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November 2012
Posted by Steven Nyeste
Many students can reflect back on college as a time of personal and educational growth, but through the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), this opportunity for growth goes beyond the traditional college years. Launched in July 2004 and recently relocated to the COTC Pataskala campus, the LLI falls under the Workforce Development Innovation Center and provides noncredit educational opportunities for mature learners in Central Ohio. Members broaden and extend their knowledge, share their life experiences, become more attuned to community resources, and in...
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October 2012
Cerner Corporation, a global health information company with headquarters in North Kansas City, has roughly 10,000 employees and licenses health information solutions to more than 9,000 facilities worldwide. Now in its fourth decade, the company has an annual revenue of $1.9 billion—and there is no slow-down in sight. To meet the workforce needs of current and future growth in the constantly transforming industry of digital medical records, Cerner needs a constant pipeline of sharp, skilled prospective employees. That's where the company's partnership with Metropolitan Community College-Kansas...
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October 2012
In southern California, no resource is more precious than water. After years of drought and water sources from northern California drying up, saving every possible drop of water has become increasingly important. Cuyamaca College's water/wastewater technology program is addressing this vital issue and providing job training for what is sure to be a growing field as more residents and businesses look for ways to save water while irrigating their landscaping. The college, located in eastern San Diego County and serving about 9,000 students, has received a $535,000 grant from the state Community...
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September 2012
Lone Star College (LSC)-University Park's investment in students and innovation recently paid big dividends as its students and advisor won the 2012 National Education Startup Challenge with their entry known as the Educational Positioning System (EPS). This breakthrough innovation provides students with the ability to develop a career pathway by placing their educational information in their hands, assisting them in assessing their skill capabilities and then guiding them through the educational requirements to obtain future employment. The National Education Startup Challenge is part of the...
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August 2012
Housatonic Community College (HCC), in Bridgeport, CT, has unveiled a two-certificate Advanced Manufacturing Program at the college's new regional advanced manufacturing center. The program, which is currently accepting applications for the fall 2012 semester, will prepare students for advanced manufacturing positions that include machine operator, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) operator, CNC programmer, assembler, and quality control inspector, positions that can pay in the $15-20 range. Demand for employees with these skills has been spurred by a resurgence of manufacturing in this one-time...
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July 2012
Posted by Carmy Greenwood
Tallahassee Community College (TCC) has been awarded funding from Campus Compact to pilot a program designed to help community college students stay in school and ultimately graduate. The opportunity has excited faculty and staff of the college, which serves more than 15,000 students in Florida's capital city. "This builds directly on what we are already doing to support college completion," said TCC President Jim Murdaugh. We opened our Learning Commons in 2008 to provide targeted academic assistance, and we've consistently found that students who use those resources are more successful in th...
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July 2012
The state-of-the-art Transportation Technology Center at Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, hit the ground running not a minute too soon. For the past five years, enrollment has been increasing in all the college's transportation programs: Automotive Systems Technology, Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology, Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology, the Richard Childress Race Car Technology program, and Recreational Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technology. Shop space, computer lab space, and classrooms at the main campus were heavily st...
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July 2012
Posted by Carolyn Aanestad
Law enforcement officers and first responders from throughout the region are using the training opportunities at the Rural Justice Training Center (RJTC) at Central Wyoming College (CWC). The RJTC offers a wide assortment of programs and is able to customize the training needs for individual departments at an affordable price. "Rural law enforcement agencies face the difficult challenge of providing cost-effective and realistic training because of limited budgets," said RJTC Director Eric Heiser. With its central location in Riverton, WY, officers may travel without significantly burdening dep...
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June 2012
Posted by Warren Yarbrough
As is the case at other community colleges around the United States, successful course completion, particularly in select gatekeeper courses and all developmental studies classes, has historically been an issue at Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College (OCtech). However, over the course of the past three academic years, the college has had proven success with course completion in both developmental studies and credit-bearing gatekeeper courses through the use of supplemental instruction.  In conjunction with its involvement in the Achieving the Dream initiative, the college held a series of town...
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June 2012
Portage College (Portage) is a comprehensive community institution serving oil sands rich north eastern Alberta. Portage was gifted in 1968 when Cree and Métis peoples undertook a 28-day sit-in demanding learning opportunities. Today, Portage has grown to operate 10 campus locations serving seven First Nations (Indian) Reservations and four Métis Settlements. Portage's learning area includes some 45 distinct ethnic communities representing 85,000 people. Ethnic diversity is a wealth celebrated in the northern communities served by the college. The Lac La Biche Campus is situated in the gateway...
