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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
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2021
Investments in professional development have been more important than ever for community colleges this past year against the backdrop of the pandemic and all that it has changed. While some colleges are facing declining enrollments and less in the way of state funding, they are stretching every professional development dollar they can get their…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Community Colleges, Distance Education, College Faculty
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2021
How community colleges educate students is an ever-changing proposition, one marked by an increasing number of unfilled leadership positions and an operational landscape even more reliant on labor market outcomes, learning, equity and completion. A growing number of senior leaders approaching retirement has created a wealth of career opportunities…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Doctoral Programs, Community Colleges, Educational Administration
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Whissemore, Tabitha – Community College Journal, 2020
This article highlights how faculty leaders Antonio Acevedo, assistant history professor at Hudson County Community College, Christine Arnold-Lourie, professor of history and a coordinator of humanities at College of Southern Maryland, and David Bradley, a ceramics instructor at Arizona's Paradise Valley Community College, adapted and innovated…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Community Colleges, College Faculty, Teacher Role
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2019
Police training programs at community colleges are a vital cog in ensuring that local law enforcement agencies have a steady supply of recruits who have not only the weapons training, legal knowledge and other traditional skills but also professional skills like critical thinking, in an age when police behavior has come under focused public…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Police Education, Law Enforcement, Job Skills
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2019
Community colleges have made great strides in advancing student success and completion during the last decade. But not all students have benefited from these efforts equally. According to the Lumina Foundation, the postsecondary attainment rate for adults in the United States is around 40 percent. Yet, there are still large gaps in attainment…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Equal Education, Outcomes of Education, Achievement Gap
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2018
As the national debate about the prospect of free community college continues, state and local College Promise programs continue to expand with a mix of public and private funding aimed to provide debt-free education to students, usually gaining bipartisan support. Most states aim their programs at full-time students and/or recent high school…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Eligibility, Costs, Tuition
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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2017
To get to yes, college leaders must amplify the college-community connection. While they are prohibited from campaigning, officials can provide information. As they do so, they build relationships that can benefit the college, community, and economy for years to come. But that requires more than tireless hours on the road. It requires a plan and…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Bond Issues, School Community Relationship, Educational Finance
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2017
In 2015 while higher educational institutions received $40 billion in gifts, community colleges only received about 1.5 percent of that amount--despite the fact that they account for about half of students at any one time, according to an estimate provided by the Council for Aid to Education, which maintains data on educational giving. The reason…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Donors, Financial Support, Educational Finance
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2017
The concept that "time is money" applies to the life outlook of community college students as much as anyone. Their success in completing a degree or certificate is often an equation that weighs their financial resources against how long they will need to finish. Prior learning assessments (PLA), which award academic credit for students'…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Community Colleges, College Credits, Adult Students
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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2016
In this article, the author describes the college-school district collaboration called the "Academy of Health Sciences," an innovative approach to learning that located a high school on the college campus and gave students the opportunity to earn a college degree, too. The Academy of Health Sciences is just one of a slew of ideas that…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Health Sciences, College Role, High Schools
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2016
First-time community college presidents are typically chosen from the senior ranks of two-year colleges' administrations, so they know what the job entails to some extent--at least from a close secondhand perspective. Leaders of community colleges who have taken the reins in the mid-2010s say that a close secondhand view only goes so far in…
Descriptors: Leadership, Community Colleges, Two Year Colleges, College Presidents
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2016
As some community college students know all too well, it's difficult to concentrate on your studies if you are hungry, don't have a roof over your head, lack adequate transportation, or just had your laptop stolen and don't have the money for a new one. In some cases, it makes staying in school, period, very challenging. Recognizing the roadblocks…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Emergency Programs, Food
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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2015
The graying of community college leadership is an issue across the country. More than half of all community college presidents expect to retire in five years, according to data from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Succession planning is yet another opportunity for colleges already navigating a variety of reforms to innovate.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Presidents, Retirement, Labor Turnover
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Woods, Bob – Community College Journal, 2015
"Completion" has become the rallying cry at community colleges. As the 21st century unfolds, the earlier emphasis on guaranteeing greater access to a postsecondary education has evolved into a sharp focus on student success. Whether that means earning a workforcerelated certificate or an associate degree transferable to a four-year…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Graduation, Certification, Educational Innovation
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