October 2012

CC fast-tracks catch-up class

Grand Rapids Community College is fast-tracking remedial education to boost success rates, reports Michigan Live. Long plagued by a high failure rate, the college is now offering some students the opportunity to bypass at least one of their semester-long developmental classes in reading, math and English by completing them in a condensed three-week period. Fast Track students […]

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The community college track to success

“How to Achieve the American Dream Without a Mountain of Debt” is the subtitle of Thomas J. Snyder’s The Community College Career Track, a guide for high school students and their parents, career changes and displaced workers. Snyder, president of Indiana’s Ivy Tech Community College system and a former CEO, tells prospective students why they should […]

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Help wanted: welders

Front Range Community College in Colorado enrolled 6o student a semester nine years ago. That’s up to 350. Welding is a hot field, reports USA Today. The acrid smell of liquified metal hangs heavy in the air as superheated sparks shower behind the blue plastic curtains that shield passersby. Inside the welding booth, one hand inside a […]

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College ‘connects’ remedial students with career paths

Low-level remedial students “have almost zero chance” to succeed in college without guidance and support, says Myrna Gonzalez, a developmental reading and writing instructor at Houston’s San Jacinto College. But the odds are improving. Gonzalez helped start Intentional Connections, which provides mentors to evaluate students’ career interests and academic issues, introduce them to faculty and let […]

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A new start for single mothers

After 14 years as a homemaker, Catherine Clarke left her husband because of domestic violence. With four children to support, she enrolled at Harper College in Illinois, taking advantage of help for single parents and displaced homemakers, reports Community College Times. The college’s Rita and John Canning Women’s Program teaches test-taking and study skills, provides career counseling and […]

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Where are the college men?

Female high-school students are more likely to aspire to a college degree, enroll and graduate than their male classmates, according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. Men are “conspicuously absent” on the campus of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, writes Hanna Rosin in The End of Men: And the Rise […]

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College for $30 a month

Via OnlineUniversities.com

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Community colleges rethink remedial placement

Community colleges are rethinking placement tests and looking for ways to start more students at the college level, reports Education Week. About 60 percent of community college students are start in developmental education. Only 25 percent finish a credential in eight years, compared to 40 percent of students who start at the college level. Long Beach […]

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Aid tops tuition for community college students

The average “sticker price” at community colleges rose this year to $3,130, a 5.8 percent increase, according to College Board’s 2012 Trends in College Pricing report. However, Pell Grants, tax credits and other aid covers community college tuition — with an extra $1,220 for other costs for the average student, notes Community College Times. Student aid […]

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13 hot careers

Even in this job market, there are employers looking for qualified candidates: 13 hot careers include nursing (and other health specialties), manufacturing, plumbing, mechanics and trucking.

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