Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Faculty participate in important industry training

Nine instructors will participate in training this month or in the fall to upgrade their skills, increase their knowledge, or earn a new and updated industry certification. Each year the college can request up to $16,000 for faculty training through the Perkins grant. This year, requests came in quickly, says Jean Watley, dean of instruction. “Faculty will be able to get new or upgraded certifications to enhance their knowledge in their specific industry and pursue training in state-of-the-art methods.” To qualify for the funding, the training has to be hands-on or be required by the industry.

Welding instructor Clinton Griffee and math instructor Dan Miller will attend a seminar in Chicago to learn more about brazing and other welding techniques. As an I-BEST instructor, this seminar will help Miller put the academic component into context when a student has difficulty applying math concepts to career program concepts.

Rick Huston, welding instructor, will attend the FABTECH Conference in Atlanta, GA, co-sponsored by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI). Participants will learn more about cutting, finishing, forming and fabricating, green/energy initiatives, lean, management, stamping, and tube and pipe.

Michael Robb, electrician instructor, will attend the National Electrical Code Essentials Seminar in Seattle to gain an in-depth understanding of how provisions work to ensure reliable systems and equipment while reducing the risks of electrical fires, shocks and other electrical hazards. It also provides the clear technical explanations needed to work confidently to meet code in commercial and industrial environments.

Terry Shaffer, auto mechanic instructor, will attend the Hybrid & Electrical Vehicles General Service Seminar in Portland, Ore. Attendees will observe and participate in a hands-on workshop to gain knowledge on Hybrid vehicles and related repairs. This training provides an excellent opportunity to experience hands-on application to become familiar with new and upcoming industry standards.

Ingrid Smith, web developer instructor, will participate in an online training course to create database-driven websites using PHP and MySQL.

David Skeen, electronics instructor, will attend a four-day, advanced lecture course in Seattle to discuss the IPC-A-610 industrial standard. Participants will complete an exam and earn a certification that will allow them to conduct operator training at the college as well as offer certifications to others.

Machinist instructors Bob Storrar and Barry Young will participate in a four-day training course in Latrobe, Pa. The Machining Economics course will cover elements that affect productivity and overall cost, such as establishing operating conditions to gain maximum efficiency; the cause and effect relationship between operating conditions and tool failure; machinability, testing methods and cost justification.

Foundation scholarship applications due Friday

Instructors, please share with students.

The Bates Foundation is pleased to announce our fall scholarship application is available. The foundation will award up to 30 scholarships totaling $15,550 for fall quarter 2010. To apply for scholarships, please visit our online scholarship application at https://scholarships.bates.ctc.edu/Stars/ The scholarship application deadline is July 9.

Click here for information about which scholarships are available. If you have any questions or problems during the application process, please contact Emma in the foundation office at 253.680.7160

Bates employees showcase art

Claudia Greenamyer, academic instructor, will showcase her artwork this month at the Tacoma Art Supply, 1552 Commerce St., Suite 101. "This is the first time I have shown my work here in Tacoma, and I am very excited about it," says Claudia. "The pieces that will be in the show are watercolors, chalk pastels and charcoals. My signature piece is done with pressed leaves and is quite unique."

Graphic designer Dionne Bonner will feature a painting at the "Flower" "Painting" show just a few blocks up from the Downtown Campus at the Tacoma Art Place for the duration of July. Come and visit the volunteer-supported studio at 1116 S. 11th St., which offers space to local artists, and inexpensive classes and memberships to the general public.

Come out and support your local artists!

And in case you need one more reason to enjoy beautiful art, Art on the Ave is Sunday, July 11. Tacoma's premiere summer celebration of art and music will take place in the 6th Ave. Business District during the 12th annual Art on the Ave. The free event, along eight blocks between Cedar and Trafton streets, begins at 11 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m.

Five stages and 48 artist booths will entertain both kids and adults. Children will especially enjoy the family stage with a juggler, a storyteller and a clown. The other stages will feature dance from around the world and popular local musicians. Back again this year are the dunk tank and beer gardens.

Art on the Ave is sponsored by City of Tacoma Arts Commission, Multicare, Central Neighborhood Council, Tacoma Public Utilities and TAPCO.

