Thursday, April 3, 2014

SBCTC NEWS LINKS | April 3, 2014

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




Grab a slice: Key lime pie at the Rainier Room and Edison City Diner

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the house-brined corned beef at the Rainier Room, the fine dining restaurant managed by the culinary arts students at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood. Today, I sing the praises for their pie. Key lime pie. Know who else makes great key lime pie? Edison City Diner on South Tacoma Way. Read on.

The News Tribune, April 2, 2014


Jim Richardson | WVC student selected for national internship

Wenatchee Valley College student Alberto Aramburo has been selected as an intern by the High School Equivalency Program/College Assistance Migrant Program Association (HEP/CAMP). Nationally, Alberto is one of five college and university students selected for the internship and the only community college student selected. Alberto may be assigned to the Office of Migrant Education, Congressman Ruben Hinojosa's office, the Office of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, or Congressman Xavier Becerra's office for an eight-week period this summer.

Wenatchee World, April 2, 2014


Childish Things

As a boy, Bill Marlowe would leap around his house sporting a towel for a cape, his father's fishing cap for a cavalier hat and wielding a broomstick for a sword as he enacted his favorite scenes from Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers. "There were weeks of that. I terrified my mother and the cats and the dogs," he smiles. "I was just transported by the story." To the disappointment of his younger self, Marlowe never got to be a musketeer. Instead he would become Director of Drama at Spokane Falls Community College, a position that required less swashbuckling but offered more imaginative possibility. He also has a long history of directing at the Civic, where this season he's been allowed to indulge his childhood fantasies by directing a stage adaptation of The Three Musketeers, with all its swordplay, romance and intrigue.

The Inlander, April 2, 2014


Bob Drewel to guide WSU in Everett

Washington State University is tapping one of Snohomish County's most politically connected figures for help in cementing its presence in Everett. … Drewel, an Arlington resident, retired in December after a decade as executive director of the Puget Sound Regional Council. He served as Snohomish County executive from 1991-2003 and before that had a stint as president of Everett Community College.

Everett Herald, April 2, 2014


Our Voice: Still plenty of room to grow in land of opportunity

From time to time, a story reminds us that being an American is like winning the lottery. Life is good here. A pair of Columbia Basin College students are inspiring not only because they help prevent us from taking our good fortune for granted but also by showing us what Americans can achieve through hard work. Amjad al-Sharkarji, a 19-year-old immigrant from Syria, and Schwe Zin, an 18-year-old Southridge High School senior in the Running Start program, were recently selected as CBC's All-USA Academic All Stars for the 2013-14 school year.

Tri City Herald, April 2, 2014


Bellevue high school senior opens bakery to pay for college

A senior at Bellevue's Newport High School recently cooked up an idea to fund her college education.  Not scholarships, not student loans.  Instead, she opened an online bakery. Rachel Lingenbrink started baking when she was a young girl. Right now, Rachel's plan is to attend Bellevue College. That way, she can go to school and continue working on her business.

KING 5, April 2, 2014


Rachel Geringer

Rachel Geringer is a bright scholar who has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average while she's taken college courses. In addition to graduating from Gig Harbor High School in June, she will obtain a two-year college degree. "At Tacoma Community College, there's more work, but it is easier to focus," she said. "It's a lot faster-paced, and I like that."

Peninsula Gateway, April 2, 2014


Kiwanis honors 'dedicated' Kamiak siblings

The Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo recently honored Kamiak High School's brother and sister Frank and Celeste Dylla as the March Students of the Month. … Celeste is also a running start student in Everett Community College's Ocean Research College Academy, a program for high school students that focuses on marine research.

