Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Board of Trustees agenda

The Board of Trustees will hold its regularly-scheduled board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. in the Clyde Hupp Board Room at the Downtown Campus. Please click on the images below for a complete agenda.

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SBCTC Policy Briefs online

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has added policy briefs to their website, which are also compiled below. Please take a moment to read and learn more about the issues our college faces as we move toward the upcoming legislative session and beyond.

SBCTC Policy Briefs 2012
Getting People Back to Work
Filling the skills gap, STEM starts here, education pays, I-BEST, Worker Retraining, Opportunity Grants, Applied Baccalaureates

The Value Proposition
Adding value: students, society, and taxpayers benefit; affordable access, lower tuition, bachelor’s degrees close to home, university transfer preparation, Running Start

Student Success through Innovation
Student Achievement Initiative, Student Completion Initiative, Achieving the Dream, The Transition Math Project, 40 years of successful transfer agreements

Call for Ideas: Just Fix It! The Seattle Times [Nov. 16, 2011, A17] editors ask the question: How would you handle the state's education budget? Got ideas? Share your thoughts.

Parking Advisory: Downtown Campus

Bates will host the Washington Association of Community and Technical College (WACTC) Board of Presidents meeting at our Downtown Campus on Dec. 8-9

For these two days, the staff parking lot on the northwest corner of Yakima and Brazill streets will be reserved for the WACTC meeting attendees, which may include the visiting 33 college presidents and a contingent from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC).

Click here to learn about additional parking options at the Downtown Campus.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Traveling Treats: Eat. Stroll. Repeat.

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Diversity News: Thanksgiving

The history of Thanksgiving
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. [source: History.com]

If you think you know all about Thanksgiving, check out History.com's 'Thanksgiving: Fact or Fiction,' below.

1. Fact or Fiction: Thanksgiving is held on the final Thursday of November each year.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln designated the last Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. However, in 1939, after a request from the National Retail Dry Goods Association, President Franklin Roosevelt decreed that the holiday should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month (and never the occasional fifth, as occurred in 1939) in order to extend the holiday shopping season by a week. The decision sparked great controversy, and was still unresolved two years later, when the House of Representatives passed a resolution making the last Thursday in November a legal national holiday. The Senate amended the resolution, setting the date as the fourth Thursday, and the House eventually agreed.

2. Fact or Fiction: One of America's Founding Fathers thought the turkey should be the national bird of the United States.
In a letter to his daughter sent in 1784, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the wild turkey would be a more appropriate national symbol for the newly independent United States than the bald eagle (which had earlier been chosen by the Continental Congress). He argued that the turkey was "a much more respectable Bird," "a true original Native of America," and "though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage."

3. Fact or Fiction: In 1863, Abraham Lincoln became the first American president to proclaim a national day of thanksgiving.
George Washington, John Adams and James Madison all issued proclamations urging Americans to observe days of thanksgiving, both for general good fortune and for particularly momentous events (the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, in Washington's case; the end of the War of 1812, in Madison's).

[read more Fact or Fiction.]

History.com has plenty of videos that can satisfy your Thanksgiving appetite long after your last bite of deliciously moist turkey, drowned in gravy. Below, you can watch a three-minute clip about the history of the holiday.

For more Thanksgiving fun, visit www.history.com.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Aerospace GIA grant funds short-term CNC Operator program at Bates

Governor’s Investment in Aerospace grant provides opportunity for quick training

Those interested in a career in manufacturing and aerospace now have another opportunity for training. Armed with $91,229 from the Governor’s Investment in Aerospace grant, Bates now offers a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator course that prepares students for entry-level employment in the state’s booming manufacturing and aerospace industries.

“The goal of this program is to provide short-term training that will lead to entry-level employment in the manufacturing and aerospace industries,” said Lynn Strickland, Bates’ Dean of Instruction.

“Graduates also receive a stackable educational career path, where they can earn more certificates and degrees through the machinist or apprenticeship program at the college, on a part-time or full-time basis,” she said.

Bates has also partnered with Workforce Central to provide full tuition funding for 15 students who are unemployed or who want to obtain a new set of skills for entry-level employment in the manufacturing and aerospace industries.

The two-quarter CNC Operator course begins winter quarter, Nov. 28, and there are still slots available. For more information, call Career Advisor LeaEllen Maass at 253.680.7007.
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Bates students and staff raise funds for needy families

The annual food and toy drive brings holiday cheer to families
Rain, wind and icy cold weather won’t deter Bates staff and students from collecting donations for the 20th annual Food and Toy Drive to benefit Bates students in need during the holidays.

On Dec. 1 and 2, 6:30-10 a.m., staff and student volunteers will canvas Yakima Avenue from 11th to Earnest S. Brazill streets seeking cash, non-perishable food items and toy donations. Throughout the fundraiser, Bates’ Fire Service students will carry on the annual tradition of performing push-ups for cash donations.

“Year after year, the money raised during this unique fundraiser has steadily increased, which allows us to reach out and help more students who need it,” said Patrick Brown, the college’s registrar and chair of this event. “We know times are tough—especially during the holiday season, so we are grateful for the generosity of students, staff and the community,” he said.

Last year, the drive raised more than $9,000, which organizers used to purchase food and gifts for nearly 175 Bates students and their families.

About Bates Technical College
Celebrating more than 70 years, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to http://www.bates.ctc.edu/, or call 253.680.7000.

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