California community colleges hope new bill helping wave student debt will turn enrollment declines
Sacramento News & Review
The Community College Student Access, Retention and Debt Cancellation Program allows community colleges to use funds to provide financial incentives for students to sign up for classes, including debt cancellation. The bill requires officials to prioritize funding to schools with sharp enrollment declines.

How new Title IX rules could affect California’s transgender and nonbinary students
New Title IX rules barring gender discrimination could put more responsibility on colleges to protect transgender and nonbinary students. But those students say creating welcoming campuses will require more than just policy.

New California law requires public colleges, universities to bolster campus opioid prevention services
Press Democrat
Senate Bill 367, known as the Campus Opioid Safety Act, requires community colleges and California state universities to provide opioid prevention information and resources as part of established campus orientations.

Advocates push for transit connections to Georgia’s two-year colleges
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription required)
For one student, it’s the time spent walking an hour each way to campus. For another without a reliable ride, it’s the stress and expense of getting to class for a big exam.

Oregon’s aspiring morticians study funeral services education at Mt. Hood Community College
The Oregonian
Mt. Hood Community College has the only accredited funeral services education program in the state. Students learn how to embalm bodies, the business of running a funeral home and grief and counseling skills.

Virginia Republican proposes forgiveness for some community college student loans
A Republican state delegate is proposing a bill that would allow some community college students to get fully forgivable loans — but only in certain fields facing shortages.

Difference Maker: Outgoing Washington college chancellor leaves behind gifts for students
Christine Johnson, who is retiring after 12 years as chancellor of the Community Colleges of Spokane, leaves behind four parting gifts: two scholarships and two emergency funds for CCS students.

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