ERIC Number: ED453889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
America's Community Colleges: A Century of Innovation.
American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
This book presents a history, in photos and text, of American community colleges. It includes pictorial tributes, stories of individuals, a list of U.S. community colleges, a list of distinguished alumni, and milestones in community college history. The book is organized according to major career fields for which community colleges commonly prepare students: science and technology, fashion design, health and life sciences, the media, business and industry, public and community service, and liberal and fine arts. The first 100 years of community college history are covered, starting in 1901 with the opening of Joliet Junior College in Illinois, the oldest continuously operating public two-year college. The book states that community colleges have long been at the forefront of preparing America's workforce for emerging technologies. With each new innovation, the colleges have moved swiftly from aviation and automotive science to metalworking and computer programming. Construction technology is one of the popular science and technology fields. Many community colleges, such as Connecticut's Norwalk Community College, offer comprehensive curricula that include architectural and civil engineering courses. Others offer specialized associate degrees, such as the one in concrete technology at Michigan's Alpena Community College. Community colleges also teach the importance of active government, public and community service through service learning, volunteering, and holding public office. (JA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Programs, Community Colleges, Educational History, Educational Practices, Two Year Colleges
Community College Press, AACC, One Dupont Circle, NW, Ste. 410, Washington, DC 20036 ($60). Tel: 202-223-9390.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.