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2011 October 18 - 12:00 am

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  • Ariz. Colleges Approve New Harassment Measures

PHOENIX (AP) — The Maricopa County Community College District’s board has added transgendered men and women to the list of groups protected from harassment.

The Arizona Republic reports the change adds “gender identity” to race, religion, sexual orientation and other protected groups under the 10 colleges’ non-discrimination policy.

The new policy will protect students and staff who are of one gender but identify as the other gender. Those individuals, also known as transidentified, may or may not be medically transitioning to the other gender.

Family Watch International sees problems with the proposed policy. The president of the group says the protection is too broad.

Arizona State University and the University of Arizona have had gender identity in their anti-discrimination policies for several years.

  • Mo. Students To Help Rebuild Historic Lodge In State Park

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — A historic dining lodge that burned down at Lake of the Ozarks State Park will be rebuilt with a bigger kitchen, a new outdoor patio and indoor seating for 135 people.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says the lodge also is to be rebuilt with modern energy-efficient materials.

Camp Pin Oak originally was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1934 and 1938. But a fire destroyed the dining lodge in September 2010. The facility is being rebuilt with the help of students from State Fair Community College as part of a yearlong training and education project.

Funding for the materials, equipment and training to rebuild the lodge will come from a $1.5 million Community Development Block Grant authorized by the Department of Economic Development.

  • Air Washington Program Gets $20M Grant

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Air Washington Program is getting a $20 million federal grant to train workers for the aerospace industry. The program is a consortium of 14 colleges, two aerospace companies and an apprentice committee.

Spokane Community College administers the program and will receive $5.8 million of the money. The rest will be shared by the other members.

The grant will go toward curriculum development and to train people for the aerospace industry. There are about 600 aerospace companies in Washington.

  • Iowa Western Sees Record 2011 Enrollment

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Enrollment at Iowa Western Community College has reached a new high.

College officials told The Daily Nonpareil that 7,206 full- and part-time students are enrolled for 2011, a 6 percent increase over the previous school year.

President Dan Kinney says enrollment continues to grow because of the affordable tuition and agreements that allow students to finish their studies at four-year universities like Iowa, Northern Iowa and Buena Vista.

Kinney also says the college in Council Bluffs is attracting younger students. The average age of students 15 years ago was 27. Now the average is under 21.

  • Pima College Institutes Higher Standards

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A plan to revamp remedial education and raise the bar on admissions has been endorsed by the Pima Community College governing board.

Beginning in March, students must show a high school transcript or official GED scores within two months of registration.

The Arizona Daily Star reports some opponents said the board based its decision on flawed research about the success of students in certain remedial education classes. Others added the board should have taken more time to consider alternatives.

All students must take a placement test, and those reading, writing or doing math below grade level 7 will be referred to a low-cost, non-credit college “bridge” program to help them get ready for college courses.

About 2,300 students are expected to have to go through the new remedial bridge classes.

  • La. Board Endorses Tech College Upgrade

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A state college governing board has endorsed the idea of Central Louisiana Technical College becoming a full-fledged community and technical college.

Following the Board of Regents’ action, the project must be approved by the Legislature.

The Town Talk reported that the school would become the Central Louisiana Technical Community College. Officials said the college would offer two-year degrees and employment skills.

The school enrolled about 2,400 students this fall at its main campus in Alexandria and five satellite campuses.

  • Kansas Ed Board Agrees To $32M Budget Proposal

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas higher education officials will submit a slimmed down budget request to Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature, but some members of the Board of Regents said the $31.8 million proposal is too low.

The budget approved by the regents was trimmed from a staff recommendation of $60 million. It includes a smaller increase for the six state universities and 19 community colleges.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that regents were divided on a request from community colleges. Staff proposed a $20 million increase next year, though studies suggest the system is underfunded and needs closer to $60 million.

However, regents cut the amount to $8 million. Supporters said it was better to ask for a lower amount from legislators given tight state revenues.

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