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Commemorating Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Although President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the news took two years to travel to the last enclave of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. While Juneteenth has been recognized for decades by black communities across the nation, it has gained…

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in Community, Community college, Faculty, Inspiration, Jobs

Emeritus Professionals: A Legacy of Wisdom

May is a busy month in the community college world, marking the end of the academic year. It is a time devoted to celebrating not only our students as scholars, athletes and leaders, but also our faculty and staff. To that end, CCBC recently recognized eight retiring colleagues at an annual Emeritus Induction Ceremony where we honored the community college tradition…

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in Celebrations, Community, Community college, Faculty, Inspiration, Jobs, Programs, Students, Workforce Development

National Nurses Week: Honoring Our Heroes of the Heart

Community colleges across the country have joined the American Nurses Association in honoring America’s 5 million registered nurses during National Nurses Week. Given the nature of the community college, I have a favorite phrase that I like to use for moments like these: “Everything we do is workforce development.” I think this is true whether we are educating accountants, cyber…

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in Celebrations, Community, Community college, Inspiration, Sustainability

Earth Week: Pathways to a greener tomorrow

“Sustainability,” as a movement and as a practical application, fits right into the sweet spot of the community college mission. We, who rarely have enough money to do all that needs to be done, find it easy to “save” things to reuse or to recycle. Signs of sustainability can be found all over community college campuses: recycling cans, composting bins,…

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in Community, Community college, Faculty, higher education, Inspiration

Community College Journals Reflect a Community of Scholars

Many pedagogical achievements have been born in the prolific incubators of community college classrooms. Faculty and staff have transformed these big ideas about teaching and learning into practical applications now mirrored in community college classrooms across the country. After reading the third volume of CCBC’s own journal, TALES: Teaching and Learning Excellence Through Scholarship, I am reminded of the invaluable…

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in Celebrations, Community, Community college, Diversity, Faculty, higher education, Inspiration, Leadership

Women’s History Month: Leaders in Higher Education

In 1987 as a junior administrator at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, I spent a week in Phoenix, Arizona at a Leaders Seminar sponsored by the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) under the guidance of two sheros: Dr. Mildred Bulpitt and Dr. Carolyn Desjardins. The strength of that experience lay in the exposure to these two…

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