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Indeed, science and technology careers, ranging from cyber-security to nano-technology, can all start from community college training. Get your feet wet with waterbotics, crack into cyber-security or dive into marine biology at your local community college.
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Updated   February 23, 2017 |
Dive into a Marine Biologist Career at Community College
Combine underwater adventures with scientific discoveries and crystal blue waters, and you may have a dream career as a marine biologist. Learn about how you can start your marine biology training right at community college!
If you have a love of the ocean and a fascination with the creatures that live within its depths, a career in marine biology might be the right choice for you. While this career has traditionally required a minimum of a four-year degree to get your foot in the door, many community colleges are now offering marine biology programs - in addition to aquarium science ones - that allow students to land jobs as research assistants and other entry-level positions in much less time. This article will cover what the career of a marine biologist looks like and highlight some of the community college programs now available in this field of study.
 
What is Marine Biology?
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, marine biologists commit their careers to the study of salt water organisms, with a focus on the molecular biology of the living cells in creatures that live within salt water bodies around the world. Marine biologists may also be referred to as oceanographers, scientists who study the physical characteristics of the ocean, as well as the ocean floor. The work of a marine biologist is typically done in the field or in a laboratory, rather than an office setting.
 
Marine biologists usually have a minimum of a four-year degree in the biological sciences, and many pursue post-graduate work as well. However, thanks to the addition of marine biology programs at community colleges, students can now find entry-level work in marine biology in a much shorter period of
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Updated   May 30, 2017 |
Controlling a Career in Robotics
Community colleges are paving the way for exciting careers in robotics. Learn more about the programs that could train you to be a robotics professional.
Robotics is an exciting, dynamic field that utilizes robots in a variety of industries. Today, robots can be used in manufacturing, transportation, safety research, mass production and even surgery. This field offers a wide range of employment opportunities to those who are properly qualified to work in robotics.

Fortunately, many community colleges are now recognizing the importance of this field of study and providing their own programs in robotics to train students for a lucrative career in the industry.

About a Robotics Career

 Education Portal lists two common professions within the robotics industry:
  • Robotics Technicians – These professionals typically hold a two-year degree and are trained on the job in apprenticeship programs, as well as through classroom study.
  • Robotics Engineers – These individuals usually earn a four-year degree from an accredited institution and may go on to earn a graduate degree or professional certification in their field.
Both of these professions have a wide range of options within their chosen industry, including medical robots, air traffic management and medical care. Industries in search of professionals with training in robotics include the auto industry,  agriculture and health care. Manufacturing is another area that uses robotics in a number of ways.

Because the robotics field is wide open, there are plenty of good job opportunities for those interested in this profession. However, before you can secure a position in robotics, you must have the necessary training employers seek. This is where community colleges can play a critical role. 
 
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Updated   November 27, 2017 |
Learn about the lucrative career opportunities in nano-technology and how you can begin your training right at community college.
Some of the hottest jobs of the future may be in the nanotechnology industry. For community college students who dream big, the key to a bright future may be thinking small – very, very small.
 
The National Nanotechnology Initiative defines nanotechnology as “the understanding and control of matter at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers where unique phenomena enable novel applications.” A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. Nanotechnology, according to the NNI, involves “imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter” at these tiny scales.
 
Students who earn associate’s degrees in nanotechnology are prepared to work in research, production, marketing, and business environments where knowledge of nanoscience is needed.
 
The Nanotechnology Job Market
 
Nanotechnicians work in a wide variety of fields, including biomedicine, biotechnology, agriculture production, and environmental analysis. . The website for Minnesota State Community College and Technical College’s Nanotechnology program quotes Jack Uldrich and Deb Newberry, the authors of the book The Next Big Thing Is Really Small.  According to these experts, “The market for nanotechnology in the United States is rapidly growing and projected to reach $1 trillion by 2010. Growth over this period is expected to produce between 800,000 and two million new technical jobs.”
 
The National Nanotechnology Initiative  reports that in the United States, federal funding for nanotechnology has increased “from approximately $464 million in 2001 to nearly $1.5 billion for the 2009 fiscal year.”
 
New Nanotechnology Program for Community College Students in Virginia
 
Students at Virginia’s Danville Community College can now take advantage of a
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Updated   February 17, 2017 |
 How to Start Your Aquarium Science Career at Community College
If you are interested in the mysteries of the deep or marine life, consider pursuing an aquarium science career. Through innovative programs, community college students can embark upon an educational pathway in marine and aquarium based sciences.
If you have a passion for Earth’s underwater worlds, consider starting an exciting career in the field of Aquarium Science at your local community college! Many community colleges in the country have comprehensive programs specifically designed to teach students about the fundamental concepts, skills, and theories needed to effectively work in a professional aquarium or related marine setting.
 
For example, through the marine and aquatic biology program offered at Florida Keys Community College, students can pursue careers in “Fisheries Science,” “Aquaculture / Mariculture,” or “Ecology and Conservation.” Through these programs, students explore their surrounding Florida marine habitats, while both hands-on and formal learning venues provide students with the necessary skills and experience to pursue a professional career in the field. 
 
While Florida Keys College is certainly located in an ideal location for marine-based studies, an array of colleges in other areas also provide students with similar training, utilizing their own local marine science resources and facilities.    
 

One of the most notable schools providing students with unique marine-based educational opportunities is Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC), located in Newport, Oregon. At OCCC, students have the opportunity to earn their Associates of Applied Science degree in Aquarium Science by pursuing course requirements in the 2-year degree pathway. Alternatively, students opting for a 1-year program can earn their Aquarium Science certificate, which is specifically available for students who have already completed and earned their Bachelors of Science (or another higher degree in the field of life science). 
 
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Updated   November 12, 2017 |
Learn about which community colleges are ranked in the top 15 in the nation for their digital technology programs and infrastructure.
Which community colleges in America have the best digital technology programs?  To answer this burning question, the Republic’s Center for Digital Education and Converge magazine have collaborated to review and announce their fifth annual list of the top ten schools in the country. 
 
As the Center for Digital Education reports, schools earning the survey’s top ranks “Aae the leading community colleges across the U.S. that offer exceptional technology support to students and educators.”   The community colleges were evaluated based on each school’s digital technology resources, applications, and support services. 
 
Why Digital Technology is Critical for Modern Learning
 
With so many comprehensive rankings of colleges in America, why is there one specifically dedicated to digital technology?  Many advocates argue that digital technology is now intimately tied to a student’s learning process and experiences.  Therefore, a campus with an excellent digital technology infrastructure is better equipped to train students for today’s high-tech jobs
 
 
The Future of Networking Technologies for Learning reports that the use technology in schools has allowed students to access better collaborative resources, which enhances the entire education experience.  For example, in exploring the influence of simply the internet among educators, “When students, teachers, parents, administrators, and even legislators can communicate via the Internet and begin to collaborate electronically on issues, the traditional educational process may see a fundamental transformation, with decisions about a student's learning being resolved in new and hopefully better ways.” 
 
 
As opposed to confining learning and educational
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