Research programs at community colleges grow
Chemical & Engineering News
As recognition grows that introducing undergraduate research earlier in a student’s education can be an important recruitment and retention tool for the sciences, more people are trying to make research opportunities available to community college students.

Two South Jersey colleges merge, following nationwide trend
Philadelphia Inquirier
Rowan College at Gloucester County and Cumberland County College formally joined forces, creating the first such community college in New Jersey. The new entity will be called Rowan College of South Jersey.

High-school apprenticeship programs give kids a chance to earn money, credit, work experience
Seattle Times
This fall, about 120 Washington high school juniors and seniors will earn a paycheck, work experience, and high school and college credit — all at the same time.

West Virginia community colleges get $4M grant to help IT apprentices train while being paid
Charleston Gazette-Mail
The West Virginia Community and Technical College System has been awarded a nearly $4 million federal grant that will fund expanding a program that trains and retrains students and workers while helping companies simultaneously pay them.

Commentary: Mentoring is a choice
Journal Times
Social or employability skills are best learned by practice and mentoring can provide a valuable strategy to engage learners and young employees on how to adapt to the culture of your organization, writes Bryan Albrecht, president of Gateway Technical College in Wisconsin.

Commentary: Erasing the community college stigma
Higher Education Today (American Council on Education blog)
Policymakers should do more to end elitism by supporting and rewarding institutions that provide the greatest access to low-income, first-generation and other underserved student populations.

New program at Roanoke community college aims to help young farmers
Roanoke Times
Virginia Western Community College is working to do just that with the launch of its agriculture associate degree program this fall.

New California college specializes in low-cost adult career training
NBC Southern California
Beginning Oct. 1, Calbright College will offer workplace-based training in cybersecurity, general information technology and medical coding, and will expand course offerings following the fall pilot program.

Houston Community College offering free college degrees
As the debate over college debt takes the national stage, Houston Community College is offering free degrees with its new Eagle Promise Program.

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