President Trump, Community Colleges are Much More Than Vocational Schools

Last month in a speech to workers at a training facility in Ohio, President Trump professed ignorance about what community colleges do: “I don’t know what that means, a community college.” The president continued, “Call it vocational and technical. People know what that means. They don’t know what a community college means.”

Two Recommended Books for Labor Day

As the contested holiday of Labor Day is recognized on this first Monday in September, California’s Community Colleges are at an interesting point in their century-old history especially as it pertains to our mission and students’ professional lives. (I use the term professional life rather than workforce both to avoid the connotations of workforce as managed employees in replaceable positions, and to focus on the distinction between private life and the hours for which individuals receive compensation for their labor).

Renewal and Progress in California

What enduring qualities and conditions are critical to the efficacy of future college presidents?

What new qualities and conditions will be required for effectiveness in the future?

In light of these qualities and conditions, what needs to be done to strengthen the college presidency?

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