South Everett Beacon, April 2, 2014


Flying High

Darrin Gleason knows the food industry. He's worked at virtually every level of the business in his long career — from food expeditor to banquet chef to pastry prep to executive chef. One thing has been consistent through it all. "My philosophy," says Gleason, who has been in the restaurant industry and cooking since 1994, "is to know your basics." Twenty years ago, Gleason started out at Tomato Street in Spokane, a job followed by a short stint as banquet chef at the University Inn in Moscow. After graduating from Spokane Community College's culinary program, Gleason worked as a sous-chef and pastry chef at the former Combray in Pullman, eventually landing a long-term gig at Klink's Williams Lake Resort in Cheney.

The Inlander, April 1, 2014


BBCC administrator receives national award

A Big Bend Community College administrator was recognized with a national award last month. Terry Kinzel, director of the Title V grant program and a college grant writer, was among 400 people in the country to receive a John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award.

Columbia Basin Herald, April 1, 2014


College narrows in on new site for campus

Clark College has zeroed in on a Ridgefield site for its future north-county campus, but does not expect to reveal the location for another month or two.

The Columbian, April 1, 2014


Event highlights Clark College's STEM projects

The Christensen Shipyards warehouse was the setting March 15 for an interactive display of Clark College student endeavors in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. The Clark College Foundation designed the event to show local businesspeople how the college prepares its students for STEM careers.

The Columbian, April 1, 2014




Colleges' 4-year program under fire

Some Florida legislators are concerned that four-year degree programs at state colleges such as Miami Dade College are overlapping on what universities offer and perhaps funding for it should be cut. … Mr. Negron said there are now 175 four-year programs offered at state colleges – in the past known as community colleges – which are primarily supposed to focus on offering two-year degrees and preparing some students for universities.

Miami Today News, April 2, 2014


New law should alleviate some tuition surprises

A new state law requires the state's four-year universities and colleges to do a better job of notifying students if their program is going to become fee-based, which usually causes a spike in tuition costs. It also requires administrators to work with students and create clearer criteria for which programs fit into the fee-based category.

The Seattle Times, April 2, 2014


Dropping the Ball on Disabilities

New college students with disabilities are often insecure. Navigating a complicated bureaucracy for the first time with far less institutional support than they had in high school, these students often must overcome stigma and ignorance surrounding their disabilities and advocate for themselves, which they're often not used to doing. The alternative: risk not getting the tools they need to succeed academically.
Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2014


Collateral Damage

Students at a community college in rural Texas may lose access to federal aid because of a student-loan default measure Congress expanded mostly to keep an eye on for-profit institutions.

Frank Phillips College is among several two-year colleges whose leaders are worried about how their institutions will fare with this fall's release of the first batch of sanction-bearing numbers under the revised federal-loan default rate.

Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2014


Consensus on Campus Safety Rules

Colleges would be required to expand their reporting of campus crimes, publish more robust information about how disciplinary hearings work, and maintain sexual assault prevention programs under a proposal endorsed Tuesday by a U.S. Department of Education rulemaking panel.

Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2014


Washington View: As grads seek work, trade jobs go unfilled

Millions of unemployed college graduates are back where they started, living with their parents. Upon receiving their diploma, they find themselves saddled with crushing student loan debt and unable to find a job. More than 36 percent of those who have found jobs aren't working in their chosen profession and many are working for minimum wage. At the same time, millions of good-paying jobs are going unfilled.

The Columbian, April 1, 2014




Democrats' Bill Seeks Coordinated Oversight of For-Profit Colleges

Three Congressional Democrats have teamed up on legislation being introduced on Thursday that seeks to improve coordination among the federal agencies that oversee for-profit colleges.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 3, 2014


Higher Ed Cuts in GOP Budget

House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled their 2015 fiscal year budget, which proposes steep cuts to many domestic social programs, including reductions to Pell Grants, student loans, and research funding.
Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2014


House Republicans Propose Freezing Pell Grants, Ending Support for Endowments

House Republicans offered their alternative to President Obama's fiscal-2015 budget on Tuesday, proposing deep cuts in nondefense programs, including many of interest to higher education.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 1, 2014


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