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2009 December 1 - 12:00 am

NEWS BRIEFS:

  • Wyo. Program To Train Women For ‘Green’ Jobs

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A program aimed at training single mothers in careers that will enable them to support their families is moving into “green” occupations with the help of a $60,000 grant.

Climb Wyoming recently received the money from the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation to train women for green jobs such as wind power technicians.

“Women are really good at doing that because they tend to be smaller and
can get into smaller places to work,” said Climb Wyoming spokeswoman Jessica Barrett Speer.

She said some women have already been trained as wind technicians through Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne and that the group is considering a similar program in Casper.

Climb Wyoming’s objective is to train and place low-income single mothers in careers that will enable them to successfully support their families. Its goal with the grant money is to train and place at least six women in green jobs by Sept. 30, 2010.

  • Penn. College Offering Midnight Welding

OAKDALE, Pa. (AP) — A community college near Pittsburgh says supply and demand has prompted it to offer a midnight welding class four nights a week.

The Community College of Allegheny County says the demand for welders is rising but it only has so much lab space to teach the craft so officials have gotten creative about scheduling classes at off-peak hours.

That’s why the school in Oakdale, west of Pittsburgh, will start offering a welding class from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Thursday starting Jan. 25.

The school’s welding program had 29 students last fall, but has 109 this fall.

The school says the odd-hours program works well for many students, because they may be displaced workers or have child-care issues if they went to school during daylight hours.

  • Va. Board Hikes Tuition At  2-Yr. Colleges

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Taking community college classes in Virginia will cost more starting this spring.

The State Board for Community Colleges has approved a midyear tuition increase to offset state budget cuts.

The increase of $7.30 per credit hour will take effect for the spring 2010 semester. That adds about $22 to the cost of a typical community college class.

Officials say the increase was needed to absorb four state funding cuts since 2008 that total $105 million.

  • Ala. Architect Ordered To Pay $300K in Case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Anniston architect has been ordered to repay $300,000 to the two-year college system and serve three years of probation.

U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre issued the order to 77-year-old Julian Jenkins.

He pleaded guilty in July to a reduced charge of aiding and abetting the obstruction of justice for helping former Chancellor Roy Johnson obstruct justice during a federal grand jury investigation of the system.

Jenkins originally faced bribery charges.

Bowdre fined Jenkins $1,000 and ordered him to serve six months in home detention. He is also prohibited from entering into any new contracts with the two-year college system for two years.

  • College, Tribe To Train Health Workers

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — Fort Berthold Community College plans to work with the Three Affiliated Tribes to train staff for the Elbowoods Memorial Health Center being built on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

The college this fall started a registered nurse program, to go along with existing practical nurse and certified nurse assistance programs.

In January, the college will offer emergency medical technician training. Officials also are working on offering other training in the future, such as for paramedics and for workers in medical records and electronic billing.

Ground was broken for the $20 million health center in late October. The Army Corps of Engineers is to complete it in late 2011, after which it will be turned over to the Indian Health Service.

  • Miss. Coast Residents Have Fewer Degrees

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Roughly one in five adult residents of South Mississippi’s largest cities has a bachelor’s or advanced college degree.

This is among new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, which ranks Pascagoula and Gulfport near the bottom of Mississippi’s most educated cities. Ridgeland and Starkville have the state’s highest percentage of college-educated residents.

The Sun Herald reported the data shows that about 16 percent of Pascagoula residents and about 19 percent of Gulfport residents have a bachelor’s or advanced college degree. Those numbers are the second and third lowest, respectively, among Mississippi’s 18 largest cities. The data covers residents age 25 and older in Mississippi cities that have a population of 20,000 or greater.

  • New Idaho College Receives $7.5 Million Grant

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation has followed through on its pledge to give $10 million in financial backing to Idaho’s newest community college.

The foundation’s board of directors announced it was awarding a $7.5 million grant to the College of Western Idaho. The foundation initially gave the new Nampa-based campus $2.5 million last December to help cover key startup costs, scholarships and strategic planning.

Foundation Executive Director Jamie MacMillan says the goal from the start was to help increase access to affordable, comprehensive college education in Idaho.

CWI opened its doors for its first semester in January with an enrollment of 1,200, but has nearly tripled in size. The college reported fall 2008 enrollment of 3,618 students.

  • Calif. Colleges Set Record In Applications

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California State University officials say they are seeing a record increase in applications for the next school year, although enrollment is being curbed.

So far, the nation’s largest public university system has received more than 266,000 applications for fall 2010 — a 53 percent increase from the same period the year before. Freshman applications are up 32 percent; community college transfer applications are up 127 percent.

Meanwhile, CSU is facing a $564 million budget cut for the fiscal year. In addition to fee hikes and employee furloughs, enrollment is decreasing by 40,000 over the next two years.

Chancellor Charles Reed said enrollment shrank by 4,000 students this fall and will drop another 6,000 next spring.

  • RI’s Colleges Report Record Enrollment

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The number of students attending Rhode Island’s three public colleges is at a record high.

State higher education officials say the recession and high unemployment have helped drive the number of students at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and Community College of Rhode Island to more than 43,400 this fall.

The last time enrollment reached such high levels was in 1992, when nearly 43,300 students attended the schools as the state struggled through the banking crisis and recession.

Enrollment numbers are climbing as state financial support for the schools is on the decline, and tuition and fees are on the rise.

  • Officials Call For Tighter Payment Rules

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — Officials in Cassia County say they want a better way to track community college residency costs.

The county pays a portion of in-state community college tuition for residents. The Times-News reports that Viki Osterhout, with the county, recorder’s office, said the county pays about $300,000 a year in lieu of taxes to the state’s community colleges under the program.

This year, the county received a record 642 aid applications from community college students.

But Osterhout said many of the applicants fail to list their Social Security number on the forms, making it impossible to determine how much aid they’ve already gotten and if they’ve reached their lifetime cap of $3,000.

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