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This Louisiana program luring adults to college could benefit students, state; here’s how
The Advocate
Higher education leaders hope the pilot program benefiting students such as 32-year-old Baton Rouge Community College student Courtney Henderson will soon turn into a state-funded program that could someday help transform the state’s economy.

Kentucky program aims to get adults into workforce faster
Associated Press
Kentucky’s community and technical college system has launched a program allowing the state’s adults to earn a GED and a college credential at the same time.

Whitmer prepares 1st budget: ‘There are no easy answers’
Associated Press
In her first budget proposal, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will detail the cost of her proposal to provide free community college to all high school graduates or a two-year, $2,500 annual scholarship to certain qualifying graduates attending a four-year college or university in the state.

Columbus Technical College enrollment grows for third straight semester
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Officials at the Georgia college credit several initiatives for fueling the growth. For example, TEAMS (Technical College System of Georgia Early Alert System) enables faculty and staff to identify and help students with excessive absences or overdue payments.

Minnesota State colleges and universities system seeks to reinvent itself — again
Minneapolis Star Tribune
System officials say Minnesota State, faced with declining enrollment and looming state labor shortages, needs fresh ideas.

Fifth-graders get lesson on Greenwood Promise
Index-Journal
If they know a degree from Piedmont Technical College will be paid for, the thinking goes, they will try harder and perform better in school.

Montana lawmakers ask university system to expand job training
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Montana University System leaders have agreed to make more teenagers and families aware that the system’s two-year colleges offer a wide range of career and technical training – from welding to dental hygiene, high-tech machining to culinary arts.

Commentary: Community Colleges a value for taxpayers
Lompoc Record
Our focus on student opportunities is critical to ensure that our graduates do not become a profit center for institutions focused on their bottom line instead of their role as educators, writes Kevin G. Walthers, superintendent/president of Allan Hancock College in California.

‘Skills gap’ creates opportunities for high school students
WRAL.com
In West Virginia, Pierpont Community & Technical College and Blue Ridge Community & Technical College offer PSI training.

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