Maryland proposal for free community college is part of a national trend. But does it work?
Baltimore Sun
Free college tuition programs like the one lawmakers approved in the final hours of Maryland’s General Assembly session are gaining national momentum, but experts say such statewide initiatives are still too new to determine their long-term benefit.

Traditional four-year schools see boost in degrees when community colleges compete
The Hechinger Report
In Florida, four-year state schools saw an increase in business even as two-year institutions expanded to offer certain baccalaureates, according to University of Florida researchers.

Commentary: It’s time to reconsider the role and future of community colleges
Times of San Diego
Degree completion at San Diego’s community colleges has increased by 51 percent in the past three years to 3,319, and the number of associate degrees for transfer awarded has more than doubled to 1,299, writes Bernie Rhinerson, executive vice president of the board of trustees of the San Diego Community College District.

Commentary: Public-private partnerships feed our talent pipeline
TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
By matching state funds with contributions from employer donors such as Hartfiel Automation, Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie was able to increase the number of scholarships from 16 to 27, which they’ve recently awarded to students entering high-demand career programs. writes Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of the Minnesota State system.

Career, technical education students will put their skills to the test
Pekin Daily Times
If March is madness for high school and college basketball teams, April is tournament time for students in the state’s career and technical education programs.

GBCC representatives to attend data science summit in Washington
The Two-Year College Data Science Summit May 10-11 is geared toward improving educational and career outcomes for students seeking a job after graduating with an associate degree, those who want to transfer to a four-year program, and others seeking certificate programs and college-level course courses to improve their careers.

When women are successful, the community sees rewards — now there’s a class for that
Green Bay Press Gazette
The Women’s Fund of Door County is collaborating with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to launch Invest-Dream-Achieve, which is designed to provide selected students with academic and career services to build a secure future through education, financial stability and career exploration.

Parkland president stumping for nursing-degree bill
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
In Illinois, Tom Ramage, president of Parkland College in Champaign, is among the chief proponents of legislation that would permit community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees in nursing.

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