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Issues Effecting California Community Colleges

Student Success:

Engagement Is Key to Community College Success, Author Says.  In a new book, one graduate details how forming relationships and getting involved is critical.  Isa Adney was set to go to a "small, idyllic, right-on-the-beach private" college—that is, until the $25,000 bill for her first year arrived. Unwilling to plunge her working-class parents into debt, she enrolled in a local community college in Florida. Waiting 2½ hours to talk to an adviser, she cried. "I felt so alone," she recalls. "I felt so lost." Community college turned out to be "a private school education for a public school cost," Adney writes in Community College Success: How to Finish with Friends, Scholarships, Internships, and the Career of Your Dreams, which is aimed at first-generation collegegoers. With help from professors, she won a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship, which gave her $60,000 toward a bachelor's degree and $50,000 toward a master's. Now a student life coordinator at Seminole State College and a blogger, Adney is about to finish an M.Ed. in training and‚Äč development at the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign. 

By Joanne JacobsMarch 30, 2012 | 11:00 a.m. EDT+ More

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