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Consultant John Hicks of Academic Search, Inc.
Seven sitting presidents, a retired president and a vice president will interview next week for the top post at Edison State College. A search committee on Tuesday selected nine semifinalists, which hail from seven states in four time zones, from a pool of 40 applicants. “We have very diverse backgrounds as far as where they’ve been and the kinds of...Read More >>

Southeastern Community College president Beverly Simone retires this summer
At a meeting Thursday, the Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees took a major step in the process of finding a replacement for SCC President Beverly Simone, who is retiring this summer. The trustees unanimously voted to hire Paul Greufe of P.J. Greufe and Associates, a Davenport consulting firm, as the company to help the trustees find a suitable...Read More >>

Erma Johnson Hadley appointed to AACC board of directors
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) announces the election of 10 new members for its 32-member board of directors. The board determines policy for the association and oversees its work on behalf of the nation's close to 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges. The selection of new board members injects new energy into the association's...Read More >>

Glendale Community College president Dawn Lindsday leaves in July
Glendale Community College trustees on Wednesday began the job of finding a permanent successor to outgoing President/Supt. Dawn Lindsay, deciding to hire an interim replacement while the search is carried out. College Board of Trustees President Armine Hacopian said that she has not set a date for naming the interim replacement, but added that she wants it to...Read More >>

Bergen Community College trustee Cid Wilson
The board of trustees at Bergen Community College unanimously granted voting status to their alumni member Tuesday, following months of pressure from a student-led campaign for the move. Chairman E. Carter Corriston's announcement that the measure before the board was met enthusiastically by students who had come out wearing T-shirts reading "Educate and empower...Read More >>

Mesa Community College president Shouan Pan
After searching for a new home since it was forced out of space in 2010, Mesa Community College has moved its culinary studies program to a sister school, Scottsdale Community College. Beginning this fall, some 200 MCC culinary students will transition to SCC. Since 2010, the program has been meeting at Dobson High School after getting the boot from the East...Read More >>

Community College of Allegheny County president Alex Johnson
Pennsylvania’s community college leaders said today that the 14 colleges are ready to meet the challenges set forth in a new report and are already implementing many of the recommendations the report proposed to strengthen the community college system and student success. The report, “Reclaiming the American Dream: A Report from the 21st-Century Commission...Read More >>

As constrained budgets and course cuts have made it harder for many students to get the classes they need, the California Community Colleges are taking further steps toward rationing course offerings and focusing resources on students who are pursuing degrees, certificates, transfer or career goals. As constrained budgets and course cuts have made it harder for...Read More >>

The community college is being asked to save America. But like a small-town fire department straining to contain a big-city blaze, community colleges aren't equipped to handle the huge job thrust on them, many experts say. Many millennials - a diverse demographic of 18-to-34-year-olds who make up the largest share of community-college students in the Delaware...Read More >>


AACC president Walter Bumphus
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) released a report this week that calls for dramatic changes to America's community colleges to ensure U.S. competitiveness. The report outlines seven specific recommendations for reforming the country's community college system in its new report, Reclaiming the American Dream: A Report from the 21st-Century...Read More >>

California community college system chief Jack Scott
The head of California's community college system on Wednesday asked Santa Monica College to put on hold a controversial plan to offer higher-priced courses this summer while the legality of the program is determined. Chancellor Jack Scott said he made the request in a call to college President Chui L. Tsang during which he also expressed concern about a student...Read More >>

About 100 students protesting a plan to offer high-priced courses at Santa Monica College this summer tried to storm into a meeting of the college's Board of Trustees on Tuesday evening. A handful of protesters suffered minor injuries as campus police tried to prevent dozens of chanting students from disrupting the meeting during a public comment period. Several...Read More >>

Three wind turbines that power the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system at Cloud County Community College's Concordia campus are casting shadows that are too long. At 110 feet, the windmills on a hill south of the campus have been deemed too tall by the Federal Aviation Administration. The chance of losing $1 million in federal grants has prompted the...Read More >>

As students walked to their next classes at Hudson Valley Community College Wednesday afternoon, their President happily considered how he'll spend new state funding for their education. "It will go towards faculty, it will help us particularly in the classroom that's where a large majority of our budgets go," said Drew Matonak, HVCC President. State Lawmakers...Read More >>

Adjunct professors at Bergen Community College have unionized, joining peers at nine other county colleges statewide. Organizers said Tuesday that these part-time teachers sought collective bargaining rights to get better raises, more pay with experience, sick pay, paid professional development and timely notification when classes are canceled due to low...Read More >>

About 100 community college students, teachers and administrators gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday to ask Mississippi legislators for more money to meet the needs of a student population that has grown as the economy has struggled. Wearing green t-shirts that played off the “Survivor” TV show logo, students enrolled in some of the state’s 15...Read More >>

