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2012 November 26 - 12:00 am

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  • Mink Named To Head CCLP

Barbara Mink, a clinical professor in The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education, has been named director of the university’s reconfigured Community College Leadership Program.

Mink, 67, who is also chair of the Austin Community College (ACC) District Board of Trustees, will head a program that was founded in 1944 and has graduated more than 600 students.

Until earlier this year, the CCLP was a stand-alone, autonomous program at the university. But when John E. Roueche retired after heading the program for more than 40 years, the program was folded into the UT’s Department of Educational Administration’s Higher Education Administration Program. The CCLP is now a concentration within the higher education program. The move to strip the CCLP of its autonomy caused an outcry from supporters of Roueche and graduates of the program.

“We are very fortunate to have someone with Dr. Mink’s level of higher education leadership experience assume directorship of the CCLP concentration,” said Manuel J. Justiz, dean of the College of Education in a statement. “Her administrative involvement with community colleges dates all the way back to the early ’70s when she was one of the founding administrators for Austin Community College. She has traveled the nation for years, studying and listening to our community college leaders, and she has an excellent
grasp of the challenges and great opportunities that community colleges currently face.”

Mink has taught at three community colleges, been a senior administrator at two community colleges and offered training and seminars at more than 50 community colleges, technical institutes and universities nationwide. She obtained her doctorate in educational administration from Duke University.

  • Ky. College Is New Home of Museum

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — The National Hall of Fame for Mountain Artisans has a new home at the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.

The exhibits were moved from the Harlan Center to the Kentucky Appalachian Heritage Museum on campus.

Hall of Fame Chairwoman and founder Rosezelle Boggs-Qualls told The Harlan Daily Enterprise the hall of fame was “very limited for space” at the Harlan Center and couldn’t exhibit the inductees as she felt they deserved to be.

The hall will have 10 members from five mountain regions: the Bluegrass Mountains, the mountains of West Virginia, the rolling hills of Ohio, Adirondack Mountains and Appalachian Mountains.

  • Renovation Unveiled at La. College

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — The $5.3 million investment in renovation of South Louisiana Community College’s Gulf Area campus represents a “new future for higher education in Vermilion Parish,” college Chancellor Natalie Harder said in dedication ceremonies.

The Advocate reports the renovation was designed to permit the campus to offer more diverse technical programs.

The changes are part of an overhaul of community and technical college campuses in Louisiana. The Legislature authorized financing in 2007 to support 23 projects at 14 community and technical colleges.

To date, five campuses have undergone extensive renovations or new construction, said Stephen Smith, a Louisiana Community and Technical College System board member.

  • Wisconsin Tech College Gets Donated Plane

GREENVILLE, Wis. (AP) — The Fox Valley Technical College has received a unique donation: a Boeing 727.

FedEx donated the plane so emergency personnel in training can use it as part of the new partnership between the Outagamie County Regional Airport and the college.

WLUK-TV reports the college and airport have been working for about 15 years on acquiring an aircraft to train people locally and from around the country.

The plane will be outfitted with seats and permanently grounded. It will be used for tactical and fire training as well as emergency medical scenarios.

College president Susan May says it’s difficult to simulate this setting so they are grateful for the donation.

  • Vermont Historic Building Gets $750,000 Grant

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Help is on the way to rebuild a 140-year-old building damaged by fire in Brattleboro.

The five-story Brooks House on Main Street was burned on April 17, 2011. It housed 10 businesses and about 60 people. Tropical Storm Irene also flooded the building.

Gov. Peter Shumlin recently announced a $750,000 state grant for the project. And an investment team is arranging funding for renovations, which carry a $22 million price tag.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports the renovated building will include apartments and retail businesses. It also will serve as an educational complex: The Vermont State College Board of Trustees voted to move the Community College of Vermont and Technical College to Brooks House.

  • Delta CC Gets $1.35M for Skills Training Program

MONROE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Delta Community College has received a total of $1.35 million from the Louisiana Workforce Commission as part of a program to enhance the skills of workers on the job.

Through the Incumbent Worker Training Program, Delta has trained 1,030 employees this year.

The program is funded partially by the unemployment insurance trust fund. Eligible companies may request training for employees and work with a training provider to develop a plan for employees.

When applications are approved, the employee is given a start date for the training and has 12 months to complete the required coursework.

Jim Morgan, coordinator of the IWTP program at Delta, tells The News-Star the program is a great plus for employers because it essentially pays for itself.

