Seattle’s tuition-free community college program comes to the rescue during the pandemic | Momaha

Two years ago, Seattle voters overwhelmingly approved an education levy giving the city’s public high-school graduates two years of free community college.

But just as the program was gearing up to start its first year at full capacity, the pandemic hit.

Schools shut down. And the recruitment and enrollment specialists stationed at each Seattle high

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Muskegon Community College encourages frontline workers to apply for free tuition before Dec. 31 deadline

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon Community College is encouraging frontline and essential workers in West Michigan to apply for free tuition through the statewide Futures for Frontliners program before the Dec. 31 deadline passes.

More than 430 frontline workers have been accepted to MCC through the statewide program and can begin classes in January 2021, according to a news release issued by the college. Another 2,200 applications are still being reviewed by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity as of Dec. 1.

That’s why the college is offering its resources to any applicants who may be struggling with the application process or who need help completing the required Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

“With the deadline almost here, we do not want any qualified individual in our community to miss this once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity,” said MCC Provost and Executive Vice President John Selmon in a prepared statement.

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Loyola University New Orleans honors Orleans Parish judge, and more metro college news | Crescent City community news

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS: Judge Robin Pittman ‘91, J.D. ‘96,  is recipient of the 2020 Adjutor Hominum Award from the Alumni Association of Loyola University New Orleans. This award recognizes a Loyola graduate whose life exemplifies the values and philosophy of Jesuit education: moral character, service to humanity and unquestionable integrity. Pittman is a criminal court judge and former assistant district attorney in Orleans Parish. She spends much of her time out of chambers in the community, engaged in service to Loyola and visiting local schools to mentor young students. In lieu of a party to celebrate her accomplishment, Pittman has established a sociology scholarship to benefit high-achieving sociology majors with financial need. To contribute, visit

DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE CYBERSECURITY TRAINING: A 4.5-month cybersecurity career training course begins Dec. 7 at Delgado Community College with support from the Capital One Foundation. Those who complete the program will receive credentials

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Xavier University of Louisiana appoints manager, and more metro college news | Crescent City community news

XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA: Kimberly Reese has been promoted to the position of associate vice president for institutional advancement at her alma mater, Xavier University of Louisiana. Reese was previously Xavier’s associate vice president for institutional advancement. 

DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE CYBERSECURITY TRAINING: A 4.5-month cybersecurity career training course begins Dec. 7 at Delgado Community College with support from the Capital One Foundation. Those who complete the program will receive credentials qualifying them for entry-level positions and can also receive up to nine credit hours in Delgado’s associate degree program in computer information technology. The cost  is $500; $300 will be due Dec. 4. For an application and payment information, contact Troy L. Baldwin at [email protected]

DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Registration is open through Dec. 11 for the winter session at Delgado Community College, which begins Dec. 14 and ends four weeks later. Fast-paced courses are available in business, science and technology,

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Bin-shaming: the fine line between recycling education and community alienation | Sydney

An eastern Sydney council has come under fire for a program in which staff inspect residents’ garbage bins and leave notes with information on how they can better recycle.

In Australia, where all household recycling is collected in one bin, contamination is a huge problem, when a few non-recyclable products can cause entire trucks’ worth of goods to go to landfill.

To try to reduce contamination, Randwick council, home to Coogee beach, began a program on 16 November in which inspectors look in residents’ bins and, if non-recyclables are found, “tags” are left behind with information on how the resident can improve.

“Until February 2021, council has engaged a consultant to conduct red and yellow lid bin inspections to gather information so that we can measure current waste minimisation and resource recovery levels,” a council spokeswoman said.

“These consultants conduct visual inspections only, they don’t move or remove any

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Morgan State University, Northern Virginia Community College receive grants for job training programs

At Morgan State, a historically Black university that serves more than 7,700 students in Baltimore, the gift will support academic programs in cryptocurrency, blockchain and mergers and acquisitions, said David Wilson, the school’s president.

