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How Community Colleges Fundraise to Improve Campuses

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How Community Colleges Fundraise to Improve Campuses
Learn about how fund raising efforts are boosting community college campus environments.
Community colleges receive a majority of their funding from tuition costs and student payments. Despite this income, however, community colleges across the country still strongly depend on effective fundraising venues and actions to boost the campus environment, programs, and academic offerings. As Council for Advancement and Support of Education asserts, “With economic stagnation and diminished tax revenues depleting the coffers of state and local governments nationwide, America’s community colleges must look beyond the public sector to fund their educational missions.” 
 
According to expert advisors and academic leaders, successful community college fundraising actions can help boost a school’s appealing qualities, student opportunities, and overall institutional successes.
 
This video offers some ideas for community college fundraising.
 
 
The Current State of Fundraising Affairs
 
According to Community College Times, many community colleges could improve their overall successes by implementing more effective fundraising strategies and actions. As Donald Summers, an expert fundraising consultant with experience with working in community college development offices asserts: “‘To my mind, nothing would be better for American democracy and education than for community colleges to rake in the billions they deserve.’” Community colleges often primarily strive to provide current and potential students with accessible and affordable courses and programs, but many community colleges struggle to bring in enough money to create sustainable and competitive programs. 
 
As Summers further argues, local governors need to become more attentive to the fundraising abilities of appointed board members, who need to become more active in the fundraising actions of community college institutions. As Community College
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Leading the Way in Living Smoke Free: Banning Tobacco on Community College Campuses

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Leading the Way in Living Smoke Free: Banning Tobacco on Community College Campuses
Learn about the growing trend among community colleges to ban tobacco use on campus.
As a societal approach to improving health conditions in public settings, many offices, community centers, and restaurants have initiated tobacco and smoking bans on their properties. While public schools, such as elementary and high schools, have banned tobacco products on their educational campuses for years, community colleges across the country are now beginning to follow in this health-driven trend. 
 
Banning Tobacco on Community College Campuses  
 
The Growing Trend
 
Institutions, businesses, and other settings possess the legal right to ban smoking and tobacco use on property grounds by the fact that private properties can be governed by owners/managers/leaders. As a result, those who own a private property often have the supreme authority over the rules and regulations of their grounds and boundaries. 
 
Community colleges, on the other hand, had to earn their right to ban tobacco in 2006, as community campuses are not necessarily “privately” owned properties. In 2006, as Katherine McDonald of the Chatham Journal explains, “The General Assembly adopted legislation exempting community colleges from a law requiring public institutions to set aside areas for tobacco use.”  
 
According to McDonald’s investigations, community colleges that have adopted smoke-free and tobacco-free policies include schools such as Asheville-Buncombe Technical, Cleveland, Guilford Technical, Haywood, Pitt, Roanoke-Chowan, Stanly, Wake Technical, and Wilkes Community College.
 
This video describes the Truth Initiative which helps community colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) bring tobacco-free policies to the campuses that serve young adults from minority and low-income communities.
 
 
Motivations Behind Tobacco-Free Schools
 
While the trend to ban tobacco on
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Campus Safety on Community Colleges

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Campus Safety on Community Colleges
Learn about how you can stay safe and secure on your community college campus
To increase campus security and student safety, community colleges across the country are boosting their security efforts. With new technologies for added support, in addition to widespread tools for campus officials and student communication, community colleges are striving to provide all campus visitors with a safe and supportive environment. 
 
Community College Campus Safety Efforts
 
While each community college campus has its own unique safety and security protocols, most schools provide students with fundamental officers, resources, and security measures. 
 
Located near Detroit, Michigan, Henry Ford Community College provides students with a specific office designated for campus safety. As the school describes, “Campus Safety is responsible for maintaining and releasing incident and accident reports, key control, issuance of employee and student ID cards, maintenance of the access control system, crime statistics, crime prevention and security awareness programs such as Campus Watch and Safe Walk, as well as overall control of all security and safety operations.” While Henry Ford certainly provides students with basic theft and safety efforts, their added security awareness programs help foster increased and widespread support. 
 
