Community Colleges

Virginia Western Community College opens $26 million structure

Virginia Western Community College's new building is designed to mirror health care workplaces, preparing students for the in-demand jobs in the health care industry.

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What if we studied success?

The more I’ve reflected on President Obama’s plans as described last week, the less I like them. Rating community colleges assumes that students choose among many; in practice, community colleges are usually defined by geography, and few students have more than two from which to choose. Rather than pitting them against each other, it would make more sense to lift all boats.

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Henry Ford CC receives $100,000 grant for biotech program

Henry Ford Community College’s biotechnology program recently received a grant of $100,000 from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. This grant will help HFCC develop a collaborative nanotechnology and microsystems technician training program.

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Community colleges graduate to 4-year programs

Brevard Community College changed its name to Eastern Florida State College July 1 due to a change in its core mission: The institution now confers four-year degrees in health care management and general business management. Eight more baccalaureate programs will debut next August.

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Voters should renew levy for Kirkwood Community College

In addition to voting for school board candidates on Sept. 10, Johnson County, Iowa voters—along with those in six other counties—will be asked to extend a levy for 10 more years. The $0.06 per $1,000 of assessed value will fund Kirkwood Community College's equipment purchases.

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San Francisco CC targeted by "rogue" accreditation commission

Last Sunday, 150 students staged a sit-in at San Francisco's City Hall, demanding that the mayor defend City College of San Francisco. Twenty-six were arrested. The target of an unusually frank attack from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, the much-loved, low-tuition community college may shut down in July 2014.

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Alabama's Lawson State named a top 5 community college

Lawson State Community College has been named one of the top community colleges in the nation in the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings. Lawson State ranked no. 5 in the publication's Best Community Colleges category. 

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Budget cuts hit Randolph Community College

The president of Randolph Community College says he’s changing his tune when it comes to asking North Carolina legislators for money. Dr. Bob Shackleford believes it’s time for leaders to recognize community colleges as an investment the state needs to fund instead of just another group asking for money.

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Higher ed succession planning: Who will follow the leader?

Zero. Zip. Zilch. That’s what Don Cameron, president of Guilford Technical Community College, found after searching the internet back in 1996 for colleges with succession plans. Surprisingly, not much has changed, since such programs are still not common within higher ed institutions.

Colleges and universities begin to assess the benefits of MOOCs

Officials at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland had a pedagogical objective in mind when they created a MOOC on pre-algebra, the lowest level of developmental math at the college.