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A Blueprint for Free Community College

Tom Snyder | Posted 03.09.2017 | College
Tom Snyder

Tennessee has shown that free community college is possible. It is now up to community college presidents to find ways to work with their own state governments to make community college free in their own communities to local high school students. I believe that this will be a true game-changer in higher education.

Retirees Thrive at Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 01.21.2017 | College
Tom Snyder

In addition to seeking a warmer climate, lower taxes and housing costs, many retirees are relocating to college towns that provide intellectual simula...

Apprenticeship Programs at Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 01.06.2017 | College
Tom Snyder

As a country, having enough people trained in the skills that apprenticeships provide could keep many jobs from going overseas. We should commit ourselves to apprenticeship programs. As one student said to me: "Apprenticeship was my golden ticket to the middle class."

Dual-Enrollment Programs Threatened

Tom Snyder | Posted 10.29.2016 | College
Tom Snyder

While dual-enrollment programs are surging in popularity, many high school teachers will no longer qualify to teach these courses.

Tennessee Promise

Tom Snyder | Posted 10.22.2016 | College
Tom Snyder

Statewide, community college enrollment is up 14 percent. Students had to fill out the financial application for student aid, meet with a volunteer mentor and sign up for eight hours of community service in order to qualify. More than 22,000 students met the August deadline for eligibility.

Millions of Federal Student Loans Lining Up to Be Eliminated and Borrowers Repaid

Steve Rhode | Posted 10.02.2016 | Business
Steve Rhode

As a consumer debt expert for decades I've developed a pretty good sense of reading the tea leaves of debt. Sometimes this means making some sense out of puzzle pieces well in advance of assembly.

Investing in the American Workforce

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.28.2016 | College
Tom Snyder

A recent poll conducted by the Gallup-Lumina Foundation found that while Americans may be politically polarized, they all agree that the United States needs to invest in the talent of its workforce. Talent is defined as "the knowledge or skills people develop or obtain through education, work or other life experiences."

Indiana Supports College Promise

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.11.2016 | College
Tom Snyder

In June I led a delegation of Indiana educators, business leaders, and philanthropists to Washington, D.C. to learn about College Promise, the Obama administration's non-partisan grassroots effort to build widespread support for a free community college education for responsible students throughout the nation.

Support Community College Students

Tom Snyder | Posted 08.26.2016 | College
Tom Snyder

I believe as a nation everyone should have access to higher education. To lift people out of poverty, to transform lives, and to show future generations that the American dream is still possible.

Community Colleges and Health Care

Tom Snyder | Posted 07.01.2016 | College
Tom Snyder

Programs that lead to an RN are expensive to run, and finding qualified instructors with a master's degree in nursing is challenging as these nurses can typically earn more money working in direct care.

Community Colleges and Tech Support

Tom Snyder | Posted 06.17.2016 | College
Tom Snyder

Whether it is a Mom-and-Pop business or a multi-national company, they both share a common need -- reliable tech support. But we are facing a crisis in this country because there are more jobs available in technology than there are highly skilled people to fill them.

The Case for Career and Technical Education

Tom Snyder | Posted 05.27.2015 | College
Tom Snyder

We need to change our way of thinking about college education. As thousands of recent graduates have discovered, a four-year degree isn't an automatic gateway into the American middle class.

Community Colleges and the Skills Gap

Tom Snyder | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Tom Snyder

President Obama's proposal for a free community college education would work wonders for many people. But it's important to remember that even today, community colleges are very affordable resource.

Free Community College Is a Game Changer

Tom Snyder | Posted 03.11.2015 | College
Tom Snyder

Naysayers will claim there is no money on the federal or state level to support the president's plan. But we must go beyond viewing free community college as a handout and rather see it as an investment in our country's future.

Drawbacks of "15 to Finish"

Tom Snyder | Posted 11.05.2014 | College
Tom Snyder

A recent study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, funded by The Lumina Foundation, reveals that over the past two decades, more than have enrolled in college without obtaining a degree or certificate.

The Negative Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 05.05.2014 | College
Tom Snyder

While I believe fervently that all Americans should have access to affordable health care, as president of Ivy Tech Community College I have severe reservations with the Affordable Care Act's definition of full time employment.

Community Colleges Support Entrepreneurs

Tom Snyder | Posted 04.09.2014 | College
Tom Snyder

Whether it is launching a food truck, licensing a daycare center or guiding a tech start-up, community colleges know how to nurture a budding entrepreneur and give him or her the tools to succeed.

Community Colleges and the Manufacturing Sector

Tom Snyder | Posted 02.11.2014 | College
Tom Snyder

Partnerships between community colleges and manufacturing companies have been remarkably successful largely because they have been in the forefront of providing customized training that leads directly to a well-paying job.

A Better Way to Help Low-Income College Students

Tom Snyder | Posted 01.27.2014 | College
Tom Snyder

We need to make it easier for community college students to enroll and get a degree by making sure that whether they enroll for twelve credit hours or fifteen that a Pell Grant will provide a financial safety net covering most of their expenses.

Community Colleges and College Attainment

Tom Snyder | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Tom Snyder

Some may see the President's goal of America becoming the world leader in college education by 2020 as very ambitious. Community colleges know that the education they provide changes lives and will continue to develop programs that help students get a degree. We believe that the goal is attainable.

Research Supports Work of Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

We need to recognize that not everyone should attend a four-year institution. There are good jobs available for those with a community college degree or graduates of a certificate program.

Criminal Justice and Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.03.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

Television shows such as CSI, Law & Order and NCIS have introduced millions to the world of crime fighting. This new interest means many criminal justice jobs now require more than a high school diploma.

The Booming Field of Aviation Technology

Tom Snyder | Posted 08.06.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

Before recommending a four-year college, high school guidance counselors and parents should determine whether a student would be better served at a community college in a program that virtually guarantees employment.

Hospitality Industry and Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

Are there more restaurants springing up in one section of town? Are there new assisted-living centers? If so, it's a safe bet that there will be the need for more hospitality workers.

Community Colleges and Returning Vets

Tom Snyder | Posted 06.03.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

As the war in Afghanistan winds down, thousands of servicemen and women will return home to a country that is still in the early stages of economic recovery. Helping these warriors transition to civilian life needs to be our number one priority.