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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
Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2023
Metallica's All Within My Hands is a workforce education initiative that provides direct support to community colleges to enhance their career and technical education programs. In 2019, AWMH--alongside initiative sponsor the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)--provided 10 schools with $100,000 each for tuition help, safety gear and…
Descriptors: Musicians, Nonprofit Organizations, Vocational Education, Community Colleges
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2022
Immigrant community college presidents are working to ensure the unpleasant, even frightening experiences of their younger years are not replicated among the current student body. Immigrant leaders interviewed by "Community College Journal"--Dr. Steady Moono, president of SUNY Schenectady County Community College; Dr. Lin Zhou, president…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Presidents, Administrator Attitudes, Immigrants
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2022
Retaining people no longer credited toward college completion--a group known in academic parlance as "stop outs"--is a core concern among administrators seeking to remove barriers to education. Preventing stop outs from becoming stay outs means re-enrolling students beset by debt, or targeting vulnerable demos close to graduation.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Stopouts, Prevention
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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, 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, 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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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2017
Successful dual enrollment programs begin with strong, collaborative partnerships between community colleges and their local K-12 school systems. They also require clearly articulated agreements that spell out what each entity's responsibilities. For example: Who's going to teach the courses? Will the instruction take place at the high school or…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Partnerships in Education, Community Colleges, Two Year Colleges
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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, 2017
Community colleges traditionally have provided a combination of liberal arts education and/or career training, depending on a student's goals and outlook. But increasingly, two-year colleges are adding a third leg to their stools aimed at building more socially aware citizens through civic engagement programs that combine elements of community…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Role, Citizen Participation, Democracy
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2016
Low-income students face a number of obstacles that go beyond the cost of tuition and fees. For instance, their schooling often requires expenses that aren't covered by financial aid, such as books and commuting costs. What's more, education is often competing for their time with other responsibilities, such as the need to work or take care of…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Tuition, Community Colleges, Financial Support
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2016
The road from teenage resourcefulness to a real-deal corporate operation was paved by the Bucks Business Association, a student led group at Bucks County Community College (BCCC) that hones student leadership, money management and organizational skills. Community colleges throughout the country are sharpening the startup-minded acumen of their…
Descriptors: Entrepreneurship, Creative Development, Creative Thinking, Skill Development
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2015
As chairman of Oregon's Senate Education Committee, Mark Hass kept hearing about the growing population of unemployed young adults age 24 and younger who had no education beyond high school. Until now, cost has prevented many high school graduates from even exploring a higher education. Hass is sponsoring a bill that would enable recent high…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, State Aid, Community Colleges, Access to Education
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2015
Community college presidents often get advice about how to land a job or, once hired, how to be more effective leaders, but they do not hear as much about their role in preparing their institutions for life after their service. Three successful community college presidents share how they left a legacy at their respective community colleges by…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Presidents, Administrator Role, School Culture
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Ullman, Ellen – Community College Journal, 2014
Lynette Brown-Snow, vice president of marketing and government relations for the Community College of Philadelphia, is one of several community college leaders across the country who have taken up one of the challenges proffered by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in its 2012 report, "Reclaiming the American Dream:…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Higher Education, Two Year Colleges, Leaders
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