Category Archives: Member News

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Two Plus Two with NKU

A102_C003_10014SGateway Community and Technical College in Covington, Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University announced a partnership called Gateway2NKU that will make earning a Bachelor’s degree in northern Kentucky easier, quicker, and more affordable. The pathways begin at Gateway and end with a Bachelor’s degree from NKU, with a seamless transition. It features dual admission with participants enrolled simultaneously at NKU and Gateway with access to activities and services at both places.

“This is an example of how higher education institutions can work together to improve the quality of life,” said Gateway President/CEO Ed Hughes. “Not only will students be able to earn an Associate’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in less time and spending less money, but this program will also allow Gateway and NKU to operate more efficiently and effectively by reducing the duplication of programs and services.”

Gateway students on a degree pathway will be able to take up to four NKU courses at Gateway’s tuition rates, reducing cost while acclimating students to the NKU campus before transferring.

On January 28, a ten-year partnership between Gateway Community and Technical College and the Florence, Kentucky site of financial services company Citi received the prestigious national Bellwether Award for Workforce Development from the Community College Futures Assembly and the University of Florida. “In more than 1,200 national community colleges, this is one of the highest honors an institute can receive,” said Dale F. Campbell, professor and director of the Community College Futures Assembly and Institute of Higher Education. The Gateway-Citi partnership emphasizes career development and provides resources to enable Citi employees to begin or complete college credentials.

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New Grants

Howard Community College in Maryland received workforce development grants for innovative programs in IT and healthcare under Maryland’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training initiative. The grants provide for basic skills and occupational instruction to students lacking those skills to succeed. Twenty students, some without a high school diploma/GED or proficient English skills, will receive basic skills training while learning to become certified in A+. The grant will provide 150 hours of instruction, internships with stipends, and assistance in job placement. HCC also received an EARN planning grant from the Maryland Department of Labor to investigate workforce needs of the Mobile Health Devices industry. The College will identify training needs and skills gap for this new sector, which includes applications like sensors for measurement of chemicals, dietary intake, physical activity, and psychosocial stressors and addictive substances. The College is partnering with entrepreneurs designing products and with institutions such as The Center for Health, Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) at the University of Maryland to determine how best to meet the training and workforce needs for this new industry.

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Collaboration in Minneapolis

A new collaborative effort of Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Augsburg College, a private Lutheran college in the Minneapolis metropolitan area, has resulted in an accelerated 34-month baccalaureate in professional nursing (BSN). Augsburg College’s nursing department focuses on culturally competent care and a slight majority of MCTC’s nursing students self-identify as members of cultural or ethnic minorities. This collaboration will increase the diversity of the nursing workforce in Minnesota. Students are dually admitted to Augsburg College and MCTC when accepted into the professional nursing program. After a program of study for five consecutive terms they graduate with an Associate Degree. Those who meet the grade point criteria and pass the National Council Licensing Exam-RN can continue at Augsburg College and complete a baccalaureate program in as little as 12 months.

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Merger in Scotland

One of the longest-standing members of the TA3, Anniesland College in Scotland, has merged with Cardonald and Langside colleges to form a new super-college, Glasgow Clyde College. Part of a wave of college mergers across Scotland, the new Glasgow Clyde will have around 20,000 students and will operate from three campuses. The new super-college will be led by Principal and Chief Executive Susan Walsh, one of Scotland’s best known and most experienced college principals. The merger is a response to the Scottish Government’s reform of post-16 education in Scotland, the biggest shake-up in education in a generation. Approved in June 2013, the new name was chosen by students and a competition to design a new college logo. Craig Black, a BA student in Creative Industries, designed the winning logo.

Principal Susan Walsh said “We have a proud tradition of excellence in education to maintain and I know we have the skills, expertise, and commitment not to let ourselves, our students, or our predecessor colleges down. We are innovative, creative, and professional and most of all we focus on what we need to do to get it right for our students. This is the start of something inspirational and aspirational; a place people want to be part of. From now on being ‘Clyde-built’ means something new, and something very special.”

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Queen’s Anniversary Prize

cambriaColege Cambria in North Wales has been honored by the Queen for helping the £24 billion aerospace industry to take off in the UK. The school was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education at a ceremony at St. James’s Palace in London in November. Coleg Cambria Chair John Clutton and the Principal and Chief Executive, David Jones, attended the ceremony. These awards have a very intensive and demanding assessment process, and most are won by the UK’s leading Universities.

The Centre of Excellence for Aerospace Development has trained more than 5,000 learners since established in 2002 by the former Deeside College, which this year became part of Coleg Cambria with campuses in Connah’s Quay, Northop, Wrexham and Llysfasi. The merger makes Colege Cambria the eighth largest higher education institution in the UK. The initiative resulted in Airbus employees at the wing-making factory in Broughton gaining more than 7,000 nationally recognized qualifications. The centre’s staff were instrumental in setting up Airbus Academies in the UK, France, Germany, and Spain and work closely with other locally-based aerospace firms like Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group, Raytheon, Magellan, and Apple Aviation.

This project has created a very positive impact at national, regional, and local levels and as such is well deserving of a national award that recognizes the achievements of Airbus learners, staff and the college as a whole.

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National Workforce Team Gets Underway

South Central College (Minnesota) President Dr. Annette Parker was invited to serve on President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee 2.0, which includes 19 leaders from industry, academia, and labor. AMP is part of a continuing effort to maintain U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance global competitiveness. The Steering Committee established five work teams to address specific areas aimed at driving advances in U.S. innovation and workforce capabilities related to manufacturing. Dr. Parker co-chairs the “Workforce” work team along with Eric Spiegel, President of Siemens. The team is taking a holistic approach to scalable and sustainable solutions to the talent pipeline challenge, beginning with childhood education and ending with long-term employment models. Outcomes will be in the form of playbooks and implementation pilots in the following areas:

  • Portable and Stackable Credentialing System: Increase nationally portable, stackable credentialing systems through certifications and work-based learning elements.
  • Regional Apprenticeship/Internship Models: Establish regional work/project-based study apprenticeship models in partnership with labor market intermediaries.
  • Bridging Modules for Veterans: Develop practical competency based “bridging modules” for transitioning Veterans focused on private sector manufacturing skills certifications and apprenticeships with Department of Labor/GI Bill funding and support.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Education: Increase career pathways and “dual credit” opportunities across education (K-12, community colleges, and universities) to increase the number of qualified technical employees in advanced manufacturing.

Dr. Parker will be assisted by three subject matter experts for the subcommittee: Dr. Keith Bird, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce; Hope Cotner, Center for Occupational Research and Development; and Joseph P. Dragone, Superintendent of Ballston Spa Central School District.