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Students grapple with lifetime decision — college or the ‘trades’
CBSNews
As families stagger under $1.5 trillion in student loans — triple the level of college debt a decade ago — the prospect of entering what’s commonly known as “the trades” as a contractor, electrician, plumber or construction workers may prove more appealing.

With data breaches soaring, community colleges launch cybersecurity programs
WILL News – Illinois Public Media
Colleges are increasingly offering cybersecurity degree programs to prepare students to combat online threats. In northern Illinois, several new programs are either launching or in development.

Bama Fast Pass program makes transferring to UA from 2-year schools easier
WBRC
There are around 1,500 transfer students at the University of Alabama each semester. About 1,100 of those students transfer from community colleges.

Commentary: ‘Follow the money’– fund community colleges, not system office
CT Mirror
Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian has increased system office expenditures by over 50 percent in the past three years. He has added over $16 million to his own budget, while cutting funding to community colleges and raising tuition and student fees. This does not put students first.

Commentary: College students shouldn’t go hungry
Daily Journal
Suppose that some students were to receive a small per diem for each day that they are on campus for class, redeemable at their college’s cafeteria. This allocation may potentially be the difference between a student passing or failing his/her/their exam.

Budget shortfall forces Kapiolani Community College to cut classes, jobs
Honolulu Civil Beat
As Kapiolani Community College prepares to welcome students for the fall semester next week, it’s doing some considerable belt-tightening that will mean fewer courses, lecturers and temporary employees.

Mississippi community college expands flagship campus
Associated Press
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is expanding its flagship Perkinston campus.

Local Community College welcomes new therapy dog for students
KLKN
Students returning to Mid-Plains Community College campuses in Nebraska will find a new tool to help with their emotional health – and she’s furry.

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