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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2023
A widely cited Emory University study found that while 76% of incarcerated Americans return to prison within five years, that rate drops to 55% for those who take high school classes, 30% for those who complete vocational training, and 13.7% for those who complete an associate degree. Community colleges play a key role in ensuring that people…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Partnerships in Education
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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, 2019
Community colleges strive to fulfill the unique needs of military service members, veterans and their families, a mission harkening back to wartime and the decades in which the nation's fighters were off the battlefield. Educating the nation's servicemen and women has long been a core undertaking of many community colleges, particularly in regions…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Veterans Education, Military Personnel, Access to Education
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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2019
By 2030, experts expect one in five American workers to have an immigrant background. And there are already 44 million immigrants in the United States. Most arrive with unmet workforce training needs. Even those with advanced degrees from their own countries can face language and cultural barriers that can leave them stuck in jobs that squander…
Descriptors: Job Training, Immigrants, Refugees, Community Colleges
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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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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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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2016
Partnerships between community colleges and employers to create apprenticeships have been around for decades. These traditionally have covered fields like the building trades--electrical, construction and others--as well as heavy manufacturing like the automobile industry. Inspired partly by a new federal apprenticeship consortium--and $175…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Educational Opportunities, Partnerships in Education, Two Year Colleges
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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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Veislind, Emili – Community College Journal, 2013
As community colleges across the country strive to improve completion rates and serve a growing number of students returned home from war, the need for programs that meet the unique needs of veterans--including job training, social acclimation, referral programs for mental health counseling, and academic tutoring, to name a few--is more pressing…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Veterans Education, Two Year College Students, Educational Legislation
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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2013
The awarding of prior learning credits for military students goes back to World War II, when the American Council on Education (ACE) first translated military training to college credit. Since then, the practice has expanded. More than 2,000 colleges and universities accept military training as a form of credit, explains Cathy Sandeen, ACE's vice…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Veterans Education, Community Colleges, Experiential Learning
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Gibbons, Jim; Templin, Robert, Jr. – Community College Journal, 2011
Many have heard calls from national policy experts, the Obama administration, and influential foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation for Education to increase the number of Americans with postsecondary credentials earned at community colleges by 5 million within 10 years. If community colleges choose to…
Descriptors: Expertise, Credentials, Dislocated Workers, Community Colleges
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Eke, Kenoye – Community College Journal, 2009
Diversity is an important goal for any college. A healthy mix of men, women, and people of different races and ethnic and religious backgrounds breeds interaction and readies students for life and work. But it takes more than just students to achieve the right mix on campus. The most progressive colleges also strive for diversity from within and…
Descriptors: Leadership, Personnel Management, Diversity (Institutional), Institutional Characteristics
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Fonte, Richard – Community College Journal, 2009
As President Barack Obama begins to confront the many challenges facing his administration, it is timely to examine the role of community colleges in American democracy and the democratic process. During the heated 2008 presidential campaign, many colleges served as candidate venues for their local communities. On these occasions, community…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Citizenship, Community Colleges, Democracy
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Elder, James – Community College Journal, 2009
The Obama administration, along with many others, has placed a high priority on accelerating the nation's transition to a cleaner, greener economy. Transforming the nation's economic, energy, and environmental systems to become more sustainable will require a level of expertise, innovation, and cooperation unseen since the 1940s war effort. Public…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Energy Management, Conservation (Environment), Ecology
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Dillon, Rosemary; Marini, Sergio; Miller, Susan F. – Community College Journal, 2009
Across the country, some 78 million baby boomers are closing in on retirement age. While some are considering second careers--in teaching or health care, for instance--others are staying active and involved through volunteering and community service. Recognizing the tremendous opportunity this population holds in terms of experience, skills, and…
Descriptors: Careers, Retirement, Community Colleges, Focus Groups
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