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  • The importance of completing collegeJun 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Consider the results of a study reported earlier this year by the Pew Research Center. The survey’s findings were striking, noting “on virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment … young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education.”

     
  • How community colleges help the economyMay 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Recently, the American Association of Community Colleges reported for every $1 invested in America’s community college system, $25.90 will rebound to the U.S. economy during the working lives of those community college students.

     
  • Colleges work to smooth transfer pathMar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    With a variety of offerings, programs and services, community colleges strive to meet all the educational needs of their local communities. One of the most well-known programs of institutions like Waubonsee is the transfer degree option for students looking to transfer to a four-year college or university.

     
  • Waubonsee plans for new year and beyondJan 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    At Waubonsee Community College, we are looking forward to what 2014 will bring, but we are also looking further ahead, to prepare the college to continue to meet the educational and lifelong learning needs of our students for the next decade and beyond.

     
  • New year right time for new start at college Dec 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    While starting college in the fall makes sense for many students coming directly from high school, there are distinct advantages to beginning in the spring semester.

     
  • Serving students who served our country Dec 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Waubonsee Community College considers it a privilege to serve members of our community through its educational programs and services, and is also honored to be able to serve many students who have served our country.

     
  • Waubonsee readies GED students for new exam Nov 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    January 2014 will mark the implementation of a new edition of the General Educational Development exam designed to ensure that this first step toward a higher education is truly a step up. When it debuts, the 2014 GED test will have a new structure and delivery method, along with new content.

     
  • Complete College America works to eliminate barriers Oct 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    In recent years, it has been difficult to miss the emphasis placed on the importance of college degree or certificate completion. Many statistics and studies have been quoted outlining the benefits to individual students, society and the economy.

     
  • Embracing engagment at Waubonsee Community CollegeAug 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Education has embraced the three “Rs” since at least the late 1700s. While Waubonsee Community College remains committed to teaching students to excel in reading, writing and arithmetic (along with other vital academic skills), this year we’re focusing on the three “Cs”: connect, collaborate and cultivate.

     
  • Student, community safety a priority for Waubonsee Jul 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Safety is among the many priorities addressed by Waubonsee Community College. There are some exciting new projects the college is working on to further enhance the health and safety of our students and college community.

     
  • Community colleges connect employers with job seekersJun 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    For decades, a core mission — and strength — of community colleges has been to prepare students for successful careers. Throughout the Fox Valley, it is difficult to find an employer that doesn’t have at least one community college alumnus on staff. In fact, many of our local business leaders started their education at a community college.

     
  • Celebrating the milestone of college graduationMay 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    No matter how old you are, completing your college degree and receiving your diploma is one milestone that you will never forget. Hours upon hours, weeks upon weeks, months upon months, and, occasionally, years upon years of hard work go into a student earning a degree. The ceremony is rightfully full of pomp and circumstance.

     
  • Sobek: To succeed in college, commit to a major May 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    For most people, college is the time to answer the age-old question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?" Students are often exposed to new ideas and academic disciplines as they navigate their college curriculum. However, research has shown that students who declare a major field of study early have higher rates of degree completion.

     
  • Studying abroad benefits college studentApr 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    Exploring the world beyond our borders creates unparalleled learning opportunities. Travel exposes you to different cultures, languages and perspectives. Dedicating a summer, a semester or a month to studying abroad deepens the benefit, forging lifelong skills.

     
  • Certificates lead to great careers Feb 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    For the past decade, labor experts have outlined the need for education beyond high school to compete in nearly every industry. With 36 million workers in our country having attended college without completing a degree, certificates are another way to earn a marketable credential.

     
  • Limiting student debt a priority at Waubonsee Jan 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Institute for College Access and Success' Project on Student Debt reports that in 2011 four-year college graduates averaged more than $26,000 in student debt. Educational and financial experts are deeply concerned about the amount of debt students are incurring to complete bachelor's degrees.

     
  • Counselors and advisors help students learn the ropes Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    Have you ever traveled to a foreign country where you don't speak the language? The entire experience can be disorienting. For some students, going to college is equally foreign. When traveling, it's always prudent to consult a map to make sure you reach your destination. It's no different in college. Taking advantage of the counseling and advising services available at Waubonsee and other colleges is a smart decision.

     
  • Textbook prices affect college affordability, accessibility Nov 14, 2012 12:00 AM
    Across the country this fall, many colleges and universities reported a decline in student enrollment. For years now, declining state and federal support has been a major factor in causing the average college tuition to grow at a much higher rate than overall inflation. However, textbook prices, which have also been on an upward track, are another key part of college affordability.

     
  • Grant programs make a difference to students Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    The pursuit of grants provides colleges with a way to increase their impact on the local economy through immediate and long-term benefits as even more community members are given an opportunity to realize their full potential. Just last month, Waubonsee hosted U.S. Senator Dick Durbin at our downtown Aurora Campus to announce a new $2.8 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to serve displaced community residents.

     
  • First-year experience critical to college successOct 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    Research shows that a college student's first year largely determines whether or not that student earns a degree. Last year, Waubonsee Community College participated in the Foundations of Excellence program to look at how we can improve our first-year student outcomes.

     
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