Community Colleges

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. He was also vice chancellor of the University of Maine System for three years.

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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Trends in eLearning: Tracking the Impact at Community Colleges

UB WEB SEMINAR ARCHIVES Join UB's Web Seminar Director Kurt Eisele-Dyrli and his guest Fred Lokken, associate dean of the Truckee Meadows Community College WebCollege and author of the recent report on the state of eLearning in community colleges for the Instructional Technology Council. Lokken will describe the findings of a comprehensive survey of community colleges across the country, which explored cloud computing, mobile devices, the future of the learning management system and regional accreditation at two-year institutions.

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Burkhart Appointed Provost, Mesa Community College (Az.)

Patrick Burkhart has been named the provost of Mesa Community College. He His post began July 23. Most recently, Burkhart was an assistant director at Maricopa County Human Services Department where he was instrumental in creating regional partnerships with the City of Phoenix, Maricopa County Community College District, apprenticeship programs, and faith-based and other non-profit organizations. While working for Maricopa County he also held the positions of executive director of Maricopa Workforce Connections and strategic planning coordinator.

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Marketing Communications Web Developer

Waubonsee Community College
Sugar Grove, IL
This full-time position reports to the Marketing Communications Manager and serves as the technical lead for the college's website. This role also provides professional support in other aspects of online/electronic marketing communications.

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Director of Financial Aid

Mohave Community College
Kingman, AZ
Full time, $60,000-$90,000

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Carroll Community College (Md.) Director Appointed to Maryland Advisory Committee

Kathy Menasche, the senior director of Workforce and Business Development at Carroll Community College, was recently sworn in to the Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness.

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