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Conflicting Reports Indicate Possible Deal on Student Loan Interest

Posted: 7/11/2013 - 09:21 AM

 Conflicting reports indicate that the Senate may have reached a deal to curb interest rates for student loans, although no votes or other action have occurred yet. The proposed deal would be a retroactive fix whereby all undergraduate loanRead the full news item

WCC Hosts Cultural and Leadership Exchange With Chinese Educators

Posted: 6/17/2013 - 03:36 PM

 Washtenaw Community College is one of only three community colleges in the United States chosen to host a delegation of six Chinese technical/vocational college presidents and vice presidents June 9-23.  The high-level college leaders seek a better understanding of premier technical and vocation education in the U.S., which is exactly what they will find in the classrooms and learning labs at WCC.  The two-week cultural and leadership initiative opens the door for the college ...
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GRCC Creates Fast Track to Save Students Time & Money

Posted: 5/23/2013 - 10:04 AM

Grand Rapids Community College wants to help students get on the Fast Track to college success with a free summer program.  Fast Track targets incoming students who have academic potential but need further instruction in reading, writing and math to be college-ready. The intensive, three-week program strengthens their skills so they can bypass developmental courses and be prepared to start regular college courses in the fall—saving students time and money....
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Michigan Revenues Increase By $482.6 million

Posted: 5/15/2013 - 01:52 PM

 Economists at today's Michigan Revenue Estimating Conference agreed that revenues for the current fiscal year are $396. 9 million higher than expected for the General Fund and $85.7 million higher than expected for the School Aid Fund.  The debate now turns to how to use those funds.

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Divided Federal Court Says Schools Do Not Have To Collect Union Dues

Posted: 5/14/2013 - 12:11 PM

The U. S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has overruled a lower court decision, holding that a 2012 Michigan law is constitutional and schools do not have to collect union dues for their employees.  In Bailey v. Callaghan, the court said the U.S. Supreme Court has effectively already held that local governments do not have to be compelled to collect dues for their workers unions.  Note: In this act, “public school employer” does not include a community college.

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Opportunity to Provide Feedback

Posted: 4/30/2013 - 09:52 AM

The House Education and the Workforce Committee has issued a request to students, parents, college leaders, and higher education stakeholders to share their views on policies and amendment...
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Supreme Court Hearing Affirmative Action Cases

Posted: 4/2/2013 - 10:08 AM

A pair of Supreme Court cases that consider the constitutionality of using race as a factor in college admissions could have a broad impact on higher education. On Monday last week, the Supreme Court agreed to examine the constitutionality of a Michigan law that prohibits colleges in the state from considering race in public college admissions, and it is currently deliberating a similar case involving the University of Texas. For the article, please click Read the full news item

National Article Highlights Northwestern Michigan

Posted: 3/19/2013 - 02:14 PM

A New York Times article highlights the  the small-business/entrepreneur certificate program at Northwestern Michigan College!  The Northwestern Michigan program offers eight classes in four core areas: starting a business, financial management, marketing and customer service. Elective classes cover topics like how to run a bed-and-breakfast, how to become a personal trainer and how to bring your business online legally.

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Kellogg Community College’s Regional Manufacturing Technology Center Leads Local Economic Development

Posted: 3/12/2013 - 03:29 PM

Article highlights the role of Kellogg Community College’s Regional Manufacturing Technology Center (RMTC) in local economic development.  The RMTC’s open entry/open exit approach (allowing students to start and finish training at their own pace) has served as the model throughout the state.  For the article, please click Read the full news item

Six Community Colleges Selected for Michigan Pathways to Credentials Grants

Posted: 3/7/2013 - 01:19 PM

 The Michigan Center for Student Success (MCSS) has awarded grants to six community colleges to improve the design and structure of career pathways programs that serve adult learners.  The funding was provided by The Kresge Foundation who awarded $650,000 to MCSS for Michigan Pathways to Credentials in late 2012. 
 
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Committee Approves Critical Job Training Reforms

Posted: 3/6/2013 - 12:45 PM

 

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline, approved legislation to reform the nation’s workforce development system and help ensure workers and employers have the resources they need to be successful in today’s economy.  The       Read the full news item

New path to Associate’s Degree…

Posted: 2/28/2013 - 03:32 PM

Michigan’s community colleges and public universities have signed dozens of agreements that allow students to apply credits they’ve earned at a university back toward an associate degree from a community college they no longer attend.  For the arti...
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Community college grads out-earn bachelor's degree holders

Posted: 2/26/2013 - 12:15 PM

 

Nearly 30% of Americans with associate's degrees now make more than those with bachelor's degrees, according to Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. In fact, other recent research in several states shows that, on average, community college graduates right out of school make more than graduates of four-year universities.
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Deal to Avert Sequester Appears Unlikely

Posted: 2/21/2013 - 12:42 PM

ACCT Latest Action in Washington

February 21, 2013 – With...
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High school Seniors in Southeast Michigan Can Gain Advanced Manufacturing Work Skills While Earning a Paycheck Through a Pilot Program Offered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Posted: 2/6/2013 - 12:28 PM

The Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²) program combines classroom instruction with paid work experience in a three-year, no-cost program in the field of mechatronics. Accepted MAT² students will earn an associate’s degree at one of two community colleges — Henry Ford Community College or Oakland Community College — while they earn a paycheck and gain on the job experience with a participating company. Tuition is paid by t...
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