From Tennessee to Chicago, free college programs take off
Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Free college programs are proliferating amid a crisis in college affordability and a tight labor market.

Academy gives students head start on higher education
The Keel
In Michigan, a partnership among St. Clair County Community College, a middle college and a regional education service agency is providing free college tuition, which has allowed students such as 18-year-old Anna Dalessandro to attend high school for three hours a day, take college courses, continue to participate in extracurricular activities and work at a part-time job.

Commentary: Paying off student college debt
Daily Herald
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) writes that the questions he hears most often about college from students are: Can I afford it? Is it worth it? And can you make applying for financial aid and repaying student loans simpler?

Germanna’s increased enrollment bucks nationwide trend
Continuing a course that started last fall semester, enrollment for spring 2019 at Virginia’s Germanna Community College is up 21 percent.

Second Chance Pell Pilot program allows inmates to attend community colleges
News8 WTNH
Giving inmates a second chance at an education, officials at Connecticut’s state colleges and universities got together to tout the success of their Second Chance Pell Pilot program on Friday.

Boeing tours technical college
Kingstree News
Officials from Boeing — which has made a $19 billion impact on the economy and suppliers since opening a facility Charleston, South Carolina, in 2009 — visited Williamsburg Technical College for a campus tour and to meet with local education and government officials.

Dallas college district seeks $1.1B for program expansions, facility upgrades
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The Dallas County Community College District will ask voters to approve $1.1 billion in a May bond referendum to help prepare for an expected influx of 12,000 additional students, improve job training programs and upgrade the old colleges.

Commentary: CTE month a reminder there’s always more to do
Associated Press
As chairman of the Wisconsin Assembly’s Workforce Development Committee, I often hear from employers who are having a hard time finding the skilled workers they need to help their businesses succeed.

Mesalands Community College buys National Guard Armory
The New Mexico college plans to use the building as an athletics complex and student center.

ECTC aiming to upgrade building, regional campuses
Elizabethtown News Enterprise
In Kentucky, building safety and upgrades are a major focal point for the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College board of directors.

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