From his unique vantage point as President and CEO of the Association of Community College Trustees, J. Noah Brown writes in this book about the intersection between community colleges and America’s need to regain economic momentum and its position as first in the world with respect to college attainment. By connecting past economic and education policies and investments to possibilities for the future and continued national progress, Brown reminds us that restoring America’s prominence is within reach.
Bernard (Bill) Zannini, MBA, discusses how Northern Essex Community College, which serves more than 7,000 students at its campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass, built its entrepreneurship program after its community lost its manufacturing base, jobs dwindled, and unemployment soared.
Reporting directly to the Chief Information Officer, this position will be responsible for managing, monitoring and maintaining the Information Technology architecture supporting the production environment(s) of the college. This job, located in Kingman, Ariz., includes ensuring all tasks are completed either personally or through subordinate staff members.
Manufacturing has an immediate critical need for qualified technology-trained professionals. Today's high-tech jobs require personnel trained in advanced design, manufacturing and PLM. Achieving this requires community colleges and industry to partner in developing strong technology programs that incorporate skills training and job-related theory. This approach to cultivating highly trained and recruited employees will help revitalize manufacturing. (Registration required)
Bellevue College student Robert Rowe, a 52-year-old taking courses to enter a bachelor’s degree program in education, is the college's and the state's first student trustee for a community or technical college. Rowe's position on the board of trustees is a result of a five-year effort on the part of Bellevue College students to get representation on the board that governs the college.
As the cost of a college education has pushed ever upward, Harford Community College (Md.) has been seen increasingly as a bargain, and legitimately so. For a fraction of what it costs per credit hour at most four-year colleges, even four-year state colleges, HCC students can get their basic credits and familiarize themselves with a college routine. While the price is lower, the quality of the education isn't.
There has been some discussion of late regarding a request from some area families, asking that Jackson Community College (Mich.) consider the creation of a new, innovative school for grades six to 12 that would incorporate best practices and is informed by the latest research on education. The request is reasonable, is within the laws of the state, and, possibly, could result in new opportunities for our children, as well as build upon current educational systems in our community.