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2010 August 9 - 12:00 am

NEWS BRIEFS:

  • Accreditor Lifts Probation at 2 Calif. Colleges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An accrediting agency has taken Los Angeles City College and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College off probation.

The decision by the regional arm of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges allows students at the two-year schools to receive transferable course credits and financial help.

The commission says the colleges complied with its recommendations, which included developing plans to improve student achievement.

Sylvia Scott-Hayes, one of seven elected trustees in charge of the Los Angeles Community College District’s nine campuses, announced the commission’s decision at a recent board meeting.

  • Miss. College To Become Tobacco-Free

FULTON, Miss. (AP) — Itawamba Community College will become tobacco-free, effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Buddy Collins, ICC’s vice president of student services, says the school will start a campaign this fall to educate students, faculty, staff and visitors about the change. He says information also will be provided on tobacco cessation programs.

Collins says the policy will cover the Fulton and Tupelo campuses and the Belden Center in Belden.

Collins says that the use of tobacco and smoking products will not permitted indoors or outdoors on any Itawamba Community College-owned property, which includes, but is not limited to, buildings, grounds, parking area walkways, recreational and sporting facilities and college-owned vehicles.

  • Mo. Gov. OKs Changes to Scholarships

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation revising the maximum college scholarships available under the Access Missouri program starting a few years from now.

Access Missouri is a needs-based program. The measure signed by Nixon abolishes the gap between the scholarships for students at public universities and those at private institutions.

Starting in the 2014-15 school year, Access Missouri will provide a maximum of $2,850 a year to students in both public and private four-year colleges. The program now provides up to $4,600 a year for those at private colleges, and $2,150 a year for public university students.

The bill also increases the scholarships for community college students, from the current $1,000 to a maximum $1,300 a year.

  • Utah College Gets Grant To Boost GEDs

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department says it has awarded Salt Lake Community College another grant to help students learning the construction trades also obtain diplomas or GEDs.

The college will collect $357,603 in second-year funding for the so-called YouthBuild program for youths that are considered at risk of failing to achieve a basic education.

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis says she’s awarding more than $66 million to 183 community groups across the nation.

Another round of funding is scheduled for this fall.

  • Tidewater CC Dedicates New $65M Campus

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Tidewater Community College has dedicated its new Portsmouth campus.

The $65 million, 183,000-square-foot campus offers high-tech science laboratories, as well as labs for welding students and those training in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning trade, along with new human-patient simulators for nursing students.

College officials say the new, four-building campus replaces the original Portsmouth campus of Tidewater Community College. TCC has campuses in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, and last year enrolled about 45,000 full- and part-time students.

  • CCRI Launches Green Energy Program

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The Community College of Rhode Island is scheduled to offer a renewable-energy course this fall that officials say is the first step toward developing programs to prepare students for the “greening” of the electrical power sector.

The renewable energy class will explore the relationships among sources of sustainable energy — thermal, biomass, solar, wind and nuclear — and compare them with fossil fuels.

The class, boosted by a $745,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, will be taught by faculty from the physics, oceanography and bioengineering departments.

  • Miss. Colleges Forge Online Partnership

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Holmes Community College and Mississippi University for Women have agreed on a program that will allow students in technical fields to continue their studies uninterrupted by a switch from a two-year to a four-year school.

The V3 College, which is part of MUW, already has similar agreements with Mississippi Delta Community College and East Mississippi Community College.

The partnership will allow technical students to pursue a bachelor’s degree by taking courses online.

The courses will offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from home in as few as 18 months.

  • New DC College Shows Early Signs of Success

WASHINGTON (AP) — The only community college in the nation’s capital is showing early signs of success after splitting off from the University of the District of Columbia.

The new school under UDC’s umbrella has rising enrollment and is retaining more students past the first year.

After its first 11 months, the college is slowly increasing its offerings. It has more than 35 full-time faculty members and two dozen degree and certificate programs.

The Community College of D.C. also has to compete with two-year schools in the suburbs because of the grant program that gives D.C. students money if they want to study elsewhere.

This fall, many of the school’s programs will relocate to a building near Union Station. Future locations will include sites in northeast and southeast Washington.

  • Ivy Tech Promotes Quick Training

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Unemployed or displaced workers can attend free orientation sessions at Ivy Tech Community College to find out whether they qualify for financial aid to cover career training programs.

Ivy Tech offers so-called fast track training opportunities in several fields. The school says courses take as little as three to eight weeks and prepare people for local, in-demand jobs. Fast-track topics include biotechnology, bookkeeping, apartment maintenance, patient access fundamentals and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Orientation sessions will help people determine whether they are eligible for aid to cover the training.

  • LCCC Receives $900,000 NSF Grant

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Laramie County Community College will receive a $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation over the next three years.

The college says the grant money will bring together representatives from academia, government and industry to work on renewable energy issues.

The college says its renewable energy program will serve as a national model for energy education. The grant will also help students find employment in the renewable energy field.

Ed Olson is director of LCCC’s Integrated Systems Technology program. He says the grant will allow the college to work with experts and attract national notice.

  • Hawaii College Combines 2 Departments

HONOLULU (AP) — The largest community college in the state has combined two departments to form the Business, Legal and Technology Education Department.

Kapiolani Community College Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Louise Pagotto announced the combining of the former business education and legal education departments.

Chancellor Leon Richards says the merger will provide students with stronger and better support services.

The new department will contain Kapiolani’s paralegal program, the only one in the state approved by the American Bar Association.

It will also continue to offer the community college’s two-year degrees and certificates in accounting, information technology, marketing and entrepreneurship.

  • Boy Cited for Bismarck Vandalism

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Police have cited a 10-year-old boy with misdemeanor criminal mischief for allegedly damaging an American Indian sculpture in a Bismarck park.

Police say a witness reported seeing a boy stomping on the Rising Eagle sculpture.

There was a small hole on the statue. Police estimated damages to the sculpture at $100, and park employees said it should be easy to fix.

The sculpture had been badly damaged last July. Volunteers recently have worked to restore Rising Eagle, one of several pieces of artwork designed by United Tribes Technical College art students placed in Bismarck parks.

  • Survey: CFOs Satisfied With College Jobs

The typical higher education chief financial officer is about 55 years old, white, male, has worked at his current institution for about seven years, and is satisfied with his job, according to the 2010 Profile of Higher Education Chief Business and Financial Officers.

The new survey was published by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

Nearly 1,000 college and university CFOs at public, private nonprofit, and private for-profit institutions responded to questions, providing data for the first national census of CFOs at American higher education institutions.

It was released at the recent NACUBO convention.

The profile report provides information on the career paths, current areas of responsibility, and plans for future career advancement, as well as basic demographic and other characteristics of CFOs at all types of colleges and universities in the U.S.

Highlights of data include:

  • Most CFOs are highly educated — 76 percent have a master’s degree or higher;
  • 38 percent are certified public accountants;
  • About 32 percent of higher education CFOs are women (compared with less than 5 percent at Fortune 500 companies);
  • And most CFOs believe their current position will be the capstone of their careers.

 

  • Tech Schools Adopt Semester Schedule

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s 26 technical colleges are switching over from the quarter to the semester system.

The change will start in the fall of 2011 for the 160,000 students in the Technical College System of Georgia.

The switch will help students who want to transfer to two- or four-year institutions in the University System of Georgia better line up their schedules and assure that their academic credits transfer.

Officials said the semester schedule also helps technical colleges offer dual enrollment programs with local high schools and gives students more classroom time in each subject.

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