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The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

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21 April 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Math requirements are a common barrier preventing students from successfully graduating from community college in Washington state. Schools are offering a new way for non-STEM majors to earn the credit; Statway teache...

The New York Times

Kerry Hannon

22 February 2019

United States

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Community colleges, equipped with retrofitted trailers, are offering on-site training to mid- to late-career professionals, providing them with a convenient chance to keep their skills up-to-date in the face of rapidl...

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Benjamin Wermund

16 January 2019

Lynchburg, Tennessee, United States

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In Tennessee, a current program for free community college for all residents is overwhelmingly popular; the program has been framed as a necessary tool for job training and economic development, funded through lottery...

Daily Emerald

Ryan Nguyen

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7 January 2019

Oregon, United States

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The Oregon Promise, which will pay a portion of an in-state student's tuition towards one of Oregon's community colleges, has been a game changer for some undocumented, first-generation, and low-income students. While...

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

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16 November 2018

Washington, United States

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On college campuses across California and Washington state, the Umoja Community program groups black freshman in small classes that focus on historic and present issues affecting black communities. While 33 percent of...

The New York Times

Paulette Perhach

2 November 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Community colleges are increasingly leveraging technology to engage students and keep them on track to graduation. Personalized messages about deadlines, information about class performance from professors, and texts ...

Howard County Times

Jess Nocera

27 September 2018

Maryland, United States

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Through JumpStart, a dual enrollment program in Maryland, students can graduate with not only a high school degree but also the credits equivalent to an associates. Over 700 students in Howard County participate in th...

BizTech Magazine

Juliet Van Wagenen

23 July 2018

United States

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Tech companies like Google, Amazon, and IBM are forming partnerships with community colleges in an effort to address the lack of IT skilled workers entering the job market. Advertised as "new collar" careers, these te...

Pacific Standard

Dwyer Gunn

19 July 2018

Tennessee, United States

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Since 2014, nine states have introduced free college programs for all high school graduates attending in-state community college and technical schools. Unlike other similar initiatives, this model targets all populati...

Wall Street Journal

Christopher Mims

29 June 2018

United States

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Disappointed with the talent and skills coming out of traditional four year liberal arts colleges, high-profile tech companies, such as Amazon and Google, are turning to community colleges as a new source of desperate...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Roberta Baker

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17 June 2018

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

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In states like New Hampshire, the rising senior population is highlighting a different issue - a lack of caregivers and home health aids. The Registered Apprenticeship Program for Home Health Aides at Great Bay Commun...

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

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1 June 2018

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Only one year after Tennessee became the first state to offer free community college education to all high school graduates, the college enrollment rate increased by five percent. By reducing barriers to entry, the pr...

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

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1 June 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan looks to Tennessee's initiative that offers free community college education for every high-school graduate in the state. While Seattle currently helps low-income students pay for the first ...

The Atlantic

Marcella Bombardieri

30 May 2018

Texas, United States

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Journalist Marcella Bombardieri calls community college "one of America's largest and most important anti-poverty programs." The president of Amarillo College in Texas is testing just how far community colleges can go...

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

22 January 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Students enrolled in community college may waste time and money if they don't have a clear plan laid out for their post-secondary education. With new grant funding, five community colleges in Washington are working to...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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9 January 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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When the federal government fails to stimulate social change, local areas step up. Tennessee is giving more structure and funding to community college education, and it’s drastically increasing graduation rates. Alask...

Politico Magazine

Derek Robertson

19 October 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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After students with intellectual and developmental disabilities from Chicago's West Englewood neighborhood complete four years in traditional high school, they are eligible to attend Southside Occupational Academy for...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

18 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Far too many students in Philadelphia are not successfully completing their university degrees. A new program at Community College of Philadelphia involves high school freshman taking the equivalent of two years of co...

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

2 June 2017

Chehalis, Washington, United States

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The Chehalis school district has teamed up with the Chehalis Foundation to support students. Only 15 percent of adults in the area have a bachelor's degree, and only 20 percent of graduating high school seniors earn ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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28 March 2017

United States

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Community College Students, an often overlooked demographic, often suffer from low completion rates. Colleges across the country are using a guided pathways model, emphasizing features like full time enrollment, block...

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Eleanor Klibanoff

23 December 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Despite a few remaining flaws to overcome, models for free community college in Chicago and Tennessee are serving as beacons for the rest of the nation in a time when many are calling for higher education to be more a...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

16 December 2016

Newport, Kentucky, United States

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Research is recognizing that to help women graduate from career programs additional supports and services are needed such as child care, domestic violence aid and emergency cash assistance. Programs, such as The Brigh...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

2 December 2016

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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A just-announced $6 million federal grant will help end poverty in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Taos News

JR Logan

14 November 2016

Taos, New Mexico, United States

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A UNM-Taos nursing program has been touted by the college and the hospital as a great example of workforce development in a community that has long struggled with economic development. As leaders continue to look for ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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26 April 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Students who are new to America or lack college-educated parents often don’t know their options. Increasing transparency about financial aid systems and encouraging students to strive for competitive schools are some ...

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