Community Colleges

Calif. Community College Chancellor May Be Named by End of Month

The California Community College Board of Governors appointed Executive Vice Chancellor Erik Skinner as acting chancellor while the search continues for a successor to Jack Scott, who is retiring at the end of this week. The Board has scheduled a special meeting on Sept. 20 to interview finalists for the post and hopes to announce the new chancellor by the end of September or sooner.

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Financial Aid at California Colleges Hit by Scams, Officials Say

Scam artists posing as students or stealing identities from other people illegally obtained more than $770,000 in financial aid and loans via California community colleges and online schools, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

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Jackson Community College's Brazilian Internship Program Recognized

Jackson Community College’s (Mich.) participation in the U.S.-Brazil Connect Internship Program has earned it a mention in a national community college publication, the Community College Times.

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Transfer Talk

Linn-Benton Community College and Lebanon High School have partnered with Oregon State University to provide a better path and support from high school through college graduation. The Lebanon High School Early College program will allow students to simultaneously complete their high school diploma and earn an associate degree, which will make them eligible to attend OSU and apply for a $3,000 scholarship. It’s an extension of the Beyond LHS program, which already allows LHS students to attend LBCC classes and earn both diplomas.

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Continuous Education, On Campus and Online

Employers believe their employees must be committed to continuing education to remain on top of their industries and their jobs, according to research commissioned by Destiny Solutions in October 2011. “The Voice of the Employer on the Effects and Opportunities of Professional Development,” based on a study of 200 employers across North America, reveals that  70 percent of employers feel their employees need continuous training just to keep up with their jobs. Ninety-five percent of employers financially support employee continuing education.

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Where the Workers Are

The recession hit Michigan, home of the nation’s automotive industry, hard in 2008 and 2009. For Autocam Corp. in Grand Rapids, this meant taking drastic action to protect its business and 1,500-employee workforce. As the precision manufacturer of automotive components for equipment manufacturers and suppliers saw its business dwindle, it cut back its machinists’ standard 50-hour work week to 45 hours, then 40 hours, says Jim Woczynski, Autocam’s human resource director. Even then, some layoffs had to be made.

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Montgomery County CC President Emphasizes Business Community's Role In Higher Education

Partnering with a business helped Montgomery County Community College open its new University Center in Pottstown earlier this month.

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Majority Of Oklahoma Bachelor's Degree Earners Attended Community College, Study Shows

The fact that community colleges play a key role in the educational careers of some students is no secret. A new report shows the majority of Oklahoma's undergraduate degree earners have community college credit on their transcripts at graduation.

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New Alabama Community College Chancellor Chosen

The man credited with restoring the reputation of an Alabama community college after scandal will soon be overseeing the state's entire community college system.

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