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2009 August 26 - 12:00 am

NEWS BRIEFS:

  • Fund Would Repay Students If For-Profit Schools Close

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have decided to set up a fund that could compensate students at a proprietary school that closes its doors before their studies are finished.

The Senate voted 43-0 for final approval of a trust fund to compensate students at for-profit businesses that provide education and training.

Proprietary schools are regulated by the state’s community college system and include about 60 business colleges, art institutes, and technology academies.

The schools will pay into the fund, which aims to give students an extra measure of confidence. Students would be compensated if they lose tuition, fees, or other instructional expenses due to the business failing.

  • Half of La. School Districts To Skip ‘Career’ Diploma
     

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly half of Louisiana’s 70 school districts are opting out of the state’s new diploma program this year, the Department of Education said.

Thirty-four districts have either requested or gotten a waiver to postpone implementing the new “career” diploma until 2010.

The Legislature approved the curriculum changes in an effort to lower the state’s dropout rate. Students qualifying for the new program will face lower academic standards and take coursework aimed at preparing them for blue-collar jobs or for further training at a community or technical college.

  • Arizona College Seeking 100 New Instructors

PHOENIX (AP) — Rising enrollment means Glendale Community College needs more instructors. The school is looking to hire 100 instructors for this fall’s classes.

The main campus is expected to see an enrollment increase of 3 percent. GCC’s North campus is expecting an enrollment increase of about 43 percent, from 575 full-time students to 822.

That does not include part-timers or people taking one or two classes.

Adjuncts are paid $804 per credit hour and can teach up to nine credit hours a semester.

  • Ivy Tech Lab To Focus on Advanced Manufacturing

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College and local manufacturers have cut the ribbon on a new advanced manufacturing lab at the college’s downtown Indianapolis campus.

The lab is a core component of Ivy Tech’s new associate degree program in advanced manufacturing. The school expects the lab to be sought out as a noncredit and certification training site for clients of the college’s Workforce and Economic Development division.

One Ivy Tech official says the lab will serve in tandem with two other labs to prepare students on industrial-grade equipment equivalent to that found in any modern workplace.

  • Ark. College Can Issue Bonds for Purchase of Health Building

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Education officials say NorthWest Arkansas Community College can issue $10.7 million in bonds to buy a building.

The state Higher Education Coordinating Board recently approved the bond issue unanimously. College officials are still working out details of the acquisition.

The college is negotiating with Mercy Health Systems to purchase the Mercy Health Clinic adjacent to the college campus.

Becky Paneitz, college president, says officials had hoped to have a final agreement before it was presented to the board, but still believe the deal will work out.

Officials say the building is part of the college’s master plan, and would house nursing and health-related programs. The college is renovating the Northwest Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute/Highlands Oncology building into additional space for health programs.

  • Ill. Man Accused Of ID Theft With College Computer

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man is accused of using a college’s computer lab to commit identity theft.

Madison County prosecutors have charged 24-year-old Matthew Cornelius of Granite City with felony identity theft.

Authorities say Cornelius wasn’t enrolled at Lewis and Clark Community College when he was allowed to use the school’s computer lab last week to look for jobs for a woman who accompanied him.

But authorities say a lab worker noticed that Cornelius had gotten a Social Security number on the Internet for an Arizona resident born in the mid-1950s and used it to register on two gambling Web sites. The student worker notified authorities.

  • Idaho College Partners with Tribe To Create Business Degree

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho community college has teamed up with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to create an applied science degree in business leadership and help students further their careers.

Coeur d’Alene Tribe Director of Education Chris Meyer says the program, which took nearly a year to develop, will launch this fall at North Idaho College.

Courses will be offered on campus and online.

Meyers says the tribe wanted to make the degree as convenient as possible for its government and business employees to build on their education and careers.

College officials say the degree program, which was developed with a federal Department of Education grant, will be open to all students.

  • Miss. Coast Tourism Officials Enlist Students For Survey

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Students from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will conduct a survey that regional tourism officials hope will help bring more visitors to the area.

Revenues for coast casinos took a dive in June. The local gaming industry earned $84.1 million in June 2009 compared to $116.4 million in June 2008.

And the latest numbers for coast hotel occupancy show that in May, 23 percent fewer rooms were rented than the same time last year.

Harrison County’s tourism director says student volunteers will ask tourists questions such as where they are from, where they are staying, and what they think would attract more people to the area.

  • Task Force Begins Work    To Improve    College Access

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Members of the Graduation Task Force will meet Aug. 26 in Jackson to being work on ideas to improve educational achievement and access.

The group was created by the 2009 Legislature. It is led by Senate Universities and Colleges Committee Chairman Doug Davis, R-Hernando, and House Universities and Colleges Committee Chairman Kelvin Buck, D-Holly Springs.

Other members are the chairmen of the House and Senate Education committees, university, community colleges and public school leaders and a representative of the governor’s office.

  • Ark. Sees Dip in Rate of College Enrollment Among HS Grads 

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Fewer Arkansas graduating seniors enrolled in college last fall than in 2007, and the state lags nationally in sending students to college.

The Higher Education Coordinating Board met in Siloam Springs, where members learned that 1.1 percent fewer Arkansas graduates opted to attend a two- or four-year public college in fall 2008. When enrollment at private colleges is included, 1.3 percent fewer graduating seniors enrolled.

The board says 58.3 percent of graduating seniors entered a public college and that combined public and private college enrollment was 63.4 percent last fall.

The national rate in 2007 was 67.3 percent, which was 3.9 percent greater than the rate in Arkansas for that year.

Board Chairman Jim Purcell says improvements in state public schools should soon boost the number of Arkansas students who go to college. 

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