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Category: Colleges


Evergreen Tacoma community pays tribute to departed prof

Alumni from The Evergreen State College-Tacoma Campus this afternoon are honoring Dr. Willie Parson, long-time faculty member at The Evergreen State College. Parson died earlier this year.

The memorial runs until 5 p.m. today, Oct. 20. at the college, 1210 Sixth Ave., Tacoma.

Parson retired from Evergreen’s Tacoma Campus in 2005 after more than 30 years on the faculty. He passed away on Jan. 5. He played an important role in the lives of students from both the main Evergreen campus in Olympia and the Tacoma campus, said former student and colleague Laurie Arnold.

She said students and staff speak

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Scholarship rewards college students for saving

Students at two private Northwest colleges are the first to participate in a new scholarship program that rewards saving for college.

Independent Colleges of Washington launched the Matched College Savings Program this year with 14 students – seven at Pacific Lutheran University and seven at Seattle Pacific University.

The program targets very low income students whose family incomes are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Eligible students receive $5 from the program for every $1 they save to spend on books, tuition and other college expenses.

In the next academic year, the program hopes to expand

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Lakewood college automotive program is tops among techs

That cheering sound you may have heard rising from the campus of Clover Park Technical College can be traced to the surprise ceremony that was scheduled this morning to honor students and instructors in the college’s automotive program.

WIX Filters, O’Reilly Auto Parts and “Tomorrow’s Technician” magazine named Clover Park Technical College the 2012 Technical School of the Year. Clover Park Technical College was selected for the award from more than 340 applications nominating more than 121 schools nationwide.

The college won the fifth annual award based on its dedication to education, commitment to career placement and award-winning instructors and

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Thursday event focuses on education for low-income kids, students of color

Sacramento Mayor and former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 4 at UW-Tacoma’s William Phillip Hall.

Johnson will discuss obstacles to college access faced by low-income students and students of color, and speak on the potential for change in Washington’s public schools. This event is free and open to the public.

Johnson established the St. HOPE Foundation, which focused on neighborhood development and education in his hometown of Sacramento. It also opened the St. Hope public charter schools.

The event is presented by the League of Education Voters Foundation in partnership with the University

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New library and office expansion at University of Washington Tacoma is open

They call it the Tioga Library Building, I guess because it is connected to the historic – but still not renovated – Tioga Building (1890).

It is across the street from the Swiss Tavern and the skybridge that connects it to the University of Washington Tacoma’s existing library crosses over the Prairie Line. The official opening is Oct. 3. Fall quarter begins Sept. 24 and it looks like finishing touches and the final move in will be completed by then. It cost $24 million.
One benefit of completion is the fencing that prevented use of the Prairie

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UPDATE: New residence hall coming to UPS

UPDATE: The original university press release on this project contained an error. The correct general contractor is Korsmo Construction of Tacoma.

The University of Puget Sound is planning a new residence and event hall, scheduled to open on the Tacoma campus in fall 2013.

The five-story building will feature modern interior spaces and a traditional Tudor Gothic exterior. It will offer 135 single bedrooms for students. The hall will also include new spaces for teaching, meetings, and activities.

Preliminary work for the 55,000-square-foot building began in May on the corner of North 13th and Lawrence streets.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Pierce College Puyallup gains interim president

Colette Pierce Burnette has been chosen as interim president of Pierce College Puyallup.
Pierce College District Chancellor Michele Johnson made the announcement Tuesday.

Pierce Burnette currently serves as the vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

She is returning to Pierce College, where she worked in 1997 as a faculty member in the computer information systems program, and was appointed dean of institutional technology. She left Pierce at the end of 1998, when her husband accepted a job out of state. She has a bachelor’s degree in engineering

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Two Bates programs gain national accreditation

Two Bates Technical College career education programs have recently received national accreditation.

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) has granted the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program accreditation. The college began the application process for accreditation in 2010, which included an intense and rigorous self-study report and a three-day, on-site visit from ACOTE officials.

The ACOTE accreditation allows graduates to sit for the national certification examination to become certified occupational therapy assistants. Bates’ inaugural OTA class is currently in its last quarter, which is a full-time clinical internship.

The Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) has

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