community college http://michiganradio.org en GM donates robots to Oakland Community College http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-donates-robots-oakland-community-college <div>The robotics students at Oakland Community College are getting a gift today.&nbsp;</div><p></p><p>General Motors is donating robots that were once used to make cars on its assembly plant floors. They are going to the school's industrial robotics program at the Auburn Hills campus.&nbsp;</p><p>The equipment is valued at $20,000 &nbsp;and will be used for hands-on training for students learning how to program and maintain robots. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:47:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18016 at http://michiganradio.org GM donates robots to Oakland Community College Stabenow plan aims to expand Michigan jobs training program http://michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-plan-aims-expand-michigan-jobs-training-program <p>Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow wants to take a Michigan workforce training program nationwide.<br><br>The Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNTJ) is a partnership between Michigan businesses and community colleges. Through the program, community colleges front the money for workers to go to school. Once workers are employed, their state income taxes pay the college back.</p><p>Stabenow says federal money means the&nbsp;community colleges will get paid back much faster. She says it will also double the number of workers and businesses in the program.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:55:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14245 at http://michiganradio.org Stabenow plan aims to expand Michigan jobs training program Kalamazoo Promise 2.0? Ypsilanti embarks on districtwide scholarship program http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-promise-20-ypsilanti-embarks-districtwide-scholarship-program-3 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Ypsilanti’s school district is pushing for a <a href="http://annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti/ypsilanti-community-schools-to-pursue-college-scholarship-program-similar-to-kalamazoo-promise/">districtwide scholarship program</a> that will provide tuition funds to its graduates.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">On Monday, Ypsilanti Community Schools officially opened its doors. YCS is the product of school consolidation in Washtenaw County. Earlier this year, <a href="http://www.annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti/ypsilanti-willow-run-consolidation-election-2012-results-voters-decide-fate/">voters approved</a> the combination of the financially troubled Ypsilanti Public School district and Willow Run Community Schools.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">With a <a href="http://www.annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti/ypsilanti-community-schools-reveals-new-mascot-logo/">new mascot selected</a> and a logo finalized, the merged district is beginning to rebrand its image.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">School supporters hope a new scholarship program that would provide funding for community college tuition for all qualifying students will be a big part of that new image.</span> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:46:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13234 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo Promise 2.0? Ypsilanti embarks on districtwide scholarship program Michigan colleges struggle when students drop out, keep aid http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-colleges-struggle-when-students-drop-out-keep-aid <p>DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Michigan colleges are stuck with a bill worth millions of dollars when students with federal grants drop out but keep the cash.<br><br>The Detroit Free Press says Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn likely will raise tuition, partly to repay $4.1 million to the federal government. Spokesman Gary Erwin says two-year colleges have been hit "particularly hard."<br> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 22:47:22 +0000 The Associated Press 11274 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan colleges struggle when students drop out, keep aid Michigan governor signs bill allowing community colleges to offer some bachelor's degrees http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-governor-signs-bill-allowing-community-colleges-offer-some-bachelors-degrees <p>For the first time, Michigan's community colleges will be able to offer baccalaureate degrees for certain programs.<br><br>Gov. Rick Snyder has signed <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billenrolled/House/pdf/2011-HNB-4496.pdf">a bill</a> that allows the state's community colleges to expand some of their two-year associate degree programs into four-year programs.<br><br>The bill allows these colleges to offer degrees in cement technology, maritime technology, energy production technology and culinary arts.<br><br>Michigan universities opposed the idea because it breaks their exclusive right to offer bachelor's degrees.<br><br>State representative John Walsh introduced the bill. He says the new programs will help advance a students' career and keep their talent in state.<br><br>"With a better education, a more thorough education, you can move up into management or take on other responsibilities that an Associate Degree student wouldn't be able to," he said. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 20:58:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10551 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan governor signs bill allowing community colleges to offer some bachelor's degrees Superintendent: School funding reform should include early childhood, college http://michiganradio.org/post/superintendent-school-funding-reform-should-include-early-childhood-college <p>The state&rsquo;s education chief says money for early childhood education and community colleges needs to be part of fixing Michigan&rsquo;s school funding system. Mike Flanagan is the Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction and leads the state Department of Education.<br /><br />He spoke today at the first public hearing held by Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s workgroup that&rsquo;s devising a school funding proposal. The governor wants a system that rewards proficiency.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Flanagan says that won&rsquo;t happen if the state doesn&rsquo;t find a way to offer universal early childhood learning.