My New York Times Piece on Community Colleges

This week’s post: a Valentine to community colleges and their students. You’ll find my latest New York Times article “The Community College-Real College Divide” here at this link. And this: Dr. Jill Biden called it a “must read” on twitter. I hope you like it, and if you’ve got a community college story to share, please do. They’ve touched so very many lives and deserve nothing but respect. Thanks for reading!

Author: Kristin O'Keefe

Kristin O’Keefe has bartended in Scotland, written speeches for college presidents, and led communications & marketing for an economic development organization. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney's, Barrelhouse, Your Teen, Grown and Flown, and Scary Mommy. Find her on Twitter @_KristinOKeefe and Facebook at Kristin O'Keefe, writer.

25 thoughts on “My New York Times Piece on Community Colleges

  1. mom says:

    Beautifully done, Kristin. I am very proud of you and as an educator very proud of what community colleges have achieved for their students

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    1. Kristin O'Keefe says:

      Thanks mom. Can I also just add how great it is that my mom always comments on my posts? She’s the best–she always makes me feel heard. Love that.

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  2. Andrea Brenner says:

    What an important topic and what a well-written piece… and I say this as an educator! Congrats to my friend Kristin!

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  3. Julie says:

    This article is floating around the community college where I work as an instructor.

    I hope to share it with students next week. Thank you.

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    1. Kristin O'Keefe says:

      Thanks for sharing, Julie. Maybe the students will want to share their experiences on the NYT website. There’s such a variety of voices, it would be great to add some Heartland students.

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  4. Petra Perkins says:

    Great article! Glad to see someone beating this drum. We need to ditch this “academic” vs “non-academic” dichotomy. It is one of the most harmful ideas in education. I started my College 101 class this quarter explaining to my students the very phenomenon you identified in your article. I plan to share your article with them tomorrow in class. I love teaching and working in the community/technical college world. BTW, I also think it’s great that your mom comments on your posts!

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    1. Kristin O'Keefe says:

      Hi Petra, thanks for the nice feedback. Please tell your students I said hi and I meant every single thing I said about how amazing they are–and how proud they should be of themselves. Also, have them post their comments on the NYT website–it would be great to see some current student perspectives up there. Enjoy your class and let me know how it goes.

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  5. mom says:

    quite a conversation you have started, honey. I am really enjoying following it.

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  6. Kathy says:

    Dr. Biden was right! I came to your blog after reading your article and it is a must read!

    My blog post today, Why Community Colleges Are the Secret Ingredient in Career Change, offers another reason these schools are treasures.

    Nicely done!

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    1. Kristin O'Keefe says:

      Hi Kathy–Thanks, and back at you! Just read and tweeted your piece, very nice. ! Hope the secret gets out and the rest of America understands what community colleges can offer them.

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  7. J.S. says:

    Thank you for this timely commentary. I am one of those community college graduates whose successful career includes an engineering degree and medical school.

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    1. Kristin O'Keefe says:

      Hi J.S. – Thank you for sharing–I hope your community college knows your story. (I bet they’d love to share it to inspire current students.) Best, Kristin

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  8. Mona Levine says:

    Beautifully written, Kristen. I’m proud to have worked with you.

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  9. Colleen Hopkins says:

    Kristen,

    I really appreciated reading this. You bring up such valid points in a very articulate manner in this piece!

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  10. Virginia Downie says:

    Thanks Kristin for your words. I am a retired Community College teacher and have often called them “life saving stations.” I taught about 10,000 students a Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga CA. Now that I am retired I keep a website and sign the praises of education and community college specifically–among other interests. Thanks again. I have written a flier in which I directly quote you. I hope you don’t mind. The flier goes out to thousands in the state of VA (where I now spend half the year) and is about to be published on my website–in about 20 minutes HA! (justthoughtyoushouldknow.org).
    Virginia

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    1. Kristin O'Keefe says:

      That’s terrific, Virginia! Absolutely, love that you’re singing the praises of our community colleges–and I’m glad to be part of it. I’ll look up your website.

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