Community Colleges

College rejects Nigerians due to Ebola

A Texas community college rejected two Nigerian applicants because of Ebola fears, reports CNBC. Navarro College is 60 miles from Dallas, where a Liberian man died of Ebola and two nurses treating him were infected. Kamorudeen Abidogun, a Texas man originally from Nigeria, said several of his relatives had applied to Navarro. “I received, last weekend, […]

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Broward limits loans to cut defaults

Broward students attend a debt management workshop. John O’Connor/WLRN “Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” Polonius advised Hamlet. At Florida’s Broward College, financial aid officer Kent Dunston tells would-be borrowers not to borrow more than they need.  The two-hour money-management workshop is required. “You’ll be offered more,” says Dunston. “You don’t need it.” Starting this […]

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K-12 teachers learn about manufacturing jobs

North Carolina teachers toured manufacturing plants and learned that advanced manufacturing jobs require high-tech skills and pay as well or better than many jobs that require a bachelor’s degree. Jobs also require the ability to work in teams, follow directions and read well, teachers were told. Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) and the Triangle South […]

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Tech credentials pay for low-income students

Vocational certificates and associate degrees in health, transportation, construction, manufacturing and security lead to relatively high pay for disadvantaged students and low-scoring high-schoolers in Florida, concludes a new Calder working paper. Low achievement in high school accounts for much of disadvantaged students’ problems in postsecondary programs and in the workforce, the study found. Earnings for […]

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California: Student aid lags costs

Grants and scholarships haven’t kept pace with rising living costs  for low-income students at California community colleges and the second-tier California State University system, according to the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). Students who receive grants and scholarships are more likely to complete a degree, the report finds. At the community colleges and CSU […]

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‘Free’ college won’t help low-income students

“Free community college” programs are a hot idea, writes Robert Kelchen, a Seton Hall professor, in Inside Higher Ed. But low-income students, who already are eligible for Pell Grants, will get little or no benefit. Most pay little or no tuition, but struggle to pay for books, commuting, child care and rent. Tennessee is offering […]

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CCCSE: ‘Think big’ on helping minority males

Community colleges should “think big” when it comes to improving minority male students’ success, says Evelyn Waiwaiole, director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. “If you know it works for one group of students, then it’s mostly going to work for all groups of students. So […]

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Who needs algebra?

Who Needs Algebra? asks NPR. Sixty percent of the nation’s 12.8 million community college students are required to take at least one course in subject X. Eighty percent of that 60 percent never move on past that requirement. Let Y = the total percentage of community college students prevented from graduating simply by failing that […]

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Chicago: Free tuition for college-ready students

College-ready students will get a free ride to the City Colleges of Chicago‘s seven campuses, reports the Chicago Tribune. To qualify for a Chicago Star Scholarship, which covers tuition, books and fees, students must graduate from a public high school with a 3.0 grade-point average or better and be prepared for college-level math and English. […]

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Instead of victims’ advocates, hire guards

To protect students from sexual assault, California community colleges should hire counselors to help victims, urged Chancellor Brice W. Harris last month. California Sen. Barbara Boxer had asked the state’s college and university leaders to “voluntarily implement” her proposed S.O.S. Campus Act, which would require colleges that get federal funds to provide advocates to sexual assault […]

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