New 2-year college head wants improvements

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - New leadership of Alabama's two-year college system could mean more support to keep students in school and expanded options for technical training.

Freida Hill, who began work as chancellor of the Alabama Community College System last month, says she intends to implement programs to boost retention rates and make the colleges look a little bit more like the Georgia system where she previously worked.

She has her work cut out for her. She says nearly half of the students in the two-year system need remedial classes before they are prepared for college-level work.

She says she wants to entice more students to enroll immediately after high school, rather than returning to school later in life, and find ways to boost retention and graduation rates.

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