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2012 October 15 - 12:00 am

NEWS BRIEFS:

  • City College of SF Plans Budget Cuts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The City College of San Francisco has released a plan to slash costs and redirect resources in a bid to keep its accreditation and remain open for business.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the turnaround plan calls for laying off faculty and staff, increasing employee work weeks, eliminating paid sabbaticals, offering fewer enrichment classes and cutting salaries by 1 percent.

City College also plans to start collecting unpaid student fees that cost the school at least $400,000 a year.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges has given City College until Oct. 15 to produce a final action plan to address 14 fiscal and managerial deficiencies detailed in a July report.

The 86,000-student community college has until March 15 to turn itself around and prevent closure in June.

  • Rutgers Enlists CC in New Outreach Effort

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University and Atlantic Cape Community College are opening a building to allow the university to reach more students in southern New Jersey.

The state’s main university has been expanding its efforts to teach throughout the state.

The $7.5 million Mays Landing facility is to be home to a degree-completion program and a certificate program for teachers of gifted students.

Rutgers has been sending professors to the Atlantic Cape campus for six years and it has similar arrangements at two other community colleges.

Earlier this month, new Rutgers President Robert Barchi said that while he does not want to add many more students to the New Brunswick campus, he would like to expand programs to educate more people around the state.

  • Mich. CC Students To Operate Ski Area

IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Students at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood will operate the ski hill at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park this season.

An agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources calls for students in the college’s ski area management department to handle everything from maintaining equipment to running the slope, restaurant and ski shop.

Park supervisor Bill Doan says the arrangement will give the students experience and boost the western Upper Peninsula’s winter economy.

Doan said students have begun preparations by building a rope tow line.

Officials say 5 percent of the operation’s revenue will go to the college’s ski management program. The rest will be used for ski hill improvements.

The Porcupine Mountains Winter Ski Area will open Dec. 15. It features a 641-foot vertical drop and 12 runs.

  • Enrollment at Delta CC Dips By 8 Percent

MONROE, La. (AP)—Louisiana Delta Community College saw an 8 percent decrease in total enrollment this fall, largely because of a 21 percent decrease in students enrolled in technical programs.

The news came as an unfortunate surprise to Delta’s Interim Chancellor Jerry Ryan.

He said he was disappointed and stunned.

The total fall enrollment for Delta decreased by about 8 percent from last fall, going from 4,509 students in fall 2011 to 4,150 in fall 2012.

The News-Star reports those figures include the former Northeast Louisiana Technical College students. The two institutions merged in July to create one larger Delta with eight campuses.

The largest reduction was in the number of students enrolled in technical programs, which saw a 21.3 percent decrease this fall.

  • Eased Transfers To Boost Maine Degree Programs

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new agreement between the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College is making it easier for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism.

The two schools signed an agreement that allows students who earn an associate’s degree in hospitality management at SMCC to transfer the credits seamlessly toward USM’s new tourism and hospitality program.

The agreement goes into effect this fall and marks another step toward aligning programs between schools in Maine’s university system and those in the community college system.

Tourism is Maine’s largest industry.

  • Mich. College Gets $15M Job Training Grant

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn has been awarded a $15 million federal grant to lead a project designed to create high-tech jobs in manufacturing.

The U.S. Department of Labor grant will fund a multi-state job training partnership with other community colleges and businesses.

It’s part of a program to help the colleges retrain workers whose jobs were sent overseas or lost because of trade with other nations. Henry Ford says it got the highest available grant for this year in a competitive process.

College President Gail Mee said the project will play an important role in the region’s economic development.

Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow said producing workers whose skills meet the needs of industry is crucial for Michigan to survive in the global economy.

  • Mass. Students Found Not Ready For College

BOSTON (AP) — State higher education officials say in a new report that many high school students are underprepared for college and ultimately drop out.

The state Board of Higher Education report Thursday says Massachusetts is among the nation’s leading states for college enrollment with 77 percent of high school graduates pursuing postsecondary ¡degrees, compared to a national average of 65 percent.

But 65 percent of Massachusetts community college students need at least one remedial class before they can take on college-level work, as do 22 percent of students at state universities and 7 percent at UMass institutions.

Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland tells The Boston Globe the report shows that the state must do better.

  • Wind Energy Students Facing Uncertainty

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Uncertain wind energy policy not only is costing workers jobs but could affect the career choices of students who have been encouraged to pursue work in the industry.

Siemens Energy recently announced it would lay off more than 600 workers in three states including Iowa. The company says one reason is expiration of wind energy tax credits, which Congress has failed to renew.

KGAN television reports that Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids has seen a significant increase in students seeking wind energy job training in recent years.

Instructor David Bennett says some are laid off from other jobs and others are returning soldiers.

For now, service technicians are still needed with about 3,500 jobs open with starting ranging from $26 to $36 dollars an hour.

  • New Auto Tech Center Planned For La. College

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal backed nearly $14 million in state construction spending to build a new automobile technology training center at Baton Rouge Community College.

The center will educate students seeking careers in the auto industry, part of a local community effort to bolster skills training in the region.

The governor said he’ll ask the Bond Commission to support the funding through the state’s construction budget, the final step to pay for the project. Jindal’s allies make up a majority of the commission, so the multi-year funding is expected to get approval.

“This new facility will better prepare our future auto technicians so they can find jobs here in Louisiana, which helps our economy grow and keeps our children here at home,” Jindal said.

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