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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2023
Spurred on in part by the labor shortages caused the pandemic, a growing number of employers are eliminating their degree requirements in favor of a skills-based approach to hiring. "Skills-based hiring" focuses on the actual skills and qualifications someone brings to the job instead of just the degree they've earned. For job seekers,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Personnel Selection, Community Colleges, Value Judgment
Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2023
Micro-credentials are short, highly focused programs designed to provide in-demand skills that help students quickly advance their career, often in just a single semester. They have emerged as a way for students-many of whom are adult learners looking to change jobs-to acquire and demonstrate a core set of skills that can jumpstart their entry…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Microcredentials, Career Development, Partnerships in Education
Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2023
As community colleges create or enhance their online learning programs, campus leaders must find ways to make these experiences equitable for all students, so that everyone has a fair chance at success. Colleges are using a wide array of innovative strategies to do this. These methods include designing online courses with inclusion in mind,…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Electronic Learning, School Orientation, Learning Management Systems
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2022
The federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, which provided nearly $2 billion over four years to help community colleges meet employers' needs more effectively was a response to the 2008 recession. Distributed by the U.S. Department of Labor, the original TAACCCT funding brought colleges…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Grants, Federal Programs, Acceleration (Education)
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2022
When students apply to a four-year college or university directly from high school, they know they want to earn at least a bachelor's degree. Not all students who enroll in community colleges have the same clarity about their future. This lack of clarity about their educational goals is one of many hurdles that community colleges face in helping…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Credits, Academic Aspiration
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2022
Collaborative leadership, a management style in which leaders encourage employees to contribute their own ideas and work together to develop solutions for meeting institutional goals, is becoming more common in community colleges and other organizations. In leveraging the ideas of a broad range of people, collaborative leadership often leads to…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Leadership Styles, Community Colleges, Employees
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2022
Community college students often face more stressors than those at four-year institutions. Many are working adults with families. Some are homeless, food insecure or have financial instability. The pandemic has exacerbated these challenges. Community college leaders are employing a number of strategies to solve the mental health crisis, such as…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Mental Health, Mental Health Programs
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2022
Enrichment programs make up a small but significant part of a community college's offerings. In some cases, their impact can be enormous--especially in rural areas where a community college might be the only source of enrichment for residents. Community enrichment programs also can be challenging to administer. For instance, it can be hard to find…
Descriptors: Enrichment Activities, Community Colleges, Community Programs, Values
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2022
Created in 1972, the Pell Grant program awards grants to low-income students to help pay for whatever accredited U.S. college they choose. Totaling $28.4 billion in 2019-20, the program is the most significant source of federal student aid for college. However, as the program turns 50 this year, many advocates are hoping to expand its reach and…
Descriptors: Grants, Federal Aid, Student Financial Aid, College Students
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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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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2021
The three pandemic relief bills passed by Congress since March 2020 collectively provide about $75 billion for U.S. colleges--as well as the students they serve. The legislation has brought three waves of funding to community colleges, known as Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF) I, HEERF II, and HEERF III. Colleges must spend a…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, COVID-19, Pandemics, Federal Aid
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2021
Many college leaders watched the disturbing video of George Floyd's murder at the hands of law enforcement officers in spring 2020 and the wave of protests that followed nationwide. That event prompted the question: What can colleges do to create more equitable systems of education for "all" students at our institutions? While the act of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Diversity, Equal Education, Inclusion
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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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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2021
Individual trustees are often looking for different qualities in a community college president, and it can be challenging for a diverse group of stakeholders to agree on what they want. Boards that function most effectively work together to establish a clear set of criteria at the outset of the hiring process, and they share this list with…
Descriptors: Trustees, Community Colleges, College Presidents, Leadership Qualities
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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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