Commentary: Taking next step after prison for single mothers
Daily Herald
Community and technical colleges are perfect environments to help women transition to new careers, writes Jean Hernandez, president emeritus at Edmonds Community College in Washington.

How California colleges are helping ex-offenders ease into campus life
Navigating the challenges that come with the first year of college is tough for most students. For Robert Villanueva, a freshman at Pasadena City College, it was doubly difficult. That’s because earlier in the year, Villanueva was released from prison after serving six years on a drug trafficking conviction.

Commentary: Close to home: A smart, cost-effective path to a degree
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Many students have achieved their educational goals simply by beginning the journey at a community college, thereby obtaining their degrees without incurring soul-crushing debt that can take decades to repay, write Chui Tsang, interim president of Contra Costa College, and Frank Chong, president of Santa Rosa Junior College in California.

California community colleges dreamers report reveals undocumented students need increased financial aid, legal services, mental health supports
Sierra Sun Times
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has released the Dreamer’s Project Report, a landscape analysis of the current state of support that community colleges provide for the estimated 50,000 to 70,000 undocumented students in California. 

Commentary: Investments in community colleges yield dividends
If New Jersey intends to meet its goal of 65 percent of residents holding a postsecondary education credential by 2025, we must expand the Opportunity Grant to all 19 community colleges and raise the $45,000 income limit to the state’s median household income level of $77,000, writes Michael Redmond, president of Bergen Community College.

Text messages making a difference in persistence at local community colleges
Crain’s Cleveland Business
Three local community colleges are trying to reach students where they are: their phones.

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