MCCA This Week: September 4, 2020

This Week
Sept. 4, 2020

For more than 125 years, Americans have celebrated Labor Day on the first Monday of every September. In today's economic and labor climate, the national holiday should be the most meaningful observance of the year. Yes, the three-day weekend is more than summer's unofficial finale, the culmination for wearing white, and the end of hot dog season (seriously!).

Labor Day was initiated under President Grover Cleveland in 1894 to focus on American workers' accomplishments and to inspire a new generation of workers. Fast forward to the present day, and the holiday's intended celebration may seem lost in the mix of last-minute vacations and family barbeques.

But over the past decade, our community colleges—engines of economic opportunity—have worked tirelessly to assist unemployed, underemployed, and low-skilled workers acquire the skills, degrees, credentials, and training needed to find high-paying careers in Missouri. Through grant-funded programs like the Missouri Apprenticeships in Manufacturing Program (MoAMP), the SkillUP Program, and the Missouri Workforce Innovation Network (MoWINs, sunsetted in 2018), our community colleges continue to reinforce their commitment to Missouri's workforce. 

Happy Labor Day!

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Conversations about COVID-19

  • The American College Health Association (ACHA) names Black, Asian American, first-generation low-income, Latinx, LGBTQ+, Native American, international and unauthorized students, as well as students with disabilities, as those who are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. (Education Dive)

U.S. Education News

  • A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center on enrollment in the summer of 2020 reveals that attendance by students in certain demographic groups and at certain types of institutions was down from the previous summer. (The Chronicle)
  • Presenting authentic diversity and highlighting your priorities around inclusion on your college website may yield stronger affinity and increased engagement among key audiences while demonstrating a serious institutional commitment to equity. (OHO Interactive)
  • Consumers and employers increasingly are turning to short-term, online alternatives to the college degree, and alternative credential pathways are projected to grow in popularity. (The Key with Inside Higher Ed)
  • The American Council on Education (ACE) is now accepting applications for the 2021–22 class of the nation's premier higher education leadership development program. The ACE Fellows Program provides an opportunity to confront tough questions and explore day-to-day practical solutions to common challenges while shadowing campus leaders. (ACE)
  • Before this year, virtual advising was mostly used as a supplemental offering reserved for online learners and working adults. The pandemic has changed this. Virtual advising played a critical role in supporting students and keeping them connected to their colleges during the spring shutdown. Virtual advising will also continue this fall and serve as an ongoing experiment that could open the door to a new opportunity for supporting student success going forward. (EAB)

Missouri News

  • More than 7,000 college students in Missouri have tested positive for the coronavirus since classes resumed in mid-August. (AP News)
  • Fortune recently released its 2020 Fortune 500 rankings. Ten Missouri-based companies were included in this year's list. (MERIC)

College Headlines

  • Crowder College is adding dozens of new laptops for staff members, providing the ability to work from home if the school would have to return to virtual classes down the road. (KODE-TV)
  • All three North Central Missouri College LPN programs have been named on the 2020 list of Best LPN Programs in Missouri by (KTTN)
  • Students in the East Central College Nursing and EMT/Paramedic programs will have access to state-of-the-art technology later this fall, thanks to a grant award from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development grant program. (Phelps County Focus)
  • St. Louis Community College has appointed Lucy Singer as its new general counsel. Singer will be responsible for advising college administrators, officials and the board on a variety of legal matters, including compliance with college policies and state and federal laws. (St. Louis Business Journal)

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Enjoy your weekend! Any fun plans? Let us know! 

Btw, we'll be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Should you need support, please visit our #WelcomeToMCCA resources. You're also welcome to send us an email at [email protected], and we'll reply as soon as possible when we return.

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