Alfond Foundation gives $3.6M to Maine’s community colleges for workforce development
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
College officials say the money will go toward new programs that make use of “badges,” which are earned by students as they acquire specific skills through short-term training rather than the traditional one- or two-year programs.

Virginia organizes college fair for students impacted by for-profit college closure
Richamond Times-Dispatch
State officials who learned Wednesday that the Midlothian campus of one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges would shutter as the parent company ends operations have organized a fair to help students transfer to other schools.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s second term will come with a new budget secretary
In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf will start his second term of office with a new number-cruncher — who is also an alumna of a local community college — to serve his administration.

Mount Pleasant inmates earn high school diplomas
The Hawk Eye
In Iowa, 12 inmates attended a graduation ceremony that included a certificate showing that they passed their high school equivalency test thanks, in part, to Southeastern Community College.

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