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Community College Press photoPlease direct media inquiries to:
James H. Burnett III
Director of Public Relations
james.burnett@tbf.org
(617) 338-3890


PRESS RELEASE: Coalition disappointed with Senate Ways and Means actions on community college funding, May 16, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: Coalition applauds House leadership on community college funding, April 10, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: Landmark Reforms for Massachusetts Community Colleges Signed into Law, June 28, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Coalition applauds House leadership on community college reform, April 11, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Powerful coalition of business, community groups rally at State House for community college reform, April 5, 2012     

Watch a video or view pictures from the State House rally.

PRESS RELEASE: Statewide coalition rallies around opportunity, February 6, 2012


News Accounts

After years of crisis, Roxbury Community College looks to rebuild, Boston.com, November 17, 2014
Education reports call for more grads, investments, TauntonGazette.com, October 28, 2014
Massachusetts economy may suffer for lack of college graduates, MassLive.com, October 28, 2014
Report outlines steps to address predicted shortage of Mass. college grads, Boston.com, October 27, 2014
With companies clamoring for skilled workers, vocational schools unable to educate enough, Boston.com, September 14, 2014
Massachusetts legislators pass budget with changes for community colleges, Mass Live.com, June 29, 2012 
Legislature Passes $32.5M Budget For FY2013, iBerkshires.com, June 29, 2012 
New state budget would loosen drug firm gift ban; Rules tighter for welfare recipients, Boston.com, June 28, 2012 
State focus is on skills needed for today’s jobs, Boston.com, June 26, 2012 
EDITORIAL: A clear path to reform for community colleges, Boston.com, June 23, 2012 
UMass Unveils STEM Education Initiative, Bay State Banner, June 21, 2012 
Braintree business gets training grant, Wicker Local Braintree, June 20, 2012 
New BCC president confirmed, Berkshire Eagle, June 20, 2012 
States form coalition to boost career training, AP, June 19, 2012
Bunker Hill Community College Hosts "Pathways to Success" Seminar, Yahoo News, June 19, 2012 
Embattled RCC president agrees to step down, Boston.com, June 19, 2012
Bay State businesses win $2.1m in grants to train work, Wicked Local, June 16, 2012
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray hails Microtest Laboratories in Agawam as example of growth in life science industry, Mass Live.com, June 16, 2012
Holyoke Community College Seeing Increase in Enrollment, WGGB ABC 40, June 15, 2012
More jobs than trained workers in Mass.?, Boston Business Journal, June 14, 2012
Jobs Commission Assembling Its Final Report, Spare Change, June 14, 2012
UMass to boost minority students in science, tech.,Mass High Tech, June 12, 2012
Four Westford Jobs Coming From State Grants, Says Patrick Administration, Westford Patch, June 11, 2012
University of Massachusetts to announce program to double the number of minority students pursuing science, engineering, and math degrees, Boston.com, June 11, 2012
Viewpoint: Technical schools need employer voice, Mass Live.com, June 10, 2012
Community colleges in Massachusetts face changes in governance, funding, Mass Live.com, June 10, 2012
Mazzaglia: Community colleges doing the job, MetroWest Daily News, June 10, 2012 
Myths about Mass. governor's proposal for community colleges, Community College Times, June 7, 2012
Tomorrow's Workforce, National Journal, June 1, 2012 
Keeping ‘community’ in community colleges, Boston Business Journal, June 1, 2012
Guest View: Integrating career readiness into academics will reduce the skills gap, South Coast Today, May 30, 2012
Academics or vocational skills?, Community College Spotlight, May 23, 2012
