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Are Community College Dormitories a Good Idea?

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Are Community College Dormitories a Good Idea?
With another community college planning to open campus housing for the next academic year, we analyze the pros and cons of campus housing for community colleges.
In an effort to provide a more complete college experience to students, many community colleges are adding student housing to the campus map. College dormitories have been a mainstay at four-year colleges and universities throughout their history, but housing at community colleges – home of the adult college student – is a relatively new idea. Are community college dormitories a good idea? Many schools and students are responding to that question with a resounding “yes.”
 
Community colleges are responding to a desire from students for more campus housing. The report in Diverse Issues in Higher Education stated that in 2000, 225 community colleges across the country offered dormitories on their campuses. By 2010, that number had increased to 260 schools. Just two years later, in 2012, that number had risen sharply to 391 two-year institutions. If the numbers are any indication, demand for campus housing at community colleges is on the rise.
 
Community Colleges Weigh Campus Housing Benefits
 
Although the addition of dormitories is growing at community colleges nationwide, the total number of campuses boasting student housing is still too few to collect good evidence on whether these dorms will pay off for schools. However, a report at the Glens Falls Post-Star found that many community colleges think the addition of dormitories is a positive one for two-year schools. Of the 30 community colleges in the state of New York, 15 now offer some type of on-campus housing to students.
 
According to the report, community colleges may enjoy significant benefits
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How are Community Colleges Celebrating the Holidays?

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How are Community Colleges Celebrating the Holidays?
We are inspired by some of the special holiday events and service projects scheduled at community colleges around the country.
Community college campuses were home to many festive gatherings this holiday season, getting in on the holiday action. From festive concerts to service projects designed for the season, these schools are showing their students what the winter months are all about. Check out the fun, festive and family-oriented events available at some community colleges around the country.
 

Shop ‘til You Drop at Community College Craft Fairs

Arts and crafts abound at community colleges this time of year, offering Christmas shoppers the opportunity to pick up something truly unique for friends and family members. Auburn Pub reports that Cayuga Community College in Auburn, New York, recently hosted its annual Holiday Festival Craft Show, which features handmade clothing and accessories, holiday decorations and fresh baked goods. The show is celebrating its 39th year in style, with live entertainment and food vendors to keep everyone in the holiday spirit.

St. Charles Community College in Missouri also hosted a holiday craft bazaar, according to a report at the school’s website. The show, which was free to the public, was held at the gym on the community college campus. Vendors offered an array of handmade goods, and some even provided free demonstrations of their craft. Shoppers found a wide selection of jewelry, quilts, photography and other craft items. All of the crafters featured at the bazaar can also be found on Etsy, an e-commerce site for artisans and crafters to sell their wares.
 
Say “Cheese” at Mott Community College
 
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10 Online Resources to Help Community College Students Succeed

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10 Online Resources to Help Community College Students Succeed
We’ll explore the many online resources available for community college students, offering everything from time management strategies to online tutoring in specific subjects.
Community college can be a busy time for students, whether they are adults juggling work and family responsibilities, or recent high school graduates adjusting to the next phase of their academic careers. The good news is there are many resources available to help community college students succeed, and many are as close as their laptops. Take a peek at 10 valuable online resources that community college students can use to their benefit.

Equipping Students for Online Adventures

Before you can take full advantage of all the wonderful online services available to community college students today, you need to be sure your computer is up to the task. There is even online services for this purpose, helping students outfit their PCs and laptops with all the hardware and software necessary to connect with their schools. For example, Richland Community College in Illinois offers remote tools to help students with both Windows and Mac systems get connected.

This video explains how to take online courses at community college.

Obtaining and Using Administrative Information
 
 Navigating the administrative maze of higher education has become significantly easier with online tools to guide the way. At Edmunds Community College in Washington, students can use their computers to do everything from registering for classes to ordering transcripts. In addition, the school’s website offers students the opportunity to check out the school calendar, upcoming school events and the latest from the athletics department. 
 

Getting a Jump on Textbook Tutoring

Shopping for textbooks has always been

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Workplace Readiness Skills to Be Graded at N.C. Community College

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Workplace Readiness Skills to Be Graded at N.C. Community College
Should community college students be assessed on their workplace readiness skills at the same time they are earning a degree? One North Carolina community college is considering it.
College students learn plenty in the years they spend on campus. But do the lessons learned at school prepare them for a professional life after their studies?  Maybe not, according to at least one community college, which has plans to give their students a healthy dose of work readiness skills at the same time they are earning their degree.
 

