Continuing education students more likely to change college plans as a result of the pandemic
Three-quarters of survey respondents to a survey of North Carolina community college students said that the pandemic did not impact their college enrollment plans. However, students enrolled in continuing education courses, students ages 25 to 44, and male students were all more likely to say the pandemic impacted their enrollment plans than both curriculum and basic skills students.

Virginia governor signs law that expands eligibility for state financial aid
In what he called a move that will make the commonwealth more welcoming and inclusive, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill extending financial aid benefits to students who came to the country illegally and who are eligible for in-state tuition.

Milwaukee Area Technical College sees boost in new student enrollment for IT programs
Ken Hanner of Milwaukee used to book musicians for cruise ships — a profession he and so many workers in the service, hospitality and entertainment industry learned was far from pandemic proof. Now, he’s trying out web and software development.

California community colleges lose students to more expensive for-profit colleges
California’s community colleges face a reckoning over losing vulnerable students to more expensive for-profit colleges, where they often incur a disastrous amount of debt but exit with no degree.

Editorial: Do a better job of promoting two-year colleges
Lowell Sun
Two-year degrees can lead individuals seeking a shorter employment path to a level of earning potential and upward mobility not previously contemplated. It’s the message that graduates of technical high schools and students in other public schools who’ve shown an inclination in that hands-on direction should be hearing.

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