The Los Angeles Community College District on Wednesday named a veteran construction manager to oversee its $6-billion campus rebuilding program, which has been criticized for poor planning, questionable spending and lax oversight. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the appointment of James D. O’Reilly as executive director of facilities planning...Read More >>

Monday was the first day of classes following spring break at the Community College of Philadelphia. Monday night, faculty and staff of CCP met and decided not to strike for now. After more than a year of increasingly tense contract negotiations, the situation has come to a head at CCP. Last month, the college's administration extended what it called its final...Read More >>

Community colleges could improve their graduation rates by helping students avoid unplanned pregnancies. That's the thinking behind a campaign to encourage faculty members to incorporate material about pregnancy planning into academic courses. The project makes its point with edgy material, which is surprising because it's led by the American Association of...Read More >>

The Wayne County Community College District will hold an 18-week intensive training session to produce software engineers, something the school says is a first in the United States. WCCCD has partnered with Infosys, a global IT consultancy which has performed similar "boot camps" in India, training more than 14,000 entry-level software engineers. Infosys chose...Read More >>

Pellissippi State Community College has completed its purchase of the former Philips Consumer Electronics building, which will serve as the school's new Strawberry Plains campus this fall, college officials said today. Pellissippi State purchased the 223,000-square-foot building for $10 million thanks to a state program that funded capital projects for community...Read More >>

Bristol Community College students, faculty and administration rallied Wednesday against Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to overhaul the state’s community college system, saying it would make BCC’s mission too narrow and take control away from local trustees. Students and others from the college — about 40 in all — planned to travel to the Statehouse in Boston...Read More >>

It's official -- Solano Community College will no longer have football or aquatics teams. On Wednesday night, SCC governing board members voted 4-2 to end the programs. Trustees Phil McCaffrey and Denis Honeychurch were the only dissenters. Following nearly three hours of impassioned testimony by students, staff and community members, trustees made their final...Read More >>

For the second time in less than three years, the Alabama community college system will be looking for a new leader. The Alabama Board of Education voted 7-to-2 Wednesday to accept the resignation of Freida Hill, chancellor of the state's two-year college system. There was no public discussion before the vote, but the board spent more than an hour behind closed...Read More >>

Constance Carroll, chancellor of the San Diego Community College District, has been selected chairwoman of the League for Innovation in the Community College’s governing board. The League for Innovation was founded in 1968 as an international organization dedicated to improving and transforming community colleges through experimentation.Read More >>

Jack Scott, a veteran and popular educator who has headed the state's community college system during a period of brutal budget cuts and was often a voice decrying the impact on students, announced Tuesday that he will retire as chancellor overseeing the 112 campuses. Scott, 78, became chancellor of the nation's largest community college system in January 2009...Read More >>

Modesto Junior College Vice President for Instruction Karen Walters Dunlap has left the school, just a month after MJC was put on probation after its accreditation review and less than three months after she was named one of three finalists for the president's position. Walters Dunlap had been on requested paid administrative leave since Feb. 21, and last Friday...Read More >>

Alabama Postsecondary Chancellor Freida Hill says she has no plans to resign her position as head of the state's system of two-year colleges. She said the rumors started after the State Board of Education on Thursday voted to hold a special meeting on March 7 to discuss Hill's performance as chancellor including "possible termination" of her contract. Hill said...Read More >>

More cuts could soon be coming to local community colleges including Citrus College, Mt. San Antonio College and Rio Hondo College. Due to an unexpected decrease in revenue, the California Community Colleges system must cut an additional $149 million from its budget this fiscal year, Chancellor Jack Scott announced this week. The cut is necessary because of an...Read More >>

Fitzpatrick Manufacturing Co. is a high-tech job shop, crafting super-precise parts for machines used in everything from robotics to aerospace to oil exploration. Macomb Community College lies a few miles down the road in this Detroit suburb. Sometimes it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. Fitzpatrick’s 93 employees are constantly in and...Read More >>

Community College of Philadelphia on Friday unveiled what it called its best and final offer to the union representing its teachers and staffers who have been working under their previous contract since August. The president of the Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia said the union was considering how to respond and disagreed with...Read More >>

Now in his third year at Yuba College, a year he once hoped to spend in Chico or Davis, Robert Bond said every student he knows has struggled to get the classes they need. "My first semester here, no math classes were open, so I couldn't get a math class," Bond, 20, lamented on the Yuba campus quad, decked in a sweat shirt and shorts on an unseasonably warm...Read More >>

College of DuPage President Robert Breuder asked local lawmakers Friday to work to change state law to allow dorms at the the Glen Ellyn community college campus. During a breakfast meeting with legislators, Breuder said it would be easy to find at least 300 students at the junior college who would move into student housing if it existed. He said many students now...Read More >>