Workplace Readiness Certificates

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College has provided students with many of the skills necessary to land jobs in the local workforce. Next year, the school will add a new type of certification to their repertoire – a workplace readiness certificates. Students will earn this certificate by demonstrating “soft skills” that employers tend to look for as well, such as punctuality, teamwork and time management. According to Inside Higher Ed, those skills will also begin to play a role in the grades students earn in some of their classes at the college.
The North Carolina school is leaving nothing to chance as it prepares faculty to evaluate students for the skills employers are looking for. The school has designed a template to assist professors in assessing primary workplace skills, including:
  • Communication – use of oral and written skills to clearly communicate thoughts and ideas
  • Effort – demonstration of strong work ethic and preparedness for assignments
  • Quality of Work – applicable to classroom work and academic performance
  • Attendance – ability to manage oneself
  • Time Management – punctuality, preparedness, handing in assignments on time
  • Professionalism – image put forth by student in terms of actions, appearance and attitude
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Does Money Motivate College Completion? New Task Force Says Yes

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Does Money Motivate College Completion? New Task Force Says Yes
We look at the recommendations for improving completion rates in a new report issued by the Complete College Ohio Task Force, which includes financial incentives.
Getting kids to college is only a part of the equation when it comes to higher education. Whether a student enrolls in community college or a four-year school, the goal is to get that student to leave the institution with a degree firmly in hand. Unfortunately, that event does not occur nearly as often as educators would like. As the quest to improve college completion rates kicks into high gear, a task force in Ohio has some recommendations for schools looking to get more of their students on the path to graduation.
 
About the Complete College Ohio Task Force

College completion rates in the state of Ohio are some of the lowest in the country, with Ohio ranking 38th on the spectrum of graduating college students, according to the Ohio Higher Ed website. To determine why completion rates are so low – and what can be done to improve them – the Ohio Board of Regents partnered with the university system in the state, which includes community colleges and adult education centers as well as four-year institutions.

The newly formed Complete College Ohio Task Force was given the responsibility of studying the reasons behind the dismal graduation rates. The committee then put forth a list of recommendations to improve those rates. While the recommendations were specifically for Ohio colleges, the recommendations are equally relevant for other colleges across the country.
 
When the task force began their work, the Ohio Higher Ed website reports that the group was divided into three subsets:
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Student Issues / Attending College

COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOUSING
The number of community colleges offering on-campus housing is on the rise. Learn more about campus living options, compare the pros and cons of dorm life, and get help deciding what housing is best for you.
The Pros and Cons of On-Campus Housing for Community College
The Pros and Cons of On-Campus Housing for Community College
Living on Campus: Student Housing Coming to a Community College Near You
Living on Campus: Student Housing Coming to a Community College Near You
Campus Living Options for Community College Students
Campus Living Options for Community College Students
IMPROVING LEARNING
Get helpful tips and expert advice on boosting your GPA. This section will provide valuable tips on studying, mentor programs and how to avoid academic probation. Examine the latest trends in student motivation techniques, take a good look at online learning, and find resources to guide you on the path to success.
The Top 10 Tips for Incoming Community College Students
The Top 10 Tips for Incoming Community College Students
Should You Declare Academic Bankruptcy?
Should You Declare Academic Bankruptcy?
Why You Should Strive To Be On The Dean's List
Why You Should Strive To Be On The Dean's List
IMPROVING YOUR JOB SEARCH
Whether you have just enrolled in community college or you’re ready to graduate and enter the job market, our articles can help improve your opportunities of landing the perfect job. Internships and apprenticeships offer lots of benefits, find out how participation in these programs can move your resume to the top of the pile. Analyze employment data for community college graduates and determine who is getting hired. Get valuable tips on polishing your candidacy and making the most of job fairs.
Understanding the Different Types of College Degrees and How to Choose
Understanding the Different Types of College Degrees and How to Choose
Do You Need to Pick a Major Before Starting Community College?
Do You Need to Pick a Major Before Starting Community College?
Getting into Law School with a Community College Degree
Getting into Law School with a Community College Degree
CLASS SCHEDULES
- Do you need child care? Are you employed full-time? Community colleges offer a variety of scheduling options, allowing most students to easily integrate continued education into an already busy schedule. From weekend classes to courses at midnight, we cover the gamut of flexible class schedules at community college.
Graduate from Community College Earlier  By Paying More
Graduate from Community College Earlier By Paying More
How Community Colleges Plan to Spend Summer Vacation
How Community Colleges Plan to Spend Summer Vacation