November 2012

CC trains sign-language interpreters

When deaf students are mainstreamed into regular classes, they need a skilled sign-language interpreter, says Rob Hills, director of the ASL-English Interpretation Program (AEIP) at LaGuardia Community College in New York. With a grant from the U.S. Education Department, the college will train more interpreters to work in school settings. AEIP applicants need an associate degree, such as LCC’s […]

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MOOC-ing the college cartel

Online learning will revolutionize higher education and liberate students from ever-rising college costs, predicts Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, in an interview with MIT Technology Review. Here’s what I think it could look like in five years: the learning side will be free, but if and when you want to prove what you know, and get a […]

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Persevering — and passing

Eliana Osborn has a hard-working, competent, front-row student who’s taking the English class for the fifth time, she writes on The Two-Year Track.  She’s learned from her many failures and seems to be doing things right on Attempt 5. I respect that. I’m not cutting her any breaks, but she doesn’t need them. She’s learned […]

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The math problem: All rote, no reasoning

Most new community college students are placed in remedial math, despite having completed all their high school math requirements. They may have memorized a handful of procedures, but they don’t understand what they’re doing, writes Nate Kornell in Psychology Today. For example, new research, building on studies in 2011 and 2010, show few community college students can […]

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Students train in aviation, manufacturing

With the help of $2 billion in federal job training grants community colleges are helping students earn industry-recognized credentials that will show they’re ready for work, reports Community College Times. Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) in Kansas is the leader of a consortium that will use its $14.9-million grant to develop industry credentials for the aviation industry. WATC and […]

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4-year grads seek associate degrees

Unemployed college graduates are heading to community college, writes David Koeppel in Fortune. Instead of pursuing an expensive graduate degree that may not pay off, they’re seeking associate degrees in vocational fields. Some of the returning students are recent graduates who have found that their sociology or philosophy major has not been enough to find […]

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Obama depicted as crucified Christ

A painting of President Obama in a crucifixion pose  is on display at Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery in Boston. The painting by Michael D’Antuono is part of a larger exhibit called “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012,” reports Fox News. Called “Truth,”  the painting shows a crown of […]

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‘Outstanding’ prof combines writing, art

Lois Roma-Delley, who teaches writing and women’s studies at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) in Arizona, was named the 2012 Outstanding Community College Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Roma-Deeley pairs student writers and artists, who create visual art and write about it, a process known as ekphrasis, reports Community College Times. Roma-Deely, […]

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College museums draw donors

Community college museums can “raise the college’s profile, help attract donors, strengthen ties to the community and enhance educational programs,” writes Community College Times. A museum at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Kansas focuses on contemporary and Native American art. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York has a collection of more than 50,000 […]

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Frugal students opt for 2-year colleges

In tough times, frugal students are starting at community colleges in Southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley, reports the Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, MA. Kaila Nicholson of Kingston wants to join a SWAT team. Dayanna Martes of Lawrence is studying business. Aja Metcalf of Salem is majoring in exercise science. The Northern Essex Community […]

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