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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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September 2011
Cañada College in Redwood City, California, is a member of the California Community College System and is one of three colleges in the San Mateo County Community College District. The student body is genuinely multicultural, with Hispanic students as the largest single group. During 2009-2010, the college enrolled 10,451 unique students and 4,982 full-time equivalent students. There has been a real focus in the past several years on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. For Cañada College, we have focused on two main areas around STEM education: 1) accelerating st...
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August 2011
Students, staff, and the entire Barrie community have a lot to look forward to this fall at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, as construction progresses on the Centre for Health and Wellness. The college is focusing on providing first-rate health-care education to its students, along with access to health-care clinics for community members. Set to open in September, the Centre for Health and Wellness will feature community health clinics such as speech, language, and hearing services; oral health; massage therapy; vision; esthetics; and a Nurse Practitioner-led clinic. These clinics...
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June 2011
Posted by Todd Schwartz
A nationwide mandate for electronic health records means the days of paper charts in the doctor's office are numbered—and a multitude of new jobs are available. That manila folder your doctor carries into the exam room, full of papers and charts containing your medical history, is on the way to being as long gone as the house call. The new age of health care requires much faster and easier sharing of information between providers, so medical records are rapidly becoming, like your financial records, part of a secure electronic database. In the long run, electronic health records (EHR) will hel...
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May 2011
With Miami's emerging culinary scene—one known for fusing a mélange of cultures and tastes into bold and unique creations—comes the need for the training and education of the people conceptualizing and serving up the newest and latest dishes. And with a 50-year history of working with industry and setting the bar for corporate training and development, Miami Dade College (MDC) is again stepping in to ensure an industry has a steady pool of qualified and highly trained employees with the launch of its Miami Culinary Institute. The Miami Culinary Institute is anchored by three main components: a...
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April 2011
Cheers erupted from more than 200 stunned Chief Sealth International High School seniors as they absorbed the news that a free year of college is in their future.  South Seattle Community College (South) President Gary Oertli caught the assembled Class of 2011 by surprise with his announcement that the college's 13th Year Promise Scholarship has been expanded to Chief Sealth. The groundbreaking scholarship program, the first of its kind in Washington state, guarantees every graduating senior the opportunity to attend South tuition-free for one year, regardless of grade point, test scores, or o...
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March 2011
"In designing Launch, it was important to us that program participants understand the steps that make a successful startup and to physically take their startup idea on that journey," said Tom McKeon, Tulsa Community College (TCC) President. "Oklahoma is one of the most active states for entrepreneurial activity. TCC's Launch program builds on that momentum and emphasizes the importance startups are to the economic health of our economy." Since its beginning in spring 2009, more than 100 people have applied to be part of the program.  Each cycle, or flight, uses local business leaders and succe...
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February 2011
Engineering instructors from across the United States will flock to Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) over the next three years to learn state-of-the-art technology thanks to a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). CGCC received the Advanced Technology Education grant, "Developing the Digital Technologist for the New Millennium," in partnership with the University of New Mexico. CGCC engineering instructor Bassam Matar coauthored the grant and says that, along with Drake State Community College in Alabama, CGCC will host two different workshops per year that will a...
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October 2010
Wallace State Community College in Hanceville recently celebrated the grand opening of its Advanced Visualization Center. The Advanced Visualization Center is a comprehensive state-of-the-art learning center for developing and implementing innovative, engaging curricula for education and workforce development. The center includes virtual and simulated environments, 3-D and 4-D object development labs, 3-D immersive experiences, and telepresence conference areas. Ten labs overseen by the center have been installed in five locations across campus. "The technologically-advanced teaching and trai...
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September 2010
Posted by Brad Meyer
Area residents recently received a firsthand look at Owens Community College's new renewable energy technology on the Findlay-area campus as the academic institution officially unveiled a new solar array and wind turbine during a community dedication in partnership with GreaterFindlayInc. "Owens Community College is committed to providing area residents leading-edge academic resources and programming within the growing field of alternative and renewable energy," said Dr. Michael Bankey, Owens vice president of Workforce and Community Services. The new wind turbine and solar array on the Findla...
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June 2010
Many colleges and universities across the United States have lost students called up for military service in Iraq or Afghanistan, and Santa Fe College (SFC) is no exception. In April of 2003, Sgt. John Travis Rivero was killed at the age of 23 in a Humvee accident in the Iraqi desert. Three months later, Sgt. Jeffrey Mattison Wershow was killed at age 22 in a terrorist attack while providing security for American educators visiting Baghdad University. Both former Santa Fe students were from Gainesville, Florida, and both served in the 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment of the Florida Army...
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May 2010
With just over a half century of history to its name, Cayuga Community College is a youngster in a region sculpted by glaciers. But this relative upstart has taken on a major role in revitalizing the economic landscape. That's the goal, as Cayuga infuses entrepreneurship into its academics and outreach. For college President Daniel Larson, a career in higher education led from Missouri to Michigan to the State University of New York (SUNY), a 64-campus network of nearly a half-million students. Since taking the helm in 2007 at Cayuga, one of SUNY's 30 community colleges, Larson has fostered a...
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April 2010
According to the International Technology and Innovation Foundation, the "New Economy" refers to the changes that have occurred over the past two decades, transforming the U.S. into a global, entrepreneurial, and knowledge-based economy. This new economy is rooted in information technology and requires continuing education. In the past, economic development focused on attracting new businesses with financial incentives. Companies now require that a well-trained, educated workforce is readily available when making a decision to relocate or stay in a region. Sinclair Community College Partners...
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March 2010
Suffolk County Community College, the largest multicampus community college in the State University of New York system, serves over 24,000 students. Among the entering first-time, full-time students, 60 percent need developmental courses in at least one of the three areas—reading, writing, and mathematics—before they can pursue various degrees. The College Success Program was developed to help underprepared students successfully manage the demands of the first-year college experience and contribute to their overall success in college. The program is open to students who are not qualified for a...

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