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Thomas Nelson Community College Renamed Virginia Peninsula Community College
Leaving behind its controversial namesake, Thomas Nelson Jr., who was the slaveholding fourth governor of Virginia, Thomas Nelson Community College will be renamed Virginia Peninsula Community College.
September 24, 2021
The Hope Center and Jobs for the Future Partner to Address Basic Needs at Community Colleges
The Hope Center and Jobs for the Future (JFF) have partnered in an effort to accelerate the distribution of emergency aid to college students affected by the pandemic.
August 31, 2021
Community College: Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Post-COVID Labor Market
This opinion piece provides an example of why community colleges given their role and legacy are well positioned in partnering with the K–12, community-based organization, and business sectors in engaging and preparing America’s diverse workforce to meet the labor market skills of the future.
August 9, 2021
Community College Bachelor’s Degrees Help Achieve Access and Equity
At the turn of this century, workforce needs began to change. More employers sought to hire students who had attained their bachelor’s degrees. Companies were looking for specific accreditations that didn’t exist at many traditional four-year institutions, like cyber security or trade-skill management. There was an increased demand for teachers and nurses. Community colleges were listening.
August 6, 2021
California Community Colleges Chancellor to Temporarily Advise U.S. Ed Secretary
California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley will temporarily advise U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona on higher education policy, reports The Los Angeles Times. Oakley will step aside from his role on July 26 and return this fall, with Deputy Chancellor Daisy Gonzales filling in the position. In helping the Biden administration achieve […]
July 20, 2021
ACCT Offers New Ways for Rural and Tribal Colleges to Connect and Grow
Rural colleges and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) could be strengthened by federal and statewide efforts to make broadband connection a telecommunications utility, through better funding, and more support for student’s basic mental health care needs. That’s the findings of the Association of Community College Trustees (AACT), who spent 18 months researching the issue at hundreds of institutions across the nation.
July 15, 2021
Roueche Center Forum: Toward Gender Equality in Technology Careers
COVID-19 has demonstrated that technology is a bridge to sustaining a degree of normalcy in our lives. Institutions were able to switch almost overnight to online instruction and services only because of advances in technology, showing how critical having prepared professionals to address world problems is. According to the 2021 study “Women Chief Technology Officers in Community Colleges” by Monica D. Wiggins, the prevalence of technology today requires skilled technology workers — more than ever before — to secure, design, maintain and upgrade an ever-increasing number of advanced technological devices and programs.
July 9, 2021
Community College Student Housing Needs Heightened Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Student housing at community colleges is somewhat rare — only 28% of community colleges in America have on-campus dormitory options for their students. But the last twenty years have seen a growing number of community colleges try to find creative ways to help their students who are housing or food insecure.
July 8, 2021
Telehealth Provider Launches Basic Needs Support Connecting Service for Community College Students
Higher ed telehealth provider TimelyMD is launching a service this fall so that community college students have access to affordable support programs for basic needs. Such basic needs include medical and mental health care, food, housing, childcare, transportation and bill pay. The service will connect students to free or reduced-cost support programs for these needs. […]
July 7, 2021
Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis Appointed President of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College
An “internationally recognized pioneer” in the field of Dominican women’s studies, Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis has been appointed president of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College in the Bronx, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system. Having served as interim president of Hostos since August 2020, Cocco De Filippis is the […]
July 7, 2021
Community Colleges Do Heavy Lifting in STEM and Innovation
When people talk about innovation and moving the country forward, two-year institutions are often not part of the conversation. In fact, community colleges have for years borne the stigma of being last-choice institutions for students who either weren’t ready for four-year institutions or who needed to reskill to stay relevant in the workforce. But these institutions are also becoming increasingly a first-choice option, both for students coming right out of high school, and those who have been out for some time — and in many cases, for students who are still enrolled in high school, thanks to the growing popularity of dual-enrollment programs. Much of the emphasis in community college is and has always been around helping to prepare students for jobs. But from Texas to Maryland and around the country, more and more of those jobs are in STEM fields.
July 2, 2021
Retiring President Dr. Diana M. Doyle Leaves Behind Legacy of Student Success Arapahoe Community College
Dr. Diana M. Doyle, president of Colorado’s Arapahoe Community College (ACC), has strategically navigated the impact of the pandemic, calling on her 43 years of experience in higher education. Doyle has been the president of ACC for the past 11 years, and, when she retires at the end of this academic year, she will do so with a sense of accomplishment and contentment.
June 28, 2021
Online Instruction Did Not Make Things Easier for Disabled Students
Online education has the guise of accessibility. When COVID-19 pushed the world of higher education online, some students, including those who work, may have found online access an easier way to put educational goals first, especially when the economy was cliff-diving and taking jobs with it. One commonly held belief is that fully online instruction increased accessibility for disabled students. But Krista Soria, the assistant director for research institutes in partnership with the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU), said that the numbers show the opposite is true.
June 24, 2021
Roueche Center Forum: Leaving a Leadership Legacy
For nearly three decades, I have had the privilege of serving community college students. Regardless of my roles over the years, I can attest that true leadership is embedded in advocating, advancing and holding sacred the philosophy and mission of our community colleges through a personal commitment to serve our students and our communities.
June 24, 2021
Pasadena City College Wins First Place in NSF Community College Innovation Challenge
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) – partnering with the American Association of Community Colleges – announced the three winners of the Community College Innovation Challenge. Pasadena City College won first place, with a nanoparticle of silver wrapped in gold to treat cancer at lower cost and with fewer side effects than radiation and chemotherapy. […]
June 23, 2021
Wisconsin Northcentral Technical College President Dr. Lori Weyers Prepares for Retirement After Lifelong Love of Education
Many people begin making career plans in high school or college. For Dr. Lori Weyers, the process began a bit earlier. “As early as kindergarten I wanted to be in education,” says Weyers, who is retiring as president of Wisconsin’s Northcentral Technical College.
June 21, 2021
Hostos Community College Receives $15 Million from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott
MacKenzie Scott will give $15 million to CUNY’s Hostos Community College, marking the largest donation in the history of the Bronx school. Hostos is one of 30 schools identified by Scott. Scott announced the gifts on Medium. “We are humbled once again by Ms. Scott’s incredible generosity as well as the enlightened principles governing her […]
June 16, 2021
Experts: Employers Can Do a Better Job Diversifying their Recruiting Practices
Higher ed officials discussed how employers can improve and diversify their student recruiting efforts during a virtual panel hosted on Tuesday by career network Handshake.
June 15, 2021
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