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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2018
Community colleges are attempting to bridge America's widening blue-collar skills gap through workforce development programs promising living-wage jobs that don't require four years of college. While trade, construction and manufacturing companies are starving for talented workers, these fields also suffer from an image problem, one fueled by…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Labor Force Development, Job Skills, Vocational Education
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2018
The announcement that Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn will bring 13,000 jobs to Wisconsin and partner with Gateway Technical College is great news for the state's community and technical colleges and their students, but it's not particularly surprising. The state's two-year colleges have been notching all sorts of workforce development…
Descriptors: Two Year Colleges, Community Colleges, Vocational Education, Labor Force Development
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2018
Across the nation, community colleges are serving an increasing number of adults who are trying to learn new skills or return to the workforce. Some of these students offer particular challenges, such as newly released prisoners, older adults and veterans transitioning to civilian life. While each of these nontraditional populations has its own…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Adult Learning, Nontraditional Students, Correctional Institutions
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2018
To help meet the surging demand for medical care as veterans returned home from World War II, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) created its first nursing program back in 1944. Since that time, the college has become a leader in local health care education--and a brand-new Nursing and Simulation Center will help further this legacy.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Nursing Education, Apprenticeships, Educational Finance
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2018
Community college students are faced with a variety of complex procedures and decisions, from navigating financial aid applications and lengthy course lists, all the while determining how these immediate choices will serve their long-term educational goals. For many individuals either thinking about community college or already enrolled, these…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Students, Student Characteristics, College Administration
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2018
Many community colleges have been in their communities for decades, and some take it for granted that campus stakeholders, prospective students and their families, and the public at large understands who they are and what they do. But like entities of all kinds, community colleges are becoming increasingly aware of the need to forge a consciously…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Mission, Institutional Advancement
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2018
State community college systems and their two-year colleges have spent the 2010s reexamining and redesigning decades-old developmental education tracks to ensure students get what they need--and only what they need--with an eye toward moving them more quickly into college-level courses and, eventually, the degree or certificate they want.…
Descriptors: Developmental Programs, Community Colleges, Two Year Colleges, Remedial Programs
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2018
Cutting programs and laying off staff is one of the hardest parts of a community college president's job. Not only is it emotional for everyone involved, but the political fallout can be damaging as well. How campus leaders arrive at the difficult choice to cut staff and programs, and how they communicate their decision to stakeholders, can make a…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Presidents, Program Termination, Retrenchment
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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2018
Tarrant and Dallas counties are side-by-side blocks comprising 1,772 square miles. They are home to the region's big economic centers, Fort Worth and Dallas, respectively. If you look only at the Texas Federal Reserve Banks' data on regional economic growth, the picture here is rosy. But if you look below the surface, the story is different. It…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Partnerships in Education, Leaders, School Business Relationship
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Gatewood, Algie – Community College Journal, 2017
This brief article describes how Alamance Community College, a mid-sized community college sandwiched between two of North Carolina's largest metropolitan markets in Raleigh-Durham and Greensboro-Winston-Salem, has developed several new study programs and initiatives to better service business and industry. Among other things, Almanac has…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, School Business Relationship, College School Cooperation, Educational Change
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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2017
The Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AzAMI) is still a year away from the end of the U.S. Department of Labor grant that expanded the program, but already, AzAMI Executive Director Leah Palmer at Mesa Community College (MCC) in Mesa, Arizona, is fielding calls from companies that have hired her students through the institute. As state…
Descriptors: Grants, Educational Finance, Community Colleges, Sustainability
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2017
Many people are not aware of how significant a role two-year institutions play in training emergency first responders. Community colleges play a key role in training the nation's police officers and other public safety employees, such as firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). The demand for these programs is high. There is a…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Emergency Programs, College Role, Police
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2017
Credentialing programs in the U.S. are many and varied: Degrees, professional certifications, digital badges, and licenses to practice all serve as potential pathways to employment for would-be workers. However, those many approaches can also result in confusion for employers, colleges, and students when drilling down into how credentials…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Community Colleges, Standards, Knowledge Level
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2017
As the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) expands its Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium (RACC) among community colleges and employer partners, those involved are looking to countries like Germany and Switzerland for inspiration. In some cases, that has meant partnering with companies from those countries, which have had more comprehensive…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, School Business Relationship, Apprenticeships, Foreign Countries
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2017
Community colleges always have played an integral role in training workers for infrastructure- and transportation-related fields like truck driving, construction, welding and electrical work. If the $1 trillion infrastructure package proposed by President Donald Trump comes to pass, these fields will grow significantly, at least for a while, which…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Job Training, Federal Programs, Skill Development
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