Community Colleges

City College Of San Francisco To Unveil Blueprint For Survival

California's largest community college responds to findings this summer by an accrediting commission that placed its future in jeopardy.

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Austin Community College Developing Go-at-Your-Own-Pace Courses

In 2011, when Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order establishing WGU Texas, a state-approved subsidiary of Western Governors University, a national, nonprofit online university, many of the state's top higher education officials heralded its competency-based approach to student advancement.

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Delgado Community College Enrollment Drops After 6 Years Of Growth

After six years of post-Katrina growth, in which its enrollment surged by more than 74 percent, Delgado Community College reported an 11.4 percent drop in the number of full-time students who registered for the fall semester.

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Declining Enrollment Continues At Jackson Community College This Fall

Approximately 11 percent fewer students are taking classes at Jackson Community College this fall compared to a year ago, according to enrollment figures released last week.

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California's Community Colleges Staggering During Hard Times

Demand is up but funding is down for California's community colleges. Many students are shut out of needed classes, making it harder to get their degrees or transfer.

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Continuous Education, on Campus and Online

Employers believe their employees must be committed to continuing education to remain on top of their industries and their jobs, according to research commissioned by Destiny Solutions in October 2011.

“The Voice of the Employer on the Effects and Opportunities of Professional Development,” based on a study of 200 employers across North America, reveals that  70 percent of employers feel their employees need continuous training just to keep up with their jobs. Ninety-five percent of employers financially support employee continuing education.

Where the Workers Are

Community colleges are creating customized workforce development programs to address the shortage of skilled workers in the U.S. and help retain jobs that might otherwise be offshored.

The recession hit Michigan, home of the nation’s automotive industry, hard in 2008 and 2009. For Autocam Corp. in Grand Rapids, this meant taking drastic action to protect its business and 1,500-employee workforce. As the precision manufacturer of automotive components for equipment manufacturers and suppliers saw its business dwindle, it cut back its machinists’ standard 50-hour work week to 45 hours, then 40 hours, says Jim Woczynski, Autocam’s human resource director. Even then, some layoffs had to be made.

Rebuilding America’s Middle Class

New community college leaders organization advocating to policymakers

In 2011, four community college system chancellors began discussing how community colleges help build a stronger, more competitive workforce and, therefore, a strong middle class. “What we were seeing was increased recognition of the role of community colleges in terms of solving a number of problems being faced by individuals, employers, and states, but along with that recognition were increased expectations,” says Joe D. May, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

On the Move

  • The Maine Community College System has lost an integral part of its community. Charles M. Lyons, president of York County Community College, 68, died of cancer August 22. He was president of YCCC from 2006 until the time of his death and previously served as president of the University of Maine at Augusta from 2001 to 2006 and president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent from 1996 to 2001.

Transfer Talk

  • Linn-Benton Community College and Lebanon High School have partnered with Oregon State University to provide a better path and support from high school through college graduation. The Lebanon High School Early College program will allow students to simultaneously complete their high school diploma and earn an associate degree, which will make them eligible to attend OSU and apply for a $3,000 scholarship. It’s an extension of the Beyond LHS program, which already allows LHS students to attend LBCC classes and earn both diplomas.

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