Students who have had trouble juggling community-college classes with work and family obligations might get some relief soon. Chancellor Jim Petro has asked the state’s public two-year schools to consider scheduling some classes as a block, in which they are offered back-to-back at a set time. Students could take classes from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through...Read More >>

Culinary students at Montgomery County Community College will soon have a permanent home. When the Culinary Arts Institute opens, planned for December, all facets of the curriculum will be concentrated at the two-story facility located in the Towamencin Town Square. That’s according to Katina Faulk, the administrative assistant for the business and computer...Read More >>

The state’s new formula for allocating money to community colleges doesn’t do enough to compensate schools for students who don’t complete courses, the head of Louisiana’s community college system said Tuesday in Houma. Joe May, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College system, spoke to a lunch meeting of the South Central Industrial...Read More >>

Amid a statewide nursing shortage, hundreds of qualified applicants for nursing degrees are not being admitted to programs in Mississippi because the colleges can't meet the demand. Community colleges face the most severe admissions limitations. At East Central Community College in Decatur, for example, 485 qualified applicants submitted bids for this fall's...Read More >>

Just after she started working for an ambulance company in this suburban enclave east of Los Angeles, Cierra Nelson came to admire the quick decision making and street smarts of the nurses she met on runs to local hospitals. She soon opted to pursue a nursing degree, settling on a low-cost, two-year program at a nearby community college that has an excellent job...Read More >>

During World War II, there was food rationing. In 2012, California's community college leaders are poised to approve education rationing for thousands of students. The proposal is controversial, with many students and educators critical of a shakeout that could end free courses offered for generations, including classes such as music appreciation and memoir...Read More >>

Growth at several northwest suburban community colleges hasn't just been limited to enrollment: Campus facilities also are swelling to accommodate the larger number of students seeking alternatives to traditional four-year universities. Elgin Community College, McHenry County College in Crystal Lake and Harper College in Palatine have spent or have made plans to...Read More >>

As the Muskegon Community College Board of Trustees looks for opportunities to expand or renovate the college, they're casting their eye on a familiar landmark — The Muskegon Chronicle building. One of the goals contained within MCC's strategic plan is creating a campus in downtown Muskegon, and now that The Chronicle building is for sale, trustees will examine...Read More >>

Paul Klingler likes his job as a mold-maker for a Rochester plastics manufacturer. But the 54-year-old Parma resident also liked his last mold-making job, which he held for four years before being laid off early this year. And when he didn't get a call back regarding an open position at another company earlier this year, Klingler chalked it up to his lack of a...Read More >>

A warning that Bergen Community College’s accreditation may be in jeopardy is a “bump in the road” having more to do with paperwork than academic quality, the school’s interim president told faculty members Tuesday evening. “I want to assure you — and you in turn reassure your students — that nothing has changed at BCC,” Jose Adames told more than...Read More >>

Presidents of community colleges in Western Massachusetts are taking exception to a new report that calls for overhauling state governance of the schools to improve the way they train students for jobs. The report says a central board should govern the state's 15 community colleges and that local boards of trustees should only be advisory. Trustees for the...Read More >>

As Mohave Community College redoubles its efforts to combat a rising student default rate, one of the initiatives it has planned involves reintroducing certain remedial courses online, but with a twist. According to MCC president Dr. Michael Kearns, the college is preparing to begin implementing some new class models this spring using what’s called an...Read More >>

Officials at Piedmont Virginia Community College are hoping they’ll soon be able to offer a child-minding service for parents attending the school, after plans to work with University of Virginia Health Services Foundation to provide daycare on site fell through. “We believe there are many people out in our community who are postponing the higher education...Read More >>

Massachusetts’ decentralized community college system should be overseen by a strong governing board that would refocus its mission on workforce development and establish a performance-based funding formula, according to a report the Boston Foundation is expected to release today. The report - based on an extensive yearlong analysis of the system, which has low...Read More >>

Muskegon Community College has submitted to the state a capital outlay request for a 25,000-square-foot science wing the college wants to build at its campus on Quarterline Road. But whether the state agrees to help finance the $9.2 million project, which also includes renovation of 20,000 square feet of existing science and lab space, won't be known until next...Read More >>

Julie Hong grew up in the sort of leafy Montgomery County suburb where college is assumed. Her parents had saved for the expense since she was a baby. When the time came, they said she could go wherever she wished. She chose a community college. Comparatively affluent students are picking community colleges over four-year schools in growing numbers, a sign of...Read More >>

The Los Angeles Community College District is moving to fire a third major contractor it has accused of mismanagement in its $5.7-billion construction program as part of a crackdown spurred by a Times series on waste and abuse in the campus rebuilding program. In a letter released Tuesday, the district accused Turner Construction Company, which supervised West Los...Read More >>

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