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Ready for STEM
Proposals are being accepted for the MentorLinks:
Advancing Technological Education program. MentorLinks
uses mentoring, networking, technical assistance and
professional development to help community colleges
improve technician education programs in science,
technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields.
The program is led by the American Association of
Community Colleges, with support from the National
Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education
(ATE) program. Most of the 52 colleges that have
participated in MentorLinks since 1999 give the program
high ratings for transforming programs and providing
excellent professional development experiences for faculty.
Proposals are due April 28. Learn more: http://bit.
Mo. expands access to
Missouri’s 12 community colleges established the
Missouri Community College Workforce Development
Network to address a longstanding challenge facing
the state’s businesses: the availability of a skilled
workforce. The new network will help to transform the
state’s workforce system in order for Missouri to better
compete with other states for job creation projects.
The network will allow businesses to access
resources at every college in the state. Procedural
and geographic barriers have previously prevented
colleges from working outside of their mandated
“By breaking down these barriers and drawing
upon our collective resources, each college is going to
be able to play to its strengths,” Rob Dixon, Missouri
Community College Association president, said in a
release. “We will be able to serve businesses in every
square inch of the state.”
Extending the Promise
Most College Promise programs benefit students coming to college right out of high school. In Tennessee, which
launched a Promise program in 2015, Gov. Bill Haslam unveiled a program for mid-career adults. With Tennessee
Reconnect, any adult who has lived in Tennessee for at least a year and does not have college degree would be
eligible for a tuition-free community college education.
This proposal is part of the state’s Drive to 55 Initiative, which is aimed getting at least 55 percent of Tennesseans to have a
college degree by 2025. Right now, about 900,000 adults in the state have attended some college, but have no degree.
In California, San Francisco also announced a Promise program for all residents. The city committed to $5.4 million
in annual funding for the next two years to cover the tuition costs of City College of San Francisco. The plan also includes
grants for low-income students to cover the costs of books, transportation and other education-related expenses.
State higher education support is up a modest 3. 4 percent
nationally from 2015–16 to 2016–17, according to this year’s
Grapevine survey. This is without information from Illinois,
which at the time of the survey, didn’t have a state budget.
Thirty-nine states saw increases anywhere from . 2 percent to
10. 5 percent. That largest increase was in Hawaii. Ten states
reported decreases ranging from . 4 percent to 8. 8 percent.
Wyoming saw the biggest decrease in state funding.
Grapevine data were collected as part of a joint project
of the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois
State and the State Higher Education Executive Officers
Association. Get more information: http://bit.ly/2lGHfAM.
State funding for
Image Credit: Texas State Technical College
Through MentorLinks, Texas
State Technical College has used
several initiatives to recruit and
retain women in the automotive