Thursday Notes -- June 18, 2009
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Cummings Leads Delegation to College Meeting in Middle East

Deputy Assistant Secretary Glenn Cummings is leading a delegation of U.S. community college presidents and researchers to an international meeting promoting community colleges this week in Amman, Jordan. Delegates will join education representatives from the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) region to focus on business and education partnerships that promote workforce development and technological innovations that improve instruction and expand learning options. "We want to reinforce the message that the administration values community colleges as a means to increase the number of college graduates in the U.S. and around the world," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Ohio Set to Redefine Developmental Education

Ohio is readying a new College- and Work-Ready Skills Certificate (CWRSC) that will redefine the state's developmental education system. The new pre-college math and English content will align with the Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) system and the first credit-bearing course competencies in math and English. The CWRSC also will include information technology foundations as well as study and critical thinking skills. The Ohio State University and the Ohio Board of Regents are partners in this project. The four content committees held their initial meeting on June 5. More information is available from Denise Pottmeyer.

Do You Want English With That?

McDonald's just announced plans to take nationwide its current partnership with the College of Lake County, Texas, that teaches English to McDonald's employees. For two years, McDonald's has worked with the college to pioneer English Under the Arches, and now it is recruiting community colleges to set up branches of the program paid for entirely by local McDonald's franchise owners. The company says that data from its early versions of the program show significant gains in workers' English skills that ultimately may help participants transition to postsecondary opportunities.

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