July 2012

Adaptive technology can be ‘cool’

Jon VanDoran uses crutches, a wheelchair — or the motorcycle he adapted — to get around.  A student at  Volunteer State Community College (Vol State) in Tennessee, the former machinist plans to earn a mechanical engineering degree and create  “adaptive technology” to help others with disabilities, reports Community College Times. Before enrolling at Vol State, […]

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Harkin report hits for-profits

After a series of congressional hearings lambasting for-profit higher education, Sen. Tom Harkin has released a 249-page report hitting high dropout rates and spending on marketing, recruiting and distributing profits to shareholders. The industry’s trade group, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, charged the report “twists the facts to fit a narrative, and misstates the graduation […]

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CCs cut veterans’ programs

As more military veterans arrive on campus, cash-strapped community colleges have cut programs for veterans, according to an ACE survey, From Soldier to Student II: Assessing Campus Programs for Veterans and Service Members. Of 690 colleges and universities surveyed by ACE, 62 percent offer programs and services for veterans, up from 57 percent in 2009.  Fifty-seven […]

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CC goals: Batting .300 is OK in baseball

Let’s proclaim .300 the target community college completion rate, writes Wick Sloane, a community college instructor, in Inside Higher Ed. It’s good enough for baseball. He doesn’t really think graduating 30 percent of students is good enough: Sloane wants “completion-rate targets reflecting the difficulty of the job,”  as shown below. Conditions Completion rate Current, We, […]

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Pop culture, penguins and community college

In the animated movie Madagascar 3, a penguin plans to attend community college and go on to become president, notes Eliana Osborn on The 2-Year Track. Pop culture is starting to acknowledge community colleges, she writes.

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Coast Guard, college train shipyard workers

The Coast Guard is training new shipyard workers in partnership with Community College of Baltimore County reports the Baltimore Sun.  Curtis Bay apprentices receive job training and earn college credits.  Many go on to complete an associate’s degree. The apprenticeship experience is “dirty and exhausting and fun,” said Melody Bloch, 26, a graduate and marine machinist from […]

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Transfer works in two directions

While most community college students say they want to transfer to a four-year institution, transfer works in two directions, concludes a new National Student Clearinghouse report: Within six years, 14.4 percent of first-time students who started at a four-year institution in the fall of 2005 had enrolled at a two-year institution in the regular school […]

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Retention effort seeks out males

High drop-out rates for male students have inspired the Community College of Denver to focus on helping men stay in school, reports the Denver Post. Fewer than 40 percent of students are men. Each year, one third to one half of male students leave without a credential. Men are reluctant to seek help, said Ryan Ross, […]

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CCs, high schools create STEM challenge

Students will get a head start on science, technology, engineering, and math careers at the new S.T.E.M. Academy at Kingsway Regional High School, a partnership with Gloucester County College in New Jersey.  The program offers tough work and college credits, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Students, STEM lovers with high grades and test scores, will “major’ in biology or chemistry in […]

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Amazon offers college aid to warehouse workers

Amazon will give $2,000 college scholarships to warehouse workers to pursue associate degrees in high-wage, high-demand careers such as aircraft mechanics, computer-aided design, machine tool technologies, medical lab technologies and nursing. Labeling the initiative as an “experiment,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote that the so-called Career Choice Program will give warehouse employees the opportunity to […]

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