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Community Colleges Enthusiastic Over New Financial Opportunities

Last week, President Obama gave a speech in which he announced his "American Graduation Initiative," a plan involving the investment of $12 billion into the United States' community college system. As expected, community colleges across the country are thrilled with this development and already seeking new ways to upgrade their facilities.

Big plans are already underway at McCook Community College, Nebraska's first community college, to expand the school's pioneering programs and ties to community businesses. According to the McCook Daily Gazette, the school already has a long history of innovative projects: building bridges with neighboring community colleges, developing programs in conjunction with local four year colleges like Bellevue University, and the production of the college's "Work Ethic Camp class at the cooperative Center for Applied Science and Technology," which graduated a group of offenders with welding degrees for a better chance at success after completing their sentence. When it comes to extra funding, McCook Community College is "ready to respond."

Meanwhile down south, Northeast Community College is focusing on new technology. According to their press release, the school has already recently put funding into Smart Teaching Boards in classrooms for improved internet connections and distance learning opportunities. With extra grant money, the school has big plans to "purchase technology equipment and software, and to provide training for students, faculty and staff."

What are other community colleges up to at the moment? If it's anything like these two ambitious institutions, there are big things in store for students across the country.

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