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New study finds that 36% of college students don’t have enough to eat

New study finds that 36% of college students don’t have enough to eat | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Over one-third of college students face food and housing insecurity.
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This is why our community college has a food pantry-often parents won't eat so their children can..

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Why Community College Is a Better Option Than You Think

Why Community College Is a Better Option Than You Think | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
From lower costs, to guaranteed admission at four-year colleges, see why community college may be a better fit than you think.
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I went to a university first, then figured out what I wanted to do, and went to a community college instead of graduate school..I'm glad I have both degrees, but wish I'd just gone to the community college first! 

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2017’s States with the Best & Worst Community-College Systems

2017’s States with the Best & Worst Community-College Systems | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

With back-to-school season in full swing and several states, such as New York and Rhode Island, offering free community-college education starting this month, the personal-finance website WalletHub recently released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst Community Colleges, coupled with its state-by-state ranking of the Best & Worst Community-College Systems.

 

Credits: Map of USA with State Names

by Haylii CC (BY-SA) 3.0

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Wow, North Carolina has 58 community colleges, I saw over 40 on the individual best & worst list, and of those, one was in the top 100! Only five were in the top 200,  about 10 were in the top 300, five in the top 400, and the rest, in the top 500 and 600, with one in the top 700. Granted, the criteria seems a bit murky, but it's a bit disheartening..

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Instructors are hired to teach, but few are ever taught how

Instructors are hired to teach, but few are ever taught how | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

If 60 full-time faculty members each retained one additional student per course who would have otherwise dropped out, the college could stand to gain an additional $1.6 million per year in revenue.

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The article points out how many adjuncts are now teaching those who need the most assistance-and that investing in all faculty (part-time and full-time) is the best way to help your students.

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What Edtech Tools Are Community Colleges Flocking To? (EdSurge News)

What Edtech Tools Are Community Colleges Flocking To? (EdSurge News) | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Like all education ecosystems, community colleges have an array of different edtech tools to choose from. Where does one begin to search through the myriad of products out there—and find the ones best tailored to specific needs? One suggestion: Listen to other community college educators..

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  • I like Screencast-O-Matic, EDpuzzle, YouTube, Kahn Academy, BigBlueButton (open source web conferencing tool) and our Sakai LMS's (open source) checklists, quizzes and assignments at our community college.
  • Other faculty use Office Mix (PowerPoint voice-overs) wikispaces, our Sakai "student content" areas (student project areas) and blogs. 
  • Here's our EdTech Resources "Tools for Teaching"
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After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
As California budgets millions to rebrand long-disparaged vocational education, there are an estimated 30 million jobs in the U.S. that pay at least $55,000 per year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree.
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Excellent points-not only do we need more tradespeople-since they can also get good paying jobs with less years spent in school, but we need more funding for community colleges-since health and trade-type classes cost a great deal more to provide.  

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