Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges
Thursday, May 7, 2015
News Links | May 7, 2015
SYSTEM NEWS | OPINIONS
tuition attracting students to community colleges
While the cost to attend a four-year public university in Washington state
has stayed about the same over the past two years, tuition has more than
doubled over the past decade. ... Community college officials say the
high cost of universities is driving many students to their campuses. At Seattle Central College,
new tuition stats show two years of credits cost just over $7,000. The same
credits at UW or WSU can cost over three times as much. ... Similar
savings can be found at dozens of technical colleges across the greater
Puget Sound area. "Most students would pay less than $5,000 to
finish their associate's degree," said Renton Technical College vice
president Jodi Novotny.
KING 5, May 6, 2015
cost of education at Skagit Valley College
It’s not just tuition that can be difficult to afford when it comes to
attending college. It’s supplies and textbooks, too. That’s what
students and staff at Skagit
Valley College told U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., on
Tuesday when she dropped by to talk about higher education and ways to keep
Skagit Valley Herald, May 6, 2015
take gold medal at Culinary Knowledge Bowl
The smartest culinary students in the west represent the Lake Washington Institute of
Technology in Kirkland according to the American Culinary
Federation (ACF). The LWTech team took home a gold medal in the ACF Western
Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, held during ChefConnect:
Indy, ACF’s Central/Western Regional Conference, April 12-14, at the
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.
Kirkland Reporter, May 6, 2015
Bring Back SkillsUSA Gold, Bronze
For the second year in a row, South
Puget Sound Community College students distinguished
themselves by bringing home the gold at the SkillsUSA Washington
Leadership and Skills Conference, making them eligible to attend the
national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Ky., in June.
Thurston Talk, May 6, 2015
Big Bend wins
three state awards
A Big Bend
Community College instructor, a BBCC administrator and a
college program improved a community collaborator's help will receive
awards from the state community college trustee association.
Columbia Basin Herald, May 6, 2015
College ready to break ground on Port Townsend campus
A landmark day for higher education in Jefferson County arrives Tuesday,
May 12 with a ceremonial groundbreaking for Peninsula College at Fort Worden in
Port Townsend. The $6.1 million project to convert the two-story
Building 202 into an education center gives Peninsula College, based in
Port Angeles, a permanent campus here.
Port Townsend Leader, May 6, 2015
explore careers at Opportunity Expo
The fourth annual Marysville School District Opportunity
Expo helped local high school juniors with their questions about college,
apprenticeships and job opportunities. The district bused all
Marysville juniors from all eight high school campuses to Everett Community College
where they had a chance to interact with colleges, technical programs and
more on April 28.
North County Outlook, May 6, 2015
help students succeed
Stumped by a math problem? Suffering from writer’s block? For students at Clover Park Technical College who
answered ‘yes,’ the Tutoring Center in Building 15 provides free
tutoring to help students reach that ‘ah-ha’ moment.
The Suburban Times, May 6, 2015
annual employee conference to Leadville
Several hundred Colorado Mountain College employees will be filling local
hotels, coffee shops and stores as they descend upon the college’s campus
in Leadville for a day and a half of workshops, meetings, celebrations and
professional development. ... “One of this year’s highlights will be a
panel of educators from Washington state, where a high school in a
community with 90 percent of its students eligible for free and
reduced-price lunches worked with its local community college to greatly
improve student success,” said Dr. James Y. Taylor, vice president of
Colorado Mountain College in Leadville and Chaffee County. Bridgeport
High School was one of the top three finalists in President Obama’s
Presidential Commencement Challenge in 2011, and named a top transforming
school by both US News and World Report and Newsweek in subsequent years.
Its success in achieving higher graduation and college enrollment rates is
attributed to college-in-the-high-school courses offered in conjunction
Colorado Mountain College News, May 4, 2015
Another use for
Yik Yak on campus? Cheating on exams
With new technologies come new ways to cheat. Yik Yak, the anonymous,
location-based app that has been a hotbed of cyberbullying on college
campuses, is also the newest tool for students seeking to cheat on exams.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 6, 2015
POLITICS | LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL
preparing to propose debt-free college?
For weeks, there has been speculation that Hillary Clinton was preparing a
plan to promote debt-free college. That speculation really took off
Wednesday when Robby Mook, Clinton's campaign manager, referenced the idea
in an interview with CNBC.
Inside Higher Ed, May 7, 2015
Education Dept.’s sexual-violence investigations has increased sharply
The average length of sexual-violence investigations conducted by the
Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has increased sharply in
recent years, according to a letter that the department sent to U.S.
senators who have asked for more transparency in the department’s efforts
to curb campus sexual assaults. The federal office, known as OCR, has
already been facing the dual pressures of a sharply increasing
caseload and declines in staffing.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 6, 2015