Advocacy and Funding Articles

Innovative grants help workers transition into new careers

Under Virginia’s New Economy Workforce Credential Grant program, one-third of the tuition for eligible non-credit certification programs is paid by the student, one-third is paid by the state when the student completes the training, and one-third is paid by the state when the student earns an industry-recognized credential. The success of the program “has surpassed […]

Coming together to slow enrollment declines

In May, Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) board accepted recommendations from a blue-ribbon task force that spent the past several months studying the issue. The panel developed recommendations aimed at reversing the trend. “We recognize enrollment declines are a threat to our ability to pursue the VCCS mission and serve the commonwealth,” said John Capps, president […]

The importance of CCAMPIS on campuses

In the summer of 2017, it looked like the federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program may be in jeopardy. The Trump administration’s budget plan for fiscal year 2018 cut the program. But now, the program may be safe. This week, the White House released its fiscal year 2019 budget proposal requested […]

Measuring your impact

While stories of student success can be moving, some community college stakeholders are more concerned about numbers – particularly numbers with dollar signs in front of them. Doing an economic impact study can help you prove that investing in your college has a high return. “Student stories are very powerful.  They have even more impact […]

What the end of net neutrality means

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to vote to roll back net neutrality rules. That means internet access providers would be able to block websites or charge more for faster internet speeds. Colleges and universities depend on the internet to carry out their educational and public service missions, and these potential changes […]

The season of giving

We’ve made it through Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. What’s left? Giving Tuesday. For community colleges, Giving Tuesday, taking place Nov. 28, is a chance to raise some money while reminding the community about the vital services two-year colleges provide. City University of New York (CUNY) created a website that counts down the hours […]

Ga. grants will cover more high-demand industries

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that beginning in January the state will expand its HOPE Career Grant to offer students greater career opportunities in five of Georgia’s fast-growing industries, increasing the total number of programs that qualify for this grant to 17. “These additional fields are the result of polling of industries, talking to local […]

The lasting impact of Mentor-Connect

Grant funding from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program can transform STEM (science, technology, education and math) programs at community colleges. But getting that first ATE grant may require a little help. That’s where Mentor-Connect comes in. Mentor-Connect provides mentoring and technical resources to help two-year college faculty prepare competitive proposals […]

Reactions to rescinding DACA

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced that it will wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows certain young, undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. Congress now has a six-month window to find a solution for the 800,000 so-called “Dreamers.” The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in a statement called […]

Engaging your alumni

Community colleges serve nearly half of the total undergraduate population in the United States. Two-year colleges can be the stepping stone to a four-year degree, a good career, or, for some, fame and fortune. Tom Hanks? Amy Tan? Nolan Ryan? They all got their start at community colleges. In 2015, Hanks wrote an opinion piece […]