Community Colleges

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Ending hunger in our communities: The community college role

In addition to educating students, community colleges forge deep and meaningful connections with our community. After all, it's a central part of our mission. At Montgomery College, "we empower our students to change their lives, and we enrich the lives of our community." As of this month, that includes a pledge to help fight hunger.

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Community colleges have the resources students need

As educators at the public elementary school and college levels, we see the struggles students face on a daily basis. However, they are not left without resources. Community colleges offer many developmental classes to increase students’ understanding of a topic so that they may succeed at the junior college level.

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800 students participate in US-Brazil Connect

In 2013, more than 80 community college students, young professionals, and college faculty traveled to Brazil for a one-month paid fellowship to work with 800 Brazilian high school students.

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U of I, community college open campus food pantries

Campus food pantries have opened in recent years at the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and other colleges around the country to help students who don't have enough money to cover their expenses and keep themselves well-fed, despite the fact that many of them have families.

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Mississippi community college enrollment dips for third year

Fall 2013 enrollment at Mississippi's 15 community colleges fell 4.3 percent to 77,661, dipping back below that of the state's eight public universities. This is the third year in a row enrollment has fallen, according to preliminary figures reported by the Community College Board.

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The top 10 U.S. community colleges

Community colleges serve nearly half of all U.S. undergraduate students and play a crucial role in both workforce development and as a springboard to a four-year education. But few are recognized for just how far they go to serve students.

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State colleges and community colleges awarded $7.5M in grants

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education awarded $7.5 million in grants to state and community colleges to spur innovation on the campuses. The Vision Project Performance Incentive Fund, which is in its third year, aims to support campuses with a goal of becoming national leaders in areas such as workforce alignment, college completion, and closing achievement gaps.

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Calif. bill allowing higher fees for high-demand college classes advances

Backers say the two-tier fee system would help students transfer or graduate faster, but foes call it unfair to low-income students.

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Marin board candidates say community college has room to improve

By most accounts, the College of Marin, part of the Marin Community College District in California, is on the upswing. New facilities are being built, a large debt appears to have been addressed, and enrollment at the historically under-utilized northern campus continues to increase. But the college still has room for improvement, say candidates running for the district's board.

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Faculty sues to keep California's biggest community college open

Teachers at City College of San Francisco have sued to block regulators from taking steps to shutter California's largest community college, which was stripped of its accreditation earlier this year.

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