White House makes grants to boost online learning

Obama promised $2 billion in grant money to community colleges last year.

White House officials announced the first installation of a $2 billion grant program that could help community colleges better – and more quickly – ready students for openings in the slumping job market through industry partnerships and an expansion of free online courses that would let students move through curriculum at their own pace.

During a conference call Sept. 26, Obama administration officials said the first $500 million in the workforce training program would be distributed to community colleges and college consortia nationwide after a rigorous application process that lasted almost a year.

President Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden, a longtime community college professor, joined hundreds of educators last October at the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges, where Obama made it clear that community colleges would serve a key role in his administration’s economic recovery plan.…Read More

Dangerous Colorado State University megaparty fueled by social media

The party's Facebook page had nearly 3,000 registered people. Police estimated at least 2,000 people showed up at the complex.

An apartment complex near Colorado State University that used Facebook to advertise “the biggest pool party of the year'” got more than it bargained for–at least 2,000 people, most of them college students, showed up.

It wasn’t long before the police followed.

Four people, including two CSU football players, were arrested at the Fort Collins apartment complex on Saturday. Ten people were taken to the hospital, most of them for overconsumption of alcohol or minor injuries.…Read More

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