Community College News Now
by Sara K. Satullo

Penn State Lehigh Valley student Daniel Omron grew up living paycheck to paycheck, so his mom’s advice to earn a college degree resonated. It became their shared dream for him. But when his mother became terminally ill with cancer while he was in school, he became her primary caretaker, putting that in jeopardy. Between his […]

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by Hubble Ray Smith

KINGMAN – Michael Kearns wants to raise the number of Mohave County residents with an associates degree by just 1 percent a year, which would require 320 graduates from Mohave Community College. That’s about twice as many graduates as the college currently produces, he said Monday at the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman monthly meeting […]

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by Linda Borg

CRANSTON, R.I. — Brenda Dann-Messier, Rhode Island’s new commissioner of postsecondary education, hasn’t given up on the governor’s plan to offer two years of free tuition to the state’s four-year colleges. “I’m hoping we go back to the governor’s original proposal,” she said during an interview on Tuesday. Dann-Messier, who was appointed to her post […]

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by Dan Sewell and Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press

NORWOOD, Ohio— Herbie Mays is 3M proud, and it shows — in the 3M shirt he wears; in the 3M ring he earned after three decades at the company’s plant in suburban Cincinnati; in the way he shows off a card from a 3M supervisor, praising Mays as “a GREAT employee.” But it’s all nostalgia. […]

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College Within Reach

College Within Reach

by Bob Dvorsky

College students return to campus next week. Unfortunately, the state’s budget mess will hit many of them in the pocketbook. Massive cuts have slashed more than $36 million from what was originally approved for community colleges and state universities this fall. Education is being sacrificed at the expense of tax breaks for special interests and […]

Upholding Free Speech

by John Reilly

It’s as sad as it is ironic that institutions of higher education can’t seem to understand such a basic concept as free expression. This past month, yet another Michigan school, this time Macomb Community College, was sued for violating the speech rights of students. Campus police ticketed students for failing to obtain a required permit […]

Extend Loan Program

Extend Loan Program

by Thomas J. Botzman

More than 40 years ago, a young adult with very modest family means began an uncertain journey in higher education. It was fraught with many pitfalls and unknowns because this aspiring collegian was one of 13 children and had to finance his college education on his own through a mixture of loans, grants, scholarships and […]