Certificate programs vs. bachelor’s degrees
U.S. News & World Report
New data may help prospective college students place less emphasis on the institution itself when selecting a college and instead look at specific program offerings and outcomes.

Want a white-collar career without college debt? Become an apprentice
New York Times
The Hartford, an insurance company, began working with community colleges in 2015 to offer students the chance to spend their summers handling customer’s calls. So far, about 80 have been hired full-time.

Michigan Community College Association launching initiative to tackle economic instability of students
The Michigan Community College Association is launching an initiative in January to improve student success by addressing economic instability including access to food, housing, transportation, childcare and other basic needs.

Commentary: College credit where credit is due — recognizing ‘prior learning’
While many colleges and universities are working to make RPL more available, too few students earn credits this way.

Gov. Gordon’s Workforce Enhancement Initiative announces funding awards
The Wyoming Community College Commission has vetted and approved the first four funding awards for Wyoming Works educational programs.

City Colleges to offer free training for in-demand jobs
Austin Weekly News
A new career training program at four City Colleges of Chicago will give West Siders the opportunity to earn a professional certificate from at no cost to them, thanks to Workforce Equity Initiative grants the colleges received a few months ago. The grants are designed to boost the number of minorities who are represented in high-demand fields.

Lone Star College approved to offer bachelor’s degree programs in 2020
Community Impact Newspapers
Starting in fall 2020, Lone Star College will be one of the first community colleges in the state where students can work toward certain four-year degrees.

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