August 2010

You may already have an AA

You may already have an associate degree, according to Project Win-Win, which is trying to find former students whose academic records qualify them for a degree  they never received.  Project Win-Win also hopes to persuade former students who are nine or fewer credits short of a degree to finish up.  The three-year, $1.3-million campaign was […]


Training community college instructors

Teaching community college students requires skills that don’t come with a master’s or a PhD, argue graduate programs that offer a special credential, Inside Higher Ed reports. Temple University offers a community college teaching certificate; students don’t have to be enrolled in a Temple graduate program. In addition, there is a  track for current community […]


Students train as emergency responders

Colleges have expanded homeland security training to prepare students for  emergency response, police, firefighting and private security jobs, reports Community College Times. In Illinois, the College of DuPage (COD), which offers a certificate in homeland security training, is building an indoor street “lab” to train emergency responders. When COD opens the new $25-million center in […]


Back to school for a better job

In a story on workers going back to school for a better job, the New York Times reports on Macomb Community College in Michigan, which is seeing “white-collar workers laid off by Detroit’s Big Three” retraining for new careers.  Some take the eight-week program to qualify as a certified nurse’s assistant, which pays less than $26,000 […]


Growing green managers

Community colleges are training “green” managers, reports the New York Times. That can mean a certificate program for a manager who wants to learn about environmental issues or a two-year degree in environmental management. Lane Community College, in Eugene, Ore., for example, is offering two-year programs — for associate degrees in applied sciences — in […]


First, don’t suck

The Washington Monthly’s college dropout factories don’t prove the need for “best practices” to improve graduation rates, writes Kevin Carey on The Quick and the Ed.  Minimal competence – The “Don’t Suck” Theory of Improving College Graduation Rates — is the first step. The dropout factories story describes Nestor Curiel’s two years at  Chicago State, […]


There is no typical college student

The typical college student isn’t typical, reports NPR in an interview with Kathryn McCormick, a single mother, full-time waitress and student in the Physician’s Assistant program at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida. “Sleep is sometimes not an option,” McCormick tells host Neal Conan. She tried college several times in the past 13 years. Now […]


From mom’s truck to community college to Harvard

Home-schooled in a big rig by her truck-driver mother, Kerry Anderson excelled at community college and won a full scholarship to Harvard, reports AP via Community College Week. An honors student at Valencia Community College in Florida, the 26-year-old earned a bachelor’s degree in government at Harvard. At age 12, Anderson hit the road with […]


California colleges end Kaplan tie

California’s community college system has canceled an agreement with Kaplan University, a for-profit educator, to recognize credits earned through Kaplan’s online programs. Because of increased demand and underfunding, many students can’t get into the classes they need at their local community college. In an Aug. 17 letter calling off the November memorandum of understanding, Barry […]


Students research wildlife corridor

The campaign for a wildlife corridor across Highway 101 south of San Jose is being led by De Anza College wildlife biologist Julie Phillips, director of the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies. Through the Wildlife Corridor Stewardship Program, dozens of De Anza students are “documenting animal movement with infrared cameras, GPS units, HP tablets and […]


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