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School Superintendents And Community College Presidents A Great Marriage

Aug 16, 2008
There is a tremendous opportunity to enhance our competitive edge in the global economy that is often overlooked. It's time for community college presidents and school superintendents to form new relationships. This relationship should consist of something greater than traditional dual enrollment programs. The potential for changing whole communities and job prospects is tremendous. Currently over 47% of the students who attend post-secondary education institutions are attending community colleges. The employment needs of the United States will go unfilled if we are not giving students greater preparation to earn a minimum of an associate degree.

A high school education is not sufficient education to comprehend the new way that technology will influence nursing, finance and computer technology. As the baby boomers retire a wide array of jobs will become available that require fresh leadership. A high school education will not prepare a new employee to survive in the information age. Some of the conversations about how society is changing must occur while students are attending high school.

It is to our country's global advantage to have a workforce that is trained to move into higher levels of management and into the executive suite.

Too many high school students fear that they cannot succeed as a college student. Nationally only 30 percent of high school students are pursuing a degree. This means that the vast majority of students are not receiving an education to compete in a 21st century economy. Sometimes students are discouraged because of the types of grades they are earning while attending high school. School districts need to teach students how to be self-learners. They need to know that they can improve their grades with additional efforts.

Community college admission staff and faculty need to spend more time connecting with high schools. These professionals can play a role in changing a high school student's expectations. Parents can also learn that the cost of community college education is often half the cost of four year institutions. Some high school students say they never have received a visit from an admissions officer from any college. When community colleges reach out to schools it sends a message that students are welcomed to apply.

Students need to be well informed about the opportunity to complete community college credits while they are attending high school. Establishing a collaborative relationship between school superintendents and community college presidents can create a successful college preparation program. This is important since many high school students lose hope during 9th grade. There is an opportunity for students to learn how much work is required to prepare for a college level course. It will eliminate some of the peer pressure that discourages high school students from academic excellence.

The marriage between school superintendents and community college presidents can provide an ongoing resolution to changes in the workforce. Industry should be an additional partner that inspires students through knowledge of their employment needs. There will be a greater need for internships that prepare students for full time employment. The road that leads to a brighter future is paved with an educated workforce.
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For twenty years, Dr. Jones has delivered presentations on topics including how to study, leadership, effective communication, and innovative education practices. Working with students has enabled Dr. Jones to have a complete understanding of the challenges their facing http://www.sevenbooks.net.
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