Our View: Criticism of 'shadowy consortium' rings hollow, South Coast Today, May 23, 2012
Broadside: Community college challenge, NECN, May 22, 2012
Please urge your senator to support pro-education amendments to the Senate budget, Massachusetts Teachers Association, May 21, 2012
The best and worst week in Massachusetts politics, The Herald News, May 18, 2012
A lesson on lobbyists, Boston Herald, May 18, 2012
Is there really a ‘skills gap’?, Cape Cod Times, May 17, 2012
AG probes claim of college using fees for lobbyist, Boston Herald, May 17, 2012
Our students deserve the best, Bay State Banner, May 17, 2012
Massachusetts Senate leaders unveil $32.2 billion state budget with record amount of education aid, measures to increase oversight of community colleges, Mass Live.com, May 16, 2012
Patrick aide: Colleges run afoul of law, Boston Herald, May 16, 2012
Deval Patrick’s college plan seeks fiscal discipline, Boston Herald.com, May 15, 2012
DeLeo plan would help start-ups make it in Mass., Boston.com, May 15, 2012
Colleges funnel fees to stave off reforms, Boston Herald, May 15, 2012
Bill would allow vocational schools to offer degrees, Wicked Local Hudson, May 14, 2012
Filling the job training gap, Commonwealth Magazine, May 11, 2012
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: House Passes FY13 Budget, Sudbury Patch, May 9, 2012
Investing in work force will speed recovery, Berkshire Eagle, May 9, 2012
College graduate hiring up, with local grads finding success, Mass Live.com, May 7, 2012
BHCC Inaugural Learn & Earn Program A Success, Charlestown Patch, May 7, 2012
Taking a pass on the future, Boston Globe, May 7, 2012
‘Learn to earn’ vaults ahead, Boston Herald, May 6, 2012
Your View: Investing in workforce will speed economic recovery, SouthCoast Today.com, May 5, 2012
Murray: Senate Budget Will Push Worker Training, Wicked Local Weymouth, May 1, 2012
Smoking guns now appear in several places over CCCC's handling of the M25 event, Cape Cod Today, April 29, 2012
Mass. House approves $32.3B state budget; spending package now moves to Senate, The Berkshire Eagle, April 27, 2012
Massachusetts budget: House races through amendments, passes $32.4 billion spending plan in three days, Mass Live.com, April 26, 2012
House begins debate on $32 billion budget, Gazettenet.com, April 24, 2012
House Minority Leader’s Statement on Empowerment of Vocational Schools and Increased Collaboration with Community Colleges, The Capitol View, April 23, 2012
At Bunker Hill Community College, education never sleeps, JSONS, April 22, 2012
Biz groups fight gov bill to control schools, Boston Herald, April 21, 2012
EDITORIAL: Picking Away, Greenfield Recorder, April 20, 2012
OPINION: Don’t let community college debate turn into stalemate, Enterprise News.com, April 20, 2012
A power grab at community colleges? Not so much, Boston.com, April 19, 2012
The backstory on shaping community college policy, Salem Evening News, April 19, 2012
Chambers of Commerce oppose proposal to take control of community colleges, SouthCoast Today.com, April 18, 2012
Playing a stronger role in economic development, Boston.com, April 18, 2012
Local control for colleges, The Recorder, April 18, 2012
Playing a stronger role in economic development, Boston.com, April 18, 2012
Local control for colleges, The Recorder, April 18, 2012
A collaboration, not a takeover, Worcester Telegram.com, April 18, 2012
Compromise struck on community colleges, Newburyport News.com, April 17, 2012
Navigator helps plot college path, Boston Herald, April 16, 2012
GUEST OPINION: Defending Gov. Patrick's community college plan, Taunton Daily Gazette, April 16, 2012
An efficient ‘hybrid,’Boston Herald, April 16, 2012
Editorial: Getting more out of community colleges, MetroWest Daily News, April 15, 2012
Massasoit heeding Patrick’s workforce challenge, Enterprise News.com, April 15, 2012
Grossman touts millions of state dollars flowing to local community banks, SouthCoast Today.com, April 13, 2012
DeLeo talks local control in education, North Admas Transcript, April 13, 2012
