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Category: Community and tech colleges


State board freezes community college tuition

For the first time since 1989, tuition at Washington’s two-year colleges will remain flat, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges announced today.

The freeze applies to both resident and nonresident students, the board’s announcement said. Tuition will remain $4,000 per year for resident students and $9,235 for nonresident students in the 2013-2014 academic year.

“This is an historic event and a great day for our students,” State Board Chair Beth Willis said in a news release.  “We appreciate the Legislature’s decision to provide enough state funding for community and technical colleges to freeze tuition.  The state’s investment will

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NEW DATE: Health sciences center opening at Clover Park Tech

UPDATE: The grand opening ceremony has been rescheduled due to some construction delays. The new grand opening is set for 2 p.m. Sept. 20


Students at Clover Park Technical College  will soon be learning in a new 55,000-square-foot Health Sciences Facility.

The Lakewood college will host a grand opening ceremony on July 16.

The building is CPTC’s first attempt at LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design)  certification and is designed to meet LEED Silver Standards. It will feature a medicinal herb garden and solar panels on the outside, but will also house leading edge tools and technology

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KBTC wins regional Emmy Award

For the sixth consecutive year, TV station KBTC, a service of Bates Technical College, has won an Emmy Award from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Tom Layson, producer and host of KBTC’s Northwest Now, a weekly, locally-produced public affairs program, accepted the statuette at the awards ceremony last month.

Winning in the category of Public/Current/Community Affairs-Program/Special, Northwest Now’s episode “I Do” takes on the gay marriage debate, and features studio guests Joshua Friedes, director of Marriage Equality, Equal Rights Washington, and Joseph Backholm, director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington. This episode also

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TCC designated as a “Pathway College” for international students

Tacoma Community College recently became the first two-year college recognized as a Pathway College for graduates of the Global Assessment Certificate™ program (GAC). The college is now part of a network consisting of more than 100 pathway colleges and universities worldwide. The University of Iowa, Oklahoma State University, and Pacific Lutheran University are among the 34 participating U.S. universities.
“We are very pleased to be the first community college in the country to participate in this highly successful program for international students,” said Tacoma Community College President Pamela Transue. “Because of the way the program is structured, when these

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Green River Community College gets its first bachelor’s degree program

Students will be able to complete a Bachelors of Applied Science (BAS), Information Technology, Network Administration and Security at Green River Community College in Auburn when the school begins its first four-year degree program in September 2013.

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges approved Green River’s proposal to start a bachelors of applied science degree on May 9. The bachelor’s degree program will prepare students for employment within a variety of information technology jobs including network and computer system administration, information security analyst and computer support specialist.


Open Course Library project helps college students save money

Students at many of Washington state’s community and technical colleges will have more access to low-cost or entirely free textbooks and class materials, following completion of a project known as the Open Course Library (OCL).
Launched in 2011, the OCL project is a collection of online materials – everything from course activities to readings and assessments – developed by teams of educators from the state’s community and technical colleges. The courses include digital textbooks that are either free or cost no more than $30 – offering the potential for big savings for students.

Read more in Wednesday’s News

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TCC has new executive vice president

After a nationwide search, Tacoma Community College has hired a new Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Tod E. Treat.

The Illinois native starts at TCC in July.

Treat has served as Vice President for Student and Academic Services at Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois since 2010. Prior to joining Richland, Treat spent two years at the University of Illinois as Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership. While at Illinois, he was regularly recognized for excellence in teaching.

Treat has a Doctor of Philosophy from the College of Education at

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Apply now for Green River Community College scholarships

The Green River Community College Foundation is accepting applications for more than 230 college scholarships until April 30. The Foundation awards scholarships to current and prospective GRCC students on the basis of the student’s chosen program, merit and need.

Scholarships may be used for tuition, fees, books and required supplies at the Auburn college in Fall Quarter 2013 through Spring Quarter 2014. Transfer scholarships for current Green River students who are graduating this June are also available.

Any student planning to attend in the fall may apply for a Green River Foundation scholarship. To apply, students need to submit an

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