  • Pearl River CC Coach Resigns After 11 Years

POPLARVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Pearl River Community College head football coach Tim Hatten has resigned after 11 years at the school.

The Wildcats went 80-30 in 11 years under the 49-year-old Hatten. He led the Wildcats to a NJCAA national title in 2004 and four MACJC state championships in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

But Pearl River had back-to-back losing seasons under Hatten and was 7-11, as well as failing to make the state playoffs for the last four years.

School President William Lewis says the search for a new head coach would begin immediately. He says hopes to recommend a new coach to the board of trustees in December.

Hatten spent nine seasons as head football coach at Haines City (Fla.) High, where he posted a 75-29 record.

  • Vt. Official Receives Top Education Honor

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — An academic coordinator at the Community College of Vermont’s center in Brattleboro has received an Educator of the Year honor.

The award went to Karen Clark. It’s given annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to furthering educational opportunities for students of the Vermont Educational Opportunity Programs.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports Clark helps students go to college and complete their education.

She has been with CCV for several years as a faculty member and 10 years as a coordinator.

  • Allen Named President of Ga. Tech College

ATLANTA (AP) — The Board of the Technical College System of Georgia has selected Ivan Allen as president of Central Georgia Technical College in Macon.

Allen has been serving as interim president and will take over the larger college that will result from the merger of the Central Georgia Technical College and Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins. That is set to happen in July 2013.

Allen has been the president of Middle Georgia Technical College since 2005 and was asked to serve as interim president of Central Georgia Technical College last June.

Also, the board voted to endorse Central Georgia Technical College as the name of the combined college. Ron Jackson, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, says keeping the name reflects the college’s regional mission.

  • Bankrupt Texas College Headed To Auction Block

TYLER, Texas (AP) — The financially strapped oldest junior college in Texas has received permission to hire an auctioneer and sell some buildings.

A bankruptcy judge in Tyler approved plans by Lon Morris College in Jacksonville to hire AmeriBid LLC. Brent Wellings with AmeriBid says the auction could be scheduled for December.

Lon Morris College sought bankruptcy protection in July.

Fall classes were suspended at the 158-year-old United Methodist complex because U.S. law bars federal assistance for students at schools that file for bankruptcy.

The Texas attorney general’s office is investigating how a $1.3 million endowment was spent by the school.

  • Miss. College Makes Yearbook Searches Easier

SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) — Northwest Mississippi Community College has made it easier for alumni and others to browse old college yearbooks.

The R.C. Pugh Library at the Senatobia-based school has completed digitizing editions of the college’s yearbook, the Rocketeer, from 1929 to present.

Maggie Moran, director of Learning Resources, tells The Commercial Appeal that the school no longer has to worry about aging yearbooks being damaged. She says people wanting to look something up in an old yearbook don’t have to travel to the campus.

Moran said the job of digitizing more than 80 years’ worth of yearbooks involved boxing up the actual yearbooks—19 boxes—and sending them to a company in Indiana.

“Someone there loaded each yearbook into a frame and manually turned it, page by page, to make a digital copy of each page,” Moran said.

When the job was finished, NWCC had a searchable online version of each yearbook that users can browse and save copies of pictures.

NWCC paid about $2,500 toward the digitizing project, and the remainder of the cost was covered through a grant from the Sloan Foundation.

  • RI Freezes Tuition, Fees at Public Colleges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education has voted to freeze tuition and fees at the state’s three public colleges for 2013-2014.

The Providence Journal reports that the board directed the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and Community College of Rhode Island to draft spending plans that do not raise tuition and fees.

Board chairman Lorne Adrain says the cost of education is beyond the reach for many students and their families and that institutions should avoid raising tuition.

Freezing tuition and fees will require an additional $14 million from the state. State financing has declined sharply in the past decade.

URI’s in-state tuition and fees would remain at $12,450 next year, $7,602 at Rhode Island College and $3,950 at the Community College of Rhode Island.

  • Maryland College Creates Lounge For Veterans

MCHENRY, Md. (AP) — A community college in western Maryland is honoring students who are military veterans by giving them a special place to study and relax.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that the dedication of a veterans lounge at Garrett College in McHenry featured guest speakers and a 21-gun salute.

College President Richard MacLennan says students who are veterans need a quiet place to study and be with other veterans.

The lounge includes a big-screen TV and theater-style seating, all funded by community donations.

MacLennan says veterans comprise 5 percent of the student population. He says the lounge sends a message that the community is grateful for their service and that Garrett College is committed to serving them.

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