“You would have to look long, very long, and hard to find African Americans, in particular, in those areas,” Wilson said. “Bank of America has recognized that and has raised its hand to say, ‘We have to do something about this, and it has to go beyond checking a box.’ ”

Anne Kress, president of the more than 51,000-student Northern Virginia Community College, said the grant will fund scholarships and provide support for FastForward — a short-term workforce credential program that trains students for jobs in the health care and information technology fields. Most programs take between six and 12 weeks to complete.

Kress said short-term programs have gained popularity “because people can plan for that

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Missing community college student found in shallow grave near Barstow

When Juan Carlos Hernández didn’t come home after clocking out of work in September, his mother mounted a furious public campaign to generate leads and push the police to find the 21-year-old community college student.

The search came to an end earlier this week, the Los Angeles Police Department disclosed Thursday. Hernández’s body was found in a shallow grave dug off Interstate 15, about 40 miles northeast of Barstow, the department said.

Detectives arrested two people Thursday in connection with Hernández’s death, Ethan Astaphan, 27, and Sonita Heng, 20, according to the LAPD. Both were booked on suspicion of murder. It couldn’t be determined Thursday evening if they had lawyers who could speak on their behalf.

Hernández’s family had reported him missing the night of Sept. 22. A student at El Camino College in Torrance, Hernández, known to family and friends as “Cookie,” was a semester shy of transferring to

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Unemployed workers ‘Skill Up’ for new jobs, career paths | St. Tammany community news

Patrick Kennedy wasn’t ready to retire.

The 75-year-old Folsom resident had become a coffee guru of sorts. He had started his own business fixing espresso machines and coffee makers and eventually took on a full-time role with PJ’s Coffee as their go-to Mr. Fix It.

But when the pandemic shook both the nation’s health and economy, Kennedy found himself in the same spot as many other Louisianians: Unemployed and dejected.

He was laid off as the company scrambled to make adjustments, and after months of hopeful waiting, Kennedy was never called back to work.

He looked to unemployment temporarily but knew the $247-a-week stipend wasn’t going to cut it. He also wasn’t in a position to retire, not financially, and certainly not mentally, he said. But the road ahead for a 75-year-old coffee whiz looked bleak.

“At 75, there’s not a lot of opportunity out there,” said Kennedy. “It’s hard

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Jeff Jacobs: ‘A lot of challenges’ ahead for Sacred Heart and the college basketball community

FAIRFIELD — Mask on his face, heart on his sleeve, Anthony Latina walked off the practice court late Tuesday afternoon.

“Well, we started an hour late, one guy tweaked his ankle, it looked like we hadn’t practiced in 14 days and we were dragging a little at the end,” the Sacred Heart basketball coach said.

You could almost see the smile on Latina’s face underneath that mask.

“And it was great to see each other and be together, get our legs under us and have that camaraderie,” he said.

Game 1 — COVID willing — is at No. 24 Rutgers on Nov 25.

“As a coach, you do feel pressure to win,” Latina said. “But this year you feel a different type of pressure. We’ve got to make this work. I remember I was talking with UMass Lowell about game time (Dec. 4) and all that. I’m like, ‘If we

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Springfield Technical Community College trustees take step toward reinstating 5 programs

SPRINGFIELD — Nearly five months after the discontinuation of seven Springfield Technical Community College programs provoked a firestorm of controversy on the campus and in the community, trustees took a major step toward reinstating five of the programs for the fall of 2021.

An ad hoc committee recommended the move to the board’s Ways and Means Committee after trustee Jynai McDonald asked members to separate the more expensive programs and determine whether the lower-cost programs could be restored.

“I am excited at the way this meeting turned out,” said Renae Gorman, the president of the union chapter representing STCC faculty. “We are heading in a much more positive direction than we have been for months. We can see a light at the end of the tunnel.”

The committee’s decision paves the way for biomedical engineering technology, biotechnology, civil engineering technology, dental assistant training, and landscape design and management technology to

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