Advocacy and Funding Articles

Investing in the long term

Uplifting underserved populations is a compelling donor narrative, an effort buoyed in recent decades by endowments that fund scholarship opportunities and exciting new programming. “We have a great story to tell about giving,” says Mark Erickson, president of Pennsylvania’s Northampton Community College (NCC), which increased its endowment from $51.9 million in 2018 to $65 million […]

Expanding tuition-free programs

Though many community colleges are facing potential funding losses – especially if state budgets are slashed – they are still pushing hard to help people affected by the pandemic. Many are offering scholarships and other financial assistance to get people enrolled and on track for college and workforce success. Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Ohio […]

Report roundup

Here are three reports you should know about this month. Colleges need to do more for students who are parents, Generation Hope says in a new report. According to a survey conducted by the community-based nonprofit focused on college completion and early childhood success, one in five undergraduate students – and one in four (26 […]

A behind-the-signs story

The new year brought new Metropolitan Community College (MCC) signs to highways and interstates around Kansas City. Ho-hum. Right? Actually, it was an undertaking so complicated, it required a new state law to make it happen. The old signs — in some cases at least 25 years old — didn’t even use the correct names […]

Inside the Promise Zone

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) embraces the life-changing role it will play educating students through the Grand Rapids Promise Zone, and is proud to be a partner in these efforts to strengthen the region for generations to come, GRCC President Bill Pink said. Pink spoke at a Jan. 13 event with Mayor Rosalynn Bliss; Teresa […]

TAACCCT as a model for future workforce efforts

During a House subcommittee hearing Dec. 18 on how Congress can address worker displacement by expanding access to lifelong learning, a former top-level U.S. Labor Department official noted that the TAACCCT program has provided a structure that can help workers and employers. Seth Harris, who served as U.S. deputy labor secretary and its chief operating […]

HPOG creates a path out of poverty

Ana Karen Lopez – the oldest of seven children in a family that immigrated from Mexico to Texas – dreamed of becoming a nurse but couldn’t afford a college education without extensive financial assistance. Thanks to a federal HPOG grant, Lopez was able to quit her dead-end receptionist job and enroll full-time in a licensed […]

Report roundup

Here are three reports you should know about this month. State disinvestment in public higher education has led to fewer affordable college opportunities, particularly for low-income and underrepresented students, say the authors of a report from The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS). The report proposes a framework for a new federal-state partnership that […]

Enrollment and age

The new school year is just beginning, but community college presidents are closely watching enrollment numbers. Since hitting a peak in 2010, the total community college enrollment has decreased each fall after the Great Recession, declining by more than 1 million students nationally between 2010 and 2017. However, when looking at those who do enroll […]

An opportunity to succeed

This spring, Paola Arias-Batista became one of the first Passaic County Community College (PCCC) students to receive the New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG), a pilot program that enabled qualifying students to attend classes tuition free. “I was so happy to receive this,” said Arias-Batista, who struggled to pay for her own education by […]