Black students face barriers to enrollment, graduation at community colleges, speakers say
Fresno Bee
Community colleges need to recognize the systemic factors that place African-American students at a disadvantage even before they set foot on campus.

From university to technical college, TSTC grad finds lifelong career
Brian Bradley was once a Texas State University Bobcat, yet he never graduated. But now, at 29 years old, he can call himself a graduate of Texas State Technical College.

Commentary: ’Free tuition’ is the opposite of progressive policymaking
Washington Post
Debt-forgiveness and free-tuition programs share certain qualities: They are insufficiently focused on students and families who are really struggling to access the benefits of higher education. 

Universities, Chicanos Por La Causa team up to raise $5 million for DACA students
The leaders of Arizona’s largest universities and community colleges have agreed to work with the Latino organization Chicanos Por La Causa to raise millions of dollars to help certain undocumented students cover higher tuition costs.

Editorial: Texans are wasting millions on worthless college credits. Here’s a way to fix that
Dallas Morning News
The Texas Senate has passed a bill that would require alignment for general and disciplinary core curricula. It also calls for more guidance for students on degree-plan requirements and transparency on which courses transfer and which ones don’t.

Commentary: Georgia grads have many options for next steps after high school
Atlanta Journal Constitution
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

Florence-Darlington Technical College career program expanding: Short, quick training gives skills for entry-level jobs
The 62-hour program goes through topics, including precision management, tool and equipment use and manufacturing soft skills. The ManuFirst South Carolina program also allows students to earn their OSHA 10 for General Industry certification.

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