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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2021
Community college students are more likely to be low-income, people of color and first generation in their family to attend higher education than their four-year peers. For a combination of these reasons, they are more apt to be housing insecure. This article discusses how some community colleges are providing new solutions for residences for…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Low Income Students, First Generation College Students
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2021
Community colleges making the diversity, equity and inclusion journey need to recognize that one-size-fits-all support for students of color will not get the job done. To make everyone feel welcome on campus, leaders of two-year colleges need to ensure that they, as well as their faculty, staff and students, shed their assumptions, get out of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Diversity, Equal Education, Inclusion
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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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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2021
Apprenticing in a skilled trade is an opportunity that has not been fully accessed by women. Per 2019 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up only about 12% of the nation's apprenticeships, despite comprising half the U.S. workforce. Additionally, female apprentices are concentrated mostly in social service occupations, as…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Females, Gender Bias, Equal Opportunities (Jobs)
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2021
There is perhaps no perfect time for community colleges to build new facilities as the pandemic and other factors impact student enrollment. Fall 2020 admission at community colleges dropped 10% from a year earlier, according to National Student Clearinghouse data from December 2020, far outweighing the 1% decline in undergraduates at public and…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Facilities Improvement, School Buildings, Construction (Process)
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2021
Facing significant enrollment challenges as a result of the pandemic, community colleges nationwide have had to be highly strategic in how they market themselves to prospective students. Recapturing students while reaching new prospects requires creative solutions for meeting students' most urgent needs, such as shorter-term, more flexible options…
Descriptors: Marketing, Enrollment Management, Educational Technology, Community Colleges
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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, 2021
States are coordinating with two-year institutions on workforce programming for unemployed or underemployed residents. Reskilling residents is especially vital for states that endured historic unemployment rates as a result of COVID-19-related layoffs. Nationally, the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) is making…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, State Policy, Program Implementation, Grants
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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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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2021
Individual trustees are often looking for different qualities in a community college president, and it can be challenging for a diverse group of stakeholders to agree on what they want. Boards that function most effectively work together to establish a clear set of criteria at the outset of the hiring process, and they share this list with…
Descriptors: Trustees, Community Colleges, College Presidents, Leadership Qualities
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2021
Community colleges are utilizing unique support programs and disparate modes of learning to build community in the era of COVID-19. Student of different backgrounds are finding themselves facing similar challenges during the pandemic. This article profiles a student-athlete, an immigrant, a full-time worker, and a student of color from an…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, College Athletics, Athletes
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2021
The pandemic has affected different industries in different ways. Some have seen huge job losses; others have continued to thrive. But one common thread across nearly all industries is that trainers and hiring managers are reevaluating the skills employees will need moving forward--and community college leaders will have to work with their…
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, School Business Relationship, Pandemics, COVID-19
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2021
Community colleges hold a central piece in law enforcement training. Their curricula often based on mandates from state law enforcement boards. They had been gradually increasing their focus of these training programs on issues related to diversity, equity and racial profiling. This spotlight has led to changes (or potential changes) in areas like…
Descriptors: Police Education, Police Community Relationship, Educational Change, Community Colleges
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2021
Even before COVID-19, officials at Waubonsee Community College (Illinois) knew well the difficulties historically underserved students had in meeting their workforce education goals. As the virus crisis has only magnified existing equity gaps, leaders at two-year institutions are putting even more emphasis on bridging societal chasms. Onlookers…
Descriptors: Two Year Colleges, At Risk Students, COVID-19, Pandemics
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