Fabricating products, skilled workers

At a community college in Flint, Michigan, the FabLab — complete with a 3D printer — trains students for skilled jobs and helps local entrepreneurs develop products.

College helps students plan, succeed

Helping students set academic and career goals and make a plan is raising success rates at a Florida community college. Hiring more tutors and counselors helps too.

When students are struggling, community college instructors send “early alerts” to coaches who will offer help before the semester is doomed.

‘College for all’ includes job training

College is the path to a good job, but that includes going to community college to train for skilled blue-collar jobs that offer a path to the middle class.

Skilled workers draw skilled jobs

Long known for poverty and bad schools, Eastern Mississippi’s “Golden Triangle” is drawing “high-wage, high-skill jobs” thanks to job training programs at the local community college.

New name, new identity

A Florida community college is changing its name — and offering 10 bachelor’s degrees, dorms,  intercollegiate athletics and study-abroad opportunities. The newly named Florida SouthWestern State College also will recruit “brighter” applicants and out-of-state students. State universities aren’t happy about the competition.

Text ‘nudges’ boost persistence

Text-message reminders about applying for financial aid boosted second-year enrollment rates for community college students at a cost of $5 per student.

‘I saw college as a foreign country’

Karina Madrigal “thought college would be too challenging,” perhaps “impossible.” Her parents, Mexican immigrants, hadn’t made it past middle school. “I saw college as a foreign country.” But then, as a high school student, she took a community college class, earning dual enrollment credits — and a new perspective. It was her first step to a PhD.

Gamers grow up to be developers

Community college students who’ve grown up playing video games are flocking to game development programs that teach programming and design. Many plan to transfer to earn a four-year degree, but some game companies are hiring students before they complete a two-year degree.

Early transfers risk debt but no degree

Most community college students who transfer to a four-year college or university haven’t completed a two-year degree. That lowers their chances of completing a bachelor’s degree, a new study finds. Early transfers often find many of their credits won’t count — or won’t help them complete a major. Often they end up with debt but no degree.

UC plans to streamline transfers

Making it easier for community college students to transfer will expand opportunity and improve diversity at the University of California, argues a task force report.