For example, Henry Ford Community College’s Safe Walk program was designed by both the Student Government and the Office of Campus Safety, is described as an “An integral part of a safe campus is the involvement of students in their campus community. Safe Walk student volunteers provide an escort to any student or staff member who requests it. Safe Walk volunteers are trained and dispatched by the Office of Campus Safety and serve as additional eyes and ears
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Eco-friendly Technologies at Community College

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Eco-friendly Technologies at Community College
Learn how community colleges are implementing eco-friendly technologies to build "green" campuses.
As a whole, the community college system is a major training ground for the nation's workforce and serves as a career-development incubator for today's jobs and future industries. The Green California Community College Summit, taking place October 8 – 9, 2008 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California, will address the issues of building green campuses, creating a green curriculum based on technology that is being developed at lightning speed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s green economy.
We are participating in the Summit to share our experience and learn from other community college districts and experts in the fields of green building, curriculum, and technology. As we march into a more sustainable and technology-based culture, the community college system needs to continue to develop innovative teaching methods, academic programs, courses, and content that address the needs of 21st-century students - especially as it relates to green technology. Alternative energy solutions and renewable technology are in high demand and the need for green innovation is having a tremendous impact on how community colleges formulate policies, initiatives, and programs to stay ahead of the curve.
 
This TEDTalk discusses sustainable schools.
 
 
 
A significant number of all U.S. undergraduates pass-through community colleges seeking training and education in a variety of fields.  With emerging green technology and the industries that support it rising steadily, training workers who understand these new standards and are skilled in applying them will be the best service we can give to students. These will be the same students who
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Community Colleges and Homeland Security

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Community Colleges and Homeland Security
Learn the important role community colleges have take in improving homeland security.
Certain events have unexpected results. The tragic events of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina have unexpectedly affected community colleges throughout the United States. Such moments in American history showed the power of, and the necessity for, strong communities, and that is why community colleges around the nation have developed some of the most significant first responder training programs ever seen.
 
Although it is an easy idea to overlook, the community aspect of community college, it is just as important as the college part. Ever since their inception, community colleges were expected to support and grow with the community they serve. Even today, the teachers, the students, the administration – and of course the programs – are all part of the community where the community college is found. They are friends, neighbors, even family. 
 
Thus, it is no surprise that when the community needs help, the community college is one of the first to offer aid. And when our national community needed help, the community colleges created first-rate first responder programs, all with the goal of strengthening our Homeland Security.
 
This video explains the purpose and function of the Department of Homeland Security.
 
 
Expanding the Programs
 
After September 11th and Hurricane Katrina, the nation’s community colleges initiated significant changes in their first responder programs. Some of the newer aspects of their Homeland Security goals included:
  • Participating in national initiatives, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute, thereby becoming part of a planning and training network that connects resources and training across the country.
  • Leading or engaging in
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College Policies

COLLEGE FUNDING
Community colleges are coping with major budget deficits, and this section covers how students are being impacted. From local fundraising efforts to federal grants, we’ll explore how community colleges are staying afloat despite funding cuts and cost increases.
California Community College System Slammed with Budget Cuts
California Community College System Slammed with Budget Cuts
How Community Colleges Fundraise to Improve Campuses
How Community Colleges Fundraise to Improve Campuses
As Community Colleges Set Budgets, Tough Decisions Must be Made
As Community Colleges Set Budgets, Tough Decisions Must be Made
CAMPUS SAFETY
Community college campuses should be a safe place, and these policies, controversial or not, aim to achieve that goal. Schools have banned sex offenders from campus, allowed security to carry guns and installed surveillance cameras in an effort to keep students safe. Here we’ll cover the latest crime and safety policies in place on campuses across the country.
Sex Offenders: Banned on Community College Campuses
Sex Offenders: Banned on Community College Campuses
Campus Safety on Community Colleges
Campus Safety on Community Colleges
Does Your Community College Allow Guns on Campus?
Does Your Community College Allow Guns on Campus?
SCHOOL CONTROVERSIES
From controversial reform to cursing in the classroom, our articles provide the latest news on school controversies. Here you’ll find information on some of the hot button topics related to community colleges.
Changes Coming to Nevada Community Colleges
Changes Coming to Nevada Community Colleges
California to Reform Community College System
California to Reform Community College System
STUDENT RIGHTS
From free speech to free dress, what rights do students have or relinquish on campus? Smoking bans, faith based initiatives and rights violations are just a few of the topics covered here. Don’t miss out on the latest information on student rights on community college campuses.
Should Students be Banned from Preaching on Campus?
Should Students be Banned from Preaching on Campus?
Faith Based Initiatives at Community Colleges: Faux Pas or Politically Correct?
Faith Based Initiatives at Community Colleges: Faux Pas or Politically Correct?
How Free is Free Speech on Community College Campuses?
How Free is Free Speech on Community College Campuses?