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Community colleges "essential," DeVos says


Community colleges are "essential engines" to economic growth in the US, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said during an address to education leaders. DeVos promised to work with community college leaders to reauthorize the Higher Education Act and increase the flexibility of Pell Grants.

Calif. Dream Act grant applications down


The number of students applying for state-funded California Dream Act grants to attend community college has dropped from 33,032 applications last year to just 18,714 this year, according to the California Student Aid Commission. Officials say fear of deportation could be keeping students living in the country illegally from applying.

La. technical college opens new campus


A Louisiana technical and community college will offer programs in biological sciences, maritime industry, IT and business with the addition of a $10 million campus. A local company with a dredging division also has promised to provide maritime students hands-on experience on its vessels to include a practical component in the program.

High demand for aviation classes at Baltimore, Md., community college


Maryland's Community College of Baltimore County is seeing a surge in students studying aviation, with more than 400 students studying to become pilots, air traffic controllers, dispatchers and flight attendants. "The aviation industry is really booming," said Doug Williams, director of the college's aviation program. "A lot of students have jobs before they graduate."

SageGlass benefits from US-based plant


SageGlass executive David Pender says that while the specialized machinery needed to tint its dynamic glass must be shipped to Europe for repairs and modifications, the Minnesota company found its US-based employees can be more easily trained to use the specialized equipment. The company has partnerships with a local community college and an apprenticeship program, which help increase its workforce.

N.C. offers remedial courses in high school


Students at 18 North Carolina high schools are taking remedial courses in English and math to avoid having to enroll in the classes in community college. The program, now in a pilot stage, is expected to expand statewide in 2018.

Idaho education board votes on new community college


The Idaho State Board of Education last week voted unanimously to allow local residents to vote on whether they would like to transform Eastern Idaho Technical College into a community college. If approved, property owners in the county each will pay an annual tax of $13.75 to support the college, officials said.

Adults could get free college in Tenn. under proposal


A proposed expansion of a tuition-free community-college education program in Tennessee would allow many adults to earn a college degree. The Tennessee Reconnect Act, proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam, is designed to help the state reach its goal of having 55% of residents achieving a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2025.

Va. schools, community college launch CTE program


Virginia Western Community College aims to partner with local schools to offer mechatronics to high-school students. The pilot program would allow students to take mechatronics classes aligned with the college's curriculum at a technical education center.