From the very first day of class, I feel a simultaneous connection and disconnection with my students. We’re both nervous wondering how this class is going to go. But we have two completely different perspectives.
Many professionals in the community college sector are talking about a new normal. It is a realization that the model that has prevailed for over fifty years – providing prosperity to generations of middle class Americans along the way – will struggle to sustain itself in its current format given the emerging social and economic realities.
In today’s world of virtual course delivery, we are finding that what works for students is both easy to use and free, or if not free, then easily affordable. We live in a time of 99 cent apps and $20 software, and we no longer tolerate products that are difficult to use, expensive, and quickly outdated.
David (not a real student) wants to go into teaching. He decides he is going to attend a community college to ease into the college climate because he has been out of school for many years. He contacts his local community college and makes an appointment with an advisor. As he sits down with his advisor, he is asked what four-year university he wants to attend. David has no idea at this point. His advisor tells him he needs to know where he wants to transfer because his program and courses will be based on the four-year institution he wants to attend. David asks about his choices.
In the 1970s, I began what was three decades in the automotive industry. It was a good place to be at the time. U.S. automakers had enjoyed decades of growth and profitability, and it seemed like history would continue to repeat itself.
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.