U.S. says $168M ITT for-profit student loans to be forgiven
Former students at ITT Technical Institute locations nationwide, including two in the St. Louis area, will not have to pay $168 million they still owe on private loans from an affiliated lender to attend the now-defunct for-profit college, under a U.S. regulatory settlement announced on Friday.

Students must pass drug test to receive free community college
Huntington Herald Dispatch
West Virginians will have to pass drug tests, including for marijuana, in order to be eligible for a new program for free tuition at the state’s public community colleges.

Bay Area homeless students ask community, officials to stop stigmatizing them
Mercury News
Expanding the definition of homeless students to those who are generally without stable housing — those who sleep in cars, couch surf or move from one friend’s house to the next but might not consider themselves homeless — will let such students know that they can and should seek out resources as well.

Commentary: Community college students are changing — it’s time for financial aid policies to change too
The Hill
The rapid growth of short-term credentials over the past 30 years is a promising signal that students, institutions and industry are recognizing their value at an increasing rate.

Tri-C opens Transportation Innovation Center
The training site houses Cuyahoga Community College’s Truck Driving Academy — which has turned out nearly 1,000 graduates over the past decade — in addition to programs targeting the growing supply chain and logistics industry.

Collin College approved to grant four-year degrees
WBAP News/Talk
The Texas college aims to offer two baccalaureates: a bachelor of science in nursing and a bachelor of applied technology in cybersecurity.

Community colleges face deficit, prospect of budget cuts
Associated Press
Connecticut’s 12 community colleges would face budget cuts under a plan approved by the finance committee of the state Board of Regents.

Georgia college helps fill gaps in skilled labor shortage
If you talk to any contractor in the Coastal Empire or Low Country they will tell you there is a severe skilled labor shortage. Savannah Technical College is looking to fill some of those gaps with their graduating students.

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