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2009 October 21 - 12:00 am

NEWS BRIEFS:

  • Miss. College Airport To Benefit From $1.85M Federal Grant

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration will invest $1.85 million in a Raymond airport used for aviation courses through Hinds Community College.

The money will be used to design and install an Instrument Landing System, known as an ILS, for the John Bell Williams Airport.

Hinds Community College President Clyde Muse and U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran recently made the announcement.

Hinds Community College owns the airport and offers aviation technology programs such as pilot training, power plant certification and air traffic control training.

Muse said the FAA award will help complete a 6-year, $11 million capital improvement program at the airport.

  • No Joke: St. Louis Coffee Spill Costs 2-Year College $200,000

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis is perking up with jokes about the $200,000 cup of coffee. But officials at a college and its insurance company aren’t laughing.

St. Louis Community College at Forest Park must foot the bill after a coffee maker rigged to a faucet and left on in a photo lab led to a ruptured water line in July. About 10,000 gallons of water spilled down four floors, damaging ceilings, walls, computers and files.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the college’s Board of Trustees will be asked to approve cleanup costs, including a $143,494 contract with a disaster-recovery company.

School officials hope the campus will be out only the $25,000 insurance deductible plus another $54,000 for miscellaneous expenses, including overtime costs.

  • Tribal College Recruits Students For Election Duty

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Salish Kootenai College is getting a federal grant to recruit students to serve as election poll workers.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch, who oversees state elections, says that the college will get $66,000 from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

The proposal includes a working relationship with Flathead Valley Community College and both the Lake and Flathead county elections offices.

McCulloch says students will improve their civic knowledge by serving as poll workers.

  • Wyoming College Reinstating GED, Adult Basic Education

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Western Wyoming Community College has reversed course and will continue to provide Adult Basic Education and General Educational Development classes in Wamsutter.

Director of Adult Developmental Studies Jami Anderson says the college has decided to fund the programs after state and federal funding declined.

The college had announced earlier this month that it was canceling the Wamsutter classes over budget concerns.

Anderson says the college will finance an instructor, while federal grants and other sources will cover materials. She says 19 students took classes in Wamsutter last year.

The classes are free to students except for the cost of pre-class assessment tests.

  • Tenn. Colleges See Record-High Enrollment with 16,000 Students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s state community colleges and universities set an enrollment record this fall with more than 16,000 students.

Board of Regents Chancellor Charles Manning said that university enrollment increased 5 percent while community college enrollment jumped 15 percent.

Overall, he said there are 16,857 more students in TBR institutions this year compared to last fall, making the total enrollment systemwide more than 202,000.

The Regents oversee six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 26 technology centers.

  • Firing Sparks Review of Finances at Md. College

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Montgomery College officials say they’re reviewing the school’s financial controls after the president was removed from office.

Trustees at Maryland’s largest community college voted earlier this month to remove President Brian Johnson after a faculty revolt over his leadership and spending practices.

Hercules Pinkney, a former provost who was appointed interim president, told county council members that he has asked for an internal audit of nine corporate credit cards used by senior school managers.

Officials say they don’t have any reason to believe there are problems with any of the other cards. But they added they want to be sure the program is tightly managed.

Pinkney recommends that an internal auditor under the authority of the president should report to trustees instead.

  • Enrollment Rises 13 Percent at 2-Yr. Colleges In Maine

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine community college officials say one reason enrollment is up this fall is because the bad economy has forced many people to go back to school to learn new skills after losing their jobs.

Maine Community College System President John Fitzsimmons said enrollment at the state’s seven community colleges is up 13 percent this fall over last year, to 13,817 degree-enrolled students.

All seven of the community colleges are experiencing sharp enrollment increases, ranging from 9 percent at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland to 36 percent at York County Community College in Wells.

  • $2M Grant OK’d for Hotel Training Center At Miss. College

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Commerce will provide $2 million for a planned resort and hospitality training center at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s campus in Gulfport.

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., says the funds will help in construction of the 50,000-square-foot center. The total cost of the project is expected to be $9.98 million.

Once opened, the center is expected to offer programs in hospitality tourism management, business and marketing management technology, culinary arts, and potentially health and spa technologies.

  • $20M Expansion To Ease Ivy Tech Campus Overcrowding

SELLERSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College is starting construction on a $20 million expansion of a crowded southern Indiana campus.

A groundbreaking ceremony at the Sellersburg campus included the announcement of two private donations totaling $1.5 million toward furniture, equipment and the renovations.

The project will include a new 78,500-square-foot building, along with renovation of the current main campus facility and expansion of its library.

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