 28, 2014

By Bellevue College Parent Education Program. This year marks the 75th year Washington State Community and Technical Colleges have been supporting families through research-based parent education and early childhood education experiences. Last year alone, over 900 families participated in Bellevue College's affordable parent education program that provided Eastside parents with their infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners enrichment and learning opportunities to last a lifetime


Guest: How colleges can better serve veteran students

The Seattle Times (blog), January 27, 2014

By Wesley Jones, United States Air Force veteran and veterans program manager at Bellevue College.


A third engine behind Tacoma students, teachers, January 26, 2014

Graduate Tacoma! deserves the exclamation mark. - ... The effort to get graduates to (and through) college includes the Tacoma College Support Network, the University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma Community College and Bates Technical College.


Renton Technical College named in top nationwide list

Renton Reporter, January 23, 2014

Renton Technical College was named as one of the nation's top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.


NOTE: Six community and technical colleges in Washington were named among the nation's top community colleges by the prestigious Aspen Institute and are now eligible to compete for a $1 million prize. In the running for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence: Columbia Basin College, Olympic College, Renton Technical College, Skagit Valley College, Walla Walla Community College and Whatcom Community College


LWIT President Amy Goings to attend White House Education Summit

Kirkland Reporter, January 15, 2014

"This is an important national discussion about how to help people successfully complete college," said Goings, Lake Washington Institute of Technology president, "Whether coming to college from high school, or coming back to college after years of working, many people need to brush up their academic skills."


Bates alumni can pursue Peninsula College bachelor's degree

Peninsula Daily, November 29, 2013

Graduates of Bates Technical College in Tacoma now can be admitted into a bachelor's program at Peninsula College in Port Angeles. The presidents of the two colleges — Luke Robins of Peninsula College and Ron Langrell of Bates — signed a memorandum of understanding Nov. 15 that provides an articulation program for admitting Bates graduates into Peninsula College's bachelor of applied science in management program.





Student Mismatch With STEM Interests

Inside Higher Ed , February 6, 2014

High school students with interest in science and technology fields aren't planning careers in STEM,  according to new ACT report.

Is Free Better?

Inside Higher Ed, February 6, 2014

Politicians in three states want two years of tuition-free community college. Higher education experts welcome the attention, but worry about unintended consequences.


No Transfer Needed

Inside Higher Ed, February 4, 2014

Drexel University takes its bachelor's degrees and faculty to three community college campuses, an unusual move for a private university


How Tiered Tuition Is Working at a Community College
Inside Higher Ed, February 4, 2014

At the same time, the article finds continued concerns about the idea of providing some access based on ability to pay more. "It creates two types of students: those who can pay and those who cannot. …"

Analysts Map Some of the Challenges a College Ratings System Would Face

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 6, 2014

A look at how colleges are performing now highlights the difficulties ahead for President Obama's proposal, scholars with the American Enterprise Institute say.


Free Community College? Tennessee Proposal Draws Praise and Concerns

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 6, 2014

A plan put forward by the governor this week is gathering positive reviews, but some experts also wonder about its cost and limitations.


A Second State, Oregon, Considers Making Community College Free

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 5, 2014


What does our diploma mean? Not much, employers say

The Seattle Times Education Lab Blog, February 4, 2014





Editorial: Focus on education

The Daily News, February 6, 2014

Washington has a lot of high-tech jobs, but not enough college graduates with the required degrees to fill the positions. Only about 89 percentage of the state's adults are high school graduates at a time when that's the bare minimum for competing in the job market. In the past decade, the cost to students of a college education at Washington's public universities has doubled. These are the kinds of statistics that members of the Washington Student Achievement Council like to publicize. What emerges is that Washington is above average among the states in educational achievement -- but nowhere near the top.


Op-Ed: After recession, young likely are leftists for life

News Tribune, February 5, 2014

Think those crazy kids occupying Wall Street were just going through a phase? Think again. Being exposed to an economic shock between the ages of 17 and 25 can permanently affect people's ideas about how society should be organized, the researchers argue. Looking at survey data from 1972 to 2010 from the United States, for example, researchers found that experiencing a recession as a young adult makes people more likely to believe that governments should be responsible for assisting the poor. It also makes them more likely to self-identify as liberal and to vote Democratic



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