Communications and News
SBCTC News Links Blog
Keep up with community and technical college news, higher education trends, and politics impacting your community.
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Better Lives, Brighter Futures, a Stronger Washington [Jan. 2014]
With changes in technology, demographics, and workforce trends, Washington needs colleges to not only keep pace, but lead the way. Washington's 34 community and technical colleges answer that call.
State Board Mission and Direction [Dec. 2013]
A quick reference guide to the State Board's vision and principles, 10-year goals, Mission Study action plan, and policy focus.
National Leaders in Innovation [April 2014]
This sampler highlights the national recognition of Washington’s community and technical colleges for innovative policies, practices, and research for student success.
Aerospace Training [April 2014]
Aerospace is an economic powerhouse that generates jobs and fuels our economy. Washington’s community and technical colleges produce the world-class employees needed to keep it that way.
Limited License Legal Technician [March 2014]
A landmark state Supreme Court rule that promises to create new jobs and expand public access to legal help is coming to life at Washington’s community and technical colleges.
Adult Basic Education [March 2014]
Overview of innovations underway in the area of adult education.
Project I-DEA [April 2014]
Description of the new, technology-enhanced approach to English language instruction, which builds on the I-BEST model.
Accelerate and Complete! [May 2014]
Washington’s two-year college system ranks 13th in the nation for graduation rates, and 19th for certificates and degrees produced.
STEMing the Skills Gap [Nov. 2013]
Employers need people proficient in science, technology, engineering, and math. For many students, the road toward a STEM career begins at a community or technical college.
Building a Prosperous Economy [March 2013]
Washington's community and technical colleges are a collective, powerful, unmatched resource for advancing prosperity through education.
Getting Veterans Back to Work [May 2014]
Washington’s community and technical colleges are a perfect fit for returning veterans transitioning to civilian life and private-sector jobs.
Policy & Issues Briefs
Corrections Education [Oct. 2013]
Inmates who participated in
correctional education programs
show a 43 percent lower recidivism rate than those who did not. Also see companion pamphlet.
Higher literacy, stronger skills, greater prosperity [July 2014]
Washington’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (I-BEST) is a nationally recognized model that quickly boosts students’ literacy and work skills so that students can earn credentials, get living wage jobs, and put their talents to work for employers.
New High School Credential Option: HS 21+ [Nov. 2013]
Adults who lack a high school diploma now have a new way to get a second chance. It’s called “High School 21+,” a competency-based high school diploma offered at Washington’s community and technical colleges. Adults 21 years old and older can go to participating colleges to earn a high school diploma. An advisor will look at transcripts and knowledge gained from life experience, and work with the student to craft an educational plan to fill gaps.
Student Achievement Initiative [Jan. 2014]
This nationally renowned initiative rewards community and technical colleges for improving student student retention, completion, and success. Colleges earn a portion of their funding based on results, not just enrollments.
Laura McDowell, Director of Communications
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