Virginia Western biotechnology program earns state-wide honor
Virginia Western Community College’s biotechnology program, developed through the American Association of Community Colleges’ MentorLinks program, is recognized by the Virginia Math & Science Coalition.

Commentary: Working learners would benefit from California’s proposed online community college
San Diego Union-Tribune
The online college provides the missing link, giving access to the higher education programs required to do so, write Cindy Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, and Phil Blair, executive officer at Manpower Staffing.

Editorial: Why churches should support community colleges more
America Magazine
These institutions can be engines of opportunity for low-income students, and the Catholic Church can and should be an effective partner in those efforts.

‘Z-degree’ gives texts for free to Central Lakes College students
Minneapolis Star Tribune
At Minnesota state colleges, students spend an average of $1,000 a year on textbooks alone. But in Brainerd, they can earn a two-year degree without paying a penny for books.

Gaining a ‘job-ready workforce’
Kenosha News
Before the first employees are hired for a range of jobs at the Foxconn Technology Group plant, many of them will have been trained for their jobs by Gateway Technical College.

Hundreds of Virginia residents going to work through LIUNA, community colleges pact
Augusta Free Press
The Laborers’ International Union of North America has announced a partnership with the Virginia Community College System to recruit and train Virginia residents to work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project.

Experts question aspects of West Virginia’s free community college tuition bill
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Some experts have criticized the requirements, seen in the current version of SB284 and programs already implemented in a couple other states, that students who receive free tuition must temporarily stay in state after graduation.

How New York public colleges are using campus food pantries to fight student hunger
Auburn Citizen (blog)
About 70 percent of the State University of New York system’s institutions, including Cayuga Community College, have food pantries on campus or offer students food through community partnerships.

Commentary: Connecticut regents failed to do college merger homework
Hartford Courant
It’s painfully obvious that the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education hasn’t done its homework on Students First, the ill-thought-out planned merger of the state’s 12 community colleges, writes a Central Connecticut State University professor who is also president of CCSU-AAUP.

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