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2012 September 17 - 12:00 am

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  • W.Va. College To Train Chinese Mine Managers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Mining managers from China’s top coal-producing province will undergo safety training in southern West Virginia.

The group will be trained at the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

The managers from Shanxi Province toured the college’s facilities and signed an agreement to promote collaboration in safe mining and mine rescue practices.

The technical college is in the application process to accept international students, so the group of managers will enroll through WVU, which will contract with the technical college to provide the training.

The managers plan to return for training next month.

  • Ex-US Attorney To Investigate Boston School

BOSTON (AP) — A former federal prosecutor has been appointed to investigate accusations of unreported crimes and financial mismanagement at Roxbury Community College.

Wayne Budd was named by the Boston school, which is already under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for alleged lapses in compliance with a national campus crime reporting law, and the Massachusetts auditor’s office, which is looking into crime reporting as well as financial concerns.

Budd, now in private practice, is expected to conduct a more sweeping investigation. Although he will confer with top college officials, he is expected to remain independent.

Budd is also expected to make recommendations on how the school can tighten security policies and financial oversight.

Interim president Linda Turner tells The Boston Globe there are “deficiencies” at the school.

  • L.A. Colleges Restart $6B Building Program

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Community College District has resumed its $6 billion construction program after declaring a moratorium to review spending oversight procedures.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the district has resumed construction earlier than anticipated after forming a $160 million reserve fund to cover unforeseen costs, stronger spending controls, and an annual set-aside fund for deferred maintenance.

The moratorium on about 100 projects was declared after the state controller last August found the district had inadequate oversight and controls over its spending.

The district is planning to build 3 million square feet of new space, including centers for the construction trades and media and performing arts.

Projects costing about $1.6 billion have now resumed, while others are awaiting final budget and architectural approval.

  • Perry Picks CC Instructor as Texas Historian

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry has appointed an East Texas author and community college instructor as the new state historian.

Perry’s office said that Bill O’Neal is slated to serve in the post until Aug. 22, 2014.

O’Neal is a nonfiction author and history instructor at Panola College in Carthage. He is a member of the Texas State Historical Association and past president of the East Texas Historical Association.

O’Neal received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Texas State University, now known as Texas A&M University-Commerce. He is a board member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and former board president with the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System.

  • Maine College President Lyons Dies at Age 68

WELLS, Maine (AP) — Charles “Charlie” Lyons of Scarborough, president of York County Community College who also led administrations at other campuses across the state, has died of cancer. He was 68.

Lyons was president at the York County college from 2006 to the time of his death. He served as president of the University of Maine at Augusta from 2001-06 and president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent from 1996 to 2001. Lyons also served three years as vice chancellor of the University of Maine System.

Gov. Paul LePage called Lyons “a leader, an advocate for his students, and a vital part of his community.”

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, called Lyons “an outstanding public servant and a dear friend.”

  • Neb. College Opens Express Site in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Metropolitan Community College has opened its MCC Express site in southeastern Omaha, giving students in the area a “mini-campus” with resources close by.

The site offers four different kinds of services, including adult education classes like basic literacy, GED preparation and English-as-a-second-language classes.

It also offers a computer lab and will offer some credit classes in the near future.

MCC Express will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It will be open from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.

  • Student IDs Being Required At Miss. College

BOONEVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Students at Northeast Mississippi Community College are being required to wear their student ID badge.

WTVA-TV reports that the policy started being enforced with the fall semester.

The policy indicates students must keep their NEMCC ID badge in plain sight at all times. Those who don’t can face a warning then a fine of $25 for a subsequent violation.

Administrators say the policy is intended to keep students safe and non-students off campus.

  • W. Va. University Offers Bachelor’s On CC Campus

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. (AP) — West Liberty University will soon offer its bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and administration at the New Martinsville campus of West Virginia Northern Community College.

The dean of West Liberty’s School of Professional Studies says the program is ideal for many adults. Thomas Michaud says it offers students a real return on their investment by boosting their careers.

Students must be at least 23 years old and have more than 60 semester credit hours to enroll.

Qualified students can get credit for work experience after submitting a portfolio of achievements.

Classes begin in January. The program takes 19 months to complete, and classes meet once a week.

Tuition is the same whether students live in West Virginia, Ohio or Pennsylvania, and financial aid is available.

  • Va. Accord Aims To Smooth Path To 4-Year Degree

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell says an agreement between Virginia’s community colleges and an online university is making it faster and more affordable to get a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

McDonnell said that students who take advantage of the agreement with Western Governors University could earn their degree in three years at an estimated total cost of $17,000 in tuition and fees.

Students are required to earn an associate degree in nursing from one of the state’s 23 community colleges and obtain their license to practice as a registered nurse. They also must be working as a registered nurse to be accepted into Western Governors University. Student would then complete additional online courses.

The Virginia Community College System has more than 30 similar guaranteed admission agreements with public and private universities.

  • Ad Campaign Targets Rowdy Partying in Neb.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An advertising campaign aimed at Lincoln college students urges them to plan their parties and partying so they don’t fail some of their college social tests.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Wesleyan University and Southeast Community College student leaders are rolling out the “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail” campaign as thousands of students arrive for fall classes.

The campaign costs about $2,500 and is being paid for by a state grant, said Linda Major, the assistant to the UNL vice chancellor for student affairs.

Major told the Lincoln Journal Star that the campaign is aimed at teaching students what they can do to avoid fatal binging, date rape or getting thrown out of football games.

“Things might be a little different than they were at home,” Major said. “We only think it’s fair to let people know what the expectations are.”

  • Former Calif. College Official Gets Prison

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — The ex-director of a Southern California community college fire technology program has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $443,000 restitution for defrauding students.

Prosecutors say 58-year-old Jerry Dewayne Austin overcharged Mt. San Antonio College students during a six-year period ending in 2010 for training and equipment.

He also embezzled $150,000 from the Walnut school 25 miles east of Los Angeles.

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin says the money went into a phony school account opened by Austin.

Austin pleaded no contest in December to 16 felony counts, including identity theft, forgery and grand theft.

He was arrested and subsequently fired after the school discovered the off-the-books bank account opened in the college’s name.

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