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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-14-09 10:09 PM
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Who would have thought...that in a state that has some of the finest universities
in the country...Obama would rally round the community colleges as the saving grace of Michigan employment.

Something wrong with this picture IMO.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 09:45 AM
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1. Well, since my late uncle was the Dean of Academic Services at Macomb County Community College ...
... and I know how MCCC is critical to working class families in the area in both lower division baccalaureate aspirations and paraprofessional training, I guess I'm glad the attention is focused on students whose families can't handle the "full ride" at the Big Ten. It's only be better if he spoke at Wayne State, my alma mater.

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kpominville Donating Member (323 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 12:53 PM
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2. Most people cannot afford state universities anymore
Sadly, community college is the best that most Michigan residents can afford anymore. Especially as our jobs continue to disappear and our wages continue to drop.
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blue_onyx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-02-10 10:44 AM
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6. If we would publicly fund...
higher education for our citizens, like Democratic candidate for governor Alma Wheeler Smith has proposed, it would help increase the number of people with college educations. I think our state should make the commitment that a college education is the new minimum.
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GreenEyedLefty Donating Member (708 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 02:04 PM
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3. My daughter just registered for classes at Oakland Comm. Coll.
We can't afford 4 years at MSU... so she's doing 2 + 2.

Michigan kids attend the community colleges. Not so much the 4 year universities, which have a higher rate of out of state and foreign students.

Community colleges are also where people can become police officers, EMT's, registered nurses, dental hygienists, etc.

So I agree with President Obama that community colleges deserve our support.
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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 09:08 PM
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4. until we remedy the absurdity of going insanely in debt
in order to get qa college education, community college is the best route for most people.
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lostinseganet1 Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-01-10 08:51 PM
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5. the big ones can take care of themselves
They are too expensive too.
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ibelieveinMichigan Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 09:55 AM
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7. nothing wrong with this picture
It is highly unlikely that those that are unemployed want to spend four plus years pursuing a bachelor's degree that, quite frankly, doesn't prepare/train you for a specific job. Community colleges provide numerous trade school type programs that train students for very specific jobs. This type of focused retraining, as opposed to the intellectual exploration that occurs at universities, is exactly what the MI workforce needs.
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nRkiSt Donating Member (63 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 10:58 AM
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8. Heed these words-
"State Universities are breeding grounds, quite literally, for sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV), homosexual behavior, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, alcoholism, and drug abuse." -- James Dobson
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-18-10 04:28 PM
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10. All this, AND an education! It's a WIN-WIN! (go Tartars)
Edited on Thu Feb-18-10 04:30 PM by JustABozoOnThisBus
:hi:

(HFCC -> WSU)
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maddogesq Donating Member (915 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-18-10 10:15 AM
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9. CC's have a critical part to play, IMHO.
Edited on Thu Feb-18-10 10:18 AM by maddogesq
Something that is not often mentioned: A lot of HS grads are unsure as to career paths, and choosing the CC route is a more cost effective way of getting through the initial college courses. I got an associate from Only Chance College a.k.a. Orchard Country Club a.k.a. OCC, then worked for a few years before going back for a BA. And as mentioned, CC's are great places for specific skill training such as EMT, etc.

My problem is that I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up...teeheeheehee. :)



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