Thursday, August 16, 2012

Marty Brown selected executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges


OLYMPIA, Wash – The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has selected Marty Brown as its new executive director. Brown is currently the director of the Office of Financial Management (OFM) and is expected to assume his new role in mid-September.

State Board Chair Sharon Fairchild said Brown’s experience will advance the system’s mission to educate more Washingtonians to higher skills and degrees so students can land good jobs and contribute to the economy.

“If anybody knows the value of higher education and economic development, it’s Marty Brown,” said Fairchild. “He’s a visionary leader who is well respected for his ability to steer important policy initiatives in tough financial times. His years of experience will be a tremendous asset for our students and our colleges.”

As the current OFM director, Brown oversees policy, accounting, and labor relations for the State of Washington. Brown is responsible for overall management of the state’s operating, transportation, and capital budgets. He also supervises work on the Governor’s budget, proposed legislation, and financial policies, and establishes expenditure and revenue plans for all state agencies.

Brown formerly served as director of legislative affairs for Governor Gregoire, legislative director and deputy chief of staff for former Governor Locke, and secretary of the Washington State Senate.

Brown has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a juris doctor from the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He is replacing Charlie Earl, who is retiring this month.

“I’m energized and excited about the future of the community and technical college system. Innovation, technology, funding and access are key to students’ success as they learn the skills needed for Washington to compete in the world,” said Brown. “Our community and technical college system is one of the best investments Washington can make for the economic success of residents and the state.  I look forward to building on that excellent foundation.”

Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges comprise the state’s largest system of higher education.  Each year, nearly 500,000 students train for jobs, prepare to transfer to a university, gain basic math and English skills, or pursue continuing education. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges oversees the system, sets policy, allocates state operating and capital funds to the colleges, strategically plans the two-year college mission, and approves educational programs.

Heat advisory: Options for staying cool


Due to the high temperatures expected this week, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 16-17. Residents in Pierce County can seek relief from the heat by visiting local malls, restaurants, theaters, libraries, and other air-conditioned facilities in local neighborhoods.

People are urged to avoid prolonged exposure to heat and visit one of the following facilities for a cooler environment:
  • Local Pierce County Library branches, visit www.piercecountylibrary.org/branches/branch-listing.htm for locations and hours of operation
  • Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 S. C St., Spanaway/Parkland, 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday          
  • South Hill Mall, 3500 S. Meridian, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday
  • Anderson Island Fire Department, 12207 Lake Josephine Blvd., 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday
  • Fife Community Center 2111 54th Ave. E, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday
  • City of Buckley Multi Purpose Center, 811 East Main, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday
  • Buckley Youth Activity Center, 251 River Ave. S., noon to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Friday
  • Mid County Community Center, 10205 44th Ave. E in Tacoma, 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, closed Friday
  • Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 Worthington St., 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday
  • Bonney Lake Senior Center, 19304 Bonney Lk Blvd, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday
  • Chapel Hill Church, 7700 Skansie Ave., Gig Harbor, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday, closed Friday
  • City of DuPont Public Safety Building EOC, 1780 Civic Dr., 1 to 10 p.m. Today through Sunday

Although anyone can suffer from heat-related illness at any time, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on neighbors and family members, particularly infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, people who have a mental illness, and those who are physically ill.

Pets may also suffer from symptoms of excessive heat exposure.  Do not leave pets unattended in a parked car for any period of time. If you believe your pet may be experiencing symptoms of heat exposure call your veterinarian and seek assistance. The following locations allow people and their domesticated pets to come in and get out of the heat. Pets need to be on a leash or in a crate and owners must provide water if they plan on being in the store for long periods of time.
  •         Lowes – 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (all Lowes in Pierce County)
  •         PetSmart (all) – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  •         VCA Animal Hospital (10324 Pacific Ave. S in Tacoma) – open 24 hrs/day

For additional information regarding hot weather personal safety, visit Tacoma Pierce County Health Department website: http://www.tpchd.org/news.php?nid=693

Grant helps Dental Lab Tech program update equipment

The Dental Lab Technician program
was awarded funds to help update
equipment in the classroom.
Technology is constantly evolving. In order to keep pace with industry trends, our programs frequently update equipment so students can learn in a relevant teaching environment that mirrors the workplace. 

To help pay for expensive equipment, faculty and others can apply for grants and assistance from organizations--and that's exactly what our Dental Lab Technician program did to secure much-needed funding to replace outdated equipment.

Recently, the program received $3,375 from the Foundation for Dental Technology. The money will purchase a new pressable porcelain system called E-Max, which replaced a discontinued system.

"We are happy to award you (these monies) toward helping [Bates] reach its goals of providing better educational opportunities for those who participate in your program," the Foundation for Dental Technology wrote in a letter to Dental Lab Technician instructor Kris Merriman.

The grant, which the foundation created to help support educational institutions with dental laboratory technician programs, is a prestigious honor for the college. The annual, competitive process awards winners based on a variety of factors, including how the program will use the funds, a course outline, and program funding.

"We are proud to recognize your organization as having shown a high level of participation in creating a better program for your staff and students," the letter said.

The foundation advocates for and raises awareness of the necessity of dental laboratory technology education for dental technicians and other members of the dental team.

"This helps us get more up-to-date with technology and excellent products," said Kris. "The Washington State Dental Lab Association (WSDLA) and the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) have been so supportive of our program, I can't thank them enough!"

Congratulations!