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2012 May 14 - 12:00 am

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  • Del. Rejects In-State Tuition for Illegals

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill that would allow illegal immigrants in Delaware to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities has failed to clear a Senate committee.

The so-called DREAM Act, which stands for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, failed to win enough votes to be released by the Senate Education Committee.

The bill would have permitted undocumented students to pay tuition and fees at the in-state, resident rate at the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical and Community College.

Qualifying applicants also would have been eligible for two taxpayer-funded scholarship programs.

Some opponents of the bill, similar to legislation passed in Maryland and several other states, have suggested that it would violate federal law and could result in court challenges.

  • First Paramedic Degree Offered In Kentucky

SUMMIT, Ky. (AP) — Ashland Community and Technical College will begin offering paramedic degrees in the fall.

The new program takes 24 months to complete and participants will graduate with an associate degree. EMS coordinator Marty Johnson says there’s a national trend to require paramedics to have degrees.

Although the community college currently offers a five-month paramedic program it does not offer a degree.

The Independent of Ashland reports that ACTC will be the fourth school in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to offer the degree.

Two two other colleges are in the process of developing a program.

  • Wyo. College OKs Alternative Fuel Program

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — The Western Wyoming Community College Board of Trustees has approved a proposal to add an alternative-fueled vehicles certificate program.

Students at the college in Rock Springs would have access to a Toyota Prius electric-gasoline hybrid car and a Chevrolet Suburban converted to a compressed natural gas vehicle.

WWCC President Karla Leach says automotive program students will have much better chances of getting jobs if they have a certificate in alternative fuels.

The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports that the proposal must be approved by the Wyoming Community College Commission.

  • Iowa College To Train Workers for Manufacturer

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Heavy equipment maker Case New Holland plans to add 250 new employees in Burlington over the next 18 months and has reached an agreement with a local community college to train them.

The Hawk Eye in Burlington reports training will be funded through a state program that authorizes community colleges to sell bonds to pay for job training.

Southeastern Community College’s board approved the plan to sell $1.3 million in bonds for training. Bonds are repaid through a diversion of tax dollars that normally would go to the state.

Most of the 250 new employees will be assembly workers or welders. Training will include robotics, laser safety, and maintenance operations.

The Burlington plant makes backhoes, landscaping equipment, and forklifts for the Case and New Holland brands.

  • Ore. Student Gets 60 Days for School Threats

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A nursing student who prosecutors say was trying to avoid taking two tests has pleaded guilty to calling in fake threats that prompted evacuations at an Oregon community college.

Danielle Sylvia of Salem pleaded guilty to two counts each of disorderly conduct, menacing and initiating a false report and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. She was also ordered to stay away from Chemeketa Community College campuses.

The 27-year-old woman apologized in court.

The Statesman Journal reports that on Feb. 13, Sylvia anonymously called a Portland television station, warning that a bomb would go off at an unspecified Chemeketa campus. That prompted evacuations and class cancellations at the Salem, Yamhill, Woodburn and McMinnville campuses. On Feb. 27, Sylvia called a radio station to say that a shooting would happen in a building on the Salem campus, causing that building to be evacuated.

  • 2-Tier Course Pricing System Deemed Illegal

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The state attorney general’s office determined that a now-aborted, two-tier course pricing plan at Santa Monica College was illegal, a community college official said.

The fee proposal called for offering some high-demand, three-unit classes for $540, even though the standard per-unit cost for classes will be $46 this summer.

California Community Colleges chancellor Jack Scott said last month that he believed the fee program wasn’t allowed under the Education Code, and he asked the state attorney general’s office for advice. Community college fees are set by the governor and Legislature.

The state attorney general’s office agreeing with Scott’s interpretation of the Education Code, said Paige Marlatt Dorr, the chancellor’s office spokeswoman. There was no written opinion.

Scott previously said he sympathized with the attempt by Santa Monica College to serve students during tough economic times by making high-demand classes more available.

The proposal came after more than $800 million was cut from community college budgets in the past three years. Santa Monica College has cut more than 1,000 courses, meaning students are forced to stay longer to get the classes needed to transfer to another university.

The school’s self-funded, nonprofit Advance Your Dreams program was meant to fill in some of those gaps. A pilot program this summer would have offered 50 additional courses. Santa Monica College trustees voted April 6 to cancel the fee plan after loud protests from students.

  • Neb. College President To Retire

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The president of Central Community College’s Grand Island campus has decided to retire.

Lynn Black told television station KHGI that his wife, Joan, is retiring from her teaching job at Barr Middle School in Grand Island, so they decided to end their careers at the same time.

Black joined the college faculty in 1981.

He says he plans to remain on the job through summer, as the district looks for his replacement.

  • Colo. Supervisor Suspended Over Obama Email

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP)—A maintenance supervisor at Arapahoe Community College is on paid leave after he was accused of sending an email from his work account comparing President Barack Obama to a chimpanzee.

According to KUSA-TV, the email includes a photo of President Ronald Reagan feeding milk to a chimpanzee with a caption comparing it to Obama.

College President Diana Doyle has ordered an independent investigation.

The name of the supervisor was not available.

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