- Delgado Making Space for More Students
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Delgado Community College official says the school is taking steps to make sure they have enough space and teachers for all students who want to enroll this spring.
At the start of the fall semester, Delgado had to turn away 1,500 students — the first time in its 88-year history that such at thing happened.
Vice chancellor Deborah Lee says one big building has six classrooms ready to use on the ground floor and work underway on five or six more upstairs.
She says Delgado also is creating a pool of potential part-time teachers.
She says work is still going on at a building with nine classrooms, and it could take three years to replace the library.
- Utah College To Build ‘New Media’ Center
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake Community College’s South City campus has plans for a Center for New Media to help students prepare for careers in the digital age.
School officials say the center will include 120,000 square feet of new and renovated classroom space, including 43 new laboratories for students studying digital media design, communication broadcasting, animation, visual and art design, digital technology and performing arts.
When complete, the center will accommodate an additional 7,280 students at the Salt Lake City campus, including some enrolled in Salt Lake School District Career and Technical Education partnership programs.
School officials held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Republican U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett to kickoff construction of the new center.
- New Ala. Leader Calling for Improvements
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.
- Former Football Player Enters Guilty Plea
HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — One of four former Hibbing Community College football players accused in the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman in 2006 has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in an agreement with prosecutors.
Andrew Jonathan Williams, 23, of Milwaukee entered the plea to second-degree criminal sexual conduct in St. Louis County District Court. Prosecutors say that under terms of the agreement, Williams will serve 45 days in jail and two years probation. Williams was also promised a stay of adjudication. That means he won’t have to register as a sex offender as long as he complies with sanctions ordered by the judge.
The Duluth News Tribune reports three other former Hibbing players have pleaded not guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The football program was disbanded shortly after charges were filed, citing academic shortcomings by many of the players.
- Iowa College Default Rate Near 17 Percent
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nearly 17 percent of Iowa community college students default on student loans within three years of graduating.
Federal data shows the default rate is more than five times the average for students who attend Iowa’s state-run universities and three times the average of those who graduate from Iowa’s private colleges and universities.
Laurie Wolf, the executive dean of student services at Des Moines Area Community College, says one reason for the higher default rate is community college graduates are less likely to land high-paying jobs, and less likely to get jobs that offer student loan forgiveness.
Wolf also says as many as one in six students go on to get their four-year degrees and would not be counted as part of the default rate, making it appear artificially high.
- Apartments Available for La. Students
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For the first time in its half-century of existence, Southern University at New Orleans is offering campus housing this semester.
SUNO is offering a combination of two- and four-bedroom apartments in the 700 unit, $44 million complex.
Chancellor Victor Ukpolo said 244 units are available, and the rest will be ready in August. Ukpolo said about 120 students have signed up for apartments.
Among the residents will be about 200 first-time freshmen because they will have to live on campus their first year. Also expected in the flats are Delgado Community College students, who have no campus housing of their own but. Ukpolo said, might want to live in an academic environment.
There is no distinction between faculty and student apartments. So far, Ukpolo said, the faculty members who have expressed interest in moving in need places to live while they look for permanent housing.
The rent is $632 per student per month for a two-bedroom apartment and $438 per student per month for a four-bedroom flat. Resident assistants live rent-free in one-bedroom apartments.
- Laura Bush To Speak at Ivy Tech Fundraiser
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Former first lady Laura Bush plans to speak at an Ivy Tech Community College fundraising dinner in Bloomington this April.
Bush will headline Ivy Tech’s annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service dinner April 8.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ivy Tech Center for Civic Engagement, a Bloomington center that focuses on volunteerism, service learning and community involvement.