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Jackson Community College Going Forward with Four-Year Degree

This fall, students attending Jackson Community College (Miss.) could start earning a four-year bachelor's degree in energy production technology or culinary arts.

The JCC Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution at its Monday, April 15 meeting asking for baccalaureate granting authority. This, JCC officials said, is required by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools’ Higher Learning Commission and the first step in the process.

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Nebraska Junior College Reports Enrollment Drop

Southeast Community College officials are reporting double-digit declines in enrollment. The year-to-year figure is down nearly 12 percent, and the spring quarter enrollment is down around 17 percent from the 2012 figure. The school says the final count of full-time students for the 2012-2013 school year is just over 8,800, compared with just under 10,000 the year before.

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Student Shot Two Women at Virginia CC Before Being Subdued

An 18-year-old student drove to a community college campus located inside a western Virginia mall on Friday, April 12, walked in, then opened fire -- wounding two women -- before being subdued by an off-duty security guard and two police officers, authorities said.

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N.H. Close to Selling Stratham Community College Campus for $2.75M

The state is close to selling the former Great Bay Community College campus in Stratham to Juliet Marine Systems, a Portsmouth-based defense contractor. The 90-acre site and its 100,000-square-foot building would be sold to the company for $2.75 million.

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SUNY Adirondack Community College Hires Kristine Duffy as President

Kristine Duffy, vice president of enrollment management at Onondaga Community College (N.Y.), has been appointed the new president of Adirondack Community College, in Queensbury, N.Y., just outside of Glens Falls.

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Dawson Community College

Glendive, Mont.

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Ventura County Community College District

Ventura, Calif.

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Asheville-Buncombe Tech CC Improves Student Services

Until 2009, students at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (N.C.) could wait as long as two hours to be seen by a counselor in student services, which includes the offices of admissions, advising, financial aid, and the registrar. After signing in on a sheet of paper in one of four offices, students waited to be seen and were sometimes referred to another office. The process was not only time-consuming, but frustrating.

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Johnson County CC Coordinates, Automates Communications

Historically, all 26,000 annual applicants to Johnson County Community College (Kan.) received up to three printed communiqués regarding their admissions status. While more information is usually better, the problem with JCCC’s process was that pieces of communication were not sent in chronological order. This created confusion for students.

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MOOCs Are Taking the Education World by Storm

Whether you think they are hype or the next step in the evolution of learning, there’s no question that MOOCs have taken the education world by storm. Platforms such as Coursera, edX, and UniversityNow offer free courses online to students anywhere, and are continuing to grow.

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