<br /><br />&quot;We spend a billion dollars per grade and we spend nothing on early childhood, and we wonder why the results are exactly the same, and we blame the teachers, we blame the state superintendent, we blame the parent for not reading to them enough, and the bottom line is, we should blame the system first and foremost,&quot; he said.<br /><br />Flanagan says every student should also be guaranteed a year or two of community college or its equivalent. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />The school funding workgroup will spend the summer working on its recommendations. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 18:24:51 +0000 Rick Pluta 8311 at http://michiganradio.org Superintendent: School funding reform should include early childhood, college Community college baccalaureate degrees before Senate panel http://michiganradio.org/post/community-college-baccalaureate-degrees-senate-panel <p>Community college students may soon be able to get a bachelor&rsquo;s degree without transferring to a four-year college or university. A bill before a state Senate panel would allow community colleges to offer the degrees in a few fields.</p><p>The measure would allow community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees in culinary arts, maritime studies, concrete technology, energy production, and nursing. State Representative John Walsh says the state needs more highly trained nurses. &ldquo;We do at present have a shortage, and it&rsquo;s only going to increase according to every study, including ones conducted by our own government.&rdquo;</p><p>Those who oppose the measure say it would create unnecessary competition between community colleges and universities, especially in the field of nursing. But supporters of the bill say many people are not within a reasonable driving distance of a university, and community colleges could offer people in rural areas more opportunities to pursue four-year degrees. Thu, 02 Feb 2012 11:59:43 +0000 Laura Weber 6060 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Community College to ask Kent County voters to approve $100 million bond http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-community-college-ask-kent-county-voters-approve-100-million-bond <p>Voters in Kent County will decide on a&nbsp;millage increase for Grand Rapids Community College this May. The college&rsquo;s board of trustees voted to put the question on the May ballot Monday night.</p><p>GRCC&rsquo;s President Steven Enders says the tax increase is worth it for everyone living near Grand Rapids.&nbsp;&ldquo;You cannot begin to put a value of the impact of this institution on Kent County and this region. It is just not as simple as counting numbers,&quot; Enders said.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 03:14:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5906 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Community College to ask Kent County voters to approve $100 million bond Community College Degrees http://michiganradio.org/post/community-college-degrees <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-975120.mp3</p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">A new battle over education is shaping up in Lansing -- and this time, it&rsquo;s not over funding. It has to do with whether community colleges should be able to offer four-year bachelor&rsquo;s degrees.</font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 17:56:17 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3032 at http://michiganradio.org Community College Degrees Explosive growth at community colleges likely to slow this fall http://michiganradio.org/post/explosive-growth-community-colleges-likely-slow-fall <p>Michigan community colleges have seen double-digit growth and record numbers of students in the last couple years. But many community colleges expect that trend to slow down, or even stop, this year.</p><p><a href="http://www.muskegoncc.edu/pages/1.asp">Muskegon Community College&rsquo;</a>s Dean of Enrollment Services George Maniatessays the school has nearly 20% more students now than it did in 2006.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The easy money for retraining, the No worker Left Behind Programs, those are all now gone. So people are pretty much on their own.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Maniates says his school is already seeing a significant decrease in the number of &ldquo;adult learners&rdquo; over 23 years old enrolling for summer and fall classes. He says that&rsquo;s mainly because there&rsquo;s less money for job retraining programs.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re also seeing a lot of families who are torn between &lsquo;well can I find a summer job &ndash; or do I go to school?&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Mike Hansen is president of <a href="http://www.mcca.org/">Michigan&rsquo;s Association of Community Colleges</a>. He expects most community colleges will see flat or slower enrollment growth this fall.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Now you have to remember too these are increases from historic highs. In other words if you walked onto these campuses you&rsquo;d say &lsquo;wow there&rsquo;s tons of people here. There&rsquo;s no spots left in the parking lot.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>He expects colleges in more rural areas will be harder hit. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 21:04:48 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1857 at http://michiganradio.org Explosive growth at community colleges likely to slow this fall Mixing high school coursework with vocational training http://michiganradio.org/post/mixing-high-school-coursework-vocational-training <p>This week, for our series “What’s Working,” Morning Edition Host Christina Shockley sits down with Karl Covert, the Dean of Washtenaw Technical Middle College.</p><p>Located on the campus of Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Technical Middle College offers high school students the chance to complete their high school education in a college setting, while also earning either an associate’s degree or technical skill certification.</p><p>The Middle College was founded in 1997 by a group of educators who were concerned about two things: high school graduates being unprepared for college and a decreasing number of vocational training programs in the area.</p><p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 17:04:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & What's Working 1276 at http://michiganradio.org Mixing high school coursework with vocational training