Virginia community college challenges frustrate state lawmakers
The range of legislative reactions to a new state study on community colleges reflects the competing missions for the 51-year-old system to fulfill in the face of declining enrollment, rising costs and increasing pressure to help bolster Virginia’s economy by helping students who might not follow a traditional academic track.

Iraqi and Afghan refugees could soon pay resident student tuition at California community colleges
Los Angeles Times
Iraqi and Afghan refugees who worked with the U.S. Armed Forces, whether as interpreters, translators or advisors, could soon be exempted from paying nonresident student fees at community colleges in California.

TOPS for grown folks? Community college students left out of current program
Louisiana needs to take a more comprehensive approach to financial aid for higher education, one that goes beyond the TOPS scholarship and benefits more poor students who are struggling to afford school, said Monty Sullivan, president of Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

Connecticut state colleges to install solar energy systems
Associated Press
Officials say construction will begin in late fall at Manchester and Middlesex Community Colleges as well as Southern Connecticut State University in an effort to reduce energy consumption and decrease operating expenses.

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