House Speaker DeLeo: Community colleges should keep local control, The Berkshire Eagle, April 12, 2012
OUR VIEW: The 'Ways and Means' to enhance Mass. community colleges, Taunton Daily Gazette, April 12, 2012
GUEST OPINION: Chambers blast Patrick’s comm. college plan, Herald News, April 12, 2012
House panel rebuffs Patrick's plan to overhaul community colleges, The Herald News, April 12, 2012
Local chambers come out against plan to increase state oversight of community colleges, SouthCoast Today.com, April 12, 2012
House budget proposal differs with governor on community college administration, Gazettenet.com, April 12, 2012 
Speaker DeLeo’s budget rejects Governor Patrick’s major initiatives, relies on optimistic assumptions, Boston.com, April 12, 2012
House $32 billion 2013 budget includes more for cities and townsPatriot Ledger.com, April 11, 2012
Mass. House panel unveils proposed $32B budget, Coshoctontribune.com, April 11, 2012
House plan rejects new taxes, cracks down on welfare fraud, Eagle-Tribune.com, April 11, 2012
Massachusetts House leaders unveil proposed budget that rejects key proposals of Gov. Deval Patrick, Mass Live.com, April 11, 2012
Speaker DeLeo’s budget rejects Governor Patrick’s major initiatives, relies on optimistic assumptions, Boston.com, April 11, 2012
Best minds must meet in the middle, Lowell Sun.com, April 11, 2012
Keep community in colleges, Worecester Telegram, April 11, 2012
State colleges unified in seeking legislative support for budget, Gazettenet.com, April 11, 2012
Gov's plan to merge community colleges on tap at Statehouse, Sentinel and Enterprise.com, April 10, 2012
Community-college reorganization looming in budget talks, Lowell Sun.com, April 10, 2012
Community college programs help fill skills gap in U.S., USA Today, April 10, 2012
Find Other Funds, Boston Herald, April 9, 2012
Coalition supports greater state role in community college system, Boston Herald, April 7, 2012
Coalition supports greater state role in community college system, Wicker Local Gloucester, April 6, 2012
Coalition Backs Patrick On Community College Plan, Worcester Business Journal, April 6, 2012
Company touted as role model for workforce bill, Newburyport News.com, April 6, 2012
Workers need skills to fill millions of jobs, Wicked Local Reading, April 6, 2012 
Groups rally at State House for community college reform, MetroWest Daily News, April 5, 2012
Governor Patrick speaks at Global Trade Summit, The Brandeis Hoot, April 5, 2012
Patrick visits Marlborough design, engineering firm, MetroWest Daily News, April 4, 2012
15 Creative Ways Colleges Can Close the Skills Gap, Online Universities.com, April 3, 2012
Workers need skills to fill millions of jobs, Wakefield Observer, April 2, 2012
GUEST OPINION: Gov. Patrick's community college plan attacks local authority, Taunton Daily Gazette, April 1, 2012
Matching Education to Jobs, Bloomberg Businessweek, March 30, 2012
Editorial: Job skills key to changing economy, Wicked Local Ipswich, March 29, 2012
Workers need skills to fill millions of jobs, Beverely Citizen, March 28, 2012
Top Workforce Predictions for 2012, Berkshire Community College, March 28, 2012
New report finds modest gains in America’s college attainment rates, Lumina Foundation, March 26, 2012
Pivotal role of vocational education, Berkshire Eagle, March 25, 2012
Massachusetts Only State Not Using Federal Program, WMAC, March 23, 2012
Lawmakers Talk Business; They Say that Towns Need to Work to Attract New Companies, MetroWest Daily News, March 23, 2012
Committee supports highest-in-nation $10 minimum wage, The Lakeville Call, March 22, 2012
A better focus for adult education, Berkshire Eagle, March 21, 2012
Northeastern University Economists Say 120,000 “Un-filled Jobs” Do Not Exist, Red Mass Group, March 21, 2012
Bay State community colleges could unify to close skilled labor gap, The Daily Free Press, March 21, 2012
Patrick on community college plan: ‘No is not an acceptable answer,’ South Coast Today.com, March 20, 2012
