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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
Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2023
Change is a constant both in life and on the typical community college campus. Two-year institutions are constantly adjusting to demographic transitions, workforce needs and the ever-shifting requirements of underserved enrollees. Flexibility around service may also call for internal change. Some community colleges have rebranded their names--a…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Community Colleges, Educational Environment, Institutional Characteristics
Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2023
With enrollment down, competition increasing from company training and university associate degree programs, and people's perceptions of community colleges still lagging the robust reality of what they have to offer. Community colleges need to tell their own stories so that others do not do for them. Community colleges are often a misunderstood,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Leadership, Values, Institutional Mission
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
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
Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2023
Facing enrollment declines that date to the Great Recession and accelerated during the worst of the pandemic, community colleges are redoubling their focus on student-readiness to seem--and become--as welcoming as possible. These efforts include: (1) ramping up student equity, diversity, and inclusion; (2) becoming more trauma-informed and…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Student Centered Curriculum, Community Colleges, Equal Education
Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2023
Inequity in workforce programming has been historically difficult to address for community colleges trying to meet labor market demands. Even a concentration on placing Black and Latino students into high-demand jobs is not much use when those opportunities sit at the lower end of the wage scale. Yet, access to life-changing careers remains an…
Descriptors: Disproportionate Representation, Community Colleges, Community College Students, Two Year Colleges
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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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2022
Digital technologies are an integral facet of human existence, changing how humans find information, the way humans communicate and even human behavior. This transition applies to education as well, with the continued growth of artificial intelligence (AI) reshaping the higher education landscape at two- and four-year institutions alike. AI is…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science Education, Labor Force Development
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2022
Community college early childhood education programs prepare students for a career path that enjoys plenty of demand, although that's at least in part due to low wages that make hiring and retaining good workers a challenge. That challenge has become more acute during the COVID-19 pandemic, given the literally hands-on nature of the work. Demand…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Early Childhood Education, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2022
Guided pathways, a program that aims to improve college completion and student success through remodeling of the student journey, supports learners in choosing a program of study, ideally resulting in transfer to a four-year school or the start of a lucrative career with a two-year degree. Colleges that employ a guided pathways model are seeing…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Programs, Program Implementation, Educational Attainment
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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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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2022
As the world takes two steps forward toward normalcy, typically followed by a step backward into pandemic mode, the truism that faculty success leads to student success probably has never been more resonant. To achieve professional success, faculty need a culture--along with a budget--to try out new, innovative ideas. Both at the individual campus…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, COVID-19, Pandemics, College Faculty
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2022
Like employers of many stripes, community colleges are facing their own challenges with the so-called "Great Resignation," particularly in key faculty and staff roles like nursing instructors, financial aid counselors and custodians. This article describes challenges in hiring and retention in those three roles, as well as examples of…
Descriptors: Two Year Colleges, College Faculty, Teacher Selection, Teacher Persistence
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