High-paying trade jobs sit empty, while high school grads line up for university
While a shortage of workers is pushing wages higher in the skilled trades, the financial return from a bachelor’s degree is softening, even as the price — and the average debt into which it plunges students — keeps going up.

More community colleges are offering bachelor’s degrees — and four-year universities aren’t happy about it
Stateline, the blog of The Pew Charitable Trusts
As college costs rise and state officials look to accommodate nontraditional and low-income students, more are turning to community colleges to develop programs for industries with a lot of need.

Community college leaders looking at campus closures, tuition hikes after merger plan denied
Hartford Courant
Shocked and disappointed by accreditors’ denial of his cost-saving plan to merge the state’s community colleges, the president of the Connecticut State Colleges and University system said he will explore budget-balancing measures including closing campuses and raising tuition.

Community colleges impacted by rejection to consolidate schools
Mark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, says this will be “devastating” and could lead to tuition hikes or campus closures.

Uncertainty after plan to merge all state community colleges fails
News 12 Connecticut
Now each college will have to navigate financial hurdles as individual institutions.

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