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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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February 2010
Cabela's Inc., with headquarters in Sidney, Nebraska, is known across the United States as "the world's foremost outfitter."  So in 2003, when corporate leaders and former Western Nebraska Community College President Dr. John Harms were looking at how WNCC could effectively provide quality training and advanced continuing education to Cabela's employees across the nation, the first Corporate Academy at WNCC was formed. WNCC has since provided 73,589 Cabela's employees 1,942 credit hours of training in skill areas such as human resources, retail, management, inventory analysis, merchandising, f...
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January 2010
At the same time that Anoka Technical College in Anoka, Minnesota, celebrated its ten year partnership with the Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP), college leaders invested in a unique program that provides hope for people who are without a job and without the skills needed to get a job. With three consecutive semesters of record-breaking enrollments, the 42-year-old college has earned the reputation as being the right place for technical and career education for high school graduates and for people seeking new or different employment opportunities. A decade ago, visionaries from the...
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December 2009
At the Cambrian College Quality Teaching Resource Centre (QTRC), the coordinator is always looking for new and innovative ways to bring faculty together within and across programs, with the ultimate goal of enhancing student success. So when one of her colleagues mentioned professional learning communities (PLC), she had to know more. She quickly learned that this approach is used exclusively at the elementary and secondary level in numerous school systems across North America, but no one has brought it to the postsecondary level, yet.  Everything about the concept fit beautifully with Cambria...
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November 2009
The inaugural graduates of South Seattle Community College's Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Hospitality Management program who were awarded their degrees in June 2009 are future hospitality industry leaders. Their 21st century skill set includes knowledge and hands-on experience in marketing, human resources, management, and technical applications in all facets of the hospitality industry. Those transferable skills enable them to work in tourism, hotel operation, restaurant management, catering, cruise ship, and casino operations, or travel—anywhere in the world. The 90-credit program i...
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October 2009
Embedded within the mission of community colleges is the commitment to quality teaching in support of true access, equity, and excellence in learning. At Holyoke Community College, learning communities have played a critical role in supporting the college mission along with leading the campus in innovation, collaboration, and inclusion. There continues to be strong quantitative and qualitative evidence that learning communities (LCs) at Holyoke Community College (HCC) help underprepared students prepare, prepared students to advance, and advanced students to excel, while providing a transforma...
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September 2009
As part of an ongoing effort to interest American Indian youth in a variety of careers and in pursuing higher education, Leech Lake Tribal College recently collaborated with local schools on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe reservation to host two exciting summer programs. The first program, known as the STAR (Successful Transition to and Academic Rigor in postsecondary education) Project, was held June 8-19, and involved a cohort of 14 rising tenth-graders from the Cass Lake-Bena High School. The project, made possible by a grant from the US Office of Indian Education, is a comprehensive and col...
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August 2009
Posted by Betty Redleaf-Collett
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College is a two-year public college founded in 1998. The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council adopted a resolution that year establishing a tribally-controlled college and the formation of a governing Board of Regents. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan constitutes a sovereign nation within the United States. The sovereignty of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe forms the legal basis to charter Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College. With its founding in 1998, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College joined the larger tribal college movement. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe tra...
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July 2009
Member Spotlight offers member colleges the opportunity to spotlight a program, an award, or a successful innovation to share with other community colleges. These spotlights are featured in the League's monthly League Connections electronic newsletter. We send our thanks and recognition to the colleges featured in the 2008-2009 Member Spotlight. Each institution is listed below with a link to the college's Member Spotlight selection. Seattle Community College Big Sandy Community and Technical College Ivy Tech Community College Cossatot Community College Kaua'i Community College Bakersfield Col...
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June 2009
Independence Community College (ICC) is regarded for its strong history of academic excellence with a unique flavor that makes this community college a stand out. Nestled in a rural community in Southeast Kansas, ICC has made it their mission to be all about community. Working through the ICC Successful Entrepreneur Program, the College is playing an active role in revitalizing Independence's Historic Downtown. ICC's Workforce Development efforts continue to reach out to area industry in these tough economic times. A move to help job seekers become valued employees brought about a new six-wee...
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May 2009
Every year, Project Finance International (PFI), along with other renowned financial publications, surveys ssuccessfully closed deals globally across various sectors. Amongst the closed deals, they select the best transactions that demonstrate attributes like the use of innovative financing techniques and ground-breaking and pathfinding transactions. Project Finance International is a leading source of global project financial intelligence, which reports on the entire life cycles of deals, from initial hearsay to analysis after completion. That ITE College West PPP, a partnership between the S...
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April 2009
When Treasure Valley Community College was awarded the competitive Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant from the Department of Education in 2005, the college knew this funding would be the catalyst for change at TVCC. One of the priority areas in the grant was creating a way to identify at-risk students and then provide services to help them be more successful at college. Early on, the Title III team developed and piloted an Early Alert/ Intervention program. This innovative and cost-effective program was featured at two League for Innovation conferences as a model for other colleges. Th...
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March 2009
When Chancellor Helen Cox first arrived on the Kaua'i Community College (KCC) campus in August 2008, she had already made it clear that she believed that KCC had an important role to play in moving the island of Kaua'i toward sustainability. In the public forum that was part of her interview, she was told that while much of the country was slowly sliding into the abyss when it came to economics and sustainability, Kaua'i was going over a cliff. She was then asked what she would do to help. In her answer, Cox confessed she didn't have all the answers, but then proceeded to suggest some ideas th...
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February 2009
Cerro Coso Community College, located in the upper Mojave Desert, is on the cutting edge of developing an Energy Technician program to support the renewable energy industry. In the new industrial technology certificate and degree programs, students will complete an 18-unit core set of courses to provide for a well-rounded skilled technical worker. Courses in computer literacy, technical communication, blue print reading, basic hand tools, applied technical math, oxyacetylene welding, and industrial safety are in the core of the program. Within the degree program are three initial areas of spec...

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