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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2021
The pandemic has affected different industries in different ways. Some have seen huge job losses; others have continued to thrive. But one common thread across nearly all industries is that trainers and hiring managers are reevaluating the skills employees will need moving forward--and community college leaders will have to work with their…
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, School Business Relationship, Pandemics, COVID-19
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2021
Community colleges hold a central piece in law enforcement training. Their curricula often based on mandates from state law enforcement boards. They had been gradually increasing their focus of these training programs on issues related to diversity, equity and racial profiling. This spotlight has led to changes (or potential changes) in areas like…
Descriptors: Police Education, Police Community Relationship, Educational Change, Community Colleges
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2021
Even before COVID-19, officials at Waubonsee Community College (Illinois) knew well the difficulties historically underserved students had in meeting their workforce education goals. As the virus crisis has only magnified existing equity gaps, leaders at two-year institutions are putting even more emphasis on bridging societal chasms. Onlookers…
Descriptors: Two Year Colleges, At Risk Students, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2021
As the pandemic reaches the one-year mark in the United States, college presidents reflected on the impact the prolonged crisis has had on their institutions, their communities-- and themselves. The past year has seen not only the rampant spread of the novel coronavirus, but also social and political unrest. All of these issues have affected poor…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Pandemics, COVID-19, College Presidents
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2021
Community college faculty have always been more than classroom teachers, but during the pandemic their roles as counselors, navigators and sources of needed referrals perhaps have never been more paramount--or appreciated. Beyond the dizzying logistics and scrambled pedagogy involved in switching from in-person to online learning, faculty have…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2021
Community colleges are utilizing unique support programs and disparate modes of learning to build community in the era of COVID-19. Student of different backgrounds are finding themselves facing similar challenges during the pandemic. This article profiles a student-athlete, an immigrant, a full-time worker, and a student of color from an…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, College Athletics, Athletes
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2021
Facing significant enrollment challenges as a result of the pandemic, community colleges nationwide have had to be highly strategic in how they market themselves to prospective students. Recapturing students while reaching new prospects requires creative solutions for meeting students' most urgent needs, such as shorter-term, more flexible options…
Descriptors: Marketing, Enrollment Management, Educational Technology, Community Colleges
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2021
In recent years and especially over the past 12 months, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest after the death of George Floyd, community colleges have been making efforts to view and rethink their missions through an equity lens. These efforts have included turning this prism toward institutional operations like student services, human…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Equal Education, Minority Group Students, Adult Students
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2021
States are coordinating with two-year institutions on workforce programming for unemployed or underemployed residents. Reskilling residents is especially vital for states that endured historic unemployment rates as a result of COVID-19-related layoffs. Nationally, the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) is making…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, State Policy, Program Implementation, Grants
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2020
New and rising community college leaders follow their own path, with the help of mentoring, networking and leadership development opportunities. To become campus leaders in the first place, they have followed in the footsteps of others by learning from them, both informally through mentoring and networking, and more intentionally at gatherings…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Administration, Leadership Training, Mentors
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2020
Fueled by exponential advances in technology, the world will change more in the next few decades than in all of human history, futurist Thomas Frey says. Community college leaders will have to think beyond traditional structures such as semester-length courses and two-year degree programs, designing micro-learning experiences that better match…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Role, Educational Needs, Educational Change
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2020
"Green" jobs that contribute to preserving the environment are among the fastest-growing careers in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With the rising need for workers to fill these positions, and surging interest among students in environmental careers, community colleges are creating new courses, certifications and…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, School Community Relationship, Sustainable Development, Demand Occupations
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2020
Rural areas depend upon community colleges to train people for the fields that match their regions' current and growing needs. To do so, these colleges must keep abreast of the employment trends in their area, be aware of where jobs have been lost and where they are being gained and determine how to recruit students who might be reluctant to be…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Employment, Education Work Relationship, Community Colleges
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2020
Despite declines in the number of liberal arts bachelor's degrees awarded by four-year colleges, the growth in liberal arts at community colleges has made up the difference, countering a national narrative that the field is in crisis. As designated by the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, the liberal arts cover a range of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Liberal Arts, College Curriculum, Labor Force Development
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2020
Study abroad can be a crucial opportunity for learners to thrive in a global, interconnected economy. While overseas study programs prepare participants for the worldwide workforce, community college students are at a disadvantage if these journeys are not integrated into the classroom experience. As many two-year institutions lack a dedicated…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Consortia, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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