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How Community Colleges Can Revitalize Manufacturing

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)

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Bellevue College Appoints State's First CC Student Trustee

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.

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Harford CC Should be Cautious about Future Building

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.

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Should Jackson Community College Open Up an Elementary School?

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.

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Raritan Valley CC Foundation Elects Board Members

The Raritan Valley Community College (N.J.) Foundation has named several local residents to its Board of Directors. The new members are: Vincent Cirianni, Donna LoStocco, Jennifer Redmond, Teresa Richardson, Erika Senska and James Ventantonio.

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Mass. Community Colleges, Universities Team on MOOCs Project

Bunker Hill Community College and Massachusetts Bay Community College will be the first community colleges to work with EdX, which includes the Harvard/MIT initiative, to bring a new teaching model to the classroom. The colleges plan to use the EdX platform to connect students with leading MOOC professors from around the world.

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Posting a Threat

Jared Loughner, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing six people and wounding 11 others, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a Tucson, Ariz. rampage last year, posted a YouTube video threat against Pima Community College. This event showed all colleges large and small the importance of recognizing and responding to threats of violence made via social media.

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Community Colleges Put Baby Boomers Back in School

In August, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) announced that eleven colleges had been chosen to join a national program that would train 10,000 baby boomers over the next three years for new jobs in health care, education, and social service. Called the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, it is funded by a $3.2 million grant from the Deerbrook Charitable Trust. 2013 is year one, with a kick-off meeting scheduled in San Francisco in April. Community College Report spoke with representatives from three participating colleges about the benefits of the program to both the older generation and to the schools.

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Development Research Specialist, Kingsborough Community College

Under the direction of the executive director of development, the researcher will identify and profile possible sources to provide private support for college fundraising efforts and support college fundraising strategies and objectives. Kingsborough CC is in Brooklyn, NY.

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Innovations 2013: March 10-13, 2013

The 15th annual conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College will be held in Dallas, Texas. Keynote speakers include Diane Oblinger, president and CEO of Educause, and Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International.

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