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Murray, Corey – Community College Journal, 2014
"The Road to Recovery: Projecting U.S. Job Growth and Higher Education Demand through 2020" (this issue, p26-29) presented six key indicators that highlighted the latest in education and employment needs for the success of the future jobs market. While the U.S. economy is growing, questions still remain: What skills do employers value…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Community Colleges, Partnerships in Education, College Outcomes Assessment
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Butterman, Eric; Murray, Corey – Community College Journal, 2014
College is getting harder to afford every year. Debt mounts and jobs, especially in certain industries, don't necessarily provide the financial return they once did. It should come as no surprise to administrators that students and families are feeling the pinch. Rather than ignore the problem, higher education leaders, policymakers, and others…
Descriptors: Paying for College, Income Contingent Loans, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid
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Murray, Corey – Community College Journal, 2013
When American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) President and CEO Walter G. Bumphus announced the release of AACC's "Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation's Future" report last spring, he made a promise to community college leaders: This report would not sit idle on the shelf. As community college…
Descriptors: Excellence in Education, Community Colleges, Educational Change, Futures (of Society)
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Murray, Corey; Orr, Andrea – Community College Journal, 2011
Enrollments are up across the board--a good sign for any college, particularly one that's only recently opened its doors--but enthusiasm is tempered by the reality of an impending budget crisis. Like most colleges, the situation is compounded by political pressure to increase the nation's graduation rate. Not that graduating students hasn't always…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Graduation Rate, Accountability, Listening
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Murray, Corey – Community College Journal, 2011
As people live longer, healthier lives and the new health care law extends benefits to millions more Americans, the need for nurses, technicians, and others to staff the nation's hospitals and medical facilities presents an enormous opportunity for workers displaced by the faltering economy. This article features Virtual Career Network that helps…
Descriptors: Nursing Education, Hospitals, Nurses, Labor Market
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Murray, Corey; Ullman, Ellen – Community College Journal, 2011
Those following recent employment trends have heard about the nursing shortage. A combination of increased demand and impending retirements means 1 million nurses will be needed in hospitals, homes, and medical facilities by 2018. That's good news for job seekers. But it is not just shortages in nursing. Allied health careers, including…
Descriptors: Job Applicants, Health Occupations, Hospitals, Nurses
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Murray, Corey – Community College Journal, 2011
As the U.S. economy slowly rebounds, the nation's community colleges are focused on putting Americans back to work. Across the country, training programs in emerging career fields, including nuclear, wind, and clean coal production, vie for the attention of job seekers in search of a more secure financial future. But these shiny new careers aren't…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Trade and Industrial Education, Economic Opportunities
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Murray, Corey – Community College Journal, 2011
Rural community colleges are employing several fundraising strategies to offset the pain of increasingly anemic budgets in the face of higher student enrollments. Whether it's educating stakeholders about the potential impact of campus improvements or reaching out to donors for financial support, it's critical to tout the economic and educational…
Descriptors: Fund Raising, Community Colleges, Financial Support, Rural Schools
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Murray, Corey – Community College Journal, 2010
With Arizona's mining industry in decline and its construction and housing market racked by economic upheaval, workers in rural regions across the state are enrolling in community colleges at a record clip. At Central Arizona College (CAC), administrators have reported 16 percent to 20 percent growth each semester for three years running. Georgia…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Professional Education, College Administration, Rural Schools
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Murray, Corey; Ullman, Ellen – Community College Journal, 2010
President Obama wants it. Billionaire business mogul turned philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, say it's key to the nation's economic future. But are America's colleges really poised to regain the world lead in college graduates by 2020? Doing so would require adding an additional 5 million graduates during the next decade--a lofty…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Graduation Rate, College Graduates, College Role
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Murray, Corey – Community College Journal, 2010
As states slash funding for education and other services in the face of shrinking budgets, the question is not how to find students, but how to help them once enrolled. Linda Hagedorn, director of the Research Institute for Studies in Higher Education at Iowa State University, states that instead of being concerned about where community colleges…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Higher Education, Educational Objectives, Budgets
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Murray, Corey – Community College Journal, 2009
Looking to put some of its community members--many of whom have seen their jobs evaporate amid a troubled economy--back to work, administrators at Berkshire Community College (BCC) in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, have committed as much as $200,000 in grant money to establish a new job corps that will give low-income or displaced workers free…
Descriptors: Dislocated Workers, Community Colleges, Energy Conservation, Outcomes of Education
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Murray, Corey – Community College Journal, 2009
"Everybody will tell you that the financial situation is in dire straits--from the federal government to the states, down to the school and higher education levels," says Jack Quinn, president of Erie Community College (ECC) in Buffalo, New York. It is a harsh reality that further exemplifies the need for community colleges to establish effective…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Federal Government, Educational Finance, Budgeting
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Murray, Corey; Fulcher, Roxanne – Community College Journal, 2008
This article reports that across the United States, rural communities rely on local community colleges to provide a steady pipeline of emergency responders, well-educated qualified nurses, and allied health professionals capable of staffing local medical centers and hospitals and complementing physicians in the delivery of care, from emergency…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Rural Schools, Allied Health Occupations Education, Nursing Education
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Murray, Corey; Keen, Larry – Community College Journal, 2008
When Martin Lancaster took over as president of the North Carolina Community College System more than a decade ago, the state, not unlike much of the nation, stood at the precipice of a massive economic shift. As traditional manufacturing and farming jobs--from tobacco to furniture to textiles--began to disappear, demand for a new breed of worker…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Labor Force Development, Economic Factors, Economic Change
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