Gov defends unifying community colleges, WLLP.com, March 20, 2102
Deval Patrick keeps pushing for community college unity, Metro, March 20, 2012
Mass. plans to update adult education, Boston.com, March 20, 2012
Maxwell: Community colleges, cast wider net, Newsday, March 19, 2012
Patrick: DeLeo's tax position complicates local aid, Wikced Local Bolton, March 19, 2012
Students advocate for higher education, Holyoke Community College, March 19, 2012
PRESS RELEASE: Governor Patrick joins business and academic leaders in supporting student internships for skill development, talent retention, Governor Patrick, March 19, 2012
Patrick’s Community College Plan Has Support, MetroWest Daily News, March 19, 2012 
Manufacturers seek skilled workers, Boston.com, March 18, 2012
A top down proposal?, Cape Cod Times, March 18, 2012
GUEST OPINION: Community college proposal ignores fundamental issues, The Herald News, March 17, 2012
DeLeo addresses economic concerns, Sentinel and Enterprise.com, March 17, 2012
Obama touts community colleges’ role in green energy, Community College Times, March 15, 2012
Education for the Future, The Boston Phoenix, March 14, 2012
Legislators skeptical of plan to centralize college oversight, Greenfield Recorder, March 14, 2012
Students struggle with rising community college costs, Taunton Daily Gazette, March 14, 2012
Only 1 of 13 Education Appointments From Central Mass., Go Local Worcester.com, March 13, 2012
VIDEO: BCC president defends school’s graduation rate, South Coast Today.com, March 12, 2012
Remedy for remedial courses, The Boston Globe, March 12, 2012
State, Community Colleges Divided Over Schools’ Goals, WBUR, March 12, 2012
VIDEO: BCC president defends school’s graduation rate, South Coast Today.com, March 12, 2012
Remedy for remedial courses, The Boston Globe, March 12, 2012
State, Community Colleges Divided Over Schools’ Goals, WBUR, March 12, 2012
Our View: Community colleges must be at the table before changing the system, South Coast Today.com, March 11, 2012
Manufacturing in Valley Shows Signs of Life, Eagle-Tribune, March 11, 2012
Demographic Change in Community Colleges, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 9, 2012
Former Bristol Plymouth First District State Senator Joan Menard on the Patrick Administration's effort to reconfigure Community Colleges, WSAR, March 8, 2012
Public college students lobby for funds, WWLP, March 8, 2012
New graduation math = success for community colleges, Washington Post, March 8, 2012
LETTER: Community colleges need independence, Mass Live.com, March 8, 2012
Bristol Community College students rally against Patrick's education plan, The Herald News, March 7, 2012
Students walkout to protest governor's plan to consolidate community college boards, Around the Mills, March 7, 2012
LETTER: Community colleges need independence, Mass Live.com, March 8, 2012
Bristol Community College students rally against Patrick's education plan, The Herald News, March 7, 2012
Students walkout to protest governor's plan to consolidate community college boards, Around the Mills, March 7, 2012
Therese Murray praises economy ; Senate president credits education, Telegram.com, March 7, 2012
GUEST COLUMN: Grad rate small piece of BCC’s story, The Sun Chronicle, March 6, 2012
HCC Students Protest Governor’s Consolidation Plan, WGGB, March 6, 2012
Holyoke Community College offers employers conferences on retaining and recruiting workers, Mass Live.com, March 6, 2012
GUEST OPINION: Don’t change the role of community colleges, The Sun Chronicle, March 5, 2012
'Training and Workforce Options' is a program offered by Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College, Mass Live.com, March 5, 2012
Job Training, Watertown Daily Times, March 5, 2012
Putting college degrees to work, Boston.com, March 4, 2012
GUEST OPINION: Unified community colleges are necessary, Wicked Local Swansea, March 4, 2012
Legislators skeptical of plan to centralize college oversight, The Greenfield Recorder, March 4, 2012
