The Common Core education standards, which were a major topic in Arizona’s 2014 elections, are now being attacked in a new bill passed by the Arizona House Education Committee. The major source of Common Core’s controversy has been the federal nature of the requirements, and the new bill, HB2190, attempts to give Arizona more rights to its education requirements, including the prevention of future adoption of any education requirements that are similar to twenty other states’ requirements.
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Cost of Education
Josh Sand, TLP intern, asks Estrella Mountain Community College students what they think about Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's proposed budget cut to community colleges and universities, and about President Barrack Obama's proposed plan to make community colleges tuition-free.
When I decided to major in Social Work, I was already an established student at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC). I found myself attending EMCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays while simultaneously attending Glendale Community College on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the required Social Work courses.
When someone says the word student, what comes to mind? Often, we think of eighteen-year-olds fresh out of high school, enrolled fulltime, with limited outside obligations to such things as work or family. But, according to a report by the Center for Postsecondary Economic Success, today nearly a quarter of all college and university students have children they are responsible for, with 13 percent of students being single parents.
Ten years ago, without a high school diploma finding work was difficult. Fast forward to 2014 and even with a college degree, finding work is a challenge.
Following in the wake of a dramatic reduction in state funding, the cost of tuition for Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) students was raised $5 per credit hour, taking the cost of a credit from $76 to $81. The 6.5 percent increase was passed almost unanimously by the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) governing board.
Last fall, Beta Alpha Xi’s, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Chapter, conducted research for a presentation that awarded the organization with the prestigious Honors in Action Hallmark Award.
Did you realize that there is a chance you could attend Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) without having to pay tuition? EMCC offers a scholarship called the Presidents’ Scholarship, which allows recent high school graduates to attend tuition free for two years.
Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) students can expect to spend more time at Komatke Hall than they would like. The wait to see an advisor currently takes upwards of an hour due to students walking in without preparing for the meeting.
EMCC is a growing campus and according to Linda Scott, Director of Career and Education Planning, the ratio of students per advisor is about 850 to one which has led to long wait times to see an advisor.
Since beginning my educational journey at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), I have seen the campus undergo much advancement, the most recent being the newly completed Estrella Hall North.
In the old Information Commons, I always felt that when sitting next to someone I was invading that person’s personal space and vice versa. This was something that made me hesitant to use the computers there. The new, larger space feels quieter and more comfortable to me.