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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, 2020
Fueled by exponential advances in technology, the world will change more in the next few decades than in all of human history, futurist Thomas Frey says. Community college leaders will have to think beyond traditional structures such as semester-length courses and two-year degree programs, designing micro-learning experiences that better match…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Role, Educational Needs, Educational Change
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2019
Employers across a wide variety of industries say the so-called "soft" skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication and collaboration have grown in importance as rapid advancements in technology have transformed their operations. According to a survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, problem…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Role, Employment Qualifications, Problem Solving
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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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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
Does America needs more welders and fewer philosophers? Community college humanities professors and administrators say it benefits all students, whether liberal arts or career track, to take courses in philosophy, history, political science, language arts, and other liberal arts subjects. And they're developing innovative humanities curricula to…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Vocational Education, Career Education, Humanities
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Beebe, Anthony E. – Community College Journal, 2015
Community colleges were founded on the principles of social justice. This foundation still permeates the mission and core values of community colleges across the country. Certainly one of the most unique and compelling social-justice elements of community colleges has been the emphasis on open access to higher education. This open-door philosophy…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Community Colleges, Access to Education, Higher Education
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Collett, Stacy – Community College Journal, 2014
A few years ago you could not attend a higher education conference without a session on green technology, and the sustainability movement. Emerging job training programs in wind and solar were equipping a new generation of energy workers with skills needed to secure high income jobs in clean energy markets. Campuses were doing their part to become…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Sustainable Development, Conservation (Environment), Program Effectiveness
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Woods, Bob – Community College Journal, 2013
A growing number of community colleges are investing in new facilities and programs to train health care workers in a variety of professions, including nursing, radiology, health information technology, physical therapy, dentistry, and surgical technology. Community colleges have historically offered job training programs in health care, but with…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Allied Health Personnel, Career Education, Labor Force Development
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Carnevale, Anthony; Smith, Nicole – Community College Journal, 2013
At this moment, roughly 12 million Americans are unable to find work, with more than 40 percent of that number unemployed for six months or more. At the same time, current estimates put the number of job vacancies in this country at 3 million per month. The most popular explanation for this apparent paradox, the one put forth by former President…
Descriptors: College Role, Job Skills, Labor Market, Community Colleges
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Boggs, George R. – Community College Journal, 2012
American community colleges are much like the nation that invented them. They offer an open door to opportunity to all who would come, are innovative and agile in meeting economic and workplace needs, and provide value and service to individuals and communities. Little wonder that they are increasingly emulated around the world and have become the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Democracy, Educational Opportunities, College Role
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Rosenfeld, Stuart – Community College Journal, 2012
Given today's always-on information economy, few professional tracks are as consistently overlooked as agriculture. Decades of mechanization, industrialization, and consolidation have reduced the number of people employed in farming from 16 percent of the total U.S. workforce in 1945 to less than 2 percent in 2000. Those that do opt to pursue…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Agricultural Education, Gardening, College Role
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Polonio, Narcisa A.; Miller, Emily R. – Community College Journal, 2012
This is a great time for individuals aspiring to the community college presidency. According to the 2012 American College President Study by the American Council on Education, in 2006, 47 percent of community college presidents were 51 to 60 years old and only 37 percent were between the ages of 61 and 70. More than five years later, 51 percent…
Descriptors: Governing Boards, Community Colleges, College Presidents, College Faculty
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O'Banion, Terry – Community College Journal, 2011
The Completion Agenda has emerged as the overarching mission of the community college. Never in the history of the community college movement has an idea so galvanized stakeholders--from the White House to the state house. Never has so much funding from philanthropic groups, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation, been…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Local History, Community Colleges, Associate Degrees
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