Missouri college weighs buyout offers for employees
Deep state budget cuts have prompted St. Louis Community College to craft a plan offering buyouts to more than 500 employees.

Florida legislature seeks to change future of community colleges
The Florida Senate passed a bill last week that refocuses the purpose and direction of the state’s community colleges.

Will free college offer catch fire? New York details raise doubts
ABC News
Even as higher education experts applaud the concept of free tuition, they question finer points of New York’s plan and whether it’s a model that should be replicated elsewhere.

Editorial: When 2+2 is less than 4
Columbus Dispatch
The presidents of Ohio’s Columbus State Community College and Ohio State University say their efforts to boost student success would be hurt by a proposed two-year tuition freeze.

Commentary: The state owns the education crisis
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A tremendous opportunity exists to convert some Penn State and University of Pittsburgh campuses to independent, residential two-year colleges.

Kentucky limits free 2-year college program
Inside Higher Ed
Kentucky’s free community college scholarship program will be limited to students seeking certificates in five industries with worker shortages — health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics, business services and internet technology, and construction.

Labor pains: Technical colleges to fill ‘new collar’ employment gaps
State Journal
Community and technical schools intend to broaden the nation’s mindset about higher education and are set to supply career-seekers with the skills necessary for a more flexible route to the American dream.

Then and now: Community, college have seen changes
Post Register
On May 16, local voters will decide whether to convert Eastern Idaho Technical College into a community college. They rejected a similar proposal in 1991. But much has changed in the past quarter century.

In Connecticut, local officials wary of losing voice for community college
Torrington Register Citizen
Local elected officials recently discussed a proposal to consolidate operations of the state community colleges, with some expressing concern over the possibility of losing a local advocate for Northwestern Connecticut Community College.

Illinois college backs proposal to offer 4-year nursing degree
Chicago Daily Herald
College of Lake County officials say they back a proposal that would allow some two-year schools to offer a four-year nursing program.

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