|2010 Springfield Technical Community College graduates celebrate at June 2 commencement exercises.|
This week another report has been issued that confirms what most Americans know – that a college degree is becoming essential for a middle class job. The latest study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce cites an increasing share of American jobs requiring at least some college education: “Between 1973 and 2008, the share of jobs in the U.S. economy that required post-secondary education increased from 28% to 59%. According to our projections, the future promises more of the same. The share of post-secondary jobs will increase from 59% to 63% nationally over the next decade. The share of post-secondary jobs will increase from 59% to 63% nationally over the next decade.”(http://www.nebhe.org/2010/09/10/more-than-2-million-job-vacancies-forecast-for-ne-by-2018-but-do-our-workers-have-what-it-takes-to-fill-them/)
The authors of the study - Anthony P. Carnevale and Nicole Smith – argue that in the next ten years, high school graduates and high school dropouts “will find themselves largely left behind in the coming decade” for decent paying jobs. They conclude that post-secondary education will become essential for entry into the middle class.
Meanwhile, the cost of college is escalating – a vicious circle for those of modest means who must obtain a college education to enter the middle class but often do so with substantial college debt. During the “Great Recession” as it has become known students are flocking into colleges, especially public colleges, using this time of high un-employment to earn a degree or retrain with additional post-secondary skills. Our society should support them with higher levels of financial aid and additional funds for public colleges. To do otherwise will increase the pain of the “Great Recession” for our youth who will either be locked out of college or leave with college loans that will take decades to pay off.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Professor John LaFrancis demonstrates the operation of a computer controlled milling machine at the Smith and Wesson Center at STCC. Students are left to right David Santos, Daniel J. Miller, Shurwell C. Roach and Ryan T. Maheu.
Friday, August 20, 2010
|A view of the main artery in Springfield - State Street - with Springfield Technical Community College campus in upper left of picture.|
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
On July 14, 2009 Obama announced a plan to fund and improve community colleges nationwide. Called the American Graduation Initiative (AGI), Obama proposed spending to $12 Billion over ten years on community colleges with the goal, he said, “to help an additional 5 million Americans earn degrees and certificates in the next decade.”
Promising $1.2 Billion per year, the American Graduation Initiative support for community colleges was quite modest. With enrollment at community colleges at over 6 million and growing rapidly, the federal support would amount to less than $200 per student per year, money that would have been helpful to hard pressed colleges but not enough to significantly alter the educational landscape. Federal support did signify the recognition of the importance to the nation of community colleges and the prospect – long term – of increased attention.
While AGI rushed moved quickly through the House of Representatives, it stalled in the Senate, victim of the controversy over national health care legislation. Originally part of the student loan reform bill, it was dropped when that legislation passed as part of health care in March, 2010.
So give President Obama an A for raising the issue of national support for community colleges and Congress an F for not following his lead.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
- Student must have a completed 2009-2010 FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office
- Enroll in a minimum of 6 credits during summer
- Student must be currently enrolled in a degree granting or certificate program
- Not graduating at the end of Spring 2010
- Student must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress and be in Good Academic Standing at the end of Spring 2010
- If a student received Pell Grant funds during the Summer 2009 from another institution, her/his eligibility for Summer 2010 may be affected
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
|Bill Ingram, President of Durham Technical Community College|
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
|Representative Sean Garballey announcing the formation of the public higher education caucus at the Massachusetts State House on March 8|
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Speakers at the rally argued that public colleges which are witnessing dramatic increases in student enrollment require more rather than less money from the state government. Even in a state like Massachusetts noted for its many private colleges, the Great Recession has altered the landscape of higher education. Students who could once afford a private college are opting for public colleges. Students who once would have gone to a four year college are choosing community colleges because of their low cost.
The demonstration was organized to coincide with budget season at the State Legislature with the House now considering next year's budget. Governor Patrick has submitted a level-funded budget for public colleges for fiscal year 2011. It remains to see how the Legislature will treat the public colleges.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
To management this asset the National Park Service has conducted a cultural landscape report that traces the history of this geographic area. The landscape report focuses on everything but the buildings – plants, animals, water resources, roads, fences – found on the site.
The report will be the basis for a joint management plan that will allow the college and federal government to protect and enhance the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. Both parties want to ensure that this plan will protect for future generations the beauty of the area as well as a record of its rich military and industrial history.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Achieving the Dream colleges from 22 states, a team of eight STCC faculty, counselors and administrators heard speeches and presentations aimed at one goal - increasing students' success in college. Workshops topics included: reforming college mathematics, accelerating developmental education, closing the achievement gap of ethnic minority male students, deepening the use of evidence to inform decision making, partnering with high schools. (More information about our efforts can be found at http://www.stcc.edu/achievedream/
The conference gave us an opportunity to study best practices at our sister schools, to dialogue with colleagues, and to learn about national developments. At the conclusion of the conference the STCC team met to review our findings and determine recommendations to bring back to campus. Some of the key ideas we decided to pursue were:
1) To provide faculty and staff with information that will guide college improvements, strengthen data collection and analysis;
2) To help students orient to college, publish glossary of college terms;
3) To speed students through developmental courses, consider re-organizing writing, reading and basic mathematics;
4) To help students receive the mathematics education relevant to their careers, participate in the Carnegie Foundation led program to revise the college freshman mathematics curricula.
5) To bring Achieving the Dream initiatives to more students, redirect college resources;<
6) To reduce barriers to student success, challenge conventional wisdom about college policies and practices.
Monday, February 1, 2010
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Meanwhile PHENOM argues that
PHENOM which stands for Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts is the first grassroots organization to address the needs of public higher education in the state. The organization hopes to unite public college students, faculty, staff, administrators, alums and parents – all of which have a stake in quality public higher education. With 29 institutions throughout the state and over 200 thousand students, united public colleges could be a potent force in the Commonwealth.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010