Tuesday, May 27, 2014

News Links | May 27, 2014


In Our View: Campus Brings Many Benefits
Clark College’s big plans for a satellite campus in north Clark County reflect the importance of education in a developing and sustainable economy — and not only in the obvious way of training people for the workforce.
The Columbian, May 27, 2014

Edmonds Veterans Plaza unveiled in Memorial Day dedication ceremony
Myra Rintamaki placed the first wreath on the memorial in memory of her son, Steven, who lost his life in 2004 in the Gulf War. She is accompanied by Mike Reagan of the Fallen Heros Project. Reagan, who draws portraits of fallen military heros, had earlier presented Rintamaki with a portrait of her son. The wreath was made by students in the Edmonds Community College horticulture program.
My Edmonds News, May 26, 2014

Students to tidy up fire station to say thanks for Oso response
A group of Everett Community College students plan to travel to Rockport on Sunday to spruce up the local fire station. Rockport is the first town on Highway 20 north of Darrington, in southeast Skagit County. The town's volunteer firefighters were among the first to respond to the Oso mudslide, including EvCC student Riley Gaggero's father, Ben Gaggero.
Everett Herald, May 24, 2014

Clark County Historical Museum turns 50
Let us eat cake. That's the philosophy of Roman Wright, 3, whose family was visiting the Clark County Historical Museum to celebrate its 50th birthday Saturday. ... Indeed, there was cake. Created by instructors and students in the Clark College baking program, the enormous cake was a replica of the museum building, a red brick Carnegie Library built in 1909.
The Columbian, May 24, 2014

Clark College wins $400,000 grant for STEM building
Meyer Memorial Trust has provided a $400,000 grant to Clark College for equipment, furnishing and educational materials for the college's planned science, technology, engineering and mathematics building.
The Columbian, May 24, 2014

Students take care of their own hungry peers
At least five years ago, students of Olympic College noticed their fellow classmates were coming to school hungry and leaving school hungry.
Bremerton Patriot, May 23, 2014

Students learn about energy at Solar Races
The Solar Races are an annual event sponsored by the Grant County PUD and held for the last two years at Big Bend Community College. The idea is to teach kids all about energy, especially renewable energy, according to PUD officials.
Columbia Basin Herald, May 23, 2014

A canvas of a different type: P.C. welding students become artists
Amazing things happen to metal when it is put in the hands of an artist and the artist also happens to be a welder. At Peninsula College, three welding students are channeling their technical and creative talents into breathtaking pieces of art and redefining welding as a career.
Sequim Gazette, May 22, 2014

Blind athletes association wins big grant
The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes has reached a milestone. The homegrown nonprofit agency, the big vision of legally blind Billy Henry, has been awarded a three-year, $150,000 grant to expand its programs and services. ... Henry, whose love of athletics despite being visually impaired led him to start the association in his parents' Hazel Dell garage in 2007 — when he was all of 15 years old — has paid only himself and a part-time clerical assistant thus far. He is also a full-time student who just graduated from Clark College and is getting ready to start a course of study in business administration at Washington State University Vancouver this fall.
The Columbian, May 22, 2014

Names of Fallen Soldiers Read Out Loud In Honor Of Memorial Day
Memorial Day is Monday and to some people that means the kick off to summer or a extra day off work. Today Columbia Basin College reminded us who Memorial Day is for and what it's all about. Students and veterans read the names of fallen soldiers from the state of Washington one at a time.
KVEW, May 22, 2014

County's drug, HOPE and SAFE courts share graduation ceremony
Nowadays, Misty Monize is pulling down a 3.3 grade-point average at Lower Columbia College and raising two young children. As recently as two years ago, before she found “stability” and “accountability” in Cowlitz County’s Drug Court, narcotics ruled her life.
Longview Daily News, May 22, 2014

Clark College to build north Clark County campus in Ridgefield
Clark College has purchased 59-acres of land in Ridgefield for a north Clark County campus.
Vancouver Business Journal, May 22, 2014

Video: Big Bend hosts Solar Race and Energy Science Day
It was all about the power of the sun, wind and water Wednesday and Thursday at Big Bend Community College.
iFIBER One News, May 22, 2014

Redevelopment plan for historic Tumwater Brewhouse
A new partnership wants to redevelop the historic brewhouse in Tumwater and restore the site's original purpose: Brewing beer. ... Referred to as the Craft Brewing and Distilling Center, the proposal was announced Thursday as a key step in transforming the vacant area into an economic hub that generates jobs and tourism. Several entities have committed to the project. Tumwater will partner with property owner Falls Development, the Port of Olympia, South Puget Sound Community College, Thurston Economic Development Council, Olympia Tumwater Foundation, Washington State University Extension, and the WSU School of Food Science.
The Olympian, May 16, 2014

Finally, positive momentum at historic brewery
If the City of Tumwater and its partners can make the Tumwater Craft Brewing and Distillery Center a reality, it will be time to pop a bottle of champagne. ... We’re particularly excited about how South Puget Sound Community College and Washington State University might work together to train future brewmasters and distillers. SPSCC might create an Associate of Applied Technology degree with a transfer option into WSU’s Craft Brewing and Distilling Bachelors degree.
The Olympian, May 16, 2014


Bill Gates cuts back on gifts to his foundation
Bill Gates, who as the richest American has become one of the foremost advocates of philanthropy, has reduced the pace of his own giving to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation over the last decade.
The Seattle Times, May 26, 2014

Have Job, Will Enroll
A growing number of startups want to play the matchmaker role between community colleges and employers.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2014

Study Links Debt to Black Graduation Rates
New research from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana finds that family debt can be a negative factor in determining whether students will graduate. But the study -- by Min Zhan, a social work professor, and Deirdre Lanesskog, a doctoral student -- found that the negative impact was far more powerful for black students.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2014

Higher Education's Capital Financing Costs
Roughly 9 percent of the $511 billion spent in 2011 in the United States on higher education went to financing interest payments or to corporate profits, according to a new analysis from the Center for Culture, Organizations and Politics at the University of California at Berkeley.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2014

Opinion: Building access to quality education
Today we continue to experience uneven access to quality education as attempts are made to privatize schools and school districts often receive inconsistent and disparate funding.
Everett Herald, May 22, 2014



Nowhere to Go
Up to 44 percent of students at for-profit colleges could lose access to federal financial aid under proposed “gainful employment” regulations, according to a new report from the sector’s trade group. And many of those students lack other educational options in their academic field or geographical area.
Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2014

Lawmakers Seek to Block Gainful Employment Rules
A bipartisan group of Congressional lawmakers on Thursday called on their colleagues to insert a provision in the upcoming budget that would block the Obama administration’s efforts to more tightly regulate for-profit colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2014

Lawyer: Punish Legislature over school funding
The attorney representing a coalition of parents and education groups that sued the state over school funding told the Washington Supreme Court on Wednesday that it should hold the Legislature in contempt for not obeying its orders.Thomas Ahearne said the court should send lawmakers back to Olympia to finish their work.
The Columbian, May 21, 2014