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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2019
Programs like nursing, welding, computer science and communications are found at many if not most community colleges. And then there are degree and certificate offerings like cannabis cultivation, slot machine repair and gunsmithing technology that aren't exactly a dime a dozen--and yet they are an important part of both their respective academic…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Program Development, Certification
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2019
Employers across a wide variety of industries say the so-called "soft" skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication and collaboration have grown in importance as rapid advancements in technology have transformed their operations. According to a survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, problem…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Role, Employment Qualifications, Problem Solving
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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2019
By 2030, experts expect one in five American workers to have an immigrant background. And there are already 44 million immigrants in the United States. Most arrive with unmet workforce training needs. Even those with advanced degrees from their own countries can face language and cultural barriers that can leave them stuck in jobs that squander…
Descriptors: Job Training, Immigrants, Refugees, Community Colleges
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2019
A risk manager's job is to assess what could go wrong on campus, how likely this is to happen, and what the consequences would be--and then take action to protect the college, its people, and its assets. These steps might include introducing new policies and procedures, training stakeholders, instilling a culture of safety, and making sure the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Risk Management, School Safety, Risk Assessment
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2019
Cybersecurity workers protect crucial information across the industry spectrum, from health records to bank accounts to sensitive military communications. A massive shortage of skilled technical employees in the U.S. has put the nation's digital privacy and infrastructure at risk, observers say, leading more community colleges to include…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Internet, Information Security, Employment Qualifications
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2019
Community colleges aren't quite as high on the list of hackers and scammers as institutions like banks, hospitals and four-year research universities, yet the institutional and personal data stored on their servers and in the online cloud can be valuable, so they need to lock down their data like any other entity. This requires a combination of…
Descriptors: Information Security, Computer Security, Campuses, Community Colleges
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2019
Community colleges have made great strides in advancing student success and completion during the last decade. But not all students have benefited from these efforts equally. According to the Lumina Foundation, the postsecondary attainment rate for adults in the United States is around 40 percent. Yet, there are still large gaps in attainment…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Equal Education, Outcomes of Education, Achievement Gap
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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2019
The purpose of the American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Competencies for Community College Leaders is to guide the development of emerging leaders and to assist colleges with the selection of employees dedicated to the community college mission, vision, and values. Recently after over two years, college presidents on the AACC's…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Administration, Competence, Leadership Qualities
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2019
Though 80 percent of the 1.1 million community college students who enroll each year intend to transfer and earn a bachelor's degree, only about 14 percent of them end up getting a bachelor's degree within six years, according to a 2016 report from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College. Across the nation,…
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Transfer Rates (College), Two Year College Students, Educational Attainment
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2019
Trust and fairness are essential components in building strong, positive relationships with union representatives. Although negotiating contracts with faculty and employee unions can be challenging, it's easier and less contentious when the two sides approach the process not as adversaries, but as partners in improving education. Even with strong…
Descriptors: Unions, College Presidents, Contracts, Collective Bargaining
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2019
Community colleges are increasingly recognizing that diverse leadership is needed to reflect and honor their student and faculty populations. "Students need to feel like they're welcomed," says Robert Vela, president of San Antonio College and head of the National Community College Hispanic Council, an AACC affiliate council. "If…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Diversity (Faculty), Administrator Characteristics, Trustees
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2019
The skill set asked of today's top educators is demanding, with higher education boards of trustees targeting versatile leaders able to raise funds, speak to the media and serve as an institution's academic authority, all while maneuvering among constituent groups seeking their time and attention. Community college presidents, in particular,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Presidents, Governing Boards, Institutional Mission
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2019
An aging population coupled with changing technology means there are growing dentistry needs across the country--and community colleges are there to train the workforce. Dental accreditations and degrees are currently available at two-year colleges nationwide--including the farthest reaches of Alaska--pointing to an industry very much in demand.…
Descriptors: Allied Health Personnel, Dentistry, Allied Health Occupations Education, Community Colleges
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Flory, Emily Shenk – Community College Journal, 2019
The Center for Collegiate Mental Health found that between 2009 and 2015, colleges saw an increase in counseling center use by up to 40 percent, despite only a 5 percent increase in enrollment. The most common concerns among college students are anxiety and depression. Experts point out that this increase could be attributed to students being more…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Anxiety, Mental Health Programs
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2019
Police training programs at community colleges are a vital cog in ensuring that local law enforcement agencies have a steady supply of recruits who have not only the weapons training, legal knowledge and other traditional skills but also professional skills like critical thinking, in an age when police behavior has come under focused public…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Police Education, Law Enforcement, Job Skills
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