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2012 April 30 - 12:00 am

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  • Mass. CC Student Wins Goldwater Scholarship

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — A decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran has become the latest Massachusetts Bay Community College student to bag the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship award.

Kenny Moreno of Boston’s neighborhood of Hyde Park is among about 300 people nationwide who won this year’s Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in Science and Engineering.

The biotechnology student is the only winner from a two-year-college and received the highest score from Goldman reviewers among Massachusetts honorees.

The Goldwater scholarship provides $7,500 for the undergraduate study of math, natural sciences and engineering. It is named for the late U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, an Arizona Republican.

Moreno becomes the 18th MassBay Community College student to win the prize.

The school is the only community college in the country to have produced more than three Goldwater scholars.

  • Wind Turbine To Help Power Illinois College

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — A community college in central Illinois says a new wind turbine on campus is expected to generate about half of the electricity used by the college.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reported that the turbine at Heartland Community College in the town of Normal is to start producing electricity by June.

It’s expected to save the campus about $320,000 a year on its electricity bill. The savings will help pay off the college’s share of the project’s $5.2 million price tag in 15 years.

The college got $1.4 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. The rest of the money is from bonds.

  • Widow Sues Neb. College Over Husband’s Death

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The widow of a Metropolitan Community College student who died after falling at a campus training course has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Omaha school.

Regina Peters says in her lawsuit that the college failed to ensure the safety of her husband, Jon Peters, while he was training to be a utility line worker.

Jon Peters fell 30 feet from a utility pole on the training course on March 19, 2011. The 31-year-old man died at a hospital.

The lawsuit seeks $27,000 in medical and funeral costs, plus additional monetary compensation. The March 29 filing in Douglas County District Court was first reported by the Omaha World-Herald.

  • Proposed Wyo. Budget Calls for More Faculty

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Laramie County Community College’s proposed budget for the 2012-13 school year doesn’t include any raises for employees, but it does include money for five new instructors.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the budget draft presented to school trustees comes in at nearly $66.7 million, which represents a roughly $3 million increase from this school year. A final budget is not expected to be approved until July.

The proposed budget also adds three positions in human resources and covers six months of salary for a new associate vice president of institutional effectiveness. Plus, three faculty positions that had been funded through temporary means would be supported through the general fund instead.

New funding is set to come from state aid, enrollment growth funding and tuition increases.

  • Mass. Plan Seeks Changes for 2-Year Colleges

BOSTON (AP) — A legislative committee is calling for changes in the way the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts are governed.

The House Ways and Means Committee included the plan as part of its proposed $32.3 billion state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The plan calls for the governor to appoint the chairs of the boards of trustees for each of the community colleges.

But the House panel stopped short of endorsing Gov. Deval Patrick’s call for centralizing management of the schools and consolidating them into a single line item in the state budget.

The House spending plan would also provide workforce development grants to community colleges.

  • Calif. Sues County Over School Funding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state has filed a lawsuit against Orange County, accusing it of illegally diverting money from schools and community colleges to balance its budget.

The lawsuit was filed in Orange County Superior Court and asks a judge to force the auditor-controller to return the money.

Last year, the state stopped giving Orange County extra revenue from vehicle license fees.

It said in its lawsuit that the county was no longer entitled to special financing because it had recovered from its 1994 bankruptcy.

Facing a loss of $48 million, county officials ordered property tax revenue for schools and community colleges redirected to pay other bills.

County officials argued that the schools would not suffer because the state is obligated to backfill that money.

  • Chicago Colleges Train Vets for Utility Work

CHICAGO (AP) — Returning Chicago veterans soon may have a chance for new careers as gas utility workers.

State officials announced a new $3.5 million new collaboration between state agencies, community colleges and the gas utility sector.

About 100 veterans per year will undergo six months of community college classes geared toward working in the natural gas industry. Then they will get a certificate for utility work after a month-long internship with utility company Peoples Gas.

Michael Langford is the president of Utility Workers Union of America. He says the country should help the men and women who served in the military find good jobs.

  • Tenn. CC Wins Awards for Marketing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis has been honored for its marketing efforts.

The school received five Service Industry Advertising Awards for creativity and communication.

Groups eligible for the awards include financial services and health care companies in addition to educational institutions.

According to a news release from the school, a national panel of judges reviewed nearly 2,000 entries from more than 400 advertising agencies and 1,000 institutions.

Southwest won awards for a newspaper ad, direct mail, website, special video production and a magazine ad.

  • College Student, 18, Runs for Honolulu Council

HONOLULU (AP) — If elected, a Leeward Community College student would be the youngest to hold political office in Hawaii.

Eighteen-year-old E.J. Delacruz is running for a West Oahu seat on the Honolulu City Council. He’s running against state Rep. Kymberly Pine, and incumbent Tom Berg. The area is confronted by controversial issues such as a planned rail line to connect West Oahu with Honolulu.

Delacruz turns 19 this month. He said political aspirations go all the way to the White House.

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