Virginia’s pay for performance grant unique take on ‘free’ community college
WVTF (with audio)
Students pay a third of the cost up front. If they complete the class and earn their credential, the state pays down the remaining balance.

Los Angeles-area community colleges need to do more to prepare future workers, report says
Los Angeles and Orange County community colleges are preparing too few workers for the jobs the region needs, says a new report.

Massachusetts expands college transfer and discount programs
Wicked Local Medford
A pilot program that gives qualifying students tuition rebates when they transfer from a community college to a state university is significantly expanding its scope.

La Crosse businesses, college campuses go for personal touch at high school career expo
La Crosse Tribune
There were 17 career fields at the Wisconsin expo including, agri-business, arts and graphics, business, computer science, education, engineering, manufacturing, transportation and others.

Alabama’s community colleges first to implement manufacturing credentials statewide
Opelika Auburn News
Alabama’s community college system is making strides in the automobile manufacturing industry.

The College Foundation sets new goal for FAFSA
Beckley Register-Herald
The College Foundation of West Virginia has announced a statewide goal to have at least 63 percent of high school seniors file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by April 15, 2018.

With future of ‘Dreamers’ unknown, medical careers hang in the balance
Ending DACA would lead to a “measurable reduction in the availability of health care workers,” said Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of California Community Colleges, which includes 114 community colleges across the state.

Young immigrants no longer eligible for nursing licenses at some Arkansas colleges
Arkansas Online
At least two Arkansas nursing colleges have informed current students who received federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections that they cannot obtain state professional licenses because of their legal status.

Pima College says Arizona’s high court should grant in-state tuition for “Dreamers”
The Arizona Court of Appeals got it wrong in concluding “dreamers” are not entitled to in-state tuition, the lawyer for Pima Community College contends.

Community colleges and the creation of entrepreneurial ecosystems
Community colleges are advancing entrepreneurship in their communities by providing access points to support local startups and small businesses.

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