Barack Obama touts community colleges as economic remedy in Nashua, N.H., speech, Mass Live.com, March 1, 2012
GUEST OPINION: Don’t change the role of community college, Herald News, February 29, 2012
Guest View: Flexibility is a strength behind community colleges, South Coast Today, February 29, 2012
Homework assignment, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, February 28, 2012
WHMP Forum: Community College Conundrum, WHMP, February 28, 2012
Community colleges already doing a good job addressing state’s ‘skills gap,’ Newburyport Daily News, February 28, 2012
Community college plan questioned, MetroWest Daily News, February 26, 2012
Keeping control at community level, Lowell Sun, February 26, 2012
Community colleges offered work force education grants, South Coast Today.com, February 25, 2012
Coalition pushes for community college makeover, South Coast Today.com, February 25, 2012
City Council opposes centralization of community colleges, South Coast Today.com, February 24, 2012
Legislators meeting at UMass air concerns about community college plan, Daily Hampshire Gazette, February 24, 2012
Improvements on way at MWCC, Sentinel and Enterprise.com, February 24, 2012
UMass President Robert Caret asks legislature for increase in state funding, Mass Live.com, February 23, 2012
Community college costs and salaries highest ever, Boston Herald, February 23, 2012
Take it from me: Community colleges are worth investing in, People's World, February 22, 2012
Letter: At 50, NECC is needed more than ever, Eagle Tribune, Febraury 22, 2012
No reason to tinker here - State’s community college plan troubling, Greenfield Recorder, February 21, 2012
Senator Downing Hopes To Increase Local Aid, iBerkshires.com, February 21, 2012
Speed puts community colleges front and center, Mass Live.com, February 21, 2012
Businesses hop on community college reform train, Boston Business Journal, February 21, 2012
Business Groups backing community-college reform, Lowell Sun, February 21, 2012
Massachusetts community college payroll database: How much do college presidents and professors make?, Mass Live.com, February 20, 2012
My View: Community colleges already doing a good job addressing state’s ‘skills gap,’Salem News, February 18, 2012
Quinsigamond looks to expand in Marlborough, MetroWest Daily News, February 18, 2012
Holyoke crowd likes Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray's opposition to governor's community college plan, Mass Live.com, Febraury 17, 2012
Any Port in a Storm, The Salem News, February 17, 2012
State Representatives Announce GOP Jobs Package, The Daily Milbury, February 17, 2012
Mass. GOP Legislators Pitch Job Growth Plan,Sentinel & Enterprise.com, February 16, 2012
Local Republicans pitch plan to create jobs in state, MetroWest Daily News, February 16, 2012
NSCC program receives grant to develop advanced-manufacturing curriculum, Boston.com, February 15, 2012
Centralize colleges?, Cape Cod Times, February 15, 2012
Kerry says yes, Brown says no to budget, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, February 14, 2012
BCC president unhappy with proposal to centralize community colleges, New Bedfor Standard Times, February 14, 2012
$8 billion community college boost, NECN, February 13, 2012
MA Governor Deval Patrick Returns To The NightSide Microphone, CBS Boston, February 13, 2012
Community college shift key to governor's jobs plan, Daily Hampshire Gazette, February 13, 2012
The jobs race -- America is in the fight of its economic life, The Lowell Sun, February 13, 2012
Keep BCC in local hands, The Sun Chronicle, February 12, 2012
Letters to the Editor – Critics Overlook Community Colleges’ Every Achievements, The Boston Globe, February 12, 2012
BCC President Sbrega tells legislators at breakfast: Growing college needs funding, Fall River Herald News, February 11, 2012
EDITORIAL: Jobs and community colleges, Wicked Local Swampscott, February 10, 2012
