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If ever community colleges have been challenged to help solve society’s biggest problems, it is now. Each day seems to bring an onslaught of national and international crises—environmental, economic, and educational. And yet, that can-do spirit wired into the collective community college DNA persists. As one administrator asserts, “We don’t just have a mission. We are missionaries.”
This issue of the Journal, and the 91st Annual Convention of the American
Association of Community Colleges’ program that it highlights, focuses squarely
on solutions to truly tough problems.
The 21st-Century Initiative Listening Tour, described by AACC Board Chair
John Sylgielski (“From the Chair,” p. 6) and in more detail in our cover feature
(“Listen and Learn,” p. 30), identifies the major challenges confronting our academic and surrounding communities and highlights solutions community colleges
are implementing—on their own and in collaboration with others.
EXECU TIVE EDITOR Norma Kent
MANAGING EDITOR Corey Murray
ART DIREC TOR Brian Rees
PROJEC T MANAGER Jerry Parks
CONTRIBUTING Tabitha Whissmore
WRITERS John Sygielski
Robert Templin Jr.
Bridget Gorman Wendling
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal
No Quit in What We Do
This year’s Convention kicks off in New Orleans, a city that is itself a testament
to the promise of regeneration and creative problem solving. The Big Easy fought
its way back after Hurricane Katrina, and its will is being tested once again in the
wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, which dumped an astonishing
4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. In “Cleaning Up” (p. 44), author
Bob Violino highlights the extraordinary efforts of the Louisiana Community and
Technical College System and other area colleges to restore the environment and
train workers in the prevention of future disasters.
Economic recovery efforts parallel environmental solutions, with a major
emphasis on workforce preparation. Collaboration is essential to winning the
employment race, say Goodwill Industries CEO Jim Gibbons and Northern Virginia
Community College President Robert Templin Jr., who are cooperating with AACC
to spearhead C4, the Community College/Career Collaboration initiative, which will
dramatically expand Goodwill’s already vast job training and employment services
network (“On Your Mark,” p. 22). The audience? More than
97 million American adults who have a high school diploma, but lack the college
credential necessary for solid career advancement.
Next on the Completion Agenda
As stated by President Obama and other leaders, college completion for millions
more citizens is key to our nation’s future prosperity. Community colleges continue
to be the designated driver of economic stability. Part of the student success equation requires getting more students into community college and keeping them there.
This is especially true for low-income and minority students who, in places like El
Paso, Texas, have become the community’s minority majority. Against strong odds, El
Paso Community College (EPCC) has hit on a completion formula that works, awarding in 2008–09 the most associate degrees in the nation to Hispanic students, according to writer and EPCC faculty member Margaret Miller (“Minority Rule,” p. 50).
Better transfer programs are another piece of the completion puzzle. Many
community colleges have developed workable strategies that overcome poor
communications, bureaucratic morass, and other roadblocks in the transition from
two-year to four-year programs. For more, check out “Higher Calling,” p. 38.
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