South Carolina congressman wants low-income students to pay back Pell Grants if they don’t graduate college
Charleston Post Courier
A South Carolina Republican has called the Pell for Performance Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this month, a “taxpayer friendly” bill that would encourage students to graduate in a timely manner.

California expands community college assistance for current, former foster youth
The Chronicle of Social Change
Since 2015, California has offered $15 million in community college assistance — including tutoring, transportation and housing support — to kids in foster care who are age 16 to 26.

Push to limit local control could hurt state colleges, leaders say
Orlando Sentinel
A proposal in Florida would cap the percentage of state college students enrolled in baccalaureate programs, transfer oversight to a community college board and rename the state colleges, which would once again be known as community colleges.

Texas community colleges may soon credit apprenticeships
Houston Public Media
The Texas Workforce Commission wants to eliminate shortage of middle-skilled workers.

In Florida, more students going to college before finishing high school
Sun Sentinel
Last year, 5,417 students took dual-enrollment classes at Broward College, a 47 percent increase in the past four years. About 3,635 high school students took classes at Palm Beach State College, and 6,149 did at Miami Dade College, about an increase of about a third at both schools during the past four years.

Portal aims to connect veterans with community colleges
Using a new online tool, veterans can more easily get college credit for their work experiences. Virginia’s Community College System unveiled the new online portal this month.

Community colleges could see another state aid reduction
The executive director of the Nebraska Community Colleges Association says he’s also concerned about how a tax relief package might impact the two-year schools.

Jobs that pay without a BA: The most lucrative fields in Washington state
Seattle Times
Those are a few of the jobs with salaries that hit $50,000 or more a year just a year out of a training program at a community or technical college.

Faculty oppose Connecticut community college merger
CT Post
Community college faculty and staff across the state are in the process of voting on a letter she hopes will make the Board of Regents for Higher Education reject — or at least press the pause button — on the consolidation portions of the Students First proposal.

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