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2010 May 17 - 12:00 am

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  • NC Panel Calls for More Federal Loans for Students

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A legislative committee wants to give more students at North Carolina’s community colleges access to federal school loans.

A panel examining student financial aid recommended on that the General Assembly require all 58 campuses to participate in the federal government’s Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. The panel’s report says 37 currently do not..

Committee co-chairman Rep. Ray Rapp says some community colleges worry that too many students will default on the loans and could lead to federal sanctions. Rapp added the chances for sanctions are very low.

The panel also recommended the full General Assembly raise the amount of money given to college students who prepare to become teachers. The loan would be paid off if they work in the public schools.

  • College’s Exercise Machines Produce Electric Power

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Fitness buffs can now generate electricity while they burn calories at a western Colorado fitness center.

Eight elliptical trainers at Mesa State College’s Hamilton Recreation Center produce electricity that help power the building’s system.

Officials say a 30-minute workout can produce enough electricity to power a laptop computer for an hour. Michael Wells, director of campus recreation services, says the machines won’t eliminate the building’s electricity bill, but they’ll help reduce it.

Wells hopes to have stationary bikes, stair climbers and adaptive-movement training machines producing electricity later this year.

He says colleges in at least 10 other states use the same technology but Mesa State is the first in Colorado to do so.

  • Md. Community College To Offer Midnight Class

ARNOLD, Md. (AP) — With enrollment surging at community colleges, Anne Arundel Community College is scheduling midnight classes. The college will offer a psychology class from midnight to 3 a.m. Thursdays this fall. It’s being dubbed “Midnight Madness.”

The class was dreamed up by Matt Yeazel, the head of the psychology department. He says introductory courses have been overflowing in recent semesters, so he settled on the new time slot as a way to reach more students.

Paul Vinette will be teaching the class. He says it’s a bold and innovative move for a “brick-and-mortar institution.”

Community colleges in Massachusetts, Indiana, Missouri and Oregon have also started offering late-night classes. Enrollment at two-year schools is up 17 percent this year.

  • Tuition Limits Win Approval From Kentucky College Panel

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has set tuition limits for the state’s public universities and colleges for the 2010-2011 school year.

According to a news release, the council voted to allow state resident undergraduate tuition and fees to increase no more than 6 percent at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

It also set a 5 percent limit at Eastern, Western, Northern, Murray State and Morehead State universities, and a limit of 4 percent for the state’s community colleges.

After the schools’ boards set their tuition increase requests, the council will consider approving them at its May 21 meeting.

  • United Tribes Creates Program To Nurture Future Leaders

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — United Tribes Technical College has created a fellowship program named for its president to help develop American Indian leaders.

The Bismarck school says the program will award fellowships to students who exhibit significant leadership qualities and meet certain conditions such as good grades and work experience. Their goals must be related to the betterment of an Indian tribe or community.

Students accepted by the David M. Gipp Native American Leaders Fellowship program will receive professional and personal skill development and a stipend to help with educational expenses.

  • Ivy Tech Plans Classes in Suburban Shopping Center

AVON, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College will move three instructional sites from Indianapolis’ west side and consolidate them in a suburban shopping center.

Officials in the western suburb of Avon have approved a plan for spending $250,000 to turn a vacant 15,000 square foot space in the Beechwood Centre into 12 classrooms and a computer lab.

Classes are expected to begin this fall.

  • Calif. Hispanic College Acquired By For-Profit Schools Owner

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A San Jose college that focuses on serving Hispanic students is being purchased by one of the country’s largest owners of for-profit colleges.

Laureate Education Inc. said that it is acquiring National Hispanic University, which offers certificate programs in business, education and information technology.

About 600 students attend class at the 11-acre campus, which was founded in Oakland in 1981. About 70 percent of its students are Latino.

NHU began serving older Latinos seeking vocational degrees, but after winning full accreditation, it focused on educating young people who would be the first in their families to attend college.

Baltimore-based Laureate owns more than 50 accredited colleges with almost 600,000 students around the world.

  • Former Colo. System Chief Named President Of Pueblo CC

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A former interim president of the state Community College System has been appointed president of Pueblo Community College.

Patty Erjavec becomes president on June 1. She replaces J.D. Garvin, who resigned on Feb. 1. Nancy McCallin, president of the Community College System, announced Erjavec’s appointment.

The college has about 18,000 students and campuses in Pueblo, Canon City, Durango and Mancos.

Erjavec is currently president and CEO of El Pueblo, a behavioral treatment center for adolescents in Pueblo.

She was interim president of the state community college system in 2004 and served eight years on the State Board for Community Colleges and Educational Occupation.

  • Chattanooga State Students Cautioned Over Missing Files

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Some Chattanooga State Community College student records are missing after a contractor took them to create electronic files.

Students and parents received letters informing them the records for nearly 2,000 students are gone.

School spokeswoman Eva Lewis told the Chattanooga Times Free Press officials don’t know if the records have been destroyed.

Lewis said a contractor was making digital copies and shredding the papers when the school recalled the files after finding the company was accused of dumping medical records.

Lewis said when a record was needed in March, school officials found a whole section of files missing.

She said the documents contained students’ high school transcripts, home addresses, phone numbers and Social Security numbers.

  • Wash. Students Dig Through Trash To Boost Recycling

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Whatcom Community College students spent Earth Day digging through the campus trash. In the process, they have learned that as much as 75 percent of campus garbage could be recycled or composted.

Blanche Bybee of the college’s sustainability committee says it was a great learning experience for both students and the college. She says the information they gathered is being used to strengthen the campus recycling program.

The Bellingham college has already ordered more recycling and compost bins and is working on new signage to educate students and staff about what trash should go where.

Bybee says the project will not only benefit the earth but should help the college’s bottom line.

  • Cloud County Community College Has New President

CONCORDIA, Kan. (AP) — For the first time in its history, Cloud County Community College will have a female president.

The Board of Trustees at the Concordia school has hired Danette Toone to be the institution’s sixth president. The board offered Toone a two-year contract, paying $118,000 a year plus benefits.

Toone is currently vice president of academic and community initiatives at Temple College in Temple, Texas.

She replaces Toone Richard Underbakke, who left the school in early January to become president of Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill.

  • Colo. College Breaks Ground On New Building, Technical Center

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Northwestern Community College has broken ground on two buildings at a new campus west of Craig.

A ceremony formally started construction on a 70,000-square-foot academic building and an 18,000-square-foot Career and Technical Center.

The campus is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011.

The college website says the academic building will cost about $23.5 million and the Career and Technical Center about $3 million.

About 1,400 students are enrolled at Colorado Northwestern.

  • Students at Alabama College Can Get Text Messages

HANCEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Some students and staff members at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville will soon be getting text messages or e-mails alerting them to emergencies on campus or other activities.

The new capability recently went into effect, and a test message was sent to all students to let them know the service is now available.

College officials say messages will be sent by text or e-mail on weather-related closings, severe weather alerts, criminal activity, threats or other emergencies.

The Wallace State Director of eLearning, Bruce Tenison, said the system is a way for students to receive accurate information when emergencies or other events occur on campus.

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