Local legislators leery of Patrick's college plan, The Sun Chronicle, February 10, 2012
Op-Ed: Leveraging Our Community Colleges, Boston Business Journal, February 10, 2012
RCC questions community college system change, Mission Hill Gazette, February 10, 2012
DeLeo won’t support any new state taxes, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, February 9, 2012
An educational joint venture, Bay State Banner, February 9, 2012
Editorial: Community colleges in Western Massachusetts get job done, Masslive.com, February 9, 2012 
Barbara Anderson Speedy Registry visit leaves less time for reading more for thinking, Salem News, February 8, 2012
Asquino: Community colleges are best led at the local level, Sentinel and Enterprise.com, February 8, 2012
DeLeo rejects Patrick’s tax proposals, The Boston Globe, February 8, 2012
Patrick announces plans to enhance community college education, Masslive.com, February 2, 2012
GUEST OPINION: Plan to unify community college system is about job equity,The Herald News, February 1, 2012
Governors’ speeches reflect states’ cautious mood,Boston.com, February 1, 2012
Senate leader hits Patrick proposal on community colleges, The Boston Globe, February 1, 2012
JOANN FITZPATRICK: Don’t let politics doom community college evolution, Patriot Ledger, January 30, 2012
Opinion: Training our Workers to Succeed – Today and Tomorrow, Reading Patch, January 30, 2012
Column: Community colleges depend on local connections, Eagle-Tribune, January 30, 2012
Editorial: Don’t try to fix what isn’t broken, Eagle-Tribune, January 30, 2012
Senate leader hits Patrick proposal on community colleges, The Boston Globe, February 1, 2012
JOANN FITZPATRICK: Don’t let politics doom community college evolution, Patriot Ledger, January 30, 2012
Opinion: Training our Workers to Succeed – Today and Tomorrow, Reading Patch, January 30, 2012
Column: Community colleges depend on local connections, Eagle-Tribune, January 30, 2012
Editorial: Don’t try to fix what isn’t broken, Eagle-Tribune, January 30, 2012
Pioneer Valley community colleges leery of Gov. Deval Patrick’s plan to create centralized governing board, Masslive.com, January 29, 2012
Sannicandro: Utilizing an educational resource, The MetroWest Daily News, January 29, 2012
Holmes: Reasons for Bay State pride, The MetroWest Daily News, January 29, 2012
Governor calls for state take-over of community colleges, Wicked Local North Andover, January 26, 2012
OUR VIEW: Unified community colleges could become Massachusetts’ great equalizer, Wicked Local Nantucket, January 26, 2012
Echoes of Patrick heard in Obama’s State of the Union address, Wicked Local Danvers, January 26, 2012
The wrong college path, Boston Herald, January 26, 2012
Patrick’s plan for colleges creates stir, The Salem News, January 25, 2012
Community colleges glad for new interest, The Boston Globe, January 25, 2012
NECC president likes much of Gov. Patrick’s community college plan, Eagle-Tribune, January 25, 2012
Patrick’s community college plan under scrutiny, The Cape Cod Times, January 25, 2012
Strengths, pitfalls of community college focus, The Berkshire Eagle, January 25, 2012
Governor wants community college to lead workforce training initiative, YNN, January 24, 2012
Patrick Pushes Plan To Consolidate Mass. Community Colleges, WBUR, January 24, 2012
Patrick’s call for courage goes far, but not far enough, The Boston Globe, January 24, 2012
Patrick seeks broad changes for community colleges, The Boston Globe, January 22, 2012
What are community colleges for? Mass. must make up its mind, The Boston Globe, January 4, 2012
Engage stakeholders on how to improve community college system in the state, The Boston Globe, November 30, 2011
Community colleges dispute call for overhaul, The Boston Globe, November 19, 2011
Report urges stronger community college systems, The Boston Globe, November 18, 2011
Report: Mass. Community Colleges ‘Need Improvement,’ WBUR, November 18, 2011
 
 
 

 



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