Community Colleges

Jill Biden touts job training

Community colleges are leaders in training students for careers in “green technology, health care, teaching and information technology,” said Jill Biden in a New Orleans speech. The vice president’s wife, an associate professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College, spoke at the Institute for Career Development’s 2014 National Conference. Biden also advocated public-private partnerships […]

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Professors on food stamps

Some adjunct professors make less than minimum wage, reports Matt Saccaro in Salon. Instructors with PhDs are earning less than fast-food workers, said Miranda Merklein, an adjunct at a Santa Fe community college. “If it’s a three credit course, you’re paid for your time in the classroom only,” said Merklein. “So everything else you do […]

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California OKs 4-year degrees at 2-year colleges

Fifteen California community colleges will be allowed to offer bachelor’s degrees in vocational fields. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday to create the pilot program, which will launch on Jan. 1, 2015. California joins 21 other states that authorize two-year colleges to offer four-year degrees. In recent years, advocates have argued that growing industry […]

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Urban League collaborates on job training

Community colleges are working with the National Urban League on job training for lower-income adults, reports Community College Daily. For example, Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) partners with the Urban League of Kansas on training for jobs as nursing assistants and home health aides. Ninety-five percent of graduates pass the state certification exam. The Wayne County Community […]

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Cal State fears tidal wave of transfers

California State University could stop admitting first-year students and become a transfer-only institution, said Board of Trustees Chairman Lou Monville, reports the Los Angeles Times. High demand from community college transfers and limited funding could change the mission of the 23-campus system, he said in a discussion of the preliminary budget for 2015-16. . . […]

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Colleges get break on default penalties

Only 21 colleges with high default rates — 20 for-profits and one public adult education program — are set to lose access to student aid this year. Many more were at risk. At the last minute, the U.S. Department of Education decided to omit some defaulted loans when calculating default rates.  The rate is based […]

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Short-term certificates raise earnings

Earning a vocational certificate in one year or less can raise earnings significantly, concludes a forthcoming study announced at a Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment conference. Past research has found labor market payoffs only for longer-term certificates. Di Xu and Madeline Trimble, researchers at the Community College Research Center, found “positive, significant returns” […]

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‘Some college’ pays — for some

California faces a shortage of middle-skill workers with technical certificates and associate degrees, reports the Public Policy Institute of California. In some fields, workers with “some college” earn no more than high school graduates: Child-care workers, solar installers, bakers, massage therapists, personal care aides, housekeepers and hairstylists don’t improve their earnings by attending college, PPIC reports. However, […]

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‘Dirty jobs’ pay middle-class wages

A one-year certificate in diesel technology helped Julio Lopez secure a job as a lead fleet technician. Credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College . Half of teens have “little or no interest” in blue-collar jobs, according to a survey by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA). These are low-paying “dirty jobs,” high school students and their […]

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Skilled trades don’t appeal to students

Manufacturing student at Macomb Community College “Nearly everywhere he goes, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks about well-paying, but unfilled, welding, carpentry, machining and other skilled-trades jobs, as well as technical occupations in health care,” writes Rick Hagland in Bridge Magazine. Yet, community college training programs in skilled trades are having difficulty recruiting students. Skilled trades workers […]

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