$11M renovation project at Pennsylvania college almost finished
Bucks County Courier Times
Much of an $11 million multi-phase renovation project at Bucks County Community College’s Founders Hall will be ready when students return for the spring semester on January 17.

Governor’s budget could fund new community college campus — in the cloud
The new online school would aim to serve 2.5 million Californians the state community colleges chancellor’s office identified who have some college but are unable to obtain certificates or degrees because of work or family obligations.

Legal pot won’t change Hancock College drug testing, message to student-athletes
Lompoc Record
Only a handful of California’s 114 community colleges run drug-testing programs for student-athletes, and Hancock College is one of them.

Commentary: Higher ed’s low moment
New York Times
At a time when a college degree is one of the surest harbingers of higher earnings and better economic security, college itself is regarded with skepticism by many Americans and outright contempt by no small number of them.

State lawmaker wants to make community college free in West Virginia
Charleston Gazette-Mail
GOP West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael is drafting a proposal for the upcoming legislative session that would allow people to earn an associate degree completely free, and could also allow high school students to complete some sort of certificate while still in school.

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