Terry O’Banion has been working in the community college field for 50 years. He has been recognized with four national awards in his name, written 14 books and more than 150 articles, has consulted in more than 800 community colleges and is one of the most active authors and speakers in the community college arena. Here he provides a very personal perspective on why he does this work.
Tarrant County College, which serves Fort Worth, Texas, and the greater Tarrant County area, was recently awarded a Carl D. Perkins state leadership grant by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Career Pathways to Student Success grant is a continuation of work begun two years earlier to develop a statewide energy technician curriculum career pathway.
Days after returning from the funeral in Florida, she was stalking the aisles at Target, explaining the nuances of mattress pads and pillow cases to her eldest son, who is off to college at Virginia Commonwealth University. Next on the agenda: teaching him how to do laundry.
On May 12, a record number of awards were handed to proud graduates of Snead State Community College. The number of these hard-earned achievement milestones (both associate degrees and certificates) has actually doubled in the past four years.
The American Disabilities Act used to allow any animal to qualify as a “service animal” as long as it was trained to do a task for an individual with a disability. In the early 1990’s, when the Department of Justice originally issued its regulations, ADA did not define the parameters of acceptable animal species.
Much has been written on the gap in college degree attainment between white, middle-class students and those students who are low-income, first-generation to college and members of minority groups. Never has the need to close this gap been more pressing.
Washington State had a problem. Industry leaders such as Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, and Amazon.com require an educated workforce, and not surprisingly the state ranks high in the number of baccalaureate-holders.
The technology used today in the distance learning classroom can be mind numbing for some of us boomers. I am a community college PR/marketing professional in my mid-50s, and I was under the mistaken notion that technology and I had grown up together.
Last year, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) joined five other community college organizations in signing a commitment to boost student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade.
I remember attending East Los Angeles Community College (ELAC) back in the fall of 1982. Ronald Reagan was president, interest rates were 19 percent, unemployment was hovering around 10 percent and California’s governor was Jerry Brown.
There has been no shortage of finger-pointing about who is to blame for the horrifying shooting spree in Tucson, Ariz., that left six people dead and another 13 wounded, including the gravely injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.