Community Colleges

Moon Ahn Appointed to Montgomery County CC Board of Trustees

Moon Ahn, a local lawyer and former assistant district attorney, was appointed to the Montgomery County Community College’s (Pa.) board of trustees during the Montgomery County Commissioners’ recent business meeting. In November of last year, Ahn stepped into the political arena running on the Republican ticket and challenging incumbent Ann Thornburg Weiss for the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts.

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Gregoire Appoints Daughter to Seattle Community Colleges Board

Outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed her daughter, Courtney Gregoire, to the board of trustees for Seattle Community Colleges. Gregoire made the appointment Oct. 29, although it was not announced by the college district until Tuesday. Governor's spokesman Jason Kelly, responding by email, wrote that the younger Gregoire — she is 33 — "has more than ample experience to serve on this community college board."

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Focusing on Students' Financial Need to Hasten Completion

With backing from the nation’s leading foundations, seven community and technical colleges have announced that they will pilot an initiative testing innovative approaches to increase the number of students who earn postsecondary credentials.

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Rallying Faculty and Securing Resources for Innovation Programs

To transform the design of the community college to pave the way for the Completion Agenda, two very important tasks for leaders to address in the early stages of planning include the need to (1) rally faculty and staff, and (2) secure resources to support this agenda, which has become the overarching mission of the contemporary community college.

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Northern Ky. Community College Invests $81.5M in New Campus

Gateway Community & Technical College (Ky.) is investing an ambitious $81.5 million into a new urban campus in the hopes it will become the foundation for urban economic development in Covington. The new campus itself will be nestled in roughly a six-block area in Covington's Central Business District. Gateway buildings and partnerships are expected to spread throughout northern Kentucky's largest city, filling up long-vacant storefronts and bringing new foot traffic for existing businesses - and, hopefully, new ones.

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Heartland CC Foundation Announces 2012-2013 Scholarship Recipients

The Heartland Community College Foundation (Ill.) recognized its 2012-2013 scholarship recipients at its recent annual Celebration of Excellence scholarship reception; 117 scholarships were awarded to 108 students. Categories, among others, include a Trustee Scholarship, a Presidential Scholarship and one for Rising Scholars.

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Solano Community College (Calif.) Seeks International Students

Solano Community College (Calif.) leaders have signed a two-year, $106,000 contract with a consultant to recruit international students from Asia in hopes of bringing in additional revenues to the cash-strapped school even as many local and in-state students struggle to get the classes they need. In a unanimous vote, the SCC board of trustees in September approved an agreement with Naoki Hirota to recruit students primarily from China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam to the Fairfield-based college.

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Ad Highlights Value of Going the Community College Route

Elgin Community College (Ill.) has embarked on a new marketing campaign to encourage prospective college students to take the community college route over the more expensive four-year university track. In a 50-second commercial that is now playing before trailers at movie theaters from St. Charles to South Barrington, Elgin Community College pitches the value of a community college education.

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New California Community Colleges Head Is Taking Things Slow

Brice W. Harris, who took charge of the beleaguered California colleges Nov. 6, isn't rushing in with a plan, saying, 'There's a real risk in charting a specific vision too soon.' In assuming the reins of California's community colleges system, Brice W. Harris takes over at a pivotal time of long-range budget uncertainty, fluctuating goals and ever-intensifying pressure to educate a sizable portion of the state's workforce.

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Kalamazoo Valley Community College Appoints New Safety Leaders, Installs 150 Emergency Phones On Campus

Kalamazoo Valley Community College is implementing new campus safety measures after appointing new leadership to its public safety department and purchasing a new emergency phone system.

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