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May 2012
Posted by Jerry Landry
Since September 2010, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), located in Charlotte, North Carolina, has cross-trained people with a proven health care or information technology background to provide electronic health record solutions to health care providers through a workforce grant from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology. With five cohorts of students already begun, CPCC admitted 507 students into four workforce training roles: (1) Clinician/Practitioner Consultant; (2) Implementation Manager; (3) Implementation Support Specialist; and (4) Pract...
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May 2012
Posted by Julie Stiak and Jeff Wolz
While programs requiring costly, state-of-the-art science labs were being eliminated during budget cuts around the nation, Phoenix College developed a unique partnership with Arizona State University (ASU) that netted a $100,000 public grant upgrade to its laboratory facilities and increased its ability to encourage student success by offering the opportunity to earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). Students complete 90 hours at Phoenix College and 30 through ASU, resulting in significant tuition savings compared...
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May 2012
Posted by Janet Hubbs
Starting in September 2012, Ocean County College (OCC), located in Toms River, New Jersey, will begin extending its course offerings more than half way around the world to students at Tianjin Open University (TOU), in Tianjin Province, People's Republic of China, through a new E-Learning partnership facilitated by the Time Cruiser Computing Corporation. OCC is a large community college in south central New Jersey with an additional location in Manahawkin and twelve off-campus sites around the county. It currently enjoys an on-campus partnership with Kean University, through which OCC graduates...
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April 2012
Posted by David E. Birch
Lone Star College-Tomball is one of six colleges within the Lone Star College System (LSCS) in the Houston, Texas, area. Our college and our system have recognized that an increased emphasis on international education provides many positive benefits for students, faculty, and communities. Lone Star College-Tomball sponsors a number of initiatives promoting international education, including a commitment to participating in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference held each spring at the United Nations in New York. This conference, the largest and most prestigious of the collegiate M...
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March 2012
Web 2.0 Meets Constructivism: Innovative Teaching Strategies for Biology What do Dewey, Vygotsky, Piaget, Bruner, and Gardner all have in common? If the neural capacity for how students learn has ever sparked your interest, you're probably already quite familiar with their theories of learning. Each of these individuals has made significant contributions to the Constructivist Learning Model. Through careful observation and research their findings have evolved and solidified from hypotheses to widely accepted theories that have become the bedrock for Inquiry-Based Learning. Constructivism has i...
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February 2012
The Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness at the Georgian College Barrie Campus is thriving. Now that the doors have opened to students and the public, state-of-the-art laboratories, study areas, and community health clinics are buzzing with activity as Georgian helps prepare Simcoe County's future health-care providers. The largest expansion in Georgian history, the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness spans 172,000 square feet and houses all Health and Wellness programs at the Barrie Campus, along with six community health clinics: Oral Health, Massage Therapy, Georgian College Optical, and...
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January 2012
J.F. Drake State Technical College in Huntsville, Alabama, is a member of the Alabama Community College System and is one of several higher education institutions serving the Madison County area. The enrollment is approximately 1,300 students of very diverse backgrounds. The college focuses on technical programs, offering associate degrees and certificates in the areas of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Manufacturing, Salon Management, and Culinary/Hospitality Services. Renewable Energy Partnership In the past year, Drake State has been fortunate to involve itself with two new initiati...
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December 2011
What makes a great business travelers' destination? Location, atmosphere, service, perks? A great hotel needs them all. Stylish, Euro-chic features greet you as you enter the lobby. The extensive, completely original art collection was created exclusively by Iowa artists, including the striking chandelier featured in the Class Act restaurant, composed by a Kirkwood faculty member. Every detail, floor to ceiling, was hand-chosen to create an amazing atmosphere for guests to enjoy in this Kirkwood Community College teaching and learning facility. "The Hotel is second to none in this area for am...
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November 2011
Posted by Anisha Morrell-Charles
Last year, as a part of the American Graduation Initiative goal, President Barack Obama challenged the nation's 1,200 community colleges to produce an additional five million graduates by 2020. In the wake of this challenge, and of the increasing number of senior administrators who will be retiring, community colleges have been faced with a growing leadership gap and inadequate succession pipeline. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, the pace of administrative and other key staff retirements exceeds the pace at which these positions are being restaffed (Schults, 2001)....
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October 2011
It's a sad fact that regressive regimes often target scholars and restrict academic freedoms by inhibiting research, publication, teaching, and learning in an attempt to restrain access to information and new ideas. In defense of the human rights of academics and their communities, Toronto's Centennial College has recently joined the international Scholars at Risk Network, providing a safe haven and support to academics and graduate students who have fled conditions of political oppression in their homeland. Centennial is the first and only Canadian college in a worldwide network of more than...

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