(Photos: "Bigger than Life" by Claudia Greenamyer; "Affection" by Dionne Bonner; "The Giant Octopus" by Dionne Bonner, a commissioned art piece for Art on the Ave 2008.)

Volunteers needed for Ethnic Fest

Tacoma’s multicultural festival Ethnic Fest is July 24 and 25 at Wright Park. The event features performing arts, visual arts, crafts, dancing, information and food representing cultures from around the world! The Diversity Center is looking for volunteers to help staff the Bates Booth at this year’s celebration. Contact Kat in the Diversity Center at 253.680.7178 to sign up.

Library Corner

The library recently added new electronic resources to their online collection! Below are introductions to two powerful resources now at you and your students' fingertips:

Learning Express Library provides tutorials and tests in "Learning Centers" like computer skills, GED preparation, occupation practice tests and general education courses. Students can also use the job search and Workplace Skills Learning Center to craft a resume, and strengthen interviewing skills and networking skills. Sign up for your own login and password while connected to Learning Express Library on a networked Bates computer for remote access.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to websites. New to the database are Lexile reading levels for periodicals and an integrated national and state curriculum standards search with content correlated to the standards. Contact the library for the current password to access off-campus.

Check the Library Corner next week for brief introductions to the History Resource Center: US and NetLibrary Audiobooks.

More KBTC videos have been added to the library collection:
• Full Focus: Not on my watch
• Full Focus: Liberation
• Full Focus: Ideas
• Northwest Now: Marine recreation and safety
• Northwest Now: Staying safe online

New system offers options for emergency alerts

Pierce County residents and businesses have a new way to receive alerts about natural disasters and other emergencies.

Pierce County ALERT is a mass notification system that allows the Department of Emergency Management and other first responders to notify residents via a "reverse 911" type of message. Besides automatically sending the messages to land lines, Pierce County ALERT enhances the ability to contact residents by allowing them to opt in and add up to 10 modes of receiving these alerts, including cell phones, work phones, pages, text messages, emails and faxes.

"Recent studies have shown that 25 percent of households are wireless—meaning they just use cell phones as home phones. Pierce County ALERT will allow us to notify that quarter of the population that we've been missing," said Steve Bailey, director of Pierce County Emergency Management.

Residents and businesses in Pierce County can opt in on the Internet, by phone or by mail. The preferred method is over the Internet by accessing the Pierce County ALERT button at the bottom of the Pierce County government's home page at www.piercecountywa.org and following the opt-in instructions.

People can also call the Department of Emergency Management at 253.798.6595 for more information and to register over the phone. General information and frequently asked questions about Pierce County ALERT can be found at www.piercecountywa.org/ALERT.

Besides choosing how to receive emergency notifications, users also can choose to receive alerts regarding locations of interest - emergencies that may affect a residence, workplace, school or other areas that are within the boundaries of Pierce County. Businesses benefit when their employees opt in because wherever they are, information can be relayed to their employees about Pierce County emergencies.

The system will be used to notify residents and businesses about significant risks to health and safety. Public safety officials can send alerts about emergencies such as severe weather, floods, utility disruptions or critical police activity. Emergency alerts may be sent 24 hours a day, based on severity.

People with land lines will continue to receive emergency notifications, regardless of whether they opt in with other devices. For those who do opt in, they will receive an emergency notification on their land line phone as well as all the other devices they have listed and in the order they prefer.

What's happening at Bates the week of July 6

Tuesday, July 6
General Information Session, 3 p.m., SC A100

Wednesday, July 7
Fire Service Orientation, 3 p.m., SC A100

Thursday, July 8
Dental Assistant Speakers, 9:30 a.m., DT Auditorium
High School Orientation, 10:30 a.m., SC A100
GAC, 11 a.m., DT, Clyde Hupp
HS Orientation, 3 p.m., DT Auditorium
Faculty Union Meeting, 3 p.m., DT Auditorium

Friday, July 9
Dental Assistant Class, 8:30 a.m., DT Auditorium
Dean’s Meeting, 9 a.m., DT Clyde Hupp
Early Learning Consortium, 1 p.m., MC Conf Room

Saturday, July 10
NICET Testing, 7 a.m., DT Auditorium
Boiler Refresher, 8 a.m., SC MultiMedia Room