Portman: Pre-K, community college not ‘typically’ a government responsibility
The Hill
“I’m a big fan of what community colleges do,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said Sunday, adding that legislation should focus more on skills training or trade schools, rather than community colleges.

Commentary: Community colleges as essential sites of viewpoint diversity and constructive engagement
Heterodox: The Blog
In our Balkanized political culture, community colleges are one of the few institutions and public spaces where individuals possessing divergent values, attitudes, and beliefs gather and discuss, debate, learn and share a personal challenge.

Commentary: Community college saved my life. Thank you, Joe Biden, for trying to make it free.
Washington Post
My community college experience wasn’t free, but it felt close — $13 a credit, manageable on barista pay (my first post-ballet job). It was also a safe, stable haven, just as it is for many students who might otherwise endlessly drift.

Commentary: Free community college? A few words of caution
The Hill
An alternative: Make community colleges free only to those from families with lower-to-middle incomes, and make sure that some resources are directed towards expanding teaching capacity, especially for fields like nursing.

MSUB Business College launches 2+2 programs with community colleges in the region
Billings Gazette
Students starting their careers in business at community colleges throughout the region will now have an easier time finishing their education at Montana State University Billings.

A Virginia college’s racing program gets Radical new partner
Martinsville Bulletin
A sportscar manufacturer will be moving into Patrick Henry Community College facilities, a partnership PHCC officials believe will be a big benefit for students in the college’s motorsports program.

‘Jewel of the college’: Spokane Falls Community College ‘excited’ for new fine arts, photography facility
The Washington college’s new 60,000-square-foot fine and applied arts facility will have classrooms, labs, offices, exhibition space, studios, dark rooms and specialty storage areas, as well as an art gallery and photo gallery in the lobby.

Get a first look at Austin Community College’s newly renovated Rio Grande campus
The historic Rio Grande campus of Austin Community College — once Austin High School and, before that, Allan Junior High School — has been thoroughly transformed with an eye to the future of learning in this city.

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