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2012 June 25 - 12:00 am

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  • Budget Woes May Force Calif. College To Close Campuses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Budget woes may force San Francisco City College to close or combine some of its campuses.

The San Francisco Chronicle says City College, one of the nation’s largest community colleges with 90,000 full- and part-time students, is facing a $14 million budget shortfall. The college has a $200 million operating budget.

Board of Trustees president John Rizzo tells the Chronicle that some of the college’s 12 campuses may be closed because of the financial crisis and a need to retain full accreditation. He says the accreditation team thinks City College has too many campuses.

Interim Chancellor Pamila Fisher says a full financial analysis is needed before there’s a decision on closing campuses.

  • Wash. Colleges Pledge To Help Veterans Returning to School

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Central Community College has joined a growing number of colleges in Washington state that have pledged to support vets returning to school.

The college signed a memorandum of understanding with the state Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies to reach out to veterans.

The Seattle Times reports that 23 colleges have now signed on to the Partners for Veterans Supportive Campuses.

Thousands of military veterans are coming home, and many of them are looking to get a college education.

Seattle Central has sponsored several training sessions to help faculty and administrators understand how student veterans differ from the average college students.

  • W.Va. College Bans Tobacco Use on Campus

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Northern Community College will be tobacco free later this year.

A rule approved in late April by the college’s board bans the use of all tobacco products on the campuses in Wheeling, Weirton and New Martinsville. The ban goes into effect Nov. 15, the date of this year’s Great American Smoke Out.

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department administrator Howard Gamble tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register that the ban will benefit students, employees, faculty and visitors, as well as the college’s communities.

  • Kapiolani CC Vows Timely Paychecks

HONOLULU (AP) — Kapiolani Community College’s chancellor is ensuring that noncredit instructors are paid on time after teachers complained about having to wait months before getting paychecks.

Chancellor Leon Richards says he’s personally committed to making necessary changes to address the problem. He asks that anyone who has an overdue paycheck to call administration.

Some teachers who were waiting to be paid had said they were afraid to speak up for fear of losing their jobs.

Richards says the college will not retaliate against employees who speak up.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that according to Richards, the college has identified about 16 instructors whose payments were delayed.

  • More Mississippi Students Need Remediation

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi colleges and universities are spending about $35.5 million a year to teach subjects that students should have learned in high school.

The number of students in remedial classes is growing at about the same rate as enrollment, higher education officials told The Clarion-Ledger.

The classes cost junior and community colleges in Mississippi about $25.5 million a year, with another $10 million spent by four-year colleges and universities.

Of 30,630 students enrolled in community colleges statewide in 2010, 13,734 — about 44 percent — took at least one remedial class in reading, English or math, said Eric Clark, executive director of the state Community College Board.

Students in remedial courses typically include those with low scores on college placement tests, those who attained GEDs instead of traditional diplomas, and adults who did not immediately continue their education after leaving high school.

“Naturally, when students have to take remedial courses, it typically takes them a little longer to complete their degree. When that happens, there’s a higher chance that they may stop or drop out because it’s taking them longer,” said Al Rankins, the state College Board’s associate commissioner for academic and student affairs.

  • Science Camps Offered at Wyo. Colleges

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming middle and high school students have an opportunity this summer to learn about atmospheric and computational science.

The educational outreach program is being made possible by GEAR UP Wyoming and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, with an assist from University of Wyoming students.

The program is part of the National Center for Atmospheric Sciences and UW Supercomputing Center partnership.

It’s designed to expose income-eligible students in Wyoming to atmospheric and computational science, and potential career opportunities in those fields.

Nearly 250 middle and high school students can attend “science academies” at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, Northwest College in Powell and Central Wyoming College in Riverton in June and July.

The program is part of the National Center for Atmospheric Sciences and UW Supercomputing Center partnership.

  • Md. College Wins $1.25M Grant for Tutoring Program

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Hagerstown Community College has won a $1.25 million federal grant to start a college-prep program to help Washington County students who will be among the first in their families to attend college.

The five-year grant will fund an Upward Bound program next school year for about 70 students each year. It will provide after-school tutoring and Saturday workshops to help students with study skills and career planning.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports the program will target students at Hancock, North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown and Williamsport high schools. One teacher from each school will serve as a part-time coach for the Upward Bound program.

The college will hire two people to help run the program.

Officials hope to send invitations to students to apply this summer.

  • Mo. Crisis Center Grads Get Full Scholarships

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nearly two dozen graduates at Covenant House Missouri in St. Louis have learned they’ll leave the program with full scholarships to the college of their choice.

Covenant House provides crisis services, including housing, GED classes and employment training, to homeless and risk people aged 16 to 21.

At a graduation ceremony for students who earned their general equivalency diplomas, Executive Director Sue Wagener told them they’re all receiving full-tuition scholarships, including room and board, at the four-year university, community college, trade or technical school of their choice. The gifts are from an anonymous donor

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that before the scholarship announcement, none of the graduates had applied to a four-year college. Covenant House officials said that would now likely change.

  • Former Idaho Player Donates $1M for Complex

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former Boise Junior College football player and his family are pledging $1 million to the construction of the Broncos’ fancy new football office and complex.

School officials announced the donation from Bryant Lemon, a Boise native who suited up for the Broncos in the 1950s.

The Lemon family is requesting that their gift be used mainly for the building’s recruiting lounge in hopes that part of the facility will make a big impression on players considering playing for the Broncos.

Construction started earlier this month on the $22 million, 68,000-square-foot facility. The two-story structure is located behind the stadium’s north end zone and will include locker rooms, coaches’ offices, weight room and academic center.

Lemon played in 1953 and 1954 and helped the team compile a 17-1 record.

  • Miss. Colleges Enter Into New Partnership

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi College and Hinds Community College have entered into partnership to encourage non-traditional students 25 and older to return to school and earn a four-year degree.

Officials tell The Clarion-Ledger that the “Two Plus Two” agreement will help Baptist-affiliated Mississippi College grow its adult enrollment at a time when the economy is putting people out of work and back into the classroom.

The program offers tuition reductions to participants.

Hinds President Clyde Muse says the agreement makes sense given that “in any particular semester, more than 885 Hinds students transfer to MC.”

Enrollment at Hinds, the state’s largest two-year college system with six campuses, is 12,718; of that, 5,110 are age 25 or over. MC’s undergraduate enrollment stands at 3,300; 760 of them are classified as adult learners.

  • Tuition Stays Same at NH Colleges

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Tuition at New Hampshire’s seven community colleges will not increase for the 2012-13 academic year.

This is the third year since 2006 that the community colleges have not increased tuition. The decision comes despite last year’s cut in state funding of nearly 20 percent.

The community college system took measures to lower costs and expenses to enable it to hold tuition levels for the upcoming year. But trustees noted the strain that has been placed on college operations in a time of increasing demand.

The system serves more than 27,000 people annually, 95 percent of whom are New Hampshire residents.

  • Inmates Get Degrees Through College Program

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — New York prison inmates awarded state university associates degrees are the first to graduate since prisoners' eligibility for federal Pell Grants was eliminated in 1995.

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says the ceremony involved 15 Auburn Correctional Facility inmates who took courses offered through the Cornell Prison Education Program. That's a collaboration between Cornell University and Cayuga Community College.

The program offers free courses taught by Cornell faculty and graduate students and has grown over the past four years to as many as 17 classes each term. They include genetics, poetry, African American literature, biology and medical anthropology.

It enrolls 120 men from the Auburn and Cayuga Correctional Facilities and is funded by the Sunshine Lady Foundation and Cornell's Office of Land Grant Affairs.

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