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2013 April 15 - 12:00 am

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  • Ten Students Win Spots in NJ Cybersecurity Center

LINCROFT, N.J. (AP) — Ten people have won scholarships to attend a new cybersecurity learning center, which will be based at a central New Jersey community college.

The winners earned their spots during a competition that drew 100 participants, including high school and college students, veterans and jobseekers. The competitors did battle in a hands-on, interactive learning environment used by the U.S. military.

The goal of the learning center planned for Brookdale Community College in Lincroft is to develop a career pathway for cybersecurity professionals. It will be funded by a two-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Organizers hope to eventually develop a network of similar facilities across the nation.

The center is a public-private partnership that includes Brookdale, the SANS Institute, the Cyber Aces Foundation and Counter Hack Challenges.

  • Iowa Senate OKs Food Rules For College Cafeterias

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate Democrats have passed a bill that would create new dietary guidelines for public cafeterias including ones in state buildings and public colleges.

The measure passed 26-23 on a party-line vote and moves to the House for review.

Cafeterias at the Capitol complex, other state buildings and public universities and community colleges would be required to follow American Heart Association guidelines.

Government cafeterias would have to post the counts of calories, sodium and saturated fat on menus and meet guidelines limiting calories for snack foods, entrees and meals.

The bill would require the state Department of Administrative Services to contract with food vendors following the new requirements.

Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen of Des Moines, the bill’s sponsor, says the measure is one step toward tackling obesity in Iowa.

  • Central Piedmont CC Has $430 Million in Projects

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A community college in Charlotte says it has a list of $430 million in projects to deal with growing enrollment.

Central Piedmont Community College has 20 projects to help it meet North Carolina standards for the amount of space available per student. The college has an enrollment of more than 18,000 students.

College president Tony Zeiss is expected next month to ask Mecklenburg County commissioners to borrow nearly $124 million for the top 10 projects.

That includes five construction projects and land purchases at the school’s five campuses to provide the classroom and lab space to train students for health sciences, energy and information technology jobs.

Zeiss says the lack of space has prompted officials to turn potential students away.

  • Va. College Mulls Selling Campus To Liberty Univ.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Central Virginia Community College is considering selling its campus so that it can build a new one.

College officials have approached Liberty University about buying the 102-acre property.

Central Virginia President John Capps tells The News & Advance that the school needs new facilities and a modern campus. The school was built in 1966.

Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. says the university is interested in the property under the right circumstances.

Both Falwell and Capps say discussions have been hypothetical up to this point. But Falwell says a sale is a possibility.

The Virginia Community College System would have to approve the sale. College system spokesman Jeffrey Kraus says the sale also might need approval from the General Assembly and the governor, depending on the details.

  • Colleges in Ala. And Miss. Ink Transfer Pact

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Meridian Community College and the University of West Alabama have signed a reverse transfer agreement.

MCC President Scott Elliott and UWA President Richard Holland signed an agreement allowing students to transfer courses from the University of West Alabama to Meridian Community College to complete an associate in arts degree.

To be eligible, the student must transfer to UWA from MCC. The student’s transcript must reflect at least 54 hours of academic credit completed at MCC and the student must be in good academic standing at both schools.

Many universities are signing such agreements so that students can earn two-year degrees even if they don’t complete a four-year degree. .

  • Smoking Ban on Ill. Campuses Gets Initial OK

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Senate committee has approved legislation to ban smoking on all state-supported colleges and universities.

The measure passed the higher education committee 7-5. It now moves to the full Senate.

The bill would ban smoking anywhere on a public university or community college campus effective July 1, 2014.

Kathy Drea is a spokeswoman for the American Lung Association in Illinois. She says the ban would promote a healthy learning environment for students, visitors and employees.

Sen. Terry Link is the bill sponsor. The Waukegan Democrat says a ban may prevent people from starting smoking.

  • Conn. Regents Give OK to Tuition Increase 

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s state universities and colleges are increasing tuition and fees for nearly 100,000 students.

The Board of Regents for Higher Education approved the increase. Chairman Lewis Robinson said it’s “a difficult decision, and we don’t make it lightly.” The board governs four state universities, 12 community colleges and Charter Oak State College.

For in state students living on-campus at universities, tuition and fees increase next year by 4.1 percent, to $778, or $19,897 a year.

In-state tuition at Charter Oak State College was increased by $13 per credit, to $258, and fees increased $9 per semester to $180.

Community colleges will charge 5.25 percent more, $188 for full-time students, to $3,786 a year.

Schools must set aside 15 percent of tuition for financial aid, so more will be available.

  • Delgado Cites  Enrollment Dip In Closure Plan

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Delgado Community College will close its Covington campus at the end of the spring 2014 semester. School officials say classes will slowly be phased out in the months ahead.

Students will be directed to growing course offerings from Delgado’s sister institution, Northshore Technical Community College, and Delgado’s longstanding campus in Slidell.

Delgado’s Northshore Executive Dean Ashley Chitwood said the move has been planned since the Legislature voted in 2011 to expand Northshore Technical into a community college. The plan is not connected to Delgado’s recent budget cuts, she said.

Students learned about the change in an email from Delgado Chancellor Monty Sullivan, who said Delgado’s Slidell Learning Center will ramp up its offerings over the next 15 months as the Covington campus is phased out.

“It’s all about trying to increase what we’re offering to the north shore, because that’s where this all came from,” Chitwood said. “It has been in the works for a number of years in response to the growing needs on the north shore.”

With more than 18,000 students at nine locations, Delgado is the New Orleans area’s most populous institution of higher education. But this semester’s enrollment — 18,284 by the end of January — was nearly 8 percent below last spring’s figure of 19,902.

  • Neb. Students Face Hikes in Tuition, Fees

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP)—Southeast Community College students will pay more for tuition and room and board starting next fall.

KWBE radio reports the college’s board approved a 2.79 percent increase in tuition. Students at the college’s campuses in Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford will pay $55.50 per credit hour next year, up from the current $54.

College president Jack Huck says it wasn’t possible to hold tuition flat because the amount of state aid for education being considered in the Legislature won’t cover Southeast’s costs.

The board also approved an increase in room and board rates that will range between 3 percent and 3.5 percent. The size of that increase will be determined by occupancy rates and the availability of meal service.

  • W.Va. College Gets Mine Education Grant

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is getting a National Science Foundation grant to develop education programs for students looking to work in the mining industry.

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall’s office says the school will receive $892,000 over three years for its “Comprehensive Career Pathways and Programs in Coal Mining” project.

The project offers students enrolled in four programs academic and technical education and managerial skills development to meet the needs of the mining industry. The programs are electrical engineering technology, mining engineering, mine management and mine technology.

  • Miss. Donation To Fund Nursing Scholarships

SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) — A Winona couple has given $100,000 to Northwest Mississippi Community College to establish a scholarship program for nursing students.

Sybil Canon, NMCC’s associate vice president of development and special projects, says the John and Stelloise Basinger Endowment is designated for students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

The Basingers previously gave $100,000 to establish scholarships for students in the Academic Business programs. John Basinger is a 1957 graduate of Northwest.

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