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WSU opening branch campus in Everett to meet aerospace industry needs

Washington State University is developing another branch campus to feed a workforce need, this time in Everett. The focus of the campus is science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. It will serve the large number of Boeing workers in Snohomish County.

Education Notebook: Princess ball set for dads, daughters

Shadle Park High School is hosting its annual Daddy-Daughter Princess Ball on Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Shadle cheerleaders will host the evening for princesses ages 12 and younger. And, of course, all in attendance are invited to wear their favorite ball gowns and tiaras. The event will including dancing, Dads desserts, punch and coffee, crafts, and photos.

Whitworth adds Moses Lake presence

MOSES LAKE – Whitworth University will offer a bachelor’s degree program in organizational management at Big Bend Community College campus beginning in January. Registration is open now, said Terry Ratcliff, dean of continuing studies at Whitworth.

Washington State University expects no tuition increase in 2014

PULLMAN – Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd likely will recommend no tuition increase again for fall 2014, he told the board of regents on Friday, marking the second year in a row with no increases for resident undergraduate students. “With the appropriations that we’ve received, we can manage yet another year to complete this biennium without a tuition increase at the undergraduate level,” Floyd said.

For WSU president, family is priority

PULLMAN – Walking around his university campus as an undergraduate, Elson S. Floyd remembers seeing leaders in suits who never spoke to him. Now putting on his own suit, WSU President Floyd said he will always reach out to and talk with the students he sees on his own campus.

Whitman campus ranked among nation’s best

When it comes to campuses, Whitman College’s makes the grade, according to Business Insider. The 4-year-old business and technology news website has ranked Whitman’s campus as third on its list of the 20 Best College Campuses in the U.S.

Most Washington students starting college don’t finish

Getting a kid through high school and into college might seem like a success story. But a Seattle-based research firm has found that less than a third of Washington students who start college – either two- or four-year – actually finish. Nationally, the average college graduation rate is about 50 percent.

Innovate will try again to get state funding

Officials at Innovate Washington say they’ll try to convince legislators next year to resume funding their agency, created in 2011 as the state’s tech-business catalyst. The 2011 Legislature created Innovate Washington by merging the Washington Technology Center and Sirti. The agency’s mission is to assist state technology firms with marketing, finance, business plans and access to investors.

College graduates can ease strain of loan debt

Finding a job in a slow-growing economy is daunting enough without new financial obligations. Yet that’s the challenge many university students graduating over the next few weeks will soon face.

CdA colleges expanding

Coeur d’Alene is starting to look like a college town. Not the type with dorms and dive bars and VW bugs zipping everywhere. But the kind where institutions of higher learning are more prominent than ever, and an alliance of these schools is reaching new heights.

Colleges’ tuition plans in limbo

SEATTLE – Students heading off to college in Washington next fall will have to wait awhile to find out how much tuition they’ll be paying. Since the Legislature went home without finishing the state budget, no one is sure whether Washington students will be getting a tuition increase, a cut, or neither. All three ideas have been proposed this year.

Tuition rising next fall at Idaho universities

BOISE – The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to hike the price of attending Idaho’s public universities, sustaining a trend of annual tuition increases yet still keeping tuition costs under $7,000 per year for undergraduates at all four campuses. The board agreed to raise resident undergraduates’ tuition by 6.9 percent at Boise State University and by 5 percent at University of Idaho. Tuition at Idaho State University and Lewis-Clark State College will jump by 4.5 percent and 4 percent, respectively, starting next fall.

Education Notebook: LC drill team places at state

The Lewis and Clark High School Drill Team competed at the Washington State Drill Team Competition, March 22 and 23 in Yakima, taking second place in the military division and placing third in the kick division. Mt. Spokane, Shadle Park, Ferris, and West Valley high school drill teams also participated in the competition. Mt. Spokane was awarded eighth in the pom division, seventh in hip hop division. Shadle Park received fifth place the pom division, and in the individual drill down division, team members Zac Carolus placed fifth and Nicole Mollica was awarded first place.

Rising cost of college puts more debt on students

WASHINGTON – Making college more affordable to more people continues to be elusive, and the recent recession hasn’t made it any easier. States have cut their support for public colleges and universities – deeply, in some cases – and schools have raised tuition as a result. They’ve also dropped classes, eliminated faculty and reduced other services to compensate.

College grads can learn and earn their way out of student loans

Scott Anderson knew he wanted to go into veterinary medicine, a profession shared by his father and his uncle. Affording the degree, however, posed a challenge. “It’s incredibly expensive,” said the former Marine, 36, who is married with two kids.

GOP plan would add $300 million to higher ed budget

OLYMPIA – Senate Republicans announced what they dubbed a bold plan to reverse the trend in the state’s public colleges and universities, saying they wanted to add $300 million to the budget for higher education over the next two years and cut tuition by 3 percent. The extra money amounts to a 10 percent increase in overall state spending on higher education, with $50 million directed at increasing slots for science, technology, engineering and math degrees and $26 million more for state need grants for students.

Senate GOP: Add $300 million to higher ed

OLYMPIA -- Senate Republicans announced a plan to add $300 million to the budget for higher education over the next two years and cut tuition by 3 percent.

For some students, college is affordable

SEATTLE – It takes a little pluck and some ingenuity, but it’s possible to work the Washington state college system to shave thousands off the cost of a degree or boost a career without drowning in debt. So say recent and soon-to-be college grads who have used new state programs, or taken full advance of existing ones, to finish their college careers.

Tiered tuition backed in Washington; GET would go

College students in Washington could be charged higher tuition for degrees that typically result in higher-paying jobs, starting next fall. That’s the recommendation of two legislative committees that analyzed the state’s tuition system.