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2012 October 29 - 12:00 am

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  • Ohio College Admits Mistake in Firing of Student Ambassador

CLEVELAND (AP) — Administrators at a northeastern Ohio community college said they made a mistake in refusing to rehire a student ambassador because she had a 16-year-old felony conviction on her record.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that Cuyahoga Community College leaders admitted the mistake and offered Marcia Graciani a job on campus. But the 38-year-old mother of three says she won’t accept it.

In July the college refused to renew Graciani as a $9-an-hour student ambassador because a background check turned up a 1996 conviction for aggravated assault.

The decision drew harsh criticism from two Cleveland councilmen and others who advocate hiring rehabilitated ex-felons.

Craig Foltin, the college’s executive vice president of administration and finance, said procedures will be re-evaluated as a result of the matter.

  • Trustee To Oversee Finances at San Francisco City College

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The City College of San Francisco will soon get a special trustee to oversee the troubled school’s finances as it seeks to keep its accreditation.

The college’s request for a trustee was approved by California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors, which oversees the 112-campus system.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges has given City College until Oct. 15 to produce a final action plan to address a list of financial and managerial problems.

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

  • Ivy Tech Opens Auto Center in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College has dedicated a $900,000 auto body center where students will learn to repair damaged cars and trucks.

The News-Sentinel reports the renovated 10,000 square-foot building was built in in 1990 and had previously been used for construction offices and warehousing. It will now the school’s auto body portion of its automotive technology program through the School of Technology.

The center allows students to learn a trade with up-to-date equipment and professional supervision while doing real repairs. Assistant Instructor Jaron Grayless says people can save money by bringing their cars to the center on a 2-acre site in an industrial and office park.

  • $886K Grant Will Fund La. Tech Training

MONROE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Delta Community College has been awarded $886,000 to create programs in information technology.

The News-Star reports the funding is part of a $14.7 million federal grant awarded to a consortium of community colleges in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Federal authorities recently announced $500 million would be awarded to community colleges for the development and expansion of training programs.

  • College Athletic Staff Sued for Harassment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seven athletes on the women’s track team at Mt. San Antonio College are accusing a former coach of sexual harassment.

City News Service reports that in a lawsuit filed against former assistant coach Carlos Moore, the women allege he sexually harassed them for a year and a half at the Southern California community college in Walnut.

The women allege Moore harassed them with inappropriate touching and text messages, and by keeping them against their will.

The suit also names athletic director Joe Jennum, head coaches Doug Todd and Mike Goff and assistant coach Ernie Gregoire, alleging administrators retaliated through poor evaluations and preventing them from taking part in track team events instead of taking proper action.

  • Enrollment Jumps 25% at Kan. College

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new state program that pays tuition for high school students who take technical training is being credited with increasing the number of students at Wichita Area Technical College by 25 percent this year.

The Kansas Board of Regents census says the school has 2,652 full- and part-time students, an increase from 541 from last fall.

Sheree Utash, the college’s vice president for academic affairs, says the new program pushed by Gov. Sam Brownback is the main reason for the enrollment increase. She says 455 students from Wichita-area schools are taking classes that lead to certifications in such areas as nursing or aircraft construction.

The Wichita Eagle reports Utash also credits new programs at the school, such as in sheet-metal certification and robotics maintenance.

  • Manufacturing Boosted through $600K Grant

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Labor grant will give McHenry County College nearly $600,000 over three years to expand its manufacturing programs.

The McHenry County school’s award is part of $12.9 million being given to 21 Illinois community colleges through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Community College and Career Training program.

The Northwest Herald reports that McHenry County College plans to use the money for programs that focus on areas such as computer numerical control, robotics and welding.

College President Vicky Smith says the grant will provide significant help in furthering her school’s emphasis on enhancing workforce education and training needs for the manufacturing industry.

  • Former College Official Faces Porn Charge

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) —A Wilton man is accused of downloading child pornography on a work computer while employed as the deputy chairman of the criminal justice program at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of 58-year-old Richard Cutting on a felony charge that carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.

Cutting’s home telephone number is no longer in service. Court documents do not list an attorney for him.

Cutting was fired at UTTC in early September. Two employees later reported finding inappropriate photographs on a computer Cutting had used.

  • Nev. Officials Announce Grant Extension

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — State education officials say Nevada is being awarded a $21 million federal grant over seven years to continue an education program designed to help low-income and disadvantaged students prepare for college.

The Gaining Early Awareness and Education for Undergraduate Programs, also known as GEAR UP, helps provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools to make students better prepared for college.

Nevada officials say 4,000 Nevada students have benefited from $30 million in federal GEAR UP grants received over the past 11 years.

They say the renewal of the grant will help another 5,000 students over the next seven years. .

  • Ky. College Returning Funds To State Coffers

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — West Kentucky Community & Technical College is returning $137,324 in funding to the state after school officials inaccurately reported student testing data.

Officials say the discrepancies with adult education standardized testing scores could result in the college losing its contract to provide the program.

The vice president of Kentucky Adult Education, Reecie Stangolia, told The Paducah Sun that WKCTC is required to return the money. The school administers the McCracken County Adult Education Program.

Officials have not set a timeline pay back the money.

In an audit of the adult education program’s records from the most recent three years, state officials found inaccuracies with student academic level gain percentages across those three years that allowed the college to collect money it was not qualified to receive.

  • Longtime Va. College Head To Retire

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) —Longtime Danville Community College President Carlyle Ramsey is retiring next summer.

The Danville Register & Bee says Ramsey's retirement was announced during a meeting of the school's board.

He plans to step down in August 2013.

Ramsey has served as the school's president for 20 years. He says he may consider teaching.

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