by Carol Sandoval
Educating 24% of undergraduate students and 44% of low-income students, community colleges play an important role in educating the next generation of leaders (ccidinc.org). At community colleges, students can attain 2-year transferable degrees, job skills, and personal enrichment. In addition to the formal degrees they grant, community colleges also provide their communities with not-for-credit courses that allow them to learn new skills and trades at low costs. Today’s MSI Line Up features ten Hispanic Serving Institutions committed to educating their local community.
1) Central Arizona College (HSI)—Coolidge, AZ
Community education classes at Central Arizona College teach the surrounding community about self-defense, smartphones, basic landscape irrigation, and much more.
2) Pima Community College (HSI)—Tuscon, AZ
Pima Community College helps community members complete and receive their high school diploma, offering Adult Basic Education in reading, writing, and math.
3) Modesto Junior College (HSI)—Modesto, CA
With the mission of life-long learning, Modesto Junior College offers not-for-credit classes that teach community members new skills and crafts. With such a wide variation of options, there is something for everyone!
4) Capital Community College (HSI)—Hartford, CT
Capital Community College has two main services for community members: Professional Development and Career Training. Dedicated to preparing its community members for career switches, Capital offers courses in project management, public speaking, and basic technology skills.
5) Cuyamaca College (HSI)—El Cajon, CA
Working professionals in the Cuyamaca College area can enroll in continuing education coursework. Courses in the fields of auto technician, disability services, and environmental health and safety are all available for those wishing to continue developing their skill set.
6) Elgin Community College (HSI)—Elgin, IL
Elgin Community College offers free recreational activities and courses to community members. Other services include job search skills and strategies, including resume review and mock interviews.
7) Dodge City Community College (HSI)—Dodge City, KS
The Adult Learning Center at Dodge City Community College offers GED preparatory courses in addition to English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
8) Chemeketa Community College (HSI)—Salem, OR
Surrounded by a large population of seasonal and migrant farm workers, Chemeketa Community College offers evening classes for the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) to help community members earn their GED while continuing to work.
9) Alvin Community College (HSI)—Alvin, TX
To ensure healthy living, Alvin Community College has classes on wellness and health promotion. In these classes, community members will learn to “correlate concepts of wellness and health lifestyle and develop specific health promotion strategies for various populations including primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies” (alvincollege.edu).
10) Shoreline Community College (HSI)—Shoreline, WA
Shoreline Community College emphasizes the discussion of global issues. For this reason, the Global Affairs Center at Shoreline hosts free events that engage community members and students in conversation regarding global issues. Experts in the field will usually mediate the conversation.